Top 10 Reasons For Going Gluten-Free

Top 10 Reasons For Going Gluten-Free

Let’s start this off by saying one thing: Whatever your reason for being gluten-free, you are welcome here. Mine is not to judge. Mine is to help, through blog & cookbook (have a copy? what are you waiting for?). And if anyone in your life doesn’t support your gluten-free-ness, that’s their agenda at work. Not yours.

Except, maybe I might judge #10 just a wee little bit.

1. You have celiac disease.

2. Your loved one is gluten-free. Solidarity!

3. You have or your child has an autism spectrum disorder.

4. You just feel better since you cut out gluten.

5. No one should eat gluten. Cavemen didn’t eat it!

6. You went to a naturopath who told you, cut out the gluten and your health problems would go away.

7. You have another auto-immune disease, like Crohn’s Disease, that responds well to a diet free of gluten (among other things).

8. You’re allergic to wheat.

9. You have had fertility problems.

10. Because Gwyneth Paltrow is gluten-free.

Why are you gluten-free?


P.S. Whatever your reason, My Cookbook would be a big help. Pick up a copy!


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  • July 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Hey there! I’m so glad I found you!

    Why am I gluten free? Well, that’s a long story but to make it short, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia after many, many tests and other things being ruled out.

    Then a year later was told I had Celiac Disease. I will be going back to the doctor now that I’ve moved 7 hours away from where I grew up because I’m not so sure that is the correct diagnosis…although I think a gluten intolerance would be better describing it.

    As for Gwyneth is concerned…well…I have no words…lol!

    But thanks for your website!

    • July 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      Glad you found me, too, Kim. I hope you get to the bottom of your health concerns!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Chris
    July 30, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Wow, Nancy…..maybe you need to find a new doctor!?!

    I’m here to admit I was stupid a few weeks ago…went back to “a little” gluten at breakfast each day for about a week. I have permanently learned my lesson now. My mood swings started to bother ME, I didn’t even ask what it was doing to my family. I couldn’t stand myself! I also noticed an acne flair like I haven’t experienced in years. I hadn’t made that connection before now; and then, here in the comments, I see others with this issue, too! It can be a strange type of comfort to read all these comments and I find myself doing that more and more and more. I can only imagine how you (Nicole) must feel to read them! Your wonderful recipes are only “the tip of the iceberg” of all the GOOD you provide your readers. I think you just can’t ever give this up!!! You do more for “us” than you will ever ever know!!!!! THANK YOU

    • July 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      Hey, thanks, Chris. That kinda made me blush, even. I hope I am able to help, if even a wee little bit. It’s my pleasure, truly. I agree that reading comments on posts like this is some sort of comfort, but I’m not entirely sure what. Maybe it just helps soothe the existential angst we all have when we think maybe we’re alone and then find out we’re really not.
      xoxo Nicole

  • Nancy
    July 28, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    #5, #9 and possibly #7…I was diagnosed with hypothyroid in 1989 and my doctoe steadfastly refuses to test me for Hashimoto’s. I have also had numerous stomach and intestinal issues for many years, and went through menopause at the age of 30 (I’m 47). My doctor said it’s probably IBS, but now I know it’s likely a gluten issue, as I also have several celiac symptoms. Again, my doc won’t test me. I’m thinking that going GF is making more and more sense.

  • Kelly
    July 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    My daughter has Celiac and my son has latent celiac. We decided the whole family would go GF after they were diagnosed and lo, and behold, my son’s long, drawn out, super dramatic tantrums all but disappeared! We had been planning on letting him eat gluten when at school, etc. but it’s just not worth it!

    I love your blog, recipes and emails, Nicole. Keep them coming! :)

  • July 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    #2 – My husband is gluten free because he is very gluten intolerant. So we cook gluten free in our home (and I try to bake sometimes too)!

  • July 27, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    I went gluten-free 7 months ago to try to help alleviate some of my chronic disease otherwise known as IC. I am so glad I found your site surfing the net today, because I have a frugal blog as well as my chronic illness blog.

    I love saving money, and going gluten-free has helped me to feel SO much better!

