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The holidays are here. The family is over. There's food on the table.

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One bite of REAL stuffing won't hurt you, right? Wrong!

Announcing NFCA's Webinar

"Temptation Island:  Maintaining a Gluten-Free Diet During the Holidays"

Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT (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…)

Jen Cafferty

Top 10 Ways to Eat Gluten-free Safely for the Holidays

November 17th, 2010 by Jen Cafferty

1)  Never assume.  Just because your host knows you're on a special diet doesn't mean they understand the nuances of your lifestyle.  Ask to see packages of foods before you eat them.

2)  Bring a protein-based dish to your next gathering.  That way, you know there will be something safe to eat, and you won't be hungry.  Click here for a Holiday (more…)

Jennifer Slack

Don’t Let Fear And Anxiety About Gluten Steal Your Joy!

November 17th, 2010 by Jennifer Slack

Once you’ve been diagnosed with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance, it is easy to become wrapped up in fear and anxiety about food.  This is absolutely normal as now there is an apparent “evil” out there just waiting to get ya. 

However, reality is it’s been getting you on a regular basis prior to being diagnosed or figuring it out on your own.  While the symptoms definitely suck, and for some people, can be debilitating at times, you (more…)

Jennifer Slack

The First Step in Accepting a Gluten-free Diet

November 11th, 2010 by Jennifer Slack

Finding out that you have to eat differently than you have your entire life can come as a complete shock. Receiving a diagnosis of Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or sensitivity and being told that you can no longer eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, may seem overwhelming, confusing, frustrating, and impossible at first. This can especially be true if you are not accustomed to reading labels, if you (more…)

The following questions and answers were developed by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School:

Q. What is it like for a person you see who is newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease? A. The gluten-free diet requires more preparation, taking food with you when you travel, making sure that you are safe in dining-out situations or when you are visiting with family or friends. So for some, it is very simple and straight forward and they are already experimenting with new grains like amaranth, buckwheat, millet, sorghum, and teff. But some people are (more…)

Do you ever wonder where you can buy gluten-free grains and flours for a discount? Check out your local ethnic markets for terrific prices and variety.

One of the most frustrating aspects of being on a gluten-free diet is the cost of food.  Whether you are buying a prepared food or a bag of flour, the prices seem to be higher than "regular" food.

Next time you drive past an ethnic market or grocery store, stop in and see what they have to offer. Asian markets offer various rice flours.  Middle Eastern and Indian markets provide a wide variety of bean flours and alternative grains.  (more…)

John Libonati

Allergies Lead Churches to New Practices

October 25th, 2010 by John Libonati

By Jill Rosen, Sun reporter

The Rev. Bill Miller-Zurell was recently presiding at Communion, moving from congregant to congregant, offering the body, offering the blood, until he got to a little boy who, seeing the piece of bread, stopped the pastor short.

"He asked me if there were any nuts in it," said Miller-Zurell, who leads New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia. "His mom, who was standing behind him, made him. And he only took it after I assured him that there were no nuts." (more…)

Smoothie King Offers Gluten-free Choices

September 20th, 2010 by Kimberly Bouldin

The idea for Smoothie King started back in the late 1960's in the home of Steve Kuhnau.  Kuhnau was trying to remedy his allergies and low blood sugar and began to experiment with blending fruits, nutrients and proteins in a blender.  In 1973, Kuhnau opened a health food store selling his smoothies & vitamins and Smoothie King was born.  Smoothie King has grown to over 600 locations in the US and Seoul, Korea.  Smoothie King's mission is "To relentlessly influence and help more & more people achieve a healthier lifestyle."   (more…)