Welcome to The Dedicated Kitchen, we are so happy you found us!
Gluten free living isn’t always easy and we can all use a helping hand, which is one of the reasons why we started The Dedicated Kitchen.
We found that one of the biggest frustrations in the gluten free community stemmed from seeing gluten free living for what it is NOT rather than for what it is. At The Dedicated Kitchen, we want to change all that. We believe gluten free living is about shifting our focus away from negative feelings of loss or depravity so that we can focus on celebrating our health and all the delicious foods we CAN eat.
It’s been a long road to get TDK where it is today, exactly 2 years, 3 months and 5 days, but whose counting. We hope you enjoy our precious little gluten free labor of love!
The Dedicated Kitchen is also about sharing our personal stories so that we can learn and grow from each other. For what it’s worth, here is my story:
The Bad Boy
It all started in 2003, I was a freshman in college at Rutgers University-where late night Fat Sandwiches and pizza reigned supreme. Gluten filled temptation was all around and I was embracing it all.
What’s a fat sandwich you ask-just an iconic piece of Rutgers‘ student culture, a late night tradition if you will. A night of debauchery was not complete without a fat sandwich stuffed with layers of greasy fried food combinations like mozzarella sticks, french-fries and marinara sauce.
My personal favorite was the Fat Darrel (chicken fingers, French fries and honey mustard sauce). And the pizza, OMG the pizza! Just thinking about Skinny Vinnie’s buffalo chicken pizza is enough to make my stomach growl.
I was not doing myself any favors and it was starting to show. My skin was dull, my ass was fat, and my body was exhausted and aching all of the time. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong but I also wasn’t really trying to change any of my habits either. I didn’t realize it at the time but gluten was like the bad boy I couldn’t stay away from even though it was just no good for me.
After a year of struggling with anxiety and depression and vain attempts to treat my symptoms, I was starting to accept the idea that feeling like shit was just a part of my daily routine. That is, until I was finally diagnosed with Celiac Disease…Say what now?!
I finally had the answer but I also had so many questions. Like what the hell is gluten anyway, and why is it in EVERYTHING?! It was all so overwhelming and resources were limited…we are talking 14 years ago people.
When I finally ended our toxic relationship, I think I responded the same way anyone else would after a bad break-up; I got myself a family sized tub of hummus (because it was the only gluten free thing I could think of) and a bag of tortilla chips and ate my sorrows away.
Countless tubs of hummus and 15 pounds later, I knew I had to take back control not, just for my health but also for my sanity. But I had to do it the right way.
Here and Now
It may have involved a lot of trial and error but going gluten free was my gateway to a more conscious, happy and healthier me.
Lets be real-I still dream about fresh bagels and donuts and my knees get weak whenever I smell NY style pizza. But I also never thought I’d see a frozen gluten free pizza let alone multiple brands in my local grocery store. The golden age of gluten free is upon us people!
Celiac Disease is only a small part of what defines me. By trade I am a marketing professional, but when I am not behind the desk, I am a mother, a wife, and co-founder of The Dedicated Kitchen. I love staying active whether it’s running, pilates, yoga or paddle boarding. Nothing fuels my creative soul quite like the sense of satisfaction I get from working with my hands.
Much love and peace!