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“Choice, not chance determines one’s destiny”-anon

If you read my last post then you know how overwhelmed I have been feeling about the prospect of switching to all Gluten free cooking. Imagine sitting in the middle of 30+ library books just about ready to eat them for fiber rather than attempting to cook!

I kept staring at the pages of the books and thinking, I could never write out all of the recipes in time before they would have to be returned to the library and it would kill off my hand to write so much. Then of course, what would I write the recipes on and where would I keep them all?

I decided (or chose) to look up gluten free blogs and recipes online. I spent a better part of the day sorting, following, favoriting and subscribing to things I thought were relevant. Then by chance or fate, I came across the best tool I could possibly find! 

Perusing the site, http://www.stockpilingmoms.com, I came across a really yummy looking recipe for egg salad avocado wraps and it gave the option to “clip” and save or print the recipe. This led to the discovery of the ultimate cooking aid: http://www.ziplist.com!

I registered for free at Zip List and immediately found it easy to use! I could find a recipe on a website and save it into “my recipe box” on Zip List as if I were creating a “pin” for Pinterest (for those of you who are familiar with Pinterest). It also gave the options of adding tags to sort the recipes, making shopping lists and meal plans. As if that wasn’t good enough, if you make a shopping list of ingredients, Zip List will give you a few price comparisons for shop sales in your area.

So needless to say, I was already riding pretty high yesterday from finding Zip List and saving recipes I had found online, when today’s discovery really put me on Cloud 9! You can use Zip list to create or type in recipes! *Grinning like a fool*

I just love having a sense of direction and purpose (it is such a change from my usual hamster spinning in a wheel impression). My new project is to use the library books to find Gluten Free recipes that I would consider making/eating and type those recipes into Zip List where they will be saved and categorized in my recipe box. Then, when it comes time to cook up some food, I will move this computer (behold the power of a laptop!) to the dining room table, pull up the saved recipe of choice and then, voila! We are off and running…or…cooking!

I don’t know how long this project will take me and I will probably have to renew some of these books many times, but you have to start somewhere!

“Choice, not ch…


All people are made alike –
of bones and flesh and dinner –
Only the dinners are different.
~Gertrude Louise Cheney

Gluten free. Two words that seem to be popping up everywhere.

What is gluten? Wheat, Barley and Rye

You might say, “so, what’s the big deal?” Some people dismiss gluten free as just another fad diet. How is a gluten free lifestyle any different from people who count calories, eat only protein, don’t eat bread or white foods, etc?

Until about a month ago, I wouldn’t have known the difference either. I hadn’t really paid much attention to anything related to nutrition unless I was (a) trying to lose weight or (b) trying to avoid my migraines.

My purpose here is not to preach about the miraculous changes of “going gluten free”, but rather to share what I have learned. What I have learned only recently is that a sensitivity or an intolerance to gluten seems to be the key to unlocking the mystery of my migraines that has been plaguing me since I was a young girl.

Since I don’t know the first thing about cooking and I suddenly find myself having to carefully inspect every label and make my own meals, I am feeling very overwhelmed. Being the eternal student that I am, I immediately checked out every Gluten free recipe book I could find at the local library. I think I currently have about 30 on my dining room table with more on the way! 

The only thing that is keeping me from chucking each book out the window and raiding the pantry because I am starving, is the knowledge that I don’t have to suffer from mysterious illnesses and their debilitating side effects for the rest of my life.  

I am attempting for the first time to write an ebook, and I don’t know the first thing about how to get one published and how to market it, but it will go more in depth into my history with migraines and what I have learned from years of personal research.

If anyone has any positive feedback on how to switch entirely to a gluten free lifestyle or on publishing and marketing an ebook, please comment on this post.


All people are …