My name is Christy, but you can call me Dishy. I’m a blogger, cookbook author, roller skater, chicken tender, wife, momma, and much more. Sometimes I write for fun, and this is where I share my stories.

I may look (semi) normal, but I suffer from a freaky ear plague ailment called Ménière’s disease.  It is not contagious, and that is great because you do not want it. Periodically and without warning I go deaf, get vertigo, and more. It’s horrible. Also, it’s incurable! Could it get any better?! Oh, yes…

Because of this stupid disease, I have to limit salt. What? Yeah, I know. It’s super weird, but the only way to treat Ménière’s is by adopting a low sodium diet. So, rather than sitting in the corner, crying and moping for the rest of my life, I created a website for people like me, those burdened with this inescapably awful diet.

It’s nice to do nice things for other people instead of being a self-pitying jerk, dontcha think? I like making the world a better place. (Between us, it’d be great if it gets me some “bonus points,” but I don’t mean to be presumptuous.)

If you think I am fun sounding, and would like to comment, please do. It makes me feel less alone. And the world is an awfully big place. No?

I like people. But I do not like keeping up with the Joneses, and if you are someone who does, then I pity you. Now please go away. Everyone else, WELCOME! I am so glad you stopped by. Now if you will excuse me, life awaits.

135 thoughts on “A WHOLE PAGE ABOUT ME!!!

  1. Love your website! I’m also salt restricted due to cardiac problems. I have a 32 year old daughter also born on Friday the 13th (in June). She was also the 13th baby the nurse midwife had delivered at that hospital (#13 in the log book). We consider every Friday the 13th our “Lucky Day”. Keep up the great work on this website and blog. I really appreciate the great recipes and the bits of your life you share with us.

  2. just found your blog through your recent pet post:
    so glad to see someone instilling love for pets in their children. read your about page and i just think you sound like “good stuff”! …and i’m not just saying that so your husband doesn’t kick my ass…

  3. Maddie you are the sweetest ever. I am feeling a little better this morning, slowly but surely. Hope you are working hard. Have a great day at school. See you soon! Love always, Mommy 🙂

  4. arrested development is my NEW FAVORITE show! i never saw it before (remember, no tv here at the ABH) and borrowed the first season from the library. i haven’t left the den in DAYS. i die laughing from that show. jason bateman=hotness.


    Ikudo – Thanks!! Really sweet of you to say.

    Hi MarlaJayne! I always appreciate your articulate comments @ Hayden’s & Connie’s – thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

    Curly, arrested development is truly one of the funniest shows EVERRR. As for Mr. Bateman, I couldn’t agree more.

    HEYYA BOUNCY! Welcome! And please feel free to compare me to a gorgeous movie star ANYTIME.

    Panny babe, I missed you too. xo

  6. I just love, love, love your personality. It seems rather familiar to me. Makes me feel better about my complete randomness which I enjoy sharing with others on my blog page.

  7. MEOW HELLCAT!! Thank you so much – you sweet thing you. I will have to check out your site more when I am off my deathbed. WATCH OUT! Or you may find yourself on my SLOBROLL. xo

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Ivan. I hope to visit Oregon one day, but no longer fly (due to my freaky ear plague) and have to curtail long drives as well.. SO who knows when I’ll see the Pacific Ocean. But I’m glad to be near the Atlantic!

  8. Hi Dishy,
    I am very happy to have found your blog. I am 27 and living in NYC. Around 8 months ago I started getting meniere’s symptoms, and while my experience with doctors was infinitely better than yours, I went for months without someone actually confirming it was indeed meniere’s rather than just likely. Although I still have doctors who feel that an autoimmune inner ear disease is the problem.

    I am so interested in hearing the progression of your disease because I am of course scared about what will happen to me, generally things have gotten worse and worse. I finally found a really great ent that has started steriod injections into my ear, which has been much more helpful than oral steriods–he says they help 75-80% of patients. He has also suggested that if this doesn’t help shunt surgery or a menitt device may be useful.

    As you must know from living in philly, it’s very hard to avoid eating out when you live in a city, do you have any advice?



