Hi everybody! I am very excited to announce that we will have guest editor working with us for the next month. She will be providing yummy recipes as well as a reviews of some popular diets! Everyone, meet Allie Sartori…
I still remember the moment when I first realized that I loved food. I was 8-years-old. I sat on my Pa’s lap, digging into a box of Entenmann’s blueberry pie, the sticky filling staining my lips blue. As a teenager, my love for food began to fade. I struggled with severe headaches, nausea, fatigue, stomach pain, and depression. My sophomore year of high school I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.
“Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder…where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine,” according to celiac.org. This prevents nutrient absorption and causes a variety of other symptoms. It was not until after my diagnosis that I was able to make the connection between food and health. My passion for artificial blueberry pies and other delicacies grew into something much bigger than my love of eating. It was no longer just about taste. I began to see food as nourishment and appreciate the nutritional benefits of certain ingredients.
College with Celiac Disease was not easy. But with the help of a mini-fridge, a microwave, and an acquired knack for transforming rice and beans into tasty and nutritious dishes, I gained my health back. I became a cycling instructor and took up triathlon and running. My two proudest accomplishments in triathlon include 1) ranking in the top 5 females in the Florida collegiate conference and 2) sampling over 20 different Outback Steakhouse locations (the only chain restaurant I trusted for a reliable pre-race gluten-free meal).
I am currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Nutrition at Framingham State University. When I’m not studying nutrition, I spend my time competing in triathlons, teaching spin classes, and cooking delicious gluten-free food. My favorite question to answer is: “If you don’t eat gluten, then what DO you eat?!” Over the course of the next month, you’re going to find out!