I met her at an educational event a number of years ago.
As a mother of three (two teenagers if I’m remembering correctly) and a full-time occupational therapist, it’s safe to say Linda had her hands full.
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 few “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 extra space. Grandpa could spend time with his grandchildren, especially their youngest son, and it worked out pretty nice. She said she enjoyed having him around -- except when it came to cooking.
Her father-in-law suffered from a bad ulcer and mild-case of IBS (in addition to a couple more serious problems). His “strongly suggested” diets confused and concerned her. The bulk of the cooking responsibilities fell on Linda.
She had never cooked with that type of pressure.
Not to mention, she couldn’t get any clear advice from doctors or physicians. She had guidelines (dos and don’ts), but that didn’t help Linda make something edible.
She couldn’t find anything that addressed the other health concerns she needed.
Most cookbooks follow a specific weight-loss plan or style of cooking.
Her only solution… Work harder and search harder.
She complained about wasting hours with internet groups and forums. It took awhile, but it allowed her to find real recipes (things people actually ate before).
She said the recipes were okay too.
And that would have been fine…
Had she ONLY been cooking for him.
Or had no life and ample free time. However, that wasn’t the case.
This was just too much for a lone cook to handle.
Sadly, Linda and I fell out of touch.
This was before social media became big, and I wish I had a way to contact her now.
In my opinion, Linda needed speciality recipes (or cookbooks) for each of her father-in-law’s health conditions. It’s too bad this was before I started ExercisesForInjuries.com.
‘EFI’s Recipes For Healthy Living’ series would have been perfect for Linda.
Every month, our team releases a new cookbook designed with delicious recipes and ingredients to aid a specific health condition for that month.