Author Archives: Marissa Carter

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 prone to buy products without those ingredients.  This raises the question; Do Celiacs need gluten free skin care products?

According to Dr. Michael Picco, in an article on MayoClinic.com, Read More »

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

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.

Selective Substitutions

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. Read More »

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

weight loss gluten freeWhen 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. Read More »

Gluten Free Soapbox: Recovering From Flu With No Groceries Blues

Don't let this happen to you this flu season!!

Last week, the flu stole my will to live. I spent the entire week in a fog and barely ate anything but gluten free crackers and orange juice.  Oh, how I look back now and long for that simplicity!  I didn’t know then how easy I had it, and I didn’t know until now the consequences of the fact that no grocery shopping has been done.

Yes, I am still out of the things I was out of when I took to my bed last week.  Now I’m out of gluten free crackers and orange juice too!  I am continually amazed that the gluten free grocery fairies have not graced me with their presence.

At some point, my body decided it would be funny to heal just enough to be starving, but not Read More »

Gluten Free Soapbox: Say NO to “Meanies” in Forums

So many boxes, so little time… [taliesin/Morguefile

For this week’s gluten free soapbox we go back to the forums. Those online “support groups” that are supposed to be a place of sharing, healing and camaraderie. People log on to the gluten free forums to talk about their troubles and make friends who are struggling with the same issues they are. That is why I am so disturbed today.

Something I’ve noticed happening every so often (not constantly, but too much) is the sarcasm and derision thrown at Read More »

Gluten Free Soapbox: We Are Not Crazy!

This week’s gluten free soapbox comes from the personal archives. I’m absolutely certain that I’m not the only one who has encountered this, but it doesn’t seem to get talked about much…

Often times, it seems that people who are on strict gluten free diets get viewed as high maintenance, or picky. The constant need to check and double check ingredients tends to bother some people. The reports of contamination and reactions go unbelieved, and people give that knowing look when “gluten free” is mentioned.

I even had a doctor say that the worst that could happen with Celiac Disease is diarrhea, so not to Read More »

Recipe for Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Soup

There are a lot of recipes out there that call for cream of chicken soup. This is not a happy thing for people who cannot have this creamy delight due to Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance. Here is a great recipe for Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Soup. Hopefully this will take a little of the stress out of weeding through the cans and cannots in your recipe box.

Cream of Chicken Soup. Source: kconnors/morguefile

Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Soup

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbs. butter or margarine
  • 2 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 cube chicken bullion (gluten-free!) Read More »

The Gluten Free Challenge May 22 & 23

The Gluten Free Challenge has been issued, and everyone in Kansas City should answer the call. This isn’t a challenge for people who are already members of the gluten free elite, though. The Gluten Free Challenge is for people who eat gluten to experience being gluten free for one weekend.

The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) and Pamela’s Products have teamed up to issue The Gluten Free Challenge in honor of Celiac Awareness Month. The idea? Everyone should walk a weekend in a Celiac’s shoes! Read More »

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