Gluten free

Host a Gluten-Free Halloween Party!

For me, the hardest time of the year to have food issues is when holidays arrive. It seems that around every corner, I’m reminded of the things I can’t eat that everyone else around me can. My personal goal is to make holidays and holiday parties more about friends and experiences than about food. One of the many reasons I ...

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How Do You Own Your Health?

This is the article I wrote on Health and Wellness for the Autism Community Magazine.  I recently heard Rebecca Onie speak on TedTalk about the current healthcare system in the US. She poses the questions: “What if our health care system kept us healthy? What if waiting rooms were a place to improve daily healthcare? What if doctors could/would prescribe/facilitate ...

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How Expensive Is a Gluten-free Diet? Eating GF on Food Stamps

Gluten-free diets are often a cornerstone treatment in Autism and developmental therapy.      Gut and Psychology Syndrome, or G.A.P.S as it’s called, relies on the idea that in healing the gut (that is, dysbiosis — the state of microbial imbalance) through whole foods and natural lifestyle choices, many neurological conditions can be eased or cured.   G.A.P.S. diets purportedly have the potential to ...

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How I Broke Up with Gluten: The 5 Stages of Grief

The longest relationship I have ever ended is the one I had with gluten. After 19 years of a wheat-filled, breadstick-loving life, I was beginning a new chapter. I was going to be challenged by the changes I was about to make, but I knew they would only make me a better person when it was all said and done. ...

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How the Gluten-Free Diet is like a Zombie Apocalypse

Going gluten-free is a battle. A battle of the many emotions involved with learning an entire new way of eating. The battlefield is similar to the one that Rick, Carl, Maggie, Daryl and the others face on every episode of The Walking Dead. How do the two journeys relate? Well, let me explain… 1. What the ______? When Rick woke up in the hospital he ...

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How to Cut Your Gluten-Free Food Costs

We are all feeling the effects of rising food costs. A recently published study appearing in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, “Limited availability and higher cost of gluten-free foods,” found that gluten-free versions of wheat-based foods cost, on average from 76% to a whopping 518% more. Ouch! The good news is that there are lots of ways you ...

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How to Lose Weight on a Gluten-Free Diet in 2012

Well, it’s that time of year yet again…we’ve all made our new year’s resolutions…and more than likely, we’d all like to shed a few pounds :0) In my 2011 weight loss post, I talked about 5 important factors for weight loss success: 1) Eating more lean, healthy protein 2) Chowing down on veggies 3) Cutting back on sugar 4) Avoiding processed ...

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