Hi! My name is Kathleen but you can call me Kat… all my friends do. I have a secret to tell you… I am not a writer. So why am I writing a blog? I have felt a calling to start a blog for years. I am a gluten free baker and run a small bakery out of my home. I meet so many people that have numerous food allergies and restrictions and they all have so many questions. I love helping them find answers and solutions. Sometimes people I don’t know message me on Facebook or email me and ask me tons of questions about being gluten free, dairy free, vegan, or raw.
They ask me about baking, cooking , and juicing. They ask me how to deal with all the foods they can not eat. So I decided to start writing it all down so I can help even more people.
So what makes me such an expert? Well I am not an expert, but I am an avid reader and researcher and I have tried many different types of diets and eating styles in my search to find a healthy lifestyle for myself.
I have been sick all my life. I have seen many doctors and tried many things to help me feel better. In 1999 when I was pregnant with my second child things really started falling apart. I was having migraines 5-6 days a week, my body was hurting all over, and I felt like I couldn’t not eat anything. I thought things would get better after my child was born but that was not the case. Things steadily went downhill. Around 2002 I started falling for no apparent reason. I started not being able to eat with out feeling really sick. I was living on pepto-bismol. I had constant brain fog. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia but I knew it was more than just that. I read about Celiac and thought for sure that was the issue. But I was told I was too over weight to have that. The doctors wrote me off. They told me I had to much stress. One Doctor even told me I just needed to get married!
So I took my Health into my own hands. I went off gluten in 2005. Within days I felt better! I didn’t need the pepto anymore! My headaches lessened. I started listening a little closer to my body needed. I went off dairy. But slowly I noticed new things that were bothering me. So I went on my first juice fast for 30 days to reset my body. I felt great on green juice and have kept that as part of my lifestyle. I tried paleo and although that was to much meat for me I found being off grains helped a lot. I tried raw for a while but missed warm food. So I have settled into a nice space that combines the best of these diets tailored just for me. I started eating gluten free, high raw, low grains, no dairy, low sugar, no red meat, high greens, and listen closely for what my body need. In 2016 I knew I needed more change and started a whole foods plant based diet. I still bake all the yummy things but my daily food intake is WFPB. This has finally turned things around. I am loving this lifestyle!
I don’t believe that any one diet is right for everyone. I believe you have to listen closely to what you body is telling you, try lots of things to support yourself and then pick and choose what works best for you.
I am not a great writer but I would love to have you join me on my journey and I would love to be apart of yours!