Going Gluten-Free

Not Just a Walk in the Park

My family and I will soon be taking steps toward finding a cure for food allergies. On Nov. 5, we'll lace up our walking shoes to participate in the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network(FAAN) Walk for Food Allergy. Why? So that one day my 8-year-old son Joseph and an estimated 15 million Americans, including about 6 million other children like him, might be able to live a life free from the danger of food allergies.   More...

Celiac Disease and Breast Cancer

A new study suggests that celiac disease may help protect against breast cancer. Researchers in Sweden have found that women with celiac disease appear to have a reduced risk of breast cancer - perhaps as much as a 30 percent reduction.   More...

Gluten Free, In Style

It's difficult to ignore the fact that gluten free is getting trendy. If the gluten-free menus and the understanding nods I get when ordering in urban restaurants haven’t clued me in, I can't argue with the numbers. Despite the slow economy, sales of gluten-free products in this country have more than doubled over the past six years, with market projections exceeding $1.6 billion by 2015.   More...

One Size (Doesn’t) Fit All

Most celiacs can eat gluten free oats, but there is a small percentage of celiacs who become ill when they consume oats, even if they are gluten free. Join the conversation on why certain gluten-free foods aren't for everyone.   More...

Confessions of a Kitchen Gadget Junky

You've heard of Lady Gaga, right? Today we’re naming Living Without's special projects editor, Laurel Green, the magazine's official "Lady Gadget." Here's why: I recently had a discussion with our food editor in which we confessed to each other our secret passion for kitchen gadgets. We agreed on this: It's impossible to have too many. No matter the cupboard space, there's always room for more. "You haven’t seen my kitchen," she boasted. True, but she hasn’t seen mine, either. I must have learned it from my mom, who asks, "Do you want your bacon cooked flat or on a bacon hanger?" "Mom, I don’t eat bacon." "Okay, want your waffle round, square or heart shaped?"  More...

Kid Athletes and Snack Attacks

It's that time of year again. The kids are back in school and the fall sports schedule is in full swing. If you're a parent with a food-sensitive child who's participating in team sports, chances are that team snacks are an issue. They certainly are for Living Without contributor Wendy Mondello, whose son has serious multiple food allergies. Do sport snacks meet your child's special dietary needs? And are they nutritious? (Fresh fruit and veggie sticks, anyone?) Is it too much to ask that parents and coaches opt for safe, healthy choices?  More...

Airborne Allergies and Mothering Moments

Living Without contributor Diana Keough writes that her son Robby mysteriously developed an irritating habit - constant sniffing and snorting - soon after the family moved to Atlanta.   More...

More of Us Are Getting Celiac Disease. Why?

It's documented by recent studies that the number of people in the United States with celiac disease has increased notably since the 1950s. This increase is way beyond what can be explained by heightened awareness and better screening tools. Interestingly, it tracks the upward trend in prevalence rates of other autoimmune conditions, such as diabetes and food allergies, as well as childhood disorders like asthma, autism and ADHD. What’s going on?   More...

Airline Meals

We often hear from readers who share their special-diet experiences with us - both good and bad. Recently, we received a message from Living Without contributor Elaine Taylor-Klaus, mother of a gluten-sensitive family and founder of ImpactADHD.com . On their recent summer vacation, Elaine and her family ran into trouble with the gluten-free meal offered by their airline.   More...

Gluten-Free Labeling

Do you want to comment on FDA's proposal on gluten-free labeling but you're not sure how to frame your message or even where to send it? Here's help. The The American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) and the other folks behind the 1in133 event (tallest gluten-free cake) have written a community letter you can sign.   More...

Beach Vacation

Food-allergic families can never take a vacation from vigilance, but we sure can enjoy a trip to the beach. My family and I just returned from a fabulous week at the ocean. The hot, sunny weather gave us plenty of time to ride waves, play paddleball at the water's edge, collect seashells, splash in tide pools and make sand creations. Our beach experience focused on enjoying activities and each other, rather than food treats and restaurants. But my trip preparation largely focused on food.   More...

Make Your Voice Heard!

We want gluten-free consumers around the country to have access to truthful, accurate information on ingredient labels. That’s why we urge you to support FDA's gluten-free labeling proposal.   More...

People Power: We Can Make a Difference in the Gluten-Free Marketplace

Here’s a true story (it's not over yet) about the power of food-sensitive consumers if we speak with one voice. There are many restaurants that claim to be gluten free in name only but, in fact, are not completely gluten free because their kitchen practices introduce opportunities for cross contamination. A recent example is California Pizza Kitchen (CPK). With more than 265 locations in 30 states, CPK recently announced that it is offering gluten-free pizza. A resounding "Yippee!" came from gluten-free consumers everywhere, including me. Closer examination of the restaurant's efforts to eliminate cross-contamination, however, leaves me feeling that CPK needs to do more.  More...

I Think My Dog Has Food Allergies

In an ironic twist that isn't lost on me, it turns out that Buster, my mixed-breed dog, has started reacting to something in his dog chow. I say it's ironic because, as editor of Living Without magazine, I'm writing, thinking, reading, talking about and living with food allergies and sensitivities every day. I'm so attuned to the possibility of someone having celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or a food allergy that my adult children regularly tease me that I tend to think everyone may have a food issue.   More...

Ten Things: What Every Kid with Food Allergies Wishes You Knew

Living Without just published an essay by Gina Clowes ("Ten Things," August/September 2011) that struck an emotional chord with many readers. Living Without contributor Wendy Mondello read it with her son Joseph, who has multiple severe food allergies. "I feel like I’m the only one sometimes," he told his mom with tears in his eyes.   More...