About

Hi! My name is Melinda Tucker.  I am happily married for 25 years and the mom of a grown son.  I have a passion for everything good in life.  I love my Christian Faith and how it paves my roads to the future.  I love my roles as a supportive wife and mom.  I love good food, all kinds, most of the time healthy, some of the time indulgent, but always Gluten Free.

Why am I gluten free?  I HAVE to be, it is not a choice.  I’ve been Gluten Free for over 13 years.  headshotsoft2crop

In my twenties I began to have more and more interest in the foods I ate and how they effected me. So my journey began with just plain, simple, healthful eating. I soon found, that for me, it would be the foundation to preserving my health.

My issues started as a child, I was the picky eater that suffered often from tummy aches, sniffles, wheezing, rashes, coughing, bronchitis, and pneumonia. I took medications throughout my childhood and adolescence.  I did seem to outgrow some problems in my teens, however I remained on stomach medications as needed.

My symptoms began to bloom again in my twenties, and finally peaked near thirty.  Food allergies, autoimmune issues, low C3 and C4 levels, IBS, heartburn, acid reflux, gerd, ulcers, rashes, acne, swollen hands, swollen face, swollen joints, arthritis, headaches, allergies, fatigue, hospital visits, ulcerative colitis, mitral valve prolapse, asthma, tremors…  I did not want to spend the rest of my life on medications. I knew, and had known all my life, if I was careful with my diet I would feel good. I relied on my Faith in God, to point me in the right direction.  A good friend was a doctor and pointed me towards a wonderful immunologist.  We made some great strides figuring me out.  After moving to a new town, I ended up walking out on my gastrointerologist to find another one, and additional testing, I began to put MORE emphasis on my diet as to not every symptom “become” a disease.  I currently and for many years now, have none of the above symptoms/diseases.

So it began, avoid the junk, avoid any and all intolerances and allergies, and eat the best quality, most nutritiously dense foods as possible. The result was astonishing. I was actually getting better before I even got my diagnosis.  Because of an early diagnoses of wheat and oat allergy, I had been somewhat gluten free, but it took reintroducing it to really make the tests show positive.  During this time, we discovered that my son, a teen at the time, had several food allergies, and asthma, my husband has food intolerances as well.  This has been my lifestyle for 13 years.

If I had a philosophy, it would be to keep it simple. A gluten free life does not have to be hard or expensive, or leave you shell shocked and victimized. God wants us happy and healthy, we just have to listen our body and not fight the path that we need to follow.  I believe our bodies do not malfunction, they react.  Some simple retraining is all it takes. Don’t get all caught up in replacing every thing with something gluten free. So many of us have more intolerances than just the gluten. Sometimes you just have to say good bye to something for a time and bring another food into your life.

Experiment with your diet, and eat what makes you feel your best. Remember, you are a step ahead of some, even if you are struggling somewhere else. Every step ahead leads to another open door.

All my reviews are done without compensation, other than often items are sent to me free of charge to be reviewed.  Some are items are purchased by myself out of my own curiosity or desire to try.

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Melinda Tucker is a wife, mom, businesswoman, and writer.

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