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Suzy Mighell


  1. Lori C
    May 14, 2020 @ 8:23 am

    Thanks you for sharing your height and weight! I had you taller! It does help to know how your sizes translate for me. My kids have always made fun of me for eating carrots and peanut butter—even though they do the same now. Nice to know I have company!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      May 14, 2020 @ 9:04 am

      Carrots are so good with nut butters, right? Do you ever eat it with apples? That’s yummy too!
      I so appreciate your comment and I’m glad you found it helpful! Thank you for reading and taking the time to leave a comment!
      xoxo Suzy

      • Lori
        May 15, 2020 @ 6:32 pm

        I just had it with apples today! Another favorite!

        • EmptyNestBlessed
          May 15, 2020 @ 6:43 pm

          Yay! Me too!
          xoxo Suzy

  2. Gina Mccann
    May 14, 2020 @ 10:06 am

    Suzy, I too share some of your health issues (lupus, migraines, dairy intolerance) and I appreciate you sharing how you eat.
    Although our body shape is totally different, I enjoy seeing what you are wearing and the things you enjoy in life.
    You’re doing a great job helping us cope in these difficult times and I love escaping my everyday struggles by reading about your life and family. Good job!!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      May 14, 2020 @ 10:31 am

      Thank you for your kind words! It blesses me to know that it encouraged you! How interesting to know that our issues are so similar. Hmmmm…. Hang in there, sweet girl! Don’t let it get you down. You’re still you!
      xoxo Suzy

  3. Andrea M Spencer
    May 14, 2020 @ 10:07 am

    Suzy! Wow! You and I could eat out together and I would feel safe dining at your house???? I have acquired hypogammaglobulemia and severe gluten intolerance and am a migraine sufferer whose worst migraines are triggered by gluten. Other migraine triggers for me include upper respiratory allergies, weather changes, wine and stress. I admire your dedication to fitness. Thank you for the Noom recommendation—it is something I have been considering. Wishing you continued good health—Andrea Spencer, Alpharetta, Georgia

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      May 14, 2020 @ 10:44 am

      Come on over! Hahaha! When we go out to eat with another couple, I usually end up ordering something like a burger without the bun, because I can be fairly certain it will be safe for me. It can be embarrassing, but I just go with it. My restrictions are a part of what makes me, ME, and that’s okay. I hope it’s made me a lot more compassionate toward others!
      Thanks so much for your kind comment!
      xoxo Suzy

  4. Michelle Fusco
    May 14, 2020 @ 10:40 am

    Thank you for sharing. I think I have a gluten k tolerance. Def not celiac. Every time I eat bread or pasta, also dairy within mi used I look like I’m five months pregnant and it’s very uncomfortable. I need to try to eliminate it. Looking at your good healthy suggestions and glad you can have my favorite. Frenchfries. ????

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      May 14, 2020 @ 10:48 am

      Hahahah! Potatoes for the win, right?!!! ????I will warn you! One thing I didn’t realize when I was first diagnosed with celaic is that it takes about 3 months for your body to completely clear the effects from gluten from your body. I got worried that going gluten-free wasn’t working for me because I still felt so terrible! But after 3 months, I felt significantly better and my health began to improve as well. I hope you’re in the care of a really good Gastroenterologist. If not, find a new one! You need a doctor you can really trust!
      Hugs to you, Michelle, and thanks for your comment!
      xoxo Suzy

  5. Susan
    May 14, 2020 @ 10:48 am

    I follow the same migraine diet as you (barometric pressure gets me too). You are so right about not wanting sympathy from people. I’ve made peace with the restrictions and focus more on what I CAN have. Some people are astonished at the diet and think it’s weird as well. Ugh. I’m currently working to reduce sugar to help with inflammation. I’ve recently become aware that what I thought was a caffeine craving is really a sneaky sugar addiction! I’ll try the sun butter and the GF crackers. Thanks for the post and your candor. xo

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      May 14, 2020 @ 11:10 am

