I met her at an educational event many years ago.
As a mother of two and a full-time accountant, it’s safe to say Wendy had a full plate.
She basically managed several full-time jobs when you include being a wife, managing the kids’ schedules, cleaning their home and cooking meals for a couple “selective” eaters (her words, not mine).
No special-diets or food allergies in the house. She lucked out with that.
Until her father-in-law moved in…
Luckily, they had the extra space. Grandpa could spend time with his grandchildren (especially their youngest son), and everything was working out nicely.
She said she enjoyed having him around -- except when it came to cooking.
Her father-in-law suffered from a number of ailments, and his “strongly suggested” diets confused/concerned her. The bulk of the cooking responsibilities fell on Wendy.
She had never cooked with that type of pressure.
And that was before her husband got sick…
He came down with an odd illness, which left him extremely lethargic and weak.
Looking back, I wonder if he was suffering from adrenal crisis or some sort of hormone fatigue/disorder/deficiency. They weren’t sure what was wrong at the time. Everyone worried it was something serious. He was definitely dealing with a lot of stress….
But so was Wendy.
She was now caring for her husband and father-in-law.
To make things worse, Wendy couldn’t get any clear advice on nutrition from the doctors or physicians. She had guidelines (dos and don’ts) for each ailment, but that didn’t help her make anything edible.
She couldn’t find any complete recipes that followed the necessary health concerns.
Most cookbooks follow a specific weight-loss plan or style of cooking.
Her only solution was to work harder and search harder.
She complained about wasting hours in internet groups and forums.
It took awhile, but it allowed her to find real recipes (things people actually ate before).
And that would have been fine if she had ample free time…
But that was NOT the case.
It was honestly too much for a lone cook to handle.
I wish I could contact her now, but Wendy and I fell out of touch.
This was before social media became a big thing.
In my opinion, she needed specialty recipes (or cookbooks) for each of her family’s health concerns. It’s unfortunate this was before I started ExercisesForInjuries.com.
‘EFI’s Recipes For Healthy Living’ series would have been perfect for Wendy.
Every month, our team releases a new cookbook designed with delicious recipes and ingredients to aid a specific health condition for that month.