Flavour Cravings

I know you’ll understand this. You’re in much the same situation as I am, that’s why you read my blog, follow me on Facebook and Instagram and Pinterest. Because I have celiac disease and other autoimmune diseases, I have some dietary restrictions due to gluten. And by choice, I am paleo. But I decided to go hardcore, and go “AIP”. True, I have re-introduced some non-AIP foods, but there are some foods that I *never* eat, because I know they’re going to make me feel like crap. I will *never* voluntarily challenge gluten. Or corn. Or soy. Ever. I also stay away from other legumes. Whenever I eat them, something happens. The last time I tried red kidney beans (last year?) I got vertigo for an entire day. Not fun.

But sometimes I just miss my old comfort foods. Sometimes, like yesterday, I’ll get a whiff of something that makes me think of a food that I used to eat and love as a kid, and I’ll get a craving that just won’t go away. It happens to all of us, no matter who we are. I’m sure The Paleo Mom herself experiences this. And Mark Sisson. And The Godfather of Paleo, Loren Cordain likely does as well! We’re all human. Food is memory. Memory is food.

Yesterday, I don’t know where it came from, but suddenly I had a whiff of gingersnap cookies up my nose, and I was immediately returned to my childhood, dunking gingersnaps in my tea. Or “Dad’s” oatmeal chocolate chip, regular chocolate chip. All of them, and a cup of tea, was the perfect afternoon snack. I don’t know where the smell came from, I was nowhere near the cookie plant, (we used to live close to it when I was a kid…still driving by in the summer time when you can smell all the cookies makes me want to eat them all!). But ever since, I’ve been craving gingersnap cookies.

Which of course, I can’t just go buy some anymore, because they’re all full of horrible things that I can’t eat. Even the “gluten free” ones. Sugar, soya, and other unpronounceable things…

So, I’m going to make my own! I’ve been thinking of the ingredients I have in my cupboard, and “what exactly goes into a gingersnap cookie anyway?” and googling for various recipes. Most of the recipes I’ve found, even the Paleo ones, I don’t have all the ingredients, and I’m not about to go out shopping. I’m already in my pajamas. Not that that has ever stopped me before, but it’s the principle! I want to see if I can make a decent gingersnap cookie with just the ingredients I have on hand right now. I do this a lot when I’m developing new recipes, because I want them to be easy for my clients and readers to be able to make them too, so they don’t have to go searching high and low at 18 different stores for obscure ingredients. More and more “paleo” ingredients are becoming available in regular grocery stores even, so we don’t need to stop at multiple stores as often (though I do think that will always be something we will have to do. I don’t think even Whole Foods has *everything*!)

So, I have some tigernut flour, some coconut flour, some ginger and cinnamon of course (we’ll be well into the apocalypse when I no longer have ginger or cinnamon in my kitchen!) and I’ve got some applesauce. I’m going to try an AIP recipe first, because I’m working on developing an on-line AIP group program and need some new recipes. Plus, I’m thinking of writing a cookbook too. Yes, I may be slightly touched in the head, this is a lot of stuff I want to do. On top of my full-time job.

Speaking of an AIP group program, I have enrolled in the very first ever AIP Coach Certification class, offered by Sarah Ballantyne, with Micky Trestcott and Angie Alt. Once I have completed that class, I will be a certified AIP coach as well, and my AIP group will start shortly after that. So, stay tuned for sign up info!

Anyhoo, back to gingersnaps. I have the day off tomorrow, and nothing really to do until dinner time-ish. Then my sisters and cousin and I are going to a G80s video dance party. Get it? It’s Pride Week. G80s! HA HA! I may even get brave and go to the parade on Sunday. There’s just SO. MANY. PEOPLE! But this is my year of adventure, and I’m going to Ottawa for Canada Day, where they’re expecting upwards of 500,000 people so I should probably just suck it up and do it!

I keep getting sidetracked…GINGERSNAPS! That’s what I’m going to do tomorrow. I’m going to make gingersnaps. I’d do it now, but supper is cooking, and there’s no room for supper and cookies.  

What foods do you miss from before your diagnosis, or before you went voluntarily paleo? Do you sometimes wonder where these phantom smells come from that remind you of when you were a kid? If you ever need help developing recipes to take the place of your old comfort foods, give me a call or send me an email. I’m pretty good at figuring out the perfect paleo and AIP substitutions. I love experimenting!

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