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.