Gluten Free Recipes
Going Gluten Free: How It Changed my Life
I am so thankful to be 100% Gluten Free. I know many people are thinking WHAT? However, it's true. It has been a journey but I am finally living a life that I once could not imagine. I celebrated my one year gluten free anniversary on Black Friday 2012. I say celebration because it is! I don't grieve the loss of gluten in my life because living a gluten free lifestyle is the best health decision that I have ever made.
I was suffering with such a wide variety of symptoms including vertigo, depression, anxiety, acne, chronic sinus infections, allergies, bloated belly and constipation. Doesn't sound like a lot of fun huh? It wasn't. What many people don't know is that the symptoms can vary from person to person and that 50% of the symptoms are neurological.
In September 2011 I was extremely sick with vertigo and sinus infections and couldn't get better. After going to my general practitioner 3 times in 2 weeks I was referred to a specialist. I endured numerous tests and appointments and was told "nothing is wrong". Knowing that something WAS wrong, I turned to alternative medicine and my "gut" to find the answer.
I started seeing a new chiropractor and reached out to friends and family to figure out what was wrong with me. In the end, my Chiropractor suggested I may have a gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease. A few weeks later I tested positive for Celiac Disease and began my journey to eliminating gluten from my life.
I made a lot of mistakes at first (not realizing that a product had an ingredient that contains gluten), and my best tip is to read every product label. Living a gluten free lifestyle has enabled me to have more energy, sleep better and feel better. I am no longer suffering from anxiety, depression or acne. Regardless if you have Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, living a gluten free lifestyle can be life-changing, just like it was for me.
I try to eat whole foods and naturally gluten free foods, however when I need a cookie (and who doesn't) this is my go to recipe.
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
1 cup sugar
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Using an electric mixer, beat all ingredients in a large bowl until combined.
Drop teaspoonful's of dough onto the baking sheets, spacing them 1 1/2 inches apart.
Bake until the cookies are puffed and starting to lightly brown around the edges, 8 to 10 minutes.
Let cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.