About

I’m mum to a teenage boy who was diagnosed with coeliac disease when he was 8 years old.  Over the years I have found a number of great sites and blogs to help both children and adults live with a gluten free life.  However, as my son grows up I have become aware there are very few sites to help us on the road to becoming a gluten free grown up.  So we decided to make one.  Hopefully you will find something helpful, inspiring, comforting or useful.  We’re learning as we go, both about blogging and gluten free independence!

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My son is almost 16, about to take GCSEs, a passionate and talented dancer who plans to make a career out of that passion.  Our lives are filled with revision, school and classes – contemporary, street, urban and ballet.  We spend our time rushing from the house to intensive lessons and food needs to be quick, healthy and nutritious.

I am closer to 50 than I would like to admit, a stay at home mum, and spend my time doing some voluntary work, looking after my boys (dancer, dog, and husband who is frequently away from home!) cooking, cleaning, laughing and sometimes crying, about our gluten free filled chaos.  I’m not one of those mums who advocates sprouting beans and eating tofu as my boys love junk food as much as the next lot but I do my best to give them great, tasty and healthy(ish) food that they seem to enjoy most of the time.

I am dreading the time that will inevitably arrive when my son leaves home and starts to fend and cater for himself but I want him to be well equipped, both mentally and practically, to live his gluten free dancing life away from home.  I’m already starting to think about how he can keep safe while sharing a student kitchen and come up with ideas that will help with this.  As he has grown up there have been various scenarios that we have dealt with as they’ve arisen but I’m now trying to predict some of these changes so that we are better prepared for them.  I’m hoping this blog will help me do this and also help others along the way.

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14 thoughts on “About

  1. The Free From Fairy February 2, 2015 / 12:34 pm

    A fabulous reason to start a blog! You sound like a fantastic mum and I am sure your son will be well equipped when he leaves home. Good luck with your blog. I shall read with interest since I will need to face this in the not too distant future!

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  2. Jane February 7, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Good luck with the blog… I too have a coeliac son about to take his GCSEs (and another who’s coping well with his diet in second year at Uni). I look forward to following your ups and downs, and wish your son luck on his gluten free journey! Best wishes, Jane x

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    • 2cool4gluten February 10, 2015 / 1:47 pm

      Thanks Jane, it’s great to hear about someone coping well with GF at uni. I might be after some tips before too long. Hope your GCSE journey isn’t too stressful. I’m sure I’ll be blogging about that at some point before too long. Thanks for checking me out. Hope to hear from you again.

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  3. GFLife247 April 22, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    I look forward to following your blog! I recently graduated from college with celiac disease, and it turned out to be a pretty manageable experience. BUT, it’s definitely easier now that I’m out of a dorm. 🙂

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    • 2cool4gluten April 25, 2015 / 2:02 pm

      Thanks I imagine it is much easier now you can cook for yourself. Well done on graduating too!

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      • GFLife247 April 25, 2015 / 3:01 pm

        Awh, thanks! I cooked for myself all through college, so that didn’t change. I just used to use a dorm kitchen, and then had my own. It’s totally manageable, but at most schools, I wouldn’t recommend dining hall food. Most people I know who do (unless they go to a school that truly focuses on gluten free options), say that they only get “glutened” once in awhile and that would never be worth it for me. 🙂

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  4. lynneml April 25, 2015 / 12:21 pm

    Two of my children are coeliac (age 14 & 12) Im glad to find your blog! It’s good to share experiences.

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    • 2cool4gluten April 27, 2015 / 7:55 am

      Thanks Lynne, it is great to share and makes it all seem that much more manageable at times. I’ve made some of my best friends via social networking due to CD – there’s a blog post coming soon about friends and gluten!

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  5. auntddsbakingdelights May 14, 2015 / 9:00 am

    I’ve started blogging this week too and from a family of coeliacs (6 in total, my mum, me, my sister, my 2 nieces and my brother in law!) I have decided to do a gluten free bake every day this week in recognition of Coeliac Awareness Week. My husband and kids love my G/F bakes despite not requiring a G/F diet!,They actually prefer my G/F cakes than gluten ones!
    I have a teenage son too, doing AS levels & he’s eating me out of house and home through all the revision, it’s such a stressful time for them.

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    • 2cool4gluten May 14, 2015 / 3:26 pm

      A new blog and baking every day must mean you’ve been busy this week! I’m finding it hard to get the time to write a post every day so big respect! Having all those coeliacs in one family must be great knowing that you all know just how important eating GF is. I love your photography on the blog, it’s really gorgeous. And as regards teenage sons and exams, yep, impossible to keep the fridge stocked and stressy as anything but I’m relying on Pinot Grigio to get me through! Good luck to him (and to you of course)

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      • auntddsbakingdelights May 14, 2015 / 4:11 pm

        Thank you, I love photography as much as baking! Like you I’m a stay at home mum.getting too near 50 and busy myself looking after the family. I am up until late, editing photos & writing the blogs, but today its been worth it as I’ve had retweets on Twitter from Caroline Quentin, Iain from the GBBO, Doves Flour, Dr Oetker & a lot of people I don’t know, all retweeting photos of my G/F bakes….All to raise awareness of Coeliac Disease. Today has been very manic….and my mission is to have my G/F Whoopie Pie Recipe up before midnight…..I think I’ll be requiring a G&T tonight!
        Good luck to you & your son with his exams too!

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      • 2cool4gluten May 14, 2015 / 8:56 pm

        hahaha, I am sipping a small glass of PG right now as it’s been crazy mad here too! I had a re tweet from Caroline Quentin which has absolutely made my bloody day! Well done on all yours! I haven’t made whoppie pies for ages but think i will have to get on with some at the weekend, thanks for reminding me about them!

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      • auntddsbakingdelights May 14, 2015 / 9:36 pm

        I’ve just finished off my blog…..early at 10.30, it’s taken me hours to work out how to put up a video! This blogging is complicated at times…..or I’m not very good at it! Now to update imstagram!
        It’s great when someone famous retweets….I came to your page from Caroline Quentines tweet/retweet! Enjoy the PG!

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