This week’s Food Rock Star is the coolest gal. Heidi has an amazing way of making you just feel great when you are around her. The first time I met her was in Seattle at a food blogging conference. I knew it was her right away by that funky hair style. I love her hair. It matches her personality to a tee. Heidi is a go getter when it comes to finding out answers to problems. She will search out, talk with, and hunt down the information she needs for her and her family. She is someone you want in your corner.
She’s an amazing mom too. She comes up with the coolest things for her kids to eat and do. She makes life fun and in my book, that’s the best. Make sure you head over to her blog and see what she has going on.
Name: Heidi Kelly
Business and or blog name: Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Favorite quote: I love inspirational quotes but my two most favorite are the following:
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration” – Thomas Edison
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself” – Leo Tolstoy
Focus of blog or business: Well, that has evolved somewhat since I began blogging 2 years ago, when we were just a gluten-free family. Due to the recent discoveries of new food allergies, I now share family/kid-friendly recipes that are gluten-free, casein-free, egg-free and corn-free. I also share relevant medical research on celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, as well as our family’s medical adventures.
Social Media I play in: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/adventuresofaglutenfreemom
I started my blog in the month and year: June, 2009
Training/education I received: Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, The Ohio State University
My favorite healthy food: Green Smoothies
My favorite snack food: Hummus and raw veggies
My top 3 healthiest foods I love to eat or recommend: Blueberries, Oregano and fermented foods like raw sauerkraut
Childhood ambition: to be an FBI agent (I really just wanted to be Clarice Starling)
Wildest Dream: To wake up in the morning and find myself living on a gluten-free planet!
Favorite activity: Cooking, Hiking and Gardening (well, pretending to garden, talk to my husband)
Favorite thing to cook: Anything that is naturally free of gluten and our other allergens…simply fresh, whole foods
Favorite kitchen tool: Definitely my Vitamix, it’s been my saving grace since we began our food allergic lifestyle.
Biggest risk I’ve taken: Deciding to share my family’s personal medical journey on my blog.
Favorite exercise: Walking and yoga
Proudest moment: When I was able to self-discover my childrens’ underlying health issues after all of their doctors kept telling me that nothing was wrong (when in fact there were many things that were very wrong).
What I you do to treat myself: I have a membership to Massage Envy. :0)
What I do to feel at peace: Yoga or relax on my hammock and read a good book.
Biggest challenge: Learning how to care for myself being an asymptomatic celiac. I really envy the people who get noticeable symptoms when they eat something that is so harmful to their body.
Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with a beach and access to a kitchen.
Craziest thing I’ve ever done: Fly a plane when I was 11
Health concerns I’ve cleared up: This is ongoing at the moment but I’m hot on the trail!
I started my blog to: Share some of the great gluten-free recipes I had found that allowed me to finally find peace and happiness with the gluten free diet. I spent the first 3 years after my celiac diagnosis cheating on the diet because I was asymptomatic (at least for GI issues) so I had an extremely difficult time making this crucial dietary change because I didn’t “feel sick.”
After all my fits and starts though, going strictly gluten-free has definitely been one of THE BEST things that has ever happened to me, not only am I on the road to better health, but because we were forced to slow down and be mindful of the activities we get involved in (ya know, since no one can seem to do ANYTHING anymore without involving food), my family is much closer than we would have been living the standard American lifestyle (always on the run and eating mindlessly), because we now eat together every night…and I’ve lost 85 lbs. as a result of that! :0)
What I hope the people that visit my blog find: Encouragement, Hope, Inspiration and Laughter.
What I love about what I do: My readers, I absolutely love them and I am so thankful for everything they share with me…I finally feel as though I belong somewhere, to a community that is full of people very similar to me and my family, people who understand the pleasures and pitfalls of living a food-alternative lifestyle.
In the future I see myself: Continuing to spread the word about gluten sensitivity and the most current medical research.