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Gluten Free is Life

I am a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After my celiac diagnosis in 2006, I have made it my mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from “made from scratch” homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, I share my experiences and pass along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. I feel that I am a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans.

Want vs. Should 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 4:52:22 PM


I do my best to try to satisfy my cravings,within reason,to prevent feelings of negativity. I find that when I deny my body something that it wants,it isn’t always a good thing,as my body may want/crave it for a good reason. That reason may simply be that I want chocolate or that I am craving a burger because my body needs the iron in the bison or the beef. Whatever that reason is,I try to honor it. 

I find it harder to do that during training for a marathon or half marathon. Reason is that there are things I “should” be eating during training in addition to those cravings. For instance,one Saturday I just wasn’t hungry,but knew that I should eat. I just wanted a bowl of cereal,but knew that wouldn’t provide the macronutrients that I needed to refuel &fuel my body for my next run. I compromised &had a small bowl of cereal for a snack &a more substantial dinner than I was planning on. 

I try not to place limits on food or make rules regarding food. When I am told (or tell myself) not to eat something,it only makes me want to eat said food even more. Gluten is a good example. I didn’t really eat Pop-Tarts before,but take them away from me and I am suddenly wanting to buy a box. 

If I want to mix foods together,I do. People may look at me funny,but it won’t be the first time and I am sure it won’t be the last. Winking smile Check out my latest creation that I made last week:


I couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat and we had ham &mashed potatoes leftover,so I tossed my ham &mashed potatoes onto my salad! LOL! It ended up being really,really good! I also had some roasted beats,feta cheese and steamed green beans in the mix. I may even have this again sometime soon! 

There are also those times that I must have chocolate for breakfastWinking smile


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