  • Stephanie
    July 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    #4 and #6 Went to a Chiro in my teens who recommended my family try it (my mom is also gluten free). Tried it but HATED the gluten free cardboard back then. Plus I lived on spaghetti and toast. But when I went to college, I came to the realization that I actually felt better with the gluten free diet. For almost six years, I have been fully gluten free. One of my biggest challenges has been educating friends and family. Once my mother in law fixed a great enchilada dinner, complete with corn tortillas for me. It was only later that she remembered she had thickened the sauce with flour! Since then, she has learned about label reading and how to substitute in her recipes. With the support of my family and friends and more delicious options, I can enjoy life without my tummy hurting :) Thank you Nicole for your great blog and recipes!

  • Gail
    July 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    My family hid the fact that it was in the family, I went through a series of medical problems and I was tested. I have been gluten free for over a year and no meds anymore, and I feel great.

  • July 27, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I am gluten-free because I simply feel better. Less headaches, and helps a bit with the thyroid auto-immune stuff I pretend not to have. :-)
    I also wanted to let you know I name-dropped you and your cookbook…AND your fabulous coffee cake. Would have posted there , but it’s an old post and comments are now closed.
    I don’t comment often (I read a TON of blogs every day!)…but your blog is one of my favorite G-free baking blogs for sure. I don’t use Better Batter very often, but my own mix has worked wonderfully in several of your recipes, which are super creative. Who else blogs about making popular cereals from scratch??
    Trish xx

  • Niki
    July 27, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Numbers 1, 2, 4 & 5 for me. I’m sorry for anyone who falls into the number 10 group bc I’m afraid I would have to be all kinds of judge-y! ;-) I get very frustrated by the fad dieters; in some ways it’s better (more options in the store) but in other ways it’s worse (less care taken by wait staff and/or cooks or chefs in restaurants). It’s a double edged sword!

  • July 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    #2, because my four year old daughter has celiac. This blog and your book have been a huge gift for our whole family! A few examples: My husband who “doesn’t eat granola” is devouring your maple almond granola like a madman (I understand why you hoard it!), and my daughter wanted vanilla chocolate chip cupcakes so we made your delish blondie cupcakes (from the cookbook) this morning when a rainstorm ruined our playground plans. Who knows what treat tomorrow will bring. Thanks Nicole!

  • Pam G
    July 26, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    LOML Scott…and I feel better since I’ve done the same.

  • July 26, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    I went GF because I felt like I was digesting knives at one point of my life. One Chiro said to try going GF, it may also help you lose weight. (That’s always incentive to try!) My endometriosis pains went away within a month of going GF! And I was at level 20 (on a scale of 1-10) before I went off gluten. I”ll never go back to wheat again! :D
    Love the website and drooling over the recipes. ;-)

  • Reg
    July 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    I have had horrible sinus and skin allergies for years and went on GF diet to help that. Ironically 6 weeks later my daughters biopsy confirmed celiac after we had her tested for tummy aches and extreme hunger (I thought it was dairy). Turns out my husband who thought he just had IBS and my mother in law have it too. Since going GF, I haven’t had to use asthma medicine in 18 months and my daughters tummy aches are far less frequent! For life…not for fad.

  • July 26, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    I had tummy problems for years, and I noticed one day after eating GF at a friends house that I felt slightly better. After a terrible day when I had a whole wheat pancake for breakfast, I decided to go GF. While I have many symptoms that match Celiacs, I never got tested so I have no idea if it is Celiacs or a gluten intolerance. I had already cut out the gluten when I found out you have to keep eating it for the blood test to be somewhat accurate (I read somewhere that there are false negatives all the time). Plus I already went through the trouble of being diagnosed for one hard to diagnose disorder, I didn’t want to go through that again.

    Plus it helps my fibromyalgia, my pain is less, and I have more energy. If I get even a small amount of gluten from cross contamination, my fatigue and tummy symptoms all come back with a vengance. Its changed my life for the better :)

  • mish
    July 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    My older son has celiac disease and I am gluten intolerant. We shall see about my younger son. My husband is sure hoping for someone to eat gluten with :)

  • Karen
    July 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    #6 sort of. My family doctor combines alternative medicine with traditional medicine. I had digestive issues and she recommended a food intolerance test. There were quite a few foods that showed on the results but my bad boys are gluten, dairy and eggs. In addition to fixing the digestive issues (that all of the antacids in the world could not make a dent), I also have less joint pain.

  • Patti
    July 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    By the way Nicole, really cute kid!!

