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Hello Everyone!

My name is Alyssa and I was diagnosed with Celiac disease just over 4 years ago. It wasn’t much of a surprise to me as both of my sisters had already been diagnosed and it is a genetically inherited gene. In fact, check out these lucky genes!

-maternal uncle: ulcerative colitis

-maternal uncle: Crohn’s disease

-maternal aunt: collagenous colitis

Gee! I guess I lucked out with Celiac! All of these diseases affect the small intestine, but different regions. Celiac, for example, affects the cilia on the villi of the small intestine, whereas Chrones disease is located in the TI region of the small intestine (terminal illium). They are relatively close, and when you get tested for one or the other, they typically will take biopsies of both regions to make a diagnosis.

Ok, enough of the anatomy lesson!

I just married the love of my life, Jeff, almost 4 years ago, and married life is wonderful…minus the ocean that separated us!! A Colorado to Hawaii commute was not what most consider a typical first year of marriage.  Jeff is the most supportive, wonderful, loving and kind husband I could ever ask for.  He has been so supportive of me and the writing of this blog, and I certainly couldn’t do it without his support!!  I love you, Hubby!  We just recently relocated with the military to Dayton, Ohio (we are both in the Air Force) and are learning to love the Midwest (we are both sun-worshipers at heart!).  Feel free to send suggestions for fun things to do or places to see if you have any!

I have always been thin (thanks genetics!), but since my Celiac symptoms started, I had some serious food and slight depression issues. I just recently discovered a few food blogs that focus on clean and natural eating and also took a yoga nutrition class that opened my eyes to actually eating! Who knew that fat could be GOOD for you!  Within a few days of eating clean, I was able to lose about 5 lbs of water weight and just junk built up in my system! Not that I needed to lose weight, but up until that point, losing weight was not possible…I just couldn’t shake any poundage and always felt stopped up!  Not to mention the fact that I always had an insatiable craving for something, just couldn’t put my finger on it.  Now, I rarely crave much of anything and I feel that I eat a healthy balanced diet.  I’ve even found my cravings for wine to have decreased…something I always look forward to on Friday and Saturday nights has become more of a treat than a commonality.

I’m also doing my best to keep my foods as lean, balanced, and natural as possible.  You may see me eating a bit more of a Paleo diet than strictly gluten free, although, with the limitations I already have, I don’t like to follow any diet too closely.  Just because I’m eating Paleo for the most part doesn’t mean I won’t enjoy some brown rice, quinoa or straight up sugar if I feel like it!

I also love working out!  This past week, I had a revelation that I should probably rest a little more often.  That seems to be a chronic issue for me, but ever since I’ve religiously started cross-training, I haven’t been as tired nor as beaten up.  My workouts will be briefly summarized in my blog posts, but they vary between spinning, hot yoga, running, swimming and CrossFit/circuit training.

I am looking forward to sharing ideas, recipes, and meeting cool people!

Blog on!

Contact Info:

To contact me, either comment on my blog (I do my best to respond to every comment) or email me at:

alyssakeeter@gmail.com

You can also follow me on Twitter @glutenfreemuse 🙂

47 Comments leave one →
  1. Gail the technical proof reader permalink
    June 23, 2010 12:14 am

    Check the spelling of Mikey’s malady. I believe it’s “crohns disease”. I’m off to VT in the AM. Keep blogging. Love, Gail

    • June 23, 2010 2:06 am

      I believe you are correct, Gail! Thanks for the proofing 🙂 Safe trip to VT, give Uncle JJ a kiss for me, and don’t let him fight you on it!

      Love,
      Alyssa

  2. carascravings permalink
    July 11, 2010 8:30 am

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I am happy that it brought me to yours!
    I am looking forward to reading your recipes, they all look great!

    • July 11, 2010 3:09 pm

      Cara,

      Thanks so much for the reply post! So great to read your blog and see your side of things 🙂 Please frequent often and I will do the same!

      ~Alyssa

  3. July 11, 2010 1:35 pm

    Hey, Alyssa! Thanks for the comment on my blog! I’m so glad you commented because now I’m aware of yours! Your story is inspiring and I’m looking forward to being kept up-to-date. Have a wonderful weekend, girl! 🙂

    • July 11, 2010 3:05 pm

      Courtney,

      Thanks so much for the reply post! I love making connections with other bloggers. We all have so much great insight to share!

      Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

      ~Alyssa

  4. July 11, 2010 6:43 pm

    Alyssa – in response to the comment you left on my blog, you can get the tofuXpress here: http://amzn.to/tofuXpress

    Enjoy it! It makes drying out Tofu a breeze! 🙂

    • July 11, 2010 7:32 pm

      Jess,

      Thanks so much! I will have to check it out and possibly invest in one! Thanks for the reply!

      ~Alyssa

  5. July 15, 2010 1:40 am

    Hi gorgeous! I just now read your about me page… I want to make some delish gluten free recipes just for you!

    • July 15, 2010 1:45 am

      Lauren,

      I would love to see some of your GF recipes 🙂 It is usually pretty easy to switch out “glutenous” ingredients for GF ones, so I would love to see what you come up with!!

      ~Alyssa

  6. spoonfulofsugarfree permalink
    July 20, 2010 9:40 pm

    Hey! Thanks for your comment because it made me visit your blog-which I totally LOVE! Seriously, your stories and recipes are amazing! I can’t wait to read more!

    And I would love to hear about FSU and any other colleges you could tell me about! I’m always searching for more info on colleges! Thanks so much for your offer!

    • July 20, 2010 10:19 pm

      Spoonful of Sugarfree,

      Glad you came to visit! I grew up in Central Florida, so all schools Florida I have pretty good knowledge about! Let me know what your specific questions are on FSU and I’ll get you some answers 🙂 Welcome to GF Muse!

      ~Alyssa

  7. July 21, 2010 7:08 pm

    Great blog, I look forward to more of your posts!

    • July 21, 2010 7:12 pm

      Jennie,

      Thanks for visiting!! So glad you enjoy the blog 🙂 Yours is quite fantastic as well!

      ~Alyssa

  8. ashley hardt permalink
    July 26, 2010 2:07 am

    Oh my gosh Alyssa! This website you made is AWESOME! I was looking through some of the recipes, and dang girl, you are rockin it!!! It is amazing some of the recipes you are coming up with:) Im lovin it!!! Keep up the great work, it looks like you are one clean eatin woman!!!

    • July 26, 2010 2:39 am

      Ashley!!!

      Thanks so much for looking at the blog! It is really my passion right about now 🙂 So glad you could be able to enjoy it! Let me know if you try any of the recipes 🙂

      ~Alyssa

  9. ashley hardt permalink
    July 26, 2010 3:11 am

    Will do! Im down in Biloxi right now, but I have might Blendtec, so I will be making a lot of green monster smoothies:)

    • July 26, 2010 3:40 am

      You will certainly love them 🙂 Make you feel all fresh and clean! Have fun in Biloxi 🙂 Good times there!

      ~Alyssa

  10. August 7, 2010 12:16 pm

    I just read this page for a second time and caught your comment on eating fat.
    Oh Em Gee….when I started eating lots of healthy fats, so many good changes happened-I wasn’t chronically constipated, my skin wasn’t so dry,I could get fuller faster, and I enjoyed my food more.
    Long live healthy fats!! 🙂

  11. August 20, 2010 12:53 am

    Nice to meet you! You are so beautiful! I have a slight wheat intolerance so I try to stay away from wheat, so maybe we can give each other ideas!

    • August 20, 2010 12:56 am

      April, for sure! So nice to meet you too! You’re completely inspirational! I love your meals, still creative, yet clean and healthy 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

  12. Christine permalink
    August 31, 2010 1:34 am

    Crohn’s disease can be anywhere in the digestive tract, from mouth to anus (it is NOT just in the small intestine).
    Anyways, I’m trying to eat gluten free as well, so keep up the good blog work! Always interesting to see what someone with food intolerances does to keep a balanced diet.

    • August 31, 2010 1:57 am

      Christine,

      Thanks for clarifying! I know that when they tested me for Crohn’s, it was in the TI (terminal ilium), so I assumed that was the affected area. Good to know it is more extensive than that.

      Welcome to GF Muse! Seems like you have a lot of good advice to offer 🙂 Look forward to hearing from you again!

