Are you through the initial post-diagnosis panic? You know what I'm talking about, that's the period where you go out and buy everything labelled gluten-free in the supermarket, find out that it all tastes like garbage and you hate your life.
Is it time to take a breath, settle down and come up with a plan? Is it time to love your life again?
That means real, whole foods that simply don't have gluten in them.
Since then, I’ve learned so much about how the food I eat affects how I feel every day. And even better, I’ve discovered a silver lining to this cloud and that is, that I have a much greater variety in my diet than I did before just because I got out of my rut and started to experiment more with food.
You’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance and are attracted to the idea of natural, whole food to nourish your body.
You’re into living life to the fullest and letting your limitations get in the way as little as possible.
You want to be sure you are getting facts based on scientific studies and real world experience, not just something regurgitated over and over again from one random blog to the next.
You're looking for some camaraderie, to know that you're not alone, you're not a freak. Others have gone through this too and made it work, even thrived.
When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease I was fortunate enough to know someone who had it. I was able to go to her for pointers and advice. Sometimes she'd confirm my own thoughts or suggest alternatives. I benefitted from her experience and avoided some pitfalls because of it.
I'd like to be that for you. The one who has gone before. The one who's experience you can benefit from.
If you're up for it, then bookmark this page and let's get started!
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Do you really need a food philosophy?
I think so. After all, this isn't just a diet, it's a lifestyle. Yes that' right, you are embarking on a new naturally gluten-free lifestyle!
I've found that in all the big areas of my life like parenting or career or marriage, it's good to have an over-arching philosophy, which is really just another way of stating your values or your viewpoint. Putting that into words in advance will help you make decisions when things get tough or murky, when the rubber meets the road. It will help you to stay on course with what’s really important to you.
For example, my career philosophy could be summarized as "success with balance". I always wanted to do well and my career was important, but for me family and health were more important. So I'd do the weekends and late nights if necessary, but not to the point that it interfered with that balance.
Back on the food topic, Michael Pollan, food journalist and author famously said “eat food, not too much, mostly plants”. You could call this his food philosophy and I think it’s a good one.
You'll find these words and these themes throughout Naturally Gluten-Free. A focus on whole fresh home cooked food, but not to the exclusion of the odd treat, that's the balance part. Simple is not just about ease, but also simplicity of ingredients. Choosing products and recipes with few ingredients so the wholesomeness of the food shines through.
Give it some thought. If you were to put your food philosophy into words, what would it be?
I’ve purposely tried to avoid making this a recipe site. You can find recipes anywhere and frankly I’d prefer you learn to cook so that you don’t need a recipe. Still, sometimes a recipe helps or can serve as a guide, a jumping off point for your own creativity.
I want you to Love Your Life!
Your new naturally gluten-free life. It shouldn’t be complicated, it should be fun. I’d love for you to feel blessed rather than deprived, just like I do. But let’s be real; there are parts of this journey that are certainly not fun and there will be days when you don’t feel so blessed.
You’ll make mistakes, you’ll get “glutened” and feel like crap for a while. It happens to everyone so, be gentle with yourself. But you can have fun too, trying new things, converting old favorite dishes to gluten-free and all along the way learning and becoming more confident.
Baking is where things get a bit complicated. I’ve always said “cooking is art, baking is science.” Without gluten in your baked goods, you’ll need to adjust ingredients and techniques a bit but soon you’ll be converting your favorite recipes and adopting some new darlings.
So there you have it. I hope we can spend lots of time together and maybe even become friends. We can explore this sometimes treacherous but always interesting and exciting territory together.
I’d love to hear from you and I'd love it if you'd bookmark this page and come back often. There is always something new.