Your Gluten Free Elevator Speech

0 Comments 07 November 2015

During the upcoming holiday season, I will come into contact with many people who are unaware of celiac disease, my commitment to the gluten free diet. I need an elevator speech, a carefully prepared speech explaining my gluten free diet, my commitment to it, and what I expect from them. I need an “elevator speech”, I need to provide the information they need in 30 seconds or less in a carefully written and rehearsed statement. Continue Reading


Planning Holiday Meals: Dressing vs. Stuffing

0 Comments 24 October 2015

As we begin to plan our holiday  meals it is time to remember the distinction between “stuffing” and “dressing”.  Both have the same recipes, the difference is how they are cooked: stuffing is cooked inside “the bird” and dressing is cooked beside it. If the stuffing is gluten toxic, the turkey will be contaminated, and I will go home hungry. Sorry about that!


Gluten Free Ice Cream

0 Comments 24 October 2015

Gluten free ice cream is readily available in stores. Click here for links to Breyer’s Ice Cream, Edy’s,” and “Loving Gluten Free Ice Cream“. Continue Reading


Gluten Free Barbecue Sauce

0 Comments 22 October 2015

Gluten free barbecue sauce is readily available. The J.C. Heinz site lists 14 items, most of which are available in the United States. Annie’s Naturals lists suitable condiments and sauces.

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Gluten Free Colonoscopy

0 Comments 22 October 2015

Here are links to articles in which people-who-live-gluten-free describe their experiences with a medical procedure called a colonoscopy. Click here and/or here for more information.
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Losing Weight on the Gluten Free Diet

0 Comments 21 October 2015

If you have gone shopping, picked up a magazine or read a blog recently, you are likely to have seen “gluten-free” promoted for weight loss, improved health or enhanced performance. Gluten-free has become the newest diet trend and gluten-free food sales are booming with a threefold increase in the past five years. The burning question is: Will gluten-free help you lose weight?” Continue Reading


