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It sometimes takes a life changing event like a medical diagnosis to make you realize you need to change your diet. That’s what happened to me. In January 2009, I was diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune disease called psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA for short) is a chronic, systemic (whole body), inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects my skin, joints, connective and soft tissues, and even organs. With PsA, my immune system malfunctions and attacks its healthy tissues. I experience pain in my feet, ankles, knees, hips, lower back, spine, chest, shoulders, neck, and eyes (just to name a few).
I also suffer from Spondylitis, Hashimoto’s disease and secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon. Spondylitis is inflammation of the spine; the inflammation in my spine may lead to partial fusing of my lower spinal column and neck over time.
Hashimoto’s disease (hypothyroidism) is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation (and sometimes failure) of the thyroid gland.
Raynaud’s phenomenon limits my body’s flow of blood to my hands and feet. It makes my fingers and toes feel cold and numb, turning them white, blue, or purple (even in 70 to 80 degree weather).
I am a relatively “healthy looking” 30 something year old. Just by looking at me you would never know I battle debilitating chronic illness, that’s why these types of diseases are also called “invisible illnesses.”
Unfortunately, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t feel some sort of pain, although my pain varies from annoying to very intense and painful, depending on weather, stress, and what I’ve eaten. Thankfully, my quality of life improved tremendously by simply changing my diet and I still haven’t suffered joint damage because of my PsA, which is such an incredible blessing!
When I was first diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis by a rheumatologist in 2009 I was prescribed different oral medications to alleviate my symptoms. They did not work and my arthritis continued to progress. My doctor wanted to then try TNF blockers (which are genetically engineered drugs given by injection and are very expensive), but after reading the list of side effects (suppressing the immune system, cancer, hepatitis B, etc.) I decided they weren’t for me.
Changing my diet gave me a quality of life
At that point in time, I was in so much pain I could hardly get out of bed in the morning to get my youngest daughter from her crib. It was awful. I remember lying in bed sobbing, in horrible pain, and feeling absolutely helpless and incapable of taking care of my own children. On a whim and a prayer, I made an appointment with a naturopathic physician I found online. I was so incredibly desperate for help when I walked into the physician’s clinic that I was prepared to do/give up whatever she wanted me to (coffee being my only exception). My naturopath put me on what’s called the “Anti-Inflammatory” diet. I went from eating anything and everything I wanted to becoming gluten, dairy, soy, corn, tomato, potato, orange/grapefruit, peanut, white rice, and refined sugar free overnight – totally cold turkey. It was a shock to my system to say the least, but I also loaded up on probiotics and other homeopathics to try to boost and balance out my system.
My body went through an intensive detox period, but after about two weeks, I gradually started feeling better and gaining more energy. Getting out of bed in the morning wasn’t such a chore. As more time went on, I continued to feel better. I still had pain and inflammation, but the pain wasn’t as great as what it was prior to starting my new “diet.” It wasn’t a cure, but it gave me the ability to function.
A history of IBS
Looking back on my life, there have always been obvious signs of gluten intolerance and other food sensitivities, but only now am I able to make the connection. In my pre-teens, I remember diarrhea and other IBS symptoms being an everyday occurrence. Psoriasis first made its appearance on the back of my scalp when I was 14 years old, symptoms of Raynaud’s appeared over the years (although I didn’t know what it was), and I was clinically diagnosed with moderate postpartum depression a year and a half after the birth of my first child in 2005.
IBS symptoms, autoimmune disease, depression… I contribute all of these to gluten sensitivity and overall poor gut health, although I also believe my own genetics had a hand in it too (my grandma and great grandma both had psoriasis).
When I was diagnosed with Spondylitis in May 2012, I was so incredibly sick (I lost around 10 lbs in less than a month because the pain was so intense) that I decided to try one of the TNF blocker medications I so desperately wanted to avoid. I was on one nearly 3 months until I had to quit taking it as it made me horribly ill. I also tried a 2nd, different, TNF blocker and had the same type of reaction.
Fortunately, I eventually ended up in the care of Dr. Jill Valerius. She prescribed me Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), which has been a lifesaver. In short, I’ve now been on LDN for several years, have experienced zero side effects, and am thriving. I still have bad days, and aches and pains, but overall it’s been a Godsend. My quality of life has significantly improved.
I don’t know what the future holds for my body, but I have peace in knowing I’m doing as much as I can to keep my body healthy and low in inflammation. Being gluten-free and dairy-free isn’t a diet for me anymore; it’s a lifestyle – something I will continue for the rest of my life.
It can be hard to consider a disease a blessing, but there have been so many positives due to my autoimmune diseases. My family eats clean, mostly organic, whole foods now instead of the processed, modified, sugar filled foods we were eating before. I’ve discovered my real passion in life – helping people eat well on restricted diets, which is something I would have never considered years ago. I enjoy developing recipes and hearing how they have blessed someone’s life. I wouldn’t give this journey up for anything; I am incredibly blessed!
May the recipes you find on this website bless your health and family as they have mine.
“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” -Psalm 73:26 (NLT)
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I like that one!! I want those pretty colors in my hair! You did an amazing job and have the best recipes. Thanks for sharing them and being such an amazing friend! xoxo
MAID in Alaska says
🙂 Thanks, Cherie!! Love ya, girl!
Hi and thank you for ur post. BTW:over 40 years ago I was stationed in Alaska..Army…. I have a Hyperthyroid and my 39 year old daughter has Hashimoto……So, my question…r your breads low carb? ty Veronica
Hi Veronica, no they are not low carb.
Hi, your buckwheat bread recipe can the amount of sugar be reduced at all? just seems quite alot
For optimal flavor, I don’t recommend reducing the sugar. But, if you really want to try it, just make sure you have enough sugar to proof the yeast.
Kimberly Miller-Smith says
@Veronica, sadly, gluten free is anything but. However, it’s worth the change from gluten, and if you work things in thoughtfully, it can still be healthy and balanced.
Congrats on your top 25 Food Allergy Mom Blog nomination! I’m listed as well (my son has several food allergies – most of which you mention removing as part of the anti-inflammatory diet, interesting!) and it’s given me an idea. I’m starting a blog hop for anyone dealing with allergies, eczema, or asthma – adults or parents helping their children. If you’re interested in joining, please visit my page. http://itchylittleworld.wordpress.com/blog-hop/
Hopefully we can create a circle of blogs to support each other in battling these conditions.