  • Kim
    July 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    I have several reasons. I have had skin/allergy problems my entire life. My sister-in-law had a bad bout of some unidentified autoimmune illness 2 years ago. She looked at my arms (which were covered in sores from scratching) and said I should try going gluten free. It freaked me out. I took the plunge when my son was just over a month old. He had baby acne really bad. The day I went off gluten, it disappeared (I was exclusively nursing). That sold me.
    I have been completely gluten free for almost 2 years (minus some accidents). I sleep better. My allergies are better. My skin is better. I am not as sick. I would get 3 to 4 serious sinus infections a year. Since going of gluten, I have had 1. Best decision I have ever made.

  • Kristi
    July 26, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Great topic! I am a 2, 4, 7 and 9. Number 10 made me laugh! However, number 2 is what sent me GF. My daughter is classified as Non Celiac Gluten Intolerant (NCGI). She reacts terribly if she ingests it. We went GF as of January after 12 years of trying to figure out what was making her so ill. I have to say that the first three months of GF were a blur. My baking is coming together because of this site and your book. Actually it is all falling in place now.


  • July 26, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    #8. :D

  • carol
    July 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I have crohns disease and was gaining too much weight. (I aman outlier i guess.) Thisvis my first step to going on a low carb/low glycemic index diet. My GI says it cant hurt. I feel somewhat better after two weeks.

  • Anne
    July 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    #2 and #11 (which isn’t on your list, but I’m calling it “Other”). My husband is gluten-sensitive (#2), and while I was off gluten with him for the first month, the acne I’ve had since I was a teen (about 25 years!) cleared up! I’ve read that many scientists say there’s not a direct connection with gluten and acne problems, but my experience says otherwise. When I’ve cheated, the acne flares up again, so if it’s not gluten that’s causing it, I don’t know what the coincidence is!

  • Nicole
    July 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    We decided to try going GF this winter. My husband and youngest daughter have IBS. My daughter had been having increasingly frequent attacks of pain. She’d be doubled over-it was awful. My husband said the same thing would happen to him when he was a kid. The blood tests for CD were negative, but cutting out wheat seemed worth a try. They both say they’ve never felt better. My daughter has had only 2 attacks in 6 months. She says she’ll never go back. At 13 it’s kind of hard but she knows what she can and can’t eat and is very responsible. People around us have been very supportive.

  • Trina
    July 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    #6 and #7. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Hashimotos three years ago.

  • Kristi
    July 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    # 2, my sweet boy has Celiac.

  • July 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    I’m a #4. I started having tummy troubles a few years back, and could never decide what caused them. Sometimes some foods did, sometimes the same foods didn’t. I had lots of tests, which ended up with a diagnosis of IBS, which is doctor-speak for “we don’t know”, and the usual “you’re just going to have to live with it” attitude. After trying other things on my own, I finally decided to go gluten free, and have been at it for a couple of months now. While I still have a few trigger foods, overall I’m much better, having way fewer bad days. I also feel a helluva lot better in general now than I have for years. I actually have energy, don’t feel somewhat depressed a lot of days, and feel like I can still enjoy good food. I’m glad to have found your blog!

    • July 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      It galls me, Holly, that “IBS” is even considered a diagnosis. It’s a doctor’s cop out, pure and simple. Good for you for taking matters of health into your own hands. I’m glad you found my blog, too!
      xoxo Nicole

      • July 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        I had the same problems with my dr, so I went G Free on my own!!

      • Kristi
        July 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        IBS: I Be Stumped

      • Daisy
        July 28, 2012 at 5:47 PM

        I had multiple doctors tell me IBS, and spent 15 years not eating seeds, nuts, popcorn, etc. (but eating toast and crackers to combat my nausea and vomiting, yeah, that helped!). Of course, no gastroenterologist ever tested me for celiac or allergies/sensitivity to wheat. Finally, when it got unbearable (lost 10 pounds in a month because I could not keep anything down), I kept a food diary and self diagnosed-the night I ate homemade wheat bread with extra wheat gluten (!), I thought I was going to have to go to the emergency room, the pain was so bad. I finally saw a specialist who knew just from my medical records that it must be wheat/gluten-one quote that a previous doctor wrote down was that I had stomach pain after drinking beer but not wine. Apparently, he didn’t make the connection. Anyway, I feel 100% better 18 months gluten free, and I have never intentionally cheated, because the pain was too bad. Also, no more vertigo or hives, which I never connected to the stomach issues until they disappeared.

