the limp in your life

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“When God does not take the limp out of your life,
we must trust the wisdom that is behind it.”

We all have struggles. Some of us may even have amazing victorious stories that triumph over those trials. There are some battles, however, that aren’t meant to be won. These are the thorns in our sides that don’t seem to go away no matter how hard we pray and how hard we “do” to make them disappear.

I experience this first hand on a daily basis. My three children have been diagnosed with food allergies and one with the autoimmune celiac disease.  I have spent a decade of my life either running my children to this doctor for allergy testing to that specialist for another allergy diagnosis. My kitchen is a lab. We are careful that peanuts don’t graze across the cutting boards and countertops and gluten containing foods don’t touch the gluten free pots, pans, and utensils. I have an epi-pen in my purse, at their school, and in the house. Each person who cares for my precious little lives is given “training” on how to  administer the epi-pen and how to cook the “gluten free allergy free” way.

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I have rolled with the punches, if you will, with vigor and persistence by accepting these allergies and helping my children as much as I could. I even have tweaked my diet and have found some relief for certain ailments due to food sensitivities. But recently, I have had some dissention in my gut beyond the normal aches and pains that come with food allergies. Something just didn’t sit right with me.  Accepting that allergies was a life long limp for my children to endure was making me angrier and angrier. Seriously, why couldn’t my children be healed by the God that I love and trust? The God the is bigger than these allergies. The God that can perform miracles in an instant. I have prayed and prayed for their healing. Yet no answer and the list of allergies continue to grow.

I am tired. This limp in my children’s lives is in my life.  Since they have been diagnosed with having allergies, they are considered special needs, since they require special care when it comes to lunches with friends, snack time, and holiday dinners with friends and family. Something happens to a mom when they are told that their child is not “like all the other kids” – in a bad way. That they won’t be able to “have fun with food” just like Sally that sits next to them celebrating her birthday with a yummy {gluten} cupcake. Or that Halloween candy must be inspected and pass the no gluten, no food dye, no peanut, no soy test. {By the way very few to none fall in that category} To see the look of disappointment on your little blessing’s face when they are told they “can’t have this” and “can’t have that”. Ugh! Enough is enough! This mom wants to put them in a bubble and paint a perfect allergy free world on the walls and let them eat freely! I know, not reality.

The reality is that this world is full of negativity already, I just want my babes to enjoy the simplicity and joy of childhood while they can. It is a burden, a true burden. I’m not that mom that wishes their kids to have special needs because she thinks they are, well, special. I am that mom who desires for her children to not be pointed out for their indifferences to food and identify with their peers. Especially at their current ages of 10 and 7 where friendships are so important.  I don’t know why God has chosen this burden to not be lifted from them {me}.  I have been on my knees, praying, praying, praying. Does he hear me? Doesn’t he know I can’t do this anymore? I have a 6 month old that was diagnosed in the NICU at 24 days old as having a milk protein allergy. Really? Really? God? Are you listening? I told you I can’t do this anymore.

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Last year, in September 2012, I attended an Food Allergy Blogger Conference. This was the first of its kind. The convention gathers all “its people” in one space to talk about the latest and greatest in protecting and feeding our families that have food allergies. There are classes and food and product vendors there to educate and inspire the allergy friendly community. The best perk is to see my social media gluten free BFFs. There is no one like this community to me. They just “get” our life. The struggle of balancing the safety and feeding of our allergy families is not foreign and they celebrate our simple victories like making the best gluten free chocolate cupcakes! The support is unreal and I am forver grateful. It can take just one simple thing to bond people like super glue. We truly will be forever friends.

This year I am approaching our allergy life a little differently. At the convention I could not shake that there was more to these allergies my children {and I} have been diagnosed with. I have never been 100% convinced that these allergies are not curable. So more prayer and research ensued. As I continue to protect and feed my family safely, I am slowly incorporating the GAPS diet. The Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has been proven time and time again to heal food allergies {and other autoimmune diseases and neuro-psychological and psychiatric diagnosis}. The premise is that the gut {intestinal lining} is not healed. It is leaky. The leaky gut syndrome {or increased intestinal permeability} is the result of a damaged intestinal lining causing bacteria and their toxins {incompletely digested proteins and fats}  to be “leaked” out into the bloodstream. This triggers an autoimmune reaction that causes {to name a few} food sensitivities, chronic inflammation, chronic fatigue, join pain, skin rashes, depression, ADD/ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and OCD. The key to this diet is trying to achieve well functioning gut flora by first healing the gut, then establishing healthy gut flora and then reintroducing the “allergy” foods.  This plan usually takes up to two years of being on this special diet to achieve the healed stage. Two years is our plan.