Thanks for stopping by my site this morning. It is always great to find other Alaska food bloggers. Food blogging is such an amazing community as I am sure you have found. I admire your dedication to making life healthier for your kids and striving to find allergy free alternatives. Good luck with it all.
Nancy Olson says
You have a wonderful website! Such great recipes and information for those that need gluten free and so much more, refined sugar free a new interest for me too! I would love to get in touch with you about being a guest blogger.
Megan, my late mother had wheat allergies for a few years, but it was back in the late ’70s and early ’80s. There was no mention of gluten back in those days, but I learned a lot about allergies from her experience.
I don’t have gluten problems, but one of my girl friends and her twin sister have “stomach trouble” and do gluten free, and I’m doing whatever I can to help them make their lives easier.
Hello, We are a Bible believing military family and are stationed outside of Fairbanks, AK. We have 8 children, all living with us, including our only daughter,Goldie, age 24. We homeschool and feel very blessed to live in AK. Our daughter has Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA). We have been seeking alternatives to trying the horrible MTX and the biologics which is all that has been recommended by the doctors. We went on GAPS in late November, are taking Bio-Kult probiotics, using different herbs, Vit D3, B Complex, JoMo, Low Dose Naltrexone, Vira-press and 1/4 cup of flax seed a day.I think that is everything. We saw a naturopath when we went to Seattle Arthritis clinic. We do only have raw cultured milk and organic, pastured. Her severe inflammation and bone loss continues and we know we are running out of time before we will have to try the awful drugs. A friend, a pastor’s wife sent me the link to your blog here. I have a few questions. I see you mentioned dairy free but then I saw something about goat’s milk. We had goats for several years when we were stationed at other bases. Also you mentioned tomatoes. Is that the only one of the nightshades that affects you? What else do you use for the PsA, not the psoriasis. Do you have your bones checked regualrly and bloodwork done to see if you are continuing to have damage? I know the x-rays are bad for you too but I was told by a few doctors that even if we can get the inflammation down, damage can still be occurring.
We have looked into some other alternatives, one being Hyper Barics. I read about a case study done on 2 people with psoriasis one of whom had PsA and were treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. (HBOT) I have tried to look and LOOK for other studies using HBOT but could not find any though I did read a couple doctors who spoke of that study briefly and spoke with a doctor from our old base who said we would probably need to try to get in on a study, if we can find one.
Well, I have gone on and on. Any advice you could give me would be a blessing.
With prayers for you and your children,
MAID in Alaska says
Do you want to call me so we can chat over the phone? That might be easier. If you send me an email (maidinak907[at]gmail[dot]com) I’ll send you an email back with my phone number.
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you should try something more extreme, like a fecal transplant. i seen that on david suzukis documentary about the gut micro flora aka probiotics and such.
the transplant is more effective than taking probiotic supplements. Some guy had serious spine disease. He couldnt walk, after changing diet, etc, he was improving but not enough. After doing a fecal transplant, he was starting to walk, but limp.
at least its not surgery if it sounds something uncomfortable…
forgot to mention, he had type of auto-immune disease, which of course, cause these kinds of things…
The Curly Haired Chica says
Thanks for sharing your story, Megan. Your blog and your pictures are stunning! I cannot wait to try the ranch dressing you just posted.
Curly Haired Chica (Michelle) 🙂
MAID in Alaska says
Hey thanks, Michelle! Please let me know what you think of the dressing. Looking forward to getting to know you better!
Kim Schroter says
I just read your story via The Spunky Coconut. I share such a similar journey.
Hashimotos, Raynauds, Lupus
Thankful for the blessing disease can bring
Weary on the journey
MAID in Alaska says
Big hugs to you, Kim!!
Kaye Corbin says
I found your site several weeks ago and have been trying some recipes, love them. I have so many questions there is no way I could even start. I have had to go gluten free related to a shot in the dark. After readying your blog, it was if some of the symptoms I have been having for years and etc. But I decided to try it and see if it made a difference and it did. A huge one. This is truly a learning experience on a daily bases. I have been unable to find a anit-inflammtory site that gives me basic information. Is there one that you may be able to reccommend. Thank you for a wonderful site. Please keep up the good work.
MAID in Alaska says
Thank you! I’m so glad you decided to try eliminating gluten and that it helped you! It is definitely overwhelming when you first start, which is one of the many reasons I wanted to start this site. 🙂
When I first started the anti-inflammatory diet, “The Anti-Inflammatory Diet & Recipe Book” by Jessica K. Black, ND was a huge help to me. It’s fairly cheap too, about $10-12 on Amazon I think.
Hope that helps!
Will definitely be trying some of these recipes.. have recently (again) started eating gluten free due to a sensitivity to gluten =(. Looking forward to reading more and getting new recipes.. Thank you
Hey, I’m excited to find your blog. Some months ago I learned that I have an allergy to corn, which is in everything. I’m grateful that – so far as I know – corn is my only issue. But it’s enough! Thanks for this site!
Debby Burke says
Five months ago I found out I had Celiac disease; recently I have also found i am allergic to corn. I find it difficult to narrow down what products are corn free and the information i am reading states that manufacturers are always changing formulas/ingredients! So, my question is, how do you know? For instance, I thought rice milk has corn in it? What brand do you use? Feeling a bit overwhelmed!
Adrienne @ Whole New Mom says
Hi Debby – we have life threatening allergies in our house. Personally I make almost everything from scratch so you know what is in it. We even make our own baking powder when necessary. You can find the recipe on my blog, whole new mom. 🙂
Ada Bren says
Wow this calms my nerves a bit. My husband wants to move to Alaska so we can be close to his mom for a few years and I have degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, and a horrible case of sciatica. So inflammation is a problem for me. Thanks for the post.
Susan Van Heemst says
I can really relate to your story. I was diagnosed with systemic Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and raynauds… I did the heavy med route as well at first and like you… it did not work for me. What has worked the best is changing my diet like you have in many ways.
Greatly increased my quality of life and lowered my daily pain. Love that you share all of this and your recipes online. Keep up the great work!