    • Patti
      July 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      Me too on the IBS. Received that lovely diagnosis like 20 years ago. Wow. Anyway, got really sick last year & it lasted for months. Started getting migraines, extremely lethargic and just plain yuk. Numerous tests run with various docs & specialists. Everything came back negative. Daughter said, “Mom, try changing your diet. Cut out gluten.” Felt better in just a few days. It took a month or longer for the “fuzzy head” feeling to go away, but it did and has not returned. Now feel better than I ever have!

      I have had people tell me that maybe I could start start eating gluten again and I would be ok. NO. NO. And again NO. Why would I go back? This diet works for me. Funny thing is, hubby has joined me. He swore he could never give up his bread, but he has because it is never around. He doesn’t seem to miss it. I cook/bake some pretty darn good things. Much of it thanks to you Nicole!

  • Nicoly
    July 26, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    I went gluten free a year and half ago with the (shocking) diagnosis of Celiac disease. I say shocking because I didn’t fit the Celiac bill so to speak. Instead of being underweight and malnourished, I was overweight and malnourished. I thought going off gluten would solve my weight problem. Wrong, I actually find it extremely difficult to lose weight. My numbers were off the charts and consequently I am severely sensitive. Cross contamination is the death of me. I’ve had both my kids tested and so far they are negative and asymptomatic so my family is only partially GF. It is hard to enforce with kids if you don’t have to. I’ve considered taking them off of gluten entirely but worry that their system will get used to it and then if they consume any they will start getting sick and it is so hard to monitor their food intake at school etc. I’m hoping that being on an extremely reduced gluten diet will stave away that Celiac gene. I still bake for special occasions to rave review of my NON gluten free friends and family. Made Nicole’s banana bread last night for my family and it is already gone. I’m curious what other people’s symptoms are when “glutened”…I’m finally starting to notice a pattern with mine and wondering if it’s normal or unique to me.

  • Rona
    July 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    #4. Nothing’s been diagnosed, but I found dropping gluten REALLY helped my intestines function better. Now if I could just drop stress too!

  • Lindsay
    July 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    I have Tourette’s and have been told that going Gluten-free can reduce tics. My husband and I are going Gluten-free on August 1st (we are currently finishing up all of our Gluten products). I’ve also heard that eliminating Gluten from the diet can help with weight loss, which would benefit both of us.

    • July 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      I didn’t set out to lose weight, but since I now read the labels, I have lost weight!!

  • Ligea
    July 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    #’s 1, 4, 6 & 7 (overachiever #2 ;-) ). My hubby is (mostly) a #2. Donna T, I’ve had the same experience when people find out I eat GF – the funny thing is I can’t figure out who would “want” to just go GF. Though Nicole and others make it fantastically delicious and help us overcome the trials and errors of GF living, it’s still way more expensive than using gluten-containing ingredients.

    • July 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      It is expensive but man do I love gluten-free pastries. Ener-G makes the best GF donut holes… and gluten free bagels? Oh man, I could live on them.

  • July 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    We decided to go Gluten Free after I attended a taping of The Revolution, that featured Elisabeth Hasselbeck and her experiences with Celiacs Disease. I’m not saying I have Celiacs, however I have experienced many of the symptoms of the disease for years, and so has my Daughter. My wife Liz has Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, and I have heard many times, that a Gluten Free Diet may benefit some MS Sufferers. So we, as a couple decided to “Try” it on February 22, 2012. I quoted “Try” because we have, in fact gone almost 100% G Free since we started. To our surprise, we have actually Enjoyed every morsel of what we have made and eaten. Through our experience making Amazing dishes, and the vast resource of the Internet, we feel we are both well on our way to a healthier lifestyle. The Irony of it all, is that we made this Leap to “Restart” our lives 20 years to the day that we took our 1st date!

  • July 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    I am GF because I have celiac disease. Was diagnosed 6.5 years ago. Felt better within one week – would never go back! (Even though some days, I really want to give in to a craving.)

    I have also had infertility problems (PCOS)…we tried for the past 2 years to get pregnant and FINALLY are expecting our 1st baby (due mid-February 2013). Hooray! It’s never been said that there’s a connection (for me) between celiac disease and infertility, but I suspect there is some sort of connection. We even tried some medications to no avail – and finally just got the surprise of our lives about 7 weeks ago!

    • Nicoly
      July 26, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      I was diagnosed with PCOS 8 years ago and then Celiac 1 1/2 years ago. I had 1 miscarriage before my son was conceived and another in the year before I was diagnosed with Celiac (at 12 weeks – the baby just quit growing) I know there is a link between the two. Congrats on your pregnancy! You will love being a Mama!

