This blog is dedicated to my husband and children. In 2011, my French husband was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, a lifelong disorder that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing nutrients properly. It is a life threatening condition that requires the total exclusion of gluten from one’s diet.
Gluten is a protein found in barley, rye, wheat and foods derived from these grains. It is estimated that Celiac Disease affects at least 3 million people in the United States. In other words, if you have celiac disease, your digestive system stops working correctly when you consume even trace amounts of gluten.
Can you imagine a French man not eating baguettes and traditional pasta and sauces for the rest of his life?! Fortunately my husband is taking the news well and adjusting to his new lifestyle with a positive attitude and eager anticipation for new and exciting foods.
Celiac disease is a genetic disorder that can be triggered when susceptible individuals eat gluten throughout their life. Since there is a relatively high chance that our children could develop celiac disease or gluten intolerance, my husband and I eat gluten-free at home. Furthermore, I have also tested highly sensitive to gluten. I find that I have increased energy and better digestion when I eat gluten-free. Thus, we are all moving forward as a gluten free family.
Although I can’t promise my French man will ever enjoy a baguette comparable to those found in a Paris cafe, I do promise to create and make gluten-free food that will delight your taste buds. I hope you’ll join us as we explore our new lifestyle and work on our health from the inside out. Cheers!