When Chef Amy Fothergill’s daughter was put on a gluten-free
diet in 2007, she didn’t know where to start. Using white flour was an
ingredient often used in her cooking. She was able to find recipes, but
she wasn’t happy with the results.
When she began the gluten-free diet for her daughter, she
had just launched a home-based business, The Family Chef. With her many years
of cooking experience, she started to experiment with ingredients and
techniques until she found the right balance of texture and flavor in the
dishes. Chef Amy was able to create delicious recipes that not only satisfied
her daughter but everyone that tried them.
In an attempt to relate to the customers who were taking her gluten-free
cooking classes, Amy decided to remove gluten from her own diet. Within a week,
she felt lighter, had better digestion and was sleeping better. After a month,
she realized gluten-free was for her.
A year after that, she noticed her son had the same
digestive issues she used to have and had him tested for Celiac Disease and
food sensitivities. The Celiac test came back negative for him and his
gluten sensitivity was high. She put him on a gluten-free diet and two weeks
later, his symptoms were gone. Her husband also feels better without gluten so she converted her household to gluten-free.
It's a good idea to
have a Celiac test done while you are still eating gluten; otherwise it might
not be detected. It's important to know if you have Celiac Disease because you
need to be very careful that your exposure to gluten is almost none. Gluten can
be in things other than food like lotions, hand soap, shampoo,
medicine, and vitamins, to name a few.
Now, more than ever, Amy is motivated to find great recipes
and products to maintain this lifestyle. Although her family does not have
Celiac Disease, Chef Amy considers herself an advocate for gluten-free living
and cooking. She is currently working with Second Helping, a new gluten-free
frozen food company to help create delicious, gluten-free food for the consumer
She also writes articles about gluten-free eating and
cooking on Examiner.com.
If you would like help with getting started on a gluten-free
diet, contact Chef Amy.