About Alternative Aprons
Welcome to Alternative Aprons! We (Lindsay and Becky) are here to share clean recipes that are easy enough to replicate in your own kitchen. We met in 2007, as colleagues working at a school for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities (Lindsay, a speech-language pathologist and Becky, a special education teacher) and our friendship evolved from there. A typical week consisted of eating Goldfish crackers by the handful, chips by the bag and fruit snacks by the packet (hey, the school had a great snack cabinet...for the students!?). As we grew older and wiser, both of us realized that in order to feel good, diet modifications were in order. So we put our heads and stomachs together, cooked a whole lot, and then developed this blog! We are having so much fun doing this and we can't wait to hear what you all think about our recipes!
Lindsay is a 30-something native Long Islander living in Hoboken, NJ. Since an early age, she had an interest in experimenting in the kitchen. After-school play dates as a child involved attempting various culinary concoctions with friends. Watching her mom make some inventive “one-pot wonders” from whatever was left in the refrigerator also intrigued her. As time passed, Lindsay’s palate became a little more refined and going out to dinners in New York City was a frequent activity. Unfortunately, ongoing GI discomfort, bloating and nausea led to many doctors' visits and research on remedies without much help. Fast forward to 2012, Lindsay went to a new doctor whose routine bloodwork included something called "CardioCRP" level, which is a general marker for inflammation. Lindsay's levels were through the roof. After a little research and some self-experimentation, Lindsay removed gluten from her diet with a huge alleviation of symptoms. She was very motivated by this easy (well, it definitely was not easy at first!) change, got back into cooking, teamed up with Becky, and started Alternative Aprons! When not in the kitchen, Lindsay works at a pediatric rehabilitation hospital. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeremy, family and friends. She loves a good sweat and spinning is her workout of choice!
Becky is a 30-something who also resides in Hoboken, NJ. She has always loved to cook and bake, and those closest to her know she loves to experiment and make messes in the kitchen. Since a young age, she struggled with stomach issues, always undiagnosed by doctors. Constant bloating, a weakened immune system, decreased energy and GI discomfort led to a significant amount of frustration. In early 2012, after doing a fruit juice cleanse, Becky ended up in the hospital for several days with an infection in her colon. After working with nutritionists, Becky learned she has struggled for many years with Systemic Candida and a MTHFR gene mutation. She decided to remove sugar, gluten and dairy from her diet and immediately felt a difference in her health and energy. After learning she could heal her gut through nutrition, Becky has spent the past few years doing research by playing in the kitchen and reading various blogs, finding ways to make the process fun rather than frustrating. She still loves to cook and is excited to team up with Lindsay to bring healthy and creative recipes to other nutritionally high-maintenance eaters! When Becky isn't teaching or playing in the kitchen, she can be found spending time with her husband Dave, friends, and family. She loves hiking with her puppy Oliver, rooting for Syracuse basketball, photography, and spending as much time near the beach as possible.