Kate @ Eat, Recycle, Repeat says
Hi there, I love your site! I’m totally enamored with Alaska, and I love to see the recipes that come out of your kitchen. I have a few autoimmune diseases as well, so I feel for you with all that you are going through. Diane over at balancedbites.com has some great information about meal plans for autoimmune disease and anti-inflammatory diets. The Paleo Mom & The Paleo Parents have some good stuff as well for autoimmune protocols. Hope you are feeling even better soon!
Emily MacKintosh says
I came across your blog by chance one day, great name by the way 😉 My daughters name is Alaska! I enjoy reading your recipe posts on FB and updates. I’m about to commence my studies next month in nutritional medicine, finally I can put the least 3 years of research to good use! I don’t have any major allergies as such, nor does my partner or daughter however many friends of mine and the population in general do and it’s such a big component of my studies. I have great interest in researching true causes, links to emotions and possible triggers via foods – chemicals – environment – hormones and genetics. I would love to hear your own personal views as to how and why you believe you have these auto-immune diseases and what you feel the true cause/s were and subsequent triggers. My email address, if you have some spare time up your sleeve is [email protected] – warm regards, Emily.
Thank you for the receipes. In May of 2012 I was diagnoised wth gluten intolerance and type 2 diabetes. With diet and exercise I am now pre diabetic. I choose not to take prescribed medicine. But I do enjoy your receipes. I know what we eat can affect us. Blessings to you and hope you are feeling better.
Megan, I just read your story. I am so very sorry that you suffer the way you do. I am 51 and have had chronic and painful health problems my entire adult life. And yes, I still do. As far as inflammation is concerned the one thing that I have found affects me the most is any kind of sugar. Even natural sugar. If I go 7 to 10 days without eating any sweets other than small amounts of fresh fruit (not dried or juiced) and stevia, the inflammation in my body is greatly reduced. I found this out after fasting on water for 36 hrs and finding, to my surprise, that my inflammation was almost nonexistent. Then I slowly added foods back until I found out what was affecting me the most.
You will be in my prayers Megan. May God bless and heal you.
God Bless You Megan…I love your site and love the scripture you posted. May HE bless
you richly here and now with peace and we will meet one day as we have the best of HIM
and the best of His foods when we banquet with Him at banquet table. You’ll be in my prayers.
Just made your lovely carrot muffins. They are cooling as I type. Wishing you well on your health journey. I am on a restricted diet due to food intolerances and an autoimmune thyroid issue. I live a good and busy life in Scotland, UK, love from Kim
I follow you on Facebook for quite some time now. It has probably been two years. Until today, I didn’t even realize that you had a blog. I have a website/blog under construction right now. It has absolutely nothing to with your genre though. I’m an event/interior stylist, treasure hunter, refinisher and somewhat of a decorative painter. Totally not your genre. However, I do suffer from invisible illness too. It sucks! I have endometriosis and a variety of neck issues, one is spondylitis and osteoarthritis. I’m not even that old either. It was all diagnosed when I was 30. I am also gluten intolerant thanks to the endometriosis. All we can do is try to live as healthy as possible and put good things into our bodies, while feeding our souls with words from others that can truly-truly understand the struggles. It is definitely not easy on a solo journey, which is why I follow you. I also live in Alaska. In Anchorage actually. Are you near me? I comment on occasion on your FB posts. Usually I just like things.
I hope you have a wonderful evening. Thanks for sharing all that you do. It’s really great to be able to not feel alone.
Elsbeth Anders says
Thank you for your site, it feels like a God sent miracle, hopefully, it will help me to sort through the mountains of, sometimes conflicting, information on gluten free foods. I have had type 2 diabetes for 12 years, taken “chemicals” for a short time but given up on them because of bad reactions. So far, diet and exercise have helped to keep it in check, but now my body reacts adversely to gluten. My diet is relatively good, lots of vegetables, the only weakness i have is bred, wonderful crusty, whole grain bread, filled with gluten. My hope is to find a good substitute, eliminating gluten and natural sugars from my diet as much as possible. Your multigrain bread will be my first try atbaking what I love so much and don’t want to give up. May I let you know how it came out?
You were speaking about publishing a cookbook, will that be in the near future? Please let me know when it will come out, many of us are probably waiting impatiently.
My hat off to you, raising your 2 lovely little girls, home schooling them and dealing with your own pain must, sometimes, seem an unsurmountable feat but with His help we manage just one day, one day at a time. My prayers go out to you.
You live in the state I find most breathtaking, 2 years ago I had the pleasure of visiting Alaska, the usual tour, the inside passage. The beautiful starkness of your state deeply touched my spirit. You are so lucky to live there.
Thank you to do all the work for us.
Andrea Wyckoff says
Reading your story rang so true for me! I have full blown Ankylosing Spondylitis & Colitis. I lost 12 years (and 3″ in height”) after suffering for so many years undiagnosed, so now I have a fused spine, but I have finally found a diet that works for me and has stopped the inflammation from progressing, yay for that! I do low starch, paleo, and lots of raw food. (my main website is bettyrawker.com) Anyhow, just started a new website straightupdiet.com and I am working on a book with people from around with world with AS/SpA who are also taking a similar low starch/paleo approach. I really want to help others get a jump start on overcoming the inflammation and prevent the fusing and pain I had to endure.
Thanks so much for sharing your story! I love reading through your recipes!! And I really, really appreciate the work you are doing in sharing your story and recipes!
Megan, A friend of mine also suffers from Spondylitis and has drastically changed her eating and has seen such amazing results. You should check her out on facebook, just search Betty Rawker she also has a website http://www.bettyrawker.com and I think she is starting a new blog with recipes for other friends and acquaintances she’s met along her journey that also suffer from Spondylitis.
Has your Naturopath ever mentioned LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) I too have a variety of auto immune issues and she put me on LDN in hope of helping to stop the progression of further Auto immnue issues.
I got teary eyed reading your bio. Health battles are not easy. However, I don’t know what I’d do with out the Lord. I certainly would be lacking hope and strength.
Blessings to you.
SMART Moms Group Alaska says
We are THRILLED to have found your website and Facebook. What a wonderful resource you have created, and user friendly to-boot! We have shared your resource on our Facebook page and look to do so once our newest version of our website is unveiled this next week! Would love to interview you if you are interested as one of Alaska’s own SMART Mommies!
