Happy New Year! I have so much to be grateful for and so much to look forward to in this coming year. Like many of you, I have a bucket list that I keep revising each year, but one wish has always remained and has finally come to be. I have always wanted to use my cooking skills in some capacity. I would dream about opening a unique restaurant or a bed and breakfast. These dreams were always dashed as I was continually told that they would require a lot of time and hard work.
Then, through a long process of medical incidents, a door opened. Looking back is like Randy Travis wrote, “Hindsight is 20/20 and I’m nearly going blind.” All my ailments, depression, weight gain, dry skin and hours of sleeping was due to hypothyroidism. Through this experience I was challenged to change the way I cook and eat. I embraced what my doctor had been trying to tell me for a year, “Stop eating gluten, dairy and soy.” I did, and I have not looked back; it’s been eleven months.
I have embraced this lifestyle with the passion for cooking I have always had. I found that cooking gluten, dairy and soy free is a creative opportunity, plus, the health benefits are amazing! I have lost 15 pounds, sleep 6 to 8 hours as day, have lowered my cholesterol from 320 to 187, and my thyroid Meds from 175 mg to 50mg––and I feel alive!
The door opened for me when my massage therapist, who is living the same lifestyle, asked about doing a cooking class for her patients. BAMB! it clicked. That was the ticket. Within one month I was living my dream. Thanks to my massage therapist, I conducted my first cooking class in her family’s local restaurant, the Wallonenhof.
With the help of my husband, son, and daughter, I had a website, flyer, logo, aprons––the works. Here I am today with one of my long time desires checked off my list.
In the coming weeks, I will be working with my physician planning a cooking class for her German patients next month in our local soccer stadium. Then, in the next few months, providing another cooking class in the Wallonenhof.
Stay inspired, don’t give up on your dreams, and remember: Create each day, try cooking!
Happy New Year!
-The CooK’n Coach