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What would you do to heal your kids allergies? For me {as a registered dietitian who has a major and a masters in biology and science} it just makes sense to heal from within.

Allergies are a “limp” in my and my children’s lives. They can cause anxiety, frustration and disappointment for both my kids and me. BUT, I have a God that is bigger. He is silent, but He knows what he is doing. This limp has kept me close to Him. Relying on Him to navigate this often confusing and frustrating journey. He knows they have allergies and he knows its hard on all of us. He has not healed these allergies yet, for a reason. I must trust HIS plan. I must give that struggle over to him so he can use it the way he needs to use it to further his kingdom. He has a special plan for his special people. When God does not take the limp out of your life, we must trust the wisdom that is behind it.

Meanwhile, it does not mean I am to remain paralyzed. I have faith my kids will be healed and faith without works is dead. Right? I believe that we have been led to this diet for a reason. I was not called to be a dietitian by accident and I believe that God is doing something incredible in our lives. Meanwhile, I will follow my “gut” {pardon the pun}-which is leaning on my God, studying, and implementing the GAPS plan for the entire family, even my 6 month old. He is showing all signs to eating beyond the breast and we are ready. Following the GAPS approach for a baby is like trying to write with my left hand {I’m a righty}. It’s not natural. I am ready to heal his gut and his milk protein allergy. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for our family and their allergies int he next two years.

Even though this diet can seem overwhelming, especially with a newborn and the fact that I have declared that “I can’t do this anymore”, I will trust His plan and His wisdom over my children and my family’s life. I AM expecting a miracle over my children. I AM expecting to tell you how we overcame this struggle with victory! For now, I will limp along and lean upon my Savior and trust that I know what he is doing.

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My plan {and I say this loosely because we know who is ultimately in control} is to just move forward. If you want to see how its going, you can follow our journey on facebookinstagram and here on our blog!

I have started with probiotics, digestive enzymes, bone broth 3 times a day and deleting grains from my diet. I feel amazing! I lost a ton of water weight I had no idea I was carrying around. I am nursing at the moment and will not be able to go full GAPS, but the kids and dad can go full force….soon.

My plan:

1. I have started the baby on meat broth, carrots, and squash. So far so good. Next week is pureed meat. Since he has a milk protein allergy, and the diet calls for whey and eventually yogurt, I am still researching what is the best approach.

2. I am fermenting sauerkraut to give the juice to the baby in two weeks. It is a probiotic source for him. I dust a little of my probiotic on my nipple before nursing as well.

3. I have been a bone broth making fool since January 1 and feel that I have enough reserves to start incorporating this into the rest of the family’s diet.

Meanwhile, I will continue to update our progress with feedback and hopefully victories! Hugs to my gluten free community. We are all on this journey of safety and now on a journey of healing our bodies together.  We are thankful for the opportunity and ability to do so with you!

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Beautiful Photo Credit Brandy Potts: Heartwork

Cookbook Review: Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes

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If you follow my blog, then you know about Pam Jordan from I’m A Celiac. I have featured her on my blog as one of my favorite gluten free bloggers. She is a go-getter, doer, and recipe developer! I loved finally meeting one of my gluten free blogger friends face to face in April at the GFAF Expo. We immediately clicked in person as if we had known each other for years and still continue our texting, instagraming, facebooking, emailing, convention room sharing relationship to this day!

So, it only makes sense to let you know about her first cookbook! It is a great “go to” in out household and the bonus is the ingredients list is usually short I usually have them on hand! Sweet!

This Gluten Free cookbook contains simple recipes your family will love. The book highlights breakfast, appetizer, main dishes, side dishes, slow cooker and dessert recipes. This cookbook contains over 50 timesaving recipes that kids of all ages will love. Only meals that were eaten by her picky eaters are in the book! Recipes include apple pie, onion rings, greek yogurt pancakes, slow cooker lasagna, shepherd’s pie, cheesecake, meatloaf, cake balls, baked ziti, pumpkin whoopie pies, and strawberry cake. The recipes take help from store bought Gluten Free product and every day items found in your pantry.

Great Job Pam! Here is a link to her cookbook…now go get it!

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This was a non-paid for review. All products reviewed and tested are of the opinion of Gluten Free Greenbean. Our opinions expressed do not necesarily reflect those of the brand. Reviews are posted for the enjoyment of our blogging team and for our readers’ pleasure. We encourage you to test and taste at your own discretion. Happy eating! 

GFGB Travel: Airbnb.com

I love to travel. Traveling is as essential as food and drink is to me: it sustains me. I love to discover, experience adventure, play, and most of all, enjoy the world that God has created. It is in my DNA and I can not deny it.

