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Cheerios Gluten Free

 Mark As Read    

  I'm eager to try gluten free cheerios. I was overjoyed — And perhaps a  bit nostalgic — to find them available at Amazon. Amazon says nothing about them being being gluten free, but when you look carefully at the cereal boxes, you discover that these three cereals are labeled "gluten free". ……………R...

Gluten Free in the Lunchroom

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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. A child who is uncomfortable about his obligation to eat gluten free will be a bit happier if he has a choice about […]

Back to School: Lunches

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"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. I wish I knew the source of […]

America’s Definition of Gluten Free

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America’s official definition of “gluten free” (<20 parts-per-million) was announced on August 5, 2013, two years ago this Wednesday. Precise definitions are better than vague and conflicting ones, of course, and reliable labels are a boon to people whose physical well being requires a gluten free diet. ? But what have we done to help […]

Decision Making for Celiacs: How to Beat the Heat

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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. I recommend this dessert, but the point of this article is to talk about how computer-users-who-live […]...

Gluten Free Merger: Albertsons, Haggen, and Safeway

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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, the merger gave the new corporation more  outlets than federal regulations permit. A once-small supermarket chain [R...

More Quizzes for People Who Live Gluten Free

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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.

Quizzes for People-Who-Live-Gluten-Free

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Quizzes are an enjoyable and productive way to keep in mind the facts that people-who-live-gluten-free need to master.This is the first in a series of articles. The challenges are in the style made famous on Jeopardy. I supply the "answers" — the players supply the "question". Here are seven challenges. I'll publish the solutions the […...

Is Sun Screen Gluten Free?

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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.

Using a Gluten Free Menu

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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 [&...

Camping for the Gluten Free

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Camping is fun for everyone. With a bit of advanced planning, people with special dietary requirements can  join in the excitement. Each of these articles gives you several choice and will make it easy to accommodate your campers who live gluten free. Click here and/or here and/or here.

Gluten Free on Independence Day

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The upcoming Independence Day celebration has its own color scheme: red, white, and blue.  Here are four gluten free recipes that will empower you to carry out that theme:Click for recipes for jello salad, potato salad, and pasta salad — all three are red, white, and blue. The recipes are not specifically gluten free, but […]

Calories Count in College

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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.  One of a college student's first challenges is the so-called “Freshman  15”, the weight gain that many youngsters face when they enter college. Most experts feel...

Gluten Free Goes to College: Making Decisions About Drinking

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No one should  suffer the experience of being simultaneously intoxicated and glutened! But that will almost certain to happen to a celiac college freshman  who is unaware that most alcoholic drinks are gluten toxic and, in college, many of those drinks are poured from kegs that do not have brand names, ingredients lists, or the words GLUTEN FREE [&...

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

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A freshman who lives gluten free might use ‘elevator speech’  like this to introduce himself and make his new friends aware of his situation: “CD is not contagious. The gluten free diet is not a weight loss diet! It’s similar to a food allergy in that if I eat foods containing wheat, barley or rye, […]

Gluten Free Goes to College: Visiting the University

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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.  Families traditionally v...

Go Bunless This Summer

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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 at least two options: ~~~> We can create what I'll call "bun alternatives". Click here to read about the "Bunless Portobelo Burger" or […...

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

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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! The theory breaks down when the "wrong" type of food is cooked in the fryer and/or when oil from two fryers are mixed together during cleaning or refilling the cookers. To further […]...

Whole Grain vs. Whole Wheat vs. Multi-Grain

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Shoppers who live gluten free need to aware of the difference among the terms ‘whole wheat ‘, ‘whole grain', and ‘multi-grain'.  ~~~> The term ‘whole wheat' indicates that all three of the parts of any grain (bran, germ, and endosperm)  are used, not necessarily in the same relative amounts that we see in nature. ~...

What does “Gluten Friendly” Mean?

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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. This menu excerpt shows the most common use of the term ‘gluten friendly':  "All products used on this menu are gluten free. […]...

Celiac Awareness Month…What the Essentials?

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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 […]

Cheerios Going Gluten Free

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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.It's really not that difficult or that expensive but it will will certainly make my […]

Is a Formal Diagnosis of Celiac Disease Important?

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People who live gluten free have different opinions on the importance of an "official" diagnosis of celiac disease. Persons who pursue a diagnosis argue that ~~~> It helps the person who lives gluten free a better understanding of his or her situation . ~~~> A diagnosis helps siblings and parents understand the gluten free situation's [R...

Carbohydrates and the Gluten Free Diet

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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. If you have concerns about this, I recommend these articles: "How to Get Carbohydrates Without Eating Wheat" and "29 Gluten Free Ways to Satisfy a Carb Craving"....

Whole Grains and the Gluten Free Diet

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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. The statistics for people who live gluten free are even more bleak. We assume that wheat, barley, and […]

Calorie Counting and the Gluten Free Diet

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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. I'm not suggesting that people who live gluten free should stop counting calories! We all need to monitor the calorie content of […]

A Hot Breakfast that is Gluten Free and Low in Sodium

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People can enjoy a hot breakfast that is gluten free, low in sodium, or even sodium free.Bob's Red Mill provides hot cereal that is gluten-free and totally free of carbohydrates. Try their Creamy Brown Rice Farina, Muesli, Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal, or Organic Creamy Buckwheat. Arrowhead Mills provides Gluten Free Rice and Shine, Gluten Free [&#...

