Gluten-free School Lunch Options

October 19th, 2009 by Jessica Meyer


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Alas, the school cafeteria: A place where gluten and other allergens are free roaming. Don’t fret, there are plenty of wonderful GF conveniently packaged foods your child will enjoy (And many non-GF kids might get jealous of how delicious they look!)

Here are my favorite gluten-free products for school lunch:


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Want to know if your food is really, truly gluten-free? Depending on your own individual sensitivity to gluten, you might want to consider investing in a box of E-Z Gluten test strips. The E-Z Gluten test strip kit is easy to use, and you can have results in about 5 minutes. We use the E-Z Gluten test strips to batch-test our products in our catering kitchen.

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The Greater Philadelphia Celiac Support Group is meeting at Abington Hospital this Friday, October 16 at 5:45 pm.

GFL0809 Ann Whelan, publisher of the popular magazine Gluten Free Living will be speaking to the group.

Location: Abington Memorial Hospital 1200 Old York Road Abington PA 19001 in the Lenfest Auditorium

Time: Doors open at 5:45 for visiting vendors and interacting with friends. Meeting officially begins at 7:30 pm. _____________________________________________________ VENDORS THAT WILL BE ATTENDING THE MEETING

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So the Doc says no gluten, answers to FAQs

October 12th, 2009 by Cindy Swan

For individuals just diagnosed with celiac disease or other gluten intolerant auto immunity issues, the prospects of learning a whole new way of eating can be daunting at first, especially for those eating the standard American diet (S.A.D.). Following are answers to a list of frequently asked questions:

What grains contain gluten? Wheat, barley, rye, and any flours derived from these grains. There is controversy over oat’s status.

What are hidden sources of gluten? Soy sauce (the second ingredient is wheat), barbecue sauce, marinades, teriyaki sauce, Asian sauces, or anything that contains soy sauce in the list of ingredients. Modified food starch, malted drinks, malt vinegar, most cold cereals, grain based veggie burgers, meatballs, breaded foods, durum and semolina pasta (another name for wheat flour), some seasoning blends, and many prepackaged foods.

What foods are safe to eat? Most whole foods are safe, especially fruits, veggies, legumes, oils, nuts and seeds, and lean meats, and for some people, dairy. Safe grains include rice, corn, millet, tapioca, sorghum, teff, buckwheat (not related to wheat), potato starch, bean flours, nut flours, and coconut flour. Some people may tolerate gluten free oats, but caution is advised as there is controversy over their gluten free status. Visit this link for more information.

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There are 3 weeks until the free Celiac testing event at the University of Chicago, Saturday, October 10. For complete details please read here.

Please call to set up an appointment as the event is expected to fill up fast..UofC

For more info: Call The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center at 773.702.7593.

-------------------- Author Information: Anne Steib, Chicago, IL Anne Steib gfreegurl@yahoo.com http://www.examiner.com/x-13312-Chicago-GlutenFree-Food-Examiner

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Whip up some gluten-free waffles for breakfast

October 12th, 2009 by Allison Hecht

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Nothing beats a good, homemade breakfast. Fresh ingredients, a nice steaming cup of coffee, and a hearty appetite are all that you need. When you are tired of the traditional scrambled eggs, whip up this Apple Waffle recipe for a delicous, nutritious, gluten-free breakfast!

Don't have a waffle iron? Borrow one, or make this recipe at a friend or family members house for a delicious brunch.

Once again, this recipe is thanks to the wonderful people at Whole Foods. waffles

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cornmeal 1/4 cup Amaranth flour 1/2 cup brown rice flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

About 20% of people with untreated celiac disease have chronic constipation instead of the classic symptom of diarrhea. As the rate of diagnosis improves, constipation is becoming recognized as a common symptom of celiac disease.

