Hey there! I’m Taryn.
In 2013 I became a mom of twin boys and quickly realized how much my life had changed overnight. Not only did I no longer have time for the things I loved, but I also was eating, and more importantly feeling, like crap.
Even a year and a half after having kids I still felt in a constant brain fog, despite (finally!) getting more sleep and having a more consistent schedule. I just couldn’t shake
a gurgling gut and a bloated stomach, among other ailments.
- I no longer wake up with that brain fog – I am clear headed (though not always bright-eyed and bushy-tailed).
- My gut has stopped trying to “talk” to people after I eat.
- My skin is clearer.
- I no longer have that mid-afternoon “give me caffeine PRONTO” slump.
- I just feel so. much. better.
On top of all that, I have learned how to cook meals that keep me feeling this way and that my family enjoys.
How’d I Get There?
In 2015 I did my first Whole30. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a 30 day program where you cut out potentially inflammatory foods and then reintroduce them slowly to see how they affect your body.
What did I learn?
That gluten was not my friend. Like, at all.
I also learned that large amounts of caffeine were no bueno (that was a sad, sad day my friends).
So what did I do from there? Like my old Hypercolor shirt, I took the glutenous foods out to the trash and started over.
I researched what foods contained gluten – the obvious ones like bread and pasta, and the non-obvious ones like soy sauce and some salad dressings (that was a big wtf).
I found out which specific ingredients to watch out for.
I looked into and tried out the Paleo diet, which cuts out some inflammatory foods like gluten, but isn’t as strict as the Whole30. (I still try to eat this way most of the time.)
Most importantly, I learned to make healthier meals that were delicious without gluten. Delicious enough for me and my family. And apparently for my husband’s co-workers, who have made a game out of guessing what leftovers he’s brought for lunch based on the tempting smells. I can’t make this stuff up folks.
So How Do You Do The Same?
Whether you know gluten is not your friend or you might have just an inkling, the recipes and resources on this blog are for you. You will sometimes find recipes that fit the Paleo diet, and even a Whole30 recipe here and there, but everything is ALWAYS gluten-free. And delicious.
So stick around! Can’t wait to get in the kitchen with you. And if you want more, follow me on social media:
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