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Coconut Butter and Coconut Oil – What’s the Difference?

I’ve only recently started using coconut butter in my raw foods recipes, but I’ve used coconut oil for years. It took me a while to figure out what the coconut butter hype was about, because I thought that coconut butter and coconut oil were the same thing. They are NOT. They are drastically different and yield different results when making raw ...

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Cooking with Coconut Oil – Includes Bonus Sweet Surprise Cherry Pie Recipe

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I first became introduced to coconut oil when I purchased the BabycakesNYC cookbook. Not only does coconut have a great flavor, but it’s a great substitute to make egg-free french toast and easily substitutes in exchange for canola oil when baking. While I am no nutrition expert, I’m a nutrition guru, who loves to learn about the health benefits of different foods. ...

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Dear Abby, I’ve been diagnosed with Celiac Disease…

The below Dear Abby letter is my take on someone who has just been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and doesn’t understand that the gluten-free diet is not a death sentence. I personally think that the gluten-free diet is a blessing of sorts… Dear Abby, I have spent the last few months visiting several doctors trying to figure out what is wrong with me. I’ve experienced everything from extreme ...

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Dining out gluten free: How to avoid an allergic reaction

Recently, I had lunch at PF Changs in Irvine.  Unfortunately, my lunch did not go as planned as I ended up having an allergic reaction after dining there.  This was quite unfortunate, considering about a year ago I gave PF Changs a glowing review for their committment to catering to food allergies and developing a gluten-free menu that would be ...

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Do Celiacs Need Gluten Free Skin Care?

There are a lot of skin care products in the world to choose from.  The ways each person selects which products to buy are as individual as the people buying them.  Some people look for a certain scent, while others look for the way they want to feel. People who have severe allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients are often ...

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Do You Make Your Own Gluten-free Bread?

I have often wondered what percentage of people following the gluten-free diet actually make their own bread.  I tend to use mixes to make sweet breads, but I usually buy my gluten-free bread off the shelf, or from my favorite local gluten-free bakery Pure Knead. Most of us know that gluten-free bread has come a long way in the last ...

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Do You Think Your Life Would Have Been Different If You Had Known About Gluten at an Early Age???

We asked people on on the Glutenfreeworks Twitter account how they felt about whether finding out earlier about their gluten sensitivity or celiac disease would have affected their lives. Here is what they said. Do you think your life would have been different if you had known about gluten at an early age???   @Glutenfreeworks incredibly. My senior year of ...

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