Going Gluten-Free

The Joy of NOT Cooking

When summer temperatures soar, the last thing you want to do is slave over a hot stove. The solution to beat the heat and still eat? No-cook meals!   More...

Love Your Gluten-Free Lentils

In all the hype surrounding so-called super foods, lentils are often upstaged by trendier items with more modern appeal. But the lowly little lentil is a nutritional heavy hitter. In fact, lentils are a wonder-working ingredient that can easily be used in a wide range of dishes - with wholesome and delicious results. Here's an arsenal of reasons why you should load up on lentils.   More...

Aloha to an Allergy-Friendly Meal

Can't get to Hawaii this summer? Bring the best of the islands to your own backyard with easy-to-make, gluten-free, dairy-free Hawaiian-style recipes. Transforming an ordinary barbeque into mouthwatering tropical cuisine is easier than you think. You won't miss the burgers.   More...

Gluten and Your Brain

Did you know that gluten can affect your brain? Certain neurological disorders can be associated with celiac disease. And certain psychiatric disturbances - depression, anxiety, hallucinations, suicide ideation - occur more frequently in people with celiac disease than the general population.   More...

Sky High

Does high elevation affect gluten-free baking? We often get this question from readers living in the mountains of Colorado and Montana who are working with recipes formulated in places a lot closer to sea level. The answer is yes. If you're living at high elevation and find you're not having success with your gluten-free breads and pastries, try these tips.   More...

How to Make GF Yeast Rolls

Nothing is more enticing than the flavor and aroma of freshly baked yeast rolls. Many of us are mystified about using yeast. Add in the gluten-free component and successful bread-making seems downright challenging. The truth is that homemade gluten-free rolls are within easy reach. Follow these simple tips and you’ll rise to the ranks of gluten-free artisan baker.   More...

Living Confidently with Food Allergies

I was already a pediatric allergist when my son developed food allergies. I knew all about reading labels, sources of cross contact, recognizing anaphylaxis, how to give an auto injector - the works. But I was blown away by how challenging the first several months were for my family. I was inspired and determined to make it easier for others - why should we all start from scratch and recreate the wheel one family at a time?   More...

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...