Archive for February, 2011

 


Jennifer Leeson Gluten Free Works

gluten free cooking friendsThe phone rings…it’s my friend calling to see if I would like to come over to dinner.  Little does she know that I have just been diagnosed with Celiac disease and I’m now nervous about eating at other people’s homes… 

I’m still learning what to eat and how to read labels.  I feel my heart beat increase, and my palms start to sweat.  “What is this weird feeling,” I ask myself.  I feel like I’m going to panic…and all over a social invitation.  “What’s wrong with me, this shouldn’t be a big deal.  It never was before, I’ve always just done what I wanted.”  Oh yeah, I remind myself, it’s because I don’t know if I will be able to eat if I go over.  Maybe I just shouldn’t (more…)


John Libonati

The Celiac Disease Resource – Upstate New York

February 25th, 2011 by John Libonati

The Celiac Disease Resource, Inc., (TCDRI) is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 and incorporated in 1999. Our organization is dedicated to providing educational information to the general public by regular meetings, special events, printed literature, telephone and e-mail support.

Contact Information:

www.CeliacResource.org
UpstateCeliacs@yahoo.com
P.O. Box 621, Glenmont, NY 12077 – 518-461-7065

John Libonati

Gluten Free Living Expo October 7-9, 2011

February 25th, 2011 by John Libonati

 

PRESS RELEASE: Gluten Free Living Now, LLC.

Gluten Free Living Expo
October 7-9, 2011
10 am to 5 pm daily

Location:
The Fountains
502 Carmel Drive
Carmel, Indiana

Featuring:
Alessio Fasano, M.D., Center for Celiac Research
World’s most well known expert on Celiac Disease

Additional experts will be speaking about the Gluten Free Lifestyle throughout this event. (more…)

Real Gluten Free Foods

“Real Food” can be defined as natural, unprocessed, traditional and nourishing foods that human have always eaten. This includes things like whole fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, fish and seafood, and animal protein. These lie in stark contrast to our modern foods which have been grown with the use of pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, have very often been genetically modified, and had chemicals and flavorings (synthetics and other highly-addictive allergens) added.

For those living a gluten-free lifestyle, supporting “real food”, or “pro food” as it’s sometimes called, with our purchases is important because it reduces the risk of being exposed to and ingesting gluten. Processed foods — both conventional and (more…)

We are a group from St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

We meet at St Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, MD. 

Our leader is Teresa A. Andrasik, RNC and we meet on the first Thursday of each month from 7-9pm in the St. Mary’s Hospital. 

We are a group of people who have Celiac Disease, gluten sensitivities, and food allergies. 

Contact information: 
Teresa A. Andrasik, RNC – tandrasik@md.metrocast.net

Jennifer Harris

Researchers Seeking Adults with Celiac Disease

February 22nd, 2011 by Jennifer Harris

Adults that have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease are being sought to participate in a study to identify factors associated with the development of Celiac Disease.  The goal of the study is to find the genes that may predispose individuals to develop this autoimmune disease.  Adults eligible to participate in this study must have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease through a small intestinal biopsy. Spouses may also be eligible to participate.

Participants will be asked to provide a blood sample, complete a questionnaire, and provide medical records regarding their diagnosis. There is no cost to (more…)

Prime Choice Foods, maker of Garden of Eatin’ Chips, announced a voluntary recall of certain lots of tortilla chips.  The chips contain undeclared wheat and soy.  Wheat & soy are 2 of the top 8 allergens and may cause severe, life threatening reactions to those who are allergic to them.  The following lots are included: (more…)

Gluten Free Certification – What Does It Mean to You?

February 18th, 2011 by Tricia Thompson

Currently we have a proposed government definition of the term “gluten-free” for food labeling purposes but no final rule. Under the proposed rule, a labeled gluten-free food has to contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. When the final rule is released this number could stay the same, go up, or go down—a little or a lot.

The amount of gluten a labeled gluten-free food is allowed to contain is only part of the story. Another part is testing. The FDA stated in its proposed rule that it is tentatively considering using the standard sandwich R5 ELISA and the Morinaga wheat protein ELISA to test food products for gluten when necessary to assess misbranding. In contrast, FDA did not include the omega-gliadin (Skerritt) ELISA among the methods it was considering. One of the limitations discussed in the scientific literature regarding this ELISA is its underestimation of barley protein.

At the present time the R5 ELISA (Ridascreen Gliadin R7001) is widely regarded as the best available validated ELISA for assessing final food product for gluten. In my opinion, all labeled gluten-free foods should be periodically tested using (more…)

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Agave Nectar Pros and Cons

February 18th, 2011 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

 

Agave Americana

We have been asked about the safety of using agave syrup as low glycemic substitute for cane sugar.  Here is some useful information.

Of the several hundreds species of agave, commercial agave syrup is produced from Agave Americana, a desert succulent plant. The syrup, or nectar, is obtained from the sap.  The sweet sticky sap is extracted from the base of the plant then boiled to produce the “syrup.” Cooking converts the sap’s natural (more…)

Amy Fothergill

The Best 5 Kitchen Utensils for Parents

February 16th, 2011 by Amy Fothergill

Ok, I will admit. I’m a gadget girl. My kitchen is fairly well stocked but I don’t have everything. A few years ago, a good friend said I had to have a crock pot. I remember fighting it…until I used it. Bought one a week later.

I’m doing my best to not feel the need for a dehydrator or the speedy ice pop maker. Wish me luck in holding out. This post is about which of those gadgets I have bought over the past few years that have really made an impact in my role as “Mom” and why. Each item has a link to Amazon if you want to review or buy. Enjoy!

1) The Salad Chopper
I went to Costco this week and came home with more than intended (surprise). My fridge was loaded with organic chicken strips, edamame beans, shrimp cocktail, guacamole and strawberries. I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner when it occurred to me that all of those ingredients would be really good in a salad; a chopped salad.

When the kids were around 4 and 2, I used to make them a chopped (more…)