With me, the adventure actually begins when I am no longer in “control” or “have a plan’ or “doing something within my box”. I have to push myself to get to “adventure-land” and never regret it. I chalk it up as experience if it goes bad and thank God for the adventure no matter how it turns out. 99% of the time, it turns out more than I expected!

This is how I had to approach Airbnb.com. A friend introduced it to me and I thought he was cray cray to stay at some strangers house or back house with or without the owners there. Curiousity got the best of me and I jumped into researching this form of lodging for our most recent trip. To my pleasant surprise, I found it appealing, and once again, an adventure I would have to jump out on faith and see how it unfolds.

Airbnb.com makes travel very doable for the budget as well as bringing another facet of adventure to the table. The website boats a unique experience you can get by not staying in conventional hotels. “From apartments and rooms to tree houses and boats: stay in unique spaces in 192 countries. “ As well as the opportunity to “Rent out your unused space so you could pay your bills or fund your next vacation.” I especially feel comforted knowing that there is a background check on those renting out and a system that verifies ID for the ones renting. I was able to review past renters opinions of not only the place they stayed, but the hosts.

We landed an amazing Victorian home in the heart of town the last time we used Airbnb.com and basically had our own wing, including a gourmet kitchen, for under $100 a night. Not shabby!

Although I still like the hotel feel with breakfast delivered to my room and someone making my bed daily, I fell in love with the “staying with friends” feel Airbnb.com brings.  I highly recommend Airbnb.com and encourage you to take a look into accommodating your next trip this way. You will meet some great hosts along the way!

For more reviews of my gluten free travels, click here.

 

 

 

GFGB Travel: San Luis Obispo, California

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I had the blessing to visit San Luis Obispo, California this June. It is such a sweet town and it is no mistake that we visited. The hubs and I have dreamed of living in California for over 15 years (since before we were married), and this was our scouting trip. It is half way between Los Angeles and San Fransisco, 3 hours either direction. Just far enough from the big busy city, just close enough for weekend getaways, and just small enough for a tight knit community for our family. Perfection.  I will let the pictures do most of the talking, but man, could I go on and on over coffee sometime of how I love this place so!

Our first night in “SLO”, as some of the locals call it, was spent at the local Farmers Market that is held every, yes every, Thursday night. The walk from our place to the market was beautiful! “Bouganvilla, Oh how I love thee!”

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Local farmers and restaurant owners come out to sell their fair and boy did I take part in it! I literally ate my way through the market, with no regrets! The produce was the freshest I have ever eaten. The hubs and I found ourselves making those grunting sounds as we ate our nectarines and plums in the middle of the street, oblivious to those around us. This was heaven folks. There were plenty of gluten free options available and even even a gluten free cupcake vendor to boot! Woot!

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As we interviewed schools, house hunted, and scouted out the towns around SLO, we snuck in some much needed beach time!

IMG_0418We could not believe how close Pismo Beach was from the main downtown strip of SLO, 10 minutes. It was a perfect “warm with a cool breeze” kind of day, and yes, we crashed for about an hour on the beach like a couple of beach bums! Did I say it was perfect? I hear there are some cool hidden beaches further down at Shell Beach that I can’t wait to check out with the whole family!

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If you ever have a chance to visit Pismo Beach, we were recommended to stop by the Old West Cinnamon Roll Bakery.  Although not gluten free, I was able to enjoy watching my hubby make a fool of himself as he got lost in the pure extasy of this sugary confection. Seriously, more grunting sounds. I was a little jello, but never worth the consequences that follow if I were to partake. Glad he loved them and he highly recommends this “must stop” at Pismo Beach.

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We also made a quick stop in Morro Bay. It exceeded my expectations. It was a a foggy day and I fell in love with its nostalgic draw. The textures, the colors, the shops, the food,….it was a delight. My favorite shop was The Garden Gallery. If you are a gardener, or a wanna be like me, you MUST stop by here. Tons of inspiration and beautiful gifts and plants. The store goes on and on. So lovely. I did not want to leave.

The hubs and I fell in love with the town Of San Luis Obispo in person as much as we had on paper and the internet and there is so much more we have not uncovered. It would be a blessing beyond measure to live in such a place. We are not relocating because of a job, but because of life. Nothing is perfect, that green grass grows where you water, and I pray this is where we are to water. We look forward to finding community and serving this community. We pray this is an adventure that God has in store for us and we are faithful to the end. We are scared for change. Who doesn’t move with a 3 week old? We are excited for change! We have lived in the same town and state for close to 40 years. Change is good. We are ready.

A year from now, you may have wished you started today. – Karen Lamb

For more reviews of my gluten free travels, click here.

 

 

Blogger Review: Melanie Pitts Gluten Free Blogger www.hopeskitchen.com

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You are not alone in needing to change your diet, we are in this together. And we can all learn from each other. Hope can return to your kitchen.

