Here’s How It Began…

 

About 17 years ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. I spent several years attempting to come to grips with this. At that time, it wasn’t well known exactly what celiac meant, how to go about cooking, let alone how to vacation and dine-out. Which, after graduating culinary school I became a chef at a local restaurant where I live. I spent years scratching all up my arms, due to dermatitis from celiac disease and working hands-on with wheat flour. It really didn’t bother me because I had cooking in my blood (generations on both sides of my family have been involved in the food industry). So I kept going because this was my passion and still is today!

This Affected the Whole Family…

I had been told that I have PCOS and endometriosis, which made it impossible to have children. Now thirteen years later I sit back admiring and feeling blessed to have been given our beautiful daughter (12 years old) and handsome son (9 years old). Which he was diagnosed with celiac disease and peanut allergies, this brought changes our house. And in the past year our daughter has discovered that she is also celiac, dairy and nut intolerant. The kitchen pantry was cleaned out, we began purchasing several new kitchen items to ensure there wasn’t cross-contamination.


I Am Taking Control…

As the years went, I began to gain weight and a lot of it. I couldn’t understand why! This was the healthiest I have eaten to take care of my body and my body wasn’t responding.   I spoke with so many doctors until a year ago one stepped into my life and changed it forever. My diagnosis is not only celiac, diverticulitis, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), hormones so completely out of control and endo, but now we add metabolic syndrome to this list. What does this mean? Well, we changed the eating in our home again. To start I had to take all flours out of my diet and absolutely no fruit (WHAT???? NO FRUIT????)! I am positive once things are under control I may be able enjoy a piece of fruit here and there again. How was I going to do this? Well, after over two weeks mourning some of my favorite foods (including a delicious, fragrant glass of red wine and gluten free pizza). I made a choice. My life depends on me making this decision to change, yet again, how I ate. I began to research and try to find ways to come up with SAFE and delicious alternatives for eating.

I’m Not Alone…

One thing I can attest to is the old saying, “for every door that closes, another one opens.” This could not be a truer statement. In walks Heather! Could it be that there is actually someone besides me that is going through the same thing? Someone that understands, cooks like me, uses healing products like me, and homeschools too!   I’m grateful to have this opportunity to share just a piece of what I have learned on my own and with the help of Heather to compile tasty recipes for you to enjoy (not-to-mention made easily). Recipes when others coming to your home can enjoy, food to make for potlucks, even foods for travel and vacation, can be just as wonderful, if not even better then gluten, sugar, soy, corn and dairy filled recipes.

So Much to Be Grateful For…

I have been blessed to be surrounded by a village that has supported me through all of these changes over the years, including my parents, my in-laws, my siblings both biological and maternal and friends that I just can’t even imagine my life without them. I can’t possibly end this without telling you about the best part of my support system! Ken, my husband has been here since the beginning of my diagnosis and has held my hand the entire time. He is my cheerleader, coach, my shoulder to lean on and I am beyond blessed to be taking this journey with my bestfriend.

Don’t lose hope! There are so many alternatives out there now. And learning how to work with these ingredients will become simple as you work with these recipes.