    • July 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      Oh, wow, congratulations, Emily!!! I’m so excited for you! There is a well-documented connection between celiac disease and infertility. I can’t believe your doctor never mentioned that to you. No mind, though. You’re on your way! I’m truly thrilled for you. What an exciting time.
      xoxo Nicole

  • July 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    I’m gluten free because I have chronic Lyme Disease and I just feel better off of it! It’s really amazing what a single change like cutting out something from your diet can do for you :)

    • July 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      So interesting, Kayla. Glad you’re feeling well!
      xoxo Nicole

  • July 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    #2. I am not 100% gluten-free myself, but since it’s just me and the husband (who is celiac), I’m not going to cook two different meals. That would be insane. Love your cookbook, it’s making a baker out of this non-baker. Haven’t done much lately cuz down here in Texas turning on the oven in the summer months is asking for your skin to melt off. But we’ve loved the popovers, tortillas, and buttermilk biscuits. Delicious!

    • July 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Oh, Texas, that hot hot state. I don’t blame you, Stephanie, for not wanting to turn on your oven. Thank you so much for your support in buying the cookbook. It really means a lot to me. You’re a baker! I think it’s crazy to make separate meals, too, and one of my goals is for people to realize that, if they’re doing that because of cost, they shouldn’t have to. Cheers!
      xoxo Nicole

  • July 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    I first considered dropping gluten when I heard about the neurological side effects of a gluten allergy- like depression, anxiety, and “causeless rages”. I’ve also had two miscarriages- and I’m only 28, with no history of fertility problems in the family (my mother/sisters never had problems.) I’m so glad I found your website because I am going to be doing gluten free on a shoestring at a time when I haven’t been able to afford my own food for over a year. I hope it can help me as I undertake what looks like an expensive journey… at least until i figure out how to make my own rice flour. :)

    • July 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      I’m glad you found me, too, O.R. Even though it seems counter-intuitive, buy an all-purpose gluten-free flour in bulk if you can set aside the cash. It’s much, much cheaper that way.
      xoxo Nicole

  • July 26, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and basically feeling like crap — all my joints hurting, headaches every single day …

    It’s all gone now!

    Gluten free forever.

  • Toni
    July 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    1, 2, and 7. Totally gluten free for a year and a half. Tummy feels MUCH better and psoriasis is almost gone. My 11 year old doesn’t have nearly so many migraines. There is a huge difference between having to be gluten free ( to not find yourself curled up in a ball on the bathroom floor, in so much pain that dying seems like a good option) and choosing to, because it seems to be the diet fad of the week. Will you still be eating this way 10 years from now? Some of us will be…

  • Angel
    July 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    We all eat GF at home because our son has celiac. Easiest not to have gluten in the house!

    • Tammy
      July 29, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Diddo that! Us too.

  • Laura
    July 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    I am GF because of #2 and #1. In that order! My son was Dx’d and I would do anything to keep him healthy. My having Celiac is secondary to that.

    • Niki
      July 27, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      I was diagnosed when I was 2 but wasn’t fully GF until about a year before my kids were diagnosed (3 daughters celiac, 1 son still testing negative). After that, our whole household went GF & we never looked back! So for me, #2 & #1, also, because if I hadn’t gotten serious about being GF, my girls may have gone undiagnosed for a long time. They were all under 7 yrs old when we found out.

  • Jennifer S.
    July 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    I am gluten free because I have auto-immune issues (essentially my body is attacking my thyroid) and a natropath clinician told me going gluten free is the whole way to get healthy.

    Auto-immune issues run rampant in my family – thyroid disease, arthiritis, fibromalaygia(sp)….. so I figured – nothing else has worked. NOTHING. So I’m giving gluten free a shot. Still working out the kinks but your cookbook and blog have been an inspiration and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for it!

    Now if I can just find some yummy GF bread that doesn’t have tons of fat and carbs and with more fiber, I’ll be beyond the moon!

  • Jessica
    July 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    We are mostly gluten free because of a sensitivity my 2 year old has. He is fine if he occasionally has it at grandma’s house, but if I get lazy and he has it more than a couple days in a row his excema gets worse, he gets cranky, and he doesn’t sleep well.