    1. Hi Melissa! I’m so glad you found me too! Strength in numbers! I’m so sorry to hear you’re having such a hard time at present. It’s hard to say how things will change for you over the course of time. Meniere’s affects individuals so differently. After I was diagnosed & placed on the low sodium diet, it was like night & day for me. Once I eliminated salt from my diet, my hearing came back and the insufferable tinnitus (mostly) went away. But since that time (6 yrs ago) my symptoms have fluctuated. Sometimes I can pinpoint triggers. Dental work, iPods, vibration from long car trips, DIY work here at the house (drilling, sawing, etc), all wreak havoc on me and I try to avoid them as much as I can. But I also contend with things I can’t control. Weather affects me tremendously. I can go from fine to BLAMMO! dizzy as hell & scared sh*tless. I try desperately to pop open my ear, but it shuts to the world. Or, I’ll go through periods of time when my ear is crackling, sometimes so loudly it wakes me from deep sleep. It’s NUTS. As for treatment, the doctor has offered a diuretic, which I’ve declined in lieu of drinking some wine nightly, which keeps me relaxed and very slightly dehydrated. I have a prescription for meclizine, which I take almost never – it’s just like wearing a lead suit and completely knocks me out – as well as anti-anxiety medication, which I do take when I get especially panic-stricken. It’s so hard to explain to someone what it’s like to feel trapped inside your own body. But it really does help talking to people, especially when they understand EXACTLY what you’re going through. If you’re on Facebook, there are a few Meniere’s groups. This one in particular I find helpful – simply for discussion and support. I’ve never had steroid shots or a shunt. So I can’t speak to either, but it’s likely someone in one of the groups has and could provide more helpful information. Regardless, please feel free to contact me anytime – I am always happy to help! Wishing you much health & happiness, Christy (Dishy)

      1. OH! Forgot to add – yes it is VERY hard not eating out, especially when you live in a city of world class restaurants. But you don’t need to feel deprived. If you order things without salt, and often without sauce, you will eliminate a lot of sodium easily. Stick to fresh foods, things that are less processed. And definitely check out my friend Sodium Girl’s website. Jess lives in San Francisco and is on a strict low sodium diet due to kidney failure. Yet she is young and beautiful and ALWAYS enjoying herself at restaurants all over the city. She offers tons of helpful hints I think you’ll find useful. Anyway – hope that helps!

    1. Thanks so much, Spring!! So glad you like the blog – and as for the house, we’re all in love! That’s the great thing about old houses. They bring people together, past & present. I just took a peek a your website — such beautiful work! You sound like a wonderful person, someone I’d very much enjoy in real life. Happy Holidays & keep up the great work!

  9. Thank you for being you! Your blog and the comments you’ve made are gifts of inspiration and encouragement for me and a lot of your readers. I can’t imagine having Meniere’s Disease, of the discomforts the disease brings. I’ve seen patients during its acute phase and in can be debilitating. Thus, I admire your courage and determination as well. You have a wonderful blog that motivates people. Have a great day.

    1. Could you be any sweeter?! Thank YOU for your kind comments, IT. It means the world knowing other people understand. Living w/ a chronic illness, I tend to look at life this way: when I feel good, I GO FOR IT. Better to live life to the fullest and get as much accomplished as possible. If you put things off till tomorrow, who knows how you’ll feel then?

      Happy weekend, my friend!

  10. Maine has found it’s jewel- you! Your posts are reflections of a generous and loving person who wants to make a difference in the World and make it a better place for others. Your sharing encourages people and make them feel good about themselves. Great blog all throughout. Thanks for sharing and taking time to visit other bloggers- like me.

  11. I would love to see how those 6 chicks would turn out to be when they grow up. Thanks for letting us see a glimpse of your wonderful family and the wonderful times and adventures you all share together. You have a lovely family, home and community. That is a rare find. I’m happy for you.

  12. IT, I will definitely be posting all about them as they grow, plus documenting their transition to the great outdoors. It should be fun building their coop and pen. (Read: fun and exhausting!) You are one of the nicest people ever – leaving me such lovely comments. Is my husband paying you?! Hahhahah

  13. Welcome back from a wonderful 4th of July vacation. Hope you’ll make a post about it. Vermont is such a beautiful place . Thanks for the comments. I miss the small town festivities. The first town I work was called Marysville in California. I love everything about it. The old buildings, the traditions but more importantly the friendly and hospitable people. I had the fondest memories of my co-workers who I considered as my second family. God bless you and your family.

