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I am a huge fan of Julia Child and have followed her forever. My obsession with Chefs came at an early age watching Julia Child and the Galloping Gourmet on TV with my dad growing up in Santa Barbara. They made cooking fun! My dad loved to cook at least one meal a week if he could and usually it was pancakes. He made huge fluffy pancakes. I always looked forward to those pancakes with margarine and sugary store bought syrup. So yummy! I have never mastered those pancakes so I would make waffles for my family.  The pancake recipe was always from the box but I the thought of my dad cooking us a meal made me happy. Plus my mom never added fun seasonings and usually burnt our food. Yuck… I was a skinny child back then!

My love of food grew and I enjoyed many shows like New Orleans Cajun Style Justin Wilson who I bought his book and made so many great recipes with roux and sausages and so on… After that I found a ton of great chefs on TV through the Food Network and Cooking Channels.  I also made sure my kids loved to cook and enjoy good meals. But then the attack of the gluten came and I stopped making fun foods and tried more packaged foods that were boring tasteless meals because that is what I thought the whole gluten free scene had to be.  

I have adjusted to a much more healthy happy lifestyle. You can actually make an amazing meal without even opening a package. I think my life and hopefully my family enjoy my cooking now more than ever! I love to see a recipe and make it my own. I hardly ever make the same dinner twice.  Cooking with colors, lots of vegetables and new flavors makes me the happiest. I no longer can eat gluten or much sugar but my plate is always full of new and exciting things.

Be fearless & have fun in the kitchen :)

 

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Going to new restaurants can be a scary situation if you have food allergies or are gluten intolerant. My family is very use to my gluten intolerance and in fact will help remind me to make sure I tell the wait staff at times. Going out with friends I do get a bit nervous because you don’t want to seem like a total freak asking about every little detail of your meal or taking a little longer in scanning the menus.

This week I went out with two ladies and one of them picked the restuaraunt for us and she was careful to make sure gluten free options were on the menu for me. When you are enjoying the fun of visiting and enjoying a good meal you forget that someone took the time to create a wonderful safe venue for me to enjoy a meal with friends. A few days later I am thinking about that wonderful meal and it hit me Chef Kirsten of MesadeVida.com had been a big supporter of my gluten sensitivity and I wanted to thank her here on my blog. Not only did I get to relax and enjoy a meal with friends but I didn’t worry when the waiter had no idea what foods were gluten free. The menu labeled all gluten free meals and there were many so I didn’t have to rely on that waiter! Chef Kirsten had also taken the time to research the menu before we arrived.

You really do want to thank wonderful friends and family for keeping you happy and gluten safe going out. I was able to go wine tasting after the fun meal because of my friend watching out for gluten for me. Cheers!

The picture above was the best Flan I have ever tasted! I want to thank the Twisted Cuban Cafe & Bar for providing a perfect gluten free meal. I will be back and I do recommend this place! Just make sure your wait staff understands what gluten free is please!

 

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5 years ago I started my journey of being my own advocate. Not only did I find out I could never tolerate gluten again I also found out that I had a tear in both my hips. To be exact a tear in my labrum. What the heck was that? 5 years ago there wasn’t much research on either one of these health issues for me. The best thing I did back then was be my OWN advocate when not even the doctors really understood what the heck should be done. With the help of my husband I was able to get as much information about both of these health issues and decide on my path to health and happiness.

I decided to heal my body by getting a good Naturapathic doctor that specialized in digestion and a good personal trainer at my local gym. They both helped guide me to where I am now. Happy and Healthy :) I graduated from the many visits about boosting my immune system and healing my gut. Also finding wonderful people online to suggest detoxes, healthy meals, and new ideas like raw and vegan recipes to make for my family has helped me so much.

Being a member of a gym is super nice here in the NW but if you don’t use the time properly you will never see results. Hence the trainer… I have learned so much from my personal trainer who understood not to hurt my hips and worked with me off and on for two years now strengthening my core muscles. It’s a work in progress…

The best reward to being my own advocate was yesterday when I had a check up with the doctor that diagnosed my hips 5 years ago. We did the same X-rays and there it was the culprit of my tears that did not show up 5 years ago. The same doctor who mentioned I should have surgery 5 years ago was happy with my progress and also told me from all the research done in the past 5 years surgery would not be an option now. The validation of my decisions 5 years ago was a big relief to me.

Happiness to me is to be my own advocate in my health. This is why I do what I do today with my blog and weekly shows.

My next post will be my new mission – tackling menopause!

The love of wine has been a big part of my 5 year journey! It’s gluten free too!

