About: Chef Jess

Hey y’all!

My name is Jessica Meyer and I am from Austin, Texas (some people call it The ATX). I have always been obsessed with food, but things started to click when my grandmother once taught me to make a medium rare steak, a homemade chop salad and a twice baked potato. Now that is a tasty combination! Ever since then, the cooking wheels in my head started to spin and I have been creating recipes ever since. My love of food has lead me on many adventures;  including becoming a personal trainer and linking food + fitness, majoring in my undergraduate degree (Nutrition Science), my Master’s program (Human Nutrition Science, class of 2011), my blog, and finally my new business venture- Locate Special Diet. I’m always interested in where my food comes from and how healthy food can benefit my body and long-term health. It’s my turn to share it with you.

My whole life, I remember having stomach issues. I was always in and out of the doctor. Each time the doctor would tell me I had IBS (It’s Bull S***). Finally, after graduating from college and taking my first job, things started to connect. I began working as a Nutritionist at a local pharmacy that promotes the gluten-free diet, and is also a gluten-free café/grocery. I became more aware of what Celiac disease entailed from working in that environment and began researching. I learned everything there was to know about Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity; although it never really occurred to me that maybe I should get tested. I finally did, and here I am living a 100% gluten-free diet. Three years later, I have also lost 40 pounds and feel the best I have felt my entire life. I no longer live with those horrible stomach aches and migraines. I live a life now of JOY- joy that there are a variety of wonderful gluten-free foods out there. Joy, that I can now spread my love of these foods with my readers. I am here to help you along with your journey to living the wonderfully abundant gluten-free lifestyle.

Email me at atxglutenfree@gmail.com

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  1. Can’t wait to hear ;)

  2. Great blog Jessica! You have done a great job. Mark

  3. Hey Jessica…this is Kurt over at Stubbs. Our line of sauces and marinades is now gluten free. Check out our web site or over at Facebook- Stubbs Bar B Q Sauce. Happy to send you some samples if you like.

  4. Hi Jessica,
    I love your philosophy and look forward to seeing your recipes. I have frequent requests from clients regarding gluten free recipes and whether or not they should be on a gluten free diet! Best of luck!

  5. I found your blog on yahoo and can bookmark it currently. carry on the good work.

  6. Does your website have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an email. I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.

  7. Wow! Your site has a bunch viewers. How did you get so many bloggers to look at your site I’m jealous! I’m still getting to know all about blogs on the web. I’m going to look around on your website to get a better understanding how to get more visable. Thank you!

  8. Allison Montesi says:

    So grateful you have started this blog – 16 years ago when my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease i felt like i was in Siberia – no info, and NO GOOD GF FOOD! we have come a long way – and i am thrilled to have your input to add to my new world of great GF news! thanks so much!

  9. Hi Jess!
    I am SO excited to find your blog! I too have CD & have been diagnosed since I was 18 months old (30 years) and love finding new & exciting recipes. I came across your blog via ‘With Style & Grace’ and saw that you are in ATX and didn’t know if you were aware of the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo we are hosting here in Big D (Dallas) on October 1 & 2. You should check out the site for more info if you are interested! Our local group’s site is http://www.dfwceliac.org and the Expo site is http://www.gfafexpo.com.

    I saw what your thesis is about & would be very interested to see what you came up with! Best of luck & happy eating :o)

  10. Hey Chef Jess!

    I just listed your cool site on our list of “favorite links” on http://www.TransferOfHealth.com.

    Happy 2012 :D


  11. Hey Jessica, just saw your news clip after visiting Kathryn’s Gluten Free meet up group. I’m out in the Lake Travis area. Been Gluten Free since 2008, however found out I was allergic through food allergy testing from my holistic doc in 2005, took me two years of denial and being very sick to start complying. She actually told me I was going to die if I kept eating gluten and wheat so that got my attention. Like you, I have a real passion for cooking and cook gluten free for my entire family. I also make all my own sauces, salad dressings and bar-be-que sauce. Think in a previous life I was a Chef! Also very into health and fitness and have been for over eighteen years.

    Love and appreciate your website, and will list it on http://www.glutenfreelady.com

    Happy Healthy Prosperous New Year!

  12. Houston Based Red Apple Lipstick loves your website! Interested to know if you would like to try some gluten free red apple lipstick :)

  13. Hello Jessica, just reaching out to see if you’re up and running still? Great site; however most everything looks pretty out of date. Will you be updating your content soon? I am asking just because I’d love to send you link to my GF as a reference site.

  14. Bree Anderson says:

    So, do you actually have celiac? You only said you got tested. I don’t mean to sound critical, just careful; as someone with true celiac and an Austin trip coming up, where I plan to enjoy eating, my concerns about contamination have to be particularly high. I really appreciate your gluten-free recommendations, but I need to know how cautious I need to be with any given restaurant.

    BTW, for the broader picture of people avoiding wheat, apparently we’re learning that avoiding “gluten” may actually really be, for some people without celiac proper, avoiding intake of other problematic substances that tend to co-occur with gluten. So even if it’s not gluten, the diet may yet be a thing. Check this out: http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2014/05/gluten_sensitivity_may_not_exist.html

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