My Story

Edit 2: A Miracle of Healing and a Bittersweet Message. Learn more here!

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Edit: A New Round of Allergens and a New Direction. Learn more here!

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I have always loved food. People never understand when I say I’m passionate about food (they think, “yeah, Lina, everyone loves food.”), but they soon see just how much my heart and mind is in love with all things edible. Since I was young I’ve found trying new foods exciting, discovering new culinary combinations exhilarating, and cooking always relaxing. But in the winter of 2013, my whole world changed. And as a result, so did my culinary world.

My skin has had patches of eczema on it for my entire life. Sometimes it would get worse, sometimes it would get better, but in 2012 my eczema exploded over my body. My body had more eczema than it had regular skin, and it was the worst case I had ever had. After about a year and a half of trying treatments, medications, and “just living with it,” I decided to seek help from a holistic medical professional. 

Convinced the problem was something in my regular diet that my body was reacting to, my doctor took samples of my blood and sent them off to a lab for testing. When my results came back, I was astonished to discover that I was allergic, at some level, to almost every food I was tested for! There were fifteen items that I was allergic enough to that I should try to avoid them at all costs.

  • Most seafood and fish. (Except scallops and clams!)
  • All nuts
  • Corn (Eek! Corn is in everything!)
  • Oats
  • Celery
  • Green peas
  • Soybeans (Soy, too, is in everything!)
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • White Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Latex
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Chestnuts
  • Kiwis
Most of these items were ingredients I cooked with and ate daily! But within just TWO WEEKS of eliminating these foods from my diet, my eczema almost completely disappeared! It was incredible. I decided that if a diet change was all that it took to completely eradicate this life-long disease and struggle, I would learn to cook and eat without these foods.

And so this is the story of my new lifestyle. This is the chronicling of delicious, occasionally decadent, and mostly healthy dishes that are free of the allergens above. I hope you’ll find that the recipes can also be made and enjoyed by people who have no need to avoid the foods listed above. My intention is that no dish feels like it’s made “without” or “missing” anything.

Thank you for joining me on my “StrictlyDelicious” journey!

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