emily's fresh kitchen, emily maxson

About - Emily's Fresh Kitchen

Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting Emily’s Fresh Kitchen. I am a trained chef and cookbook author and I love to eat, cook, and think about food. In 1998 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and had surgery to remove part of my intestines. Over the next 10 years, I really struggled with digestive issues, abdominal pain, extreme fatigue, and general malaise. I took pills, had intravenous therapy, gave myself shots, and spent time in hospitals. 

Throughout this journey I read diet and nutritional books hoping for a better way to manage this disease. I am a woman of faith and I believe God led me to a book by Elaine Gottschall called “Breaking the Vicious Cycle.” The book explains the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and how following it strictly can heal the digestive tract from damage done by disease or bacterial imbalance. 

The SCD has helped thousands of people eliminate or control the debilitating symptoms of diseases like Crohns, colitis, celiac, diverticulitis, diabetes and food related allergies. Impressed with the enormous amount of testimony about healing I discovered online, I went on this strict grain-free, sugar-free, lactose-free, nothing-processed diet for 18 months. I believe God used this diet as a tool in my life to bring healing and gave me the self-discipline to follow it daily. I no longer take medications or spend time in hospitals and am able to eat a normal diet again. While I can tolerate most foods, I am still very conscious of what I eat, focusing on whole foods that promote healing and limiting harmful foods.

Being on a strict diet got me back into the kitchen doing a lot of scratch cooking. The SCD is very restrictive, so I was stretched creatively. I used ingredients I had never worked with before and found new ways to make favorite recipes. 

Even though I am no longer strictly following the SCD, I still cook and eat a lot of what I did while on the diet. My passion for great food has developed into a passion for healthful eating. I enjoy working with nutrient-rich foods and creating meals that not only taste good, but assist the body in fighting illness and disease. Nutritional science fascinates me, and I enjoy studying dietary theories. While I believe that what we eat has a direct impact on our overall health, we are all created differently and each do better eating different things. What works for one person may not necessarily work for the next. I create recipes that are adaptable to various diets. 

Thank you again for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy your time here visiting Emily’s Fresh Kitchen!