Melanie Pitts with Hopes Kitchen

When you meet Melanie face to face she has a gentle soul and sweet spirit about her upon first impression, and I got to know her, her vast knowledge of the allergy free world impressed the socks off me! We clicked immediately and could talk for days! I look forward to getting to know her more and watch her amazing website grow and grow! She “feeds” it regularly with amazing recipes that may fit your allergy needs!

Name: Melanie Pitts
Web address: www.hopeskitchen.com
Twitter: @hopes_kitchen
Facebook: hopeskitchenblog
Pinterest: Hopes Kitchen
Based out of: Minnesota

Are you personally gluten free? Celiac? Any other Allergies?
I have had asthma my whole life and as an adult became allergic to kiwi.

My oldest son, Noah, has asthma and is allergic to artificial food coloring/dyes.

My little girl, Anna, at 10 months old, had an anaphylactic reaction after eating her first teething biscuit and cheerios. Her tests showed that she was allergic to egg, wheat, rye, barley, peanuts, tree nuts and dairy (along with several other less severe ones). Anna’s identical twin sister, Josie doesn’t have any severe food allergies now. Thankfully, Anna and Josie outgrew their dairy allergies when they were about 3 years old. They both have asthma.

Last fall, I decided to go gluten free with Anna for a few reasons. I wanted a better understanding of what it was like for her. I had also heard so many claims about how wheat is different now than it was 50 years ago and how many people felt better going off of it, so out of curiosity I gave it a try and have been eating gluten free since then.

What drew you to the internet and inspired you to blogging world?
When Anna was first diagnosed, I felt totally stopped in my tracks. Our first doctor’s visit was basically to re-tell us that yes she has these allergies, don’t eat them and watch this epi-pen video. I was so discouraged! Her list of allergies was so long that I couldn’t even think of what she could eat. The learning curve felt long as I had difficulty finding recipes that fit her needs, worked and actually tasted good. I have spent a lot of time in my kitchen working on recipes that my family would enjoy. Thankfully, I love cooking and my kitchen is one of my happy places.

Every week, I was meeting people who dealt with food allergies or were gluten free. I wanted to help them, teach them how to read labels, how to re-write their favorite recipes, how to shop and how to eat safely. I wanted to give people back hope after discovering they needed to change their diet. My husband suggested I start a blog (to be honest, I didn’t even know what that was). With his help and the help of some good friends, Hope’s Kitchen, began in January 2012.

What is your favorite thing to blog about?
Where to start…I love writing about new recipes, especially traditional ones like bread, banana bread, brownies and pies. I love sweets! But my absolute favorite thing to blog about is life. My identical twin girls have a miraculous story that I love to share.

What is your “message”?
You are not alone in needing to change your diet, we are in this together. And we can all learn from each other. Hope can return to your kitchen.

What is your favorite gluten free indulgence? (Greenbean wanted to know)
Oh wow, that is a tough one. I am a foodie and can’t pick just one. Maybe you can help me out…Gluten Free Pizza, warm Cornbread Muffins with honey on top, Zucchini Brownies with fudge frosting or good old fashioned GF Rice Krispie Bars all with a really good cup of Dogwood Coffee. If you ever come to the Twin Cities and you love coffee, you need to go to The Dogwood Coffee Bar or Rustica (also Dogwood’s coffee). Can I give them a shout out?

Would you like to contribute a recipe?
I would love to share with you my Gluten Free Vegan Bread Recipe. This recipe brought a party to our house. Even my picky, gluten eating son, LOVES this recipe.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I would love to have a cookbook (or two) out. I want to be helping more people learn how to cook their favorite recipes safely and give them some new ideas. Maybe even someday, I will be able to merge my nursing degree and my passion for food allergies or be involved in a bakery/coffeehouse.

Would you like to add anything else?
I’d like to add one more thing. I am so thankful to have met Claudine at the GFAF Expo in Chicago! If you haven’t met her in person yet, she is a girl that lights up a room and is super friendly!Awe, thank you Melanie! I can say the same of you!

What is something interesting about you that may or may not be related to blogging?
I care deeply about social justice issues. Did you know that slavery is still occurring here in the US, on the tomato fields of Florida? You can help make a difference and stand against slavery by asking your supermarkets and the USDA, to stop purchasing their tomatoes from there. Learn more at IJM’s Recipe for Change.

Melanie, keep up your amazing work as you contribute to this great group of bloggers and followers! We all need each other and you exemplified this with our awesome connection and relatable stage of “blogging life” we are in.

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Blogger Review: Laura Hanley Gluten Free Blogger www.gfreelaura.com

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G-free love! My goal is to bring humor and positivity to our lifestyle. I am not the amazing chef with beautiful pictures of food, but I’m the down-to-earth 20 something that’s just trying to spread g-free love to all!

