Going Gluten-Free

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...

Food as Fashion

Every day, someone tells me they've sworn off gluten, most for reasons that have nothing to do with celiac disease, gluten intolerance or even mild sensitivity. I've noticed this irks some in the celiac community and strikes fear into those who have worked long and unflaggingly for awareness of celiac as a bona fide disease.   More...

Head of the Class

College students with severe food allergies or celiac disease may soon be able to breathe a little easier due to a recent Justice Department ruling. This ruling requires a Massachusetts university to offer meal plans that accommodate those with special dietary needs. Finally kids can focus on classes and books, not on struggling with the dining hall.   More...

There's No Salt in This Gluten-Free Soy Sauce

Living Without contributor Jessica Goldman Foung, aka "Sodium Girl," must live salt-free for medical reasons. She's a queen of substitutions, an inspiration for those on special diets. This enthusiastic foodie spices up her diet with tasty sweet and savory alternatives to salt. Here's the back-story behind her ingenious GF, no-salt soy sauce.   More...

Can’t Get Pregnant?

Did you know that celiac disease can directly affect your ability to have a baby? Marisa Horowitz Jaffe suffered through years of infertility and multiple miscarriages due to undiagnosed celiac disease. She shares her story with Living Without . "My dream is ...that no one will ever have to experience what we did," she says.   More...

Food Allergy Bullying

Has your child been bullied because of a food allergy or sensitivity? Have you? A new study in Pediatrics suggests an increase in this type of taunting and harassment. Bullying is associated with increased anxiety and lower quality of life for food-allergic children, independent of the reported severity of their allergies.   More...