Some of you might be wondering where the heck I went for the last 10 months…or maybe you didn’t notice. But it’s been quite the adventure. This adventure is what led me to give Beyond The Peel a makeover and a fresh new start! Allow me to explain.
The Year 2014….
Over the course of the last 4 years I had been battling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Something I have kept from all of you up until a year ago in my farewell email. Of course it took 3 years of seeking advice from doctors, practitioners, naturopaths, testing, specialized diets and specialists before I received any real diagnosis. In all honesty a diagnosis is essentially useless, because it’s one of the blanket statements that doctors use to say ‘all tests are negative…it’s not that we don’t believe you… but to make you go away will call it CFS. Oh and there’s nothing we can do to help you’. I’m not the type of person to roll over and just say ‘this is my fate’ and life as I know it will never be the same.
I will NOT lead a partial and half hearted existence! A quick google search will tell anyone looking that they are not alone. There HAS TO BE a solution.
I knew something had to change. Drastically. I didn’t know WHAT the change needed to be, but I knew I needed to try and try again until I figured it out. Moving out to an isolated cabin in the middle of the boreal forest was the first of these attempts. Along with a test trial of a Vegan diet, gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soya free….you name it! This triggered a few months worth of posts highlighting the trials, the successes and tribulations of that little experiment. By the time I booked my trip to Vietnam, my health, my energy and my will to fight was at an all time low. After leaving my cabin in the woods at the end of September I knew I couldn’t give up. I turned to acupuncture, rest, chinese medicine and some drastic life changes instead of giving up. Some of these life changes were out of my control but maybe a blessing in disguise (the jury is still out on that one). I won’t bore you all with the details. Needless to say it was and still is a long process, with a big life change all smashed in between. This ultimately has led me to the long road to recovery. Let’s just say, I have a renewed sense of fight, my mental clarity is back, my energy levels are increasing and I’m feeling better than I have in 3 years.
If you are suffering from CFS and would like to know more about how I’m managing the recovery process, simply email me at beyondthepeel [at] g mail dot com.
A New Chapter
This new chapter comes at a time where I now feel this renewed sense of energy and stamina. Its’ a glorious feeling. Glooohhhriousss!
Now is the time to start blogging again! Whoohooo!!!!! I’mmmmm baaaaack! My creative outlet and passion is my love of making and creating delicious recipes and meals and working on the craft of food photography. Beyond The Peel was a husband and wife endeavour, but for this new chapter it was only fitting to create something that was truly my own. I wanted a site and project that was of my own making, something that was uniquely me.
Enter… The Restless Palate!
Why the Restless Palate?
Those that are close to me know I have this need to explore and discover isn’t just related to my physical whereabouts as I do love to travel, but can be seen in many facets of my personality. Food is no exception! After all, there’s so many ingredients and combinations yet to try!
What stays the same?
You’ll find the same quirky fab girl, the same healthy, flavourful and simple recipes (except for the occasional treat). And the same quirky sense of food babble, off beat sense of humour and positive outlook on life.
The first big change and of course the most obvious is a brand new look! Some of the changes in design will make the site more user friendly and some of the bugs will be removed (along with that annoying subscriber pop up! Thank gawd). I just have to tell you all that I’m so pleased with the new design. Only 6 more days to go before the unveiling. The site will look beautiful thanks to Kristy Gardner of OhKSocialMedia.com. You can visit her beautiful portfolio here. You’ll also see the addition of a few of my favourite cocktail recipes, more giveaways, some travel photography and a new page entitled LIFE where all the goodies that don’t pertain directly to food can be found.
If you are a fan of Beyond The Peel, feel free to share the big news on facebook, twitter or pinterest. I can’t wait to launch this new site and hope to have you all on board. You’re support is super duper appreciated so thank you in advance.
PS. The site might be down for a day or two as we prepare to launch the new site but don’t worry, it’s temporary!
I haven’t seen most of you in ages and miss you all dearly. Please come say hello in the comment box!