Ultimately I started this little business because I love sharing raw goodies with friends!!
For the past 15 years, I have been battling a case of Ankylosing Spondylitis, a really yucky autoimmune disease that causes painful inflammation and fusing of the spine, along with hellacious IBS, and in my case Colitis. The good news? I am now conquering my AS by eating lots of starch free & truly natural and pure foods. This blog is more focused specifically on sweet raw treat recipes, because I had initially created my little Betty Rawker Company as a raw chocolate manufacturing company. But I soon found being a small raw chocolate producer was going to cost me more money in the long wrong then I was able to make doing it. But I decided that I would at least share some of my favorite recipes with you!
I truly love and appreciate my vegan and omnivore friends equally! I first switched to a vegan diet at 13 years old, and from there into my late 20’s I primarily ate vegan foods, though I wasn’t 100% vegan the full span of time. Unfortunately I ran into a lot of health problems eating a highly processed mostly vegan diet loaded with too many grains and GMO soy, starches, and refined sugars, and I have now developed a horrible inflammatory gut and body reaction to soy (even a drop of soybean oil ruins my life for a week!), and I can also no longer tolerate gluten, grains or starches either.
In my late 20’s I developed an extremely painful inflammatory response to eating food. It seemed like my gut was trying to kill me, literally. The countless doctors I saw were of no help, diagnosing me with everything from Fibro, to Depression, to IBS, then Colitis, and finally 12 years too late I got the correct diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis. But before the official AS diagnosis I found my way to the SCD diet. Which I am thankful I found at that time, as I went through a strict elimination diet for 6 months on SCD and it truly helped me identify my newly developed food intolerances and it helped me to start eating meals without wicked gut pain, bloating, and debilitating back and body pain, and huge energy surges and crashes. And then from there I found my way back to a high raw, mostly vegan diet that also falls under the umbrella of Paleo (no grains, no soy, no corn, no dairy, no refined sugar, no legumes). For a few years I truly felt like I had found my perfect diet in eating a diet high in raw foods, with minimal cooked foods.
I felt amazing.
But then a few years later, I didn’t feel amazing. I found I was eating too many carbs, even though they were all raw/vegan carbs, I started gaining weight around my mid section. And I was relying too much on high carb smoothies to pull me through each day. Back here to the initial sugar addiction I had developed before I did SCD for the first time.
At this moment in my life, I have found a really great balance for my body with eating more wild caught fish and shellfish, and pastured meats. And I have also started using local pastured eggs from our neighbor’s farm in some of my grain-free baked goods and waffles. I pretty much avoided eggs most of my life, but now I honestly like the way they help balance out my homemade grain free recipes. Before I added in some of these animal products, I was also starting to feel like I was overdoing it on my nut consumption. As much as I used to love my “walnut taco meat” I can’t actually eat nut/seed faux meat pates anymore, as I just completely overdid it on them, much like I overdid it on soy meat products growing up.
The moral of the story. I love pure foods. I love raw foods. And I love paleo style pastured raised meats and eggs.
And I hate how we have turned diets into religions.
I have started a new website to feature my favorite low starch recipes. I am also working on publishing a cookbook of Low Starch Paleo Recipes. This book includes a rawinbow of raw recipes, vegan recipes, and traditional paleo recipes. I am also including the approaches that are helping so many from around the world overcome Ankylosing Spondylitis! Such a fun project full of creative recipes and heartfelt stories! Be sure to check out the new website dedicated to paleo – grain free – low starch and delicious recipes!
Andrea Wyckoff, aka “Betty Rawker”
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