 

Laura Hanley with Gluten Free Laura

I have been stocking this gluten free blogger since I discovered her a year ago and my dream came true when I met her at the GFAF Expo in Chicago. We immediately clicked and at a casual ‘meet and greet’ the first night of the Expo, we were in tears laughing so hard from her hilarious sense of humor! She knows so much about gluten free products and living and makes being gluten free not a handicap, but a blessing! She’s tagged the term gfreelove and I get why. She spreads her love through laughter!

 

Name: Laura Hanley (G-Free Laura)
Web address: www.gfreelaura.com
Twitter: @GFreeLaura www.twitter.com/gfreelaura
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gfreelaura
Instagram: www.instagram.com/gfreelaura
Where are you based out of? Toledo, Ohio

Are you personally gluten free? Celiac? Any other Allergies?
I am gluten free, but not a diagnosed Celiac. I am positive for the alleles of the genetic markers DQ2 and DQ8. My mom was diagnosed with Celiac in 2008.

What drew you to the internet and inspired you to blogging world? (AKA, your story)
I started blogging because I am a marketing nerd and was inspired to create a personal brand. I figured it would help me build the skills I needed for my industry, but now gluten-free blogging has turned into my passion and I am so happy with where my blog is today.

What is your favorite thing to blog about?
My fav thing to blog about is ridiculous stories. I enjoy making people laugh, so I try to relate the gluten-free diet to fun things that will put a smile on someone’s face. For example, did you know that Britney Spears sang about the gluten-free diet, or that our lifestyle is similar to that of a zombie apocalypse(Stop it! My side hurts!)

What is your “message”?
My message is g-free love! My goal is to bring humor and positivity to our lifestyle. I am not the amazing chef with beautiful pictures of food, but I’m the down-to-earth 20 something that’s just trying to spread g-free love to all!

What is your favorite gluten free indulgence? (Greenbean wanted to know)
My favorite gluten-free indulgence is nachos. Like seriously, I’m addicted. It’s semi-ridiculous.

Would you like to contribute a recipe?
Homemade Corn Salsa

This is one of my favorite recipes because it’s super easy AND delicious.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself at age 29. Hopefully I’ll have a gluten-free dating series to share with you all, but first I have to go on some dates to do that (yes fellas, I’m single). I also hope to build my blog and following to reach and inspire more people, but I never want to see G-Free Laura as “work” but always as a fun activity that I have a passion for.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
I also want to add how much I love our community, including you, Claudine. I don’t know any other type of community that is so welcoming and inspiring as we are!

What is something interesting about you that may or may not be related to blogging?
I love cats.

Laura, you are one of a kind. Keep spreading that gluten free love through your laughter and know how in celiac awareness and living. It is a gift to know you professionally and personally. 

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Blogger Review: Rebecca Black Gluten Free Blogger www.prettylittleceliac.com

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You can be happy, healthy and live gluten-free!

Rebecca Black with Pretty Little Celiac

Hold on to your sock bloggers, Rebecca is the real deal.  She claims she tells to much (TMI) but I find her authenticity very refreshing and appealing. This beautiful woman has alot to offer to the celiac community with gluten free product reviews, gluten free recipes, and gluten free living. She is a must to check out!

Name: Rebecca Black
Web address: www.prettylittleceliac.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/prettylilceliac
Facebook: www.facebook.com/prettylittleceliac
Instagram: www.instagram.com/prettylittleceiac
Pintrest: www.pinterest.com/prettylilceliac
Youtube: www.youtube.com/prettylittleceliac
Where are you based out of? Columbus, Ohio

 

Are you personally gluten free? Celiac? Any other Allergies?

I have celiac disease, lactose intolerance and latex sensitivity.

What drew you to the internet and inspired you to blogging world? (AKA, your story)

About 6 months into my celiac diagnosis, I found myself depressed, sad and angry. I was sick of seeing food bloggers posting gluten-free recipes with too many ingredients thus costing too much money. I just wanted to know I wasn’t alone. My blog started to just get things off my chest and to talk about what was going on in my life but then I realized I wasn’t the only one feeling this way. Others going through the same thing were desperately seeking answers and I wanted to help them find those answers. I’ve always been the TMI (too much info) girl and never was afraid to share my stories or feelings about anything in my life. If I can help those people that are afraid or embarrassed to talk about it, but just want to know they aren’t alone – then mission accomplished!

What is your favorite thing to blog about?

How to help people with the transition from living a “normal” life to a gluten-free one.

What is your “message”?

That you can be happy, healthy and live gluten-free!

Do you have any cookbooks, other blogs, video links, apparel sales, etc?

