Going Gluten-Free

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...

Confessions of a Food Hoarder

When gluten-free and food-allergic shoppers find a product we like, especially a new item or one that's on sale for a limited time, we approach the store like the vintage game show, Supermarket Sweep. I admit I've used the whole "sweeping items into the cart with an outstretched arm" tactic without shame. However, this behavior can have a dark side: I’m a gluten-free food hoarder. Sometimes I forget that I should shop for what I need, and not what I just think is a good deal. If you're faced with the same predicament, these two ideas can help.   More...

Happy [Allergy-Friendly] Birthday!

My childhood was filled with amazing birthday parties, thanks to my mom. I envisioned that I'd create the same type of fun celebrations for my children. But when my son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies as a baby, those dreams faded. My task was to keep him safe and alive. Pulling off a birthday party was secondary and, frankly, seemed impossible.   More...

A Mother’s Thoughts

As a protective mother, I sought the best for my only child. He had lots of attention, a good education, wholesome food, music lessons, swim instructions, travel experiences - any indulgence we could afford. I made sure he wore a helmet when he rode his bicycle and I covered him with shin and elbow pads when he skateboarded. But as much as I tried to protect him, I couldn't prevent him from getting celiac disease.   More...

Extreme Barbecuing

As food editor of Gluten Free & More , recipe developer, mom and celiac patient, I’m good at multi-tasking - but this was the first time extreme barbecuing was in my job description. Rest assured, as the temperature hovered at 10 degrees, I was thinking warm thoughts about you!   More...

Feed Your Head

Can gluten impact your mood? Your thinking? The answer is yes. Celiac experts say that in susceptible people, gluten can affect mood. It can also cause "foggy brain" and can prompt neurological conditions like ADHD and autism spectrum behaviors. Now a groundbreaking study shows that gluten is also linked to schizophrenia.   More...