Hi I’m Jane, originally from Leeds but now I live and work in London. Before I became gluten free I didn’t have any particular passion for food and cooking but now I consider it to be a daily obsession! (in a good way!) I love finding new places to go for dinner or seeing gluten-free sandwiches and cakes on offer in cafes and the best bit of all …going to sample them. I also enjoy creating new gluten-free dishes and testing them out on my friends so I have decided it’s about time I shared my obsession with everyone else who wants to find great food that is free from worry. I have always suffered from bad bouts of IBS but had spent my life eating carefree, it wasn’t until my final year of University that I began to feel constantly sick, dizzy, bloated with stomach cramps and just generally feeling rubbish. I put it down to coursework stress but then realised that I was feeling most ill after mealtimes and eventually everything I ate made me feel sick and it was effected my everyday life considerably. Unconvinced with the initial GP diagnosis of severe IBS, I persisted with the doctors and after blood tests (to rule out anything more serious) they finally put it down to an intolerance to gluten. They suggested there was a chance I was suffering from the more serious condition of coeliac disease but when I heard the tests involved eating wheat for 6 weeks I decided I couldn’t go through with it and never have done. I am now one of the thousands of others in the UK who unfortunately remain undiagnosed either way. The only way to get better was to cut gluten out of my diet and the effects were almost immediate. After figuring out the answer to my first question of “what on earth is gluten?!” I have spent the past 6 years following a strict gluten-free diet.
London is a great place to live for any food allergy sufferers as it’s now almost common place to see gluten-free menus in restaurants and ‘free from’ sections in supermarkets. My friends have been the best GF supporters over the years- coming with me to try new menus and adapting our weekly ‘come dine with me’ dinners. Also not forgetting my mum who makes the best gluten-free cakes I have ever tasted so I always look forward to sampling her new creations when I pop back up to Leeds for the weekend to see my parents.
It would be great to hear from anyone else living in London or anywhere in the UK/ World who likes my posts and shares my passion for living a happy gluten-free life….