Going Gluten-Free

I’m Ready to Party! Are You?

We’re super-excited about attending the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Indianapolis this weekend. That’s because we love having lots of food, friends and fun—all in one place. Come party with us! #GFFAFEST   More...

Missing The State Fair

I’ll admit it. I really wish I could try out a deep-fried Oreo. And I’d really like to try a deep-fried Snickers. I eat a mostly clean diet – lots of healthy fruits, vegetables, low-fat proteins, no red meat, etc. However, I do love my gluten-free cookies, cupcakes, and pies (and totally not ashamed about it). Since the fair is a once-a-year experience, I figured that eating these unhealthy foods once a year could potentially still fit into a healthy diet. But, alas – I am a celiac. Since 99.9% of these fair foods are fried with gluten-containing ingredients like white flour, or the food being friend is gluten-full (like the Oreo), it’s pointless to even see if there’s something I can eat at the fair. I haven’t been to a fair since I’ve been gluten-free, but I have been to outdoor events that host the fair-type booths like the “deep fried” ones found at a large fair. The smell of deep-fried everything left me feeling sad. Sad, and a bit nauseated.   More...

Telling a Restaurant You’ve Been Glutened

Within minutes of eating the pasta dish at your local gluten-free Italian joint, you feel queasy. And then the stomach pains hit. And you run to the bathroom. You’ve finally figured it out – you’ve been glutened. Since you’re still at the restaurant, it’s easy to point the finger at the dish that did you wrong – or is it? Was it the pasta? The veggies? Regardless, someone screwed up and now you’re paying for it. But when you regain your composure, how do you go about telling the restaurant what went wrong?   More...

Gluten-Free Dining In Airports

On my recent trip to San Jose, I was surprised and delighted to see that one of the kiosks in the airport called out their gluten-free offerings. I often scroll through endless airport websites to search for safe places to eat while I travel. I’m often left disappointed and eating out of my own bag of goodies. However, there are several airports that have impressed me with their gluten-free offerings. Below are some that stand out to me (with some help from my readers).   More...

Independence Day: Gluten Freedom

Last month we celebrated Independence Day, aka the Fourth of July, marking the day the Declaration of Independence was signed.  That historical document paved the way for a democracy that has given us the individual freedoms that make us proud to be Americans. On August 5th, we celebrated another kind of independence day, freedom from gluten.  That’s when the gluten free labeling rule takes effect and millions of us who are seriously gluten free can be…   More...

Gluten-Free Mobile App Reviews

Finding a safe, gluten-free restaurant can be difficult, and sometimes impossible. As I return from yet another conference a plane flight away, I’m reflecting on just how I could have possibly survived navigating a gluten-full world without mobile apps. I use gluten-free apps at home and when I travel – basically anytime I find myself in a new neighborhood and want to check out the gluten-free scene. While there are paid apps available with (potentially)…   More...

Gluten Free Travel & Packing Mistakes

I’m off again soon to yet another conference. Some months I travel every weekend – and it does take its toll on my battered-but-thriving celiac body. However, there are certain tips and tricks that I’ve learned over my years that will help with your travel plans. Please, learn from my travel and packing mistakes!   More...

How To Best Use Food Allergy Dining Cards

Dining out is one of the greatest fears for those with food allergies, sensitivities and/or celiac disease – and for good reason. Putting your health in the hands of others is a scary thing. I never even get to see the people I put in charge of my health, as they are often in the back of house, grilling, sautéing, and hopefully keeping my food as far away from gluten as possible!   More...

Navigating a Gluten-Free Workplace

Donut parties. Pizza lunches. Bagel Fridays. We don't need horror movies to get our blood chilled. We just need to hear these words uttered during the workweek. It can be hard out there for people with celiac disease and food allergies - both personally and professionally. Here are common challenges you might face at work and how you can overcome them and thrive.   More...

I Miss Cheap Pizza

Pizza is one of my favorite things in the universe . I grew up on it. I had pizza parties throughout middle school and high school. I’'order it from local mom-and-pop shops and from national restaurant chains. I loved pizza nights at home and pizza out with friends. Pizza was my BFF (best food friend). But since I've gone gluten-free, I miss the pizzas I used to enjoy. The texture of gluten-free pizzas is different - and they aren't cheap.   More...

Stand Up for Yourself!

I'm a type A personality who says whatever I think (within social norms, of course) and I'm fairly outspoken about living a gluten-free lifestyle. I'm often asked, "How do you go out to eat and tell people you're gluten-free?" My response is usually, "Just stand up for yourself." I've met far too many people who are shy, nervous and don't like to make a big deal about their food issues. Here are some pointers to help get you out of your comfort zone.   More...

Confession: I Miss Fast Food!

Celiac disease interrupted my love affair with the local drive-thru. Before my diagnosis, I was the take-out queen. I practically grew up on McDonald’s. I lived off Papa John's pizza in high school and Wendy's chicken sandwiches and Whataburger breakfast burritos in college. As an adult, having fast food on every corner gave me a high. So what's a fast-food geek like me to do?   More...

What's the Price of Beauty?

Are you getting glutened by your personal care products? Anything that goes on your lips or inside your mouth - lipstick, lip gloss, toothpaste - can trigger a gluten reaction. But what about your make-up, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and facial soap? Here's how to keep your bathroom from turning into a war zone.   More...

This Isn’t a Joke

Have you noticed the recent onslaught of gluten-free jokes in popular culture? Between Jimmy Kimmel convincing the world that gluten-free people don't actually know what gluten is and Charlize Theron proclaiming gluten-free is "BS," there's been a lot of negativity toward gluten-free eaters. So why does this matter to me? Why should this matter to you? And what can we do about it?   More...