Meet Casey!

Hi everybody!

The Basics

Casey. 18 19 20 21 years old. Celiac.
Exercise-loving. Gluten free-baking.
Learning how to survive college (update: survive post-college!) with celiac disease!

That's me!

The Story

My story is pretty simple. Girl loves food. Food stops loving girl. And, after months of acid reflux, nausea, weight loss and other symptoms, my doctor called with the diagnosis: celiac.

I started eating gluten free the week of my senior prom and despite the hospitalization, weight loss and social awkwardness that have followed, I haven't looked back since!

The fight against gluten was on!
The story behind my blog is a little more complicated. When I was diagnosed, I knew that more than my diet had to change. I had to find a way to cope with losing part of my teenage identity: social eating. This blog is my therapy, my support system for all kids with allergies or celiac disease, and a peek inside the world of a gluten free college student.

write about life, celiac, food reviews, restaurants, and - coming soon - the recipes that are causing a flour explosion in my kitchen! I am an (obnoxious) advocate for celiac disease, college student rights, and living with food allergies and I love to connect with others dealing with similar issues. Hit me up on TwitterInstagramPinterestLinked-In, or through my blog!

I - and my food - don't bite! :)

Eight More Facts About Me

1. Why eight facts? Well, my favorite number is 8. Been that way since fifth grade when I was the eighth student in the class. Yep, I'm weird like that.

2. I never liked to cook until I was diagnosed. In fact, before celiac disease, I had never tried fish, avocado, squash, asparagus, cauliflower, and dozens of my new favorite foods!

I hadn't heard of half these veggies before!
3. I'm a writing major at Point Loma Nazarene University so - fair warning - there may be some puns in my blog posts.

4. My celeb crushes are bloggers in the gluten free community. I was never the type to dream of marrying an actor in a movie. Though I do love the celiac memes with Ryan Gosling

Now THAT is swoon worthy!
5. Humorous writing is my thing. No matter how heavy the topic, I always like to insert a laugh here and there. As my family always says, if you aren't laughing, you're crying!

6. I'm an exercise addict. Running and soccer are my top picks, but because of an IT band injury, I've been diving (or twisting) into the world of yoga and Pilates. Since I watch cop shows while stretching, I'm not sure about the meditative benefits, but I can touch my toes!

My school is the prettiest place to run!
7. Ever since I learned about it (thank you Instagram!), I've been addicted to banana nice-cream. I have at least one bowl every day for a post-workout treat. My fav add ins? Kale, spinach, almond butter, Dark Chocolate Dreams by Peanut Butter Co., frozen berries and protein powder really get my taste buds to tango.

8. As hard as my celiac journey has been - extreme weight loss, malnutrition, threats to my college academic career, and troubles with self-love - I wouldn't change it for the world. Celiac has helped me meet amazing people from all over the world, use my love for writing to advance the celiac cause and fill a little catacomb of the Internet with my struggles and smiles

I'm finally getting the hang of celiac…pun intended!
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  1. Hey Casey!

    Been following you for awhile on Instagram now and need some help. I have a friend who has celiacs and a list of other allergies. She needs hospitalization but from what she's experienced, none of the hospitals near her are equipped to handle her allergies. Have you come across certain hospitals/health centers that are better than others for celiacs?

  2. found your blog through gluten free fridays and love it! cooking in college is the best and the worst- you're friends think you're awesome but there is such a limit on time and space haha. still cant believe you'd never tried so many veggies until recently though!!

    1. College cooking is definitely an adventure...especially since the smoke alarm in our apartment screams at the hint of steam! And yes, I'm definitely a reformed veggie-deprived gal! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing your story Casey! I used to hate cooking too, but when I changed my diet that's when I really start to enjoy it. And I'm also obsessed with banana ice good!!

    1. I'm so glad that you've also found a passion for cooking...amazing how diet changes can do that! And banana ice cream is definitely the bomb! :P

  4. I randomly stumbled upon your blog and I'm hooked! So few bloggers these days can actually write! I also saw your picture at potato chip rock and it made me homesick for San Diego. I lived in OB (before getting married and being forced to South Carolina) and I used to run through PLNU several times a week...I love the hills. :)

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words Mollie - you really made my day! And small world, huh? PLNU's hills are definitely perfect for a killer workout!


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