    1. You too, IT! There’s something about a small town that speaks to me, though I’m not sure I’d be happy living in one full time. I’m too accustomed to a city. Portland in comparison to Philly is so tiny (!!) — maybe I just need to work my way down. By the time I retire I could move to a hamlet. LOL

  14. Thanks. It is a sheer joy for me to read your beautiful comments. What a small world. I used to breed and sell Cichlids when I was in college. They almost look like salt water fishes without the expensive cost. My dad is now breeding commercial catfish with the help of by brother-in law. The past is so beautiful that I felt nostalgic about the era even if I wasn’t born on those dates. I’m glad you like the post. As for outlets and malls, honestly they make me dizzy after more than an hour of wandering. But I love my wife and what makes her happy , makes me happy too. And yes, she had a blast at the outlet with her mom. Following your blog, made this Summer more interesting. Take care.

    1. IT, you are very kind to leave your comment here where you know I’ll read it. I’m sorry I don’t keep up with them as I’d like — summer is fun but also a lot of work with my daughters both home. I’m sure you understand! 🙂

  15. Hello again! I love your blog and your photography. My brother lives in Portland, Oregon and it is gorgeous out there in the Northwest (I used to live in Washington State). But Maine will always be my home sweet home. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

  16. One of the best part of my day is discovering inspiring stories in my blogroll. And heading on the list is your Blog. I’m always a fan of those who value their family above anything else and sees life as always positive and hopeful. Thank you. Best wishes to you and your family.

    1. IT, I swear you must be on my husband’s payroll. You leave the loveliest comments, and in such abundance! I am blessed to have you reading my blog and enjoying it, as I do yours. Looking forward to your next adventure.

  17. Hi Christy,

    I so enjoyed the Fairy photos. Thank you so much. Gosh you’re an awesome person. When I was a little girl I used to make little places for the fairies and it brought back so many memories when I saw your photos. I’ve also sent you and invitation to join a new Group that I belong to: can’t seem to be able to paste it here. Anyway, I know you are a busy lady etc., but it would be great just to make your presence felt in our Group to show everyone that living with MD can be handled properly and I know they will all benefit from your wonderful website and cooking ideas and all the photos and comments here. Thanks Christy and happy spin free days and good health to everyone. XXXXX Regards, Sharon (Shaz)

    1. Hi Shaz,

      Thanks so much for making my day! Was tickled to get this. I’ve joined your group – and thanks so much for the invitation. Hope to explore & expand my membership as time permits. Wishing you all the very best!

  18. Look forward to spending more time reading your pages! I have been blog surfing tonight, and actually had a mini panic when I couldn’t find my way back here to mark as a favorite! New myself to blogging, I think I tend to over-rant on FB, so I loved your opening comment here “I am a blogger”…

    I also understand about the 5th entity you call “Home”. I refer to ours as “The House”, and am always commenting that more stuff seems to come into “The House” than stuff that ever leaves “The House”, which can’t possibly last forever…anyway, love your blogging style…

  19. I am still amazed that you cannot eat salt. The sorrow. The vast amount of salt I take for granted… I love your writing style, and your little thumbtag profile photo is super gorgeous. -kate

    1. Kate, thank you for such a lovely comment – truly made my day. Yes, life without salt is HARD. But it’s far better than the alternative. Before I was diagnosed life was hell. I have bad days still, but far fewer and I always remind myself – this too shall pass. 🙂

  20. Hi! I found you from Island Traveler.

    I have been to Portland, Maine! Years ago, when my husband and I were still dating we went on a road trip there from NYC. We not only enjoyed your beautiful city, but there was a beer festival going on so we really had a lot of great Maine beer!

    I love your about page.


    1. Thanks so much Louise! Portland is renowned for many things, especially its excellent beer and support of local brewing. So glad you enjoyed your visit; hope you return sometime soon! 🙂

  21. SO nice to meet you Christy! I’ve never heard of that disease before but I applaud you for getting up and moving forward! I love your blog and glad to be friends with on Foodbuzz too! 🙂 BTW…my hubby and I are actually planning to move to Oregon! haa haaa Not Portland though…:)

    1. Heyya KIM! Thanks so much for stopping by – so nice to have foodie friends check out my blog too!! Wishing you all the best in your move, though the EAST COAST is where it’s AT! hahahahhahh

  22. new to this started having problem in summer. have hada coupele of week long attacks. just tring to figure out how to handle the whole thing

    1. Uuugh, David I feel for you. Please let me know if I can help – and if you aren’t already following a strict salt-free diet, definitely try that. It helps many people suffering from Meniere’s, including me. Check out my low-sodium website, The Daily Dish, for lots of recipes, products & information.

      Thinking of you & wishing you health & happiness.

