Welcome to Mint to Be Gluten-Free! My name’s Madison (and yes, I am gluten-free). Why you might ask? Well, simply because it was meant to be. (See My Celiac Disease Story below)
On this blog, you will find only 100% gluten-free, Celiac-approved recipes. Ain’t no trace of gluten gonna slip by here.
Not only will you find recipes that are safe for you and your family to eat, but there’ll also be an expanse of gluten-free product reviews available to you. Now, you’ll know ahead of time whether a product is worth it before you buy it.
Even if you’re not gluten-free, these recipes will sure impress you.
However, if there’s one thing I know for sure we have in common, it’s that you like to spend as least money as possible. So, all or most of my recipes are 10 Ingredients or Less (Yes, I’m a money-saving machine).
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2016, just before my nineteenth birthday. A disheartening yet joyous discovery after suffering through decades of nearly 100 of its 200+ symptoms. I finally had a name to put to it all.
I remember feeling so lucky (such an odd thing to say after everything Celiac put me through) because I was diagnosed at such a young age. At-least I knew what I had to do to fix myself, right? I was no longer one of the 97% of 3 million+ Americans who lived undiagnosed with Celiac Disease.
Although I prefer to reflect on only the positive parts of my life, it is necessary to share with you the other not-so-pretty side. The dark times, indeed.
Though I can only assume so, since doctor’s didn’t know I was Celiac at the time, I suffered with symptoms of Celiac Disease since birth. Colic, Jaundice, night terrors, dental issues, irritability, abdominal and gastrointestinal issues, etc. As a pre-teen and teen, headaches and migraines, bloating, constipation, etc. I began to have the worst foot and back pains at 15.
Mental Symptoms of Celiac Disease
Halfway through high-school, I began to suffer with mental symptoms. Panic attacks turned into Anxiety which led to Depression and Agoraphobia. (All very big trigger words for me now)
I became afraid to leave the house, so mundane things became difficult. Grocery stores, the post office, libraries, and even school terrified me. I missed at-least one day of school a week because of it and turned into the “flaky friend” because I was too nervous to go anywhere. It was certainly not the Senior year that I pictured as a child. My friends began to vanish, even going to Prom in a limo without me. All I had was my long-distance boyfriend. (Now together in person)
I developed a fear of driving, so I was unable to take myself anywhere. The car I received as a Graduation present was driven by me a total of maybe five times. I feared the workplace, and college was out of the question, so I showed up to work in tears and chest pains only to quit in the same week. So, I tried again with another job and another. What is wrong with me?
I kept on eating bread, and muffins, and cakes, and donuts…
Things Begin to Look Up
One year ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and almost all of my symptoms are gone. The Anxiety, Depression, Agoraphobia -gone. Of course, I’m still patching up the things Celiac took from me, like the friends, family connections, and freedom. But here I am now, happy, positive, and well.
I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I did, so I’m going to work hard to spread the message of Celiac Disease. Please, if you feel that you may have a gluten intolerance or allergy, keep a food journal and track how you feel after every meal. If you find that you feel horrible after ingesting any kind of wheat, rye, or barley go to a local gastroenterologist for testing.
Get To Know Me
What do I do for a living? Well, the fear of the workplace is here to stay for now. And you know what? That’s totally okay with me because I don’t crave a normal career, anyhow. So, you’ll find me pet sitting or dog walking for a service I started with my not-so-long-distance boyfriend. Or in the quiet hours of pet sitting, I write and cook for this food blog, film for Youtube, and write Fantasy novels.
What do I do for fun? I tend to spend as much time in nature as I can, so in my free time I go to state parks, hike mountains, swim in lakes, and run through sunflower fields. (Nature is one of my top healers)
Where do I see myself in five years? Travel. Travel. Travel. I see myself in an RV that I finally bought, traveling from state-to-state across America visiting each national park. And food blogging, of course! (If you guys like me)
Ultimate vacation destination? Hm. That’s a tough one, alright. But I’ll have to go with the first thing that popped into my head. A yoga retreat somewhere in the rain-forest with monkeys and gluten-free goodies. Ah, that’s the life.