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Although he’s just a teenager, Taylor Miller has made a significant impact in the gluten-free community. Through his website, he offers the positive spin on the gluten-free lifestyle that so many people don’t believe when they make the transition. Even though Taylor has two other illnesses in addition to being gluten-free, his main goal is staying upbeat and showing individuals that there is no reason to be anything but happy in the face of celiac disease.
How have your other illnesses affected being gluten-free?
I first went gluten-free 4 years ago at age 13. A lot of people would assume that this would be very hard for any teenager—which it was at first—but over time it became a lot easier! Being gluten-free is usually a challenge for most, but my other illnesses put it in a whole new perspective. Besides celiac disease, I also have a rare adrenal disorder in addition to POTS. Both of these are a lot harder for me to deal with than being gluten-free. They allow me to realize that eating this way really isn’t as bad as it seems. There are a lot worse things that we could all be dealing with, but instead we can treat our illnesses with food which is pretty amazing.
What is the inspiration for your blog?
My inspiration for my blog comes from the struggles I dealt with as a teenager through all my illnesses over the years. When I went gluten-free as a 13 year old, there weren't any other people my age to look to. It was pretty upsetting and made me feel alone in this whole new, gluten-free world. I know I didn’t want anyone else to have to feel this way as a teen. That’s why I decided to create my blog to help and inspire teens, parents, and kids everywhere.
What is one thing that is always in your refrigerator?
Apples! I call fruit “nature’s candy,” so I always have lots of it on hand. Plus, it’s naturally gluten-free, so what could be better?
Something you wish someone had told you when you started your gluten-free lifestyle?
“Always be careful while dining out no matter how safe the restaurant seems.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve let my guard down and not let a waiter know I’m gluten-free when I order something. No matter how many times you dine out, always let them know you are gluten-free and that gluten will make you sick. That’s the only way you can be safe dining out. I’ve learned this the hard way many times.
Where do you find the inspiration for your recipes?
Usually I just think of all the foods I used to enjoy as a kid and try to make them gluten-free! There are so many great gluten-free flours nowadays that can let you make pretty much whatever you want! I often try and come up with healthier alternatives to foods to promote healthier lifestyles too.
What is your goal? What do you hope to achieve through your website?
My goal is to help and inspire as many people as possible while being gluten-free. I like to show teens and kids that they have someone to relate to who is dealing with the same struggles as they are. I also want to show parents and adults that living gluten-free isn’t the end of the world because if a teen can do it, you can too.
Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging two years ago after realizing there was hardly any positive support out there for anyone my age. At first I wanted to target teens and kids who were gluten-free, but I began to notice a large majority of my audience was adults and parents. I still strive to help kids and teens who are gluten-free and make this my goal. I just realized that parents and adults need as much help as kids do while being gluten-free. Even though I haven’t had as many teenagers reach out to me, I feel very thankful and happy to provide a different perspective for all the people out there reading.
What do you think is the most important thing you write about?
Staying positive while being gluten-free. I’ve always been a very positive person, but when most people go gluten-free it’s very hard to stay positive. Some people think that they can never enjoy food again, which isn’t true at all if you do research. That’s why I love writing as a teenager. I can show that you can still enjoy food and be happy eating gluten-free no matter what your age is.
You’ve achieved so much through your website at such a young age. What has been your proudest moment?
It’s hard to name one single moment I’m proud of, but there is one thing I can say I’m proud of the most. The responses I get from parents saying how much I’ve helped them or their kids couldn’t make me feel happier. I love hearing that I’ve made an impact in someone’s life because I never had that when I was younger. It means so much to me to hear what I contribute to the gluten-free community is actually helping someone. That’s been my biggest goal from the beginning, and it makes me feel very proud that I can accomplish that today.
Peanut Butter Bars
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups natural peanut butter
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Melt butter or margarine over low heat.
- Add sugars, peanut butter and vanilla to the butter. Mix well.
- Press into a 9 x 13 inch pan.
- Melt chocolate chips in microwave safe dish and spread over the top of peanut butter mixture. Let cool in fridge. Serve!
Thu, May 22, 2014
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