  23. I’m crossing my fingers I would win the raffle from the link you provided on your post. I don’t cook much but I love to eat…I printed the recipe for the “Samosa” with mango dip today and hopefully my wife will cook one for me. A friend in California made me and my wife an authentic Indian Samosa several years ago and we fell in love with the dish since then. I wish you all the best my friend. You have a gentle soul, a generous heart and a mind that always stir with creativity that inspires us all. Best wishes to you and your family….

  24. Wow! You’re awesome!

    I was recently diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease and yesterday my audiologist recommended a less-than 2000mg of salt per day diet. I was starting to panic and started poking around the internet and stumbled across your blog. I am glad I did. I will be shopping tonight (at Trader Joe’s…they have a list of low-or-no-salt foods they carry right at the customer service counter) and preparing for the big jump on Monday.

    Thanks for doing all the hard work for me!!


    1. Greg, you are so welcome! Hate to hear about your diagnosis, but remember you’re one step closer to health. Stick to the low-sodium diet. It made all the difference for me. I’m still affected by triggers, and weather bothers me immensely (high pressure is the worst), but many days I feel normal. On the bad ones I remind myself it’ll pass. Staying calm & maintaining perspective is essential. If you have any questions or just need to vent, I am here. Wishing you all the best.

  25. Hi Dishy 🙂 I LOVE your blog 🙂 ear ailment/plague aside, you are simply BEAUTIFUL 🙂 I look forward to following your fun and witty posts 🙂

  26. Hi Christy I just found your blog and I love it! You are so inspiring, I love your positive attitude! You sound like a sweet girl, can’t wait to read some more of your posts 🙂

  27. Wow, I have never heard of this disease. That sounds awful, and the “no salt” part sounds like something random thrown in for a little extra grief.

    I lived in Portland, Oregon, for about 10 years. It’s less livable, but we make up for it by being almost comically hip.

  28. Wow, what a find! We seem to come out of the chute craving salt, and good stuff taste-wise is elusive. Love the lemon meringue pie!

    Ours is a multi-generational tribe including two Menieres, a CHF and a kidney-salt-no-no, so this is fab! Bring on the book!

    Tracey Meloni

  29. where in maine did u find the no salt added bbq utz chips? I have been looking in every store that i go into for them without success. i even called the utz company with them telling me to order online. with shipping charges the price is outragous. can u please tell me at which walmart in the state of maine you found them in
    thank u

  30. Hi Christy,
    I also have Miniere’s Disease. I’m lucky in that my diagnosis was quite quick, where I’ve read others have suffered for months or years before they are diagnosed. The low salt diet sucks, in general, but I’m surprised how quickly I’ve lost the craving for salty snacks. (Popcorn with a sprinkle of garlic powder is a great substitute for salt) We had your pork chops with pear chutney last night and it was wonderful, I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

    For me, I’ve noticed that while my right ear is constantly ringing, most of the time I can ignore it. When I can’t, I immediately take some Meclizine and usually I’m back to ignoring it again in 30-45 minutes. I think of it like allergies, you have to treat it ahead of the curve because after you go to the point of vertigo you’re to late- lie down, stay still and wait. Then again, maybe my case is less severe than others.

    Thanks for the website, it’s awesome!

    1. Hey Steve! THANKS! So glad you enjoyed the recipe; hope you’re finding others you like on the site. As for Meclizine, I’ve been told it’s an abortive drug – which goes along with what you’re saying. With MD you just have to find what works for you and roll with it (no pun intended). Wishing you all the best!

  31. Hi Christy!
    I want to thank you for giving me hope that I can live a normal life again. I am really struggling because I have recently been diagnosed with MD after debilitating bouts of vertigo. My love of salty foods and knowing that I must eliminate them from my diet only adds to my sadness. But after hearing your story and finding your recipes I realize that I can eat tasty foods and at the same time stop the dizziness. I know this will be a challenge, but now I feel like I can take it on with a positive attitude and that I am not alone. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. You’re so welcome, Gerri!! And thank you for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment. Hope you’re feeling much better as your salt-free days add up. Be patient. Learning to live like this isn’t easy, and truth be told it ain’t much fun either, at least initially. But you can do it. And it is worth it. YOU are worth it. Hang in there and stay strong. Thinking of you, Christy

  32. Hi Christy! I subscribe to your blog for all the wonderful recipes and never realized until this morning we have something in common! I also suffer from the dreadful Meniere’s disease. I also suffer from fibromyalgia and a degenerative disease in discs in my neck.Your optimism is truly contagious 🙂 I too try to maintain an optimistic and upbeat attitude, but I must admit it’s easier some days than others.May your “good days” outnumber the bad! keep up the great work with your blog too really enjoy the salt-free recipes! Thanks!

