About Blog

My name is Madison, and welcome to my tiny jam-packed corner of the food blogging world.

This is the second blog that I have had, my first being powered by Blogger called Peanut-Butter-Lover.

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Here is a quick recap of the months leading up to my journey to this blog:

I first started blogging after I discovered many of the popular blogs that you may read today. Neverhomemaker, Chocolate-Covered Katie, Oh She Glows, Kats Health Corner, Kath Eats, Carrots N Cake, Fitnessista and so many more!

Their stories were so moving, and their inspiration continues to impact the lives of their readers every day. I wanted to be a part of that.

And so Peanut-Butter-Lover was born, based off of my peanut butter obsession and a love of baking. My goal was to share healthy recipes with the world (pretty big aspirations, right?).

I’ll admit that I wasn’t the most consistent of bloggers, but I wasn’t too terrible. At the start of Christmas break I started posting more.

Then in December I started having severe stomach pains and bloating. Pushing it aside as “too much fiber” or “bad fish” I went on my way.

But it didn’t go away, not by a long shot. Over the next few months I saw at least four doctors. No one had a definitive answer for what was wrong. Just guesses. So I decided to diagnose myself. I basically narrowed it down to IBS, lactose intolerance, and/or gluten intolerance.

I eliminated both gluten and dairy from my already limited diet, but it didn’t feel much relief. Meanwhile I constantly felt bloated and gained about 15 pounds… in just 3 months!

The last straw was when I ate a celery stick, and unassuming stupid celery stick that sent my stomach into havoc for the following three days. That’s when my parents decided that we would try one more doctor.

That doctor was my allergist. I was already going to him for environmental allergies, but this time I went in to discuss food allergies. I was pretty certain he would say it was “all in my head”because that’s what I had been thinking for the past few months.

Instead he ordered a set of 10 basic allergens and I went to the hospital to have my blood drawn (I think I have been stuck with a needle once a month for the past six months).

One week later my mom called in to check if my tests were in yet and a receptionist read off my results…
Wheat- III, Egg-III, Milk-II, Peanut- III, Pork-II, Corn-I.*

I was shocked as well as ecstatic. Already I was sure about removing wheat and milk, but here were three other real things that I could work on!

Don’t worry- my optimism did not last long! I spent hours everyday gazing longingly at Foodgawker and all of the aforementioned blogs above thinking, “I will never be able to eat these beautiful things again!”

Then, I realized that there must be other blogs out there with people undergoing the same thing as me. And there were, but all of their recipes were so elaborate! Too elaborate for my sensitive stomach.

Instead I decided to experiment much like before. Up first, my goal was to come up with simple recipes that replace my old basics. Now, even though I can’t eat most of what I cook due to ongoing stomach issues, it is still my goal and extreme pleasure to make recipes that will fit anyone’s dietary restrictions.

So welcome to my blog, which I hope will grow into a somewhat established part of the food allergy blogging community.

All the while, I plan to learn more and more about food allergies as I strive in Eating for Balance.

*Edited to add: Not long after my first testing I also found out that I was allergic to celery, tomatoes and rye as well. Since my allergy tests I have also been found to have leaky gut, various other food intolerances, gastroparesis (slow stomach emptying), mild gastritis, inflammation, and low levels of healthy gut bacteria. 

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To learn more about my life outside of blogging, check out my work-in-progress About Me page! Also check out my About Me page for contact information.

32 Thoughts on “About Blog

  1. Alaine @ My GF & DF Living on August 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm said:

    Wowww! That sounds like quite the ordeal. I am so glad though that you were able to figure it all out. It’s amazing how long it can take and how hard it can be the body. I am so glad you found your blog because I am also intolerant to gluten & dairy so your recipes will be perfect!

  2. Uhlg.. food allergies.. I know how you feel! I’m wheat / gluten intolerant along with dairy, pork, soy, peanuts, a few tree nuts, legumes, lentils and nickel 😐 Very..very annoying! Like you say… especially in this food processed world! It does however make you very inventive (if you get what I mean) in the kitchen! 🙂 How are you with Greek yogurt and goats milk / cheeses? I used to react to those products as a kid but I can tolerate it now. Cheese in moderation, because I do notice a reaction, but Greek yogurt = fine! 🙂

    • Greek yogurt is actually one of my biggest problems with dairy 🙁 That is the first milk product I noticed to bother me. Then whey protein powder, lactose-free milk, ice cream, etc. I got tested for Goat’s milk so if I ever wanted to try it I would have that option. The problem is that I was never a huge drinker of “milk” per-say. And I would love to try goat yogurt, but… I am allergic to the yeast they use to make/ferment it! ARGH.

      I really enjoy reading your blog because it seems like we are going through similar things! I’m currently not doing a candida diet at the request of my holistic nurse, but I will be soon and your blog’s recipes are at the top of my TO-MAKE LIST 🙂

      • That’s a bummer about the Greek yogurt, can you tolerate soy or coconut / almond alternatives? Here in Holland the stores don’t carry many vegan alternatives, highly annoying! Do you have a special health plan set up with your holistic nurse? And thanks so much for following me 🙂 I’m glad you like the recipes and I hope you’ll be able to try some soon 🙂 Oh and about going through similar things… so true! It’s nice blogging makes connecting to others with similar issues and/or interests possible! 🙂

  3. What a great story. I know how you feel to have those allergy tests come back like that, though I have to say, I was never ecstatic! I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog. And thanks for commenting on mine! 🙂

    • I look forward to reading yours too! And yes, most people are surprised when I tell them that I was happy to find out I had food allergies, but it just cleared up so many previously unanswered questions!!

