A Short History of Gluten Free

0 Comments 25 August 2014

The human race was on a de-facto gluten free diet for 99.6% of its 2.5 million years on Earth. Food processing began about 10,000 years ago, and grains are pretty-much useless unless they are processed in some way. Click here and/or here to study the facts-and-figures supporting this statement, but I am more interested in the implication of these facts.  Continue Reading


A Celiac Goes to High School

0 Comments 25 August 2014

Let’s think about John, a hypothetical eighth grader, who was diagnosed with celiac disease this summer. He’s found things that he can eat, agrees that the diet is “not that bad”. But soon he will be entering high school, meeting literally hundreds of kids and — hopefully — making new friends and succeeding in high school. How can we support him? What does he need? Continue Reading


New Challenges for a Child Who Lives Gluten Free

0 Comments 21 August 2014

Jerry is an imaginary third grader with an altogether-too-real problem. He was diagnosed with celiac disease this spring. He’s enthusiastic about his new diet and feels better than at any time in his life. The problem is that his dad received a promotion this summer and the family moved across the country and now need to explain his situation to a new teacher and a new school and new set of potential friends. Continue Reading


Vitamins and Mineral Supplements to Your Gluten Free Diet

0 Comments 19 August 2014

I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1999. “Going gluten free” produced spectacular  life-changing results — I was ecstatically happy — it never occurred to me that things could be even better if I used gluten free vitamin and mineral supplements to improve my diet.  Continue Reading


Gluten Free Food Testing Using Stricter Standards

0 Comments 18 August 2014

I’ve heard only one major objection to the new regulations adopted (after a seven year battle) by our Food and Drug Administration: some people would prefer to be held to a stricter standard. These three organizations test foods and will affix their symbol to products that meet these standards: Continue Reading

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Gluten Free Shopping in Supermarkets

0 Comments 16 August 2014

When shopping for gluten free products in your local supermarket, keep these points in mind: Continue Reading


Whole Grains vs. Whole Wheat

0 Comments 14 August 2014

Here’s a description of the ideal diet for all Americans, as determined by the Department of Agriculture (USDA)and Health and Human Service (HHS) and updated every five years. Continue Reading


What’s New About the New Gluten Free Labeling Requirements?

0 Comments 12 August 2014

On August 5, a week ago today, new rules governing the use of the term ‘gluten free’ on food packaging became the law of the land. What has changed? What will or will not be changing? The <20 parts-per-million figure was being used by an estimated 95% of food manufacturers in 2013, the year this debate began in earnest in Washington. That number has not changed and almost certainly will not change.

Manufacturers who can demonstrate that their products contain significantly less than 20 ppm are welcome to advertise this fact, although there may be some limits on the exact terms they use.

Manufacturers are not required to test their products to demonstrate that they contain any specific amount of gluten. Of course, they may be challenged in court to do so.

Two things have changed:

~~~> There is now an official definition of ‘gluten free’. Without specific definitions, legal action is difficult and often impossible. Compare this to the situation involving ‘natural food . The Food and Drug deals with this problem regularly, but admits that its work  has not been specific enough to be called definitions. Adequate definitions are necessary for legal actions.

~~~> Anyone who has followed this seven year battle for a definition of ‘gluten free’ will notice that the sole focus has been on controlling celiac disease. People who see the gluten free diet as a way to lose weight or win basketball games have not even been mentioned. I hope that some of them get the message!

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New Gluten Free Labeling Rules Implemented

0 Comments 09 August 2014

Americans who live gluten free now have an official definition of ‘gluten free’. After seven years discussion, the Food and Drug Administration has finally implemented its decision last Tuesday, August 5. Here are the highlights: Continue Reading


Shopping for Gluten Free Food

0 Comments 02 August 2014

People who live gluten free shop successfully on-line as well in conventional supermarkets and grocery stores. I recently wrote about shopping on-line and today I will talk about patronizing local stores. The costs are roughly equal, and many people who live gluten free use both systems. Continue Reading


Understanding Gluten Free Flour Terminology

0 Comments 30 July 2014

People who live gluten free must understand the terms whole grain, whole wheat, and multigrain as well as phrases like “made with whole grain flour”.  Continue Reading


Is Testing for Celiac Important?

