About Cooking2Thrive®

Eggplant Parmesan

We’re so glad you found your way to “In Thriver Words”, the blog published by Cooking2Thrive®! Both cooking and thriving are at its core. Like our upcoming website, the blog is here to support, educate, and motivate you when you have to follow a specific eating plan to be healthy. You’ll see a new post here about once a week, so come back and see what’s new! Occasionally, when we feel really inspired we’ll post something more often.

Our frequent inspiration, motivation, and social support posts can also be of use to you if you eat a regular, non-restricted diet. In these posts, we examine topics like: how to deal with the fear that holds us back from positive change, our relationship to tradition, ways to incorporate small steps that move us toward thriving, unconventional measures of success, and how to be kind to ourselves. If you are struggling, you’ll be sure to want to read these posts.

We also feature cooking and travel tips. Some of these are related to a gluten-free way of living. Some deal with hypoglycemia, eating heart healthy or being diabetes friendly. We’ll often give you menu ideas or recipes. Sometimes we’ll tell you about a great dining experience we’ve had. Periodically, we may post a video.

We’d love to know what you have to say, so we invite you to comment often.

CT in Fridge

Standing in the refrigerator feels refreshing.

Now in case you’re wondering who utters all those Thriver words…that would be me, Cheri Thriver. I’ve been living gluten-free for 12 years and I’m pleased to bring you Cooking2Thrive. The idea was born one Sunday morning when I was cooking breakfast while Ben sat on my sunroom couch with a book. From my kitchen window, we can see a local soul food restaurant that was featured on the Food Network for its butter roll. Served warm and coated in a layer of buttery sugar icing, those butter rolls draw even the fainthearted to this neighborhood located in a two block neutral zone between the Crips and the Bloods. That is a clear illustration of the power that food can have in our lives.

On that particular Sunday, we were discussing the virtues of that butter roll vs. the lemon kiwi muffins I was cooking. We were long past the days that the boys claimed my gluten intolerance was in my head. In fact, James had joined me a couple of years earlier in adopting a gluten-free regimen himself. But in my house we’re never past the days that the boys will seize an opportunity to give me trouble, so imagine my surprise when Ben said, “The stuff you make is just as good as theirs, maybe better.”

“Really?” I cautiously responded. ”Yeah, really. Since you started cooking gluten-free you’ve become a really good cook.” Feeling he was sincere, I thought for a moment. He was right, and while I had always enjoyed hosting a holiday, I had only recently discovered how much I love being in the kitchen. I had started by using regular recipes as a guideline and I’d learned to adapt them to create gluten-free and SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) compliant food that tasted great and had a pleasing texture. I was preparing food that even gluten-eaters raved about without realizing it was gluten-free.

James, Ben, and I had embraced the lifestyle. We didn’t feel deprived. We rarely felt whiny. The lifestyle wasn’t limiting our travel – we’d all just met in Phoenix to go skydiving. It wasn’t keeping us from entertaining -  I was having friends over after work every other Friday and James was hosting movie night at his house every week. We felt okay about throwing away any GF convenience food that wasn’t up to par. Our friends felt comfortable when they joined us in restaurants or fed us at their homes. We were all healthy. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d had a symptom. Wow, I realized we were thriving!

At that moment, we were thriving, but we had gotten there slowly over a five-year period. What Ben and I realized the aforementioned Sunday morning was that we had discovered the secret to thriving while adhering to a zero-gluten eating plan. We also knew we could teach other people the lessons we had slowly learned about ourselves, about healing, and about living within specific boundaries, so that they could quickly begin to thrive as well.

Right then, we decided to pool our talents to create a website that upon its full launch will provide video in the form of a cooking show and interviews with experts, original chef-tested recipes, and lifestyle support products for anyone who must follow a specific eating plan – heart healthy, diabetes friendly, gluten-free, Crohn’s disease friendly, etc. – in order to be healthy. A phone call to James soon followed and Cooking2Thrive was born.

The inaugural season of our Cooking2Thrive Cooking Show will feature Gluten-Free Comfort Food Meals. We hope you’ll join us on a journey to becoming the healthiest you possible while having lots of fun!

Cheri Thriver

James Honaker

Ben Honaker

If you would like more information on Cooking2Thrive, contact us at support@cooking2thrive.com

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