So you’ve decided you would like to try to go gluten-free. You probably feel overwhelmed, afraid to give up your favorite foods, and have no idea where to start. Maybe you’ve recently heard from your doctor that you have an auto-immune disorder, perhaps you have a child with autism, or it could be that you simply feel awful every time you eat gluten. If you want to learn how to go gluten-free, you will need resources, recipes, and support. I’m here to help!
In 2004 I was diagnosed with Celiac’s disease, an inherited auto-immune disorder that causes my body to turn on itself (like it is attacking an invader) each time I eat even trace amounts of gluten. I was young, active, and ate a very healthy diet. However, I dealt with chronic swelling, stomach and digestive problems, fatigue, mental ‘fogginess’, and sleep and skin problems. My health came to grinding halt one May, when my digestive system basically shut down. I saw a reputable gastroenterologist and he ran multiple invasive and expensive tests, only to tell me I was fine. I was definitely not fine. The doctor ordered gall-bladder removal surgery. It did not work.
I finally found an OBGYN who was trained in Chinese medicine. She asked if I had ever been tested for Celiac’s disease; I had not. It was positive. As soon as gluten was removed from my diet, it was as if a fog lifted and I could see again. Everything in my body shifted back towards health and I felt better than I had in years. But adopting an entirely new diet and lifestyle was no small task.
Learning to live without gluten has been a long, often frustrating, experience. Gluten, which is simply a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, is in everything in the Western diet. Beer, soy sauce, barley malt, breads and breading, flour thickeners… But it is possible to live without gluten, and to live well. By returning to traditional, whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, and certain grains, you can reclaim your health and feel better than you ever thought possible. And I am here to help pass along what I have learned on my long journey to health.
I have created the infographic below to help get you started. All of the recipes on Saltwaterchef.com are gluten-free, so use these recipes as a resource to get you started. You can also contact me and I can help you get started with one-on-one coaching and resources that will save you time, money, and a lot of mistakes.