Keep up the good work,
SMART Moms Alaska
I wanted to tell you about a product that might help you.
My youngest daughters and I have 50+ allergens and for me….most drugs…giving me a drug is always a real gamble. I have rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, costcocondritis, and some other thing…what it comes down to is my body hates me!!! lol I thought that I would tell you about a few things that have helped me and my girls as they are showing signs of some of the same.
Have you tried Quertecin and Bromalain? They help reduce inflammation. The are enzymes from usually oranges and pineapples. Since oranges are a real nono for me….I don’t use it…but my daughter who can tolerate it says it helps a lot and is totally miserable if she goes off for more than a few days.
The big hitter for us has been Beta Glucan….but only this one.
What I found is that sometimes when things get rugged…you have to boost the dose way past the recommended dose. When my husband had lymphedema….we were using almost double the dose for a long time. My one daughter has been on dosages that were over twice the normal dose….but it helped her immensely. For example she used to get a cold and be sick for months and months. The flu could make her ill for 6 months. Now a cold when she gets one lasts a few days to a week….and the flu is no more than 2 weeks if it is a bad one.
We also do Cutler protocol chelation. It has helped the kids a lot…my husband, too. My youngest 3 are adopted and are FAS/drug effected in utero kids. They are all autistic and ranged from Kanners to autism.
Two are aspbergers and the other is still autistic but no longer Kanners. We are hoping in time he will come up to aspbergers so that he can live the life he wants.
Hi Megan. So thankful I just found your site. Was searching for a raw beet salad recipe and that’s how I found you. I was recently diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis after 4 years of foot pain and a swollen, incredibly painful index finger. Doctors couldn’t figure out the problem. Foot pain they said was due to improper footwear, or plantar fasciatis, couldn’t come up with anything regarding finger. I have had psoriasis in my scalp for about 15 years. However, finally after seeing a rheumatologist, diagnosis given and have been put on methotrexate. Foot is now good but finger still a problem although the extreme pain has lessened considerably. I am currently reading a book The Wahls Project which tells the story of a dr. with ms who through diet has considerably lessened symptoms and greatly improved her quality of life. Through this book discovered the gluten and dairy can be a factor in psoriasis. So, I too am embarking on a complete overhaul of my diet. It has been pretty good as I eliminated processed foods a couple of years ago, but am now going to cut out gluten and dairy as hope this will help. I certainly don’t want to be on methotrexate as I am not in favour of taking drugs due to other issues they can cause. Just want to finish by saying thank you for starting this blog and sharing your storey and I look forward to trying your recipes and sharing your journey.
Your bread recipes are a god send for me. My husband has medical issues that have been linked to gluten sensitivity. He’s 74, is diabetic, has allergies, skin issues, stomach problems, high blood pressure, colin problems. The neurologist is convinced that all this is caused by gluten. He has been gluten free for 30 days and has lost 25 lbs. He loves bread. Gluten Free bread is a challenge. Well anyway it was a challenge until I found you. Now I know what the problems were. I’m very lucky because Gluten and I have never gotten along. I would really like a cookbook by you. Is there one?
You are so sweet! And I’m so happy to hear about your husband’s weight loss – and the doctor that is helping him address his medical issues. Gluten is a problem for so many, yet some doctors refuse to acknowledge gluten might actually be the culprit. I will keep him in my prayers and pray he continues to improve medically gluten-free. 😉 Bless you for making him bread he can have! There is no cookbook, yet. Hopefully sometime soon though. I keep trying to work my way through writing one. 😉
I have been on a gluten free diet for over 20 years and my children for more than 30 years. They were diagnosed as infants which is unusual.
Recently, I was diagnoses with Ankylosing Spondylitis – which is very similar to your condition. It was really shocking for me because we eat gluten, dairy, corn, soy, and processed food-free. What I have found out is the close relationship between Celiac and these other autoimmune disorders. There is a gene – you may be familiar with this info – HLA-B27 that causes this problem.
When you eat starch – potato, rice, tapioca, peas, corn, grains, etc. It causes an immune reaction because of a bacteria (Klebsiella). If you look at info on a low starch diet I think you will find a lot of pain relief…I know I have.
I also use several supplements – Uva Ursi is a true God Send and can kill of the bacteria associate with this disorder.
Many blessings to you and your family.
Carol M.DD says
I have been gluten free for over 25 years. Back then no Dr. Could figure out what the problem was. And some were sure it was all in my head. One night a Dr. called & said “I got it” Don’t eat any bread for a week! It took 2 days & we knew we were on throw right track. What a journey!! I cook & bake all food gluten free. Very thankful!! I just found you & all your friends. What a support group you have. I bake for a lot of family & friends..all gluten free. Thank you for the recipes.
Ruth Mills says
Hi, I would like to make this pie tomorrow for thanksgiving but I would like to substitute the milk for coconut cream. Do you think I should just stay with almond milk? Also, I have just run out of maple syrup. Do you think I could use melted honey instead?
You left your comment on my about page, so I’m assuming your talking about my Maple Pumpkin Pie? Yes, I think you should stick with almond milk – or you could use rice milk, hemp milk, or coconut milk beverage. Coconut milk beverage is very different than coconut cream. Coconut cream is very thick, while coconut milk beverage is thin like almond milk. Coconut cream won’t thin out the pie custard enough. As for the honey, yes, you can use it, but depending on what type of honey you use (clover, wildflower, etc) the taste might overpower the pie. BUT, it all depends on your preferences, too. I might not enjoy a honey-sweetened pie while others will. 😉
I just came across your site, and cannot get away from my computer…I am definitely trying out your recipes, OMG I also have a sensitivity to gluten and GRAINS! Every time I’d have rice or Pasta, I’d feel completely bloated:(
I also am dairy free, and Try to eat Paleo, minus the bacon, I just can’t do it.
I love all nuts, especially almonds, but tend to break out with them, which is why i love your blog now.
Thank you so so much for having this
I can’t wait to start cooking!
