Where have I been and where am I going?

Posted on September 20th, 2012 by Alison | Posted in Sure Foods Living News | Read 4 Comments - Add Your Own »

Hello long-time followers of my blog (since 2007!) and hello newcomers, both to my site and to the gluten-free diet…

Where Have I Been?

Those of you who have been around a while may have noticed that I don’t post information as much as I used to (and those of you on Twitter may have noticed my absence there as well). It’s not because I don’t love you! My life has become filled to the brim, with a job, kids and their lives, a support group, and then of course I had to be the coach of my daughter’s soccer team (???!)

So I have put blogging on the back burner, last in the priority line. (Oh – I also have a husband that needs attention once in a while!) I still post occasionally, and I still have things to share with you, so don’t worry, I’m still around. I’m proud of the body of work I have created and moved by the comments and emails I receive every day — stories about recovery, desperate requests for advice, gratitude for providing a resource. I’m also thankful to all of you that have posted comments, offering insight to others needing help. (There are over 180 comments on the article I wrote about Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Gluten back in 2008 – amazing.)

Where Am I Going?

I’m going to Africa. Not for good — just an adventure. Why am I telling you this? Because for the next couple weeks I will really be out of touch! Plus, I’m celebrating two anniversaries — my wedding anniversary and my gluten-free anniversary. 10 years for each! I’ve got my bars packed, my GlutenEase (can’t hurt), and my fingers crossed that I will be able to easily eat. Good thing I’m a carnivore!

I will try to share my adventures when I return, including pictures of my food…

So hold down the site while I’m gone — make comments and help people out there on the path to good health!

Oh, one more thing — I have run out of time to do my annual Halloween candy safe list before my departure. I know many of you count on it every year. I don’t know if I will be able to do it in time for Halloween when I return. Sorry, sorry, sorry! It will be back next year.


Celebrating nine years gluten-free and happy holidays to you!

Posted on December 20th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Holidays/Special Events, Sure Foods Living News | Read 3 Comments - Add Your Own »

On December 28, 2002 I received a diagnosis of celiac disease and began eating gluten-free. I could never have imagined how that diagnosis would change my health or the course of my life. I knew soon after that I needed to share this information, and I turned to the web.

This blog has been been visited by over a half a million different people over the years — that’s amazing to me! I have been able to help people find a diagnosis when their doctors failed them. I have been able to guide people in how to live gluten-free. Because my own daughter was diagnosed with severe food allergies, I have commiserated and shared advice with other allergy moms. I have gotten strength and support from my readers through their comments, emails and phone calls. I so appreciate your thoughts.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support me in my quest to educate and provide support. I don’t look at my diagnosis as a curse. Instead, I am thankful to have discovered a healthy way to live. Happy Holidays to you all!


My TV debut speaking about gluten and food allergies!

Posted on October 10th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Celiac Disease, Food Allergies, Publicity, Sure Foods Living News | Read 14 Comments - Add Your Own »

I am so lucky — I got to talk about celiac disease and food allergies on TV! It makes me happy that over the past 9 years I have been able to share my story in so many ways — through my blog, in newspaper and magazine, in person, in groups and now on television. Cheryl Jennings of ABC 7 in San Francisco was as nice as can be, as was everyone I met at the studio. I also enjoyed meeting and listening to the others interviewed for this segment. I have already received some emails from those who saw it, so I know it has reached some people out there! 🙂

I hope you will watch the whole show, but if you are short on time, my interview starts at 18:18 (I’m the last 4 minutes of the show).


I got a job with a company you might know…

Posted on August 3rd, 2010 by Alison | Posted in Sure Foods Living News | Read 15 Comments - Add Your Own »

I have some exciting news about myself! After many years of writing this blog and doing consulting and giving away a lot of free advice, I landed a part-time job with my favorite gluten-free company on the planet — Pamela’s Products.

If you are a longtime reader of my blog, you know that I have been a fan of Pamela’s since the beginning: I wrote a rave review of the Bread Mix, and shared how to use it to make focaccia, Thanksgiving stuffing, hamburger buns, hot dog buns, a gingerbread house, my Grandma Anne’s butterhorns, and a Valentine’s pizza. I regularly use the Chocolate Cake mix to create my go-to cupcakes, and birthday cakes in the forms of butterflies, fish, and mermaids! I have recommended the Cornbread and the decadent cheesecakes, and like many others in the gluten-free community, I too love that ever-so-popular Baking and Pancake Mix (the best gf pancakes hands down!)

Needless to say, I am proud and happy to be part of a company that has pioneered gluten-free foods for over 20 years and that has also set the bar for how good gluten-free foods can taste. Not only do I get to represent a quality company that has helped people’s lives, but I get to further my own goals of education and awareness about celiac disease and gluten intolerance.

You might be wondering…

What does that mean for Sure Foods Living?
I will continue to write as much as I can. I love writing for my blog and have put so much hard work into it. I might have to watch less TV. Or stop doing laundry.

Does this mean you will only write about Pamela’s Products?
No, I use so many different products in my house and I will continue to write about what stands out to me. I believe there is room for many companies in the gluten-free world and hope that we as consumers continue to have variety! Aside from this post, I plan to keep my blog separate from my work at Pamela’s. I will continue to write with honesty and integrity!

So, if I seem less available, know it is because I am helping to bring gluten-free products to more places, and raising awareness along the way… but I’m sure I’ll still manage to give some free advice. 🙂