0 Comments 28 July 2014

Yes !!! Yes!!! Yes !!!. There are at least six reasons for my emphatic answer to that question:  Continue Reading


Gluten Free Food Shopping On-line is Easy and Inexpensive

0 Comments 25 July 2014

Shopping for gluten free food on-line in easy, inexpensive, makes thousands of safe products available, can be done anywhere in the country, and welcomes anyone with the computer skills needed to use this website.  Continue Reading


Portion Size vs. Serving Size

0 Comments 23 July 2014

One key to healthy eating is to fully understand the difference between  serving size  and portion size. Continue Reading


Is Beer from Barley Safe for Us?

0 Comments 21 July 2014

Omission Beer, and similar products, must be labeled “Product fermented from grains containing gluten and crafted to remove gluten. The content of this product cannot be verified, and this product may contain gluten.” The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is not committing itself. It is merely saying “we don’t know. Use your own judgment.” Continue Reading


The New Gluten Free Food Labels

0 Comments 18 July 2014

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided that food containing less that 20 parts-per-million gluten may be labelled gluten free. This is a legal definition not a medical determination, of course, but the experts seem to agree that 20 parts-per-million is appropriate. We might call it “gluten free enough”: 20 ppm is equal to 20 inches in 16 miles or ten minutes in one year.

It’s possible to reduce your gluten consumption by concentrating on foods that are “naturally gluten free” or “inherently gluten free”. All unprocessed food falls into this category. Here are some examples:

  • potatoes are naturally gluten free, but potato chips may be questionable because they have been fried in contaminated oil
  • fresh fruit is naturally gluten free, but fruit drinks may contain other items.
  • fish and all other meats are naturally gluten free, but there is possible danger if the meat is breaded , seasoned, or fried in oil that has been previously used ton prepare food that is not gluten free.

Another way to reduce gluten consumption is to look for labels indicating that a product certified to contain less than 20 ppm gluten. Obviously, these stricter requirements reduce the number of foods that can be certified and limit their availability. I suggest that you read my recently-updated article on these certification organizations, learn to recognize their certification symbols, and jump at the opportunity to purchase food items certified to contain less than 10 ppm or even 5 ppm.

Today we have talked about the front of the package. Next Friday, I will talk about the ingredients list which useful information about whether a product belongs in your kitchen. Unfortunately, I can’t link you to that article until it is actually published.





Fiber in the Gluten Free Diet

0 Comments 16 July 2014

The average American, both wheat-eaters and people who live gluten free, doesn’t have enough fiber in their diet. This issue is especially important to people who live gluten free because the five grains with the most fiber are unacceptable for people on the gluten free diet.  Continue Reading


Are Oats Safe for People Who Live Gluten Free ?

0 Comments 14 July 2014

Oats are generally considered gluten free. However, there are a few things that need to be considered: Continue Reading

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Gluten Free Sourdough Bread, Pancakes, and Waffles

0 Comments 11 July 2014

People who live gluten free are able to enjoy gluten free bread, toast, pancakes, and waffles. Products are available on-line and in at least one bakery chain, and there are recipes for cooking at home. Continue Reading


More Thoughts on the Gluten Free Craze

0 Comments 03 July 2014

Is the ‘gluten free diet’ a highly effective treatment for a serious disease or is it simply the newest fad diet and a way for food industry gurus to make a fortune?  YES! This term means different things to different people. The computer search engines can’t tell the difference. The difference might not be obvious in a casual conversation. A food server might be honestly confused about how a customer was using those words. Continue Reading


Thinking About the Gluten Free Craze

0 Comments 27 June 2014

In 2008, I wrote a series of articles suggesting that it was probably OK to start a gluten free diet without the “blood test and biopsy process” that led to a diagnosis of celiac disease. Was it worth the trouble, expense,  and effort? Few people had heard the term celiac disease. Gluten free food was terribly expensive,and tasted like cardboard.  People who adopted the gluten free lifestyle did so for very compelling reasons!

Things have changed. People use talk about “going gluten free” and do not regard it as a  diet — certainly not as a strict diet that requires a lifelong commitment.

The thoughts I expressed in 2008 were not complete. People need professional help support when they make any major changes in their diet or lifestyle. It is impossible to diagnose celiac disease in people who are already living gluten free. The symptoms that might lead a person to the gluten free diet have many possible explanations.

Food manufacturers and restaurateurs  have made fortunes from the so-called “Gluten Free Craze”. We are right to question their motives. However, they have improved the quality of gluten free food, decreased its cost, and made it available nation-wide. They are successful entrepreneurs.

I suggest that you read my article “Is Gluten Free the New Black? Yes it is! But it is also a valid and appropriate lifestyle. We can have the best of both!

