Oct/Nov 2013

Features

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Subscribers Only — Thanksgiving is a celebration of gratitude and family traditions. Growing up in upstate New York, my family always gathered apples from our small backyard orchard in anticipation of the holiday feast. We’d pick the best of our crop—McIntosh, Pippin, Northern Spy—and store them in our cool pantry. When holiday baking began, we’d uncover our apples, still crisp and bright, and create recipes that highlighted them as a star ingredient. Apples fit deliciously into a traditional Gluten-Free Thanksgiving menu.   More...

Corn Fed

Subscribers Only — Katie Evers tossed a few handfuls of popcorn into her mouth as she prepared for her son’s third birthday party in May 2011. Before long, she began to have extreme difficulty breathing, along with a hard time walking or even understanding what was going on. Evers took some Benadryl, hoping it would do the trick. It helped her get through the night but she woke up the next morning in a pool of sweat, unable to stand , her heart racing and her lungs feeling so tight it was as though she was sucking air through a straw. An ambulance raced her to the emergency room.   More...

Food Allergies and Teenagers

Adjusting to celiac disease or food allergies can be challenging at any age but for teenagers, it can be particularly difficult. Studies show that adolescents and young adults have the highest fatality rate from food-induced anaphylaxis. And more celiac teens suffer from depression and disruptive behavior disorders than their non-celiac peers.   More...

Soldier On

On March 24, 2012, five soldiers gathered in a dimly lit wooden shed in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Dust poured through cracks in the plank walls, blanketing the gluten-free snacks laid out only moments earlier. The servicemen were there for the first-ever gluten-free support meeting in Afghanistan—“or so we suspected,” says Captain B. Donald Andrasik, the national guardsman who led the group.   More...

Gluten-Free Meal Planning

Subscribers Only — With the rise in food allergies and the need for special diets, many people who would rather not cook are forced into the kitchen. It’s often a mom or grandma who’s doing everything she can to make sure her kids or grandkids are healthy. She learns to cook special-diet meals, prepare allergy-friendly cookies and bake gluten-free bread even when it’s something she’d rather not do. At first, the process of moving to a new diet is overwhelming. But before long, you can get into a nice groove. One of the simplest ways of getting into that groove is learning how to meal plan.   More...

Life Story

Lifestyle Q&A - My Big, Fat Mouth

My roommate and best friend has food issues so I’m super familiar with her need for a clean kitchen, a safe meal when she dines out and how it’s not a joke when she ingests gluten or dairy. Unfortunately, I think I might have hurt her feelings in the spirit of being “in the know.” We were with friends and I called her a “glutard.” It’s something I heard before and I thought she would think it was funny. Turns out, she did not.   More...

Denise Richards

Subscribers Only — Actress Denise Richards looks as radiant today at age 42 as she did when she played beautiful Christmas Jones in the 1999 James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough. Since then, her personal life has made more headlines than her professional one—marriage and divorce to actor Charlie Sheen, raising their two daughters (Sam and Lola), adopting a third (Eloise) and now being supportive of Sheen’s twin sons from his marriage to actress Brooke Mueller. Sheen’s well-publicized antics and Richards generously stepping in on behalf of his young children have kept her in the tabloids.   More...

So Good

Better Burgers

A good burger is comfort food any time of the year. Problem is, most restaurant versions of this great American sandwich are sumo-sized nutritional disasters—and it can be an effort to find allergy-friendly options. A better solution is to rustle up your own patties.   More...

Baking with Fresh Produce

Subscribers Only — When the temperature drops, try turning on the oven instead of turning up the thermostat. These gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free recipes are sure to delight your friends and family and warm your home in more ways than one.   More...

Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Halloween Sweets

Gluten-free, allergy-friendly Halloween treats are within your reach—without scary food allergens and sugar overload. As the mother of four sons, one whose birthday is close to Halloween, I have a built-in theme for parties. The trick is to serve tasty, child-friendly foods without gluten and other common allergens and still satisfy my goal of nutritious eating.   More...

House Call

Allergies Q & A- Asthma Every Autumn, Skin Test, & More!

Every year between Halloween and Christmas, I develop respiratory problems that often lead to full-blown pneumonia. This keeps getting worse the older I get. Last year, I came down with asthmatic bronchitis and lost over three weeks of work. Could this possibly be an allergy—but to what? What should I do?   More...

Research Roundup: Allergic to Chalk, Gluten-Free Diet for IBS, & More!

Classroom chalk containing casein can trigger respiratory symptoms in milk-allergic children, say researchers from the Hospital Marina Baixa in Spain. They studied a group of 12 milk-allergic children and found that all were sensitized to the chalk (allergy testing was positive). In four of the children, the chalk dust triggered wheezing, coughing and sneezing. Symptoms improved when the chalk was switched to a brand that didn’t contain casein.   More...

