Hi! My name is Natalie Biagioni, and this blog is about my journey to becoming the Queen B (B for Biagioni) of all things gluten free (GF)!
Right now, as of this very minute I am a self-confessed, diehard, food fanatic – I eat what I want, when I want. I am a born and bred Perthian, with a European family who love to feed me pastas, cakes, biscuits and breads. Our whole family dynamic revolves around eating and hey, I’m not going to say no to delicious handmade pasta covered in fresh homemade sugo … who would!
So (back to the point!), you can imagine the shock and horror that hit me at 8.10am yesterday morning, when I met with my doctor and she confirmed that I have Coeliac Disease. My first thought was, oh no! No more Torres cutlets!
Alas, I began mourning my glorious gluten filled life. I ate every bit of every wheat product in my sight. I told myself “this is the last time I will eat a kit kat” and “I will start eating GF on Monday”. I even shed a tear for the arancini I won’t be able to eat at my birthday dinner next weekend!
After feeling very sorry for myself for most of the morning (and a majority of last week, before the test results came through), I was shown a documentary at work titled ‘The Ride’. It’s about four wheelchair bound men who travel on quad bikes to the sites of their accidents. The sheer difficulty that these men face every day snapped me back to reality pretty quickly. I realised very fast that eating gluten free is not the worst thing that could happen to a person!
Voilà! Here I am writing a blog to tackle my new life head on. My plan is to use this blog as inspiration, to stay on track and to document all the great products I find and the best places – in whichever city or town I am in – to eat gluten free!
The best bit is, after setting up this blog, I have found that I want to get started on my new gluten free diet right now. No more wallowing, no more last bites, no more excuses. Here starts my journey to becoming Queen B… I hope you will join me!