Oct/Nov 2011

Features

Nutrients, Probiotics, Enzymes

People with food allergies and sensitivities have digestive systems that aren’t functioning efficiently. Healthy digestion breaks down food into usable elements and screens out potential reactors. A poorly functioning digestive system will absorb partially digested food but will not necessarily take in all the essential nutrients. As a result, even the best, most balanced diets can end up being inadequate.   More...

Special-Diet Food Banks

After a short prayer of thanks and a slightly longer prayer for protection, Cindy and her 12-year-old daughter Meagan begin eating the macaroni and cheese they picked up at the food bank in Akron, Ohio. Cindy enjoys every bite, as does Meagan. But Cindy knows that in a few short hours, she’ll be holding Meagan’s hand and offering comfort because, as a celiac, Meagan can’t handle this meal. Yet without it, Meagan will go hungry.   More...

Power Flour

Power flours provide more protein, as well as a host of vitamins and nutrients and they’re higher in fiber, which helps reduce cholesterol levels. What’s more, many are quite flavorful and they produce baked goods that help us feel fuller longer. The higher protein content in power flours provides elasticity to baked goods too, an added bonus for gluten-free bakers. (Elasticity, a key to baking success, is often hard to come by in gluten-free baking.) The result is that finished baked goods are moister, have a finer crumb and better texture.   More...

Feel Your Oats!

When my daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease at age 2, the mandate was clear - no more wheat, rye, barley or oats. Oats, it was explained to us, do not contain gluten but are highly cross-contaminated because they're often grown and harvested alongside wheat, rye and barley. Since then, research has shown that most celiacs are able to tolerate pure, uncontaminated oats - but with some limitations. In the past five years, a handful of companies have begun to market specially produced oats that are carefully monitored and tested to prevent any contact with gluten.   More...

Life Story

A Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Love Story

When Jessica Montague phoned her parents to say she was sick and needed to be picked up from college, a three hour drive from their home in northwest Ohio, it wasn’t the first time Deb and Dar Nevergall had received such a call. Jessica, then a freshman at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, had been experiencing debilitating stomach cramps for years. Doctors couldn’t pinpoint a problem and eventually chalked it up to stress. To help manage the pain, Jessica had been getting regular acupuncture treatments.   More...

So Good

Cold-Weather Soups

When temperatures begin to drop, there's nothing better than a generous serving of steaming, nourishing soup. When it's homemade, this special food contains a blend of pure and simple ingredients that are naturally wholesome, making it the ideal dish for gluten-free, allergy-friendly cooking. In addition, soup is flexible enough that it can be made to deliciously suit most special-dietary needs.   More...

Gluten-Free Presto Pizza Crust

Pizza tops the list of foods many of us miss most when we go gluten free (and dairy free, too). And why not? Who doesn’t love sinking their teeth into a hot, chewy crust topped with fresh tomato sauce, melted cheese and favorite fixings? Yes, it’s getting easier to find gluten-free pizza these days—but homemade still tastes best. Plus if you make it yourself, you can customize ingredients and tailor toppings to your taste buds and dietary needs.   More...

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving is a time of joyful reunions, aromatic kitchens and tables loaded with mouthwatering dishes. If your guest list includes those with special dietary needs, these crowd-pleasing recipes will make the holiday particularly memorable. With these easy recipes and a short list of special ingredients, you can make Thanksgiving favorites that are gluten free, dairy free and allergy friendly.   More...

House Call

Research Roundup: Teeth Talk, Dangers of Seafood, Gluten and the Liver and More!

Researchers from the Medical University of Silesia in Poland recently analyzed lead and cadmium levels in the baby teeth of children with celiac disease, children with food allergy and a third group of kids without either condition. According to their work, levels of lead and cadmium were higher in the teeth of children with celiac disease and those with a food allergy. All children were from the same region of Poland, which is highly industrial, and they had similar environmental exposure to toxic metals like lead and cadmium.   More...

