Going grain free was no easy task…especially for a gluten-loving Italian.

No pasta?!  NO BREAD?!?  Are you kidding?  Fugettaboutit.

Then intestinal problems came on the scene.  I’ll spare you the details.  (Ahem)  For myself, indulging in a loaf little piece of crusty bread is worth doubling over in pain later – but not when it comes to my little girl.  In a desperate attempt to heal her intestines by reducing inflammation and repairing leaky gut – not to mention the desire to see her sleep through the night pain free – we decided to go grain free, refined sugar free, casein free, soy free, and a few other “frees”.

Saying “ciao” to butter, most cheeses, bread, pasta and even alternative grains used in many gluten free recipes, has made such a difference for my daughter and me.  Almost immediately after making these dietary changes, she began sleeping through the night.  No more crouching over the toilet at 3:00 a.m. feeling like she’s going to be sick.

Eventually, even the “Mommy, my tummy doesn’t feel well” mantra that became our bedtime ritual began to happen with less frequency.  We still have some bumps along the way, but are thankful for the improvement God has allowed and are hopeful for continued recovery.

The links I’ve listed on this site have been a tremendous help to me.  In an effort to add some of our faves to the grain free cyber recipe pot and, in the hopes that in some small way, I might serve to encourage others with similar plights, “My Big Fat Grain Free Life” blog is born.

I pray this blog will be of some use to those suffering from painful intestinal yuckiness.

– Jen

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  1. Thanks, Jen for the recipes and ideas. Not only is grain-free great for those of us who are grain intolerant and get the major tummy issues, but my mom and brother are diabetics and this will be most helpful when making treats for them. I can’t wait to try the desserts.

  2. Please sign me up for your blog emails. I need something like this to help me in my problem.
    I have found a lot of recipes on my search engine, but you have to know what your looking for.
    Thank you so much

    • Anna,

      My bar on top of the site isn’t working, but the side bar has a place for signing up for emails. Feel free to use that to sign up. I hope the recipes are a help to you in your journey!


  3. My 12 year old son was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and we’ve recently started a gluten free, dairy free, soy free diet to try to heal his gut and put his autoimmune response into remission. We are also nut free since my daughter is allergic to nuts. Seeing my son sick (and how clueless all the doctor’s are about thyroid issues and autoimmunity) and then having to deal with the all of the implications of going on a restrictive diet has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. So glad that you are sharing your story and to find another mom who’s had to make this choice for her child’s health.

    • It’s such a difficult road to navigate, Sharon, and really important to have encouragement and support. We went against the grain (literally) for my daughter’s health, but it was so effective and worth it! My nutritionist, Julia McRae, CN, (who helped my daughter immensely) was just telling me about another patient I know that she helped. When the woman came to my friend, her son was bleeding from his bowel! He was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and only getting worse and worse following doctor’s orders. My friend just gave me an update and said they brought their son back to the doctor (now a couple of years later I think) and they said they can’t even find Crohn’s in any of his tissue and wanted to know what she was doing!!! He’s turned completely around! I say all of this to encourage you that the body CAN heal and DOES respond to diet and lifestyle changes.

      I wish you the best and will pray that your son will find healing soon. It’s so difficult to watch our children suffer.

      Much love,



Matthew 4:4

But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"