My name is Kristy Shoemaker and I am Gluten Intolerant. My son Joey, who is 5, has Celiac Disease. Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are on the rise with the need for gluten-free products growing. With more and more diagnoses every day, people are increasingly seeking gluten-free food alternatives.
I was diagnosed with Lyme disease after developing Bells Palsy a few years ago. After taking all the medications I was still having a lot of issues, that’s when my doctor suggested that I cut out wheat, barley, oats and rye out of my diet. I thought it would be easy because I was already preparing gluten free meals for my son. Well it wasn’t that easy I was so used to the convenience of food, like fast food and such which I learned real quick that I couldn’t have anything from those types of places. It was hard at first to find something that tasted good, it didn’t bother Joey because that’s all he has ever eaten, but for me I knew what I was missing. So that is when I started reading cook books and experimenting with my recipes and making them gluten free. Let’s just say it’s been a long road for my husband for he was my official taster. Once I had a good recipe, “hubby approved”, I started serving these gluten free meals to guest and prepared them for family functions. Everyone was complementing me on the food and telling me that they really couldn’t tell the difference. That is when I decided I was going to start my own business called Gluten Free Yourself.
It was a long road to start my own business I took a lot of classes and attended a lot of webinars. I attended the WEB (Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore) program. I also attended some classes through the Small Business Association along with their wonderful webinars. I was then able to apply for my Maryland State License. I also received my ServSafe Certificate, and I am currently working on receiving my Gluten-Free Certification from the NFCA (National Foundation for Celiac Awareness).
It is my goal to bring families like mine who have members that have Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance a convenient way to have a delicious meal together that everyone will enjoy.