Raised an Italian-American, Karen Morgan lived a very gluten-rich life until a sobering diagnosis with celiac disease met her palate’s fate in 2002. While beginning to adapt to her drastic lifestyle change, she found a wasteland of gluten-free products; cardboard imitations of the baked treats she had forever loved, cannibalized the shelves. Broken hearted by the nonexistence of quality and taste within the market, she decided to do something about it and subsequently embarked on her self-taught, empirical journey to find the perfect gluten-free recipes for everything.It was not until the summer of 2006 that the gluten-free Gods crowned her a bona fide gluten-free virtuoso. With nearly 100 recipes mastered under her belt, she decided to put her work to the test. Without telling the patrons or the owners of the chateau where she was baking in France, every dessert she made was gluten-free. To the audience’s amazement when she leaked her secret, she was lauded with a standing ovation every night.Upon her return to Austin, Texas, she immediately posted her recipes on her first food blog, The Art of Gluten Free Cooking. In 2008, Blackbird Bakery was born. The online gourmet, gluten-free bakeshop catered to gluten-free gastronomes nationwide by shipping her handcrafted treats. The uniqueness of her style married with the uncompromised quality of carefully culled ingredients soon had her catering to celebrities like Ben Harper, David Arquette and pro surfer Kelly Slater, as well as marquee events among the ranks of the Grammy Awards, Sundance Film Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Wanderlust, and SXSW.Her first cookbook, Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free, (published by the house of Chronicle Books) is a compendium of delectable gluten-free desserts that are just as good, if not better, than their gluten inspirations. She is now the star of Whole Food’s new cooking show, Gluten Morgan and has officially formed a partnership with Whole Foods as their gluten free expert. She is the only gluten free author to have her cookbook being sold in all twelve Whole Foods Market regions, an honor very rarely given to any author. Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free is currently in its fourth printing.Her work has been featured in The New York Times, About, The Daily Candy, Gluten-Free Girl, Silvana’s Kitchen, Simply Sugar & Gluten Free, Spa Magazine, The Oregonian, The Austin American Statesman, Living Without, Yoga Journal, San Francisco Weekly and on NPR. She lives, bakes and works in Austin, Texas with her son, Leo.
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Member since: June 11, 2011
Hello! I'm Laurie, an apsiring baker and passionate food-lover. Growing up in Seattle in a family that made everything from bread and yogurt to cookies and pies, I was raised a natural-born foodie. And now as an undergrad studying Nutrition, food has become my ultimate passion and joy in life. To me, food represents so much more than just sustenance. It is an expression of love, creativity, and art to be shared with those whom you care about the most. I am also a firm believer in the fact that a dietary restriction should never mean a sacrifice in beautiful, mouth-watering food. Everyone should be able to enjoy all the foods they love, no matter what type of lifestyle they follow. And this is certainly true of being gluten-free.Gluten-free baking is an indeed challenge, but it can be an incredibly delicious one! And that is where I come in. My goal is to create wonderfully flavorful and decadently satisfying gluten-free goods that everyone will enjoy, gluten-free and non-gluten-free alike! No matter what type of food you love, whether it is classic chocolate chip cookies or warm apple pie, there is a wonderful gluten-free alternative. And I am on the hunt to discover it!
Member since: January 12, 2012
Cara Lyons is the author of Cara’s Cravings, a food blog dedicated to indulgent recipes for healthy living. Cara has found that the key to maintaining her 75lb weight loss is spinning her passionate love of all foods and cooking into enticing, wholesome recipes featuring clean and nutritious ingredients. She has proven to herself and those around her that healthy food is far from boring. On the contrary, it can be rich, interesting, and unexpectedly delicious. In addition to her blog, her original recipes can also be found in Clean Eating Magazine. Cara enjoys cooking “inclusively,” meaning, she enjoys dabbling in gluten-free, vegan, and other specialty diets, so that more people can enjoy her recipes. But in particular, Cara enjoys creating gluten-free recipes using natural, clean ingredients and more nutritious, wholesome flours.
Member since: March 13, 2013
Bonjour! Hello! My name is Alain Braux. I am a French Chef and a Nutritherapist.
