I have some really fantastic friends who have wanted to have me over as a dinner guest. And they were willing to bend over backward to try and make me gluten free food.[Read more…] about 5 Tips to Accomodate a Dinner Guest with Celiac Disease
Tips for Gluten Free Living
OH NO, I’VE BEEN GLUTENED!
We’re heading into the holidays and that means lot of food! It probably also means you might be eating food other people have prepared. It also means an increased chance of being glutened. [insert scary music here]
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease, have a severe gluten allergy or have a family member who has, the changeover can be daunting. Where do you start when going gluten free?
1. MAKE PEACE WITH GOING GLUTEN FREE
It sounds a little cheesy, but it’s important. I fought against my situation for quite a while before I accepted that my lifestyle was going to change drastically forever. Transition time is needed for all of us. I had breakdowns and temper tantrums on and off for about six months.
WHAT IS GLUTEN SENSITIVITY?
Gluten sensitivity, also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), often causes symptoms similar to celiac disease but absent an autoimmune response (without any damage to the lining of the gut).
TRAVELING GLUTEN FREE IN THE US
Ah, the joys of traveling! I recently went to California and realized I have some tidbits of wisdom that might be helpful for gluten free travelers.
Rule #1 in Los Angeles: Never use your blinker on the highway—it’s a sign of weakness. Rule #2 : The line to In and Out Burger in LA is always at least 10 cars long. I’m not exaggerating. I went to In and Out Burger multiple times and was in the drive through line for about 20 minutes each time.
GLUTEN FREE LABELING
Gluten free labeling with certification gives the you (the consumer) assurance from someone with no skin in the game (a third party certifier) that the food you’re eating is truly gluten free. Why does this matter?
Believe it or not, FDA regulation does not require manufacturers to test for the presence of gluten in their starting ingredients or finished foods that are labeled gluten-free.
When I first discovered I had celiac disease, I started the gluten purge in my house. I got rid of all the obvious things, and then I got rid of the less-obvious things.
However, months into the process, I was still getting sick and I couldn’t figure out why. So I began my search for the hidden gluten that was evading me. [Read more…] about 13 Gluten Gotchas! Is Hidden Gluten Making You Sick?
WHAT A PAIN
Have you ever had one of those moments where you want to throw your head back and scream at the heavens, “Why can nothing be easy?!?”
That was me in the grocery store last week. I needed to buy pain relievers because my doctor directed me to take acetaminophen. Simple enough, right?