Ok Taylor is such a cool kid! I finally told him that I had to call him bud or buddy because he reminded me so much of my brother, Boston. He is just genuinely kind and truly cares about others. He has an agenda and mission to raise some serious celiac awareness and educate as many as he can. He does this all in the most unpretentious way with love and heartfelt pain for those who have and are suffering from celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. How many teenagers do you know with this kind of drive and ambition?! You will see for yourself below why I and so many have had our heartstrings tugged by this amazing advocate in our community. Thanks Buddy!
Please tell everyone a little about yourself.
I’m a 16 year old gluten-free, dairy free, and mostly sugar free teen that has always looked at life a little differently. I got diagnosed with Celiac Disease 3 years ago along with a rare type of adrenal disorder. At age 13 this was all pretty hard to take on and face, but unlike most people I choose to face it in a much different way. Instead of getting upset and moping about my situation, I decided to use my disease and disorder as a way to help others! I decided to create my own blog GlutenAway and began to really get involved in the gluten-free community. I‘ve always been someone that just wants to give back and help others, but helping the gluten-free community is something I have a much stronger passion for. I’m generally very positive about any situation I face and I try to use my positive influence as a 16 year old as a way to motivate and influence others through my blog and what I do each day.
Please tell me about your gluten-free blog.
My blog is called Glutenaway.com and I share a whole range of information on there. I share all gluten-free, dairy free, and all low sugar recipes since these are all things I have to avoid. I make sure to make my recipes pretty simple too and don’t use a lot of crazy ingredients since I’m 16 and hate long recipes anyways. Gluten-free product lists, tips, and information is what I share as well, but mainly just sharing all this from the perspective of a teenager is what I try to do most. I want to show that even though I’m faced with a lot of hard situations at 16 that doesn’t really allow me to be like most teens, I can still enjoy each day I’m alive and use it as a way to help others. I post blog posts 3 times a week and always mix it up so you will get a lot of different gluten-free info from me!
How long have you been blogging?
As of July I will have been blogging for 1 year now. It’s been an amazing year and I’m very blessed and excited I’ve even gotten my blog to the point it is at now.
Why did you start a gluten-free blog?
I started my gluten-free blog mainly because I saw no other teens were doing anything to help others with food allergies. When I first started going gluten-free because of Celiac Disease I did tons of research online and could not find one single person my age to relate to. I of course tried to find people that in person that were gluten-free then branched out to online, but still nothing. I thought since no other teen was really doing anything to help other gluten-free families or kids out there, why can’t I? That’s when I started my blog Glutenaway.com to be someone that kids or teens can hopefully look up to and see that living gluten-free doesn’t have to be a hard thing. I also want to show adults and grown-ups that I can live gluten-free and still be incredibly happy with how I eat each day as a 16 year old.
What makes your blog different than anyone else’s?
I think my blog is much different from any else’s because I am 16 years old and provide my opinion as a teenager! I also give a little bit more fun of an attitude to the gluten-free lifestyle since I am younger and I try and show a side to eating gluten-free that most people don’t think about. I do videos every Wednesday called “What the Heck? Wednesdays” on ingredients found in the many products we eat each day just to give you better idea on what they are. There’s a lot of stuff I share on my blog but I think since I am so young that my age really makes my blog different from everyone else’s.
What would you like to see with your gluten-free blog in the future?
I really just want to continue what I’m doing now and just help families everywhere with what I share. I feel like I have accomplished so much over the last year and nothing would make me happier than to keep doing what I’m doing now. There are tons of ideas and products I would like to work on to benefit the gluten-free community, so that’s one thing I want to add to my blog in the future as well.
What do you love about gluten-free blogging most?
By far the thing I enjoy most is knowing that I helped a person or family with what I share and knowing I made a difference in their life in some way. Whether it is by sharing my store or by sharing some gluten-free info, if it helps you in some way then that makes me happy. I just really enjoy helping others and if I could make a living out of it from what I’m doing now then I know I would have the best job on earth.
Do you do giveaways? If so, what was your favorite giveaway?
I do giveaways on a lot of different gluten-free products about once a month! Once I get to my 1 year mark for my blog in July I will definitely be doing a big gluten-free giveaway then. But for now I’d say my favorite giveaway was for my 100th blog post in April where I gave away over 25 different gluten-free products. I had about 1000 people enter and the person that won was extremely happy! I hope to do another one again soon so look out for it!
Tell me some of your favorite gluten-free blogs that you read.
How can people find you?
You can find my blog at Glutenaway.com and you can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram at /glutenaway. An example would be www.facebook.com/glutenaway. Thanks and I hope you enjoy all I share!