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.


  • Marissa Carter

    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

    Rozenfeld_Monica_NYC.jpegAlthough gluten-free eating is not impossible to do in most any restaurant including (but much harder) in Italian settings, there are restaurants and bakeries appearing throughout the City which tailor specifically to the gluten-free crowd. Below is a listing of several of the most talked about places. If you have dined here, or planning to, we would love to hear your recommendations!risotteria

    Risoterria 270 Bleeker Street, btwn 6th and 7th Ave. www.Risotteria.com

    Everything from pasta dishes, to paninis, to cookie dough All gluten-free.

    Friedman’s 75 Ninth Avenue, at Chelsea market www.Friedmanslunch.com

    A great lunch place where all items on the menu (even sandwiches) can be served gluten-free.

    Gluten-free 101: What is gluten-free at Hardee’s?

    September 17th, 2009 by Kimberly Bouldin

    Kimberly_Bouldin_Exam_OHEating on the run is one of the hardest things to do when you have to follow a strict gluten-free diet. No one likes to have to depend on fast food or food on the go, but let's face it, in this day & age, it is inevitable. It isn't always possible to plan ahead & pack something safe to eat. Enter: fast food restaurants. More fast food restaurants are starting to cater to those with special dietary needs. Hardee's is a great example. hardees-logo Hardee's not only has a gluten-free burger, but they have a salad & breakfast bowl option as well. Hardee's sent me the following email today:

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    With Celiac awareness on the rise, more and more people are getting tested and properly diagnosed. Many people have lived with troubling symptoms for years before getting a doctor to order the correct tests and give a formal diagnosis. Once people receive their diagnosis, they can cut gluten from their lives, allow their bodies to heal and feel better than they have in years.

    Current studies predict that 1 out of 100 Americans have celiac, that is over 3 million Americans, and of those, 97% are undiagnosed. The longer an individual goes with undiagnosed celiac, the greater their risk to develop other serious illnesses.

    On average, a child will visit 8 pediatricians before being correctly diagnosed with celiac disease.

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    As a result The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center offers a free blood screening every October. This year, it will be held October 10, 2009. Pre-registration is required, and opens September 1, 2009. Please call 773.702.7593 to register. The free blood screening will take place on the 4th floor of The University of Chicago Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine.

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    Who doesn’t love fall weather? The colors changing on the leaves, cooler weather (well, maybe we will be a couple degrees less than 100), the beginning of a new football season, the glorious Austin City Limits Music Festival, the list goes on. Some of the best tasting vegetables are also in season in the fall such as the mushrooms, oranges, lemons, cauliflower and fennel. All of the following vegetables have unique flavors and can be used in a variety of dishes. The top five are:

    Mushrooms Mushrooms are known for their immune boosting benefits in the nutrition world. They have been used for thousands of years in helping prevent cancer, boost the immune system and are also known as a great anti-aging food. There are several different types of mushrooms that are fabulous to cook with. Try grilling some beefy Portobello’s with Italian seasonings for a nice vegetarian meal this fall.

    Oranges The beloved orange; it’s one of the most popular fruits in North America. Known for the immune boosting vitamin C, oranges have many other health benefits. Oranges also have a good amount of Potassium (which helps with muscle contraction), fiber and vitamin A. Oranges are very versatile when it comes to cooking. Try this yummy recipe from celiac.com: Orange Chicken.

    Cindy Swan

    Is gluten free the next weight loss fad diet?

    September 14th, 2009 by Cindy Swan

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    With increasing regularity folks are asking if they should start the “new” gluten free diet to lose weight. They’re serious. Too often eating plans designed to combat specific diseases become money making marketing machines in the form of weight loss fad diet products, usually with poor long term results.

    cindy_swan_veggies Many people now see the gluten free labels in the health food section of the grocery store, the thin people reaching for them, and well, you see the fore drawn conclusion. What they don’t realize is that the thin person may have celiac disease or other autoimmune disorder, and he or she actually weighs a healthy 20 pounds more since starting a gluten free diet, putting an end to malabsorption problems. Conversely, some people do lose weight eating gluten free, not because they are using the lifestyle as a specific weight loss program, but because addressing their underlying disease resulted in improved body composition.

    In the later case, weight loss may be a side benefit of removing the offending food, thus allowing the body time to heal and absorb nutrients normally. However, a gluten free lifestyle is not intended to be the next fad weight loss program. Consider two other dieting trends over the past two decades: