Often I get asked how I got into gluten-free & vegan baking. Good question. Maybe you’ve forgotten how this all started…
In 2009 I decided to go to a food allergy talk by Dr Cory Reddish. I hadn’t been feeling soo hot. Lot’s of allergies, sinus infections, eczema. No fun. My food allergy results were depressing but life changing in the best way. High reactions to soy, dairy, egg & gluten. Ouch. What’s a girl supposed to eat? Especially if she’s already vegetarian?!
So the quest began. At first, I cut out dairy, egg & soy. I’ve always loved to cook & I really needed to change the way I ate. Gluten and soy-free replacements started it off- sunshine burgers, rice pasta. But quickly I decided- no more quick foods. Lots of fresh veggies and attempts at recreating some favorites. Cashew cheese for lasagna? Delicious! Coconut milk for a creamy soup. No problem!
But what about sweet treats? Baked goods? That became an amazingly acceptable challenge. Lots of ingredients were wasted but discovering my favorite new foods, flours, and pantry staples was awesome. (especially trying the gluten free beers!) Once I tackled some really yummy recipes, got some fun feedback from friends, I decided the goods needed to be shared. So here I am.
Some things that have specifically changed after avoiding my food allergens:
- drastic reduction in sinus infections/problems
- less allergies to pets
- almost no seasonal allergies
- no more belly bloat!
- better skin
- weight loss
- better energy
Around the same time as my allergy test, I was attending University of California, Davis to earn my Master’s in Maternal and Child Nutrition. I became a postpartum doula & have since longed to create a niche support system for new families as moms heal their bodies through food and love. In May 2017, I gave birth to my own son and had firsthand experience of what a new mom needs- physically and emotionally. I felt called to return back to the postpartum world in a new way. My ideal client is a new mom and her family, looking for postpartum doula services with an emphasis in food and meal prep.
To maximize my schedule and minimize my stress, I offer chef services and doula services on certain days of the week. Several years of trail and error have led me to the perfect complimenting system so I can continue to take care of myself while taking care of others.