Feb/Mar 2014

Features

Disaster Relief

Moody, who has an autoimmune bladder inflammatory disease called interstitial cystitis, is on a gluten-free diet to help with the inflammation. Any of her gluten-free fare that survived the tornado was covered in a soot-like substance from the swirling debris. A small tree branch driven through a box of her rice pasta drove home the point that her food was inedible. After the twister, Moody searched for gluten-free food at food banks and church donation sites. “It was easy to find food but my kind of food was rare,” she says.   More...

Dining Along

Subscribers Only — “Look—cows!” My city-bred husband points to a herd grazing on a roadside pasture as we drive through the country’s heartland on I-80, the second longest interstate in the nation. Tim and I are traveling from our home in Colorado to attend The Gluten and Allergen Free Expo in Des Moines. Along with the occasional herd, there are exit signs every six miles with no town in sight and wide-open spaces as far as the eye can see.   More...

Celiac Likeness

Subscribers Only — Doctors at the Mayo Clinic had a medical mystery on their hands in 2009. A number of their patients were suffering from severe, chronic diarrhea and profound weight loss. Some had lost 20 to 30 pounds in a matter of weeks. When doctors peered inside the patients’ intestines, their villi—the fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, aiding in absorption of nutrients and calories—were flattened or nearly flattened (villous atrophy). But the patients didn’t have key antibodies seen in celiac disease and treatment with the gluten-free diet didn’t help. It wasn’t celiac disease but something closely mimicking it.   More...

Take Comfort In Your Gluten-Free Food

These gluten-free recipes of traditional favorites are guaranteed to fill you with nutritional goodness while they elevate your mood. All are gluten-free and can easily be made dairy-free, too. Enjoy each as a complete balanced meal—meat, vegetables and starch—or go vegetarian by replacing the meat with additional veggies and substituting the beef or chicken broth with vegetable broth.   More...

Life Story

Lifestyle Q&A - Fend the Trend

Subscribers Only — I’m starting to feel like the gluten-free trend is getting dangerous. Excited by all the gluten-free menus popping up in restaurants around town, I’ve been dining out much more often, trying new places outside my usual short list of safe restaurants. While my social life has improved, I’m getting sick more often. I only order off the gluten-free menus, so what is happening? I’m thinki   More...

Andie MacDowell

Subscribers Only — Andie MacDowell has graced the covers of countless fashion magazines, appeared in ad campaigns from Calvin Klein to Yves Saint Laurent and is currently the spokesperson for L’Oreal. She is also an accomplished actress, having received Golden Globe nominations for leading roles in Green Card, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Sex, Lies, and Videotape.   More...

So Good

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Subscribers Only — Food allergies and sensitivities don’t mean cupcake denial. These kick-it-up-a-notch, nutritious, allergen-friendly treats will keep you and family members healthy, happy and unharmed.   More...

Gluten-Free Homemade Biscuits

Subscribers Only — Biscuits are one of the most versatile and simple-to-make quick breads in the gluten-free world. Add a bit of sugar, toss in a pinch of dried rosemary, stir in a little citrus zest—you can adapt your biscuits to whatever best suits your menu. This bread jumps easily from breakfast to dinner and even dessert.   More...

Gluten-Free Wrap Stars

Subscribers Only — Do you want to infuse some exciting flavor and interesting presentation into your meals? Try wrapping your food. Done right, wraps are a creative and fun way to satisfy a growling belly come lunch or dinnertime. The tastiest wrapped food begins with a wholesome, nutrient-dense cover. Here are some of your best bets. These wrap recipes are guaranteed to get your special diet on a roll.   More...

House Call

Research Roundup: Drug Treatment, Medications, Anaphylaxis Treatment & More!

Two-thirds of celiacs are interested in a drug treatment for celiac disease, say researchers from the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. Older adults, men, those who dine out frequently, those dissatisfied with their weight and those concerned about the cost of the gluten-free diet reported greater interest in drug treatment. Additionally, those who didn’t feel their celiac was adequately treated and those reporting a lower quality of life also expressed greater interest in a medication. Key concerns for those not interested in a drug treatment included potential side effects, how well the drug would work and its cost.   More...

