Heidi Kelly has been a gluten-free blogger for just over three years. Mother of a child diagnosed with celiac disease (as well as herself) and another son and husband with non-celiac gluten sensitivity, she began blogging as a means of saving her sanity when her world seemed to turn upside down. Through determination and spunky wit, she has managed to create one of the most well followed gluten-free blogs on the internet, Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom.
Earning a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from The Ohio State University, Heidi spent 15 years in hotel event planning, learning how to plan meals and please others by way of food. She was able to translate those skills to her kitchen in an effort to create gluten-free alternatives for many of her family’s most beloved foods. During the summer of 2009, it became clear to her that other mothers had to be struggling with the same issues, so she launched her blog in an effort to spare others from many of the trials and tribulations that come with transitioning to a gluten-free diet. As a mother of two elementary school children, she has had to navigate the minefield of picky eaters, school lunches, and the endless stream of gluten-filled social activities.
Heidi feels strongly that each individual is a unique biological snowflake and should be empowered with as much knowledge about their gluten-free diagnosis as possible. She has spent countless hours trying to interpret thousands of pages of medical research in an attempt to help patients literally educate their own medical providers. Many of her doctors have even commented, “I always learn something when you come to see me.” Heidi believes that if a critical mass of awareness is to be formed, it must be through patients convincing one doctor at a time to pay more attention to the often chameleon-like symptoms of celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
When she is not stepping on the stray Lego or finding a dirty sock stuffed behind a chair, Heidi enjoys tinkering in her kitchen, reading, and gardening. Her biggest goal in life is to share her experiences raising two sons in a healthy, gluten-free lifestyle so that others who find themselves lost and confused might find a little help and humor along their journey towards better health.