    Nicole I have a question about your breads in your cookbook. I cannot get them to turn out. :( They are always really crusty, like barely cutable with a knife crusty and gummy/ undercooked on the bottom.

    I’m using 123 Gluten Free all-purpose flour, oven is right on temp., proofing is goiing great. I just switched from a 9×5 pan to a 7.5×3.5 magic line pan to try to help deflating and help cook better, but they were still not cooked after 55 minutes. (The recipe made two loaves that size instead of one.) I proofed in the microwave. (I love this trick!! I grew up making homemade breads with my grandparents and wish I could have told my grandpa about this before he passed. Best ever!! Just like our “proofer” at Subway we own! Thank you!!)

    Sorry so long. Any help would be appreciated, I’m about to give up and go back to wheat flour for bread for our once or twice a week sandwiches.


    • Anneke
      July 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      Hi Jessica — I’m going to jump in here and suggest that it is your flour. I tried lots of bread recipes (including Nicole’s) with other flours, and they did not work until I started using Jules Flour, and then Better Batter. I use Better Batter for everything now, and Jules as my back-up. Please don’t give up! The recipes will work with the right flour, and a little bit of patience! Good Luck!


      • Kristi
        July 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        I am with Anneke. Do you have an oven thermometer? Your oven may be too hot. Also the inside of you bread should be 205-210 F for it to be cooked through. I also use Better Batter and my bread turns out GREAT. It also turns out great with C4C but I would need a second job to pay for C4C regularly. Now I just hack it with Nicoles Mock C4C mix. Hang in there and order some BB!

      • Michelle
        July 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        I agree with them, I tried all sorts of flours with horrible results. I found a store locally that sold better batter and tried it along with her cookbook that I won through a giveaway and I couldn’t be happier! I really was at the end of my ropes trying to make Good Gluten Free Food, her cookbook and Better Batter have made life so less stressful! I use Better Batter for almost everything now! Good Luck!

    • Jessica
      July 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      Thank you!

      That is what I was thinking. (the flour) I have an oven thermometer so I know that is good. I will check internal temp. next time.

      Thank ypu again!

      • Karen
        July 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        I have good luck with Gratefully Gluten Free Flour.

      • Jessica
        July 27, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        Where do you find it?
        I can’t seem too.

        I just ordered better batter but would like to look into Gratefully Gluten free.

      • Karen
        July 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        I get it at Country Nutrition in Greenwood, Indiana but I think the company does mail order too. Here is an email address. glutenfree@gratefullygf.com

  • Janine
    July 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Love your blog…and getting your book for my bday. I am gluten free because of #1. Since October we have found out that I have celiac, my two sons have celiac, my daughter’s tests were inconclusive, my husband is likely gluten sensitive. I’ve been spending a small fortune feeding three teens gluten free, which is where your blog is helping a lot!

  • Anneke
    July 26, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    #1, #2, #6 and #7, because I am an over-achiever!

  • Apa
    July 26, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    I’m closest to #4, I suppose! I had a bout with salmonella two years ago and after I recovered, I still felt awful for the better part of a year. After finally going to the doctor and getting tested for celiac, we determined I didn’t have that, but I have the non-celiac gluten sensitivity. So, no more gluten for me. Which was a little devastating at the time, as I love love love to bake. It’s been almost eight months and I’ve mostly stopped cheating. I just found your site recently and I’m really looking forward to trying some of the recipes here (and from your cookbook, it is mine next payday)!

  • July 26, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    #6! Naturopath told me to stay away from that stuff because I have a thyroid disorder (soy, too). I’m still new to this… haven’t yet worked up the energy to try any of your baking recipes but I will soon enough.

    • Margaret
      July 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Hi Andrea:
      My acupuncturist recommended I cut out gluten for me and my son for our various issues and I will tell you that baking Nicole’s recipe’s take me less energy than baking what I used to bake! I really mean it and…my kids love it. My GF son is now not left out at parties since we bring cookies along as they eat the big gluten filled cake. I also can now make pizza, thanks to Gluten Free on a Shoe String (GFOASS) and it tastes great. Trust me, if it took more work, I just would end up at Whole Foods over paying for the sawdust they call GF. Please mail order the Better Batter flour, please try Nicole’s simplest recipes and be stunned into happiness. Cheers.

  • Donna T
    July 26, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    I had a clerk in a grocery store ask me if I was gluten free because I HAVE to or if I WANT to. Interesting perspective.

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