Lifestyle Guide : "Authors"

About Leanne

Hi, my name is Leanne Overlander.  I am a mother of 4 wonderful children ranging from 11-21 years old.  I have an amazing husband, Donald, whom I have been married to for 22 years.  I have been a stay at home mom for most of my married life, home schooling our 4 kids.  Before that I attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

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Seven years ago, I went off gluten in an experiment to see if I would feel better eliminating it from my diet.  I felt so much better, I have never gone back.  Since then I have had genetic testing which determined that I had HDL – DQ2 gene, which is related to Celiac Disease.  After, I went gluten free, I struggled with finding a good bread replacement.  As a stay at home mom, I relied on sandwiches for lunches.  I was NOT very happy with all the recipes I found on the internet and had decided to just not eat bread anymore.  That did not last long and I took my knowledge of chemistry, baking and some recipes from the internet and started working on my own bread recipe.  After many failed attempts, I finally came up with an almond bread recipe that looked, tasted, and functioned like normal bread.  I cried tears of joy that daybread-mk-i-full-150x150

I like to help people and upon discovering this recipe, I knew I had to share it with others who were going through the same struggles I was going through.  My husband and I decided to sell our breads at the local Farmer's Market.  We did this for 3 years and expanded out offerings to 2 other kinds of breads we had developed and any kind of treat you could find in a bakery we could make with our gluten-free all-purpose flour formulation.

Many said we should commercialize our products and we even spent 2 years working on that, but we discovered that is not where our true passion was and we knew if it wasn't there in our hearts, making it work would be very hard.  Still determined to help others, I searched my heart for how I could do this.  I love to learn and I decided to take that into the blogging world and help others by making the information easier to find and congregated in one place.  This is a recent change, less than 6 months, and it is slow going as I have a lot to learn, but I am determined to make it work.  There are so many out there who need this help, and I am learning it for myself, why not share.

I also decided at the beginning of the summer to produce our first gluten free cookbook.  This also has a lot of learning to go with it.  I have the goal of it being published by May of 2016.

4 Behind the curtain… a little bit more about Don Overlander

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Hey!  Glad to meet you, and very excited that you have clicked in here to find out a little more about the slightly manic person writing this blog!

So – a little background info on me is probably in order…  I was born back during the oil crisis (circa 1970), and grew up around Jacksonville, FL.  This may explain some of the quirks in my personality – but probably not as many as I could hope for!

After hopping around the country with a Naval air-crewman for a father (we got to see a LOT of interesting places!!) we ended up in the great white north know as Minnesota.  He got “in” with North Central airlines (became, Republic then merged with Northwest…KLM…eventually Delta) until he retired.  THIS was awesome for us kids… we got to travel EVERYWHERE – fly out to Boston for Lunch with dad = no problem.  Pick up a “first car” in Arizona = let’s go.  Right up until the airlines started trimming “ben-ies” and us kids lost a LOT of our flight privileges…. very sad.  This wouldn’t correct itself in our lives for another 19 years!?!

Fast forward through high-school (solid grades, top 10 , and all that – but ZERO social life and about as much self-worth by this time…) and I headed into college majoring in Pre-Med (Immunology)as a way to harness my intense introverted-ness in some financially optimal way.  I got VERY jaded on the whole Allopathic medicine scene, and eventually looked at Naturopathic colleges out on the west coast ($60K / year?!? nope…).  With that price scare I did what any rational 20-something would do… I bailed on college and pursued another interest of mine – computers!

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I manged to find my way into Web/Software Development, and for the last 18 or so years, have spent my day-time hours “locked” in a closet under flourescent lighting, typing away on a keyboard until I could escape out into the approaching darkness – just in time to kiss my kids good-night.  That got really old, and one day – after my youngest daughter ripped my heart out with a “Good night papa… when do you think we could do something together?  I grew up a bunch, and can’t remember playing games with you…”  So I started looking for something “better”.

That is when I was introduced to a Network Marketing company that hit all my sweet-spots:   WorldVentures.  I have to tell you it brought back all the AWESOME that had been missing since KLMNW started cutting (and Delta effectively eliminated) flight benefits. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Since then I have taken my family on some amazing adventures, serveral international trips, and dramatically changed the way I see “time off” from my day J.O.B.

Unfortunately I have never been able to shake the Dragons that tear me up inside every time I try to “work the business” of Network Marketing.  I am certain that working with Mark J and the team at Training Solutions – actually WORKING through the information I have spent years reading but failing utterly to implement – things are going to change!

Look out 2015… we’re gonna be moving fast!