About Me


Hola. Merci. Hello. My name is Leeann, and I've been on every diet imaginable. It's true--low calorie, low fat, low carb, "eat whatever fits into 1500 calories," Atkins, South Beach, Ornish, Dukan, and, my personal favorite, the "eat whatever you want, because you deserve it" diet. I've pretty much spent my entire life on some kind of a diet. Seriously.

Early in 2013, I finally found the reasons why I had such an easy time gaining weight and such a difficult time losing it: I was dual-diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, an autoimmune-related hypothyroid condition, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Together, these two diseases are a metabolic nightmare.

Eating healthy, for me, is about more than weight loss like it used to be. It's about controlling my blood sugar levels and obtaining normal--or relatively normal--hormone levels. I still struggle to lose weight efficiently, but eating a wheat, sugar and gluten free diet helps to control some of the problems I've encountered with these health issues of mine.

Staying on track means finding creative ways to indulge sensibly and healthily. I have a serious affinity for baking and cooking. For years, I fought off the urge to make cupcakes and cakes out of fear that I'd eat them all (which I usually would. Well, maybe not all-- but too many, and it was not healthy at all). Instead I decided to embrace my hobby and dive nose-first into the exciting and awesome world of sugar, gluten and wheat free baking. It's taken me years to grasp the concept of alternative baking. It's truly a science experiment, as understanding the qualities of each ingredient is an adventure. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. The more time I spend in the kitchen, however, the more often the results are great.

This blog is a culmination of my efforts toward my own health and my passion for cooking. I thoroughly enjoy creating recipes for myself, my family and my readers.



I'm the mother of a wonderful daughter named Sydney and married to my amazing husband, Joe. We have a 100 lb. Newfie-mix named Annie (but we usually call her Boof, Boofuh or Boobs). We live in Northeastern Ohio near Lake Erie and despite the bad rap that Cleveland often takes, we like it here (for the most part). I am a self employed freelance writer and love what I do. 





Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare professional and none of the information presented on this blog is intended to act as medical advice. These are solely my own opinions. For medical advice, please speak with a licensed physician.

18 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I am very inspired by your blog! I have been trying to be wheat and sugar free for the last month and feel so much better. The problem is the lack of options available in a wheat and sugar filled world!!! Thanks for the wonderful recipes. I can't wait to try them all!

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  2. So great to hear you're enjoying it, Deb! I love creating recipes to mock my favorite wheat-based items. I feel it's a necessity to stay on track with this lifestyle! :) Thanks for reading!

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  3. Just found you! Your recipes look fabulous. A little variety on the almond flour/coconut flour routine of most GF, WF, SF baking. I'm a little exasperated how every recipe I try seems to turn out tasting like the one before it! I just made your garlic cheese bread to have with our spaghetti (squash) and meatballs for dinner tonight. Yummo! Now I'm excited to try more of your recipes. Gonna hit the health food store for some oat flour and raw honey tomorrow. My husband and I (and kids because they pretty much have to eat what i make, hahaha) have just started this journey, about the beginning of the summer, after i read "Wheat Belly". He's lost about 25 pounds and I've lost 2. Isn't that the way...he had a lot more to lose than I do, though. Well, look at me just rambling on and on like we're sorority sisters or something. In a way, aren't we? (creepy?, sorry) Thanks for your work. Already a fan! (creepy again, huh? :) )

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    1. I just realized i never responded to you, Karen! But thanks for reading! :D And I'm so glad you're able to find recipes you like that don't taste like the ones before it!

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  4. I really enjoyed reading your recipes and can't wait to try some for myself! I also want to share with you that some of my journey has been helped through a fantastic book called, "Trim Healthy Mama". You would enjoy reading it too. I read it in March and started trying to implement it's plan into my life. It's great! It does not claim to be wheat free, but most of their recipes are. Also stevia and the like are their preferred sugars. I hope you get a chance to look at it. I will be able to eat many of your recipes incorporated into their plan. Thank you!

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  5. I sort of found your blog on accident, but I'm really happy I did! It's nice to have options that are close to normal food (does that sound weird? You know what I mean). I have a son who has ADHD-type symptoms, and we have opted to treat with diet, rather than with meds. This left him feeling somewhat excluded when we had meals with pasta or cereal or something (because he'd have a gluten free option, but... it's not the same when everybody else eats "normal food). This fall, my husband and I also decided to cut the carbs... not completely, but a LOT for a girl who dreams of garlic bread. I feel SO much better now that I don't think I want to go back to the old way of carbing it up every meal. I love the options you've provided here and I think they look so delicious that the whole family won't miss out on the carbs! Thanks for doing what you do!

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  6. Thank you, ladies, for reading! I love knowing that what i'm doing is helping people. :) Once I'm done with moving, I'll be starting on holiday recipes the whole family can enjoy, so "tune in" for some more goodies! Thanks again!

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  7. OMG! You have made my day, month and year. Finally a good recipe for apple pie and is low carb. Thank you Thank you and God bless you and yours. By the way I love your blog, like others was browsing the net looking for a low carb apple pie...with a crust! I'll be back later...gotta go make me some apple pie.

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  8. Hello Leeann, I'm so glad I found you! I followed a link on Facebook. My mother was diagnosed with Hashimoto's and I'm so paranoid that I will end up "getting it" too as I already know I have hypothyroidism (though I refuse to take the chemical medicines the doctor wants to put me on). This is one of my main reasons for going low carb/sugar free. I am also severly allergic to wheat, rye and barley so that helps with avoiding the "wheat" issue. :) I'm someone who truly believes that God made the food on this earth to help sustain/heal the body he gave us...my problem has been putting this belief into practice...now I'm completely determined to do so. I look forward to following your blog and your journey and I continue with mine. Thank you!

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    1. Glad to have you as a follower, Chris! Thank you for sharing your story! :D

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  9. Leeann - thank you for your website and for posting on FB. I just looked at the Cheesy Broccoli, chicken, rice, bacon casserole and it sounds wonderful! Also found the pound cake........excited!!! I started my wf/gf journey in July of 2011 - still learning. If you ever have a meet up with LCHF folks - let me know -- I live north of Columbus-- go Bucks........!

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    1. I would love that! :) Thanks for reading!

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  10. Just found your blog via thread on another great blog. I love it!! So inspiring and I am happy to find this just a day before my holiday starts so I can try some of your recipes. I need to stay sugar free and low carb because of my diabetes (and the attempt to stay off medication). Thanks again.

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    1. You are very welcome, and thanks for reading! I hope you have a great time on your holiday!

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  11. Hi Leeann-
    I'm wondering if you could write a blog post about the various sweeteners you use. Your recipes seem to use all kinds of different sweetener types, and I'm wondering what causes you to choose the ones you do. I have yet to find any practical sweetener comparison anywhere... they all just talk about the metabolic effect, and never discuss "best uses."

    Thank you for all the effort you share with us!!

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    1. Hi! Check the "support" tab on my blog (up at the top). I go over a list of ingredients that I use as well as what mechanisms they have. I include xylitol, erythritol and stevia. :)

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