  33. I am visiting my daughters in your lovely city and State. I am absolutely loving it here, but have a few questions. Where do YOU eat when you go out? I know that it is nearly impossible to go out these days and eat low/no sodium food. If you have some suggestions, I would so appreciate a few places to check out. Thanks so much Christy!

    1. Hi Lucy! WELCOME TO BEAUTIFUL MAINE! Hope you’re having a blast w/ your daughters!

      As for restaurant recommendations…… Let me start by saying my family and I seldom eat out. Being salt-free + vegan = HARD TO FIND FOOD. When we do eat out, it’s a real treat and I tend to “save up” my sodium intake for the outing. Just be upfront about your situation (ask for no salt if possible, you know the drill…) PS: these aren’t “fancy” restaurants – we neverrrrrr go there! LOL!!

      Local Sprouts on Congress St. (LOVE THIS PLACE) I highly recommend the Blue Mango burger

      Gelato Fiasco – as a note, all the “red spoon” sorbettos are vegan!

      Public Market House in Monument Square. get a vegan chocolate heart cookie from Bomb Diggity bakery – they are my FAVORITE

      Whole Foods (I often find vegan, lower sodium stuff in the prepared foods) if you’ve yet to try Garden City Lavash, do yourself a favor and BUY SOME. it’s in the bakery section on a lower shelf beneath the bread. Super low in sodium, makes FABULOUS Wraps!!! Be sure to look around and buy low-so stuff you can’t find at home!

      Pom’s Thai has vegan food – not low-sodium bc of the sauces but you could ask for stuff on the side. they have several locations – one is downtown.

      My husband has had luck with Silly’s and the Pepper Club finding vegan if not strictly low-sodium food.

      The one restaurant I’d really recommend where we’ve never eaten (because of $$) is Green Elephant. It gets rave reviews. Also Boda.


      1. As you are well aware, trying to eat no/low sodium out is near impossible. I ask what they have that has n/l sodium and they look at me like a deer in headlights. Or they make a suggestion and I ask for a nutritional facts sheet and of course, it’s ridiculously high. People just have NO clue what really is LS. I am not vegan…but am headed that route. Brown rice and stir fried veges without any sauce please. I also try and save up and treat myself when out. When you are on vacation, it is extremely difficult, almost to the point of tears sometimes. Those I am around try and help but…well, no help most times.

        Thank you for all your restaurant suggestions. Funny things, I have gone to many of those myself. But having you single out selections makes it so much easier. The first day I arrived, we went to Green Elephant. Yum! And I’ve eaten at Boda twice in my travels. Yummy too. Breakfast at Pepper Club one morning was a good choice too. I hit Whole Food and Trader Joe’s to shop for my LS items which I buy at home. Cooking at home is the best as you know.

        I am going to try the Smoky Slow-Cooker Lentil-Vegetable Soup you posted in the next day or so. At home I prepare many of your dishes. I SOOOOO appreciate your blog and am a little clone of yours. I had posted a comment a while back, but not sure if you responded. My daughter called me one day all excited and told me she went to Local Sprouts and found a business card with a LS blog…I asked her if it was “The Daily Dish” and she was like, “YES!”. Small world. I told her how much I loved and utilized your blog.

        This week I am in Waterville visiting my other daughter, but will return to Portland a few days before my departure. I will head to Local Spouts for breakfast and Garden City Lavash. I may pick your brain a little more before I head out. Thanks so very much Christy.

  34. Dishy, I was trying to find Trader Joe’s Trio potato chips and came across your blog and saw that you are from Philly. My wife and I both grew up in Abington, Pa. but have been in Atlanta since 1986.

    Wanted to see if you’ve heard if TJ is offering the Trio chips. I called the local store and they said they don’t carry them anymore, but that another regional warehouse my have them. He said sometimes other areas in the country will have certain items they don’t get.

    And you’re so right about Maine – we’ve been up there several times and we love the summers up there. Went to Rangeley Lake and had a wonderful time. A very pristine state!

    1. Hi Rich! I’ve heard from other readers that the chips are a seasonal item, but I can attest that they are indeed available here in Portland year-round. I just saw them in the store last visit. You may want to ask whether you could have some shipped to your local store. Trader Joe’s is always so responsive, I’d be shocked if they turned you down flat.