I have a little shop that has cute celiac awareness gear! www.prettylittleceliac.com/shop

What is your favorite gluten free indulgence? (Greenbean wanted to know)

Gluten-Free doughnuts from Cherbourg Bakery in Columbus!

Would you like to contribute a recipe where you will be sited and linked back? If so, add the link here:

Seriously, best thing I ever made. So easy to do! 

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Being a guest judge on an episode of Top Chef where they have to make an entire meal for people with food allergies! (I LOVE this! I will be sure to tune in!)

What is something interesting about you that may or may not be related to blogging? 

I own my own fitness studio in Westerville, Ohio and make it our mission to give back to the community through fitness and philanthropy!

Rebecca, you have a radiance about you that is unstoppable. Your ideas and approach to health, fitness, and gluten free living would make anyone want to be gluten free because you make it look so good! Readers, don’t let her sweet humility fool you. You would never know it, but she is an award winning/headshot on a cover of a magazine” kinda lady! Be sure to land on her page a few hours like I do…..

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Blogger Review: Kelly Kurzhal Gluten Free Food Blogger www.raisingjackwithceliac.blogspot.com

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My mission is raising happy, healthy gluten-free kiddos! 

Kelly Kurzhal with Raising Jack With Celiac

Kelly is a hoot to know. Her dry sense of humor caught me by surprise when I met her at a recent gluten free expo. She knows what’s she’s doing in caring for my celiac son, Jack. I trust her experiences and great creative idea in feeding her son!

Name: Kelly Kurzhal
Web address: http://raisingjackwithceliac.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @RaisingJack
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raising-Jack-With-Celiac/251436224889726
Where are you based out of? Nashville, TN

Are you personally gluten free? Celiac? Any other Allergies?
I am not personally gluten-free. We make as many meals as possible gluten-free. Jack is pretty picky so at this time he is not exploring new meal ideas as much as I would like him to. He doesn’t like rice, pasta and potatoes are iffy. So in time, I believe his pickyness will fade and we will all be eating gluten-free as a family.

What drew you to the internet and inspired you to blogging world?
When I found out Jack had celiac disease (almost 4 yrs ago) – I found myself searching the Internet and I couldn’t really relate to anything I was finding about being a parent of child with celiac disease. I wanted to create a place that parents could go and feel like they weren’t alone on this journey with their gluten-free children.

What is your favorite thing to blog about?
Anything that I find helpful to other parents and children on this journey of living with celiac disease. Trying new gluten-free products, sharing recipes, providing tips on how to eat gluten-free at school, social gatherings, etc. Giveaways are fun too!

What is your “message”?
Raising happy, healthy gluten-free kiddos!

Do you have any cookbooks, other blogs, etc that you would like to mention?
Not at this time, but I hope to do an e-book of my first 100 blog posts! I have 69 posts currently.

What is your favorite gluten free indulgence? (Greenbean wanted to know)
The first thing that came to mind was Strawberry Shortcake!

Would you like to contribute a recipe?
I mean, summer is here, right? Well, Memorial Day is like the start of summer so here’s to Strawberry Shortcake – YUMMY!

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to be a SAHM (stay at home mom) until the last one leaves the nest (okay, forever), married for 14 yrs. (OMGoodness, my husband is lucky)…still advocating for celiac awareness…I wonder maybe a CURE in 5 yrs??? Now, if I win the Powerball tonight…I’ll still be a SAHM, still be married, still advocating celiac disease awareness…BUT, I would have multiple gluten-free pretzel drive-thrus across the country…

Would you like to add anything else?
The best thing about blogging is not only helping others by raising celiac disease awareness and sharing Jack’s gluten-free lifestyle, but meeting wonderful new blogger friends!

What is something interesting about you that may or may not be related to blogging?
I talk in different accents to my children A LOT…seriously who doesn’t love a British accent?? I mean, other moms do that, right?

Thank you Kelly for getting to know you a little better. And, yes, I do talk to my kids in any accent I deem necessary at the time. My Cajun accent seems to throw then the most! 

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Blogger Review: Erica Dermer Gluten Free Blogger www.celiacandthebeast.com

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I guess our motto is “gluten free for life” – because that’s how our condition is – for life! You can’t outgrow celiac and you can’t cure it with a medication (yet). That’s why we have that on our hoodies, so we remember that we can never cheat, and we must embrace celiac disease and being gluten-free all of our lives!

Erica Dermer with Celiac and the Beast

For you food bloggers out there, this unforgettable Gluten Free Food Blogger was the first gluten free “celebrity” to  acklowledge my social media presence.  “She actually responded!” I shouted as my kids looked at me as if I lost it. She is everything she portrays herself to be in person as on media. She is hilarious, sensitive, smart, witty, and most of all, passionate about her gluten free lifestyle. I love to visit her site and learn about the latest gluten free products, conventions, and let’s not forget the hottest gluten free apparel out there!  This chic has is all and a bag of chips (gluten free of course).

