Hi there, I’m Candice and I have rheumatoid arthritis. My rheumatologist gave me the option of being on a gluten free vegan diet or a gluten free vegetarian diet, after I asked for an alternative to the medications. I gave the gluten free vegan diet a try but truthfully I couldn’t handle it, it was too much for me. On the other hand the gluten free vegetarian diet was a better fit. You may have read in the intro that I mentioned that I’m a pescetarian, if you don’t know what that is, that’s a vegetarian who eats seafood. You may also see other variations like pesco-vegetarian and semi-vegetarian.
Since I’ve been on this diet I feel a whole lot better. Even my doctor said I should keep doing what I’ve been doing because my test results have never been this good. That was the best doctors visit ever!!! So you know what I did. The only downside I see so far to being on a special diet in Jamaica is that there aren’t a lot of gluten free options. The gluten free market in Jamaica is getting better as years pass which is great. When I first started the gluten free diet, hardly anyone in Jamaica knew what that was. Now you can get snacks, breads, flour and a few other foodstuffs. More restaurants are offering gluten free options and the gluten free baked goods options are increasing.
When I started this journey, I felt like I was the only Jamaican on a gluten free diet, even though I knew this was not true, but that’s how I felt. That’s when I had the idea to start a blog to connect with and help others like me especially those in Jamaica. The goal of this blog is to create a place where we can share recipes and experiences with hem, somewhere to post a list of places to eat and just about anything you think may help someone stay on track. I hope you enjoy reading this blog and please feel free to leave a comment.