      PS: Such a small world – I lived in Jenkintown and went to Abington schools K-12th!! Awesome to meet another local! 🙂

  35. Hi Christy! You are such a beautiful NATURAL blonde! 🙂 I just read your section about that topic and had to come check you out here too! I look forward to reading more!

    1. Why thank you Barbara! I hope that you also like people who are really, reeeeally naturally late bc this comment response is almost a year overdue. Sorry bout that! 🙂

  36. Hi Christy! I am so glad I was able to find and read your story on Menieres. I too have been going through some terrifying “ear issues” the doctors have no idea whats going on, but my story sounds eerily similar to yours. Just living day to day and trying to manage whatever is going on. I love your blog and will follow, glad to see your part of the wordpress community (i am too!! http://theobsessivore.wordpress.com) Looking forward to some yummy recipes!

    1. Hi Jillian! My apologies for this suuuuuuper late response. I’d like to blame it on something epic, like assuming a new identity and hiding from the mob, but truthfully I’ve just been lazy. I really hope you’re feeling much better these days and that you’ve found a proper diagnosis. I know how difficult that can be. Thinking of you and wishing you well!

  37. Christy, thank you for this blog! I too have recently been diagnosed with Meniere’s. It has been a rough few months, but am doing better since I’ve been following the diet. It’s not easy with two small kids, but we’re managing. It has been an inspiration to read stories of other women who have gone through similar experiences, and has helped in keeping my spirits up. I look forward to trying out your recipes!

    1. Hi Megan! Hang in there! I know exactly what you’re going through, and you CAN do it!! (Keep reminding yourself this.) Hope you are finding some good recipes to make life a little bit easier. Wishing you all the best, Christy

  38. Another wonderful person who lives in Maine! I’m starting to understand what makes this state so special. I really have to visit some day soon. (I very much want to visit Acadia National Park too.)

  39. Heyya Jackie! Thanks so much for stopping by. I know the lovely Miss Darla also lives here, as do many other bloggers, I’m sure. What else to do besides shovel half the year!

    Hope you make it up to visit sometime soon. Hopefully after the snowbanks are gone. Unless you really REALLY like snow! Acadia is gorgeous. Definitely a must-see.

  40. Hello Red Riding Hood,

    I’m a 44-year-old male who lived in Portland, MAINE for many years. Not Portland, Oregon, which as we all know, came later and is actually named after Portland, ME. Never saw YOU in either place. I would remember. Now I’m in Florida half the year. Different part of Maine the other half. Can you guess which half?

    Anyhoo, I’ve got slightly high(ish) blood pressure now. My options seem to be: 1) do nothing and have a stroke or a heart attack some years down the line. 2) go on medication. 3) make lifestyle changes and see where that brings me over the next 6 months or a year.

    I’m going with door #3, which is why I’m glad to find your blog. For the past half an hour, I’ve been sipping hibiscus tea (clinically PROVEN to lower blood pressure) and checking out your recipes. Change is hard. So thank you for all your hard work – it should make my efforts a little easier. I look forward to trying out your meals and snacks and various what-have-yous.

    All my best,


  41. Thanks for the thanks, Patches. Much obliged. Best of luck w the diet. I agree, it’s definitely hard, but truly worth it. There is nothing more precious than good health.

    Nice to hear you have Maine ties. Today it’s raining, yesterday it snowed. I now understand why people asked me incredulously WHY DID YOU MOVE HERE??!! when we moved here. Hindsight is 20/20. Enjoy your vitamin D down in sunny FLA.

    PS: I checked out your site – very cool to see you co-authored Rutger Hauer’s autobiography! Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies.

  42. Thank you, thank you for your blog! Was just diagnosed with a rare kidney disease, and need to go on a very-low-sodium diet. Thought that’d be easy for a former Berkeley-ite who loves veggies… ha! Excited to find your recipes and see your book when it’s ready. (Plus, we spend summers in MAINE… Owl’s Head… and dream of moving to Portland someday, so you’re giving extra inspiration.) Thanks for your hard work on the blog, along with tasty recipes that look do-able even for another busy mom… and for the added spunk especially!

