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11 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Is Monosodium Glutemate (MSG) Gluten Free?

“Bottom line: There may be other reasons to avoid MSG, but gluten is not one of them.” NOTE: I am currently working on this article. Try again tomorrow. Have a good day. pAUL

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11 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments


“Silent Celiac Disease” drove me into early retirement , even though — I assume— the term does not exist in the medical text books. I was constantly tired, chronically unable to swallow, habitually constipated, and counting the days until my eagerly-awaited retirement. I had been a US government employee working in Germany and loving the […]

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06 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

What Foods are Gluten Free?

These articles target people who have decided to eliminate gluten from their diets. Your concern is HOW not WHY. >>> The United States government has issued regulations for labeling packages “gluten free”: the food within them must contain less than 20 parts-per-million gluten. This is a very small amount of gluten as you can see by reading […]

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13 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Is Coffee Gluten Free? What About Tea?

Ground coffee is gluten free. Coffee-mate is gluten free. The same also lists many brands of artificial sweeteners that are gluten free. Sugar, of course, is on our approved list. Folgers coffee assures us that its products are gluten free. This information also applies to tea and tea drinkers.

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03 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

is tofu gluten free?

  At least in theory, tofu is gluten free, since its only ingredients are soybeans, water, and a coagulant. Of course, it is seldom that simple: here is a list of commercially-prepared products that are certified gluten-free. Of course, we are also looking for tofu meals that actually taste great. Click here and/or here for […]

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01 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Copycat Recipes

“Copycat Recipes” have the exact look, taste, appearance, and  and feel of the foods we desire,  without  having any ingredients that cause problems for anyone.  In our situation, this means  gluten free foods that are OK for virtually anyone. The recipes may be “safe”, but there are several things to think about before using them: ~~~> Are […]

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23 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Questions about “100% Gluten Free Restaurants”

Many eating places describe themselves as “totally gluten free”. Are they still operating? If not, there sites have probably have been deleted but you may find their name and web-address address in a list of similar locations Are they what you are looking for? They might call themselves “restaurants” but you might think  to them […]

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18 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

What Gluten-Free Labels are Legally Protected?

If you need to know if a product is “safe”, look for  “Gluten-Free”, “Free of  Gluten”, “No Gluten”, and and “Without Gluten”. Other notices may be posted (“no gluten ingredients” etcetera)  and may be accurate,  but they do not provide a government-backed guarantee that they are appropriate for celiacs. Click here for more specific information.

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17 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Are Popeyes Restaurants Gluten Free?

Popeys makes no attempt to attract gluten-free visitors. I appreciate their honest approach even though I couldn’t consider dining there. As one reviewer remarked,  “All of the tasty chicken entrees at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen are coated with breading containing gluten. The only gluten-free items on the menu are apple sauce, Cajun rice, red beans and […]

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16 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Our Gluten Free New Resolution

With adequate preparation, people who live gluten free can enjoy vacations, even under challenging conditions. We enjoyed our winter vacation, even though we were unexpectedly “snowed in” for an extra six days, in a mountain cabin. I was pleasantly surprised that the snow-covered boondocks could be so much fun! Before leaving home, our computer had […]

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04 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Shopping Using Your Computer

I searched for a coffee creamer that met very specific criteria: it had to be gluten free, dairy free, and I prefer a  liquid. My internet search met my super-specific requirements. I typed the words “liquid”, “coffee creamer”, “gluten free”, “dairy free”  into my computer, putting quotation marks around each of the phrases to make it clear […]

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02 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Your Gluten Free Elevator Speech

Everyone who lives gluten free needs “an elevator speech”; a memorized thirty-second statement that summarizes their reasons for living gluten free diet, my decisions about what is not allowed on the diet, and my expectations for them. I am certainly not advocating a gluten free diet for everyone. What do I mean by an elevator speech?: It […]

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02 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

My New Years Resolution for 2017

I agree with Lucy’s comment — My hope for 2017 is to be less “sick and tired”. But yelling at my little brother is NOT a resolution! I need specific plans for dealing with my situation: My 78th birthday occurs this month, so a certain amount of tiredness is to be expected. I was diagnosed with […]

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29 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Planning Your Gluten Free Resolutions

I’ve been a diagnosed with Celiac disease in 1966. One result of this is that I was pouring lots of milk on lots of gluten free cereal. Last month, I was told to begin using non-dairy milk. I was lucky: the advice “worked”. I’m feeling better!!!!! But, I made this diet change without first doing […]

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08 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Is Vinegar Gluten Free?

“Most distilled white vinegar is made from corn, a safe* ingredient. The single word “vinegar” on a food label indicates apple cider vinegar. Distillation, one of the oldest scientific processes on earth, successfully removes gluten from the final product. The only place in the world where vinegar was questioned was the US.” (In the context […]

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07 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Is Meat Gluten Free?

Yes, all meat and meat products are gluten free unless they are combined with potentially-gluten-toxic items such as gravies, sauces,or other items that may be cooked with them.

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06 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Barbecue

People who live gluten free are always concerned about how their food is prepared, even when it is cooked on an outdoor grill. They need to be concerned about the food itself and also about how that food is prepared. The charcoal used in grilling can have an important effect.

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26 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shopping for Gluten Free Groceries on-Line

Food shopping on-line can be expensive, but it will probably save your time,  and is certainly hassle free. How wonderful to shop in your living room or computer nook with shopping lists and reference books at your fingertips!!!!!!  There are no delivery charges if you follow a few basic rules.

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09 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Oats and Your Gluten Free Diet

Living gluten free does not require that you give up eating oats. Here is a way that The Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago explains the matter: “Oats can be part of the gluten free diet provided that they are selected from sources that guarantee a lack of contamination by wheat, rye, or […]

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23 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Ordering Gluten Free Restaurant Meals

The new labeling rules have made it easier and “safer” to purchase gluten free food in the grocery store. Finding a gluten free restaurant meal is much more difficult. The survey below describes five situations that may cause concern when you are studying a restaurant menu.

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07 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Your Gluten Free Elevator Speech

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”, […]

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24 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Planning Holiday Meals: Dressing vs. Stuffing

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 […]

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24 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Ice Cream

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“.

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22 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Barbecue Sauce

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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22 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Colonoscopy

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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21 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Losing Weight on the Gluten Free Diet

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 […]

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16 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Halloween and the Child Who Lives Gluten Free

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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28 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Cheerios Gluten Free

  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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28 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free in the Lunchroom

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.

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13 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Back to School: Lunches

“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.

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02 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

America’s Definition of Gluten Free

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

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27 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Decision Making for Celiacs: How to Beat the Heat

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.

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17 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Merger: Albertsons, Haggen, and Safeway

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,

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10 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

More Quizzes for People Who Live Gluten Free

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.

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09 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Quizzes for People-Who-Live-Gluten-Free

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

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03 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Is Sun Screen Gluten Free?

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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02 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Using a Gluten Free Menu

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 […]

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22 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Camping for the Gluten Free

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

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16 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free on Independence Day

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

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13 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Goes to College: Calories Count

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. 

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11 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Goes to College: Making Decisions About Drinking

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

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03 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

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

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

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02 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Goes to College: Visiting the University

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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23 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Go Bunless This Summer

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:

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22 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

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

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!

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08 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Whole Grain vs. Whole Wheat vs. Multi-Grain

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

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07 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

What does “Gluten Friendly” Mean?

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.

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04 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Celiac Awareness Month…What are the Essentials?

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 […]

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18 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Cheerios Going Gluten Free

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.

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17 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Is a Formal Diagnosis of Celiac Disease Important?

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

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