Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

 


Don't let this happen to you this flu season!!

Last week, the flu stole my will to live. I spent the entire week in a fog and barely ate anything but gluten free crackers and orange juice.  Oh, how I look back now and long for that simplicity!  I didn't know then how easy I had it, and I didn't know until now the consequences of the fact that no grocery shopping has been done.

Yes, I am still out of the things I was out of when I took to my bed last week.  Now I'm out of gluten free crackers and orange juice too!  I am continually amazed that the gluten free grocery fairies have not graced me with their presence.

At some point, my body decided it would be funny to heal just enough to be starving, but not (more…)


Marissa Carter

Gluten Free Soapbox: Say NO to “Meanies” in Forums

December 27th, 2010 by Marissa Carter

So many boxes, so little time... [taliesin/Morguefile

For this week's gluten free soapbox we go back to the forums. Those online “support groups" that are supposed to be a place of sharing, healing and camaraderie. People log on to the gluten free forums to talk about their troubles and make friends who are struggling with the same issues they are. That is why I am so disturbed today.

Something I've noticed happening every so often (not constantly, but too much) is the sarcasm and derision thrown at (more…)

UConn’s Gluten-Free Food Program a National Model

December 22nd, 2010 by Paul Stern

Freedom from gluten is becoming easier than ever, especially if you happen to be eating at the University of Connecticut.

Are you gluten-intolerant?

If you are not, odds are you know someone who is.

And if you are – as are an estimated 1 in 100 people who have celiac disease – you know how hard it is to eat gluten-free.

But it is getting easier – especially if you are dining at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where the gluten-free menu is state of the art.

I sampled some of UConn's gluten-free food the other day with Dennis Pierce, UConn's director of dining services, and Robert Landolphi, manager of (more…)

Teri Gruss, MS

20 Gift Ideas for Gluten-free Cooks, All Under $20

December 15th, 2010 by Teri Gruss, MS

Here are 20 gift ideas for gluten-free cooks including useful and unusual kitchen gadgets, fun gifts for gluten-free kids in the kitchen, high-quality gluten-free ingredients and new gluten-free cookbooks for the cookbook addicts on your list. And all the gift ideas cost less than $20!

Kitchen Gadgets for Gluten-Free Cooks

  1. Pizza Pan Set Make thin and crispy or deep dish gluten-free pizza with this 3-piece pan set which includes a pizza wheel for cutting your delicious homemade gluten-free pizza.Recipe for Gluten-Free Pepperoni Pizza
  2. Holiday Pancake Molds Gluten-free kids love eating reindeer, snowman and elf shaped pancakes during the holidays. (more…)

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

Photo: http://www.zumaorganic.com

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…)

Christie Bessinger

Giving Thanks for Health…My Story :)

December 8th, 2010 by Christie Bessinger

 
 

Here's me at 1 year gluten-free

 This Holiday Season I am especially thankful for the health I now enjoy... it's been a long journey these past 10 years or so...but I am so thankful for the knowledge I've gained about living a Gluten-Free lifestyle...the benefits that have come from it, and that after 10 years, I can finally say that I feel like "me" again. :)    I've never really shared my entire experience, and normally don't write posts that are too personal... but perhaps this can help someone out there who is wondering if they might have Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease... or someone who has been diagnosed  and wonders if it is really a "big deal" if they HAVE to go gluten-free or not. I can tell you from personal experience that it WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!! It changed mine... and here's how: 

It all started back in junior high and high school. I just felt "tired" all the time. I can't even tell you how many times a day someone would come up to me and say, "What's wrong? You look tired." I even remember someone saying to me once, "You look dead." (ouch!) It seemed like maybe I was just depressed or (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…)