We have been doing a fun new feature where I highlighted other gluten-free bloggers that I think are doing a great job in the gluten-free community. I have many ideas for bloggers in mind but if you know of someone you would just love to see featured please e-mail me at [email protected]
The gluten-free blogger I will be featuring today has SOOO many amazing recipes on her site. Her photography is excellent so you can really see the food shine through the pictures. She does all kinds of fun little events to get her readers involved which I love. I especially enjoy Slightly Indulgent Tuesday’s! I now introduce to you, Amy of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free!
Please tell everyone a little about yourself.
I’m pretty normal. In fact, from the outside my life would look boring. Joe, my husband, and I are homebodies. Usually, I’m in the kitchen, reading a new cookbook, blogging, or reading about blogging. When Joe’s not working, which isn’t often, he’s relaxing or helping around the house. Though our life has changed a little since I started culinary school, my priority is still to provide safe, loving, peaceful space for us and our 4 legged kids. On the weekends, we catch up on common household stuff – laundry, yard work, and bathing our four dogs.
Please tell me about your gluten-free blog.
I blog about healthier food. I struggled with my weight all my life until my late 20’s when I learned that white sugar and wheat flour cause intense food cravings which lead me to binge. Not glamorous at all, but I was a binge eater for many years. Once I was able to get off the white sugar and wheat, with some white-knuckling and a whole lot of faith, the weight somehow just started to fall off. I didn’t even realize it was happening. One day I put on my pants and they fell right down.
It sounds silly now to say that after being obsessed with my weight my whole life I didn’t know I was shrinking, but that’s how it happened. My life got really full when I wasn’t so busy obsessing over food. My blog is based on my experience. I share foods I love to cook and eat, along with how I choose to live today. That’s really what it comes down to – we have a choice every day to nourish our bodies or not. It’s really quite simple and much easier than the alternative. How long have you been blogging?
Almost a year. A wonderful year.
Why did you start a gluten-free blog?
My blog was originally a creative outlet for me – I was in a job that didn’t fulfill me and I needed something that did. I’ve always loved writing, cooking, and food. After sharing about my long-term weight loss of 60 pounds and healthier cooking, sugar free and gluten free, I’ve found that there are so many other people out there just like me.
Now, I blog to help others. I had no idea that I’d find supportive, caring friendships. My heart is full of gratitude for the people that read my blog – I cherish each and every comment. What kinds of products do you feature on your blog?
I feature products I love to use – cookbooks, ingredients, kitchen gadgets.
What would you like to see with your gluten-free blog in the future?
I’d love to see it grow – even if you don’t have to eat gluten free and sugar free, there are many simple ways to make food healthier. So many people struggle with their weight and it doesn’t have to be that way. I know. I’ve lived it. What do you love about gluten-free blogging most?
The people and the relationships. I couldn’t imagine life without Shirley’s flourless concoctions (Gluten Free Easily) or Alta’s incredible kitchen feats (Tasty Eats at Home). Sometimes I don’t hear from a reader who usually comments regularly for a week or two and I always think about them. Do you do giveaways? If so, what was your favorite giveaway?
Yes, I do giveaways but could never choose a favorite. Like I said, I share products that make a difference in my life. There’s not one that has been more valuable than another. I do use NuNaturals Stevia on a daily basis, and frequently refer to I Love Dessert by Nicolette Dumke. iHerb.com is also a favorite of mine. Tell me some of your favorite gluten-free blogs that you read.
Gluten Free Easily Tasty Eats at Home Celiac Teen The Spunky Coconut Karina’s Kitchen Whole Life Nutrition Kalyn’s Kitchen – not gluten-free but I adore her work. Many dishes are naturally gluten free. How can people find you?