Boom! That was the sound of my stomach swelling to the size of Pluto, after eating all of three battered onion rings. I knew something was wrong. After years of dodgy insides and outrageous bloating, I was finally diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2012 and started my gluten-free blogger life from there.
“What’s coeliac disease?”, I hear you cry. Basically, a life-threatening autoimmune disorder that destroys your intestines, if left untreated. When gluten is present, coeliac immune systems cannot tell the difference between the protein and the cells of the small intestine – so it attacks them. Eventually, the cell wall is broken down until the surface area needed for absorbing nutrients has gone and the person becomes pretty ill. One in every 100 people in the UK have the condition.
I’ve become a bit of a boffin on all things surrounding the no-gluten diet and beyond – becoming a gluten-free blogger has helped that massively. I’ve had high times (like that time I discovered Nutella was gluten-free) and low times (like my struggles with orthorexia).
What I bring to the 100% gluten-free table is real life:
- amazing gluten-free recipes that you’ll never be able to tell are free of G
- gluten-free restaurants (in Leeds and beyond) that you’ll be safe to eat in
- stories of my travels (and more importantly, what I eat along the way)
- gluten-free UK deals and bargains
- exciting, new gluten-free finds (more and more are released every single day and it can only get better!)
- new things I’m learning about coeliac disease
- how to stay sane with food limitations – from my own experience of the eating disorder orthorexia
Thanks for reading and stay in touch.