Hi Gluten-Free Readers!
As the new marketing coordinator for Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery, I am excited to have the opportunity to provide Rudi’s fans with loads of great stories and recipes on our Gluten-Free blog!
I am a 2012 graduate from Middlebury College; a small, outdoorsy liberal arts college located in Vermont. However, I spent the vast majority of my life growing up in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. I moved Boulder because I recognized that it is a community extensively involved within the organic and gluten-free industries. Additionally, as an avid skier and outdoorsman, Boulder seemed to perfectly accommodate my lifestyle.
Eating healthy, tasty food is a defining factor of my life. My parents’ outlook on food has played a major role in keeping my family together. Regardless of their busy work schedules, Mom and Dad always found time to organize and make family dinners on a nightly basis. In order to accomplish this task, they incorporated their children to contribute to the dinner-making process. Whether it was peeling garlic, chopping onions or washing dishes, my brother and I worked aside my parents as their nightly “prep cooks.” Cooking at home is great from the perspective of the “health-nut” parent because my Mom and Dad knew exactly what their kids were eating. But, most of all, it was an excellent way for us to spend time together.
In 2010, my parents drastically changed their lives by deciding to live on a sailboat for three years. During our time away from school, my brother and I helped our parents crew the boat throughout the South Pacific, Indian and Southeast Asian Oceans. We have sailed around the coastal regions of New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
Most of the regions we have sailed through are very remote forcing us to become completely self-sufficient for food, water, and power. Because wheat products are hard to keep fresh and even harder to make on a sailboat in tropical regions, we were forced to eat Gluten-Free. In fact, this ended up being a blessing in disguise for all of us, especially my father (The Captain)! Celiac disease is no doubt a very serious issue for many Americans that must be taken with the utmost consideration. Although no one in my immediate family is diagnosed with Celiac disease, it is truly remarkable how much better we feel with Gluten-Free nutrition! Since he has been living on the sailboat Gluten-Free, my Dad has experienced healthy weight-loss, a drastic increase in energy and an absence of headaches, seasonal allergies and digestive irritations! Having a happy Gluten-Free Captain has fostered a much more wonderful experience the First Mate (Mom) and the Crew (my brother and I).
I am very excited about the future of America’s Gluten-Free awareness. That being said, without a doubt, there is still room for vast improvement amongst the scope and quality of Gluten-Free food and drink. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to raise Gluten-Free and Celiac awareness through the Rudi’s Gluten-Free brand. I cannot wait to contribute an array of Gluten-Free recipe and lifestyle blogposts. More importantly, I look forward to receiving feedback from readers, which will significantly foster my understanding of Celiac disease and the Gluten-Free lifestyle!