I just found your website and I’m so excited. My husband has an undiagnosed neurological disease and I have him on an anti-inflammatory diet. (I’m a holistic health coach). I love your recipes and that you have written them out so clearly. I’m always on the hunt for new recipes to keep the husband happy with foods he enjoys, so thank you. I wish you well on your journey and am very glad you found the naturopath! Best, Nina
cindy pollett says
I don’t have a paddle for my stand mixer and just bought it a few months ago is the beaters ok to use and can i be mixing my bread too much if it is falling all my product is fresh everything else I make turns out great
I wouldn’t recommend using the beaters for making any of my bread recipes.
I have had an autoimmune disease and have to restrict the diet similarly to what you are doing. I also have used alternative approaches, and no medication for it. It was diagnosed as mast cell disease. All 38 (or so) autoimmune diseases are really more similar than different, it is just what part of the body the immune system attacks. In mast cell it is the blood; there is an overgrowth of the mast cells. But I wanted to tell you that three things have helped me in actually getting out of the disease state (very little pain, no “down” days [maybe a “down” few hours]): exercise (moderation), homeopathics (high quality) and biofeedback. I have learned and purchased the biofeedback system and it is keeping me on a healthy track. If you are interested in learning about it, let me know. I now have been doing it with others for 11 years, and it can be done remotely.
Best to you
Janet wherley says
Megan I am so thankful I found your site just wanted to say I too have lived in Alaska for 28 years raised two children there in Wasilla Ak.I now spending most my time in Florida. I was diagnosed with RA about 2010. I also tried humira but turned to naturopathic now . I found out I have mayor food allergies and just recent was told have Lyme’s as well and many digestive issues I do paleo diet also but just came across your site while looking for recipes and am anxious to try several them thank you sharing I would any help finding information on auto immune diet and treatment ect . God bless and my prayer are with you thank you again Janet
I have had a very similar journey (diagnosed with RA in 2011) and God has taught me some of the same things. Reading your story was so encouraging. Thank you for sharing your heart and your recipes!
Kimi (Los Angeles)
first off, I completely understand your story. It’s actually quite eerie since I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis about 7 years ago when i was 27, which morphed into a combination of spondylitis and PsA and I have always always had cold hands a feet (my dad would say i had fish hands!). I’ve always been a really active person and had to give up or limit some of my favourite sports.
I’ve gone through a gamut of meds, many of which you listed, and while some may have ‘helped a little’, they haven’t made me say ‘wow, I feel much less stiff, sore, creaky’ etc. My doctor wanted me to try out yet another drug, at which time i said enough is enough. The side effects made me fear that in trying to help my body, i was going to do more damage.
I always had an inkling that gluten may be (at least one) of the culprits to my inflammation, be it the sudden tiredness after eating pizza or flare of my wrists and fingers. So, i decided, somewhat reluctantly, that i need to make dietary changes and I had to do what you described; go from ‘i can eat anything’ to being pretty restrictive. It’s tough, but it is getting easier and knowing there are other people out there in the same boat and resources such as your website…well it makes me think ‘i can do this’. Thank you so much.
Have you ever heard about doTerra products? my family has gotten very good results from food allergies by strengthen the gut and cleansing it. Were into this for quite a while now and it has done wonders for us. Thank You for the recipes. I’m excited to try them!
My son, who is your age, has psioratic arthritis and has been using Enbrel for a while now ( previously he was on Humira). I have psoriasis on the back of my head which I have had since I gave birth to him. Last year I went through the menopause and the psoriasis suddenly got a lot worse and I had symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis. I started following the book ‘Healing Psoriasis’ by Dr Pagano ( do you know this book?) plus cutting out the nightshade family of vegetables plus support from a naturopath and acupuncturist. I am also green juicing daily. After 5 months I am seeing results, pain and joint swelling in my hands has gone, psoriasis calmer and slightly less itchy. I am hoping that my son will one day understand what I am doing and try it also but presently his faith is still with the doctors but I fear for his future on those drugs.
When I saw a Rheumatology consultant and mentioned my change in lifestyle/diet and how I had already seen small improvements she was not interested at all. You would think it would be in their interest to compile information from people like us, but sadly no, they just want to sell drugs.
I pass on my story mainly to say that the book I mentioned is really worth looking at for any one with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis plus the green juicing, for that I was inspired by ‘Green for Life’ by Victoria Boutenko.
I admire you enormously for sharing your story and will now follow your blog – and am going to try your recipes, my gluten free bread doesn’t look as good as yours!
Best spring wishes from London
Debra-Lou Hoffmann says
I read many of the comments of your guests and feel much compassion. I started having gluten intolerance symptoms in about 1995 and self diagnosed after finding an article about celiac disease. I took wheat, rye, oats, and barley out of my diet and and felt better right away. Ten years ago I was diagnosed with gallstones and surgery was recommended but I went on a cleansing diet and have learned to keep myself pain free through diet. I recently had to have half of my thyroid removed because there was a large cyst on one side. Those are my personal issues.
As a special education teacher from 1976-2013 I worked with children who had diagnoses ranging from learning disabilities to delayed development, emotional disturbance, speech and language disorders and autism. During the early part of my career I had an autistic student once every three or four years. By the end of my career, I had three to four autistic students every year. After I retired I continued researching and came across a CDC web page that showed that the rate of autism starting to skyrocket after 1995 birth year.
I have seen the same data on diabetes and when I found out that GMO items were introduced to the American food stream in 1995 I became very curious and appalled. There is a lot of information out there but if you are still bothered by health issues even after going gluten free, try to avoid GMOs also. I hope this helps.
Mary in Montrose CO says
Thank you, Megan, for the great recipes! You are a blessing!
Laura Jo Moeller says
I have been enjoying your blog thoroughly!! Happened upon it by accident. I’m in Alaska too!! (Anchorage)
Welcome, Laura! I’m so glad you found me!
I’ve tried several of your recipes and I’ve been very happy with all of them! My personal favorite is your pie crust!
I’m going to try your bread/pizza crust recipe next…I haven’t had a good slice of pizza in a very long time!
Your recipe for finer gluten free bread looks great but I can’t eat flax or chia. What can I use as a substitute?
You can use more flour in place of the flax! Try more sorghum or millet!
May God bless you on your journey.
I miss good bread. I can make good gf cakes, pastry etc but making bread has been my struggle. ( I still make my wheat loaves for family) . I have given up trying to make gf bread and eat crackers instead.
Is there an alternative to sorghum as I do not like the taste?
