Going Gluten-Free

Lucky with Leftovers

Fortunate is the person who finds herself with a refrigerator full of leftovers. It's my favorite part of holiday cooking. In fact, I deliberately buy a larger-than-necessary turkey just to nibble on what's left. Here are some ideas on how to make the best of the rest of your turkey.   More...

Got Milk?

Is today's milk doing your body good? Are my family's stomachaches, eczema and sinus congestion trying to tell me something?   More...

Family Awakening

I see a nice a change developing in my family this holiday season. Two people on my gift list are getting a collection of special-diet products for Christmas.   More...

Trying to Get Pregnant?

"In some women, infertility and pregnancy complications may be the first sign of celiac disease." When I was newly pregnant and said to my OB/GYN, "I have celiac disease," she didn't say anything. That's how I remember it anyway.  More...

Ramblings from Thanksgiving

By 9:00 on Thanksgiving morning, the kitchen was tidied up, ingredients organized and I was ready to start the Thanksgiving marathon. As fellow celebrants joined me in the kitchen, I had many chances to share the dozens of little tips I've learned while working with Living Without's food editor Beth Hillson and test kitchen director Madalene Rhyand.   More...

Giving Thanks

The Living Without team is grateful for our many blessings - and our greatest blessing is you.   More...

New Ways to Serve Stuffing

Are you tired of the same old way to serve stuffing? Jazz up your menu with these tasty gluten-free ideas. They'll make your meal more memorable and mouthwatering.   More...

We Need a Gluten-Free Labeling Standard

Take a moment and sign the petition for gluten-free labeling. The deadline is November 1st . Almost a decade ago, the American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) initiated the fight for gluten-free labeling on behalf of those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Over the past few weeks, there’s been a final effort - hopefully - to remind federal decision-makers that individuals with celiac disease and gluten intolerance are waiting for the FDA to complete action on the pending rules. Living Without joins the American Celiac Disease Alliance and others in the gluten-free community to urge you to sign the special petition available on the White House website. If you have not already done so, I urge you to take a moment to read and sign the petition . To date, over 20,000 signatures have been logged. We need a total of 25,000 signatures by November 1st . The deadline is Thursday, November 1st .   More...

Celiac Disease: Counting the Cost

According to news reports, CBS temporarily dropped actress Jennifer Esposito from its show "Blue Bloods" after she asked the network to limit her work schedule due to celiac disease. Esposito, 39, stars as policewoman Jackie Curatola on the popular television series. The network is reportedly unable to accommodate the star's request. Have you had job-related setbacks due to your health and related dietary issues?  More...

"F" is for Food Allergies

FAAN's Walk for Food Allergy in my area just so happened to coincide with the "Letter F" theme for my daughter in school that week. We were among several hundred people, including many from my local support group, who gathered on a rainy Saturday morning in early October to walk in support of people with food allergies.   More...

Gluten-Free Labeling

Last year, FDA officials made a commitment to the celiac community that the gluten-free labeling rule would be completed by September 30. That date has come and gone. It's time for White House officials to know the celiac community needs gluten-free labeling standards now! The health of millions of Americans is at risk because we don't have access to basic information about product ingredients. The White House has provided us the opportunity to express our concerns through an open petition. We need at least 25,000 signatures by November 2nd. Sign the petition on the White House We the People webpage at http://wh.gov/Be7R. (It's quick and easy to do.)  More...

Our Test Kitchen Takes to the Streets

The Living Without team is dedicated to making the world a better (and tastier!) place for our readers and all those with sensitivities and food allergies. It's our stated mission and we truly believe in it. So when a reader told us that she really missed her childhood Whoopie Pies, our test kitchen director, Madalene Rhyand, took on the challenge. Madalene wanted to make the Whoopie Pies gluten free, of course, but also allergy friendly (dairy free and egg free). She also wanted to create a recipe that would use more nutrient-dense flours and less sugar. So she went to our test kitchen and baked and altered and baked again... until finally, she created a great-tasting whoopie pie without gluten, dairy and eggs. She was quite happy with the results but wanted to take it a step further. She decided to conduct a blind taste test, using real people in her community who were not living on a special diet. She took to the streets and here's her report.   More...

Do You Eat a Lot of Rice?

I love rice. Don't you? With gluten off the table and off the plate, most people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity enjoy rice and rice flours as their favorite go-to alternative grain. Now that the FDA confirms reports of arsenic in rice and rice-based products and Consumer Reports is urging consumers to cut back on eating rice for that reason, are you wondering what to do? What exactly does this news mean to you and your special diet? Here's advice for gluten-free consumers.  More...

Empowering Our Kids

This terrific photo caught my eye this week - a little boy dressed up as a super-hero, standing tall and smiling like the sky's the limit. It captures what we all want for our youngsters with celiac disease and food allergies: strength and empowerment. (The image was originally posted by our friends at AllergyHome.org and we picked it up and put it on our Facebook page.) I recently interviewed three children (ages 8 to 11 years) with celiac disease who illustrate these qualities. The Q&A article was published in Living Without’s Oct/Nov issue. Their candor about what it's like to live on a special diet is impressive. They are optimistic and have can-do attitudes about their gluten-free lives. "I think it’s cool having celiac disease," says Maddie, age 8. How do you empower your child?  More...

Waiting ... for Patience

Nine years ago, my family and I embarked on life with special dietary needs when my son was diagnosed with allergies to peanut, tree nuts, wheat, milk, egg, soy, sesame and mustard. Plunging into the world of allergy-friendly cooking, I needed time and patience to figure out substitution ingredients, to make recipes work with replacements and to find products that were safe and tasted great. Looking back, it's clear it was worth the wait. We are eating so much better than we ever did before we started this journey.  More...