What is Nutritherapy? It’s a European term used to describe Nutrition Therapy, the use of food as a way to balance one’s health. Unlike nutritionists who work primarily with supplements, I focus on the use of proper nutritious food and a customized diets to make my clients live a better life.
Feel free to read my Testimonial page to read feedback from some of my past clients.
I firmly believe that “food” as it is offered in this country – mostly processed – is the cause of the majority of our health troubles. So I offer my clients help in allowing their body to heal itself by creating a custom-designed diet avoiding specific allergens while using fresh, natural foods in a well-balanced choice of delicious recipes.
How does it work? Typically, my clients are referred by a naturopath doctor or a nutritionist who’s looking for someone qualified to design a customize diet for their client on a gluten/dairy-free or other food allergen-free diet. I present clients with customized advices, including a 2 week’s rotation diet and recipes, specifically tailored to their individual needs.
As an example, recently a mother came to see me about her daughter. In addition to being Type 1 diabetic, she was also allergic to over 80 different food products. I analyzed her diet, interviewed her mother about what she was able or willing to eat, and asked for her daughter’s two week detailed food diary.
More Testimonials here: http://www.alainbraux.com/category/testimonials
Through thorough research and consideration for her specific health requirements, I offered my recommendations including a two week rotation diet and provided all the recipes needed for her diet.
All of my food and diet recommendations are specifically tailored to each individual client’s needs.
I also authored four health and recipe books designed to help you with regain your health through advices and recipes. They are:
- 2013 – “Paleo French Cuisine”
All available at Peoples Pharmacy in Austin, TX or online at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Kobo and Apple Bookstore.
See my Books page here: http://www.alainbraux.com/category/books
Find my Blog here: http://www.alainbraux.com/category/blog
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A Votre Sante - To Your Health
Member since: May 12, 2012
Member since: October 13, 2013
Member since: September 13, 2013
Wellness expert and gluten-free guru Elana Amsterdam is the New York Times bestselling author of the book Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, and founder of the blog elanaspantry.com, where she shares simple, healthy recipes and lifestyle advice.
Named the seventh largest food blog worldwide by Cision Media, elanaspantry.com receives 20,000 visitors daily.
Elana has written for Parents, Shape Magazine, and Delicious Living and has been featured in a variety of media outlets including Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Live.
Her other books include The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook (Random House 2009) named one of the "Best Cookbooks of the Year" by The Denver Post, and Gluten Free Cupcakes (Random House 2011), a tome of enticing, yet healthy desserts.
Elana has a BA in history from Columbia University. She now lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband of 18 years and her two teenage sons.
Member since: March 13, 2013
Guiding Individuals to Use Food as Medicine
Just as Mother Nature Intended
Karen Maidment lives in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with her soul mate Adrian Stokes. Together they founded Pure Body Balance Integrated Health Clinic in 2005 based in Cheltenham, England; a holistic sanctuary offering physical rehabilitation and conditioning, practical nutrition, holistic lifestyle management and manual therapy under the training of the CHEK Institute©. Together with their team they strive to support their clients in achieving a vibrant physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body, free from pain and disease.
Karen is a Holistic Nutrition & Lifestyle Specialist and Personal Cookery Coach. She began her training in the Holistic Health Industry in 2005, now specialising in inflammatory conditions, digestive disturbances and chronic energy challenges. Karen launched her own solo business venture in 2011, End IBS Naturally, which supports individuals suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Disease. Karen advises and supports clients across the U.K. and Europe in private Nutrition and Cookery Coaching, Group Educational and Cookery Workshops, Public Events and Talks.
Karen and Adrian are the WAPF (Weston A Price Foundation) chapter leaders for Gloucestershire, a nonprofit charity raising public awareness through education, research and activism for organic/biodynamic farming practises, real foods, community supported farms, honest and informed labelling and nurturing therapies.
