Gluten Free: The Celiac Site

Gluten Free: The Celiac Site Gluten Free: the Celiac Site serves America's Gluten Free Community by:
1. Compiling lists of information useful to people who live, eat, shop, entertain, and cook gluten free.
2. summarizing and presenting information that is useful to the gluten free community.
3. helping celiacs and others living gluten free sift through the vast amount of constantly-changing information that is available to them on the internet.

PLEASE NOTE: I've lived with celiac disease for ten years and written about gluten free topics for eight years. However, I have no academic or medical credentials. Therefore, I relay information and express personal opinions, but I do not give advice. All decisions are the responsibility of the individual. This disclaimer is particularly important since errors and obsolete information occasionally creep into material posted on the internet.

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 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.

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~~~> 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?

 

 

 

 

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. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

12 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Carbohydrates and the Gluten Free Diet

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

11 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Whole Grains and the Gluten Free Diet

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

10 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Calorie Counting and the Gluten Free Diet

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

07 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

A Hot Breakfast that is Gluten Free and Low in Sodium

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

06 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Breakfast Cereals that are Gluten Free and Low in Sodium

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

03 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

More Than Gluten Free

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’d like to share those lists with you.  Continue Reading

14 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Flourless Baking and the Gluten Free Host

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

11 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

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

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

07 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Is Gluten Free Sourdough Bread Available?

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

26 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Are You Considering the Gluten Free Diet?

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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19 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free at Costco

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

18 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

My Gluten Free Breakfast-of-Choice

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

17 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

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

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

13 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Cheerios Coming Soon!

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

08 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Summer Camps for Celiacs

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

07 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

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

“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

02 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Living and Television Content

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

26 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

New Gluten Free Products Launched During Superbowl Week

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

22 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Valentines Day, Part 2: the Classroom Party

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

21 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Valentines Day, Part 1: for Children

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

19 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies

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

17 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pizza Hut Introducing Gluten Free Pizza

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

16 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Is This Gluten Free?

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

15 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free on Superbowl Sunday

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

05 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Using ‘Apps’ for Gluten Free Shopping

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

03 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Super Bowl Party

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

29 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free New Years Resolutions


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

22 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Wrapping up the Holiday Season

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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21 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Reminders for the Gluten Free Host

Your goal is to make every guest (wheat eaters or people who live gluten free) as comfortable as possible. Here are three final tips: Continue Reading

13 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Etiquette for Gluten Free Guests

How should people who live gluten free conduct themselves when sharing a meal or when  standing around a table of refreshments which may or not be gluten free?  It seems to me that there are five “DON’Ts”: Continue Reading

09 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Attractive Labels for Your Gluten Free Banquet Table

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

04 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Gluten Free Christmas Guest

During this you may be an overnight guest in a wheat-eating home — not a comfortable situation, either for the guest who lives gluten free or the family that is providing hospitality. Continue Reading

03 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Season to be Jolly and Gluten Free

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28 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

A Christmas Wish: Prepare Your Gluten Free Food in an Efficient and ‘Safe’ Kitchen

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

26 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Desserts for your Gluten Free Holiday Meal

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

25 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Pies for Your Thanksgiving or Christmas Feast

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25 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Appetizers for Your Thanksgiving or Christmas Feast

Appetizers whet the appetite for the holiday meal and simultaneously control the hunger pangs that we all experience waiting for the feast to be ready. Continue Reading

21 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free vs. Gluten Friendly

The terms “gluten free” and “gluten friendly” are NOT  interchangeable. Continue Reading

20 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Vegetable Side Dishes for your Gluten Free Holiday Celebration

These videos will enable you prepare gluten free vegetable side dishes for your Christmas or Thanksgiving feast. Continue Reading

18 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Flourless Cake Recipes for Your Christmas or Thanksgiving Holiday Feast

Flourless cakes appeal to everyone at your holiday feast. Wheat-eaters are a bit disappointed when they hear the term ‘gluten free’. Almost everyone responds positively to the word ‘flourless’. Continue Reading

14 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Holiday Breakfast Recipes

Here are six suggestions for your  Christmas or Thanksgiving day breakfast. Continue Reading

11 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Explaining the Gluten Free Diet to The People Who Celebrating With You

During the holiday season, you may need to explain the gluten free diet to a friend or family member who knows very little about the gluten free diet and how you deal with it. Here are my thoughts on the subject. I’ve phrased this in the form of a letter, which you can modify to fit your situation. Another approach would be to read my ‘letter’, react to it as seems appropriate, and use the ideas in conversations with friends and relatives. Continue Reading

07 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Cranberry Sauce for Your Gluten Free Christmas or Thanksgiving Dinner

Cranberries add color and excitement to your holiday table. Cranberries are naturally gluten free, of course. Your concern is to make sure that toxic material does creep find their way to your holiday table. Check out these ten recipes and then view the videos to get even more ideas.
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06 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Gravy for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Feast

Gravy plays a part in every holiday celebration. Check out this article which includes a video designed help you with your holiday feast.  Continue Reading

05 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Dressing for Your Holiday Turkey

Here are videos that guide you in preparing dressing to go with your gluten free turkey. Dressing can be cooked inside the turkey or cooked separately. My policy  is to cook the dressing separately — that way you can offer different kinds of dressing to accommodate your guests’ food allergies and preferences.

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03 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Gluten Friendly Family’s Holiday Feast

The gluten free family friendly feast (GFFFF) is much more than a fancy gluten free holiday dinner. It means that celiacs and others get the gluten free food they need, wheat-eaters get their expected favorites, and the rest of the dinner guests fill their plates with whatever appeals to them. Continue Reading

02 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Holiday Shopping for the Gluten Free

Amazon is already using the term “black Friday” in its advertising. Walmart and Whole Foods are talking about “early bird sales”. Target promises  “free shipping just for the holidays.”  Continue Reading