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Welcome! My name is Heidi, and I’m a single mother of twin pre-schoolers, a Ph.D. student in environmental economics and a low oxalate dieter. I started this site as a resource for busy parents who are trying to balance the demands of an active family life with a low oxalate life-style. On this site you will find kid-friendly, low oxalate recipes. You will find tips on how to follow a low oxalate diet, how to please picky eaters, how to incorporate high oxalate foods into your meals without jeopardizing the low oxalate dieter, and how to let the kids help cook. I hope you will also find support, resources and comraderie as you make your healing journey.
I became a low oxalate dieter after I was diagnosed with vulvar pain syndrome about 20 years ag0–a huge relief after five years of severe pain and misdiagnoses (The doctor who correctly diagnosed me used the terms vulvar vestibulitis and vulvodynia). I began the diet with timed calcium citrate supplements, as recommended by the Vulvar Pain Foundation’s Pain Project. I experienced some immediate relief (within 2 weeks) from the worst burning sensations and pain, then experienced a gradual lessening of my many symptoms over the next few years (I had almost every symptom on the VP Syndrome symptom list). Eventually, I also added guaifenesin treatment, pioneered by Dr. Paul St. Amand as a treatment for fibromyalgia (a severe pain and chronic fatigue disorder that many women and men with VP syndrome have). As scientists have learned more about how oxalate works in the body and as more foods have been tested and (re-tested) for oxalate content, I have modified my diet and treatment, each time with a further lessening of symptoms. Although I am not pain-free (my VP symptoms are about 80% improved), I have achieved complete relief from my rectal, mouth, and eye symptoms; from my fibromyalgia symptoms; from my urinary symptoms; and from my intestinal symptoms. Controlling the timing and type of carbohydrates in my diet has also freed me from chronic fatigue due to problems with hypoglycemia (another condition that many people with fibromyalgia and VP syndrome seem to have). I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Vulvar Pain Foundation and Dr. St. Amand, and will be a low oxalate dieter for life.
I found the low oxalate diet difficult at first, but it soon became second nature. In fact, for the past fifteen years I’ve rarely thought about the challenges of low oxalate dieting. Then I had twin sons. Suddenly, my low oxalate household was invaded by peanut butter, chocolate, whole grain cereals, and other temptations I hadn’t encountered for years. Overwhelmed with the day-to-day responsibilities of caring for young twins by myself, I also found it difficult to eat well and suffered from severe flare-ups in many of my symptoms. Something had to change.
Since then, I have developed a style of cooking that helps me please my family while staying true to the low oxalate diet. I have learned how to cook simple, family-friendly low oxalate meals that are realistic for a busy family’s schedule. I am also slowly learning which high oxalate foods I can resist and which ones need to stay at daycare or grandma’s house.I hope my experiences may help you. I also hope your experience and feedback will help me and other readers. Although I am its author, this is your site. Welcome. Please let me know how I can help support your family.