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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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What does “Gluten Friendly” Mean?

1 Comment 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

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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?

 

 

 

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies

0 Comments 19 January 2015

Two varieties of gluten free cookies — Toffee-Tastic and Trios — will be available this spring during the Girl Scouts’s annual cookie sales campaign. Continue Reading

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Pizza Hut Introducing Gluten Free Pizza

0 Comments 17 January 2015

Pizza Hut will begin offering gluten free pizza on January 26 at about one-third of its outlets. Cheese-only and pepperoni options will be available in a 10 inch size. Continue Reading

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Is This Gluten Free?

0 Comments 16 January 2015

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

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Gluten Free on Superbowl Sunday

0 Comments 15 January 2015

Superbowl Sunday isn’t officially a holiday, but it certainly a day for celebration and  party food. Here are some suggestions for celebrating the event: Continue Reading

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Using ‘Apps’ for Gluten Free Shopping

0 Comments 05 January 2015

Your smart-phone is  a  great  gluten free shopping tool since it is useful even when you are not  in front of your computer. The tools that make all this possible are called ‘application software’, or simply ‘apps’. Continue Reading

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Gluten Free Super Bowl Party

0 Comments 03 January 2015

The avocado is the official fruit of the Super Bowl. I don’t know if anyone has officially decreed this, but the fact that 104 million pounds of avocados were consumed last Super Bowl season is proof enough for me. Continue Reading

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Gluten Free New Years Resolutions

0 Comments 29 December 2014


It’s New Years’ Eve. Let’s do resolutions right this year. There are three basic rules: Continue Reading

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Wrapping up the Holiday Season

0 Comments 22 December 2014

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.

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