Hello and welcome to The Gluten Free Blogger! I’m Sarah, a journalist, blogger, vlogger, digital specialist and Professional Gluten Free Pizza Tester – well, in my dreams, anyway – who has coeliac disease. I live near the sea in sunny North Devon, UK, drink way too much coffee, eat way too much pizza and am passionate about making gluten free living FUN.
I hope by visiting my lovely little blog you’ll pick up on the fun side pretty quickly. I LOVE food (it’s all I think about) and I genuinely think that having coeliac disease is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.
It’s helped me find a passion for creating new dishes and trying new flavours. I get way too excited and dance in the free from aisles when I find new gluten free products. And I really want to spread this excitement and prove that a gluten free diet doesn’t have to be boring at all.
My coeliac disease diagnosis
I was first diagnosed with coeliac disease when I was around 12-years-old. For years I complained of stomach aches, and initially the doctors though I was intolerant to lactose. It wasn’t until my normal GP was ill and I visited a different doctor, that he suggested testing for coeliac disease. A blood test indicated I had it, and an endoscopy then confirmed my coeliac diagnosis. Since then, I’ve been completely gluten free and loving it.
I don’t remember a lot about what ‘normal’ food tastes like, and to be honest, I don’t really miss it. I guess being diagnosed as a child was a lucky break, as I imagine it would be a lot harder cutting something from my diet now. But I still believe anyone who is diagnosed with coeliac disease should use it as an opportunity to try lots of new foods. It’s not all bad!
Thyroid problems too?
Around the time I was diagnosed with coeliac disease it also transpired I had an overactive thyroid. Thyroid issues run in the family so I guess this didn’t come as a surprise. It also explained why I was one of the smallest children in my class at school and painfully thin too.
Looking back, I guess my body wasn’t absorbing much of the nutrients from my food, and then whatever was left was being burned up at 100 miles an hour by my mental thyroid. It was the perfect storm!
In December 2010 I had a sub-total thyroidectomy. I’ve written a lot about my experience of surgery and my recovery – I’m currently working on updating this page with ALL the details, but for now you can find all my thyroid posts here.
Loving gluten free life
I guess my coeliac disease and thyroid issues have made me more motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle. Yes, you’ll see me posting hideously indulgent recipes, but you’ll also see me talking about fitness and posting healthy recipes too. Why? It’s all about balance.
As much as this word seems to be banded about and overused on social media, life is for living, and if you can’t enjoy food, then what is the point? Food is fuel but it’s also one of my great loves.
I love lifting weights and practising yoga so I can eat plenty of pizza (are you sensing a theme here?). I dislike gloomy days and unnecessarily-holey gluten free bread. I eat way too much cheese than is probably advised and I definitely think if you took a sample of my blood, it would be about 95% caffeine.
But I guess that’s what comes with working full time and running a blog on the side. I love every day of it, and every time someone makes one of my recipes it puts a massive smile on my face. At the end of the day, I want to help YOU to love food on a gluten free diet and realise having coeliac disease isn’t the be all and end all.
Want to chat?
I love hearing from you and am always happy to help if I can! If you have any recipe requests, burning questions about coeliac disease or a gluten free diet, or just want to ask me a random question, get in touch!
Thanks to my friend Mikey at Twisty Focus for the photos!