Karen is the Author of two books; The Digest Ease Cook Book and Lifestyle Plan (ebook) and Meals That Heal Anti Inflammatory Healthcare and Free From Cooking
"During my early twenties I began noticing a steady decline in my overall health, while my friends at University headed off to 9am lectures; I would often struggle to get out of bed and could be found napping in the afternoon, unable to keep my eyes open. I fought against bouts of anxiety that left me too nervous to walk through town on my own. My Jekyll and Hyde personality drove friends away: one minute I would be the life and soul and the next moody, irritable and actually quite rude! By the time I reached my mid twenties I had gained a stone in weight; had terrible seep problems and began having worrying hormonal issues. During my late twenties I started studying in Nutrition and Holistic Health. You would think I would have been at my healthiest but no, from out of nowhere, foods I had always enjoyed, caused pain and bloating, constipation and gas and to top it off, an inflammatory skin condition plagued my calves and the backs of my hands.
It was on my 30th birthday that things reached breaking point: a slice of birthday cake caused such severe abdominal pain that I almost collapsed. It was at this point that I made it my absolute mission to find answers. I had been dabbling in a wheat free diet for around a year when I spoke to one of the top Functional Medicine Practitioners in the U.K. He told me in no uncertain terms to remove gluten from my diet and advised I carry out clinical laboratory testing to discover the root of my mounting symptoms. The test showed that my symptoms were being caused by three major bug infestations living in my gut: Helicobacter pylori – a bacterial infection, Blastocystis hominis – a parasitic infection and Trichuris trichiura – a worm infestation.
Within a month of starting herbal cleanse protocols, making lifestyle changes, reducing stressors and following an anti- inflammation diet (as outlined in this book), the change was remarkable: both internally and externally. The pain in my stomach and back disappeared; I lost 7lbs in weight; my eczema improved; I began having regular bowel movements and I was able to sleep through the night. Several months on, my emotional health was beginning to regain balance, my concentration returned and I was able to enjoy many of the hobbies and interests that previously had been impossible. I now live a life full of energy and enthusiasm for whatever life has to offer me. I can say hand on heart, I am the happiest I have ever been in my life to date!
Looking back I have tried to work out which came first, the bugs or the food sensitivity! It could quite easily be either, as each exacerbates the other; damage caused by a pathogenic bug infestation can create sensitivity to foods as the gut wall becomes damaged. In my case gluten sensitivity, which went undedicated, weakened my immune system and knocked out my gut health, to the point that nasty little bugs made their home in my body. Emotional stress and burning the candle at both ends with a very poor work/life balance hammered the nail in the coffin!"
Member since: June 11, 2011
Welcome to Free Eats. I’m Terris and here are a few facts about me:Once upon a time, I went to culinary school and got my degree in baking and pastry arts. I baked breads, made macarons, pulled sugar, tempered chocolate and made wedding cakes like my life depended on it.Fast forward 13 years and I’m married to the love of my life and we have two little munchkins named Claire and Patrick. My son’s multiple food allergies (and my diagnosis of celiac disease) inspired me to rewrite my original repertoire of recipes and create new ones on a daily basis.I call the gorgeous Sierra Foothills of California my home and I am grateful to have Yosemite National Park in our “backyard.”If I’m not in the kitchen or hanging out with my kids, I can be found grooming, riding or caring for our horses. They are my yoga class.In culinary school I once had a wedding cake instructor who would make us clean our mixers with Q-tips. This guy made people cry, but I secretly kind of admired his passion. Plus, he bought the Q-tips with his own money.My kids are the coolest ever and they have full editorial rights. They have also created the rating system that I use to determine if a recipe is blog-worthy. Currently the highest honor is known as “rocket ships to the sky” and I live my life in fear of the dismal “rocket ships exploding on the ground” rating.I sincerely hope that you enjoy my recipes and that you are encouraged by how delicious gluten-free, allergen-free cooking can be.
Member since: February 12, 2012
I'm KC Pomering, the Founder of G-Free Foodie, where we really like food. Fresh food, fancy food, authentic food, homestyle food – let’s be honest here, we’re in love. Our relationship is just a bit more complicated because while we’re loving food, we’re living Gluten-Free, thank you very much. So we’ve built the G-Free Foodie website www.gfreefoodie.com, to help us, and you, navigate the world deliciously Gluten Free. New Recipes, Product Reviews, Articles + Blog Posts & Restaurants are added daily. We hope you’ll become a G-Free Foodie, and that you’ll spread the word & come see us soon.