Apr/May 2011

Features

Life Without Food

As an infant, Aaron Weinbach would frequently cough, vomit and have difficulty feeding. Although doctors dismissed it, his mother Bonnie knew something wasn’t quite right but she had no idea what the cause of the problem was.   More...

Postcards from Allergy-friendly Camp

For many parents, sending a child away to summer camp in a remote location, miles from home, requires a leap of faith. But when your child has a life-threatening anaphylactic food allergy or life-changing celiac disease, it’s even harder to entrust his or her life to strangers. In addition to asking about camp sports and specialties, you must ask about the closest hospital. In addition to packing bug spray and rain gear, you’re packing EpiPens and coolers of safe food.   More...

Special Diet Travel Guide: Westward Bound!

Subscribers Only — If you’re looking for a summer destination with outdoor fun for the whole family, enjoy the best of the west in Wyoming and Montana. Pristine air, cooler temperatures and low humidity make these states an idyllic refuge from the summer heat. And with an abundance of national parks and big-sky panoramas, there are endless possibilities for memorable adventures, along with delicious opportunities for gluten-free, allergy-friendly dining.   More...

Gluten-Free Cooking for Flavor

Subscribers Only — There used to be a time when home cooks considered certain cooking methods sacrosanct. These time-honored techniques coaxed forkfuls of flavor from humble ingredients. Then along came microwaves, Foreman grills and other eat-quick, flavor-be-damned kitchen appliances that quickly turned old-school cooking into a dying art form.   More...

Life Story

Autism Mother

To draw attention to the plight of people with autism, Polly Tommey took her shirt off. Tommey of Hampton, U.K., and supporters launched a billboard campaign last year that grabbed the eyes of the nation, including those of Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The billboards featured 43-year-old Tommey in a push-up bra with the message: “Hello Boys. Autism is worth over 6 millions votes. It’s time to talk….” The strategy worked, gaining Tommey and her group access to top politicians and pledges for government help.   More...

So Good

Allergy-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

My love affair with Mexican food began with a visit to Yucatan where the fresh, robust flavors of genuine south-of-the-border cuisine stirred my senses. Roasted stuffed peppers, delectable black beans and chayote squash, homemade corn tortillas, brightly colored sauces. I was hooked. There was no turning back to the TexMex of my youth. (Those wheat-flour tortillas, flavorless sauces and mounds of tired cheese are now off limits anyway. )   More...

Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Egg-free Passover Dessert

This gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free chocolate pie can double as a Passover dessert. Rich and full of chocolate flavor, it couldn’t be simpler to prepare. What’s more, there’s nothing to bake and it uses just three ingredients, plus toppings.   More...

A Fuss-Free, Gluten-Free Easter Dinner

Easter is a joyful occasion, a time that's symbolic of hope and renewal. Often celebrated with family and friends, the holiday meal traditionally served in many homes is one that features roasted lamb and gravy with fresh spring produce and a light, airy cake for dessert. If you're planning a gathering at your place this year, here's an Easter menu that’s guaranteed to please. It's simple to prepare yet provides elegant, mouthwatering results. Brimming with healthy nourishment, recipes are designed for utmost flavor with your special dietary needs in mind.   More...

House Call

Research Roundup: Dirty Air, Working on Wheat, Asthma and More!

Reports that air pollution may contribute to the earlier onset of type 1 diabetes led researchers at Northern Ontario School of Medicine to look into the possible link. The Canadian team studied the effects of two sources of particulate air pollution—urban air and diesel exhaust—in mice susceptible to type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune condition.   More...

Pediatric Allergies Q & A -Stuffy Nose, Bed Bugs Bite,

What's a neti pot? Is it effective treatment for allergic symptoms? A neti pot is one of several similar devices that are used to flush the nose and sinuses with salt water. Nasal irrigation can be a very effective treatment for the uncomfortable symptoms associated with seasonal allergies and hay fever, such as excessive mucous, sinus congestion, popping or plugging of the ears and the post-nasal drainage which can lead to sore throat and cough.   More...

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Living Without's Favorites: Doctor’s Orders

Faced with two sick children, Greg and Ilsa Toepfer’s pedicatrician recommended the B.R.A.T. diet (banana, rice, applesauce, toast) to provide nourishment and sooth their upset stomachs. It failed to satisfy the whiney, dehydrated youngsters and so was sparked the idea for Organic B.R.A.T., a feel-better drink the Toepfers created for ailing kids with sensitive tummies. Fortified with a balanced ratio of electrolytes and nutrients to promote rehydration and gastrointestinal health, Organic B.R.A.T. contains brown rice, banana and applesauce with no added sugar.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: For Chocoholics

Are you craving rich chocolate and wishing it would fit better into your plans for healthy eating? Mayesa (my-es-ah) offers a delicious new beverage that combines organic cacao with hemp milk, rice and select spices for a good-for-you liquid snack that has the taste of pure indulgence.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Crazy for Kale

You may not love your greens but who can argue that kale isn’t a powerhouse of super-food nutrients—vitamins A and C, fiber, cancer-fighting antioxidants and more. Our thanks to Tish McCrea, owner of Jungle Treats.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Bella is Beautiful

Our own special-diet chef Mary Capone, author of The Gluten-Free Italian Cookbook, has a goal to bring joy to those on restricted diets. To that end, she introduces Bella Gluten-Free, a line of baking mixes made without corn or any of the top eight food allergens.   More...

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Living Without's Favorite Books: The First Time

A rash-spotted face isn’t charming, particularly if it’s your child. But cheeks inflamed with hives are the start of a charming children’s book, The Day I Met the Nuts (Earth Day), by Mary Rand Hess with illustrations by Candice Hartsough McDonald.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Little Cakes

Subscribers Only — If your idea of the perfect cupcake is great taste with no gluten or refined sugar, Gluten-Free Cupcakes (Ten Speed Press) is the cookbook for you. Celiac food blogger Elana Amsterdam (elanaspantry.com), author of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, now offers a second cookbook of 50 recipes with mix-and-match cupcakes and frostings, ranging from classic (Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate, Red Velvet cupcakes) to show-stopping (Fallen Chocolate Souffle, Black Forest, White Chocolate Cherry, Pecan Pie cupcakes).   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Easy on the Waistline

Want to shed pounds without going hungry? Whether you’re focused on bathing suit season or just healthier eating, Appetite for Reduction (DaCapo LifeLong) can help. This new book by well-known vegan author Isa Chandra Moskowitz is a winner for losers—weight losers, that is.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Replacement Parts

Ever been in the middle of a recipe and don’t have an ingredient? So have we. The Food Substitutions Bible (Robert Rose, 2nd edition) is for people like us. This 695-page reference book by David Joachim offers substitution solutions for ingredients, equipment and techniques when you’re in a pinch—or not.   More...

Food for Thought

Life Lessons

Dinner out always began the same way. The waiter approached the table, ready to take our order. My mother fixed her eyes on me, prompting me with a gentle but meaningful glance. And together we began our well-rehearsed explanation of my numerous food allergies. As we went over them all, milk, eggs, nuts, peanuts, shellfish, we watched him intently, searching his face for signs that he understood and could help me navigate the menu safely.   More...

Lycopene

Lycopene has been associated with wellness for many years but recently researchers have verified significant health benefits linked to this important phytonutrient. It may be one of the most powerful antioxidants ever discovered.   More...

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