I am getting better at substituting flours but would really like nice bread. The gf breads that I have tried turn out okay ( my husband likes them better than me!) but they just do not fill the gap. Your story about bread resonates with me so I am thinking of trying to make gf bread one more time.
Jody Saulsbury says
I am a few weeks new to this but have turned to gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and no artificial sweeteners plus coconut free along with homeopathic supplements to help with mine and my sons allergies, asthma and eczema. My question is it there a substitute for coconut milk in your recipes? Thank you so much for sharing your journey and helping others learn!
I had to think about your question for a while before responding. 😉 I use coconut milk for moisture and also because it is high in fat. It’s hard to say substituting it out of some recipes would work, but if you’re willing to experiment, here are some substitution suggestions:
1. Cashew cream – Soak cashews in water for 1-2 hours. When they are soft, drain them, and blend them with fresh water. You’ll have to play with water to nut ratios until you find a consistency that’s similar to the consistency of full fat coconut milk. 😉
2. Apple sauce, pureed unsweetened pumpkin (or another squash): Again, this may not work in every recipe, but it’s an idea.
3. Another dairy free milk, combined with an additional 1-3 tablespoons of fat/oil (coconut oil, olive oil, etc). This would be used specifically in baking.
Hope those suggestions help some. If you get hung up on a particular recipe, just leave me another comment on that recipe and I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can! 😉
Jean Oelker says
I am vegetarian and wondering if I could use fruit pectin instead of beef bullion in the marshmallows. Do you know a conversion ratio? I know the gelatin is what makes them get fluffy.
Can’t wait to try the graham crackers!! Thanks.
I haven’t tried using fruit pectin instead of the unflavored beef gelatin, so I’m not sure what amount to suggest as far as ratios go, or even if it will work. I’m afraid you might have to experiment a bit. 😉
hi, just read your story, I too have a disease, I have found a great source and I have been doing the paleo principle ‘s diet. great to see that I can make hamburg rolls that are good for everyone in my household. I eat lots and lots of KALE, it is truly my supper food / along with those fruits and berries.
my diagnosis is MS. I will keep you in my prayers / keep up the great work ! Ann
I have just found your website.And what a blessing!!! I was feeling VERY low and all I seemed to be able to focus on was “why did I have this or that reaction?”, “What am I doing wrong”, “How do I clear my body?”. Etc etc etc.
Well, your site was a true God-send as I had hit a wall, a REAL one. So thank you for your very kind, loving thoughts that come through your writing and a million thank you’s for the reminder of the Psalms. Tonight I will retread it and tomorrow I will make your bread and a batch of cookies.
Ps. A little teaching lesson on the furniture you made……..? Love to learn how, it sounds so interesting! Proves that life IS out there…—-beyond the Gastro-intestinal tract.
Thanks for sharing Megan. I met with a wonderful nutritionist for 6 months last year before moving to Alaska. My naturopath had recommended her. It has been difficult for me to find the kinds of food I need here in Anchorage. But just as difficult has been the lack of sympathy and understanding of some of the people I have met, and even some teasing over my efforts to eat gluten-free. It’s refreshing to see the things you have posted as well as the responses of your readers.
Hi Megan, what an amazing life story – well done for putting up with all the medical challenges life has thrown at you! My Coeliac issues seem minor by comparison…
From sunny UK, could I ask for some advice? It’s just hit the news here that nearly 60% of rice products we buy have high levels of naturally occurring arsenic in them and as a result I am now trying to find Gluten Free white breads/bread mixes which are also rice-free, that are widely sold. After seeing your rice free bread recipe, but having little time for cooking, I wondered if you have come across any such bread mixes whilst compiling your recipes?
Many thanks in advance if any come to mind
John Harding says
As you are in the UK try Doves Farm Bread Flour: there is a recipe for GF Bread on the White Bread Flour packet that i am trying for the 1st time today (2nd March 2016). I tried the Doves Farm Brown Bread flour last week and although it toasted and tasted OK on day 2 after baking it was a bit crumbly. Just Google Doves Farm and you will find their website – but you can buy the flours from the Free From counter in many large Sainsbury’s stores.
I just saw one of your recipes on pinterest and clicked on it, so it brought me to your page. I saw that we have the same name and read that bit about you on the right side of the website, so I clicked to read more. Our family has been grain-free and refined-sugar free for a year and a half now and it has GREATLY helped me too. My daughter now asks for things like mushrooms, broccoli and hummus when we go to the store. Any way, I was just wondering if you have ever been to a Maximized Living Chiropractor? It was at Dr. David Schwartz’s office that I learned about a much better way of living and I thought I was already doing well for myself and family but my own health problems proved otherwise. Dr. Dave does consults over the phone too and using Skype or something like that, if you are interested. You can check out triadhealthcenter.com to find out more. I will be checking out your recipes 🙂 Thanks for being an inspiration to others.
Hi Megan, I would like to encourage you to read a couple of books by a neurologist named Dr. David Perlmutter’s. I am a nurse and this year I had some real problems with my “gut”, full body aches/ pains. My energy levels had been on a spiral downfall for a couple of years and I had actually had to stop my fun outside activity sports, including running, biking, skiing, etc… One of my nurse anesthetist friends encouraged me to read Grain Brain and Brain Maker by that neurologist and I can truly say I feel 100% better since I have followed a better diet (really low carbs) and am off some really strong meds that I should never have started on in the first place! He has an awesome web site also. We have two of our daughters with autoimmune disorders and they are also healing themselves by changing there diet little by little. I wish you all the best. Thanks for sharing all your awesome knowledge! Mary
Have you tried adding kefir, probiotics and fermented foods to your diet? We are a gluten & dairy free household. We recently added these items to our diets with amazing results.
Just stumbled on your blog. I also have psoriatic arthritis which has been worsening over the past few months. I am about to start the AIP diet in hopes to find some relief. I totally understand the whole “invisible illness” thing. Most people have no idea that I am pretty much in pain of some sort all the time. I hope things improve for you. It’s definitely a struggle, but it helps to know others at least understand 🙂
Martha Bishop says
Hi Megan, I have just found your site…and have struggled so much, to find info that is reliable…..
I am six months into eating, gluten, dairy and sugar free …I find it difficult, but finally have decided to
Bake some of my breads as well as following some trusted recipies. Thank Yu for your information…..
