Bloating. Fatigue. Stomach pains. Inability to concentration. Everyday.
Being twins, it was interesting to see that we were both going through the same problems. We thought it was normal. Probably just symptoms of stress?
It wasn’t until our mum took us to see a naturopathic doctor then we realized that it wasn’t. After several tests, we were diagnosed with gluten and lactose intolerance.
At that time we had no idea what that meant. Those unfamiliar words seemed so foreign. After searching on the internet, we were devastated to find out literally everything “gluten” or dairy in it. Including the most basic seasonings we used in our home – soy sauce, gochujang, oyster sauce, chili bean paste…
It seemed too hard to give up eating what we loved. We ignored it.
To our dismay, the pain and discomfort remained and continued as we graduated from high school; went onto college and even serving full-time missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Both of us became really sick.
At that moment we knew we needed to make changes.
It was during this time that Raena (youngest sister), who was a junior in high school, started experiencing similar symptoms. She was diagnosed with gluten intolerant also.
New LIFE NEW CHAPTER
Making those changes was hard. It meant reading every label to check before I could purchase it. It meant researching online for alternative ingredients. It meant teaching ourselves how to cook differently again.
Needless to say, we had many, many disasters. From gloopy cake batters to overly dry breads – sometimes they turned out ok, others was completely inedible. We had to start from scratch, but our love for food persisted through.
Our kitchen became our science lab. We began experimenting and researching. When we finally started to make some progress and make something that taste good, it was probably one of the best days of our lives! It had been so long since we had actually found success in making what seemed so simply previously to us. This “reset” in our lives blossomed into a newfound passion for a completely different world of cooking. We wanted to remake dishes we had eaten during our travels; our weekly Saturday meals or our from T.V. like we had previously.
What was impossible before suddenly became possible.
This is blog is a story about overcoming our challenges. It is a story about healing and about love. It is about 3 sisters who came together to cook and to inspire one another to do something we thought we could never do. With the support from our amazing parents and our faith in God, we started this blog to share our experience and our knowledge.
The joy we have found from this blog has been such a strength to us. We are so grateful for this opportunity to share what we have learnt. We truly believe in a God that allows us to experience challenges so that we lift others going through similar challenges. We also firmly believe in the amazing power that comes from families, because we wouldn’t have been able to do this without them.
No matter what allergies’ you have, no matter what you are going through, we hope this blog will inspire you to cook and to overcome your own challenges!
Have fun in the kitchen!
Zoe, Mia and Raena