      Thank you for your encouraging words! It’s pretty weird (but good!) to have a chronic disease (or two!) that affect your life so much, but are completely hidden from the outside world. I hope this post helps people see that there is so much more (always) than what they see and assume from photos!
      I hear what you’re saying about how weird the diet is and people’s reaction. It just seems simpler to keep it to yourself and manage it in silence rather than field all of the questions and concerns.
      I hope you like the Sunbutter. I can buy individual containers at Walmart in the peanut butter section, but they only have the creamy! Still, if you want to give it a try, that’s a good option!
      Thanks so much for your comment!
      xoxo Suzy

  6. Sarah M
    May 14, 2020 @ 11:00 am

    I love this post! Not boring as food is so interesting. I’ve also done diets like these to figure out my stomach issues and I understand how limiting it can feel…but I also discovered a whole new world of food I had previously refused to try. I’d love to share: Costco organic strawberry jelly, gluten free white chocolate covered pretzels, Mission corn tortilla strips (few ingredients), and salsa verde crock pot chicken which is a big hit in my house with tortilla chips on top. Sharing creative ways to eat gluten and dairy free is fun for me. Thanks for sharing and posting and kuddos to you for your exercise routine!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      May 14, 2020 @ 11:13 am

      Thank you for sharing! I would love your salsa Verde crock pot chicken recipe! Please email me ([email protected]) if you’re willing to share! Your suggestions are all so good! Thank you! I’m so grateful for your encouragement and so glad you weren’t bored! Hahaha!
      xoxo Suzy

  7. Diane
    May 14, 2020 @ 4:47 pm

    Well as I read your story…except we don’t weigh the same…I wish ???? not everyone can say I completely understand. Just a few years ago in my 50’s the inflammation was out of control and with autoimmune issues myself suddenly I’m allergic to so many foods. You just described my life. I follow the Autoimune Paleo diet (AIP) and it has saved my life. When your sick of feeling sick it does make it easier. All your trigger foods are the same for me. Not that misery likes company but sometimes knowing someone else completely understands…most people don’t…but I sure do…makes you feel like your not alone!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      May 14, 2020 @ 8:53 pm

      Thank you for that sweet encouragement! That is a good diet and lots of people are on it! Thank you for sharing your story and reminding me that I am not alone! Hang in there, girly. I GET what you’re going through!
      You were so sweet to take the time to let me know, and I”m grateful!
      xoxo suzy

  8. nylse
    May 14, 2020 @ 5:29 pm

    This was not boring at all. I like learning about others in this detail. I’m always amazed that some women’s breasts never grew after having children (mine did) and that was such a random comment by me!
    Great tips here!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      May 14, 2020 @ 8:56 pm

      I always love it when you leave a comment! You are just the greatest! I am definitely a AA cup and always have been! Actually filling out a little was one of my favorite things about being pregnant and probably had something to do with why I nursed each of my three kids for a year! Haha!
      Thank you for your kinds words!
      xoxo Suzy

  9. Suzanne Stavert
    May 14, 2020 @ 6:29 pm

    It is so sweet and brave of you to take the time to share this. I completely understand why you never wanted to share however, you are so engaging and unselfish that you think of the needs of others first. I have IBS and suffer a great deal making food choices. I am sick of the hassle most of the time and don’t want to share that I have issues. Thank you and you are an amazing and inspiring sweet person!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      May 14, 2020 @ 8:59 pm

      Thank you for your precious words! Somehow, it encourages me that my dear friend the intrepid travel blogger has issues too! Mine have kept me from traveling to some of the places I’ve really wanted to go, for sure! You are so dear to me, sweet friend!
      Thank you for your kind and encouraging comment!
      xoxo Suzy

  10. Diana
    May 14, 2020 @ 7:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing. 2 of my three kids have Narcolepsy with Cataplexy. It is an autoimmune disease and since their diagnosis they have both had issues with food intolerances. We have had to adjust our diets too. No dairy, no gluten, no eggs among a numerous number of other foods. Having you share your journey helps others along the way. Thank you.

