My name is Jenn. I am 46 years old, and a mother of three busy boys. I diagnosed myself as having a gluten allergy over a decade ago. At the time not many people knew that such a thing existed, almost no one had ever heard of Celiac Disease and finding alternatives to wheat was near to impossible, a blessing in disguise
! Since that time, I have educated myself on all aspects of living a gluten free lifestyle by experimenting with my diet. Along the way I have tried almost every product on the market. If you are new to this lifestyle here are a couple of solid resources to check out along your journey to health... the Celiac Disease Foundation
(CDF) and of the Gluten Intolerance Group
(GIG), both of which have amazing websites containing an abundance of information. I highly encourage you to explore these resources. I am also extremely interested in fitness and work as a CrossFit
Level I Certified trainer and CrossFit Kids Trainer. My husband and I founded Reebok CrossFit St Thomas in the Virgin Islands, Reebok CrossFit St. Thomas
and happy to say their doors are still open after the devastation of Hurricane Irma, Please come visit them and help rebuild WOD's in Paradise.
I now have three young boys, one of which is gluten intolerant one who isn't but has some sensitivities and one who is still nursing, so we shall see. As a full-time mom I have now gained a new aspect to my gluten free and more recently grain free living by learning how to provide healthy, gluten free food to my kids. My next step will be to eliminate all grains and have my children eating Paleo... this is more challenging than anything I have encountered in life. What I have realized is that 12 years ago there were very few alternative products on the market so without even knowing it I was basically on a Paleo diet when I eliminated wheat and gluten from my diet. I thought it was so great when all these products evolved until I realized that we are just substituting one toxin for another. Gluten free grains still cause damage and continued inflammation in our bodies. I am now realizing that it takes more than just going gluten free if you want to eliminate your symptoms, whatever they may be. Lets turn the page and have a fresh start by eating whole clean food as we were designed to do. Go GRAIN FREE because my family and I find it to be a healthier way of eating.
Thanks for your interest.