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! In fact, as I write this, I am also doing the vegan AIP diet (vegan autoimmune protocol / anti-inflammatory protocol diet).
I am not a professional chef, however I am a home recipe developer. So the site isn’t polished, doesn’t bombard you with videos, and doesn’t hide the recipes behind huge pop-ups. Frankly, I like it that way, and the recipes are tried, true, and tested. I like that too. 🙂
I had been vegetarian earlier in my life, and about 22 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