Halloween and the Child Who Lives Gluten Free

0 Comments 16 October 2015

Families with children-who-live-gluten free need answers to these questions:

~~~> How can I re-invent trick-or-treating so that my child can participate?
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Cheerios Gluten Free

0 Comments 28 August 2015


I’m eager to try gluten free cheerios. I was overjoyed — And perhaps a  bit nostalgic — to find them available at Amazon.

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Gluten Free in the Lunchroom

0 Comments 28 August 2015

Amazon lists more than four thousand items as school lunch accessories.  Apparently, children care as much about the impression they make in the lunch room as they do about the food itself. Continue Reading


Back to School: Lunches

0 Comments 13 August 2015

“Parents of gluten free children will have to pack at least 175 lunches (per child) this school year. Our goal is to make lunches that are envied (or at least not scorned) by other wheat-eating classmates and will be eaten (not traded or thrown away) by the child. Continue Reading


America’s Definition of Gluten Free

0 Comments 02 August 2015

America’s official definition of “gluten free” (<20 parts-per-million) was announced on August 5, 2013, two years ago this Wednesday. Continue Reading


Decision Making for Celiacs: How to Beat the Heat

0 Comments 27 July 2015

There are millions (don’t try to count them) gluten free  ways to beat the summer heat. My personal favorite involves one or more frozen bananas which are ground up to be the basic ice cream plus dozens of ideas for flavoring the dessert. Continue Reading


Gluten Free Merger: Albertsons, Haggen, and Safeway

0 Comments 17 July 2015

As you probably know, Safeway and Albertsons super market chains have merged. You ‘ll see the same store names, but your local store may change its name and be operated by a different company. To complicate things even more, Continue Reading


More Quizzes for People Who Live Gluten Free

0 Comments 10 July 2015

Try these quizzes to test your knowledge of the gluten free diet. They’re especially helpful because in both cases you will receive, in addition to your score,  a clear explanation of what is right and wrong about each possible answer. Click here to take the second quiz. Continue Reading


Quizzes for People-Who-Live-Gluten-Free

0 Comments 09 July 2015

Quizzes are an enjoyable and productive way to keep in mind the facts that people-who-live-gluten-free need to master. Continue Reading


Is Sun Screen Gluten Free?

0 Comments 03 July 2015

Is sunscreen gluten free? In most situations, it doesn’t matter, since sunscreen is not ingested. In cases where it is important, use this link to find a list of gluten free sunscreens.


Using a Gluten Free Menu

0 Comments 02 July 2015

Meals can’t be guaranteed gluten free if they are prepared in a kitchen that also prepares gluten-containing food. That’s true, but it is also a cop-out: thousands of gluten free meals are prepared in kitchens that serve everyone. It takes knowledge, careful and competent planning, and a well-trained staff. Menus that include this disclaimer are simply making excuses that people-who-live-gluten free will accept. The simple truth is that no restaurant can promise that its food is totally gluten free any more than that it can guarantee that salmonella is not present. Mistakes happen! The goal is to improve our chances.

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Camping for the Gluten Free

0 Comments 22 June 2015

Camping is fun for everyone. With a bit of advanced planning, people with special dietary requirements can  join in the excitement. Continue Reading


Gluten Free on Independence Day

0 Comments 16 June 2015

The upcoming Independence Day celebration has its own color scheme: red, white, and blue.  Continue Reading


Gluten Free Goes to College: Calories Count

0 Comments 13 June 2015

Living gluten free is highest for anyone with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, but it is not their only dietary concern. Calories count!!!!!!, particularly for people of college age.  Continue Reading


Gluten Free Goes to College: Making Decisions About Drinking

0 Comments 11 June 2015

No one should  suffer the experience of being simultaneously intoxicated and glutened! Continue Reading


Gluten Free Goes to College: Explaining the Gluten Free Life Style

0 Comments 03 June 2015

A freshman who lives gluten free might use ‘elevator speech’  like this to introduce himself and make his new friends aware of his situation: Continue Reading


Gluten Free Goes to College: Visiting the University

0 Comments 02 June 2015

Thousands of high school seniors who live gluten free will be entering college this fall. Up until this point, parents have had some control over their eating habits, their adherence to the gluten free diet, their snacking,  their expenditures for food, and their restaurant choices.  All this changes abruptly in September.

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Go Bunless This Summer

0 Comments 23 May 2015

Our summer plans include hamburgers and hot dogs, which are gluten free if we chose the appropriate brands. Finding gluten free buns is  more complicated, more expensive,and not always possible. We have several options: Continue Reading


What’s a “Dedicated Frier?” Why Should People Who Live Gluten Free Care?

0 Comments 22 May 2015

A “dedicated fryer” is a cooker that is used only for one type of food, thus miking cross-contamination impossible. That’s the theory at least! Continue Reading


Whole Grain vs. Whole Wheat vs. Multi-Grain

0 Comments 08 May 2015

Shoppers who live gluten free need to aware of the difference among the terms ‘whole wheat ‘, ‘whole grain’, and ‘multi-grain’.  Continue Reading


What does “Gluten Friendly” Mean?

0 Comments 07 May 2015

The term “gluten friendly” has no legal definition since it is seldom,if ever, used to food stores or other areas regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is frequently used in restaurants. Continue Reading


Celiac Awareness Month…What are the Essentials?

0 Comments 04 May 2015

October is Celiac Awareness Month. I became aware of celiac disease in  1999,when my doctor gave me my test results, referred me to a physician who who “knew more than he did” about that malady, and gave me a pamphlet on the subject. I left the office confused and afraid to eat dinner.

In  the beginning, my major Celiac Awareness issue was that no one had the slightest idea what I was talking about. Today, things are much more complicated. For example, people need to know that the gluten free diet

~~~> was designed to deal with symptoms of Celiac Disease. It has nothing to do with weight loss efforts or  anything else.

~~~> was designed to be a lifelong commitment.

~~~> is an elimination diet. We are not trying to cut down on gluten:  our goal is eliminate it from our diet.

~~~> must not be initiated until after a person has been tested for Celiac Disease. Otherwise, test results are useless.

~~~> has generated a market for gluten free food. Manufacturers and restaurateurs are thriving. We are eating better as a result of their efforts.

What else needs to added? What can I (and other internet journalists) do to improve our nation’s Celiac Awareness?






Cheerios Going Gluten Free

0 Comments 18 April 2015

At least five varieties of Cheerios will be gluten free by the end of the summer! I especially impressed by the fact that the only significant change is that the General Mills is now purchasing oats from a certified gluten free source. Continue Reading


Is a Formal Diagnosis of Celiac Disease Important?

