Welcome to my Gluten-Free food and travel blog!
I’m Jamie, and I have a passion for healthy food and vibrant living. Nearly 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and it totally flipped my world upside down.
Over the next several years, I learned to cook and bake gluten-free, mastered self-care, and realized I could still travel the world with a little planning and creativity!
I also quit my job to travel in 2019 -- long story short, after two wildfires and a pandemic completely changed my plans, I'm making easy gluten-free recipes in a camper van. I love jumping into new experiences with open arms and problem-solving along the way!
On this site, you’ll find easy shareworthy recipes, my travel hacks for gluten-free eaters, and a variety of topics on health and healing requested by members of the VgF family.
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What is a gluten-free lifestyle?
A gluten-free lifestyle means that we avoid eating wheat, barley, and rye, as well as foods derived from these ingredients. That includes traditional bread, beer, baked goods, soy sauce, and quite a few other surprising foods that have unexpected gluten. There are plenty of tasty gluten free substitutes for all these ingredients, however.
I interpret this lifestyle to mean lots of whole, fresh foods, healthier versions of my favorites (like chocolate chip cookies), and vegetable-focused dishes.
In this community, some of us have Celiac Disease which requires a strict, life-long gluten-free diet. By medical necessity, we eat gluten free. Others eat gluten-free because of health conditions such as Hashimoto’s (a thyroid disorder), Attention Deficit Disorder, gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, eczema, and more.
Additionally, some of us choose to eat gluten-free to support partners, family members, or as a personal choice for better health. We welcome all gluten-free eaters, but we ask for respect for all of our choices and requirements, and an open mind if our body reacts differently than yours.
What is your education?
I have a Master’s Degree in Science and am married to a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. While neither of us are trained medical professionals, we are skilled at interpreting scientific news and literature. You may see my opinions on gluten-free news and research as well as scientific interpretations on occasion.
Overall, I share my experience eating gluten free from a purely anecdotal “this is what works for me” viewpoint.
Are your recipes vegan?
Some of our recipes are vegan, and nearly all are plant-focused. This is a community for people who are passionate about healthy eating and enjoy a vegetable-focused diet.
While I ate vegan prior to my celiac diagnosis, my body functions best when I eat some meat. Often, there are easy vegan substitutions for the recipes I share.
Do you frequently feel deprived eating a gluten-free diet?
No way! When I first went gluten-free and needed to adapt to a new style of eating, I did feel deprived. Gluten-free foods were less known and available and I wasn’t a great cook.
Now, I share recipes for my favorites, eat a balanced and delicious diet, and have more energy than before eating gluten-free!
What will I find on Vibrantly g-Free?
I cover quite a few topics about gluten-free living. These include:
- Tips for gluten-free travel
- Nourishing gluten-free recipes
- Advice for simplifying the lifestyle challenges caused by eating a strict gluten-free diet
I also frequently write posts on healing that are related to reader questions and suggestions. If you want to see it on the site, let me know!
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p.s. Wondering where our logo came from?
The fireweed plant is the first to take root and thrive after a forest fire. After my celiac diagnosis, I felt like scorched earth. The tips and resources I share on this site helped me feel better quickly and thrive like this vibrant flower!