      ~Alyssa

      • Christine permalink
        August 31, 2010 3:15 pm

        My crohn’s is in the terminal ileum to be honest! Just thought I’d clear it up. I was tested for celiac as well (negative) but through allergy testing at my Naturopaths I’ve uncovered a “gluten sensitivity”. Crohn’s is so weird though, some days I can eat whatever I want without a stomach ache and sometimes I can’t even keep down is water so who knows!
        Anyways good luck with your blog! It’s awesome so far.

      • August 31, 2010 3:20 pm

        Christine, good to know I wasn’t entirely wrong 🙂 I am a believer that any and all intestinal ailments are interconnected. I think it is sometimes hard to diagnose someone with just one. I am lucky to not have Crohn’s, but there are times that I am almost positive I have something other than Celiac (although I was super duper positive). You can try a clean eating/testing diet and test all of your allergens…I failed at this, but know how I feel during the day. Some allergies present themselves traditionally (rashes, stomach pain, etc.), but others are in the form of exhaustion, pimples, sore throats, etc. Hard to pin point exactly unless you can do an allergy testing phase.

        My uncle has Crohn’s and on days when he is not feeling well, he reverts to his boiled chicken/brown rice diet. That seems to calm his tract down quite a bit. What works for you?

        Thanks for the sweet compliment! Hope you continue to visit and enjoy it!

        ~Alyssa

  13. September 14, 2010 8:49 pm

    hi! thanks for commenting on my blog and bringing me to you! congratulations, happy newly weds!!

    wow, you probably have to be super cautious of what you eat than most of us! so many foods out there incl wheat and gluten, etc! even in medicines!

    the pictures of you and your hubby are so pretty and handsome (:

    • September 14, 2010 9:26 pm

      Thanks, Cupcake! I thoroughly enjoyed yours as well 🙂 Look forward to exchanging reads with you!

      ~Alyssa

  14. October 13, 2010 11:13 am

    This is so great! I actually have tons of Celiac friends so I’ll pass your blog along to them too!

    • October 13, 2010 5:16 pm

      Thanks so much!! All of my meals and recipes are GF, so it is a great source for food that is allergen free! I’ve actually been able to heal my cilia through my diet, so i’m proof it works! Thanks for visiting!

  15. November 15, 2010 8:50 am

    Hi Alyssa! It was so great meeting you at the Foodbuzz Festival last weekend 🙂 I just got a chance to look through your blog and I love it! I have always been into healthy eating / whole foods (and I’m vegetarian) – but recently I’ve had to make the switch to gluten free because of a stomach infection. I’m really looking forward to trying out some of the recipes on your blog (I already added you to my Google reader so I can follow your posts 🙂 ). Hope you had a great weekend, and definitely stay in touch! I’m on Twitter @pickyeaterblog 🙂 Talk to you soon!

    • November 15, 2010 3:51 pm

      Thanks for touching base! I hope some of my creations make it easier for you to go Gf!! Great meeting you too! Keep in touch!

  16. Jennifer permalink
    November 29, 2010 11:09 am

    I was researching some recipe ideas and came across your blog. I love it! Thanks for sharing with all of us. I was diagnosed over a year ago with Lupus. My latest round of tests were not good. The doctor suggested I eat a cleaner diet. I have also been having some digestive issues so on the advice of a friend I started eating Gluten Free on 11/09/10. I am happy to say I no longer have any pain after eating like I did before! I thought it would be difficult to find recipes that I could make for my entire family (I am married and we have four children). Thanks to blogs I have found some great recipes that everyone loves! Can’t wait to start making the recipes you already have listed and the ones you will post in the future!

    • November 29, 2010 6:13 pm

      Jennifer, so glad you found my site! Let me know if you have any specific questions!

      • Jennifer permalink
        November 29, 2010 6:15 pm

        Oh and wanted to add Agrofarma (the company who makes Chobani) is located in the town we live in!! I love their yogurt.