Breakfast Cereals that are Gluten Free and Low in Sodium

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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 […]

More Than Gluten Free

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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.  The gluten free diet is relatively easy to understand. Food items are either gluten free or they are not. Serving size […]

Flourless Baking and the Gluten Free Host

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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". These articles contain a total of 113 recipes. The only problem is "too many choices". (Please let me know if there are any recipes that do not belong on […]...

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

 Mark As Read    

Yes, a screening  for celiac disease is an important first step. Here's why: ~~~> YOU ONLY HAVE ONE CHANCE. The screening test for celiac disease is totally inaccurate if performed on a person who is already on a gluten free diet. ~~~> THE SCREENING TEST IS SIMPLE. I takes about an hour and is usually […]

Is Gluten Free Sourdough Bread Available?

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Yes indeed, gluten free sourdough bread is a possibility,  particularly for folks who are willing to bake it at home. Here's Bob's Red Mill's recipe for gluten free sourdough bread. Click here if you prefer a video demonstration. "Some Whole Foods Markets stock gluten free sourdough bread." Their site asks us to ‘inquire locally'. I […]...

Are You Considering the Gluten Free Diet?

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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 I admire Udi Gluten Free and its products very much, but here I must object. There are certainly ‘downsides'. For example: […]...

Gluten Free at Costco

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I shop gluten free in many different stores, but Costco generally has the lowest prices for the groceries that I need. What's unique about Costco is that it is also the first place I look when I am shopping for television sets, computers, or toilet-paper. These huge "warehouse stores" have huge variety of items at a very reasonable […]...

My Gluten Free Breakfast-of-Choice

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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. If I need even more options, I add cereal from my supply of Nature's Path cereals (the manufacturer I wrote about yesterday.) I never miss breakfast! […]

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

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Natures Path breakfast cereals are gluten free, non-GMO,and certified organic.The down-sides are cost,  taste that is better suited to adults than to children, and limited availability. Fortunately, there is another brand that meets those drawbacks. I'll write about that tomorrow and link ou to that article as soon as it is published.

Gluten Free Cheerios Coming Soon!

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Gluten free Cheerios will appear on grocery shelves this summer!  General Mills has announced that four varieties of gluten free Cheerios : Honey-Nut, Multi-Grain, Apple Cinnamon, and Frosted.  Conventional Cheerios will continue to be available. Cheerios are made from oats, and are therefore are naturally gluten free. General Mills will need to ve...

Summer Camps for Celiacs

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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. Many gluten free summer camps began accepting applications on February. Study these lists to […]

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

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“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 […]

Gluten Free Living and Television Content

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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. The […]

New Gluten Free Products Launched During Superbowl Week

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Two new gluten free options become available this this week, just in  time for the Superbowl. I've already reported on Pizza Hut's new gluten free pizza, which will be available in 2400 of its restaurants. Coors will be test-marketing gluten free beer in Portland and Seattle. I read about this in Money Magazine, which said nothing about the quality...

Gluten Free Valentines Day, Part 2: the Classroom Party

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Virtually every elementary classroom has Valentines Day party and most of the food at that party is gluten toxic.  That's good news actually. At least we know exactly what to expect. How do we cope? ~~~> Be sure your child has a good breakfast and lunch that day. Talk to your child about why you doing […]

Gluten Free Valentines Day, Part 1: for Children

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Hopefully, these four items will help you and your children celebrate Valentine's Day: ~~~> The first item lists and gives information about gluten free Valentine candies. The list was updated this year. ~~~> Here are recipes and directions for "Ten Gluten Free Valentines Treat for Kids". ~~~> The video below will help you and your chil...

Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies

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Two varieties of gluten free cookies — Toffee-Tastic and Trios — will be available this spring during the Girl Scouts's annual cookie sales campaign. Since the exact dates of the cookie sale and the types of cookies available varies from one area to another, you may wish to click here for details.

Pizza Hut Introducing Gluten Free Pizza

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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. The dough will be prepared by Udi's, one of the most respected names in the gluten free world. The product is certified by the Gluten Free Certification […]

Is This Gluten Free?

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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. [̷...

Using ‘Apps’ for Gluten Free Shopping

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Your smart-phone is  a  great  gluten free shopping tool since it is useful even when you are not  connected to the internet. The tools that make all this possible are called ‘application software’, or simply ‘apps’. www.appgravity.com is one of many ‘app’ distributors. I’ll be talking about an ‘app’ called “Gluten Free Ingredients”. I chose [̷...

Gluten Free Super Bowl Party

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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. If you need more evidence, keep in mind that 104 million pounds of artichokes would fill […]

Gluten Free New Years Resolutions

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It's New Years' Eve. Let's do resolutions right this year. There are three basic rules: Rule #1 ~~~> Replace a bad habit with a good one. Example: I had a habit of snacking between meals. Now I keep a supply of celery and carrots on-hand and use them when I am tempted. I am slowly-but-surely tapering […]

Wrapping up the Holiday Season

 Mark As Read    

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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