14 US 2I started this blog because I want to share what I have learned through trial and error (okay, lots of trial and error) over the last 10-1/2 years about cooking without gluten, sugar, or dairy.

When I married my best friend 10-1/2 years ago, who is celiac, I had no idea how to cook gluten free. It was very foreign to me. I thought I was stuck with the gritty white rice flour as my only option. As I experimented with different flour options, I learned that there is a whole tasty world of gluten-free options just waiting to be discovered!

Over time, I have found that I am gluten intolerant as well. I feel much better when I avoid wheat flour (white or whole wheat) especially. Of course, there are those days I really don’t feel like cooking and just want to treat myself to a juicy Big Mac. And what a treat it is…… going down….. I then remind myself that I really need to redefine what a “treat” is as I feel like I have a rock in the pit of my stomach and I may be ill at any given moment.

I have also discovered that sugar contributes to inflammation in the body, which leads to so many diseases that we don’t even realize are there until the pain and suffering takes over. I avoid sugar due to degenerative disc disease. It is my intention to keep the pain under control through what I eat.

I want to offer to my readers options to feel fulfilled and like they are not “going without” the treats around them. Yes, it may take a bit more effort to plan ahead, shop, cook, store (freeze, dry, etc.), but those efforts are so worth it when you are rushing out the door to work, running late to make dinner, overwhelmed with the demands of the family, living in your vehicle driving your children to their various lessons, sports activities, ballet recitals, and so on.

Planning ahead to have wholesome, nutritious, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy free meals, snacks and treats in your pantry and freezer will be invaluable to you. I know that when I am in a rush and only have 5 minutes for breakfast that I can go to my freezer, pull out a couple of muffins, warm them, and enjoy in a jiffy.

It’s time to share what I have learned!

I hope you enjoy this blog,

Kathryn Easthope
(Essential Kitty)

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