0 Comments 17 April 2015

People who live gluten free have different opinions on the importance of an “official” diagnosis of celiac disease. Continue Reading


Carbohydrates and the Gluten Free Diet

0 Comments 12 April 2015

Our energy level and our weight are largely controlled by the carbohydrates in (or not in) our diet.This applies to both wheat-eaters and people who live gluten free. Continue Reading


Whole Grains and the Gluten Free Diet

0 Comments 11 April 2015

Whole grain foods are high in fiber and low in fat and help people feel “full” — and yet the Mayo Clinic estimates that less than 5% of Americans reject their recommendation for three servings per day. Continue Reading


Calorie Counting and the Gluten Free Diet

0 Comments 10 April 2015

We gain weight when we consume more calories than we expend in exercise and other activities. Period. End of discussion — there is no such thing a gluten free (or a gluten toxic) calorie. Continue Reading


A Hot Breakfast that is Gluten Free and Low in Sodium

0 Comments 07 April 2015

People can enjoy a hot breakfast that is gluten free, low in sodium, or even sodium free. Continue Reading


Breakfast Cereals that are Gluten Free and Low in Sodium

0 Comments 06 April 2015

This list enables me to make low sodium choices when I am enjoying breakfast. It exists because I need to choose early-morning options that are both gluten free and low in sodium. I need to make these choices all day and every day, of course, and I could not find a convenient way to do this on-line. Continue Reading


More Than Gluten Free

0 Comments 03 April 2015

I need a gluten free diet that is also low in sodium. I’ve prepared lists of foods that low sodium foods that are also gluten free. I’ like to share those lists with you.  Continue Reading


Flourless Baking and the Gluten Free Host

0 Comments 14 March 2015

Many desserts and other treats can be baked without using flour of any sort. Thus, we can entertain guests without uttering those emotionally-laden words “gluten free”. Continue Reading


Should You Be Tested for Celiac Disease Before You Begin a Gluten Free Diet?

0 Comments 11 March 2015

Yes, a screening  for celiac disease is an important first step. Here’s why: Continue Reading

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Is Gluten Free Sourdough Bread Available?

0 Comments 07 March 2015

Yes indeed, gluten free sourdough bread is a possibility,  particularly for folks who are willing to bake it at home. Continue Reading


Are You Considering the Gluten Free Diet?

0 Comments 26 February 2015

I disagree with the assertion that “The biggest reason to go gluten free when not medically required to is simply because there is no downside to doing a gluten free trial provided proper nutrition is maintained
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Gluten Free at Costco

0 Comments 19 February 2015

I shop gluten free in many different stores, but Costco generally has the lowest prices for the groceries that I need. Continue Reading


My Gluten Free Breakfast-of-Choice

0 Comments 18 February 2015

Chex cereal is my usual choice for breakfast. There are seven gluten free varieties, and I normally mix cereal from two or three boxes, so I have plenty of variety. Continue Reading


Breakfast Cereals: Gluten Free, non-GMO, and Certified Organic

0 Comments 17 February 2015

Natures Path breakfast cereals are gluten free, non-GMO,and certified organic. Continue Reading

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Gluten Free Cheerios Coming Soon!

0 Comments 13 February 2015

Gluten free Cheerios will appear on grocery shelves this summer!  Continue Reading


Summer Camps for Celiacs

0 Comments 08 February 2015

A child who lives gluten free deserves a week where there are no concerns  about the safety of ” food or the attitudes of the children who will be sharing that food. A gluten free summer camp is a wonderful opportunity for a child. Continue Reading


It Isn’t Easy Being Gluten Free. How Can We Support Each Other?

0 Comments 07 February 2015

“When our idea of danger is eating gluten, there is trouble afoot. Yes, we the people have gotten soft”. This sentence was dropped from a Superbowl ad after 18000+ people signed a petition declaring it offensive to people who live gluten free. (FYI, I was never asked.) I’m glad. I am not sure what I would have said or done. I have several thoughts and questions about this situation. Continue Reading


Gluten Free Living and Television Content

0 Comments 02 February 2015

A Superbowl ad was revised a few days before the big game because 15,000 people signed a petition saying that the it was offensive to people who live gluten free. You need to see the original ad for the rest of my article to make any sense. Fortunately, it’s only about three minutes long. Continue Reading


New Gluten Free Products Launched During Superbowl Week

0 Comments 26 January 2015

Two new gluten free options become available this this week, just in  time for the Superbowl. Continue Reading


Gluten Free Valentines Day, Part 2: the Classroom Party

0 Comments 22 January 2015

Virtually every elementary classroom has Valentines Day party and most of the food at that party is gluten toxic.  Continue Reading


Gluten Free Valentines Day, Part 1: for Children

0 Comments 21 January 2015

Hopefully, these four items will help you and your children celebrate Valentine’s Day: Continue Reading

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