~Kathy

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ep64-site.pngExperiencing inflammation? Find out why you need to pay attention to what you’re allowing to go through your digestive system, what to watch out for, what you might need to cut out, and more. Katie Bauer, a Holistic Nutrition Therapist, Clinical Herbalist and Therapeutic Chef joins Kathy on GFree and Happy LIVE to discuss how she works with her clients at Nourished Health Center.

Thank you for sharing my videos with your gluten free friends! I’ve been having a great time getting to know others who are living similar lifestyles. If you know of anyone who is just starting out their gluten free journey, feel free to have them reach out to me via email at kathy at gfreeandhappy dot com.

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About the LIVE GFree and Happy Show:
GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and blogs.

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ep63-siteApril Peveteaux, author of Gluten is My Bitch, joins the GFree and Happy live broadcast to share her tips on planning kids birthday parties with a gluten free menu.

Thank you for sharing my videos with your gluten free friends! I’ve been having a great time getting to know others who are living similar lifestyles. If you know of anyone who is just starting out their gluten free journey, feel free to have them reach out to me via email at kathy at gfreeandhappy dot com.

Like GFree and Happy on Facebook Facebook.com/gfreeandhappy

Follow Kathy on Twitter Twitter.com/kathyknelson

About the LIVE GFree and Happy Show:
GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and blogs.

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ep62-siteHave you recently been diagnosed, or are interested in learning more about the symptoms associated with POTS (or Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)? Taylor Mills of Gluten Away and Breann, his girlfriend he met online through their shared celiac lifestyle break it down. They also talk about being teens, going through a complicated history of diagnosing health conditions and feeling better.

Thank you for sharing my videos with your gluten free friends! I’ve been having a great time getting to know others who are living similar lifestyles. If you know of anyone who is just starting out their gluten free journey, feel free to have them reach out to me via email at kathy at gfreeandhappy dot com.

Like GFree and Happy on Facebook Facebook.com/gfreeandhappy

Follow Kathy on Twitter Twitter.com/kathyknelson

About the LIVE GFree and Happy Show:
GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and blogs.

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ep61-siteGluten affects everything! In this episode Dr. Kelly Brogan shares the connection between menopause or hormonal imbalances and gluten. This is one of my favorite episodes– Dr. Brogan shared so much with us that I’m just now discovering!

Thank you for sharing my videos with your gluten free friends! I’ve been having a great time getting to know others who are living similar lifestyles. If you know of anyone who is just starting out their gluten free journey, feel free to have them reach out to me via email at kathy at gfreeandhappy dot com.

Like GFree and Happy on Facebook Facebook.com/gfreeandhappy

Follow Kathy on Twitter Twitter.com/kathyknelson

About the LIVE GFree and Happy Show:
GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and blogs.

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Priyanka Chugh, founder of Antiwheatgirl.com shares her Valentine’s Day tips for couples who want to dine out and parents who have to prepare their gluten free children for parties.

Thank you for sharing my videos with your gluten free friends! I’ve been having a great time getting to know others who are living similar lifestyles. If you know of anyone who is just starting out their gluten free journey, feel free to have them reach out to me via email at kathy at gfreeandhappy dot com.

Like GFree and Happy on Facebook Facebook.com/gfreeandhappy

Follow Kathy on Twitter Twitter.com/kathyknelson

About the LIVE GFree and Happy Show:
GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and blogs.

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ep59-siteWhat are our kids eating at school today and who is deciding what goes on their plates? Audra Mulkern and Chef Kirsten Helle join us to talk about their advocacy work in the schools and at the state level.

Thank you for sharing my videos with your gluten free friends! I’ve been having a great time getting to know others who are living similar lifestyles. If you know of anyone who is just starting out their gluten free journey, feel free to have them reach out to me via email at kathy at gfreeandhappy dot com.

Like GFree and Happy on Facebook Facebook.com/gfreeandhappy

Follow Kathy on Twitter Twitter.com/kathyknelson

About the LIVE GFree and Happy Show:
GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and blogs.

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ep58-siteWine is gluten free… right? Natalie of Latah Creek Winery joins Kathy to tell us exactly what is behind the rumor that wine has gluten in it. She also helps us understand yeast and sugar when it comes to wine.

Thank you for sharing my videos with your gluten free friends! I’ve been having a great time getting to know others who are living similar lifestyles. If you know of anyone who is just starting out their gluten free journey, feel free to have them reach out to me via email at kathy at gfreeandhappy dot com.

Like GFree and Happy on Facebook Facebook.com/gfreeandhappy

Follow Kathy on Twitter Twitter.com/kathyknelson

About the LIVE GFree and Happy Show:
GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and blogs.

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