Hi, I’m Erynn!
When I was 18, I was diagnosed with a severe gluten intolerance (which I later found out was Celiac disease). This diagnosis significantly changed the way I treated my body, and the most difficult change for me was adjusting my eating habits. I had no idea how many random foods contained gluten, and having to give up things that I’d been eating my entire life was surprisingly challenging.
The longer I was off of these foods, the more sensitive to them I became, which made the symptoms that much worse when I accidentally slipped. Today, even a crumb of something containing gluten can make me sick for days and cause splitting headaches and fatigue. I decided that making my own food, in my own kitchen, where I could be sure that it was a safe environment was the best course of action. And thus my cooking frenzy was born.
Gluten free doesn’t have to mean bland! This blog is an online collection of delicious proof that living with dietary restrictions can still be enjoyable. Especially when it involves champagne!
I am no chef, and I am no expert. My process involves finding recipes that sound good, adapting them to be gluten free, and usually adding extra garlic 🙂
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder. People who have Celiac experience serious health complications from eating foods containing gluten (found in wheat, barley, and rye). When a person with Celiac eats something that has gluten, their body arms an immune response that attacks the intestines, causing potentially permanent damage.
This intestinal damage can lead to chronic pain and issues with nutrient absorption. After 18 years of eating gluten almost daily, I have a lot of intestinal damage to try to reverse. Now, my diet is 100% gluten free; I even have my own separate toaster so that not even a crumb of gluten will get into my food. In addition to that, I take several supplements to help in the nutrient absorption and digestive healing processes. Luckily, I have very few symptoms from my Celiac Disease as long as I avoid gluten completely!
Thank you for taking the time to read my story! I love cooking and sharing my delicious discoveries with others. If you have a favorite gluten free recipe, or a recipe that you’d like to see made gluten free, let me know in the comments or contact me here. Happy cooking!