Hi! I’m Kristi. I decided to start this blog because I want to inspire people to cook, share my favorite gluten free and paleo recipes, and share some of my favorite cooking products. I work full time, am a crossfitter, and a bulldog lover. The bulldogs help keep me company whenever I am cooking and if you’ve ever been around a bulldog you know they have a ton of personality. They are so much fun and encourage me to stay home and cook almost every evening.
I didn’t really cook very much at all until about 3 years ago when I discovered that gluten was causing a lot of health problems i’ve had my whole life. My symptoms were chronic sinusitis, low energy, I thought food poisoning, and throwing up violently after eating about 3-4 times a year. I had chronic sinusitis from about 6th grade, was on antibiotics 8-10 times a year, had to take Singulair and Mucinex every day, and had to use a prescription nasal spray several times every day. My sinusitis got so bad that my doctor sent me to a ENT specialist who told me the only way to get better was to have sinus surgery. No thanks. Looking back, my problems with gluten kept being masked by more and more medicine. My worst reaction was on an airplane from LAX to Australia. I was throwing up for several hours up until right before we landed, in the immigration line, and while waiting several hours for a train. I could barely walk I was so weak. All of this while transporting a 70lb bicycle case and a suitcase by myself. It was definitely my lowest point. All my symptoms went 100% away a few hours later after I got everything out of my system. I thought it was food poisoning like I thought I had so many times in my life.
After that experience I decided I must have some sort of allergy to something i’m eating and started paying attention to how I felt after different foods. And this is how I found out it was gluten. I noticed on Thursdays I felt awful – scratchy throat, super stuffy, and super exhausted. What was I eating on Thursdays only? I have a very generous co-worker who brings in several boxes of donuts into the office every Thursday. Donuts? Do I have a donut allergy? What could possibly be in a donut that would make me get sick? There are so many bad things in donuts but it was wheat flour that made me sick. So I immediately stopped eating gluten. I thought it’s worth it for just a month to see if there is a difference. I also assumed that if gluten was the problem and I cut it out most of the time but had a piece of bread when I ate out or a beer once and a while I should be fine, right? Wrong. I didn’t have gluten for about 3 weeks and then joined my co-workers for happy hour on a Friday night. When I got to the bar there were already several pitchers of beer on the table and so I decided to have some. That was the worst decision ever. I spent the entire night throwing up. And, no I wasn’t wasted. That’s when I decided I shouldn’t have any gluten at all.
I spent the first month draining my sinuses. It was so weird. I could breathe and stopped getting sinus infections. I slowly stopped taking all of the medications I relied on and now do not take anything at all. I haven’t had a sinus infection in over 2 years. I got tested for Celiac and all of the tests were negative. I still have reactions now and then when I accidentally have gluten. Mostly that happens when I eat out or am traveling. I dread going out to eat at unfamiliar places and have gotten so used to eating gluten free at home that I sometimes make assumptions and then get sick. I forget to ask all of the questions I should ask. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who are still trying to understand what gluten is and how it can make it’s way into foods that are gluten free. I have seen a huge change in the past 3 years and am so happy restaurants are making an effort and the knowledge level is increasing drastically. 3 years ago I had to carry cards around with me to share with the restaurant employees. Now I don’t carry anything at all.
After several times accidentally having gluten and getting sick and many times watching my friends eat all of the foods I could no longer have I was inspired to cook. I wanted dishes like coconut shrimp, sushi without having to carry gluten free soy sauce, and bread that didn’t taste like cardboard or fall apart. So I started cooking and haven’t stopped. I love it and am happier eating and cooking at home so I do not have to worry about getting sick. I also love entertaining and having people over. I read a ton of recipes all the time and often combine different recipes or modify recipes to make them gluten free. After starting crossfit 1.5 years ago i’ve also started cooking and eating paleo. I started this blog because I wanted a place to keep track of my favorite gluten free and paleo recipes in 1 place, keep track of the modified recipes for myself plus be able to share them with other people who also cannot eat gluten or are eating paleo.
I am excited to connect with other bloggers who are gluten free, share my favorite recipes, and share things I learn about being 100% gluten-free.
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