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Dec/Jan 2014

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All About Epinephrine

When the eighth grade boy arrived in the school nurse’s office, his eyes were watering and he couldn’t stop sneezing, recalls Kathy Donohue, RN. The boy attributed his symptoms to seasonal allergies, which had been acting up. With his dad en route to pick him up, Donohue sent the student to retrieve his backpack from his locker. By the time he returned a few minutes later, his lips had ballooned to three times their size, he was covered in hives and he was grabbing at his throat. Donohue immediately checked the school’s procedure for administering medicine to students with undiagnosed allergies. Then she shot epinephrine into his right thigh while a school administrator called 911.   More...

Oh My  Gourd!

With sweater weather in full swing, now is the time to gravitate away from imported asparagus and embrace seasonal winter squash. From spaghetti to sweet dumpling, the allergy-friendly members of the Curcubitaceae family offer perks that you don’t want to miss.   More...

The Gluten-Thyroid Connection

Subscribers Only — Kara Smith had a hard time losing the baby weight after the birth of her son in 2002. No matter how much sleep she got, she was always exhausted. But more troubling to the usually articulate marketing professional was that she seemed to be struggling to find words and couldn’t remember simple things.   More...

Diagnosis: Thyroid Disease

Subscribers Only — Kara Smith of Tucson, Arizona, was well informed about thyroid disease when she began to develop symptoms of low thyroid. She’d done a lot of research after her mother was diagnosed with the condition a few years earlier. But many aren’t as well versed and may have undiagnosed thyroid disease.   More...

Gluten-Free Christmas Dinner

Good food has always been central to my life, a passion that led me to a career as food editor of Bon Appetit magazine. When my childhood gluten sensitivity resurfaced a few years ago, I was determined to eat as well as I always had—fresh, simple, seasonal food every day…and for the holidays, too. I quickly discovered that the most delicious and satisfying foods are those that are naturally gluten-free. My family and friends never notice that anything is missing from my table.   More...

Life Story

Lifestyle Q&A - Dating & Celiac Disease

My issue is that some of the spontaneity in my life has disappeared since my boyfriend was diagnosed with celiac disease. I’ll make a new recipe and I’ll say to my boyfriend, “Hon, you’ve got to try this,” and then I stop and realize that he can’t.   More...

Jo Frost

Subscribers Only — Well-known family expert Jo Frost wants to empower every kid who lives with a food allergy. As America’s favorite nanny, Frost’s reasons are both professional and personal. She herself has life-threatening allergies to shellfish, peanuts and tree nuts.   More...

So Good

Easy, Edible Gifts

There’s something extra memorable and meaningful about gifts of homemade goodies. Who doesn’t love receiving from-scratch fudge, jam or cookies, especially when they’re free of gluten and major allergens? These delicious recipes make holiday giving an easy treat for you and everyone on your list. Place your homemade items in decorative food bags or boxes and tie them in colorful baker’s twine to add special warmth and appeal.   More...

Holiday Cookies

Subscribers Only — These gluten-free cookies are sure to be a big hit at your place. With simple-to-follow instructions and delicious results, they’re a great way to start a baking tradition that’s fun and safe for everyone in your household and on your guest list.   More...

Potluck Dishes

Subscribers Only — Potlucks are popular during this season of get-togethers. And with so many fabulous “free-from” ingredients now available, it’s easier than ever to whip up dishes that are safe to eat and sure to please everyone on the guest list.   More...

House Call

Allergies Q & A - Celiac Disease, Microbiome, & More

In September, the world’s leading celiac investigators presented new research into the causes and treatment of celiac disease at the 15th International Celiac Disease Symposium in Chicago. Much of the conversation centered around how the microorganisms and bacteria in our intestinal tracts (called the microbiome) shape our immune systems, possibly influencing the development of celiac disease. Almost every organ in the body is affected by the presence of bacteria in the gut, presenters said.   More...

Research Roundup: Rice is Safe, Intestinal Permeability, & More!

