My Story

My Story

How does one go from eating a full gluten, cheese infused midwestern diet to crushing it as a gluten-free foodie? -a semi-truck and a life-altering diagnosis is the answer….

So, my 20s were roarin’ – I got my degree in psychology, went to culinary school, ran my own catering business, and cooked in Italy for a year. (all the while, happily eating gluten!)

I took all this experience and landed my dream job as the Director of Catering for an amazing non-profit organization, Second Helpings, in Indianapolis.  A job where I could use all my skills in cooking (and eating)—to help serve and support others in my community.

My commitment to this job was fierce. I was consumed by it. I desperately wanted to make it a success. It was five jobs rolled into one and initially, I was enlivened by the challenge.  However, I worked myself to the bone to get the project to soar, clocking well over 90 hours per week. I ran on coffee, adrenaline and baked goods.

But that lifestyle had a price. I started to get sick but ignored the signs. I was young. I was “healthy.” I thought I could push through. There was no balance.

My wake up call came when my husband and I were in a devastating car crash with a semi-truck and everything came to a halt. My health, my mobility, my perfect job. STOP. All of those things vanished in an instant.

The stress of all of this change, fighting insurance companies over medical bills, losing my career—and somewhere in there having a baby—made my body ripe for an autoimmune thyroid disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

I thought I had hit bottom. But it was the push I needed to get my life in order.

With thyroid disease, all you can do is slow down, craft your life thoughtfully, and nourish yourself. Lessons I deeply needed to learn… and I did.

One of the most important lessons I learned was that I needed to eliminate gluten from my diet in order to heal….but how do you do that when you’re a chef and foodie who LOVES LOVES LOVES Italy?

And that’s when all my life experience and education combined effortlessly into a coaching career I enjoy doing every day. I love people, love service, love to stick my nose into other people’s business, and love food and nutrition.

Putting it all out on the table.

Along with thyroid/autoimmune coaching, I teach people how gluten-free living doesn’t have to be a prison sentence. In fact, it can be pretty inspiring.

And this is the place I discover the best gluten-free dishes out there.

I don’t let being gluten-free stop me.

I travel, I eat, I explore with joy.

The flavors speak more than words ever can……

Stop listening to the gluten-free naysayers…it can be done. it can be easy. and it can be delicious.

xo

Jen