  4. Now I see 🙂 similar allergies. I am excited to check out your blog now!

  5. Hi Madison,
    thanks for coming by bubblesandcherries. I know what you mean about welcoming the test results. Although we knew it would be a challenge, the idea that now we could try to DO something to make my daughters life easier was very empowering. Her allergies are similar to yours, so i’ll be stopping by to check out your recipes. actually, she’s 12 now, so maybe i’ll have her watch for stuff she wants to try!

    • Yes, very empowering! Right now my recipes aren’t so great, because all that I have access to is a microwave and dorm food… But you are welcome all the same! 🙂

      You should definitely have her stop by and comment on one of my posts. I’d love to know what she thinks! I know it’s a long way off for her (6 years…) but I hope that some of the things that I am learning about allergies in college will help her make that transition in the future as well. Best wishes!

  6. Wow that sounds like such an ordeal. I can relate a lot. I am allergic to dairy and eggs and I try to be gluten free because I notice it tends to bother me. I can totally understand how hard it is to be allergic to all that. It is great you have such a positive outlook. Just think of all the things you can have like Almond butter.

    • Oh cool! Well, not cool that you are allergic to those things, but cool for me because I can try some of your recipes 🙂

      Right now my stomach is still pretty messed up from everything, but seriously, the first thing that I will eat when I can digest fats again is almond butter. Oh my gosh. It’s so good! 😀

      • rhythmofmymind on October 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm said:

        Yep. We can exchange many recipes lol.
        That stinks your stomach is still messed up I cannot live with my Almond butter lol. When you can try Justin’s if you have not. They are my favorite. I love their flavors. Chocolate Almond butter and Maple are my favorite.

  7. what a story! im allergic to dairy and i remember greek yogurt was also what really made me start noticing my stomach wasnt liking it to well..cant wait to read some more!

  8. What a great story you have! I wanted to see what kind of food allergies you were talking about after reading your post on baking and I see that you’ve got a few! I don’t have any allergies that I know of but I’ve always thought I might have a small wheat allergy. Good idea getting tested! Can you eat other nuts like almonds? If so, almond butter is awesome!

    • Thanks so much! I can’t believe that I missed this comment 🙁 I always try to respond as soon as I see them.

      I react to a lot of foods that I’m not allergic to, almonds and other nuts being some of them. Almond butter *is* awesome though, so hopefully I’ll be able to eat it sooner rather than later.

  9. I was wondering if you ever eat corn? I was told that with level I. allergies you can still eat it occasionally, but I am not sure if it’s really true.

    • I don’t ever eat corn. Technically speaking, you are supposed to be able to eat the lower level allergies, but in my case I’m not allergic in the true anaphylactic sense.

      Gosh I need to update this About Blog page!! The main problem was that I was reacting to almost everything, even things that I wasn’t allergic to. That points to problems in my gut. So even some of the foods mentioned on this page I’m not eating anymore. And I’m one of those who believe, even if you could eat it occasionally, what is it doing to your body? I’m not willing to risk that.

      Thanks for the awesome question and coming to my blog!

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  13. Hi! I just came across your blog! Our stories sound quite similar – I was seriously ill for about 14 months before I was diagnosed with over 73 food allergies! I’m a teen as well – you can visit me at http://www.thefoodieteen.com ! x

    • Thanks so much for the comment! We really do sound quite similar. I’m actually hesitant to do any more food allergy testing because I can’t even eat the food that I’m not supposed to be allergic to, but wow. 73 is just an astounding number. From the 15 or so allergens that I was tested for I was allergic to at least 50% so the odds wouldn’t be too good for me with more 😛

      I’ll have to check out your blog soon 🙂

  14. Just discovered your blog! Thanks for sharing! I have a similar story about finding out that I had gluten intolerance. It’s definitely not easy but it helps to find other people and bloggers out there who know what I’m going through. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Christi! Thanks for the comment 🙂 I hope you are doing better after eliminating gluten! I’m still struggling but hopefully will figure something out sooner rather than later. The support from fellow gluten sensitive bloggers is awesome really!

  15. You are amazing, girl! I read your about page but never stumbled over to the about the blog page. I had no idea that you went through such an ordeal, and I admire you for working so hard to come up with new recipes to support your new diet. I think what I admire most is that you are so optimistic about it all. I really love that, and I’m glad that you found my blog so that I could find yours!

  16. Hi Madison! I just stumbled on to your blog and wanted to say hello! Your story sounds a little bit like mine and I can’t tell you how comforting to know that other people are in the same boat health-wise! The dietary upheaval, confusion and frustration is SO much easier to deal with when you know you’re not alone. Not to mention when you have delicious food to eat (that doesn’t make you sick)! Well, I’m off to explore more of your recipes. Just wanted to introduce myself 🙂

    • madison on February 20, 2015 at 2:37 am said:

      Hi Nora! Thanks for commenting. It’s definitely comforting to know that there are others in a similar situation.

      I’ve not been blogging too much lately, but when I do, I’ve been blogging over at eatingforbalance.com just in case you want to check out some of my more recent recipes 🙂

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