Gluten free

The Best of G-Free Grab & Go

gluten free kind barsI’m a huge fan of naturally gluten-free food. It’s usually healthier, usually cheaper, and IMHO, usually tastier, too. There are so many ways to go g-free quick and easy, and I highlighted a bunch in last month’s newsletter, with tips from a variety of gluten-free bloggers.

And yet…there are so many reasons packaged foods do come in handy from time to time, whether it’s because of job demands, travel, outdoor activities that prevent easy access or you just need to have something shelf-stable and portable in the car in case of emergency.

So…in honor of Celiac Disease Awareness month in May, I put together a list of healthier options among packaged products, with an eye out towards Read More »

The Britney Spears Gluten-Free Soundtrack

I don’t care what you think about her life choices, lack of shoes, or all-around confusing actions, Britney Spears basically made a soundtrack that speaks to my journey with the gluten-free diet.

Annnnnd here we go:

Toxic 

When you have come to the realization that gluten is toxic for your body, but you still have a deep, passionate love for it. It’s like that bad boy you know isn’t good for you, but you can’t help the fact that you are so attracted to it.

Baby One More Time

Within the first few months of the Read More »

The First Step in Accepting a Gluten-free Diet

Finding out that you have to eat differently than you have your entire life can come as a complete shock. Receiving a diagnosis of Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or sensitivity and being told that you can no longer eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, may seem overwhelming, confusing, frustrating, and impossible at first. This can especially be true if you are not accustomed to reading labels, if you Read More »

The Fresh Market Introduces Private Label Gluten-free Products

the fresh market gluten free

The Fresh Market has embraced the growing gluten-free products category by introducing a private label gluten-free line and by adding shelf tags for all of the gluten-free products in the store. Additionally, they have added new gluten-free items to its selection of private brand products. From baking mixes to bread crumbs, all of their gluten-free private label products are certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organization.

They currently offer 25 private label gluten-free items and are working on expanding the selection: Read More »

The Gluten-Free Game of Clue

In the Game of Clue, players must solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Boddy, what they used to commit the crime, and where this occurred. A similar version of these three questions is something that gluten-free folks are used to finding out.

Who prepared the food?

What utensils did they use?

Where did they prepare it?

When I dine out, I’m always sure to remind the server, “They cannot prepare my sandwich on the same counter,” or when I’m at Chipotle, “Could you please change your gloves? I am gluten free.” These are comments that MUST be made in order to ensure safety and reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

I figured we’d have some fun and make a gluten-free version of this classic detective game because that’s what we all need to be – gluten-free detectives! When dining out, there are different places one can be glutened and there are different weaponsof contamination. No matter who did it, where it happened, or what caused the contamination, the end result is always the same – the victim is glutened.

Gluten-Free Game of Clue: How was I glutened?

gluten free game of clue

If dining at a restaurant that serves both gluten-filled and gluten-free food (which is just about every restaurant we can eat at), the opportunity to be glutened is everywhere. The key to a safe dining experience for a gluten-free individual is Read More »

The Greater Cleveland Celiac Assoc CSA/USA Annual Gluten-Free Cookie Exchange is this Sunday Dec 9th!

cleveland gluten free cookie

You are invited! The Greater Cleveland Celiac Association Annual Cookie Exchange

Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:30 PM

Solon Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library

34125 Portz Parkway Solon, 44139 (off Rt 91 – SOM Center Rd )

Visit www.clevelandceliac.webs.com for details.

Bring the kids! We will have kid’s activities at this meeting. Read More »

The Importance of Exercise to Bone Health when Gluten-Free

Gluten free exercise and bones

Exercise retains & improves bone strength!

When you see gluten-free fruit and nut bars in the airport newsstand, you know we’ve come a long way in our society’s awareness of food sensitivities.  In my mere two years without gluten, I’ve gone from stuffing my suitcase with Larabars to ensure I don’t starve while away, to, well, still packing them, but knowing that I likely won’t be completely reliant on them the whole trip.

In addition to newsstand snack options, I recently discovered a Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport restaurant having a gluten-free menu.  I was thrilled!  I would sooner have expected to see a glatt kosher dining area!

The dramatic increase in gluten-free offerings makes me wonder: why the recent influx of news about gluten? Is it that so many more people are getting tested for celiac disease? Are more people questioning their ailing guts and attributing it to gluten? Read More »

The Joy of Cooking: Gerri’s “Sour Cream” Pound Cake

I get so much joy when I cook for others, so last Saturday I threw a little dinner party at my house with two of my close friends. There are so many positives to this:

Positives: I love to cook and bake, It makes me happy, allows me to escape the pain, I can eat a safe meal with friends, I can try out a new recipe, my friends love my cooking, and most importantly,  we always have a good time together.

Today I am going to share with you the dessert I made for the dinner party. It was a cake recipe my mom got from a friend, which I converted to be gluten/dairy free. When making the recipe I had to Read More »

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