I feel as though I’ve been trapped in my kitchen since Jensen’s diagnosis on Monday. Finding ingredients and recipes, and then cooking for a wheat-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and citrus-free diet for him has left me lying on my cheap kitchen linoleum, in a fetal position, crying like a little girl.
A very hungry little girl.
Did I mention that I’m also cooking Phase 1 meals of the South Beach Diet for Fiddledaddy and myself? Even paint chips look delicious to me right now.
Actually, in all truthfulness, Phase 1 has not been bad at all. The Oreos are still in the house. And I haven’t touched them. After the events of Monday, I considered it. But left them alone. Which is so very not like me.
And tomorrow, Saturday (I’m writing this post Friday night, which is so confusing considering it is for Saturday Stirrings) we end Phase 1 and I get to have OATMEAL for breakfast. I will then lick my bowl clean. And do the OATMEAL DANCE. This is the dance I’ve invented specifically for the occasion of ending Phase 1. Not to be confused with the Underwear Dance that I perform on my back porch when the temperature dips below 60 after a long Africa-hot summer, here in Armpit, Florida.
Both performances are worthy of an appearance on Dancing With the Stars. Only I dance alone. Because the neighbors pull their blinds. And bring in their patio furniture.
I wanted to give you a progress report. Jensen is looking incredible. His skin is clearing, and he has not had the wild scratching fits that have plagued him for nearly two years. When he does have a breakout, I’ve been able to (for the most part) pinpoint the culprit and eliminate it from his diet.
Thank you all again and again for all the helpful information and websites and the encouragement that you have sent my way these last few days. I have no fewer than 400 e-mails I need to sift through. I’m totally floored. Well literally, since I’ve spent considerable time curled up by the refrigerator exhaust plate.
A while back, when I realized I needed to be more proactive in dealing with Jensen’s skin problems, I started making my own hypoallergenic laundry detergent to use when washing his clothes. Then I double rinse, and use those blue dryer balls instead of fabric softener sheets in the dryer.
My dryer has balls.
I just needed to say that.
This recipe came from my good friend, Lisa M., who is one of the most talented cooks I’ve ever met. I heart her. And her cooking. But, don’t eat this one.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
1 Bar Ivory Bath Soap, Grated
1 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 Cup Powdered Borax Laundry Booster
I whirl all this together in my food processor, so it makes a fine powder. Then use approximately 1/8 Cup per small load. And then clean the food processor really really well. Or you will be indeed eating laundry detergent.
If you have your own recipe to share, edible or not, link your post below, then link back here, and finally, have a wonderful weekend.
THERE WILL BE NO SATURDAY STIRRINGS NEXT SATURDAY, MAY 24TH.