My Journey

I sat in my high school auditorium listening to the powerful presentation, Rachel’s Challenge. Tears flowing from my eyes, thinking, “I have to do something different.” I was 15, depressed and had been dealing with medical issues that no doctor could figure out.

This, as Oprah calls it, was my first AH HA moment; a moment so significant that it inspires you to make a change in your life.

For years my family and friends told me to start a blog. They believed my story was special and my outlook on life was inspirational. I on the other hand, thought nothing of this, since overcoming adversity is something all too familiar to me. However, after years of undergoing a health challenge I began to realize it was during the most difficult moments that I learned how to truly embrace life.

At times we may not have control over the events in our life, but we have control of our attitude. 

After being diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity, I struggled emotionally. I was unhappy, fearful, and no longer engaging in my passion of baking. Something had to change! After some serious self-reflection, I decided I could no longer bottle up my emotions, and I needed to get back in the kitchen. I’m a self motivated individual, but I needed a little extra kick to get me going.  This is how Embrace G-Free was born.

As the weeks and months passed by, I began to heal, began to enjoy food, and discovered a new passion. As I continued to write my voice became stronger, I once again enjoyed family favorite recipes, challenged myself to try new things, and became empowered to share my story with the world.

Early on in my life I learned, life is not a straight path. It’s full of really big highs, and difficult lows.

When I started my blog in 2011, my sole purpose was to blog about my life being a gluten-free college student. However, as I continued on this blogging journey, I began to open up to my readers; the good and the bad. In the Spring of 2011, I struggled with a foot injury. The gym was off-limits so I turned to writing to help me de-stress. After once again visiting numerous doctors, in the Summer of 2011 I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome ( RSD/ CRPS). Though writing about this struggle was not in my plan, my battle with RSD/CRPS is something I have exposed my readers to.

After attending Nourished this Spring, I was inspired to redesign and develop Embrace G-free. Never in my life have I wanted to share my story more than I do now. As an individual studying to be a school counselor I am a “helper” by nature. I want to spare others from the years of misdiagnosis, and provide them with a site where they can find resources and recipes.

Embrace G-free is an expression of me.

A young, caring, determined, fun-loving, {gluten-free}, advocate, baker & aspiring counselor.  

I want to show the world gluten-free is delicious. I want my readers to learn how to be their best advocate, I want to empower people to live their best lives despite the challenges we may face, & in between it all, I want to continue to share my story.

Peace, Happiness & Good Health,

Candice, HS-BCP, M.S