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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. Wed pick the best of our cropMcIntosh, Pippin, Northern Spyand store them in our cool pantry. When holiday baking began, wed 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.
With the rise in food allergies and the need for special diets, many people who would rather not cook are forced into the kitchen. Its often a mom or grandma whos 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 its something shed 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.
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 Afghanistanor so we suspected, says Captain B. Donald Andrasik, the national guardsman who led the group.
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.
Katie Evers tossed a few handfuls of popcorn into her mouth as she prepared for her sons 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.