Welcome to My Gluten Free Miami, I’m Amanda and this site is for anyone who is living the gluten free lifestyle. If you don’t live in Miami, no worries, I guarantee that you will find tons of great information and recipes! Living gluten free in Miami is a bit different than many other cities I have traveled to. With strong Latin influence, the idea of not being able to eat gluten is foreign to many. The reaction when you tell your Peruvian in-laws you cannot eat bread is priceless!
My journey with the gluten-free lifestyle began almost three years ago. I will never forget that phone call. I had heard of Celiac Disease once or twice but did not know much about it. My initial trip to the doctor had been a pain under the right side of my rib cage, the thought of Celiac had never crossed my mind. The initial diagnoses from the doctor had been gall bladder issues, I didn’t know how we had gone from getting my gall bladder removed, to a life-long auto-immune disease.
Transitioning to a gluten-free lifestyle has been challenging, but it has been worth it. Headaches that I had for ages have lessened, a skin rash that had plagued me since high school is gone. It is not easy, I still get a little jealous of people who can just order a pizza for dinner. Luckily, I have a very supportive husband and family. Instead of fretting over what I could no longer eat, we took it as a challenge and have converted many family favorites into gluten free recipes.
Not long after being diagnosed, I became pregnant with my daughter. She is growing fast and is my little helper and taste tester! She especially loves when companies send us gluten free cookies to try. While she has not been diagnosed with Celiac, she has helped me to think more about what parent’s with gluten free children may need for resources. Hopefully, the information you find on My Gluten Free Miami not only provides you with great recipes but also information that helps you to confidently live a gluten free lifestyle, without feeling like you are missing out.
I love to hear from readers! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at amanda(at)myglutenfreemiami(dot)com.
ChristaDecember 2, 2020 at 4:18 pm
I happen to find you through the Three Bakers site and I am so glad I did. Your recipes are wonderful! Than I was reading the comments and I saw your recommendation about the Hale Life Bakery in Tampa. I live in the Tampa Bay Area. I have never heard of them and I am so excited to go try them out! I am currently recovering from two major surgeries and lost 11lbs while in the hospital between the very limited available food for a Celiac individual and the surgeries. So this bakery is just where my husband needs to head. Thank you for the recommendation and all the encouragement! Keep up the good work and know that your not alone. I have been on this journey for 19 years. From one Celiac fighting warrior MaMa to another keep going! ❤️
AmandaDecember 8, 2020 at 8:42 am
Thank you so much! I’m sorry the hospital didn’t have a good selection for you. It can be very difficult, I hope he finds some great goodies for you! I hope you stay well!
AleneJuly 20, 2020 at 8:59 am
Sighhh. I now live on the west coast of Florida, Venice, and it is a trial to find decent gluten free things. It’s getting better since I got here 8 years ago, but I’m still not satisfied. Stay well!
AmandaAugust 3, 2020 at 2:46 pm
You should check out Hale Life Bakery, they have 2 locations in the Tampa area!
Amanda LamantiaMay 8, 2019 at 10:11 am
Hi Amanda! I’m Amanda and also from South Florida, though I currently live in Southern California. I found your blog while searching for GF options for an ice cream cake requested by my oldest son for his birthday next month. He was diagnosed with a gluten allergy (frequent migraines brought us to search for an answer) about three years ago and he’ll be turning 11. Being a GF kid isn’t easy, so I appreciate blogs like yours. I cant wait to look around more, thank you so much for the resource!
NatalieJanuary 14, 2016 at 7:19 pm
Great blog! I run the gluten free support group for Miami, check us out on Facebook under Gluten Free South Florida. We also have a list serv through yahoo groups https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GlutenFreeSouthFlorida/info where we post local and national information on celiac disease and gluten free products.
Both sites are free to join and open to the community looking for resources on how to live a gluten free lifestyle in South Florida.
I was wondering if you would be interested in being a guest speaker at one of our upcoming meetings? Your blog post are great. We meet the first Monday of every month at 7pm at Baptist Hospital. I’m sorry to hear your doctor didn’t refer you to the group when you were first diagnosed. We would love to have you attend a meeting. Hope to hear from you.
AmandaJanuary 15, 2016 at 5:58 pm
Hi Natalie! I’m so glad you are enjoying the blog. I would be very interested in attending a meeting and speaking. If you can, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch! Thank you!
Munch MiamiDecember 4, 2015 at 12:45 pm
Loving the blog. I just came across this when I posted a review for my gluten free Miami based food blog lol! What a coincidence! I think it would be great if we could get together and share ideas and tips. Feel free to send me an email at email@example.com! Looking forward to hearing from you
AmandaDecember 4, 2015 at 12:51 pm
I’d love to connect! I’ll send you an email today 🙂
Donna M.September 26, 2015 at 8:39 am
I enjoyed reading about your problem.
AmandaSeptember 26, 2015 at 8:51 am
AmandaOctober 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm
Thanks for checking it out!
VanessaSeptember 8, 2015 at 2:40 pm
Hey! Just realized your IG was connected to a blog. I don’t have Celiac Disease but I’m really enjoying reading your blog. Love ya my old friend. Hope to have the babies meet some time!