Hi, I’m Anne P. Mitchell, and I’m vegan, gluten-free, and happy! Many people think that it’s hard to be gluten free and vegan, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not only not hard, but it’s fun!
I had been vegetarian earlier in my life, and about 12 years ago I went vegetarian again – this time I was a strict vegetarian, and I knew that I would never turn back. Still, I hadn’t quite commited to being vegan.
That was, until I read both The China Study and The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. Those two books were so compelling – and not even about animal welfare, but about your own health and welfare – that there was no turning back.
Shortly before that, I had lab work done which had indicated that I had not one, but two genetic predispositions to a problem with gluten. Now, I have to confess that I had been one of those people who had rolled my eyes at all the “gluten free this” and “gluten intolerence that”; it seemed like it was just the malady de jour. Well, I guess the joke was on me, because it turned out to be the malady de moi!
So here I am, a gluten-free vegan. And you know what? I’m really enjoying it! It’s challenging, but I don’t mean that in the negative way – it’s a fun challenge! Seeing what I can stitch together to eat at a restaurant, creating new recipes at home, figuring out how to make old favourites without gluten or animal products. And as it turns out, a lot of our friends are either gluten-free, or vegetarian (or vegan) or both – and it’s great fun bringing our food to a potluck and everyone can eat it!
So pull up a chair at our virtual kitchen table, and join us while we share recipes and resources, and generally dish about being gluten-free and vegan!
The Happy Gluten-Free Vegan