A little bit about me before I start rambling on and on and on about gluten: my name is Naëlle (pronnounced Nah (like a casual no) – elle (like the letter L)), I’m 24 years old, I’m from Montreal and yes, French is my first language. I’ve lived all over Canada and the United States and am currently in a cute little town in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I’ve been lucky enough to be given the chance to travel the world as a teenager and I do think I am a better person for it. However, I’m very happy to be done packing bags for the moment and am enjoying settling down a little bit. I would say I am very passionate about health. I’m the kind of person who thinks we eat to live, not live to eat! It doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be enjoyable and tasty, but nutrition has to come first in every meal.
Why did I go gluten free, if it’s a change that most people are not eager to make to their diet? It wasn’t by necessity – I don’t have celiac, or any form of diagnosed sensitivity. I am just very health conscious and I enjoy reading all kinds of blogs on nutrition. Information is power and reading as much of it as possible, conflicting ideas especially, allows me to form my own opinion about ingredients. After much reading on the subject, I decided that gluten possibly was not all that healthy to eat. I’ll go into more detail on that in later postings. I don’t have an education in nutrition or biology; I’m just your average consumer on a journey to healthy eating.
So, what’s gluten and how do you not eat it? Gluten is a protein composite found mainly in wheat, rye and barley. OK, so that’s just three ingredients right? It doesn’t sound so bad! And it really isn’t, but it can be overwhelming to go gluten free at first, since those three ingredients, wheat especially, is a staple in our society’s diet. It is found in all baked goods, all pasta and surprisingly enough, it is also in a lot of sauces and dressing, where you expect it the least. While going without gluten is a big difference in shopping and eating habits, it is also very rewarding.
Physically, I feel a lot better since I’ve gone gluten free and I also greatly improved at shopping smart and cooking (well, I certainly could not have gotten worse at the latter!) It’s not like I didn’t eat healthy before, lots of veggies and fruits for sure, but I did NOT cook. Burnt hard boiled eggs? Pasta? Put pineapple and mayo in rice? Yes, been there, done all of that. I’ll spare you the embarrassing details, for my sake.
What can you expect from this blog? A lot of recipes, with all my trials and errors, because, I’m only a beginner cook after all; but don’t worry; I still do succeed at making yummylicious meals and desserts, from time to time. I also found ways to make gluten free cooking a little less pricey. It’s really all about staying away from processed and packaged food. You’ll also see my reasoning behind why I like certain ingredients and why I stay away from others like the plague, with links on great studies I found. So, sit back and enjoy!