    1. Yay! Heidi! What a great comment. I am SO glad to be helping w your transition. Hope that at this point you’re over the hump and feeling fine. Not sure where you are located, but it’s snowy now in Maine. If you’re a cold weather fan, you’ll love it here! Otherwise, stick to summers! Hahah. Wishing you all the very best, Christy

  43. Hi Christy, I want to thank you for your wonderful blog. I have used many recipes to make food for my elderly mother who cannot have salt due to congestive heart failure. I use many food blogs, but I have to say that I think your is the most well-done. Your recipes are wonderful and have made cooking flavorful meals for my mom so much easier. She doesn’t like bland food and so many low sodium recipes taste exactly the same. I have passed the link on to many of my siblings and friends. Thanks again!

  44. Hey Julie! Thanks so much for your super sweet comment! It totally made my day. I’m thrilled to be helping make life happier for you and your mom. It means the world to know I’m helping. Wishing you all the best this new year has to offer! Christy

  45. Hello! Thanks so much for your AWESOME website! I’m also on a sodium-restricted diet due to cochlear hydrops, form of meniere’s minus vertigo (tinnitus, fluctuating hearing loss). I was so down in the dumps about giving up salt and eating out. I love food and I love to eat!! My food tasted like cardboard until I found your website. I think I’m on it almost everyday and love your recipes. I was looking for a salsa recipe and knew just where to go! Can’t wait to make it! Also, I get the weird crackling noise too every now and again and it totally wakes me up. I’ve also had a vibrating eardrum and other weird noises. It’s crazy what the heck goes on in there!! I try to find the humor in it most of the time. But it’s really not that funny, is it? I also have two little kiddos! Thanks so much for opening yourself up and sharing your experiences. It means the world to me and I bet to a whole host of other people. Take care and have a wonderful day!!! Big Hugs!

    1. Wow, Erika! Thanks so much for your comment! SO sweet!! I’m thrilled you’re enjoying the recipes so much and finding the site helpful. It truly means so much to hear that – thank you for taking the time to let me know. I mean it! 🙂 Thinking of you and hope all that crackling and popping stays away! hahah XO Christy

  46. Found you this week while trying to figure out what had gone wrong with my no sodium baking soda baking powder oatmeal muffins. You encourage me that baking may still be in our future. I have been cooking low sodium for several years for my husband, but now I am joining him in going even lower. (Lose the snacks for me.) We cook so it’s not that big of a transition or learning curve, and are able to produce wonderful tasting meals. He’s been doing low sodium bread for a long time. I have also eliminated wine (you will understand that is a bigger transition) so have a little void and feel I have room for an after dinner cookie. So I’m working on the baking part. Muffins were beyond heavy. Possibly was asking the leavening agents to do too much: oatmeal and applesauce. I’m thinking of crunching them up and using them for a topping on fruit crisp. My husband doesn’t think anything will make them good. You appear to have done a wonderful job of redefining yourself and what works for you. I’m still evolving.

    1. Hi Lynne! Thanks so much for your wonderful comment. It sounds like you and your husband are living a very happy low-so life – apart from the muffins! Hahah. I’ve never had optimal results w sodium-free baking soda; it just never rises “right” for me. At this point, I’ve stopped using it and have switched over completely to Featherweight baking powder. Which I LOVE! I think your problem-solving idea of fruit crisp topping is a fabulous use of the muffins, and you could always add a little extra something to perk it up – a little cinnamon-sugar sprinkle w some butter or oil, or even chocolate chips (oh yes). Hope you make something spectacular that wows your husband! Wishing you both all the very best. Happy 4th of July! Christy

  47. Hi Christy I found your blog while researching Meniere’s for a friend who has tinnitus. I was delighted to see that adopting a plant based diet was helpful to you. Is it still working well for you?

    1. Hi Diane! So glad you found the site; hope it’s helping your friend eradicate the tinnitus. I think a vegan diet helps lessen my Meniere’s symptoms significantly – particularly when I’m having an episode. But truthfully it’s hard to tell though whether it’s because of the plant foods themselves or simply bc the diet is so restrictive when you eliminate processed food! Hahha Wishing you all the best, Christy

  48. Hi Christy! I am very excited that I some how stumbled my way to your blog! I also have been diagnosed with Menieres Disease and in the last month it has taken a turn for the worst. My diet has been awful and i just really have not been eating much. When I do, frankly the food sucks. I can’t wait to try your recipes! I also live in New England and really was thinking I would not be able to enjoy warm comfort food in this chilly weather. You have opened my eyes to many possibilities. Thanks again! Happy Holidays.

