I met her at an event many years back.
As a mother of three and a full-time accountant, it’s safe to say Vicki 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 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 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 had cancer and suffered from a number of other ailments (including mild arthritis). His “strongly suggested” diets confused and concerned her.
She had never cooked with that type of pressure.
Her husband could help with some of the cooking; however, the bulk of the responsibilities fell on Vicki.
But that was before her husband’s arthritis got really bad too...
In fact, his pain got so severe (even worse than his father’s) that it left him unable to help around the house. The medicine wasn’t helping either.
Vicki’s husband was dealing with a lot of pain…
And a lot of stress...
But Vicki was dealing with a lot of stress too!
She was now caring for her husband and father-in-law.
To make things worse, Vicki couldn’t get any clear advice on nutrition from 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 old-school 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 Vicki 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 Vicki.
Every month, our team releases a new cookbook designed with delicious recipes and ingredients to aid a specific health condition for that month.