Going Gluten Free
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball… sometimes you are aware of what’s to come and sometimes it takes you completely by surprise that it leaves you breathless. In my case, it left me breathless. I am trying not to get all emotional on you while I type this post but for some reason my eyes want to swell:) For those of you who know me and those of you who have heard about me- I would hope first and foremost you heard I love my Lord and Savior but secondly, that you know I LOVE TO COOK. It is my passion. It is what I truly believe God gave me to do. To do for myself because it brings me joy, to do for my family, friends and as an act of service to strangers and the needy. I am constantly looking for someone who needs a good home cooked meal or a little something sweet to brighten their day. Cooking is what I do. Cooking is what I dream about. Cooking is ME!
Now last line is what I need to explain further. Cooking is ME but over the past year I have had several health issues arise that lead doctors and myself to believe I might have celiac disease or at the least be gluten sensitive. Celiac is an autoimmune disease that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. I have to admit- I sometimes wish I would have never began this process of getting diagnosed – I would like to think what you don’t know can’t hurt you but then I would be lying to myself. This all started 3 months back when I finally got fed up hearing from my husband and family about how skinny I was. I eat and I eat but you wouldn’t know it my looking at me. I love my cookies (at least 3 or 4 every night) my ice cream, my fried chicken, my pasta- you name it I love it. There in lied the problem. I was eating more and more every month trying to keep from losing weight, trying to prove to everyone I did eat and trying to stave off the “Your too skinny and Are you not eating” comments I began getting used to. I proceeded to run tests with the doctor which started off with a diagnosis of pre-diabetes (which I have learned is a typical misdiagnose of Celiac) and finally led to actually testing for Celiac. The test results since I began this process have been all over the board and are still inconclusive to this day. I am working with a specialist who is committed to helping me find the problem and I am at peace with it regardless of what that outcome may be. Now when I first thought I might have Celiac I thought my world was going to turn upside down. I had no idea how I could continue to do what I love and continually ignite my passion if I couldn’t even eat the things I have grown accustomed to loving.
That is until I took a step back and realized that the Lord had been preparing me for this moment/trial for quite some time now. I won’t go into details but I will say that He was preparing me for a challenge and I want to handle this challenge in a way that will only bring glory to His name. God knew about this the whole time He led me to start this blog 3 years ago and I want to continue to enjoy my passion and help others along the way. Whether or not this blog goes Gluten Free or Not!
My vow to you all is that nothing will change here in regards to the types of dishes I make. I will continue to make the dishes you will love here on Kitchen Belleicious. I am determined more than ever to in a way prove that cooking is not rocket science and it can bring you joy even in the midst of your crazy kid hectic day and that even going gluten free can be just as delicious as cooking with it. I will be creative, daring, out of the box and most importantly fearless. I’m ready to embrace any change that may come my way- are you?
Disclaimer: I am not going to pretend to give you any information that is more valuable and all encompassing than the information you will find on the gluten free godess site and gluten free on a shoestring. They do an amazing job explaining the ins and outs of GF living, substitutions, etc. What I am here for is your go to spot for non-GF and GF food that is amazingly delicious- so much so that no one even knows it is Gluten Free. I will prep, cook, bake, and through trial and error provide you with a trustworthy list of incredible recipes you can be sure your whole family will love. One thing I do know is food and one thing you can be sure of is that when you see a recipe here on Kitchen Belleicious- you can TRUST- that the dish is going to be fantastic and its going to taste just like the real thing. That is my promise to you! I won’t settle for par- it’s not in me.