I started on my grain-free journey almost a decade ago now when my lovely husband became extremely sick. He was eventually diagnosed with crohn’s disease. In dealing with his illness (choosing to avoid drugs and surgery, the only options given us by mainstream medicine at the time) we attempted a raw food diet, fasting, and other dietary modifications, all of which helped to a degree. It wasn’t until we learned of the link between grain lectins and autoimmune diseases that things really turned around.
I spent 3 months teaching myself how to be a grain free cook and we haven’t looked back since them. My husband’s life threatening crohn’s disease has been in so-called “remission” for several years now, although he does experience occasional problems due to severe intestinal scarring, and more serious problems if he eats grains more often than once or twice a year. But he has never needed either drugs or surgery.
Our version of grain free is: grain free, dairy free, sometimes sugar free (not always). For a few years my oldest child also needed a FAILSAFE (low food chemical) approach, which means very limited almond meal and coconut, the mainstays of many a grain free cook, and which is why many of my recipes are nut free/low food chemical. I do not follow any particular grain-free diet philosophy, but learn and use what I can from most of the grain free approaches I am aware of: paleo, primal, caveman, GAPS and SCD among others. This website is a little like my home: its personal and reflects my own personal journey of being grain free. What has worked for me probably won’t work for everyone.
I have been cooking grain free for a long time now, long before it became fashionable, and long before the massive amount of fantastic information about eating grain free became freely available on the web. For many years, I was really on my own and had to figure a lot out by myself. What really helped is that my background is a “natural” one: I grew up in the Australian countryside on a goat farm with a mother and grandmother who cooked and baked everything from scratch, made yoghurt, jam and preserves. My father was a naturopath. This early life has really stood me in good stead for my lifestyle now, and has definitely influenced my cooking preferences.
I am not a practitioner or healthcare provider and legally it is not appropriate for me to advise you on your personal health issues – you need to speak to a qualified healthcare practitioner. Primaldocs.com is a good place to find a healthcare practitioner near you who understands and endorses a grain-free diet.
If you are new to grain free eating and feeling perplexed as to where to start, all my posts relevant to starting out are here. If you would like to read about my own personal experience of going grain free (as I found out along the way I also benefited from being grain free, so it’s not just about my husbands crohn’s disease anymore) it is here.
This website started, and continues to be, my own personal place to record my grain free musings. I am happy if it helps just one other person who is feeling overwhelmed, like I was, at the start of a grain free journey.
Due to changes in my personal life which mean I now have little spare time for website maintenance or blogging, I no longer update regularly and comments are closed. I can still be reached at janelle -at- grainfreeliving -dot- com
Thank you for visiting, and happy Grain Free Living.