Welcome to Allergy Free & Cheap Like Me!

gluten, dairy, egg & soy free

I’m so happy you are here! I hope to create a place for you to find lots of information about food allergies, as well as, lots of goodies to help you not only eat better, but more affordably! Please feel free to share all of your own tips, tricks, and recipes too! Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again very soon! You can read more about my allergy story here.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

HAWMC Day 4, Why I Write About My Health

Today's challenge topic is; I write about my health because… Reflect on why you write about your health for 15-20 minutes without stopping.

After I found out I was allergic to gluten, dairy, and eggs, just to name the big ones, I found it hard to find information and recipes with all of my allergies combined. I could find what sounded like a great recipe for gluten free muffins, but it was also filled with dairy and eggs. Or I would find a great recipe that was vegan but it was loaded with gluten. I had no idea where to even start with substituting ingredients (let alone even heard of ingredients like xanthan gum). So as I started to do research, learn tips, and experiment with recipes on my own, I thought about others who might be in the same boat as I was. How could I share what I had learned through my allergy journey? I can't count how many failed loafs of bread I have made! And how could I find others so I could learn from what they knew? Wouldn't it be nice if all this information was in one place? From those questions, and with a lot of encouragement from my husband, I was inspired to start my blog. I wanted to share what I had learned in order to help others adapt to living an allergen free life.

I'll be honest, when I first started writing this blog, I had no idea what I was doing; most of the time I still don't! I wasn't comfortable with sharing personal stories so I stuck mostly to the sharing recipes and information. As I have continued along my journey, Ive started to also write a little more about healthy, natural, whole living and why that is important to me. Now it's not as important to me to make that perfect gluten-free loaf of bread (in reality I don't eat it that often anyway and my health is probably better off without it), my focus has branched out beyond mastering a loaf of bread to overall healthy living.

I'm not a master at anything and I am still exploring and learning with cooking and baking allergen free. I still read something new I didn't know about allergies almost everyday. But that's a part of my journey and that is what I hope to share.

We all have different journeys when it comes to our health, but I hope writing my blog has helped others realize they are not alone. We are all in this together.


  1. I can't imagine changing your entire diet and lifestyle to accomdoate so many allergies. Good on you for creating this blog to help others to do the same. I keep having a sneaking suspicion that I may need to cut out gluten but haven't a clue of where to start or if it is worth it for me. Health matters can be so complicated!

    1. In the beginning it is a bit overwhelming not to mention confusing to cut so many foods out, but overall I feel so much better and I am much healthier for doing it! Check out my post Gluten: Where to Find It, it might help you when you get started cutting out the gluten in your diet. Good luck!


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