Name: Erica Dermer
Web address:www.celiacandthebeast.com
Twitter: @CeliacBeast
Facebook: /CeliacandtheBeast
Instagram: @CeliacandtheBeast
Where are you based out of? Phoenix, AZ

Are you personally gluten free? Celiac? Any other Allergies?
Diagnosed celiac 5 years ago (ish)

What drew you to the internet and inspired you to blogging world?
I came out of the womb a writer! I was blogging for another community before I turned gluten-free. When I finally got over being sad about never having pink-frosted donuts again – I wanted to do something positive with my background in writing and marketing and recent diagnosis. I wanted to spread advocacy for our condition in the community and needed a platform to do that!

What is your favorite thing to blog about?
I love everything – being an advocate, going to gluten-free expos, the newest GF products, dining out, etc. Just living life GF!

What is your “message”?
I guess our motto is “gluten free for life” – because that’s how our condition is – for life! You can’t outgrow celiac and you can’t cure it with a medication (yet). That’s why we have that on our hoodies, so we remember that we can never cheat, and we must embrace celiac disease and being gluten-free all of our lives!

What is your favorite gluten free indulgence? (Greenbean wanted to know)
COOKIES! (said in Cookie Monster voice)

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’d love to write a book about being gluten-free and the struggles we face (dating, dining out, family drama, friends, etc.). I’d also like to become a speaker at expos and meet all of my readers on a US tour! I mean, here’s hoping. I really just want to be healthy and happy. (I believe this will happen for you Erica!)

What is something interesting about you that may or may not be related to blogging?
I love vintage and have a collection of vintage wheat jewelry and housewares. I adore it! I often feel like I was born in the wrong decade – but this decade has so much gluten-free safe food available!

Erica, you are still my First and only Gluten Free Foodie Crush! Thank you for contributing to our GF Blogger Campaign! Be sure to check out her online store and order your favorite GF shirt! We did and we love them!

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Blogger Review: Cindy Gordon Vegetarian Food Blogger with GF Fridays www.vegetarianmamma.com

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Know your own body.  I am not the food police; I am not here to judge.  We try to create them so they will work for yours.  We used to eat meat so many of our recipes can be easily adapted.  Throw in some chicken, etc! If you see a vegan recipe, know that I have made that same recipe with dairy cheese or dairy sour cream so it will work.  The recipes are easy to adapt and make your own!

Cindy Gordon with Vegetarian Mamma

Cindy is a person that I am convinced I knew in high school. “oh to only be that popluar then!” She is like water. She fills in where needed and nourishes you all at the same time. Her ideas in vegetarian eating is so approachable and makes it so easy. My family leans towards vegetarian, but not 100%. Her site is a lifeline to our menu planning!

Name: Cindy Gordon of “Vegetarian Mamma”
Web address: www.vegetarianmamma.com
Twitter: @vegetarianmamma
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vegetarian-Mamma/126775957379585
Pinterest: Vegetarian Mamma
Etsy: CindyDG or direct link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CindyDG
Where are you based out of? Columbus Ohio
Cookbook? Cookbook in the works!

Are you personally gluten free? Celiac? Any other Allergies?

I am gluten free. My younger son is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and has gluten issues. My oldest son is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts  and sensitivities to dairy and gluten.

What drew you to the internet and inspired you to blogging world?

I started my blog in 2009.  Back then our eating lifestyle was vegetarian.  We focused on nuts, beans, fresh fruit and veggies…basically whole foods.  I started the blog to show people what we ate.  I would get so many questions about being vegetarian.  The most common, “What exactly DO you eat?”.  We had our first child in 2007 and maintained this eating lifestyle. I got pregnant for a second time in 2009 and was sick from the start of the pregnancy.  Luckily in 2010 our second bundle of energetic son was born.  He appeared healthy, but not always so happy.  He would cry alot, let me emphasize alot. He began to vomit and our pediatrician said it was reflux. We upped his meds, changed his meds and nothing seemed to give this baby now toddler relief.  Finally, enough was enough. We felt this little guy deserved a better quality if life.  We researched and found that dairy and gluten often cause reflux.  So we started by eliminating gluten.  Our plan was to remove dairy after gluten had been removed for two months.  About a month and a half into the process our life fell apart.