  17. Stephanie Hirst permalink
    March 4, 2011 12:56 am

    Hello miss Alyssa,
    I’m so glad I wandered onto your page trying to avoid homework… I am having my own mini food revolution right now and really struggling with somethings, one of which is fat. Is almond butter your main go to fat? How much do you have/day? I love peanut butter but can’t seem to go moderate, I either don’t have any or convince myself it’s ok and end up over doing it…
    Anyway, great blog and website, good luck with all the eating and training.
    Stephanie

    • March 4, 2011 2:18 am

      Steph!!! I hear you won’t be a Hirst much longer 🙂 congrats!!! I went through that phase as well. In fact I wouldn’t even keep it in the house!! All I can say is make sure you try to vary your fats…avocado, red meats, salmon, raw nuts, etc. I used to eat very little fat…nut butters only so I was constantly craving craving it. Also, I measure my intake now. I try to not exceed one serving a day whether in butter form or raw nuts.

      Those are the tips that worked for me! Let me know if they work for you!!

  18. July 8, 2011 12:56 am

    I met your Sister, Rachel, today up in Breckenridge hiking; and come to find out we both had ran the Breck 10k trail run on Monday; and we both eat similiar. Big difference….our ages. 😉

    She blessed me with your blog, and I’d like to share mine with you.

    • July 8, 2011 1:36 am

      Hi Yolanda! Funny thing, I just spoke with Rachel and she mentioned you 🙂 thanks for checking my site out! I’ll have to swing by yours!

  19. February 27, 2013 4:11 pm

    I didn’t know you’re in Dayton! My dad is from Dayton and my stepdad is from Yellow Springs. My mom met both of them when she went to Antioch. I actually lived in Yellow Springs briefly after college. How are you liking the area?

    • February 27, 2013 5:25 pm

      Hi Iris!! Very cool 🙂 I love Yellow Springs as it reminds me of one of my favorite places from Colorado. The area is nice and I’m doing my best to really immerse myself in the community and people. The mountains of Colorado were stunning, but Dayton has a ton of natural beauty as well. You just have to search for it! The dreary winters are a bit getting used to, but nothing a little vitamin d won’t fix:-). If you ever come back to visit, I’d love to meet you!!

  20. Penni Winston permalink
    March 19, 2013 7:56 am

    Missing your smiling face and peering over your shoulder to check out your b/l/snack choices! In fact, that is why I am checking out your blog again to see what healthier eating habits I can adopt. Tell everyone, I am back on the challenge. Did Cross Fit workout last night with the about 60 others. The entire workout was 20 minutes but, kicked my butt!!!! Your cross fit session(s) made me “tender” the next day but, not feeling any tenderness at this moment. Maybe tomorrow will bring some burn. Looking forward to coming back slimmer and heatlhier.
    Penni

    • March 19, 2013 9:04 am

      Glad you made it alright and great to hear from you!! I’m so excited to see the “new you” when you get back! Keep up the great work 🙂

  21. February 5, 2014 11:51 pm

    Hey Alyssa,

    I am a Casting Producer with ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss and would love for you to share with your readers and the blog world about our upcoming casting call in Denver, CO on Feb. 15th, 2014. Anyone interested can apply online at http://www.extremeweightlosscasting.com and come to our open call at Anschutz Health and Wellness Center anytime between 10am-4pm on February 15th! Email me at seabercasting@gmail.com with more info and I hope to hear from you soon!

  22. Michelle permalink
    April 23, 2014 11:12 pm

    Alyssa,

    Truly inspiring! Where do I begin. . .? I came across your blog as it was in association with a search I was conducting on The Coquette Creperie in Colorado Springs. I was diagnosed with Celiac almost 10 years ago when it was relatively new, at least the commonplace diagnosis was. I am 27 years old and have noticed an astonishing difference in my symptoms in the last year or so. I have had so much difficulty, even with eating out in a pretty gluten-free friendly city and have felt worse and worse. It even got to the point recently that my fiance began to cry and look at me hopelessly as I nodded off (seems to be one of the biggest symptoms) after being “glutened” at a restaurant. So, I went on the search for others who are proactive in their diagnosis and I thank you for educating others. Please continue to post recipes and more about your experiences as it was exactly what I needed to find today!

    • April 23, 2014 11:21 pm

      Michelle, thanks for stopping by!! It’s been a while since I’ve written a post but I’m getting back to it!! Glad to know my experience was what you needed to hear 🙂 it can certainly be difficult eating out, but hopefully you can find a few safe places that you can enjoy!!! Good luck to you 🙂

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