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Too Much Halloween Candy

 Mark As Read    

In the days after Halloween, most families must decide what to do with an over-supply of candy. This candy may-or-may-not be gluten free — the problem is that there is simply too much of it. It makes sense to have a solution in mind before the crisis erupts. Here are some suggestions:  ?? Send it overseas. […]

Gluten Free Ideas for Halloween

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? Our gluten free Halloween celebration feels like  the Zombie apocalypse and at other times a fun celebration for people of all ages who live gluten free as well as for wheat-eaters. Here are some links to beautifully-photographed articles that may  give you ideas for this annual event: ? Gluten Free Halloween Recipes and More ? Gluten […]

Safest Treats for Trick-or-Treaters

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The safest possible treat for a young ghost or goblin is a goodie that is gluten free and not intended to be eaten. Both The Celiac Disease Foundation and the website ‘About Celiac Disease‘ have published updated  lists of gluten free candies. If your goals are even more ambitious, click here and/or here. Both articles talk […]

Halloween for Adults Who Live Gluten Free

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Halloween isn't just for kids, of course. To me, sushi and/or fondue are my favorite food choice for an adults-only Halloween. Yummly is an excellent source of recipes for both these dishes. Here's how you find what you need: ? Join Yummly if you have not already done so. ? Log in and enter the […]

Halloween Cupcakes for Children Who Live Gluten Free

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Cupcakes are a big part of almost any Halloween celebration! In order to provide them for a gluten free child's Halloween celebration, you will need ~~~> a gluten free cupcake recipe, preferably one that your child has already tried.. ~~~> decorations for the cupcakes. Most decorations are naturally gluten free but this is obviously an issu...

Trick-or-Treat for the Gluten Free

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Here are four schemes for re-inventing Trick-or-Treat to include children who live gluten free. It is unreasonable to expect young goblins to ‘read every label every time', most individually wrapped pieces of candy lack ingredients labels, and we can't assume that the individual-sized candy bars are made with the same ingredients.  ~~~> O...

The Gluten Free Child Celebrates Halloween with his Classmates

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The traditional classroom's Halloween party is the school year's first major challenge for gluten free children and their parents. There are two pieces of good news: ? There are no surprises here — you will know the exact time and date of the Halloween celebration. ? It is  too early in the school year for the children […]

Omission Beer and the Dilemma it has Created

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Although Omission Beer tests out at less than 5 ppm gluten, it may-or-may-not be safe for people who live gluten free. The problem is that the beer was crafted from barley (just like traditional beer) and then treated with special enzymes. The finished product received excellent scores on the screening test. The Celiac Support Association got [R...

Gluten Free Food Recalls

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The government's Food and Drug Administration routinely ‘recalls' foods for a variety of reasons. This service is particularly important to people who live gluten free because failure to list wheat on food labels is a common violation. You can get information about food recalls by using the widget in the bottom right corner of this […]...

Breyers Ice Cream Now Labelled Gluten Free

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Breyers Ice Cream recently announced that it is relabeling 36 flavor of ice cream to identify them as gluten free. Click here to read the complete list. The article stresses that these are not new products, they are simply new labels. Is Breyers simply jumping on the so-called gluten free band wagon or are they simply […]

Gluten Free Labeling — What Happens Now?

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Hopefully, gluten free America made a step forward by implementing a standard definition for the term ‘gluten free'. Or did it? What difference has it made? To address these issues, please complete the three-question survey below.You will be able to submit your answers without leaving this site. I'll publish a summary of our collective wisdom...

Gluten Free at Papa Murphy

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I recently enjoyed a gluten free pizza from Papa Murphy's. Since Papa' Murphy's  does not guarantee that the entire kitchen is gluten free, I ordered ‘sauce only' and (of course) baked it in my own gluten free kitchen. I enjoyed my pizza very much and will certainly be a regular customer. The price was identical to the […]...

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"Unless people are very careful, a gluten free diet can lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber." That was the least of my concerns when I adopted the gluten free lifestyle in 1999. I was advised to forget everything I thought I knew about nutrition. My goal was to find food that enabled me to make it through […]

Computer Tips For People Who Live Gluten Free

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The internet is a powerful tool for people who gluten free IF these realities are kept in mind: REALITIES OF THE INTERNET: ? Anyone can say anything they want to say on the internet. There are no requirements for factual accuracy, relevance, or good taste. There are no editors. Everything is the responsibility of the reader. […]

The High Cost of Gluten Free Food

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In January of this year, 2.5% of grocery customers surveyed indicated that they were willing to pay extra for food labeled ‘gluten free'. Since researchers have discovered that gluten free food costs an average of 242% more than their wheat-based equivalents, we are faced with a statistical and financial puzzle — one possible answer is ...

Next Steps in Gluten Free Labeling

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America finally has an official definition of "gluten free", as it applies to items sold in stores. It's time to expand the definition to include restaurant meals. I suggest that you read these two articles published by the National Restaurant Association. They are filled with phrases like "the new federal standard for gluten free labeling […...

New Options for People Who Live Gluten Free

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The pain caused by "non-celiac gluten sensitivity" is certainly real, but many experts contend that is incorrectly named and mis-diagnosed. The villain may be ‘fodmaps', a group of indigestible sugars found in wheat plus many fruits and vegetables. Eliminating wheat reduces the intake of fodmaps and therefore the patient  feels better. But, i...

