Gluten Free details:
In 2005 my son was diagnosed with autism and our wonderful physician placed him on a GF diet after some blood tests. In addition to a fast introduction into therapies and treatments, I received a crash course in re-learning how to cook, bake, craft, dine out, and shop for my family. Nutritionally, we were a split household – I blended cooking GF for my kiddo while still providing the bread and gluten items for those who wanted them (okay, okay, I wasn’t willing to give up my artisan homemade fresh baked bread or any of the other gluten-filled foods that I ate daily. At every meal. Often as the main portion of my meal). I educated myself quite extensively as to food safety and cross-contamination. It was a lot of work, but worth it. Out of all the many things we did in regards to the autism, I think it was definitely one of the most positively influential.
November 2011, I decided to make the HUGE leap of choosing to go completely GF in the kitchen and elsewhere – for numerous reasons, including simplification of preparing meals and also for my own health reasons – I was suffering from horrendous migraines, rheumatoid arthritis-like joint pain, and some other not-so-fun issues. I’m happy to say that for the most part, my health issues have all but disappeared…so far (knock on wood). No one was more surprised that I was (I actually started it just to prove to my husband that I WAS NOT SENSITIVE to gluten. Whoops).
Note: I was secretly hoping that by going gluten-free, I’d put THAT to rest. I was quite certain that gluten wasn’t affecting me negatively. Much to my surprise, I had a flare up and became quite ill again at the end of the month when I had some gluten. I love my health more than I love my gluten. Also, again to my surprise, prepared gluten free foods and baking products have come a LONG way.
December 2011, after one month gluten-free, I began lessening my overall grains, sugar, and additives as well as trying to begin limiting our overall intake of processed foods. I’m also starting to focusing on whole foods and organic foods.
I love to cook, bake, garden, eat out, try new foods, and make ginormous messes in the kitchen that I detest cleaning up after. My creativity sometimes makes for some incredible recipes and just as incredible kitchen disasters. I live in a small Texas town. I love to grow vegetables and herbs, I am currently remodeling my 1964 tin can trailer, and I adore vintage aprons.
I am a little bit feisty, a little bit fiery, a little bit spunky, a little bit of everything, all rolled into… wait wait wait, this is beginning to sound too much like a Meredith Brooks song. Alas. I am a generally happy girl in a generally happy kitchen with a generally happy blog. Any questions? Ask away. I am a blogger. I love comments and questions!