Constipation is a common problem in the general population of the United States. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 4 million people have frequent constipation. It is one of the most common digestive complaints in the United States, resulting in about 2.5 million doctor visits and 92,000 hospitalizations annually, although most people treat themselves. This high rate of constipation results in annual laxative sales of over $735 million in this country.

This article will discuss the following topics:

1. How to recognize constipation.

2. Natural remedies that have been shown to help constipation.

3. How to induce a bowel movement.

WHAT IS CONSTIPATION?

Constipation involves problems with stool formation, consistency, and evacuation. It is characterized by one or more of these features:

· Hard, dry stool or soft, putty-like stool.

· Difficult defecation.

· Infrequent defecation, less than one bowel movement per day.

· A feeling of incomplete evacuation following bowel movement.

Constipation can give rise to many different ailments including indigestion, a white coated tongue, bad breath, gas, hemorrhoids, hernia, body odor, depression, fatigue, headache, insomnia, and varicose veins.

The three main causes of constipation are abnormal bowel motility, malabsorption and dysbiosis. Each one, or all three together can cause constipation.

1. Abnormal bowel motility is altered peristalsis, where food passes through the intestine too slowly, due to ineffective muscle action of the intestines. It may take the form of spastic colon or atonic colon.

· Spastic colon is characterized by a spasms, (irregular and excessive muscle contractions of the intestinal walls), so that the muscles resist stretching and thereby decrease the diameter of the inside of the intestine. This restricts the passage of food.

Hard, dry stools are produced as the colon absorbs too much water from the slowly advancing stool. Spasms can result from magnesium deficiency, chronic stress, lack of exercise, lack of water or lack of fiber in the diet.

Spastic constipation is associated with variable degrees of abdominal pain or distress, erratic frequency of bowel action, and variation in stool consistency.

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How to make gluten free halloween sugar cookies

October 12th, 2009 by Jen Cafferty

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Don't let dried out gluten-free sugar cookie dough ruin your Halloween. Here is a easy and delicious recipe for rolled sugar cookies. You don't even need to refrigerate the dough and the cookies freeze very well.

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1 cup rice flour 1/2 cup tapioca flour 1 cup potato starch 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup cane or beet sugar 1 cup shortening 1 egg 2 teaspoons GF vanilla extract potato starch, for kneading

In the bowl of a mixer, cream together sugar and shortening. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add all dry ingredients and combine until the dough forms a ball.

Annual Celiac Disease Conference to be held November 7, 2009

October 12th, 2009 by Kimberly Bouldin

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The 22nd Annual Celiac Disease Conference will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. The location is the Main Campus at Nationwide Children's Hospital in the Education Center, 700 Children's Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205.

Check-in time begins at 7:30 AM, with pre-conference session beginning at 9:00 AM. The conference opens at 9:45 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. The cost is $40/person. The cost for shopping only is $10. Children 12 & under are free. You can sign up by mailing in your registration that can be found here or you can sign up online here. Registration fee includes materials, activities, lunch, snack & breaks.

There are so many wonderful exhibitors & contributors, such as Pamela's Products, Raisin Rack, Trader Joe's, Celiac Specialites, Bakery on Main, Chebe Bread Products, Mary's Gone Crackers, and many more.

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If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease, are following the gluten free diet yet are still sick, you may find this true story very helpful...

A few months ago, I was visiting the office of a celiac disease support organization. A woman in the office started asking me questions about her symptoms. She was diagnosed with celiac disease and following the gluten-free diet. She was suffering from peripheral neuropathy and a host of other health issues. We looked up her symptoms in our book Recognizing Celiac Disease and noticed trends that pointed to certain nutrient deficiencies. Symptom after symptom pointed to low folic acid, low thiamin, and low omega-3 fatty acids. When we looked up Thiamin Deficiency, she said she had almost every symptom listed.

At that point she said she couldn't possibly have nutrient deficiencies. After her latest endoscopy with biopsy, her gastroenterologist told her that her villi in her small intestine had recovered and she was absorbing normally.

But, was she truly absorbing normally?