My Story… Or… Why I broke up with bagels, & pants are overrated.

KatieChef

Hi there, I’m Katie.  Nice to meet you!  Perhaps we’ve met before… Or (more than likely), perhaps you’re my mother.  In that case, nice to see you again (and Mom, I totally borrowed your red sweater).  But I digress…

I’ve decided to make this blog for a couple of reasons.  One is because my lovely social media friends/acquaintances, who’ve seen pictures of my food porn, have been asking for my recipes for a while.  I am incredibly flattered that folks want to make my food at home, and am more than happy to share my recipes, as well as some healthy gluten-free cooking tips.  The other reason I’ve joined the “bloggerati” is because I’ve just recently moved back to Texas (from NYC), and would like a way to share the experience of starting this new journey from scratch (Get it?).

I suppose this is the part where I explain my food dogma, rant about the evils of gluten, or promote [strict diet here] as the only way anyone should ever eat.  The problem is, I just don’t believe that’s true.  I believe that “healthy” looks many different ways to many different people… Some folks feel good eating Paleo, some folks feel good eating Vegan.  Some folks eat low-carb, and some folks eat anything that crosses their face orifice (I’m lookin’ at you, Hungry Hippos!).  I, myself, am gluten-free because I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease nearly four years ago.  When this happened, I pretty much had to let go of my mainstream work as a chef, as working with (or even around) flour became a no-go for me.  Now, I happily teach young children who are experiencing school for the first time, and absolutely love to share the adorably hilarious things they say.  In addition to being celiac, I also struggle with endocrine problems, like PCOS and Hypothyroidism.  Because of this, I like to keep my foods as close to their clean/whole form as possible.  What does that mean?  That means I eat what I consider to be “Palealmost.”  I eat mostly whole vegetables, fruits, grass-fed meats, and healthy fats.  I also, however, eat some whole, and often high-protein grains (like quinoa, buckwheat, and whole gluten-free oats), as well as some grass-fed dairy.  These items do not take up a large percentage of my diet, but I, personally, feel great eating them from time to time. Some of the recipes on this blog will contain these whole, gluten-free grains, but most of them can be easily made without any, at all.  Have fun with any changes you like!  I also maintain a pretty active lifestyle, doing some kind of exercise 5-6 times per week, and am an adamant proponent of the body positive movement.  I will fight tooth and nail against anyone who body shames someone else, regardless of their body type.  It saddens me when folks claim that they have a right to shame others in order to “motivate them to be healthy.”  Shame has absolutely no positive effect on someone’s health, and unless you are that person’s doctor, you have no idea how healthy they actually are.  It is my own personal opinion that when people do shame others for looking different from their personal idea of normal/healthy/beautiful, they are really acting out on their own insecurities.  But again, I digress…

There is one phrase that has come out of my mouth at least once every year since I started teaching nearly five years ago… “Where are your pants, [child’s name]??”  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, preschoolers love to run around without their clothes on.  It makes them blissfully happy.  It is therefore my job to explain to said students that this is a luxury only to be experienced at home.  And yes, dear readers, going pants-less has been a happy luxury to many of my young students.  There is something to be learned from this.  A preschooler inherently understands that they’re going to do what makes them happy, regardless of what anyone else thinks, simply because it makes them feel good.  It is my own hope that this blog, with its love-filled recipes, personal experiences and childhood quotes will be a source of joy for many.  Whether or not pants are your thing, I hope you will share (with me) some of life’s simple joys, from scratch.