Oatally Delicious: Gluten Free Granola & Muesli

Cereal is my all-time favourite food in the world: Cheerios, Grapenuts, shredded wheat, corn flakes… I could happily eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The problem is, most commercially made cereals tend to be loaded with sugar (even the seemingly plain ones),

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Welcome to MY SLEEPY KITCHEN!

Welcome to my sleepy kitchen, a blog about a wheat lover’s adventures in gluten free and whole foods cooking. In 2011 I decided to go gluten free and use nutrition as a tool to help me overcome Chronic Fatigue. Though mainly featuring gluten free recipes, my sleepy kitchen also includes information I’ve accumulated on how to beat fatigue and live a healthier life. The idea of life without wheat was once my worst nightmare, but with a little research and the help of my husband Gary, our library of trusty cookbooks and my new best friends, rice & gluten free oats, I have come to realize that gluten isn’t necessary to make amazing food! There are so many great gluten free blogs out there – this is my spin on delicious & nutritious gluten free cooking.

Photo: Amy Poole

One year ago, I became very ill with Chronic Fatigue (aka CFS, ME/Myalgic encephalomyelitis, Post Viral Fatigue/PVF – call it what you will!) and life as I knew it came grinding to a halt. Luckily, now I am on the road to recovery, and I credit a large part of my success to a gluten free, whole foods diet; as I started to recover, I began cooking a lot in my free time and began to accumulate a large store of gluten free recipes. In the past year I have collected an incredible amount of information about nutrition and CFS, so I decided to start this blog to share this knowledge with others experience similar problems  –  and anyone interested in trying some new recipes!

While there are numerous blogs related to gluten free cooking,  I have not found many blogs that specifically address CFS. I was shocked to discover this; there are so many people suffering from CFS, yet there is very little helpful information available on the web, and only a handful of doctors take the illness as seriously as it should be or provide useful information on how to get better (aside from “just rest”). Luckily, I have been able to build myself an amazing support team of family, friends and holistically minded health care practitioners who have helped me get through the hardest year of my life; it’s been an incredibly tough journey, but I have learned so much about myself and my physical & emotional health this past year, and I am in a much happier place than I was before this all happened. I’d estimate I’ve recovered about 65-70%, which I am really proud of – considering I felt like I was functioning at around 35% when I first became ill and only operating at 90% for a few years before this all happened. I won’t ramble on here, but if you are interested, read more about me, overcoming CFS and this blog in the About section.

Next up… my first recipe post!