A new FDA-led study is easing concerns raised in recent years about arsenic levels in rice. Between 2012 and 2013, the agency tested 1,300 samples of rice and rice products for both total and inorganic arsenic levels, the most toxic form. Scientists determined that while levels varied—more processed forms like instant rice had lower levels than whole grain brown rice—they were too low to pose immediate or short-term health risks.   More...

Frenzy Over Fish Oil

Subscribers Only — Fish oil is the latest victim in a stream of sensational media reports on the alleged dangers of supplements. In recent years, similar patterns occurred with calcium, multiple vitamins and vitamin E. Exciting and encouraging studies, such as the one finding people who took fish oil live longer or another linking multiple vitamin use with lower levels of cancer, don’t seem to garner as much coverage.   More...

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Living Without's Favorites: Citrus Bliss

Instead of a fruitcake this season, try a calamondin cake from Calamondin Café. This bakery in Fort Myers, Florida, uses the whole fruit—peel and all—of tart, homegrown calamondins (miniature oranges with complex flavor) to produce a line of moist, intensely citrusy confections that are gluten-free. The bakery ships single-serving rose-shaped cakes ($5) and double-size tea cakes ($12), with larger cakes for birthdays also available.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Cuddle with Confidence

Kids love snuggling with stuffed animals. But when a youngster has allergies or asthma, these are often the first toys banned from the bedroom. Luckily, Kids Preferred makes Health Baby products—soft, squeezable stuffed animals that are certified asthma- and allergy-friendly.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Super Chicks

Want lots of fiber, minerals and protein all wrapped into a unique, low-cal snack? Chic Naturals presents dry roasted chickpeas, nature’s ultimate healthy food that’s quick, crunchy and surprisingly filling. Roasted chickpeas are available in six pleasing varieties—Plain, Spicy BBQ, Maui Mocha, Sweet Citrus, Sea Salt and Herbs and Chocolate Crunch.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Wrap and Roll

Big appetite, little time? Glutenfreeda’s new pocket sandwiches go from freezer to microwave to your mouth in two minutes. Nutritious whole-grain bread (certified gluten-free at 5 ppm) encircles a delicious selection of savory fillings—no preservatives, no GMOs.   More...

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Living Without's Favorite Books: Naughty But Nice

There’s no question that Gluten Is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) by April Peveteaux deals frankly with the realities of living gluten-free. No holds barred. Warning: The language can get graphic. But Peveteaux’s brutal honesty and self-deprecating humor make this book a fun read for adults—and also helpful.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Bite On This

Nixing gluten doesn’t mean nixing traditional, family-favorite foods. Nosh on This: Gluten-Free Baking from a Jewish-American Kitchen (The Experiment) by Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Horel contains more than 100 recipes for classic and inventive baked goods. From bagels and babka to donuts, rolls and challah, you’ll find an array of everyday items and holiday treats, many dairy-free. T   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Digging into Paleo

Elana Amsterdam, a well-known Paleo blogger and author, takes almond flour and coconut flour to new levels in Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes (Ten Speed Press). This book offers clean recipes the whole family will enjoy, plus tips for stocking a Paleo pantry.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: No Gluten, No Corn

Gluten-Free Goes Gourmet (Moznaim Publishing) by Vicky Pearl offers something more than gluten-free recipes. This cookbook is also corn-free, a boon to the growing numbers of people who find themselves intolerant to corn. In addition, it keys into concerns about diabetes and spiking blood sugar levels, featuring low-glycemic recipes that can be made with either white sugar, low-cal xylitol (a natural sugar alcohol) or agave.   More...

Food for Thought

Seasoned with Love

For years, the newspaper recipe for apple-spice cake has been taped by the oven in my mother’s kitchen. It’s now a copy of a copy, made when the original clipping began disintegrating from use. I must have been 14 when she first served the cake. This came after years of dry rice flour blends. Cooking in the ’90s without dairy, eggs or soy produced something barely cake-like, something that no one else wanted to eat.   More...

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