    1. You’re so welcome, Gail! I hope you’re feeling happy, healthy, and well these days – and enjoying lots of yummy food! Wishing you all the very best. 🙂

  49. Hi Christy, what a fun blog! Since you had written about Cascade Fresh yogurt in your prior posts, we wanted to let you know that we’re re-introducing Cascade Fresh as Cascade Culture, with even more probiotics and grass-fed milk –still with the same taste and nutrition profile, but even healthier. We’re meeting with major grocers now and if you know of someone who would like samples, we are opening the floodgates in March. 🙂

  50. Hi. My name is Michael. I lost my hearing in my right ear when I was 18 and now this stupid disease is attacking my left ear. I’m 57 now. I found your website while looking for low sodium recipes and couldn’t believe all the different meals that are available. My wife and I are really looking forward to trying these out. I still can’t believe the sodium mg count. They’re so low.

    Your story made me smile. You have such a positive attitude that is so admirable. Honestly, recently, I have been pretty depressed about this recent development. The thought that I might be totally deaf within a few short years is sometimes more than I can bear. If not for the most loving, sweetest, most understanding wife in the world and our little dog Molly (she licks the tears off my cheeks) I couldn’t possibly endure this. This horrific disease has stolen 3 things I love in life; eating good food, watching movies, and listening to music. Thank you so much for returning one of those loves back to me.

    God bless you and your family!!

    1. Oh Michael, I am so so very sorry to hear it (NO PUN INTENDED) but thankful knowing you have such a loving and supportive wife and pup. I hope you are feeling happy and well these days and enjoying food, films, and music! Wishing you all the very best, Christy

  51. Hello Christy, I was diagnosed Meniere’s Disease, 5 years ago, I am one of the luck one’s (not really) that have it in both ears and I am allergic to the medicine. I wanted you to know that I feel your pain, it was and still is a horrible experience to go through. Keep your head up.

  52. You have just given me a lifeline. I have been diagnosed with this life altering Menieres Disease and can’t believe how it has impacted my life. I have not had luck with the low sodium as I was hoping, but still sticking with it. I have had 2 injections and will go to the next level of treatment in March (Gentamicin) . Like so many others I searched for the right doctor and finally found Mass Eye and Ear to take the time to really listen.I’m extremely anxious, but looking for relief and a return to living life. I have given up hiking, snowshoeing, spending fun time with tiny grandchildren. Living in NH, it’s hard. I’m on leave from a job I love and wonder every day if I’m going to have an attack, as I get them weekly and sometimes several times a week. With all that said, I am so looking forward to making some (maybe all) of these recipes! My son and his young family live in Portland ME, and we love it there. They both work in town. You’re Story and recipes are uplifting and I thank you for helping others, like myself. I have a great family, but I also feel guilty that they sacrifice for me. It’s a crazy condition that needs more attention and I hope I can find a way to make a difference the way you are! Laura

    1. Laura – my sincere apologies for this late response. I truly hope the past months have been kind to you and the low-so diet and treatment are helping immensely. Thinking of you and wishing you all the very best! Christy

  53. Well Dishy, how wonderful to know of you! Now I want a sugar free, salt free rye bread or rye cracker recipe.
    Have you tried to make such? For your strange Meniere’s, have you tried Quercetin with Bromelain (daily)?

    1. Hey Arn! I do have a salt-free rye bread recipe on The Daily Dish – LINK HERE. But it’s not sugar free. Sorry! I have not tried the above supplement for my Meniere’s though it sounds interesting. Thanks for the heads-up. Take care!

  54. I’m so glad that I found your recipes and now your blog. I’ve been recently diagnosed with Menieres and have embraced the low-sodium lifestyle. I can relate to you so much especially as a Mother. Thank you!!!

  55. Hello! Love following your blog having recently found it! I too have Meniere’s Disease and follow a restrictive diet.
    I am amazed at how much you can do (I keep busy too with work and kids and life) and can eat so many different things like chocolate and even wine. How I miss those things.
    What have you found to help you? What is your treatment if you don’t mind me asking? I am pretty new to this. Three years in the making.

    Keep up the positivity. That’s how I live my life. Stinks when a spell comes on but other than that I keep trucking on! ❤️ ~M

  56. Hi. I’m Savannah. I’m 14 years old and I just started reading your blog recently and would like to know. Did you ever find kiwi or know what happened or if anyone found her? I love your blog and hope that even if you didn’t find any information about kiwi that she’s ok. Also how’re the parakeets you got?

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