Welcome to my new visitors! If you look back in the archived posts, you’ll read the journey of how I got to the current incarnation of Gluten-Free Awesome. But let one thing be clear: This blog is 100% gluten-free. Always.
And since last year, it has also been grain-free. Okay, yeah, I ate grains before that. Rice and corn especially. When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease six years ago, all I knew was to stop eating gluten.
But quickly it became apparent that other foods were issues for me, too. I soon gave up soy… then all legumes… nightshades… most fruit… all additives, gums, flavorings, preservatives… and several other things. I usually joke that it’s easier to tell you what I can eat than what I can’t eat.
Over the last few years, my health has stabilized, mostly. But occasionally I still hit rough patches where I felt like crap. About a year ago was one of those patches.
So I went online and practiced my Google-Fu, searching for my symptoms and trying to figure out if I had contracted some new-fangled disease. And I stumbled upon Primal and Mark’s Daily Apple.
Now, I’d heard of Paleo before, and I always dismissed it as being too restrictive. I already can’t eat most things. Now you want to take away my rice, corn, milk, and sugar, too? F@#$ that!
But as I looked into Primal (and Paleo again, too) I realized that I had already eliminated most of the foods that were considered to be no-nos. I also liked that the philosophy of Primal was about health and well-being. And I could still eat dairy, and no one would yell at me.
So I gave it a try. And my latest health problems eased up.
That was July of 2011. Since then I’ve eaten rice and corn just a handful of times, and I feel sick every time I do. That’s enough to keep me away from them permanently. I’ve given up refined sugar (except in winemaking, but it gets turned into alcohol for the most part), and have even given up most natural sugars. I work out more. I’m healthier. I’m happier.
And yes, I still eat some milk products… but more on that in another post.
I’ve decided to leave all my old grain-based recipes online. After all, not everyone is grain-free, and I’d rather see someone make gluten-free waffles from scratch than buy a box of gluten-free Bisquick and ingest all those nasty artificial ingredients and whatnot. So if you go searching in prior posts, you will see things made with rice flour and corn starch.
But from this point forward, all recipes on this blog are grain-free. Most are naturally dairy-free as well, or I will provide a substitute if possible. I tend to use dairy as a garnish rather than a main ingredient anyway.
Thanks for stopping by! Please say hello in the comments below, and let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see!