We are all creative, ambitious, and passionate about something. It's great when we are able to let these qualities shine and share them with others.
But, sometimes our lives, situations, and conditions don't let us do that. So we feel invisible and our souls lost.
Since you are here, something tells me that you are looking for a different way to let those qualities shine, but maybe you....
Fortunately, if we find the right people, information, and tools, we learn to find ways to move beyond our situations and begin to share our true selves with the world and those around us.
The GF Peach's only purpose to help people find an outlet that allows it's readers to share and relate to the uniqueness and passions of all individuals. Through sharing our own experiences here, we are doing just that, and enabling others to do the same.
Hi there dear friends! I'm Dallas and I am thrilled that you have stumbled across my blog. I started The GF Peach mainly because writing about life feels good for my soul. Beyond that, I am passionate about reaching out and trying to help others who have invisible illnesses. Whether they are moms, dads or veterans with disabilities, who need workout motivation or gluten free meal ideas that are affordable, I am here for you.
I started my old blog, Got Celiac? as a creative outlet to deal with my health struggles a year before starting The GF Peach. But then I had to stop because I was going through many transitions and just needed to focus on my health and family. During that time, I really missed updating posts, but it made me realize that I caught the blogging bug.
So here I am blogging away.
After my family settled in to our new chapter in life, I prayed and thought about if blogging is something I should continue to do and...
The answer was YES!
My journey to this point has been a crazy one. Ultimately, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease, and Raynauds. It will definitely be one of the longer chapters in my book of life.
Simply put.... Its's because I have a Big Butt and I am proud of it!
Just kidding... well sort of. I actually do work really hard for my butt. Just check out my 15 minute workout videos.
PEACH really stands for....
Positively Encouraging Awareness & Creating Hope
I am truly passionate about the areas my blog covers. It was a pain in a** going through life when I began getting my symptoms (mind you that was right after I birthed my son). I felt alone on an island with my pain, and not having many resources to turn to didn't help.
With knowing that I will likely have several health complications and outrageous medical bills in the future, I began to worry about finances. Knowing that finances is the number 1 reason many family's and marriages break apart, I started figuring out how to save more, make more, and spend less.
My purpose in life is to serve through my faith and share that with my family. My husband and son. I am incredibly blessed and thankful to have a child. He makes every day worthwhile through putting on a smile and just living life. He is 3 now and he always asks "Mommy is this gluten free? I don’t want you to get sick." Every time he says that. it brings a tear and smile to my face. If you have strong faith, I strongly suggest you read (book), by , and use it as a guide for marriage and parenthood.
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease after blood and skin tests in 2014. While the diagnosis brought some comfort, I wanted to be better for my family. I was feeling like a failure as a young mother and wife. I was so fatigued that even the simplest tasks seem daunting. It was taking its toll on my physical abilities. So much so that my love for fitness was....
At the time, I was in the Army and it's a given that we are required to do physical training every morning. This training was so ME, something that I loved so much throughout my life and career. Sadly, this started becoming something I loathed. I am Air Assault qualified. A “PT Stud” as they called it. I absolutely loved working out. Having this passion turn into something I dreaded was so demoralizing and emotionally upsetting, I felt like part of me was taken away.
Of course, the answer for all Celiacs is to go on a completely Gluten Free diet.
But before I go any further...
I admit it. I was the woman who was naïve enough to believe that a gluten free diet was a complete fad (I realize now how indebted all celiacs are to the founding drivers of this fad) , not knowing there are many people with allergies and celiac disease. I quickly learned that Gluten Free is how we eat to live. With the support of my husband, I had my last piece of gluten filled pizza in February of 2015 and have not looked back since.
Of course, I have been glutened since then. Can’t count how many times things I was told were gluten free, turning out not to be (mostly restaurants or social events). Now I just have secret snacks hidden in my bag, husband’s pockets, or even in my clothes.
All in all, it took about 6 months for me to feel confident in my abilities to successfully navigate this wheat, barley, rye free way of life. And I am excited for the opportunity to share with you my many tips and stories of failure along the way. As well as delicious recipes and hacks I use to satisfy my tummy. Here's a little guidebook (LINKKKK) if you have recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, have a gluten allergy, or decided to go gluten free.
After being gluten free for about a year and a half, then getting diagnosed with fibromyalgia and raynaud's, I still struggled with fitness because of pain and fatigue. It has only been since 2017 that my drive and excitement for working out began to outweigh my pain and fatigue. Unfortunately, my knees have been limiting at times, but that is something I am working on.
Regardless, you can now find me back in the gym getting fit, improving my health, and growing my peach!
If these health conditions have taught me anything, it is to...
So now that you know more about me than most of my friends, where do you go from here? Well that depends of why you came here in the first place.
Maybe you're a bit like me and need a creative outlet, or maybe you love writing and talking about a subject you wish you could share with the world. Well here are some posts you can use to get started and get you growing your blog.
Thank you for creeping on me! and learning a little more about me, The GF Peach. If you want to know more and connect, just follow me on social media and I promise I will say "hi" back. Look forward to hearing from you soon.
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