I will keep you posted when I have success with any of your information……and will continue to look for reliable sites and a good book….
Bonnie Matthews says
I just came across your blog while looking for GF recipes. My granddaughter has celiac disease, and I do a lot of cooking for her and her family. Her mother has MS and is pretty much confined to bed and wheelchair. Love your recipes and will be trying the hamburger buns soon. Your blog also attracted me because it is from Alaska, and Alaska is one of my favorite places on earth. We have been there four times, the first time via cruise and the next three times in a rented RV. We just love the scenery and wildlife there. Even though we went to some of the same places on different trips, it always seemed new because the weather was different each time. Where are you in Alaska?
John Harding says
Hi Megan, I have just discovered your site and everything looks very appetising. My daughter and her 2 girls have inherited Coeliac disease through my late mother’s line though I do not suffer with it myself. I have decided to start making Gluten free bread along with other GF recipes I have been making for some years. Also our church here in Bristol UK have a few Coeliac members so we are considering making GF bread for our communion services and I am looking to make the bread for each Sunday service myself. Hopefully I will be able to make bread that will not crumble into dust when handled! I made a loaf last week that sort of worked as a test loaf for my daughter so long as she cut and toasted it but it did crumble very easily – then I remembered … I forgot to add any Xanthan gum to the mix! Doh!!!
Hi Megan! Your’re website and recipes are simply wonderful!
I am contacting everyone that posts recipes using palm products to please be aware of the devistation going on right now due to the explosion products being shipped. The rainforests are being slashed and burned to create palm plantations and it’s devistating wiping out not only the orangitan population but medicines, not to mention the carbon problem. Please research this. We need to be responsible for future generations! If you must use palm products make sure they are (responsibly and sustainably harvested). I hope you will do your part and educate the public by adding the ( ) ? Thanks Megan! We all need to spread the awareness where possible.
Hey there. I stumbled across your blog. We have just recently traveled out of AK to the lower 48 to spend some time rving through the country with our kids. I just wanted to pass along something that may or may not be helpful to you. We have learned that some diseases, often allergies and autoimmune disorders, are spiritually rooted. My husband was at a ministry in Ga some years ago (not for this reason) but ended up completely free of severe allergies to cats. In fact, people go there from all over the world and leave allergy free. There is a similar ministry in Anchorage founded by Dr. Art Matthias. Its called wellspring ministries if you are interested they have a free ongoing 12 week class that deals with things from a Christian perspective on a spiritual level and many people find physical and emotional healing there. He has also written a book called biblical foundations of freedom. I am not trying to sell you on anything but as a fellow homeschooling mom I just felt if I have any kind of information that could help you it would be wrong of me not to share it. 🙂
You say you are allergic to tomatoes, corn, etc. Do you have a good recipe for spaghetti sauce, as I am allergic to tomatoes ( various other foods) also. Was looking at the library for “Allergy Free Alaska” and they don’t have it. Do you have an allergy free book, I assumed it was the same name as your website?
You are sweet! No, I don’t have a cookbook out yet. I’m not allergic to tomatoes – at one point I did cut them out of my diet, but I’m currently eating them in moderation. That said, I think the Urban Poser and Paleo Parents both have a tomato-less spaghetti sauce recipe posted on their blogs. 😉 Hope that helps!
Overwhelmed & looking for recipes (Alberta Family)
I am diagnosed with optic neuritis & MS but recently my oldest daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease..
Including but not limited to other allergies; wheat, corn, dairy, eggs, peanuts & beans
We are desperate and looking for safe whole food recipes.. Any help would be appreciated
I am an Alaska girl too, and I also have what I suspect is psoriatic arthritis that I am in the process of getting diagnosed with my Naturopathic doctor. I also have food sensitivities/allergies. When I eat the wrong foods (wheat, peppers etc) my knees swell up and turn red and hot. It is quite debilitating. I also get eye inflammation, chest pain, and worst of all, chronic bursitis in both hips. I have to sleep with ice on my knees and hips every night. I had psorisis starting at the back of my neck as a kid, just like you mentioned and knee problems though a car accident made everything blow up and resulted in debilitating pain that doctors, chiropractos and physical therepists could not diagnose.
So, I totally know how you feel. I found your site looking for a pecan pie recipe. It is in the oven right now! I love your recipe! I have learned I need many supplements as I had nutrient deficiencies in D, B12, magnesium etc. I also need healthy recipes and I am still leaning gluten free cooking. I am so excited to keep looking around your site!
Thanks for having site for people like us!
Janeen Wilkins says
Hi Megan, it’s wonderful to find another person in Alaska who struggles with food allergies too! Keep up the good work! Thanks for all you do!
Bela Johnson says
Aaaaannnddd … exhausted, she looks at yet one more gluten-free pie crust recipe. Yours.
I’ve run a restaurant and baked all my life. Now it has to be g.f.
Your recipe looks like The One, and I thank you for developing it so I don’t have to! 🙂
And I use all these ingredients anyway, minus the gum, but I do have some in the freezer.
So I have hope.
My baby girl was recently diagnosed with wheat, egg, and dairy allergies. She is only one. Finding your blog has been so uplifting! I do not want her to feel different from the rest of us, so my husband and I have decided we will all eat what she can eat. I want home to be her safe space. Thank you for posting these recipes and making me feel like I can do this.
I have been following you and many other blogs since being diagnosed with overlapping autoimmune diseases. I have necrotizing myopathy (polymyositis), systemic scleroderma and raynauds. I started the AIP diet in 2014 and really have improved and living somewhat normally. I had been very ill, weak and was not sure what my future would look like. I saw your recent Facebook post that you are taking LDN. I am also taking 4.5 mg. I have been taking now for about 5 months. I am also on 1000 mg of celcept because my CPK (muscle enzymes) are still elevated. Normal CPK is 24-180. I am around 1400. At my most sickest time it was 5800. I have been very active and regaining my strength. I am so curious about the LDN. If you could tell me anything I would be so happy! I enjoy following you! My husband and I visited Alaska for our 30th wedding anniversary. It was amazing.
