by Gloria

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Hello, my name is Gloria Duy and I am a registered dietitian, currently retired after working for years as a hospital dietitian. I obtained my science degree at Northern Illinois University and my internship at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois. My specialty is in gastrointestinal diseases and especially celiac disease.

I became an RD late in life after being diagnosed with celiac disease. Before my science degree everything in my life centered around art. So for my relaxation and to help others I started my gluten-free cooking blog  (glutenfreepoodle.blogspot.com) in 2011 and later a decorating blog, just for the heck of it. The most important thing you should know about me is that I have quite a sense of humor (my family calls me crazy!). Also, I have an addiction to vintage Pyrex, which I call Pyrexia.
I am the kind of cook that loves to just throw food together and see how it comes out! In order to help my patients I started posting recipes. It was a great way to get all of those recipes out of my head and written down (I actually had to measure!). I focus on every day foods that anyone could find in a grocery store, also centering on naturally GF foods. I have had a great response from celiac people and also people with diabetes, as focusing on naturally GF often means low carb.

COOKING IS FUN! I love to have a good time in the kitchen and it often shows in my blog posts. As I love to be creative, cooking is only part of the picture. I love to decorate and craft things, paint, quilt, garden, collect vintage things…you name it. I take a frugal approach to decorating, just like I do cooking. I am a Virgo and it is in our nature. Creating a pot of delicious food from scraps or making a quilt from scraps….they are both very satisfying.

So in 2013 I decided to start this new website and transfer my many recipes over and start posting general homemaking things that I love. Being frugal, gardening, cooking, sewing, crafting, quilting, decorating, cleaning, organizing…we will see where this goes! I hope this website will help you to find a healthy, gluten-free or low-carb lifestyle that is not stressful or expensive.

I could not have started this new website without the help of my husband Mike: a retired electrician, part time fisherman and all-round handy man. He  has been my faithful taste tester for over 40 years, helps me in the kitchen, grocery shops, does dishes, gardens and generally has always given me a beautiful home. We have lived in several homes and they have always been just how I want them to be. No matter what idea I come up with he makes it happen, and often makes it much better than I imagined. We are both handy, both creative and together we can do anything. His new title is my webmaster and we are both learning as we move forward.

“They take great pride in making their dinner cost much; I take great pride in making my dinner cost so little.”
-Henry David Thoreau

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Christine Willis April 1, 2013 at 8:13 am

Love it Gloria! You are awesome! Thanks for all you do! I am sooo glad you are here to help all of those in need of gluten free, and more! Nice blog spot! Sincerely, Chris

Gloria April 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Thanks Chris. I’m just doing what I love…and keeping a camera on my counter!

Debbie April 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

Hi Gloria, this is such a great “About Me” page, and a wonderful idea for a blog too. I’m sure you’ve helped more people than you know. I’m glad to know more about the nice person who’s been leaving sweet comments on my blog. 🙂


Gloria April 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

Thanks so much Debbie. I enjoy your blog also, which by the way to anyone reading this is meandmydiy.com so check out Debbies cute posts. If I ever figure out how to add my fav blogs to my new site I will add it!

Christy January 29, 2014 at 9:17 pm

You and I have a lot in common Gloria and my husband is also an electrician, been married 25 happy years!! Glad I found you!!

Gloria January 29, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Glad we met Christy! Best of health to you.

Ashley July 16, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Great blog! Love the Thoreau quote too! 😉