Hello! I’m a part-time blogger, full time entrepreneur, wife of a Celiac (affectionately called The Maniac), mom to two girls, all with a combo of gluten, dairy and egg intolerances and the author of The Healthy Gluten Free Life and the National Best Selling Paleo Indulgences. And while some of my favorite things include summer vacations, months ending in “–ber” and photography, I find my passion and enthusiasm for life in my kitchen with my family. I’m a self-taught home cook extraordinaire and Food Network junkie who has transformed my family’s health with the creation of simple, healthy, allergy friendly recipes that fit our busy family life.
So what am I all about here on this site? Well, I’m a work in progress. And I’m pretty sure I always will be. What I “knew” to be healthy 10 years ago is not what I “know” to be healthy now. But I’m getting there. And I feel good about the journey my family and I have been on. I’ve spent the last 15 years connecting the dots between our nutrition and our health, though my dotted line is more of a zig-zag that has traveled from a SAD (Standard American Diet) diet…to a GF SAD diet…to Vegan…to a Healthy GF Life…to Paleo/Primal. I’m grateful for my imperfect path since it has taught me what works, or doesn’t work, for myself and my family, every step of the way.
In terms of food, we live a Paleo/Primal lifestyle so we’re ALWAYS gluten free. I am mostly dairy free, except for the occasional grass fed/pastured cream in my coffee, butter/ghee or sprinkle of cheese. The family is dairy free though. Eggs are hit and miss. My girls and I use eggs, while The Maniac cannot, so it really depends on what I’m making, whether or not I include them in a recipe. My sweeteners generally consist of organic raw honey, pure maple syrup and coconut nectar or crystals.
Eliminating grains (except for the occasional GF treat!) has been very positive for our family and myself in terms of how we feel (and weight loss for me!). We are not perfect in any way, nor do I want to be. If this journey has taught me anything, it’s that I’m not really sure what “perfect” is anyway!
This is my place to share, create, mess-up and learn. Feel free to do the same. Welcome to my zig-zaggy journey!