Why Get Tested for Celiac Disease?

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Some people live gluten free as the result of a physician's diagnose. For others, it is a personal choice. I belong to the first group, the people who have been formally diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. I'll call my group the traditionalists. I first heard the terms ‘gluten free' and ‘celiac disease' during […]...

The Gluten Free School Year Begins

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Every  gluten free in your home will need approximately 175 ‘safe' lunches during the next year that starts next week. View these five websites as a family.  By the time you have finished looking at them, your family will be convinced that: there are enough great ideas to last several years. classmates will be envious […]

A Short History of Gluten Free

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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 […]

A Celiac Goes to High School

 Mark As Read    

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 […]...

New Challenges for a Child Who Lives Gluten Free

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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 […]

Vitamins and Mineral Supplements to Your Gluten Free Diet

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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.  Perhaps nothing could be done last century, but it is certainly poss...

Gluten Free Food Testing Using Stricter Standards

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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: The Gluten Free Certification Organization, a service ...

Gluten Free Shopping in Supermarkets

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When shopping for gluten free products in your local supermarket, keep these points in mind: <1> All unprocessed food is naturally gluten free. This includes fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meat, eggs, etcetera. <2> All items that contain only a single ingredient are gluten free. This would include salt, pepper, tomato sauce, etc...

Whole Grains vs. Whole Wheat

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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. The newest updte is called "Choose My Plate" and ~~~> "emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; ~~~>"includes lean meats, ...

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

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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 […]

New Gluten Free Labeling Rules Implemented

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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 new regulations last Tuesday, August 5. Here are the highlights: 1. The key number is — you guessed it — 20 parts per million gluten is the maximum allowed for [...

Shopping for Gluten Free Food

 Mark As Read    

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. Shopping locally makes sense when you are buying a small numb...

Understanding Gluten Free Flour Terminology

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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". "Whole grain flour" means what it sounds like. The three parts of the grain (germ, endosperm, and bran) are are in the same proportion that they occur in nature. Flour can […]...

Is Testing for Celiac Important?

 Mark As Read    

Yes !!! Yes!!! Yes !!!. There are at least six reasons for my emphatic answer to that question:  ~~~ 1. You may need the test results later, and it is very difficult to test a person who is currently non eating gluten. Some experts consider it impossible or at least not worth the effort! ~~~ 2. It's […]

Gluten Free Food Shopping On-line is Easy and Inexpensive

 Mark As Read    

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.  <1> Every item in every store recommended here is gluten free. You literally can't make a mistake. <2> You have all [&#...

Portion Size vs. Serving Size

 Mark As Read    

One key to healthy eating is to fully understand the difference between  serving size  and portion size. ‘Portion size‘ is determined by dietitians and other other experts. Almost everything we read about food is based on the assumption that people are eating no more than one portion at a time. ‘Serving size' is simply the […...

Is Beer from Barley Safe for Us?

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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." [...

The New Gluten Free Food Labels

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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 […]...

Fiber in the Gluten Free Diet

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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.  FYI, those grains are bulgar wheat, barley, rye, triticale, […]...

Are Oats Safe for People Who Live Gluten Free ?

 Mark As Read    

Oats are generally considered gluten free. However, there are a few things that need to be considered: 1. At one time, oats were excluded from the gluten free diet. This was true  when I diagnosed  in 1999. Some celiacs have not accepted this change. 2. Celiacs, like everyone else, have food reactions that are unrelated to celiac […]

Gluten Free Sourdough Bread, Pancakes, and Waffles

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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. Here are two sets of recipes and instructions for preparing both the ‘starter' and the bread itself. Click here for the second […]...

More Thoughts on the Gluten Free Craze

 Mark As Read    

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 […]

Thinking About the Gluten Free Craze

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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 […]

Independence Day Gluten Free

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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. This article features recipes for gluten free potato salad, gluten free pasta salad, and a gluten free parfait. The food involved is all three cases is red, white, […]

Visiting a Gluten Free Restaurant

 Mark As Read    

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 […]

Using a Gluten Free Menu

 Mark As Read    

People who love gluten free use menus for two purposes — deciding what items to order and — perhaps more importantly — what to AVOID  ordering.For example, people who live gluten free know that our deep-fried food must be prepared in dedicated fryers, utensils that are not used for wheat-based items. If these dedicated fryers are ...

Gluten Free Food Recalls

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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 […]...

Gluten Free Recipes

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Gluten free recipes are available on the internet and in bookstores. You're only concern will be too many choices. All-Recipes.com is a huge collection of recipes that can be electronically-sorted to meet any need. Click on the title to study their collection of gluten free recipes.Food Network and Yummly work the same way. Pinterest has a unique a...

Going Gluten Free … Facts and Fantasies

 Mark As Read    

"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. Perhaps there are benefits […]

Gluten Free and Beyond

 Mark As Read    

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.  Click here to read about the topic(s) that concern you: […]...

Gluten Free and Low in Calories

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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...

Free of Gluten & High in Fiber

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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.) This is the first of a series of articles based on the phrase "gluten free cookies […]

Restaurant Menus Reviewed on this Website

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These 25 restaurants display gluten free menus on their website. Enter the restaurant name in the search engine at the bottom of the page 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 […]

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