Archive for November, 2010

 

Janet Rinehart

Step by Step Guide: Beginning the Gluten-Free Lifestyle

November 29th, 2010 by Janet Rinehart


FOR THE NEWLY-DIAGNOSED CELIAC AND DH’er STEP-BY-STEP:  BEGINNING THE GLUTEN-FREE LIFESTYLE©

by Janet Y. Rinehart, Houston,  and Lynn Rainwater, San Antonio

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A definite diagnosis of Celiac Disease (screening blood tests plus endoscopic biopsies) and/or Dermatitis Herpetiformis (skin biopsy) means a lifetime commitment to a gluten-free diet.

  • Take full advantage of your local chapter membership.  Our group leaders and contacts have experience with the gluten-free diet.  We can help you acclimate to the changes in your lifestyle. We welcome your questions.
  • Join national celiac support groups, for example: (more…)

John Libonati

The History of Celiac Disease

November 29th, 2010 by John Libonati

The earliest description of celiac disease was recorded in the second century A.D. In 1888 Samuel Gee published a monograph on celiac disease that “to regulate the food is the main part of treatment … The allowance of farinaceous foods must be small … but if the patient can be cured at all, it must be by means of diet.”

In the early 1900’s a carbohydrate restricted diet was advocated where the only carbohydrates allowed were ripe bananas and rice. Then in the 1950’s Dr. W. K. Dicke published work reporting that celiac children improved dramatically during World War II when wheat, rye and (more…)

Amy Fothergill

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

November 29th, 2010 by Amy Fothergill

If you think being on a gluten free diet means never eating some of your favorite foods, think again. There has been an explosion of gluten free products over the past few years so become familiar with the brands that work for you. Bionaturae has many options for pasta like elbows, spaghetti and penne rigate.

Here are important tips to cooking good gluten free pasta:

  • Make sure there is plenty of water when boiling.
  • Add salt to the boiling water.
  • Start testing the pasta 1 minute before the recommended time. If it’s not done, test in 1 minute intervals.
  • Don’t over mix or over cook gluten free pasta; it will fall apart.

The key to a satisfying macaroni and cheese is learning to make a good cheese sauce. By making a few adjustments from a traditional recipe, you’ll soon be in business. (more…)

Marissa Carter

Gluten Free Soapbox: We Are Not Crazy!

November 29th, 2010 by Marissa Carter

This week’s gluten free soapbox comes from the personal archives. I’m absolutely certain that I’m not the only one who has encountered this, but it doesn’t seem to get talked about much…

Often times, it seems that people who are on strict gluten free diets get viewed as high maintenance, or picky. The constant need to check and double check ingredients tends to bother some people. The reports of contamination and reactions go unbelieved, and people give that knowing look when “gluten free” is mentioned.

I even had a doctor say that the worst that could happen with Celiac Disease is diarrhea, so not to (more…)

Jennifer Slack

Staying Focused on Thanks!

November 24th, 2010 by Jennifer Slack

As we approach Thanksgiving, I encourage you to spend a little time each day reflecting on what you are thankful for. 

It’s easy to get caught up in our life challenges and to start focusing on unfairness and negativity.  We often discount the positive and over analyze and give importance to the negative.  Even when struggling with life’s challenges, if we can (more…)

Jennifer Harris

Gluten-free Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

November 24th, 2010 by Jennifer Harris

Are you looking for gluten-free recipes for Thanksgiving?  If so, then we’ve got you covered.  The number of gluten-free recipes on blogs and websites are plentiful and offer a unique twist on traditional favorites.  Thanksgiving should not be a time of stress, but one where you enjoy gluten-free cooking/baking and sharing good food and conversation with the ones you love.

The list below is only a small sampling of gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes that can be found (more…)

Teri Gruss, MS

Gluten-Free Traditional Crockpot Stuffing Recipe

November 24th, 2010 by Teri Gruss, MS

Prepare this traditional gluten-free stuffing recipe in a slow cooker (crockpot) and you free up valuable shelf space in your oven for roasting turkey and baking pies! This recipe is adapted to gluten-free diets from a recipe by Linda Larsen,About.com Guide to Busy Cooks.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours, 25 minutes (more…)

Amy Fothergill

Gluten-free Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe

November 24th, 2010 by Amy Fothergill

For kids and adults, a rolled sugar cookie in a fun shape with colored sprinkles always produces a smile. Rolled sugar cookies can be made any time during the year but why not get ready now with the Holidays approaching? Don’t be discouraged when you see pre-made cookies in the store; this recipe is easy and delicious (and tastes even better!).

This recipe came from this website but there are a few things to make note of: (more…)

Jennifer Harris

Gluten Free Turkey List for Thanksgiving 2010

November 18th, 2010 by Jennifer Harris

It is almost Thanksgiving and time for another holiday that centers around food.  This can be a time of stress for some on the gluten-free diet, but with a little research it is easy to determine which turkeys are gluten free.  It is important to note that fresh, plain unstuffed turkeys are naturally gluten free.  All regular stuffed turkeys contain gluten even if you don’t eat it because the gluten stuffing permeates the turkey while it is cooking.  Check the gravy packets very carefully to ensure they are gluten free as most are not safe and should be discarded.

We dined on a Honeysuckle White turkey last year and couldn’t believe how moist and flavorful it was, so that is now our turkey of choice.  If you question the status of a turkey call their customer service line for confirmation.  It is always better to confirm than to wonder or possibly eat a turkey that is not gluten free.  Here’s a list of turkey information from many major brands: (more…)

Heather M. Cline

So You Want to Start a Celiac Support Group?

November 18th, 2010 by Heather M. Cline

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Celiac Disease Support Groups Are Priceless

I was diagnosed in 1996 when “celiac” and “gluten free” were still foreign words.  I remember the first conversation I had with a fellow Celiac.  I sat on the floor in my bedroom, confused and overwhelmed, listening to the kind voice on the other end of the telephone talking me through gluten free condiment options.  She introduced me to our local support group and within a few years, I was standing as the president.

Support groups serve a great purpose of providing grass root support from others in a similar situation.  This is priceless for newly diagnosed Celiacs and those who love them.  There can be an initial overwhelming sense of confusion and helplessness.  The good news is that even though there is a learning curve, it gets much easier!  And local support groups can be a huge help in the process.

Whether you want to start a support group or improve an existing one, these tips can help get you motivated and succeed. (more…)