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.

05 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free and Beyond

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

02 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free and Low in Calories

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.

24 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Free of Gluten & High in Fiber


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

24 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Restaurant Menus Reviewed on this Website

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

21 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Celebrating Gluten Free

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

19 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Supermarket Shopping

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

17 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Reading Labels from Food Packages

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

24 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Events and Expositions

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

17 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Spring

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.

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09 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Grits

“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

05 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Summer Camps for Kids Who Live Gluten Free

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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04 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Dietary Fiber and the Gluten Free Diet

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

01 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

April Fools Food for Thought

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

29 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Living in Plain English

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

28 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Meals from Wheat-Contaminated Kitchens

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

26 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Enjoy a Gluten Free Splurge

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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19 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

April Fools Day Gluten Free

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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17 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Is Chocolate Gluten Free?

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

13 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Spring and Summer Recipes

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

11 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Truth in Gluten Free Advertising

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

06 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Food Lists

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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26 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

GMO’s and Gluten Free Living

“… 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

24 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Christine Nesbitt … a Gluten Free Olympian

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

20 February 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Kroger — a Gluten Free Goldmine

The Kroger Corporation operates 2424 ‘supermarkets and multi-department stores’ in 31 states. Their stores have a wide variety of gluten free food and their website has all the information you to need to thrive gluten free. The only drawback that that their  ‘chains of stores’ operate under at least sixteen names. You  may have a Kroger store in your neighborhood without realizing it. There may be more opportunities than you imagined. Continue Reading

16 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Shopping at Albertson’s Supermarkets

LOCATIONS. Enter a ZIP code to find a convenient location. Continue Reading

13 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Shopping at Whole Foods Markets

Whole Foods Markets serves the gluten free community in all states except Alaska, Delaware, New Hampshire, North and South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Continue Reading

13 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Shopping at Wegmans

Wegmans Supermarkets provide gluten free groery products in Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia Continue Reading

11 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Shopping in Supermarkets

Supermarkets are generally the most economical and convenient places to purchase gluten free food. Most of them publish lists of available  gluten free foods , gluten free recipes, as well as information about healthy dining. Most supermarkets are part of large chains and are therefore relatively inexpensive. Continue Reading

06 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Mardi Gras for the Gluten Free

“Mardi Gras” is a French term meaning “Fat Tuesday”. Apparently, eating rich food was a lot more ‘respectable’  than it is today. For Mardi Gras-related recipes, click here and/or here and/or here. (The article titles are not important. Just browse until you find a recipe that appeals to you.)  Continue Reading

01 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Presidents’ Day

America has never had a President who lived gluten free, but it is interesting to speculate about Presidents Kennedy and Clinton. Click here to read my article on this subject. The article includes thoughts  from Dr. Peter Green.

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29 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free in an Emergency

People who live gluten free are “on their own” during disasters of all sorts. It is totally unrealistic to assume that emergency shelters will provide gluten free food. Here is the plan that my wife and I prepared two years ago.

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28 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Recipes to Keep You Warm this Winter

These gluten free recipes will help you stay warm during this cold winter. Browse these 50 recipes for ways help combat the winter cold without compromising your gluten free diet: Continue Reading

25 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Is Omission Beer Safe for People who Live Gluten Free?

The safety of Omission Beer is a hotly-debated debated. The Celiac Sprue Association has announced that “… Omission Beer has met the stringent requirements for earning the organization’s Recognition Seal.” The problem is that barley malt is an ingredient but that the manufacturer has successfully rendered that ingredient non-toxic and totally harmless. The press release is titled “Celiac Sprue Association Recognizes Omission Recognizes Omission Beer as Risk-Free for CeliacsContinue Reading

23 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Valentine’s Day for Families Living Gluten Free

Here are some resources for families (especially children) who are experiencing a gluten free Valentine’s Day. Continue Reading

21 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

A Bright Future for Gluten Free Food

“Health/weight conscious consumers are driving the gluten free market, not celiacs.” 65% of the people who buy gluten free food do so because they consider it more healthy; 27% buy gluten free food because they believe it will help them lose weight. There is no scientific evidence validating either of those conclusions. Click here for more information on this subject.

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17 January 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Are Ancient Grains Gluten Free?

Ancient grains are those that “have been around, unchanged, for millenniums. ” This does not automatically make them ‘safe’, of course. but people who live gluten free will frequently encounter these somewhat-unfamiliar names and need to know how to resond.

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15 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Super Bowl Party

If your hosting a Super Bowl party, keep in mind that (1) some of your guests are more interested in the food and decorations than they are in the game, and (2) there may people who have so much alcohol in their systems that they may ignore your efforts to avoid cross-contamination.

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14 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is great fun for everyone, traditional for people of Asian descent, and totally manageable  for those who live gluten free. Soy sauce is the only ‘culprit’, and gluten free soy sauce is available —  look for the San-J brand.

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26 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Your Gluten Free Holiday Leftovers

Your holiday feast will certainly have leftovers. That’s OK, as a matter-of-fact, you may want to cook in quantity so that you will have leftovers to consume during those quiet days that follow Thanksgiving or Christmas.
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19 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

A Gluten Free Gingerbread House for Christmas

A hand-crafted gluten free gingerbread house is an asset to any home. Since the house is ‘safe’, everyone can participate in the house’s construction and in the final act where it is consumed.

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17 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Gluten Free Gifts from Your Kitchen

Gifts from your gluten free kitchen are always appreciated, and can be a life-saver when you  need a last minute gift for a person who lives gluten free. These two articles deal with a total of 26 ideas for food gifts (click here and/or here). They contain description, not actually recipes. You can modify them to meet the needs of the person who will receive your gift. Continue Reading

17 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Last Minute Christmas Shopping

For me, the on-line Christmas shopping season ends today (Wednesday, 12/17) for people with a budget as slim as mine. You can get things shipped as late as Saturday, but is it really worth the cost? My alternative is to return to the shopping mall, mail the packages on-my own (the deadline is Saturday 12/21) and add some information to help friends-who-live gluten free use them more effectively. Here are my ideas:

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16 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Restaurant Dining for Christmas and New Years Days

Restaurant dining on christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day is a possibility in many areas of the country. Skim these articles to find out what is possible in your area.

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14 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Ready for the Christmas Feast

People who live gluten free will soon be joining wheat-eaters in the annual Christmas feast. A few final precautions are in order:

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14 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Last Minute Christmas … Holiday Beverages

These five links will provide the info need to prepare holiday beverages, drinks, or whatever term appeals to you:

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11 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Gifts for Children who Live Gluten Free

These gifts may encourage to children to see their gluten free lives as an ‘adventure’:

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10 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Last Minute Christmas …Gluten Free Dessert Recipes

Add a festive touch to you holiday by serving one of these festive gluten free desserts:

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09 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Last Minute Christmas … Gluten Free Gifts

Here are links to meet your needs for gifts for the people who living gluten free. Hopefully, they will make your last-minute holiday shopping easier:

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07 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Count Down to Your Gluten Free Christmas Dinner

The traditional family Christmas feast will be coming in a few days. A few details need to be considered. By this time, hopefully

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05 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

D-I-Y Christmas Candy and Peppermint Canes

These recipes enable gluten free cooks to recreate the traditional taste and appearance of traditional candy canes. (The recipes call for ‘corn syrup’. This is not the same as ‘high fructose corn syrup.) Click here and/or here to read the articles.

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