Tomorrow I have a whole lot of pictures to show you, but today I will share a few simple food thoughts. I have a lot of thoughts about food…still. Actually, my life seems to center more on food now than it used to, but in an entirely different way.

Grain Free To The Rescue

When I was first diagnosed with a grain allergy, I was shocked, sad and relieved all at the same time. I never dreamed that so many of my physical problems were caused by my reaction to grain. I mean, it never crossed my mind that I could live without a food group! But with the elimination of grain from my diet, one health problem at a time just kept disappearing and I feel so much better now.


There was also an immediate and overwhelming emotional reaction upon hearing the diagnosis. The first week after finding out about my grain allergy, I basically ate nothing. I didn’t know what I could eat, I was scared to eat, and I was too sad to eat.

empty white plate diet grain free

I knew that I couldn’t keep wallowing in my sadness, so I started the process of eliminating grain from my food intake. At first, I only felt safe eating a few very basic foods like apples, sweet potatoes and green beans.

white plate red apple spoon diet

It wasn’t long before eating a plain apple just wasn’t enough to satisfy my sweet tooth, so I baked them with a little cinnamon. Mmmmm…baked organic apples right out of the oven and filling the room with a wonderful aroma. Yeah, they are really delicious.

organic ripe baked apples cinnamon

After placing a huge pile of freshly made whipped cream on top of the warm apples in the bowl, I was satisfied with my dessert. Have I ever told you how much I love to make and eat whipped cream? The texture is so divine. Seriously, not many things rank higher than whipped cream.

whipped cream warm organic apples

Anyway, I had purchased a red bowl because it looked happy and I like eating out of pleasant dinnerware. Somehow the red bowl had taken the place of Bella’s “official” dog bowl. I love Bella, the little red dog. Since it was Bella’s dinnertime, I put some turkey, gravy and diced mozzarella in the red bowl. Then to ensure that she didn’t look at me with sad eyes while I ate my apples, I plopped a dollop of whipped cream on top of all her food in the red bowl. She seemed to enjoy it immensely and acted very happy.

dog dinner in red bowl whipped cream

Spoiled? Bella isn’t spoiled. Whatever gave you that idea?


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1 Joan January 20, 2013 at 6:28 am

Only you can make an apple look that delicious! It is 3:28 A.M. PST and I am craving an apple but don’t have one in the house. I just have bananas. You have any ideas for bananas? 🙂


2 Sherry Riter January 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

LOL I try to keep plenty of fruit in the kitchen because that’s really my only snack other than dark chocolate.


3 Joan January 20, 2013 at 6:30 am

And don’t tell me to put whipped cream on my banana. I don’t have whipped cream either! 🙂


4 Sherry Riter January 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

I always have whipped cream too. It’s a habit I got into while being married. 😉 LOL LOL LOL


5 Making Our Life Matter January 20, 2013 at 8:13 am

Yum! I love cinnamon apples(we always get them when we go to Chili’s) and I always wondered how to make them. Could you share your recipe and cooking times?


6 Sherry Riter January 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

Sure! I’ll try to do it this week. 😀


7 Making Our Life Matter January 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Awesome! I can’t wait!


8 Sherry Riter January 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm



9 Skip_D January 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

mmmmmmmmmm… gonna bake some Granny Smiths tonight!!! ^_^


10 Sherry Riter January 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I actually don’t use Granny Smiths. LOL


11 Skip_D January 20, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I love ’em! that tart taste is perfect!


12 Sherry Riter January 21, 2013 at 12:20 am

I like them sweet as often as possible! LOL


13 Skip_D January 20, 2013 at 4:05 pm

…if Bella isn’t spoiled (spoilt?), then she deserves to be! 😀


14 Sherry Riter January 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Yeah! She’s such a cutie!


15 Young Werther January 20, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Bella eats better than I do!!


16 Sherry Riter January 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Do you want me to set out a red bowl at the table for you? LOL


17 Liza January 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Haha, I don’t think Bella is too spoiled! 😉 My dad and stepmother’s (Kim’s) dogs, Foxy and Harley, LOVE to eat popcorn. They also have cute little outfits that my dad sometimes dresses them up in (well, I’m not very sure about whether he does NOW or not).

As for the allergy, I’d hate losing a whole food group. In response to your comment, yep! Since I’ve been depressed, my lactose intolerance has been amped up quite a bit; I realized my body was more sensitive to any and all of my allergies. Oddly, I’m allergic to cats and dogs and anything with fur, but my cat, Todd (I got him in 2010 :)), I am not allergic to. I think it’s because he’s always made me happy. He currently lives with my grandmother, Mimi, because I couldn’t bring him here. I know cats can oftentimes help people heal, especially when they’re sick, have a fever, etc. They’ll stay by your side. 😛

That’s why I really think that, overtime as I grow stronger than PTSD and MDD, I won’t be so allergic. I don’t know; it’s mostly just a mere thought (and hope…).

The Paleo diet, though, has recipes of things I cannot have. Seasonings and spices and condiments are pretty much out…

My G’mama said to watch what I eat and take note of the things that don’t bother me much, and then the things that do, especially of those on the list. This is because a lot of the things I can’t have actually help me — like grapes. I’ve found grapes to be helpful to me as far as my depression goes; they make me happy, even if only for a while.

“I’m only an email away if you need me.” Thanks. :3 It’s nice to have someone to contact! I currently have one fellow blogger, Stephanie, who’s been my rant-to person sometimes, who has followed my blogs through the years. It’s nice that you offered yourself for some kind of support, because it’s nice to have someone who understands. I’m only almost 22 years old, and my mom only cares about me when it means she benefits from something, and my dad and my stepmother think and believe I’m purposely doing this to myself and/or dwelling, and it really hurts. Thus, support is really nice. Truly.


18 Sherry Riter January 20, 2013 at 10:48 pm

“That’s why I really think that, overtime as I grow stronger than PTSD and MDD, I won’t be so allergic.” LOL I’m hoping the same thing for me! I want Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!!!!

“My G’mama said to watch what I eat and take note of the things that don’t bother me much, and then the things that do” I do the same thing. Some of the things I supposedly “can” eat, I really can’t and so I adjust.

“Thanks. It’s nice to have someone to contact!” You’re very welcome.


19 PJ January 21, 2013 at 12:17 am

Hey Gal! This post reminded my of my four legged baby that we had! She used to expect to eat the same thing as us. Especially when we were driving our 18 wheeler. When we stopped at the truck stops, she thought she had to eat too. Her favorite was scrambled eggs cooked in butter with salt and pepper, (that’s the only way she would eat them) and jalopeno and Cheddar potato chips! LOL!


20 Sherry Riter January 21, 2013 at 12:20 am

LOL Jalapeno and cheddar potato chips?!!!! LOL Too funny PJ!!!


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