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Five Quick Tips To Avoid Gluten In Different Situations

These 5 tips will help you stay gluten-free at the times when it is toughest.

Restaurants: Talk to the Manager.

Restaurants can be a minefield. Talking to the manager before you eat, even before you visit, can guarantee a safe meal. Why the manager? The manager has a vested interest in making sure you have a great experience. He or she often knows what is in the meals, usually understands gluten if the restaurant claims a gluten-free menu, and has quick access to ingredient labels. The other staff, even including cooks, may be new hires or less educated when it comes to gluten.

Family Events: Bring it. Hide it.

Family parties and get togethers are great, fun, boisterous times! Unless you know the host is making a gluten-free meal with lots of options, it is best to bring your food, even if it is “just in case.” Why hide it? When the cousins see your delicious gluten-free cookies or meatballs or bbq chicken, they are going to eat it. All of it. Cross contamination is also an issue. We’ve all seen people use the same spoons to scoop up different dishes. Bring it. Hide it. At least hide some of it.

Grocery Shopping: Choose Whole Foods over Processed.

Most processed foods contain multiple ingredients. Some are easy to figure out. Others might as well be a different language. Choosing whole foods makes it easy to shop gluten-free. Whole foods include eggs, meats, vegetables, nuts, fish, fruits…basically ingredients. While preparation might take a little longer, lots of times the meals we make are more nutritious and delicious. Especially when made with gluten-free love.

Don’t Chance It. When in Doubt, Toss it Out.

I once asked my mother whether a leftover in the refrigerator was still good. “When in doubt, toss it out,” she said. The idea is that it isn’t worth getting sick over. This logic applies to gluten-free. If you’re not sure about a food or meal, don’t risk it. Eating that particular food or dish isn’t worth being sick for hours or days. Also, your instincts are generally right.

Snacks Save.

“I……am…….starving!” We’ve all been there. Skipped breakfast. Worked through lunch. Whatever the reason, now we are starving and judgment is out the window. This is exactly the situation we want to avoid because being hungry makes it exponentially harder to make good decisions. Carrying snacks is so important and can be a live saver. Find a few shelf stable snacks you like and keep them in your glove compartment or in a desk drawer for those times when you need ANYTHING to eat.

Gluten Free Allergen Free Expo {GFAF Expo – Official Blogger – Secaucus, NJ}

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Words can not begin to express how excited I am to have been chosen as an Official Blogger for the Gluten Free Allergen Free Expo (GFAF Expo) in Secaucus, NJ on September 7 & 8, but I am going to try anyway.

I was diagnosed five years ago with celiac disease and what a journey it has been. There have been some great moments and some really horrible ones, but it is all a part of it and you have to learn to adapt and move forward. Over these five years I have managed to Read More »

Gluten Free Works Founders to Speak at Florida West Coast Expo

John Libonati Gluten Free Works

March 24, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida: John Libonati and Cleo Libonati, co-founders of GlutenFreeWorks.com and publishers of Recognizing Celiac Disease, will be speaking at the Florida West Coast Support Group’s Expo – “Gluten-Free for Life.”

The first ever Gluten-Free for Life Expo will be held in St Petersburg on March 24, 2012 from 11:am to 4:pm at The Coliseum, 535 Forth Avenue N.  The Gluten Intolerance Support Group of Largo presents this one-of-a-kind expo to provide information on the Gluten-Free lifestyle.  The group’s goal is to increase awareness of Celiac Disease and Gluten–Intolerance and provide education and resources for the Gluten-Free Community.

Cleo Libonati explains the connection between gluten, nutritional deficiencies and health

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN will be presenting “Identifying and Correcting Nutritional Deficiencies in Celiac Disease.” While many people recognize the need to remove gluten from the diet, the other side of getting well – how to identify and correct nutritional deficiencies – is less understood by patients and professionals alike. Cleo has spoken to medical schools, nurse practitioner associations, dietetic associations and gluten free support groups across the country where her presentation consistently receives rave Read More »

Glutenfreeworks.com Celebrates Celiac Awareness Month with Gluten-Free Extravaganza

 John Libonati Gluten Free Works

Fort Washington, PA, USAGlutenfreeworks.com, one of the most popular gluten-free websites on the internet, is celebrating Celiac Awareness Month during May by giving away over 640 gluten-free prizes in a Gluten Free Extravaganza! 