Bad Mood

Subscribers Only — Eleven-year-old Gabriela was built differently from her mother. She was perhaps five to ten pounds overweight but next to her mother who was reed-thin, the extra ounces appeared disproportionally excessive. Devin, her nine-year-old brother, was wiry and thin like his mother. He was dragged along ostensibly to discuss how the whole family could eat better and his relaxed demeanor suggested he knew the session was not about him. I suspected the unspoken reason for the visit was Gabriela’s weight.   More...

Pure and Simple

[IMGCAP(1)] Natural plant oils have been used for centuries to clean, protect and moisturize skin and hair. From exotic argan and jojoba to everyday olive and sunflower, oils are as popular today as they were in ancient times. Many cosmetic companies have developed whole product lines around certain oils. Natural plant oils are similar to our own skin oil, or sebum. This is why they’re so beneficial for our skin. In fact, natural oils are some of…   More...

Try it

Living Without's Favorites: Crispy & Qrunchy

Qrunch Burgers by Qrunch Foods are crispy patties of organic millet, quinoa, assorted vegetables and spices that are healthy and delicious alternatives to burgers. They are also allergy-friendly—made without gluten, dairy, eggs or nuts. And no soy either. These frozen wonders are convenient and versatile with a slightly nutty taste and a crunchy exterior. Enjoy them alone, on a gluten-free bun or as breakfast patties.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Poppin’ Fresh

Subscribers Only — The Pillsbury Doughboy has a big surprise for you: A line of gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough, pizza dough and pastry dough. Each comes in a convenient tub that you keep in your refrigerator, ready to bake. No need to defrost or start from scratch. No need to track down gluten-free products in specialty stores.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Follow Your Diet

Subscribers Only — Are you dairy-free and really hankering for some shredded cheese melted on your pizza, tucked into your taco or tossed in your salad? Let Follow Your Heart come to the rescue with Vegan Gourmet Shreds. These creamy cheese alternatives, available in Mozzarella, Fiesta Blend and Cheddar varieties, are authentically cheesy with a taste and texture just like the real thing.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Hidden Goodness

Who knew vegetables could be so delectably disguised? Garden Lites, makers of gluten-free vegetable souffles, now sneaks vegetables into gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free muffins. These frozen Veggie Muffins are available in two delicious varieties. Zucchini Chocolate Muffins taste like dense, rich brownies.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Beneficial Bugs

Research into probiotics is booming—and for good reason. Studies confirm the positive impact that certain probiotic supplements can have on intestinal and cardiovascular health. Micropharma’s Cardioviva (probiotic strain L. reuteri NCIMB 30242) boasts digestive benefits along with clinically shown ability to support healthy cholesterol levels.   More...

Read it

Living Without's Favorite Books: Live Longer

You want the best health you can get for as long as you can get it, right? So feed your body the best foods. The Longevity Kitchen, Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods (Ten Speed Press) by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson shows you how. This gorgeous cookbook combines the latest nutritional science with more than 100 recipes for optimal vitality and wellness.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: GF Wins!

Lifetime foodie Kyra Bussanich grieved when she had to give up gluten. Attending Le Cordon Bleu’s patisserie and baking program gave her two choices: never taste what she prepared or do something different. Different she did. Each evening after class, she tinkered and tasted. Then family and friends tasted. Then she opened Crave Bake Shop. Then she won the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars—with no one guessing her cupcakes were gluten-free. Bussanich shares her champion recipes in Sweet Cravings, 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle (Ten Speed Press).   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Frankenfood

Wheat Belly (Rodale) by cardiologist William Davis, MD, takes a hard look at the state of modern-day wheat. This best-selling book outlines the fascinating history of wheat modification and the science behind it. Wheat is firmly entrenched in both our culture (amber waves of grain) and our food supply (the staff of life), but the grain produced by today’s farmers ain’t the same grain that grandma used to eat.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Bake It Simple

Roben Ryberg, founder of Miss Roben’s Gluten-Free Foods, is known for simplifying gluten-free baking. The author of Gluten-Free in Five Minutes, The Ultimate Gluten-Free Cookie Book and others, Ryberg announces her latest cookbook, You (Still) Won’t Believe It’s Gluten-Free! (Da Capo Press). Unlike most gluten-free bakers, Ryberg calls for a surprising shortlist of flours in her recipes—sometimes there’s just one.   More...

Food for Thought

Get Cooking!

At the time, I was dining out at restaurants but trying to limit that to a few times a week in an attempt to save money. The rest of my meals I made at home, relying primarily on convenience foods and prepared items from the grocery store.   More...

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