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Happy New Year Everyone! Can you believe 2013 is over? I am so excited to see what 2014 has in store for us. One of my favorite parts of starting a new year is the fresh start. You kind of get to press the reset button & start anew by setting new goals & reflecting on the last year.

New Years is all about celebrating, setting & accomplishing goals. Going gluten free was one of our toughest but necessary goals  we were forced to set. Trying not to cheat, cut corners, or give in for a moments taste in return for a week of sickness, is/was one of the hardest things for us to do. We’re foodies for heavens sake!

I remember when I had this idea, I texted Bri & told her we should celebrate the fact that we had been gluten free for an entire year. This was a way to turn such a negative, devastating & difficult experience, into a positive & rewarding accomplishment that we could look forward to celebrating, every year. So we decided to recognize the day we went off gluten & dubbed it our Gluten-Free-Aversary. I was diagnosed sometime in September & Bri was diagnosed late October. So we compromised & met in the middle. Every year in early October we celebrate our Gluten-Free-Aversary.

The first year we went to Red Lobster & treated ourselves to a slice of their cheese cake. Have you had it yet? It’s crust-less (which in our opinion is better anyway) & served with fresh strawberries. YUM!

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This past year we had sushi at the restaurant Bri works at, Happy Sumo.  They have gluten free soy sauce on hand!


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We are looking forward to our third Gluten-Free-Aversary, this October. But in the mean time we set some new goals of our own.

1. Clean Eating. This is something we are usually pretty good at considering when we eat unhealthy, we feel sick. But the last three months of the year always gets in the way, so we are excited to get back into eating healthy again.

2. Exercising. We really need to be better about this one, this year. I love to run but I don’t like to run when it’s cold, so this time of year is not my favorite. So we have the P90X series so Colby & I get to do that from home, together. It’s been more challenging to exercise ever since we had Kaden. Bri LOVES Yoga so she is looking forward to get into a better, more consistent routine.

3. Avoiding getting glutened. This is something we have to work at every single day but it happened once or twice last year. Even though it seems we are as thorough  as you can be, it still happens. We would love to go an entire year without accidentally getting glutened.

4. Reach as many people as possible through this blog & bring the best information to you. We started this blog to help those that suffer from Celiac/Gluten Intolerance. Our goal is to unite us all together in a massive support group as we all make our way through a gluten free existence. We can’t wait to see how far we can take this.  We ask for & would greatly appreciate everyone helping us reach this goal this year.

Let us know your gluten/diet related resolutions for 2014.  Tell us how we can help you attain those goals so we can all have an amazing year.

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4 Responses

  1. I Will Come Home
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    Happy gluten free anniversary! I’m almost 2.5 years in! It’s tough but worth it! 🙂


    • Brooke
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      Thank you! Congrats to you too!!!

  2. MissCreARTiv
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    Happy GFA! 🙂
    I’m following you via Bloglovin and I am quite the “silent blog reading person” most of the time, but I gotta say: you girls rock! 🙂
    I know how it feels, when you have to change your whole way about food. I am pretty allergic to some things, among other things gluten and dairy products. I’ve been through an allergy to wheat and I couldn’t eat lactose, but last december the new test results said, I have to stop eating gluten and all of the dairy-based stuff for quite a while.
    I know, this is not like celiac disease, because there’s a small chance, the allergy will leave me be, but nevertheless I gotta change my food for at least 3-6 months.
    I’m “clean” for almost 2 weeks now and it feels pretty good actually. I know that there will be days, when I am craving for chocolate or cheese, but we’re gonna get through this 🙂

    Laura (MissCreARTiv)

    • Brooke
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      Wow thank you SO much!!! It’s comments like those that make running this whole thing, worth it! Thank you thank you!!! Congratulations on being clean for almost two weeks! The first little while is always the hardest!! We also had to go off dairy for a little while, when we were diagnosed. We were able to slowly add it back in and occasionally we still have a reaction to it so we have to be careful. Good luck & keep going! You WILL get through this! Thanks again for your comment and please stop by again!!


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