“Living Gluten-Free With Style & Grace”
In April of 2010, I had a crazy health scare that landed me in the hospital. My left arm suddenly developed a numb, tingling sensation that ran all the way down into my fingers. Now, I was pretty sure that 26 was too young to be having a heart attack, but my paranoid, yet loving, husband wanted to be safe rather than sorry. After a visit to urgent care and an MRI later, we found out my heart was fine. But, that was just the beginning.
I don’t even want to recount the number of MRIs I had. Then, it moved on to EMGs, EEGs, a spinal tap, and relentless blood draws. Ultimately, the doctors discovered something was off with my blood cell count and this somehow led them to find damage in my intestines. Regardless, they suggested I eliminate gluten altogether to see if it would promote an improvement in my health. After taking that advice, and continuing with accupuncture, I finally experienced some healthy (and necessary) weight gain, and a gradual and lasting boost in my overall health. I haven’t looked back to gluten since.
Today, I aim to capture the beauty in Gluten-Free. There is so much unappealing food photography and/or recipes without images out there. I also feel it’s important to develop recipes that work for all types of entertaining, potlucks, and family dinners. And to those new to cooking, have no fear. All of my recipes are relatively easy to execute.
I decided to write the ecookbook because –
- I’m incredibly passionate about the subject. It has changed my life. I live and breathe it everyday.
- It can be very overwhelming in the beginning of the lifestyle change and I wanted to create a positive guide for those looking for that support.
- I also wanted to create a quick resource for those who may not be gluten-free themselves, but need a reference for when they have guests or a family member who has dietary restrictions.
- I also believe that many people can benefit from a gluten-free diet – anyone who suffers from migraines, digestive issues, arthritis, ADD/ADHD, and more.
- My mission is to spread beauty to the world of gluten-free and this is just another vehicle to do that.
What I love about this is that all the recipes can be made for a mixed crowd of gluten-free and gluten-loving, and no one will know the difference. Since health is so important to me, most of the recipes also support a smaller waistline. We like that, don’t we?
This guide is for anyone…
- Newly diagnosed celiac or gluten sensitive.
- Who has health concerns and curious about the gluten-free lifestyle.
- With friends or family what’s gluten-free – wanna know what to cook for them?
- That loves to entertain. If you haven’t already, you will soon have guests that are gluten-free.
- New to cooking and wanting to focus on a healthier, gluten-free diet/lifestyle.
- Just curious about living gluten-free and how to get started.
I’ve answered a few of the commonly asked Questions here –
What in the world is gluten and why should I care? Gluten is a protein that is found in grains, such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale [cross between wheat and rye]. It makes things like bread nice a fluffy.
What exactly is Celiac Disease? Several people are now being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, which is an autoimmune digestive disease and if there’s any trace of gluten in the body, it will attack itself, causing damage to the small intestines. Those will celiac disease must be strict with their diet and avoid ANY chance of cross contamination. For instance, someone with Celiac cannot use a toaster that was used to toast a piece of non gluten-free bread.
I don’t think I have Celiac, but I don’t feel very good when I eat gluten. You might not be Celiac, but sensitive to gluten. If you’re sensitive to gluten, often times you don’t need to be as strict.
I’m not allergic to anything, but have various health issues. Do I need to be on a gluten-free diet? You might find relief if you go gluten-free for 3-4 weeks. If you struggle with anything from inflammatory issues, headaches, arthritis, to digestive problems, removing gluten can often times be the solution. Find a friend, spouse or family member who will support you [maybe even do it with you] and give it a try. Can’t hurt, really.
Inside “Living Gluten-Free With Style and Grace” eCookbook –
- For those just embarking on the journey of gluten-free, this is a supportive and easy-to-follow guide to making it a positive experience. Even if you don’t consider yourself a cook, most, if not all the recipes are quick and easy.
- A total of 25 gluten-free recipes, everything from smoothies, salads, breakfast, mains and desserts.
- Most of the recipes are also dairy-free for those with dairy sensitivities or allergies.
- A few classic comfort meals, such as chicken noodle soup, lasagna and pasta, all prepared without gluten.
- 50+ tips for entertaining, dining out, traveling, grocery shopping and more!
- A list of safe & unsafe foods for a Gluten-Free diet. It can be confusing if you’re just getting started or cooking for an event and looking to include gluten-free options. This is a great reference.
- Items that are always in my pantry, plus a list of my favorite gluten-free products.
- Three sample meal plans – using the recipes from the ecookbook.
- Majority of the recipes are NEW, never been seen on the blog.
The e-cookbook can be downloaded for $7.99 for iPad/e-reader or as a PDF. I don’t have a Kindle version yet, but if you’re interested, let me know!
** iPAD DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS **
To view on your iPad, click the download link. Once PDF has downloaded and opened on your iPad, tap the screen and a black bar will appear along the top of your screen. Select the tab “Open in iBooks” and the PDF will save to your iBooks library for future viewing. Questions or problems, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a few kind words from my readers -
For years while I was figuring out my gluten intolerance. I grew up agonizing over eating lasagna. Since going gluten-free and feeling much better, I thought I’d try this recipe. It came out absolutely perfect! My hubby and I gobbled it right up. Highly recommend this recipe. The joy is not feeling like crap after eating this lasagna and in the leftovers! Thank you thank you!! - Sarah on Spinach Lasagna
Just found you on Pinterest, and I am doing one big HAPPY dance!! You have a beautiful blog and your recipes are fabulous. I can’t wait to try them out! – Lynn
WOW! I have been recently diagnosed with celiac disease and I am SO HAPPY I found this blog. Thank you so much!!!! – Ashley
Just have to report that these are delicious! I don’t do a lot of GF baking because I’ve tried some recipes with not-so-great results, but these may have helped me turn a corner! They are fluffy and have a nice little dome and good flavor. Thank you for the great recipe! – Haley on Mini Cornbread Muffins
These are great. Thanks for the recipe. I am GF, daughter and son are both GF/DF and hubby is paleo. My daughter said that they tasted like “love baked into a muffin! – Laura on Paleo Banana Bread
Honestly, I’ve had a lot of trouble finding the perfect GF pancake recipe, and then I tried yours – and they came out GREAT! Will definitely be making again and again and again. Thank you! – Dana on GF Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
A HUGE thank you to Heidi over at FoodieCrush for designing and building this book! So much talent and always an inspiration.
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