Why I want to be mentor in this category: I had an easy introduction to the gluten-free diet through m boyfriend and his mother, both of whom are Celiac patients. Nothing beats being able to email someone with a question and being sure that they know what they're talking about.
What inspires me in this category: This category inspires me to spread the word that going gluten free doesn't have to be a hard choice to make. I eat just as well, if not better, than I did before I found out about my allergy!
Experience: I found out several months ago that I have a wheat allergy. My boyfriend has full blown Celiac, so I was already learning to cook gluten free at the time. I decided to cut gluten out entirely, as it was just easier that way! i have since steeped myself in blogs, cookbooks, and medical websites concerned with Celiac and the gluten-free diet.
Biggest Lesson Learned: I've learned to NEVER give up after a failure. If something I bake doesn't turn out, I eat it anyway and try to figure out what happened. Nothing like a little experimentation to get a cupcake recipe right!
Books, classes, teachers that have helped me: Bette Hagmans books, Gluten Free Girl's blog, La Tartine Gourmande (blog), Living Without Magazine
Move away from the mixes! They're costly and not as good as homemade in most cases. Don't be afraid to start from scratch!