Hello! And welcome.

My name is Julia, I live in London and love to cook, run, swim and make things.

I have been vegan for over 25 years and gluten-free for over seven.

I have been working in the delivery of complex and/ or troubled technical/ change programmes and projects for over 20 years and have a PhD in engineering materials (concrete!).

What Does FriFran Mean?

My lifestyle, the food I eat, the recipes I publish, the resources and information I share on FriFran are all totally…

Gluten-Free | Vegan | Allergy-Friendly | Seasonal … and … onion-free, garlic-free andcoconut-free!

I have been vegan for 25+ years for ethical, moral and environmental reasons and gluten-free for 7+ years for medical reasons. I also cannot eat alliums (e.g. onions, garlic) or coconut.

Over the past 20+ years I have tried, tested and understood many specialist diets (under medical supervision) – with variable success. These diets include, low-FODMAP, low-histamine, exclusion diets and of course vegan and gluten-free. However, I have acquired a great deal of knowledge, enthusiasm and understanding of delicious Gluten-Free | Vegan | Allergy-Friendly | Seasonal recipes and a sustainable, healthy, lifestyle.

I enjoy making and eating high quality, sustainable, healthy food that anyone would enjoy.

My FriFran journey has been long (and sometimes arduous). I have persevered and learned so much along the way that I want to share and make life easier for anyone with dietary restrictions.

The Name!

Now, the name! Fri fran is Swedish for free from and no, I am not Swedish. However, my dad lived in Sweden for a while when he was young and often talked about his time there and how much he loved it.

Sweden is a country that fascinates me for many reasons. One reason is that modern crime fiction started in Sweden with the Martin Beck series of police procedurals: 10 fabulous novels written by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. Amazing books for so many reasons (please do look them up).

Coming back to FriFran, I like the way fri fran sounds: short and sweet and snappy all at the same time but the meaning is easy to understand (I hope!).

No Snake Oil Please!

As a scientist, engineer and with a rational and logical approach to life I am interested in credible, peer-reviewed, scientific and medical research in relation to nutrition, digestive, genetic and immune disorders – although the breadth and depth of this in relation to digestive, genetic and immune disorders is (sadly) narrow and shallow.

That means no snake oil, no pseudo-science, no fad diets, no bad science, no nonsense!

Caveat

I am not a dietitian or medically trained. I strongly advise anyone thinking of making a significant change to their diet or lifestyle to seek appropriate medical advice.

Tell Me Your Story

I would love to hear your story – come and join me on social media (links below) and in my Facebook Group: Living FriFran. Share your story, insights, knowledge, ups and downs.

I look forward to meeting you!
Julia