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      May 14, 2020 @ 9:03 pm

      Wow. You are dealing with a lot, Mama. Thank you for taking the time to encourage me. Big hugs to you and your precious kiddos. I had no that narcolepsy was now considered an autoimmune disease. Thanks for sharing your family’s story and informing us.
      xoxo Suzy

  11. Carol Slover
    May 18, 2020 @ 9:50 am

    Love this post. I so applaud your bravery and honesty! So many people can identify with you in different ways. We had to do major diet adjustments for our daughter in high school (which she continues) and it is a challenge to eat differently than others. Hearing how you do it is an encouragement. Keep up the great work!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      May 18, 2020 @ 10:33 am

      Thank you for your kind words! So often we all feel isolated with our own issues, but sharing mine has hopefully encouraged others that they’re not alone! It can be challenging, for sure, but there is a lot more to life than just what we eat, so it helps to remember that! I don’t want to be a person who overvalues food, for sure!
      You’re such a good mama, and I know your daughter felt loved when you made adjustments for her!
      Thanks for your sweet comment!
      xoxo Suzy

  12. Natalie
    December 30, 2020 @ 11:41 am

    Hi Suzy, I just found your website today ☺️ I, too, have Celiac disease, get migraines, have a dairy allergy, and another autoimmune disease. I was diagnosed with Celiac about 10 years ago now, and ch aging my diet changed everything. Last year, my husband and I embarked on a health journey changing our diets and exercising more, and we feel so much better. We are both in our 50’s and our diet is very similar to yours. We discover Sunbutter this year- so yummy! I just wanted to say hi and thank you for sharing your diet and health info- it’s nice to know I’m not alone and that we can still enjoy food despite having a long list of “can’t haves.” Blessings to you.

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      December 30, 2020 @ 12:03 pm

      Your sweet comment made my day! It is amazing to know that we are so similar! I too have found that exercise has really helped with my inflammation, energy level, and overall health. Yay for Sunbutter! I eat it at least once every single day! Hahaha!
      Know that you are not alone – I’m right there with you, sister! It’s so important to focus on the can haves and not the “can’t haves,” right?
      Many blessings to you, sweet Natalie, and wishes for a healthy and happy 2021!
      xoxo Suzy

  13. Peggy
    January 8, 2021 @ 11:49 am

    Hi Suzy, I recently found you on Instagram, and subscribed to your newsletter. I too am an empty-nester, but have had one return to the nest since graduating from college. Due to health issues and Covid, he couldn’t find a job until recently. Thank the lord he’s now working, but he’s been struggling with digestive issues for the last year and it’s turned his life upside down. It’s been quite the challenge as a parent to watch this while trying to balance involvement in his health journey. Finding this post in your archives was timely, as I’ve found my own stress level and worry, increasing in recent weeks. Showing and sharing that you have cultivated a healthy and vibrant life even in the face of chronic health issues, is inspiring, and something I needed to read today. I’ve also read and saved your post regarding praying for your adult children.. Thanks for sharing your story, and for being a beacon of light!

    • Suzy Mighell
      January 8, 2021 @ 12:08 pm


      Well, you are just the sweetest, and I’m so grateful you found me! Thank you for your kind words! The Lord is a lord of LIFE and He wants us to live vibrant, others-centered lives of love and service in His name!

      I am so sorry to hear of your son’s struggles! Our 24-year-old ( is a musical theater actress, and she was on tour when the pandemic struck. Her industry is totally shut down and she’s living at home with us, so I understand how you feel. It’s hard to watch them struggle, but I’ve seen the Lord use that struggle in her life to teach her, stretch her, and grow her. (Not to mention her parents!) Like me, she has lupus, and celiac, and migraines, but she perseveres through it! The Lord refines us with fire, for sure.

      Thank you for letting me know you found this article helpful, and I’m so glad you’re here!


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