I’ll write more about this. I first heard the term ‘gluten free’ in 1999 when I first was diagnosed with celiac disease, so I don’t feel concerned about being the victim of any sort of a  ‘craze’. However, the craze obviously exists, and bloggers are have a responsibility to help people understand the situation. Please link here to go to the second part of the article.


Independence Day Gluten Free

0 Comments 23 June 2014

Add sparkle to your Fourth of July barbecue. There are unique choices and Hopefully, the meal is unique and colorful enough that one menu will satisfy everyone. Continue Reading


Visiting a Gluten Free Restaurant

0 Comments 17 June 2014

Finding the ideal restaurant is never an easy task, especially for celiacs and others who live gluten free. Like everyone else, we are looking for a great meal and a wonderful experience, but  we are searching for a great meal prepared very specific way. My last article dealt with the judging a restaurant chain — now we must make the most important decision — are the individuals who will be preparing and serving our gluten free meal willing and able to their task? This varies from one location and from one group of restaurant employees to another. Continue Reading


Using a Gluten Free Menu

0 Comments 17 June 2014

People who live gluten free use menus for two purposes — deciding what items to order and — perhaps more importantly — what to AVOID  ordering. Continue Reading


Gluten Free Food Recalls

0 Comments 10 June 2014

Glutino Foods has recalled their “Rosemary and Olive Oil Snack Crackers” with a use by date of October 26, 2014 because they tested positive for Salmonella.

I have added a “widget” to our sidebar provided by the Food and Drug Administration. It gives constantly-updated information about food recalls. I was surprised to notice how often foods are recalled because food manufacturers fail to list wheat in their ingredients list. I plan to read this list regularly!


Gluten Free Recipes

0 Comments 09 June 2014

Gluten free recipes are available on the internet and in bookstores. You’re only concern will be too many choices. Continue Reading


Going Gluten Free … Facts and Fantasies

0 Comments 05 June 2014

“If you are following the fad [by going gluten free]… you are a marketers dream come true…”. The gluten free food industry grew by  44% between 2011 and 2013 and is certainly  profitable, but that is not proof that the people who have gone gluten free during that time were duped. Continue Reading


Gluten Free and Beyond

0 Comments 05 June 2014

If a celiac’s only problem was avoiding gluten, our lives would be relatively simple. Like everyone else, we must consider calories, fiber, GMO’s, sodium,  sugar, as well as whole-grains. I’ve posted information about all these subjects as they apply to people who live gluten free.  Continue Reading


Gluten Free and Low in Calories

0 Comments 02 June 2014

Gluten free cooks face the same issues as their wheat-using brothers and sisters. Every cook who respects his “clients’ waist-lines faces the same three issues:

~~~> Definition. Foods with 40 calories per serving or less are defined as low in calories.

