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FAQ Tay's Bipolar Kitchen

Why did you start Tay’s Bipolar Kitchen?

 

 

What is the site all about?

This blog will be part food blog, part journal, and part skills sharing, which have helped me immensely. There will be informational mental health posts via a segment called Monthly Menu Talks. I will pick a topic, which we will discuss each Tuesday for a month.

What food stuff will you do?

I will share my recipes (recipes not my own, will be noted) through the Special of the Week segment on the food side. There will be posts involving cooking techniques and methods, cooking tools and equipment, and more in the future.

Welcome to My Table!

 

At times, I’ll infuse my personal experiences and use different methods to make it out of the brier patch. I am not a licensed therapist. Please reach out to a professional or emergency room if you find yourself in a crisis.

My goal is to provide information and experiences to show no one is alone in their struggles. I wish to combat the stigma associated with mental disorders for people to be open and honest about their mental health.  Please check out my trigger warning.   

Once again, welcome to my table. Have a seat. Let’s talk and get cooking!

Food & Cooking

Our food and cooking posts include how to stock your kitchen for success, delicious recipes, cooking methods, techniques, easy tips, and cool tricks to make the most of your time in the kitchen.  

Mental Health

Our goal is not to tell you have to manage your mental health. That conversation is best had with your medical professionals. We aim to make you think about your mental wellbeing by retelling personal experiences and sharing coping techniques. 

About Tay

Greetings, I am Tay! To get the basics about me out the way, I am a 40-something-year-old student, a native Californian living with mental health concerns. Outside of school, cooking, and blogging, I love all things “geeky,” such as anime, computer games, comic books, fantasy, and sci-fi movies. On the flip side, I also enjoy the beach, art, music, camping, and traveling. Indeed, I am very much single with no children. I had a wonderful older emotional support cat named Trinity that passed in January 2021.

I was born and raised in southern California, with the last eight years as a Long Beach resident. In April of 2018, I moved to Dayton, Ohio, with a former roommate from California. June 2019, I moved to my place in Trotwood, Ohio. One of the things I love about Ohio is the cost of housing and greenery. I do wish the weather and food were better.

The primary reason I left CA was to live a better life and possibly make my dream of bringing my cooking for the masses come true. As most people know, California is expensive. While there are several things I miss about home, the cost of housing is not one of them. Coupled with living on a fixed budget, I knew something had to give. That something was me.

Now, let’s get a little deeper. Since I was a child, I have had issues with my mental health. At first, my diagnosis was Major Depressive Disorder. Several years later, a new psychiatrist change it to Bipolar Disorder II and PTSD. It still took another two years to find the right combination of medication and therapy before I began to stabilize. December of 2019, things started on an upswing; I felt better than I had in years. That is not to say I do not often struggle; however, my ability to manage my mental health has improved.