Hello there and welcome to Blinded by the Bite!™. At the crossroads of food & conversation, people connect, and this is where I, Rachelle King, have been navigating my way through learning how to live a gluten-free lifestyle and share my experiences, recipes, failures, and lessons learned along the way. Hoping to make the road is easier traveled for those who are new to a gluten-free lifestyle or are old hat at it. Food is what connects us all and it’s important to build and support our community, and it’s my hope that Blinded By The Bite! ™ does just that.
I started this journey eight plus years ago after a series of car accidents (8 accidents actually) from 2005 to 2007, which left my body in a diminished condition. Back surgeries, along with twenty-five plus spinal epidural’s and a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, I was still in so much pain and no matter what I ate, the results were unpleasant at best. My body ached everyday and nothing was working; not the medications, physical therapy, holistic specialists, healers – I was out of answers. Fortunately I started seeing a new rheumatologist while living in San Francisco in 2008 and she was determined to help me get to the bottom of what was ailing my body!
Low and behold it was Celiac Disease! From there I decided I would be my own advocate, researching just what I needed to do to get my body back to normal, if there was a normal? With the guidance of my rheumatologist and a move to Austin, I began this journey of recovery. I’m a work in progress still today and living with Celiac Disease is easier said than done some days. I’m a firm believer in educating yourself, taking it day-by-day, and teaching yourself how to cook gluten-free. It’s a critical component to your overall health and well-being.
I have been a featured food writer on Foodpress.com, Austin360.com, and am a regularly featured writer for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, and continue to work with NFCA on a regular basis. I’m also one of the founding members the Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, as well as an instrumental team member of Austin Bakes, which has raised funds for victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, West Texas Explosion and most recently the wildfires that struck Austin, TX. As one of the founding members of the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance, I served as Treasurer for the organization first two years and was part of the AFBA Cookbook Committee, assisting the organization in the publishing our first community cookbook.
Philanthropy is my passion and I believe in the motto “I live here, I give here.” So I volunteer my time with various local agencies/non-profits,such as AIDS Services Austin, March of Dimes, SXSW Eco and the Sustainable Food Center, allowing me to give back to my community.
Also with a background in professional PR/Social Media Consultant, some of my clients have included several Austin based companies, including start-up TheLunchDeal.com (now Moolala), Kohana Coffee, Delysia Chocolates, Edible Austin, as well as Nourished – A Food Blogger Conference. I’ve enjoyed working with these companies in various stages of their development and being able to watch them grow to be forces here in Austin and beyond.
I’m currently attending Harvard and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in conjunction with a certificate degree to be awarded by The State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase College and will graduate in late 2014. Professionally, I’ve also worked in architecture and design for 15 plus years and a self-professed design junkie, which from time to time will bleed into Blinded by the Bite! as there is more to life than just food!