Welcome to the Sensitive Dietitian’s Kitchen. My name is Debra Hope Riedesel and that’s where you’ll find me most days, in fact I think of my kitchen as my office. I’m a licensed registered dietitian (RD, LD), who happens to have a few foods sensitivities herself. You too? Then let me reassure you it can be a fabulous life, just you wait and see. You are going to thank the day you were diagnosed with your food sensitivity or intolerance, because life only gets better from here. Mine did and I count my blessing everyday.
I happen to live on the prairie in Cumming, Iowa, but spend my winters down in SW Florida. Yes I know, life is good for the Sensitive Dietitian. I’m a city girl, with a farmer’s daughter heart, a green thumb, and guess what, I married a farm boy who’s all about life off the farm. Talk about life’s contradictions. I absolutely love being a private practice dietitian and have been now for the past 15 years. I’ve been contemplating starting a blog for the last couple of years and finally decided it was about time to share my recipes (and my opinions about food) not only with my clients but others who may also be sensitive to gluten, dairy, egg, soy, food additives and more.
Have you noticed all the wonderful food blogs out there now, me too. So how is mine different you ask? Yes, I happen to be dairy sensitive and keep a gluten-free home, but, I also try to avoid GMO foods the best I can and, I think you should too for your health and the health of the earth. I will discuss GMOs in more detail and how to avoid them. No, I am not a scientist, but I read way too many research articles not only about food and nutrition but the environment, farming practices, genetics and how this all impacts our health.
My husband, the farm boy, who still owns the family farm, lives a gluten-free lifestyle after suffering from GERD, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), spinal stenosis, peripheral neuropathy and other digestive problems. I always suspected he might be gluten intolerant, but it wasn’t until I suggested he drop gluten as a trial before he believed. Yes dear readers, there are 5 stages of denial. Can you recite them? Although he tested negative for celiac he did test positive for gluten-sensitivity via Enterolab.com and ALCAT.com. Once he eliminated gluten, not only did his cholesterol fall 75 points, he lost 30 pounds, all the pain from his RA and his neuropathy went away. Needless to say he and his doctor are very pleased with his progress and we may be able to live a long happy, healthy life together. I would also like to suggest if you should be considering dropping gluten from your diet, please be screened for celiac disease first.
I should also mention I happen to be the creator and author of The Cycle Diet for Women and have spent the last 13 years helping woman reduce their symptoms of PMS and PMDD through nutrition therapy. Unfortunately this is still a rather taboo subject full of shame and embarrassment. If you know of any woman suffering needlessly, be sure and send her my way. Many who have gone years with underlying food sensitivities are amazed once they make those dietary adjustments. This blog is especially dedicated to the hundreds of women who have done and are currently doing the hard work to gain their lives back. Hang in there it gets better.
And one last thing you’ll want to know about me, I’m a step-mom and a dog-mom… all beautiful girls.
Here’s my Baby Bella Doxie