Jen Cafferty

Gluten Free 101: Surviving Halloween

October 2nd, 2009 by Jen Cafferty


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Halloween can be a difficult holiday to navigate for a gluten-free child or allergic child. Here are some tips for an easy gluten-free Halloween and some great sources for gluten-free Halloween candy.

halloween-swirl-lollipop-125 Organize a Gluten-Free Halloween Party for Kids Kids love parties, especially when they can eat all the goodies. Host a party where everything is safe for your child. Carve pumpkins, have a costume contest, and eat gluten-free Halloween treats (such as Halloween Sugar Cookies.) Inexpensive party supplies and art supplies can be purchased online at www.orientaltrading.com.


WebMD reviews celebrity gluten-free diet book

October 2nd, 2009 by Tiffany Janes

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It seems that almost everyone has on opinion about Elisabeth Hasselbeck's book "The G Free Diet". People tend to think one of two things about it. They think it's great that a celebrity finally spoke out about having celiac disease since we desperately need the publicity. Or they feel that it's extremely unfortunate that the book contains quite a bit of inaccurate information, thus setting us back on our quest instead of forward. hasselbeck_book In the back of the book the author lists some of her favorite things like Flax Crackers from Sami's Bakery in Tampa, FL. However, the only things that the bakery owner will confirm are gluten-free are the cookies and brownies made in a sealed off room. The millet/flax items are not considered gluten-free. There is a disclaimer on the packaging of their "no gluten ingredients" products, due to how/where they are processed. Some stores are pulling the products from their shelves in response to the information in Hasselbeck's book stirring up a controversy about the product line.

Aura Lee Honkanen

Looking for a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan ice cream treat?

October 2nd, 2009 by Aura Lee Honkanen

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Coconut bliss is quickly becoming a favorite in the ice cream world. It can be found at most local grocery stores in the frozen food aisle. This delicious treat is creamy with a hint of coconut. Some favorite flavors include dark chocolate and naked coconut. It’s hard to believe this treat is gluten and dairy free.

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The idea began with the intention of creating a delicious ice cream without using dairy, soy, or sugar. Although this sounds like a big task to take on, the creators of Coconut Bliss did not disappoint. Using all natural ingredients, the makers found the combination of coconut milk and agave syrup to be just right. To learn more about Larry and Luna and their full story, click here.

John Libonati

Pittsburgh Pirates Host Celiac Awareness Day September 27

September 24th, 2009 by John Libonati

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Celiac Awareness Day at PNC Park is a special awareness and fundraising event that will help to support awareness and patient programs of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG) , and the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) throughout the region.Pirates_logo

Sunday, September 27, 2009 Game Time: 1:35 pm Pittsburgh Pirates vs. LA Dodgers Fan Appreciation Day at PNC Park Outfield Box: $20.00 ($5.00 donated) L/R Grandstand: $12.00 ($2.00 donated)

BIG NEWS!

The Pirates are going to have a gluten-free portable stand for the Celiac Awareness Day!! This is the food that will be served at this special concession stand.

Trish Deitemeyer

The Olive Garden Offers Gluten Free Options

September 22nd, 2009 by Trish Deitemeyer

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For better or worse, the Gluten Free lifestyle is gaining in popularity. While some in the community may bicker over its trendiness, one thing is for certain: bringing GF food into the mainstream is causing more and more restaurants and stores and manufacturers to sit up and take notice. There are more GF offerings at more locations than ever before.

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One surprising addition has been The Olive Garden’s Gluten Free menu. Who would have thought that an almost strictly pasta restaurant would have GF offerings? Of course, you can always get their salad sans croutons, but now they have a GF pasta on their Garden Fare options menu. Pennine Rigate with Marinara is a hearty marinara sauce made from tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and herbs served over gluten free penne pasta.

John Libonati

Celiac Disease Conference in New England October 3rd

September 22nd, 2009 by John Libonati

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The Healthy Villi Celiac Support Group, the Beth Israel Deaconess Celiac Center and 24 other support groups in New England are partnering together to offer an all-day New England Celiac Conference.

