Going Gluten-Free

What's in Your Dog Food?

Rupert was a border collie with a sweet disposition, the kind of dog who captures your heart. From the time he was a puppy, Rupert showed plenty of affection - and he did plenty of scratching, according to his owner Nancy Kerns, editor of Whole Dog Journal . This is the true story of how Kerns stopped Rupert's itch and solved the mystery of his allergies.   More...

Generation Gap

My 4-year-old daughter and I were diagnosed with celiac disease at the same time. This shared diagnosis connects us and divides us. She keeps asking me why I'm punishing her.   More...

A Decade of Love & Food Allergies

We just celebrated my son's 10th birthday. Ten years ago when he was born, my husband and I had no idea that we were all entering the world of food allergies.   More...

Allergic Trends

Food allergies used to be a lonely condition. Those days are over. A new report just released by the CDC confirms that the rate of allergic conditions in U.S. children continues to rise. One in 20 kids now has food allergies, a 50 percent increase from the late 1990s.   More...

Got Oats?

Over the past 15 or so years, studies have indicated that moderate amounts of gluten-free oats are well tolerated by the majority of people who have celiac disease. That means that most people on a gluten-free diet can "feel their oats" and eat them, too. Do you eat oats?   More...

The Ultimate Bully

The tragic events in Boston last week prompt me to think that terrorism is bullying on super-steroids. Simply put, a terrorist is the ultimate bully.   More...

Handling a Picky Eater

A mom told me that her young son did not want to eat the gluten-free, dairy-free diet the family had adopted on his behalf. Holding the line, she made the same food for the rest of family as she did for her son. When she put it on her son's plate, he refused to eat it and proceeded to refuse every other gluten-free, dairy-free meal she served - for days. Could you bear it if your child went on a food strike?   More...

Role Play, Anyone?

As a parent and a psychotherapist, I've found role-playing to be an important educational tool in the arsenal of life's coping strategies. It's particularly well suited to teaching kids how to say "no" to their no-no foods. You can start role-playing with children when they're still very young, practicing restaurant and social skills at home.   More...

Best-Laid Plans

Recently, I received an unexpected telephone call. It served as a much-needed reminder of the importance of planning when you have a child with food allergies.   More...

Food Allergies with a Twist

Our friends at AllergyHome.org have launched a clever campaign meant to shake the mystique off anaphylaxis and food allergies and sensitivities. Their take is catchy, compelling and approachable.   More...

Food-Free Holidays

This time of year, my Irish eyes are smiling because there are so many fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and Easter - without food. This means my 9-year-old son Joseph can enjoy these holidays and not have to think about his allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk, egg, soy, sesame and mustard.   More...

Allergic Kids Exposed On Purpose

A new study from a research team at Johns Hopkins University asserts that a troubling percentage of food-allergic children develop reactions after being fed their allergen intentionally. Who would do such a thing? Most often, it's the mother, researchers say.   More...

Finally! Progress on Gluten-Free Labeling

I'm happy to report that the Food and Drug Administration has inched ahead on its long-awaited labeling requirements for what constitutes "gluten free." FDA's proposed rules arrived at the White House for final review earlier this week, according to federal records.   More...

7 Reasons to Love Legumes

Beans are almost a perfect food. They're inexpensive, convenient, overloaded with vital nutrients, easy to store and ultra-versatile in the kitchen. Beans are naturally gluten-free and with the notable exception of soybeans, they are generally well tolerated by those with food allergies. Here's a breakdown of their standout health perks - seven reasons to reach for legumes when planning tonight's dinner. We've got the scoop on what's best about beans.   More...