Hi, welcome to Zest and Lemons! I’m Lauren. I love finding ways to be creative in the kitchen, and enjoy sharing my food with friends and family. I spend much of my free time taking pictures, writing, and eating (of course)!
Oh, and I have Celiac Disease: an autoimmune disease where the body sees gluten as a toxin. I’ve been gluten free since October 2016.
Being a former collegiate athlete, I love to eat… and cooking from scratch has always been a huge part of my life. I was always known as one of the best cooks on the team – people would stop by just to smell what was going on in our apartment. Since graduating, nothing has changed. I still love to cook, and still love to eat!
Fast forward a few years after graduation, when my life turned upside down and I started suffering from a mystery illness. Among many other things, I was having frequent headaches, shortness of breath, constant pre syncope, and started having nerve problems in my legs. After months of living in a nightmare with countless other symptoms, I finally received a diagnosis. I have Celiac Disease.
I started this blog as my way of sharing my love for food and cooking with others. But most importantly, it’s a way for me to document my transition to cooking gluten free (not to mention maybe my family members will get some new ideas for our next holiday dinner…hint hint). This blog is my journey through food – my way of finding a little zest and excitement in a life filled with lemons : )