Gluten free

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?

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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!

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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

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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 »

The Olive Garden Offers Gluten Free Options

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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. Read More »

The Top 5 Myths of the Gluten Free Diet Debunked

This article debunks the five major myths that seem to persist when it comes to the gluten-free diet.

  1. Gluten-Free Is a Weight Loss Diet

False. Removing gluten from your diet is not a weight loss diet.

Do some people lose weight? Yes. Why?

Many people have reported losing weight when they adopted a gluten-free diet. Losing ten to twenty pounds makes a big difference in how a person looks. People see this and ask, “What did you do?” The person replies, “I went gluten-free.” Other people hear, and since EVERYONE is “trying” to lose weight, the gluten-free diet becomes a weight loss diet…especially once reporters start spreading the word.

The gluten-free diet is not a weight loss diet, but weight loss can be a side effect. It was for me.

How does this weight loss work? Read More »

The Truth About Soy for a Gluten-Free Diet

Is soyglutenfreesafesoy safe and healthy if you’re gluten-free? Do you consider soy milk to be healthier than regular milk? Do you worry about GMO soy? Or perhaps you’re concerned about rumors of soy being dangerous and disruptive to your hormones?

These are all great questions I find myself answering often. Though I don’t believe the story on soy is quite as cut and dry as some out there (like those in the Paleo world), I firmly feel that those of us who are gluten-free for whatever the reason —be it celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance, thyroid issues or autoimmune problems— have tremendous reason to be wary and skeptical of the notion that soy is a safe alternative to Read More »

The Winter Fancy Food Show Introduces New Gluten Free Products

Wow, was that a good food show! The NASFT’s Winter Fancy Food Show was held Jan 17-19 in San Francisco, CA. This food show highlights specialty foods, snacks and beverages from better name brands like Jelly Belly and Annie Chun’s to Coco Chocolates from the UK and 479º Popcorn from San Francisco. One of the big trends is definitely gluten-free which is excellent news for anyone on a gluten-free diet. It was great being able to sample so many delicious gluten-free products from dips, crackers and pizza to cookies, cakes and granola. Read More »

Three foods that should be part of any gluten free diet

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oliveoilDue to the malabsorption concerns all too commonly associated with Celiac disease and gluten intolerance, nutrient rich whole foods are a vital to the diet. In the early stages of a gluten free diet, the body is still healing, or there are other underlying autoimmune illnesses, so there may be some foods that initially are not tolerated well. Introduce those foods slowly. Start by including the following three foods, which are loaded with vital nutrients, are naturally gluten free, and can be used in endless recipe variations: Read More »

Tips for a Gluten-Free Valentine

I can’t say that I’m lucky enough to have a Valentine this year (unless you count my two girlfriends that are going to binge eat chocolate with me), but I think the below tips are useful for anyone that is looking to treat their gluten-free Valentine to a special day. Read More »

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