I began my journey on Mother’s Day 2011. I was ready to change myself for the better and lose the baby weight I had gained after having 4 children. A new fitness center had gone into our neighborhood. After signing up for a membership, I was lucky enough to be set up with a personal trainer who not only worked me to the bone during training sessions, but instilled in me the importance food played in achieving my goals. She stressed to me the importance of eating a clean, healthy diet, consisting of high protein lean meats, good carbs, and limit my sugar intake. After 3 months of working with her and eating a healthier diet, I was amazed at how much better I felt.
Shortly after my realization of how much food affected how I felt, I began to think about my family. My husband has suffered from severe eczema for as long as I have known him. It had gotten to the point where he needed to take prednisone daily to keep his skin under control. Despite visits to multiple specialists, his condition continued to be a constant struggle. My daughter Julia, also suffered from eczema and allergies, and multiple visits to specialists had done nothing to help her either. I began looking for some type of alternative in hopes of helping them both.
In September 2011, my husband and I decided to meet with a nutritionist. The experience was eye opening! She took one look at my husband’s skin, looked at my daughter and said “Your daughter’s skin will end up exactly like you husband’s if you don’t make a change.” She explained that their condition was being caused by the consumption of grain and dairy. She further stated that if we didn’t change our diet and remove those things from our life, my daughter would eventually struggle with the same issues my husband did. We spent the next month purging our home of anything containing wheat, soy, and corn.
This also began my quest for finding better and safer alternatives for my family. I began scrutinizing labels, and trying to understand what each ingredient was. I researched alternatives to flour, sugars, and oils. I wanted to understand it all. The resources were so scattered, and people around us began looking for places to start as well. Hence, Nutty Alternatives was born.
This blog is here to be a resource and inspiration to eating clean and finding healthy alternatives. My goal is to de-mystify the mysterious and share with you our story back to wellness. I hope that through our experiences I can pass along my knowledge and give you encouragement in your own journey.
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Kelly’s a busy Mom of four kids: Hannah Grace, age 8; Julia, age 7; and identical twins, Jacob and Logan, age 3. (To read more about her children and the all the health problems they had to overcome, read here) Her partner in life, and source of constant encouragement, is her husband, Shawn. Her inspiration comes from her family, and a desire to help others be more informed about their alternatives.
Disclaimer: Kelly is not a trained dietician, nutritionist, chef, or medical professional. The information on this blog is based on facts, research, and personal experiences. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease. Never dismiss any advice your health physician gives. The author shall in no event be held liable for any loss or other damages including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential, or any other damages.