Happy Birthday to me! Today I am 34 years old and to be honest with you – I am feeling it! I am not feeling young and energetic, but rather tired and trying to smile through the pain I’ve been feeling a lot more lately because of my endometriosis. This is exactly why I am so committed to sticking with what we call the endo diet. People say “you can’t deprive yourself” or “It’s your birthday! Live a little! No alcohol? No cake?”, but they don’t live with pain everyday they believe can be changed with food and I do.
It isn’t like I wouldn’t love myself a nice espresso martini with baileys in a chocolate rimmed glass, and a box of Entenmann’s raspberry cheese danish. I didn’t always eat this current way. I completely understand that life gets in the way and sometimes you just want to do certain things, but on a daily basis if you want to feel better it is important to remember you have control over your choices when it comes to food. I just want to be out of pain, and really – even if you don’t have endometriosis this kind of diet is what everyone should be at least trying to incorporate into their lives at some level.
So let’s talk about the cake! My daughter is a total sugar freak (she and my son are 18 months apart so I gave into so much more regarding the sugar – I will get a handle on it at some point soon but man is she feisty). She and my son decided to bake a cake literally first thing this morning with my husband and then somehow they were diving into this mess at 10am. I need to get my son in some pictures, but he is a little on the shy side which clearly my daughter is not. How cute is this:
I did not partake in that cake, although it really did look delicious especially after those grubby little hands were all up in it don’t you think? I did, however, explain to them that I loved the cake but it really was not good for my body. Then of course my son, who is 4 and very analytic, wanted to know what was not good and that opened up the whole discussion about food dyes and flour, etc. He may not understand everything but it is important to me to teach my children as much as possible as food because I’m not confident that is going to be happening in school. I say “you can have that cake but you should know what is in it and why it is not good to eat it all the time and why you should definitely not eat a ton”.
Anyway! My husband has been extremely supportive of the way that I am eating and he called all over the place where we live to try and find a gluten and dairy free cake. Now, we live in a small town in CT so this is not really that common for places to carry but he never gives up and found this little beauty:
It may not have been the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth, but when a girl is trying to do what I am when it comes to diet it tastes pretty delicious.
Remember to celebrate you especially on your birthday!