Try it

Living Without's Favorites: So Saucy …

And so versatile. Fischer & Wieser’s Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce has a smoky-sweet, zingy-tangy flavor that will titillate your plate and palate. Who would think that berries and chipotle could pair so well with pork roast? Or poached chicken? Or beef? Just a dab of this sauce makes meats and fish extraordinary. Use it straight from the jar as a glaze, marinade or dipping sauce for a gently smoldering kick that’s fresh and gluten free.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: No Moo-re Moo

North Dakota-based Flax USA, Inc. introduces the first-ever dairy-free, lactose-free milk made from cold-pressed flaxseed oil. Flaxmilk is an important and exciting addition to the short list of alternative milks—and it tastes good! This 100 percent natural product is a truly innovative way to get highly beneficial Omega 3 essential fatty acids into your diet. At only 50 calories per eight ounces, plant-based Flaxmilk provides as much calcium as cow’s milk and is enriched with Vitamins A, D and B12.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Don’t Be Sore

If you’re someone who experiences severe pain due to hyper-sensitive teeth, Sensodyne has a new professional toothpaste that will ease the bite. Available only through your dentist, Nupro Toothpaste with NovaMin is gluten free and dye free. It can be used regularly at home to remineralize tooth enamel, ward off cavities and sooth sensitive teeth—all for about $7 a tube.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Spread It Around

MindfulMayo Dressing and Sandwich Spread passed the ultimate taste test. We slathered it on gluten-free tomato sandwiches—just tomatoes, salt, MindfulMayo—and no one suspected it wasn’t the real thing. Congrats to Earth Balance for this tasty, new egg-free, dairy-free mayo.   More...

Read it

Living Without's Favorite Books: Hands On

Cooking instructor Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer uses her kitchen and gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) recipes to connect and communicate with her son who has autism. The cooking experience also helps him grow developmentally. Now Kaplan-Mayer shares her techniques in The Kitchen Classroom, 32 Visual GFCF Recipes to Boost Development Skills (Woodbine House). This is more than a special-diet cookbook. It’s a step-by-step instruction manual for using kid-favorite recipes to have fun with your special-needs child while teaching essential skills. Recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and treats are rated for ease of preparation and include symbols for targeted skill sets each project will enhance.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: No More White Sugar

Want to nix refined sugar from your gluten-free diet? Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free, 180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less (Ulysses Press) can help. This book by Amy Green, an extension of her simplysugarandglutenfree.com blog, was inspired by the author’s own struggle with health and weight problems caused by hard-to-control cravings for white sugar and flour.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Life’s Too Short

Why go without cookies? Gluten-Free Cookies, 50 Recipes for Cookies You Crave (Sellers Publishing) is Luane Kohn\ke’s delicious tribute to our favorite treats. Gorgeous photographs by Stacey Cramp had us salivating at the start. If you tolerate eggs and nuts, this book is certain to delight. Kohnke covers cookies from the simple to the sublime, with wedding cookies and meringues, bars and squares in between. Recipes are well organized and easily accomplished.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Special-Diet Fare

If you’re gluten free and vegetarian, your list of go-to dishes may sometimes fall short. Stuck in a food rut? Let cookbook author Carol Fenster introduce more gluten-free, vegetarian variety into your kitchen. Fenster, a well-respected name in the world of special diets, has spent years creating successful recipes for people with food allergies, celiac disease, autism and other medical conditions related to food.   More...

Make it

Facial Toner

Subscribers Only — Toners are an all-important part of a skin-care regimen. They cleanse the surface of your face of residual dirt, oils and dead cells, tighten pores and restore the skin’s natural pH level. Normally the second step in daily care, toner is applied after the face has been washed and before it’s moisturized. Toning ensures meticulously clean skin that’s more efficient at absorbing and retaining moisture, resulting in a bright, glowing and healthier complexion.   More...

A Primer on Stevia

Subscribers Only — With the nation’s obesity rates at an all-time high and the accompanying rise in diabetes, many of us are looking for ways to limit our sugar intake. Enter stevia, a plant that's been used as a sweetener in Asia and South America for more than 1500 years. Recently approved by the FDA, stevia has a glycemic index of zero and contains no calories. Even better, stevia can be used in baking as heat does not change its flavor.   More...

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