Connecting the celiac disease and food allergy/intolerance community together by sharing our stories to food freedom. From our beginning struggles to striving after a diagnosis, we can all relate and help each other out by sharing what we’ve learned and our unique personal journeys.
I am beyond honored to have an icon in the gluten-free community on this week’s Freedom Feature. Jules Shepard, the founder of gfJules, has created an empire of amazing gluten-free, celiac-safe flour mixes that are a staple and so loved by the community. I’ve gotten to know Jules over the last few years and am always inspired by her dedication to the celiac community and her determination to only support the safest products, environments, practices, and incredible advocacy for all things gluten-free. Not only does she have a thriving business, but is also the author of numerous cookbooks and makes sure her products and recipes are adaptable for all food allergens. Jules is sharing the story of her business and her own celiac story so be prepared for a long and wonderful read (as well as an exclusive giveaway at the end of this post!)
background: who are you?
I have always been a person with a fierce sense of loyalty, of right and wrong, and of my faith. How that manifests itself has changed quite a bit over my life.
When I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I was prosecuting domestic violence crimes, training police officers and helping to draft stalking laws; now I write cookbooks, travel the country teaching people how to bake gluten free and own a gluten free flour and mixes company. Despite these obvious differences, I see the experiences as fundamentally the same, since at the end of the day I feel good about what I have done to help others and I derive positive energy from my work.Read More