Living better, easily! ™
That’s my motto and mission.
Hi there. My name is Tia. During the summer of 2006, I discovered I was gluten intolerant. It was one of the best days of my life. Not quite as spectacular as the day my son was born or the day I met my husband, but it was up there – if you consider how long I had been living with sharp, stabbing stomach pain, little painful blisters all over my fingers that made it hard to use my hands, insomnia that only prescription medication could help, etc. I had seen several doctors for each of these things separately, but no one could ever figure it out, let alone connect that they were all from the same source.
I was so happy when I found out that I just had to stop eating gluten, and I would be fine. But then I started to think about it. What is gluten? Where is it? And how do I avoid it? Then I started to freak out a little bit. I looked on the internet, like we all pretty much do nowadays. I found overwhelming information, contradicting information, or just a lot of speculation. I got so scared to accidentally get something with gluten that I lived on milkshakes for three months. (I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree with an overloaded schedule and only fast-food nearby.) I ended up gaining 10 pounds in three months. Not good!
I finally got a grip and realized that I needed to take control of my food and my life instead of letting food control me. I started learning the little tricks, like always have a back-up food with me, such as gluten free protein bars (Bumble Barsare my favorite.), so I wasn’t a slave to limited choices, etc. But then I started getting asked a lot of questions. Friends and family members thought they might have an issue with gluten or were just curious, and they wanted to know more. That was when I realized two things: I probably didn’t know all that I should, and I certainly didn’t know how to tell others about it in a quick, easy-to-understand way.
I remember how overwhelmed I was looking on the internet when I first found out I couldn’t have gluten. So, I put all of these thoughts together and decided to make a website: Glügle Gluten-Free. The goal of Glügle Gluten-Free is to have an easy-to-understand place to go to get the information you need when you first find out you have Celiac Disease/gluten intolerance/gluten sensitivity and also have it be a place to go back to for the latest news, recipes, product reviews, and discussions. In addition, I want to make this part of the larger, gluten free community. There are a lot of marvelous websites, blogs, etc. out there, and I want to show those places off.
I’ve done a lot of research. I will always be getting and gathering information from the latest versions of books, magazines, and trusted sources. The website will be constantly updated.
There are so many people are finding out everyday that they need this information. So, the more of us out there talking about it, spreading the word, and creating environments to come together and support each other, the better.
Glügle Gluten-Free – Life is for living. Sometimes we need to help each other out to do it the best we can. Here’s to… Living Better, Easily!™