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Apr 27 2012

A Brief Blog Profile: Gluten Free Girl

by Thomas Hynes


The scary thing about Shauna James Ahern's gluten allergy was that she had no idea it even existed. For far too long, she felt awful for no apparent reason. Tests returned little insight into how she could end her maladies. Finally, she began to despair. But then a friend called and told her about celiac disease. Shortly thereafter, Shauna removed gluten from her life. The results were astounding. She finally felt better! Compelled to share this story with others suffering from celiac disease, she took to her computer and the Gluten Free Girl was born.

Just to be clear, gluten is basically another word for wheat. And as a quick refresher, the following food items have gluten in them: pizza, beer, bread, waffles, pasta, pretzels, bagels and, oh, about a hundred other things. In other words, being a gluten-free anybody is no easy task. Now, luckily for the Gluten Free Girl she has a wonderful chef in her life. But as evidenced by this blog, the gluten free life is truly within anyone's grasp.

For instance, gluten or no gluten, these pancakes look amazing. This mac and cheese reminds me that the cheese is actually way more important than the macaroni. And there's still fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, nuts and,other food types that fall outside of the realm of gluten. This blog reminds me that at times a restriction can be an opportunity to be a little creative. It just requires a little thought. Shauna can still enjoy delicious meals. She can still eat well. But most importantly, she can feel well, too.

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