Life Story

We all have different stories. But each one brings us to the same place. Having to eat gluten free to maintain our health and well being.

It all started when I decided to begin eating “healthy”!

Listening to the latest health news and the benefits of eating whole grains, I decided to start eating whole wheat bread and cereals to increase my fiber intake and to receive the nutritional benefits that come with it. I was doing fine for awhile, and then…

I had begun to start running to get myself back in shape. Here I am, coming down the side street to my house, when halfway there my heart started beating out of my chest! I thought I was having a heart attack! I could barely walk back home! I made it in the front door and sat down until my heart calmed down.

I decided to try running again one more time ( real smart of me!) and it happened again! Well, no more running for me after that! Pretty soon, it started to happen when I was just watching TV or reading a book. It was most prevalent when I was sleeping. I would just drift off when all of a sudden I would get this strange sensation that would wake me up and then my heart would take off at 140 beats per minute.

I ended up in the emergency room to find out that my Magnesium and Potassium levels were so low my heart was having problems. Well, they would load me up with a full IV bag of magnesium and liquid potassium (yuck) and send me on my way. Boy, did I fill GREAT for about 2 1/2 months. Then I would slide right back down and end up in the emergency again! We did this for another 3 times.

Meanwhile, I was seeing doctor after doctor trying to figure out what in the world was causing my magnesium levels to tank! I was taking over 2000 milligrams a day and still not able to keep my levels up! Something was seriously wrong, but what!

Well, enter one doctor from Sweden, a gastroenterologist, who listened to me and came up with an interesting thought. You may have celiac sprue, he said. I might have what? I had never heard of it before. It’s an intolerance to gluten in grains like wheat, he said.

BINGO! THE LIGHT CAME ON! As I sat there and listened to what he had to say, I realized that all this had started when I began eating whole wheat! He had me go through all the tests and they came back positive! No more wheat products for me!

I was so thankful! God had given me an answer to what ailed me! Halleluiah! Now all I had to do was avoid products with gluten. What an eye opener that has turned out to be!

I am truly grateful to know what my medical problem is! I would rather know and begin to deal with it, than to be in the dark looking and looking and not finding.

I LOVE TO COOK! I have found that most of the pre-packaged and pre-made gluten free products are not what I would call appetizing! The choices are getting better and better as people learn about celiac and companies are more responsive to our needs.

But, I still enjoy making my own goodies and feeding my family and myself great tasting meals that don’t break the bank! I still have a hard time paying the prices for gluten free cookies or cake mixes when I can make my own cheaper and better tasting! But sometimes, you just don’t have the time or the desire. I understand that. I get that way too.

Now you know why I started this web site. I have learned alot about gluten free cooking and all the weird and strange tweaks and twists to get something to taste good, especially bread! In some ways, I think we eat healthier than most since we cannot go to the fast food drive thru and pick up junk food!

I know it can be frustrating and difficult, especially if you have just been diagnosed. Take heart! I am willing to help you get over the anxiety and frustration of what to eat! Please let me help you any way I can!

I have come to accept what my life is and have decided that it is a way for me to help all of you as I help myself in this journey of gluten free cooking and living.

God bless! Kathy