Gluten Free NetWorks

The newest gluten-free social network on the internet!

Gluten Free Works is awarding the Gluten Free Extravaganza prizes to members of its new social network, Gluten Free NetWorks, the newest social network for the gluten-free community. 

Gluten Free NetWorks advances Glutenfreeworks.com’s mission to “help people get well, look good and stay healthy” by providing a place to meet, share information and assist each other.

Gluten-Free Extravaganza prizes were donated by twenty-six gluten-free companies: Earth Source Organics, Domata Living Flour, Heartland Pasta, Conte’s Pasta, Bob’s Red Mill, Read More »

Knoxville Gluten Free Vendor Fair: March 12, 2011

Knoxville support group for children and adults with celiac disease to host 3rd annual Gluten Free Vendor Fair 

Celi-ACT, a support group for families with one or more members affected by gluten intolerance, is hosting its 3rd annual Gluten Free Vendor Fair on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m at a new location in the Jacobs Building at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center in Knoxville.

The event has grown substantially since it was first held in 2009 and is now one of the largest gluten-free events in North America.  More than Read More »

National Experts Will Teach at Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, April 29 – May 1

Jen Cafferty Gluten Free Works Author

Cooking classes, kids area and samples galore; Sessions for professionals, too 

Gluten Free & Allergen Free ExpoCHICAGO, Apr. 8, 2011 – To spare those on special diets another day of hockey-puck provisions, the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo (www.gfafexpo.com), April 29 through May 1, is bringing the nation’s leading chefs, best-selling cookbook authors, and highly regarded nutrition and health experts to Chicagoland to help people learn how to prepare healthy, tasty meals and baked goods without gluten and some of the most common allergens. 

Open to the general public, the event features separate full-day sessions of Read More »

New York Gluten-free Vendor Fair Largest in North America – August 28 & 29

Suffolk County Celiacs Organization proudly presents their 4th Gluten Free Vendor Fair and Fundraiser – the largest gluten-free consumer event in North America!

It will take place rain or shine August 28 & 29th, 2010, Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 25 (IBEW), 370 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY. 

Admission is $10. per person and $15. per family (max 4)

Come tastes samples from 60 gluten free vendors at the largest gluten free Read More »

P.F. Chang’s Offering Free Lettuce Wraps in July

Kim Bouldin Gluten Free Works

Pf Changs Lettuce Wraps Gluten Free WorksP.F. Chang’s has one of the largest gluten-free menu around and is constantly offering fun reasons to dine in their restaurants.  July is no different.  During the month of July, they are offering free lettuce wraps and special prices on bottles of wine on Mondays & Tuesdays.  Both of these specials are being offered to help celebrate 18 years!!  

P.F. Chang’s has something for everyone. In addition to various gluten-free menu choices, they also offer Read More »

Penn State College Celiac Support Group’s Food Faire 2011

It’s always great when people proactively celebrate and educate others about the gluten free life, and that’s exactly what Penn State’s Celiac Support Group is doing with its 2011 Food Faire.  It’s sure to be a good time with lots of food – if you’re going to be around central Pennsylvania, check it out and tell us about all the fun!  Below is some information on the Food Faire from Heidi Watson, president of the Celiac Support Group.

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Information for Attendees:

This year, for the first time ever, local Celiacs and residents of central PA will be able to attend the Centre Area Gluten Free Food Faire to learn about products and services for individuals with celiac disease/gluten intolerance and we anticipate a great turnout! The State College Celiac Support Group is sponsoring a food expo, so it will also be a terrific chance to try new Read More »

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