I took the then 18 month old into the doctor for what I thought was just a routine check of a cough.  We’d been down this road before a few months prior.  Same cough, followed by a vomit, etc  Last time they said that those symptoms plus the sores in his mouth were just reflux laryngitis.  This time around we didn’t see our predication we saw another one in the office who had an available appointment that day.  She took one listen to his lung and said  “You can’t leave with me, his breathing is severely affected and we need to change that.” Insert frantic call to my husband, who was traveling!  AAH!!  3 hours later, multiple breathing treatments later the doctor said that she felt he was better. I told her that he wasn’t. I told her I was not comfortable taking him home.  They checked his oxygen levels but the machine wasn’t working.  It was reading a low number but she indicated it ‘never works right.’  I head to pick up my other son, who was staying with a friend, who has so kindly picked him up from school.  We weren’t even there and I could hear his breathing was funny again.  I called the doctor, she listened over the phone and said to head to urgent care.  When we got there, they checked his oxygen.  It was 92. The put him on oxygen and told me that it was too low for me to drive him down to Children’s hospital that we’d need to ride in an ambulance. At this point it was around dinner time and basically we had spent the entire day between the doctors office and urgent care.  Now we were in an ambulance headed to downtown Children’s Hospital.  Emergency room here we come!

Luckily, my husband sensed my need earlier in the day and hopped a plane home and was waiting in the emergency room when we arrived.  That was a good surprise.  My little man was calm and tired.  I think he felt better with the oxygen.  The ER doctor said his lungs were fine so he took off the oxygen. He said that the nurse would be in the check and if it stayed up we could go home.  He was gone about 2 minutes, the nurse came in and checked.  It had dropped to 84.  We stayed two nights at Children’s Hospital.  I can’t even begin to explain what it feels like to hold your child in your arms for two days with breathing treatments every two hours, not knowing what exactly is wrong.  He was discharged with an asthma DX. I got him allergy tested (which our ‘now former’ pediatrician had poo pooed in the past.) We discovered that he had life threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts and he was allergic to dairy.  We found that he is a gene carrier for celiac and presents symptoms of celiac such as a rash upon ingestion, boated belly, brain fog, off kilter for 4-5 days.  We had taken him off gluten before we knew about the official DX tests for celiac.  We were just trying to make his life better, which we did.  Now that we have him straightened out and are learning to live with those allergies and intolerances in our house we are one by one taking a look at the rest of the family.

Its interesting when you really take a look at things what you find.  The more we look, the more we find. We are constantly adjusting our eating lifestyle to make sure that it accommodates everybody’s allergies and intolerance.  WIth this life changing event, it changed the direction of my blog.  All our recipes are now gluten free, peanut and tree nut free and many are dairy free!

What is your favorite thing to blog about?

My favorite thing to blog about is the recipes.  Its fun to create and express yourself through food.  Its fun for me because its an outlet.  I am human though, you win some recipes and some you lose!

What is your “message”?

My message is you know your own body.  I am not the food police; I am not here to judge.  If you eat something and it makes you feel lucky, don’t eat it.  It doesn’t matter if you follow a gluten free, Paleo, raw, meat loving, etc eating lifestyle.  I am cool with whatever you pick!  My recipes work for my family.  We try to create them so they will work for yours.  We used to eat meat so many of our recipes can be easily adapted.  Throw in some chicken, etc! If you see a vegan recipe, know that I have made that same recipe with dairy cheese or dairy sour cream so it will work.  The recipes are easy to adapt and make your own!

What is your favorite gluten free indulgence? (Greenbean wanted to know)

Probably Amy’s GF DF spinach pizza with a rice crust.  I just LOVE that pizza!  OR homemade GF fried pickles! ummmm……

Would you like to contribute a recipe?

I’ll let you pick which one, you know your readers better:

Savory: http://vegetarianmamma.com/homemade-crispy-onion-rings-glutenfree-vegan/

Single Serve lunch idea: http://vegetarianmamma.com/avocado-egg-salad-glutenfree-singleserve/

Dessert: http://vegetarianmamma.com/sunbutter-chocolate-chip-cookies-glutenfree/

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Not any older, that is for sure!  I hope to have a great cookbook out there, maybe two! I hope to have doubled my blog readership.  Most of all I hope to help people in their journey of being gluten free or dealing with food allergies!  We are all in this together!

Would you like to add anything else?

You are my GFBFF!! Awe, thanks amazing lady! Ditto!

What is something interesting about you that may or may not be related to blogging?

I used to be a pretty good roller skater when I was in middle school and high school.  I would spent my ENTIRE weekends Friday night – Sunday night at the rink!  Whether practicing dance, figures, free style or hanging out with my friends, it was always a good time!  Still have one of my pairs of skates but didn’t keep any of the pretty little outfits! And I am so not going to embarrass myself with a picture of those sparkly outfits! I would love a picture Cindy!

Thank you, Cindy,  for sharing your story and your expertise through trial and error and much experience, it’s the best kind.  Now go visit her site!

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