Annie DeLisle says
I’m almost in tears reading your story / finding your blog. I have had auto-immune issues for the better of 2 decades, and recently they have flared up again, after doing everything almost perfectly. I have scoured the internet for recipes and never once come across your blog until today. You’re food tastes are almost identical to mine! Okay, so when I saw the Tuna, Broccoli and Quinoa patties with Lemon Caper sauce, I actually did shed happy tears! I’m so happy! Our stories are very similar, even the LDN. SOOOO happy I found your blog today! Thank you!
Megan, I just recently stumbled upon your website. I’ve been cooking some of your recipes, and my heart is full of gratitude for your recipes, your willingness to share them with us, and your open, humble way of communicating on your blog. I can see how much time and care you’ve put into all your recipes, and your indomitable spirit despite chronic illness and pain are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing how you’ve consciously transformed this amazing gift of time and life we all receive.
Lights UP North says
Yes! I am SO excited to have come across your blog! I also suffer from autoimmune diseases as do my children and have been on a quest for healing. Thank you so much for all the great information. I bet it will be helpful for us 🙂
I came across your Instagram page and immediately followed the link to your blog! I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at 21 and have been on methotrexate, Enbrel, etc. with no improvement and now have been on Humira for 4 years. It has been an uphill battle incorporating an anti inflammatory diet but your story and tips have given me a renewed hope to keep trying and make it a lifestyle change.
Eveline McNeil says
I would like to try your gluten-free bread. however, I don’t have a suitable mixer. I am presently using a “regular” breadmaker and using a setting that gives me 20mins mixing and 60 mins rising/baking.
Do you have any suggestions how I could use your recipes?
I don’t use a bread maker, so I’m afraid my experience using them is limited. Sorry!
Elizabeth Randolph says
I’ve been wanting to tell you for some time how much I’ve appreciated your web site. I ran across it through Facebook. I have an enormously long list of food allergies. The biggest offenders are wheat, corn, and cow’s whey (I can have butter only, otherwise it’s goat or almond milk). I say biggest offenders because these have so many different names that hide what they are, along with processed foods containing one or all of them. I do a lot of substituting in my food preparing, cooking and baking. Because I am allergic to quite a few fruits and vegetables, so I’m on the look out for desserts that I can make. Lime is one my most used substitutes, because I can’t have lemon. Celery and garlic replace onion in my recipes. I was very happy to run across your pies. I hadn’t eaten pecan pie in decades. Any way, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you. You have endeared me to your family for life.
Maggie DeCremer says
Good for you Megan!
It’s is wonderful that God has provided everything we need to help our own bodies heal! How blessed you are to have that experience then to raise your children in a more healthy way. They will have an amazing life thanks to their mother!
I have struggled with weight and food my whole life. I have been blessed to be healthy though and to never have been on meds. But I struggle with up and down with my weight due to depression. I’m now 62 and still work at this battle. As this new year starts I’m trying again to get the energy to stick with a healthy eating program. I just also bought an Instant Pot and will be using it too for new healthy recipes.
You caught my eye being you are in Alaska. How I love Alaska! I lived in Anchorage a few years back and just loved it.
With you being a “natural family” have you also tried essential oils for your health and well- being needs? I have found them to be amazing and I also have found doTERRA to be the very best. If you haven’t looked into that, you might want to.
Congrats and God’s blessings to you and your family!
Maggie from Montana
Megan thanks for your list.
My wife who is also living with an “invisible disease” was dramatically decreased her pain by removing gluten from her diet.
We found out that Evangelo’s in Wasilla is extremely GF friendly. They have a GF pasta option, AND if it isn’t super crazy they have made from scratch a GF version of the sauce for us! The waiters and waitresses seem to be well versed in GF; Just ask them to check with the Chef.
It has been wonderful to have another choice to choose from since The Loose Moose closed last month.
Thanks again for your site, it simplified my life.
Marjorie Carrie says
I see you have eliminated potato and tomato. You might want to consider eliminating all nightshades; ie peppers and zuchinni, eggplant, etc
Another group to investigate eliminating are salicylates or at least eating those in the low category.
I have found it very helpful to eat according to my D’Adamo geno type.
Tri-salts or Alka Seltzer GOLD work for cutting reactions for me.
Thank you for sharing your story, it is practically a mirror image of mine. Health crisis, overnight diet change, autoimmunity. It’s been a rough past year and I struggle with cooking because I could barely boil an egg before all this. Thank you for making it easier 🙂
I’m so lucky I came across your website about 6 months ago. After my son and my husband were diagnosed with celiac disease it was so hard for me to cook and especially bake for them. In the past we were always eating healthy foods and I dreaded the ingredients in the store bought gluten free flour mixes.
When I saw your recipes I was crying with joy!!! You give me the chance to properly feed my family with the best tasting and healthy recipes I could imagine.
You are such an inspiration to me and I thank you every day for what you do for us.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I need to know if your bagels are also free of sugar, grains and vinegar as I’m on a
detox diet to get rid of parasites. No exceptions, so I need to know all the ingredients.
They are not free of sugar or grains.
DeEtte Burnett says
Wow. I can’t believe that I am just “happening” upon your site. Such parallel lives and I love your gratitude towards your illness. It’s just a shift in perspective. Thank you for what you do for others.
DeEtte Burnett says
Oh and I wanted to mention that I live in Fairbanks, Alaska and have since 1973!
Meagan D says
I found this post to be so interesting! I recently had dental cavitations removed after suffering for the past six years with soooo many food sensitivities. I got my wisdom teeth out six years ago and they healed improperly, resulting in the cavitations I just recently discovered and had removed. My naturopathic doctor thinks my immune system is so disregulated because of this long-lasting infection and my extreme food sensitivities are the result of it. She just ordered me LDN to begin trying to see if it helps me add in some more foods to my diet. I am very hopeful in hearing that it was able to help you!
Suzi Gilmore says
Hi Megan–thank you so much for this wonderful website! Our family is plant-based and gluten-free but we also have other food sensitivities, so it’s been such a blessing to find your site! I make your artisan bread all the time and it’s hard to believe it’s not whole wheat! We all love it! Are you plant-based too?
Sandy L Feinberg says
I love your Recipes. I wish I had found this earlier. I’ve been gluten free for 3 years and I’m 76. I will ,for the rest of my life, stay gluten free. And Thank You again for making my life better…