I am a lover of food, travel and writing, and have been eating gluten free for 23 years, since I was diagnosed with coeliac disease as a child.
I live and work in London, aka gluten free capital of the world, and feel duty-bound to try all of the delicious options on offer.
I update this blog as often as I can, and also write a newsletter full of delicious extra bits.
When I am not eating/writing/thinking about gluten free food, I love reading books with happy endings, watching Rupaul’s Drag Race and dreaming about travelling around Europe.
Why I write this blog
I love food and eating out and I love being able to help other coeliacs and gluten free dieters.
I am living in one of the best cities in the world for gluten free food, so I feel duty-bound to try it all and share it with you.
I know what it’s like to struggle to find something decent to eat, and how much an honest recommendation from a fellow coeliac can mean. If I find somewhere that is safe to eat (with an actual cross-contamination procedure!) or an amazing gluten free product, I want to share it.
I have a huge enthusiasm for hunting down good food that happens to be gluten free and believe that being on the gluten free diet doesn’t have to limit your enjoyment of eating out, or of life in general.
My Diagnosis Story
I was diagnosed with coeliac disease just before my third birthday, after a year of unexplained illness and ‘failure to thrive’. I was such a textbook case that a photo of me (pot-bellied with malnutrition and looking miserable!) was included in a medical textbook.
I don’t remember my gluten challenge, biopsy or diagnosis, which is perhaps for the best. The older members of my family do and say it was awful seeing me so ill. The severity meant that they never doubted it or thought I was being fussy.
Growing up with coeliac disease was tough at times; birthday parties, going round to friend’s houses and school trips can be a minefield – no child wants to feel awkward or ‘different’. I was very lucky, though. My family and the people around me have always been supportive and made life as easy and normal as possible.
When I was growing up coeliac disease was relatively unknown, and gluten free food was pretty much only available on prescription from the doctor. I don’t think I even met another coeliac in person until I went to university.
I am so happy that in the last ten years or so, the gluten-free diet has had something of a reinvention, and the freefrom market has exploded. I can now pick up a loaf of gluten free bread at the supermarket, go to a 100% gluten free restaurant for dinner, and have a gluten free cake with my tea, all things that would have been unthinkable 20 years ago.
Things aren’t perfect. Cross-contamination is still very much an issue, and the ‘gluten free as a fad diet’ trend has created some problems. For the most part, I find that gluten free options are improving all the time.
24 years after diagnosis I am happy and healthy 90% of the time, and being coeliac has actually brought positives to my life, this blog being one of them.
Do let me know in the comments if there are particular posts you would like to see, and do feel free to get in touch below or over social media.
Wishing you happy gluten free times,