Hi, my name is Cassidy & I’m so happy you stopped by! I am married and have 2 kids, Lance who is 12 years old and Ava who is 10. We started a gluten and dairy free diet in June of 2009 because Lance was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), which is in the autism spectrum. But most recently he was diagnosed with epilepsy (he has long and intense grand mal seizures, so scarry!!!), tic disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, and his diagnosis was changed from PDD-NOS to Aspergers. Like many children in the autism spectrum, Lance cannot break down the proteins in wheat, barley, & rye (gluten) and dairy (casein).
We see a huge change in behavior if Lance eats gluten, casein, artificial sweeteners, or food coloring. He is less verbal, hyper, obsessive, has excessive flapping, and just acts “out of it.” We also try to avoid soy (has tons of hormones!), refined sugar, and most recently all grains – not only to benefit Lance but also because of my own health problems. I have been diagnosed with hashimotos disease (where the immune system attacks the thyroid), gastroparesis (delayed stomach emptying), and GERD. A gluten free and grain free diet help with all of these conditions, but especially with hashimotos disease. With the challenges of life, sometimes it’s all I can do just to keep our family on a gluten and dairy free diet. However, when I cook I have complete control of my ingredients and I try my best to use foods that will be healing to the gut and keep my family as healthy as possible.
I really hope you enjoy my recipes! And please leave comments because I love hearing feedback and I always welcome constructive criticism 🙂
*If you or someone in your life has celiac or a life-threatening allergy, please examine all labels and packaging to make sure the ingredients I use are safe for you. Every now and then I will use products that are processed in a facility that also manufactures wheat or dairy.