My name is Jennifer. I’m a foodie, chef, runner, wife and mother of two teenage girls.
About 12 years ago, medical issues dictated I begin a gluten-free diet. I was devastated. I had just finished culinary school and established my own personal chef business (not catering to gluten-free clients). As a chef, this news meant a drastic change in my career, my life and my business at a time I was just finding my footing.
At first, I fought the change. I continued to cook for clients, tasting gluten food as I did, and even worked part-time in a restaurant where I constantly had to taste pasta dishes, pizzas, and all sorts of other foods I shouldn’t have been eating. Not surprisingly, I remained sick, I was in pain, and I gained about 30 lbs.
It was not smart, but I think I had to get worse to recognize I had no choice: I needed to get better.
Living Life in Balance
Eventually, I did switch my diet to gluten-free, hired a personal trainer to help drop the weight, and began a regular workout routine. After 12 weeks with my trainer, I was addicted to exercise and to feeling good.
Fast forward twelve years, I’m cooking and eating gluten-free, exercising, have taken up running, and I’m loving life. I’ve struggled with my health off and on, but exercise, eating well, meditation, and a positive attitude have landed me in a much healthier and happier place today.
And now, here I am, living free: cooking, having fun, staying fit, and making memories, gluten-free. My hope is that through Chef at Heart I can inspire others to find their own healthy balance in life.