Hi, My name is Erika, Founder of American Gluten-Free. I’m here today to tell you a little bit about myself and how American Gluten-Free was born. There’s really no great story behind the conception of AGF other then I have a love for great food, the need for a gluten-free diet and the desire to help others.
One of the first things people ask someone on a gluten free diet is why are you on a gluten free diet? I think most of us can attest that we do not do this by choice. The short answer is that it makes me feel better and I have to for health reasons. The long answer is I have Non-Celiac gluten intolerance and Hashimoto’s (Thyroiditis). Leading up to this lifestyle change, I was just not feeling good. My body ached, my skin literally felt like it was crawling in pain and I had no energy. I knew life could be better and that I was too young to not make a change. One day I decided to make this change through food and that lead me to the gluten free diet. The absence of bread wasn’t the end of the world because I already ate a diet high in fruit, vegetables and protein. At first, the transition was fairly easy. I read a lot about the do’s and don’t’s and did a lot of cooking at home. Soon enough, I found out this would not be so easy. What I realized is that when I was in control of what I ate it was fine but when I was not in control it could be dreadful.
After several months of a strict gluten free diet, and might I mention amazing results in my health, I had a terrible experience of getting ‘glutened’ at a family members house. Starting that night, I was left in agonizing pain and ended up bed ridden for the next week. I never wanted to feel this way again and I immediately started to feel for all those suffering from this intolerance.
As I submerged myself into this new way of eating, I wanted to make sure I had plenty of food options to maintain a healthy yet delicious lifestyle. I discovered that there are so many amazing brands out there curating their product line just for people like us. I want to share my finds with you in hopes that you find some of your favorite items for making amazing meals and for healthy snacking whether at home or on the go.
It’s your time to be Free of Gluten • Full of Life!