Please tell everyone a little about yourself.
My name is Pam and I’m a Celiac! I’m a wife and working mom trying to make good, Gluten Free meals for my family. Our two year old daughter is also Gluten Free so we experience the joys and trials of a GF toddler! I have a cookbook available on Amazon called Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes, it has over 50 easy and family friendly recipes. I’m also a 10k and half-marathon runner.
Please tell me about your gluten-free blog.
ImaCeliac.com was started the same month I was officially diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I had struggled for 15 years with a number of health issues and I finally had an answer to all my questions. However, a Gluten Free lifestyle isn’t easy especially when you are first starting out. I wanted to create a place for people to come to get help and be encouraged. To know what products are worth the money, find easy recipes they can feed their family and know where it is safe to eat GF out. I use basic ingredients to cook everyday meals for our family of five. I also post a weekly menu with recipe links to keep us on budget and give others ideas to answer the daunting question, “What’s for dinner?”
How long have you been blogging?
I started in January 2011.
Why did you start a gluten-free blog?
When my doctor called to tell me I had Celiac Disease he said there is no cure and the only way to manage it is to eat Gluten Free. There was no further information, no support and no one to call with questions. So I turned to the blog world for help and advise. I quickly found a network of people like me! I wanted to join this community by adding my voice, perspective and life experience.
What makes your blog different than anyone
I provide a resource for Gluten Free people no matter where they are on their journey. I make real food with easy ingredients that most families already have in their pantry. I show people how to take good Gluten Free products and make them better. Eating out is a part of our life and I show others where we go and what is safe. My recipes include a lot of freezer meals and crock pot meals to help the busy family still be able to sit down for a good family meal at the end of a busy day.
What would you like to see with your gluten-free blog in the future?
I would love to be able to help more people! To encourage more people and give them resources to stay Gluten Free. I would also love the opportunity to start speaking about my experience.
What do you love about gluten-free blogging most?
The Gluten Free community! I have made so many amazing friendships through the blog. I also love to hear from readers and know that they are helped by my recipes and blog.
Do you do giveaways? If so, what was your favorite giveaway?
I love to do giveaways! Who doesn’t love free stuff?! I think the Red Apple Lipstick giveaway was my biggest one yet and I have another one coming next month!
Tell me some of your favorite gluten-free blogs that you read.
I read a ton of GF blogs and it all depends on my mood as to who I read. Gluten Hates Me and Celiac and the Beast always make me laugh. Simply Gluten Free and Jules Gluten Free have great recipes. Vegetarian Mamma, Keeley McGuire, Gluten Free Green Bean, and Epi Family are great support for dealing with GF kids.
How can people find you?