The day-long forum (8:00 am to 4:00 pm) will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlboro, MA.

The forum will include experts speaking on celiac disease, afternoon workshops, product sampling and product sales and a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. In attendance will be individuals with celiac disease (or gluten intolerance) and dietitians who are eager to learn about the gluten-free diet and the selection of food and beverages available to them. Approximately 600 attendees are expected.

The day-long conference

  • Features nationally known and respected speakers in the field of celiac disease.
  • Offers over 27,000 square feet of presentations, workshops, product sampling, and gluten free food.
  • Provides a working knowledge on how to live gluten free and learn the latest trends in celiac research and nutrition.
  • Offers 5 CEUS for Registered Dietitians.
  • Serves a full gluten free breakfast, lunch and snack to all attendees.To register: contact info@healthyvilli.org healthy_villi_conf_2009

    ------------------ Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA President-elect, Celiac Sprue Association (CSA). Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com. Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease. John can be reached at john.libonati@glutenfreeworks.com.

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    Watch Your Waistline While on a Gluten Free Diet: Part Two

    September 22nd, 2009 by Marissa Carter

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    Keeping a slim and trim waistline seems to be an important topic lately. Members of the gluten free elite are trying to find ways to counter-act the effects of a gluten free diet on their weight.Carter_foodcart

    In part one, the subject of will power was broached. Now that we have established that you have such a powerful tool at your disposal, let's work on how to use it.

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    Since the problem lies with the super-carbs, that is where you need to start. Put your powers to good use by having three days a week with no gluten free substitutes. Stick to lean meats, fruits and veggies on these days. This is a budget friendly idea as well. Put the savings towards buying that new smaller wardrobe.

    Marissa Carter

    Watch Your Waistline While on a Gluten Free Diet: Part One

    September 22nd, 2009 by Marissa Carter

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    When cruising the gluten free forums, it is not hard to notice that there are a few issues associated with a gluten free diet that come up a lot. One of these issues is a rapidly expanding waistline.

    The problem of gluten free weight gain comes from the higher concentration of carbohydrates and sugars found in gluten free foods. One serving of gluten free corn spaghetti has 7 more grams of carbs than the "regular" counterpart. That may not seem like much in terms of numbers, but your thighs can tell the difference.

    With the holiday season quickly approaching, many people are beginning to search for a sure fire way to beat the bulge. This is even more challenging when you are already searching to find the gluten free jewels in every party menu.

    Gluten-Free 101: How to Pack Food for Trips

    September 21st, 2009 by Tiffany Janes

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    Many places in the U.S. are not gluten-free friendly and many places are great to visit if you're gluten-free. New York City and Atlanta are fantastic in terms of gluten-free shopping and dining, while Panama City Beach, FL is horrid. For this reason, many people who can't eat gluten pack an extra suitcase full of food for any trip.

    Taking your own food on trips is often a good idea. It is a terrible feeling to find yourself without something safe to eat - even if it's just a cracker to nosh on when others around you are dining on gluten filled appetizers. It's a good idea to keep a survival pack of food in your car, even if you're not leaving town. There is something comforting about knowing there is safe food available, should a need for it arise.

    If you are traveling from the U.S. to some parts of Europe, you might want to rethink your packing habits. Planning our first visit overseas after my celiac diagnosis was scary. Through much research I knew that it seemed easier to eat out outside the U.S. than at home, but until you experience that for yourself you're a skeptic.

    Randi Markowitz

    Recipe: Gluten free rice noodle salad with chicken and herbs

    September 21st, 2009 by Randi Markowitz

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    This is an easy-to-make, delicious entree that is gluten-free, inexpensive and fantastic. It's as good as any dish I have had in any Thai or Vietnamese restaurant in the Houston area. Do not fear the Asian fish sauce...it adds lots of flavor, and it is easy to find in the Oriental foods section of just about any grocery store.

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    rice_noodle_salad_randi_markowitz 1/2 pound dried rice noodles, about 1/4 inch wide (I used Caravelle brand, available at HEB)

    3/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice

    2 large garlic cloves, minced