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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No one should suffer the experience of being simultaneously intoxicated and glutened! Continue Reading
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
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.
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
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?
People who live gluten free have different opinions on the importance of an “official” diagnosis of celiac disease. Continue Reading
People can enjoy a hot breakfast that is gluten free, low in sodium, or even sodium free. Continue Reading
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
Yes, a screening for celiac disease is an important first step. Here’s why: Continue Reading
“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
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
Two new gluten free options become available this this week, just in time for the Superbowl. Continue Reading
Virtually every elementary classroom has Valentines Day party and most of the food at that party is gluten toxic. Continue Reading
Is ________ gluten free? The computer search engines have discovered approximately 105 million answers to that question. There is some consensus, and several computer apps that may help us find appropriate answer. One of my favorites is called (appropriately) “Is This Gluten Free?” Click here to download it from Google Play. The app is free. Continue Reading
The holiday season climaxes this Thursday (Christmas Day) I’ve been writing about this wonderful season since early November. My suggestions may still be useful to you, but only if you can find them quickly. Hopefully, these links will help with last minute decisions. I think its easier to work in a question & answer format.
Attractive and professional labels and stickers lessen the chance of “gluten free errors” during your holiday feast and also proclaim that safe gluten free dining is a priority in your home. Continue Reading
Walk through your kitchen this holiday season and determine what items would help you prepare ‘safermeals quicker and easier. Be sure those items appear on your Christmas wish-list! Continue Reading
Desert is often the high point of any feast, gluten free or otherwise. I’ve already posted a video-demonstration on preparing gluten free pies as well as well as one covering flourless gluten free cakes. Interested in other possibilities? Click here Continue Reading