~~~> Portion Control. The statement above assumes that you are consuming only one portion (also referred to as one serving). To assure that you are not eating more than you realize, use these charts.

~~~> Gluten Free low calorie recipes. The google search engine indexes more that five million recipes and recipe books as both “gluten free” and “low calorie”. Where should we start????

I have included Amazon’s list of cookbooks and products designated low calorie and gluten free. It is a useful shopping list for shopping at Amazon and/or for finding appropriate product locally.


Free of Gluten & High in Fiber

0 Comments 24 May 2014

People who live gluten free face a unique challenges getting an appropriate amount of dietary fiber — the six grains rated highest in fiber are all gluten toxic! (FYI, those grains are bulgar, barfley, rye, triticale, wheat, and spelt.) Continue Reading


Restaurant Menus Reviewed on this Website

0 Comments 24 May 2014

These 25 restaurants display gluten free menus on their website. Enter the restaurant name in the “google custom search box” that follows this paragraph to see what I have written about them. Keep in mind that the mere existence of a gluten menu does not guarantee that a restaurant is actually ‘safe’ but it is a good first step in the process. Continue Reading


Celebrating Gluten Free

0 Comments 21 May 2014

Holiday festivities usually revolve around food and therefore are a bit complicated when people who live gluten free celebrate with wheat eaters. Continue Reading


Gluten Free Supermarket Shopping

0 Comments 19 May 2014

Here’s your list of supermarkets that support America’s gluten free community by providing lists of ‘safe’ foods available in their stores. Some of the store names listed below are not links because some companies sell their food in more than one store chair. For example, if you see the entry ‘Fred Meyer (see Kroger)’ you must click on the Kroger link to get the list that you need. Continue Reading

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Reading Labels from Food Packages

0 Comments 17 May 2014

Every food item manufactured in the United States is required to have a list of ingredients on its wrapper or package. People who live gluten free are cautioned to “read every ingredient label every time” in case the manufacturers have changed the ingredients, which they have every right to do. That’s excellent advice, IF the label reader know which ingredients are toxics and which are safe. Continue Reading


Gluten Free Events and Expositions

0 Comments 24 April 2014

Include these gluten free events and expositions in your travel plansl. Experience excellent gluten free dining, learn more about your lifestyle, and enjoy the company of others who are doing the same. This list displays the event’s  dates. The city name is also a link to the website that will provide all the information you need. Continue Reading


Gluten Free Spring

0 Comments 17 April 2014

A gluten free spring has arrived. This is the season for preparing special food, registering our children for camps that provide  gluten free menus, as well as eating safely on vacations and road trips.

2014 is a strange year weather-wise, but some facts about spring never change. Continue Reading


Gluten Free Grits

0 Comments 09 April 2014

“Are grits gluten free?” is the most-asked question on this website. The answer is a resounding “yes” and what may be even more encouraging is that grits can be made from at least six of the eleven gluten free grains. Continue Reading


Summer Camps for Kids Who Live Gluten Free

0 Comments 05 April 2014

Summer camps are a wonderful experience for children who live gluten free. This is the time of year for families to think about it and make plans. Start with this article about children and their opportunities for a gluten free summer experience.

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Dietary Fiber and the Gluten Free Diet

0 Comments 04 April 2014

The typical American eats less than 60% of the necessary dietary fiber. This number is  lower for Americans who live gluten free since we can not tolerate the grains that are richest in fiber (barley, rye, and the four types of wheat). Continue Reading


April Fools Food for Thought

0 Comments 01 April 2014

April Fools Day can be fun for people who live gluten free as well as for wheat eaters. (Check out my recent article.) But some food-related deceptions are dangerous and expensive — I’m speaking here about the trickery designed to get us to buy certain products. For example: Continue Reading


Gluten Free Living in Plain English

0 Comments 29 March 2014

These videos increased my understanding of gluten free living but would also help people who are ‘thinking about’ going gluten free.. To view them, click here and then click the button (in the right sidebar) that says “view these videos”. Continue Reading


Gluten Free Meals from Wheat-Contaminated Kitchens

0 Comments 28 March 2014

Can a wheat-eater prepare a gluten free meal? Sure! There are thousands of books that explain exactly what food items are needed and what to do with them. But what about cross contamination? What needs to be done? Is it realistic to expect a wheat-eater to learn new skills and totally rearrange his/her kitchen in order to cook the occasional gluten-free meal? Continue Reading


Enjoy a Gluten Free Splurge

0 Comments 26 March 2014

Celiacs, like all dieters, need to splurge occasionally. But people who live gluten free are unlikely to really enjoy a splurge that will (or even might) result in being ‘glutened’. Here are some suggestions involving the words  color, class, and candy.

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April Fools Day Gluten Free

0 Comments 19 March 2014

Celiacs and others who live gluten free can join the fun on April Fools Day by preparing and serving these recipes:

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Is Chocolate Gluten Free?

1 Comment 17 March 2014

Chocolate is naturally gluten free. Our only concern is that the chocolate treats that we all love generally include other ingredients.  Continue Reading


Gluten Free Spring and Summer Recipes

0 Comments 13 March 2014

This long winter about to end! I’m looking forward to spring/summer cooking and eating. Here are some recipes and pictures to whet your appetite and give you something to forward to. Continue Reading

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Truth in Gluten Free Advertising

0 Comments 11 March 2014

The FDA has officially defined ‘gluten free’ as it applies to food packaging, but what has happened with regard to newspaper, magazine, or television advertising? Continue Reading


Gluten Free Food Lists

0 Comments 06 March 2014

Lists are wonderful tools for learning which foods are gluten free, how  to find them when your shopping, and how to make certain that they are safe for people who live gluten free. There are three kinds of lists:
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GMO’s and Gluten Free Living

0 Comments 26 February 2014

“… most “gluten-free” foods sold in the USA contain genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). Why is this so? Because the primary ingredient in most gluten-free foods is corn. Continue Reading


Christine Nesbitt … a Gluten Free Olympian

0 Comments 24 February 2014

Olympic gold-medalist Christine Nesbitt set the world’s speed-skating 1000 meter record at the Vancouver Olympics. Her goal was to do the same thing at Sochi.  But life intervened.   Continue Reading

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