GMO Ingredients

Subscribers Only — Elemental formulas are designed for the most allergic and intolerant infants. Free of milk, soy and any other food base, these formulas were created in the laboratory from basic amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Because the proteins are in their simplest chemical form and require no further breakdown, elemental formulas have been used successfully to nourish the most digestively impaired and sensitive infants. They are expensive and the last resort when other feeding strategies have failed. In Dr. C’s experience, elemental formulas were unquestionably reliable.   More...

Try it

Living Without's Favorites: Dark and Delicious

Allergy-free baking takes a turn to the dark side with Enjoy Life Foods’ new Dark Chocolate Morsels ($5.59). These rich-tasting chocolate chips contain 69 percent cacao, with only two ingredients: unsweetened chocolate and cane sugar. Made in a dedicated nut-free facility, this premium chocolate is free of the top eight allergens and also contains no sesame, sulfites, GMOs or artificial ingredients.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Get Some Culture

Kombucha, a fermented tea beverage, is said to improve wellness and promote longevity. While its health benefits are revered, its tart, tingly taste may take some getting used to. Enter a new player with fizz-bang flavor. Live, raw and organic, Reed’s Culture Club Kombucha ($3.65) is made from organic oolong and yerba mate teas and organic fruit and spices.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Elegant Offerings

Boston-area residents come to Dorset Café in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, for elegant afternoon tea and gluten-free goodies. But now you can get the organic European café’s award-winning gluten-free desserts neatly packaged and shipped to you from their certified gluten-free bakery. (All prices include shipping.) Indulge in divine lemon cheesecake tortes topped with homemade lemon curd.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Sweet Treats

A thriving and dedicated gluten-free bakery in the Chicago area, Sweet Ali’s is the pride and joy of Ali Graeme. After both she and her teenage son were diagnosed with celiac disease, Graeme vowed to pursue her baking passion with some pretty sweet results. The bakery offers a wide variety of goodies available online ($2 to $12), including brownies, snickerdoodles, pound cakes, hot dog buns and hamburger buns.   More...

Read it

Living Without's Favorite Books: Bread Basket

From the maven of gluten-free economy, Nicole Hunn’s Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread: Biscuits, Bagels, Buns and More (Da Capo Lifelong) helps save you dough while giving you bread. Using simple ingredients, Hunn explains techniques to promote gluten-like qualities in bread, including texture improvements, so you can actually shape the dough for baguettes or challah without a sticky mess.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Paleo Plan

Embarking on a paleo diet, free of grains, dairy, legumes and processed foods, can mean a significant change in overall health, along with a big switch in cooking habits. The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking (Victory Belt) by Haley Mason and Bill Staley takes you back to the basics with step-by-step instructions on how to start.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Heal Your Gut

If you have ongoing IBS symptoms and are ready to make a change, read The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet (The Experiment Publishing) by Sue Shepherd, PhD, and Peter Gibson, MD. This detailed, yet easy-to-understand book is written by the two gurus of FODMAP, a scientifically proven dietary treatment that’s rapidly gaining recognition around the world.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Easy As Pie

Do you love pies but dread making the crust? Check out Gluten-Free & Vegan Pie: More than 50 Sweet and Savory Pies to Make at Home (Sasquatch Books) by Jennifer Katzinger. Founder of Seattle’s Flying Apron bakery, Katzinger delivers a dozen crust recipes, all free of gluten, dairy and eggs. This includes traditional crusts for fruit pies, easy-to-mold crusts for hand-held and free-form pies, and nut-and-oil pressed crusts for cream pies.   More...

Make it

Valentine’s Gifts

Subscribers Only — For Valentine’s Day, give the gift of natural skin care and loving touch. Think indulgence and relaxation. Create your own affordable, all-natural beauty products to pamper your sweetheart and yourself. Label each jar with an ingredient list and instructions on how to use it. Put together a basket filled with a few handmade items and tie it with a decorative ribbon. Then tuck in a love note, along with a promise to enjoy the items together.   More...

Food for Thought

Pleasures of Winter

Subscribers Only — The holidays have fled and with them, the candles, ornaments and wreaths. No more rushing to shop and bake. New Year’s Eve has come and gone, ephemeral as the fizz in a champagne glass. Even football has retreated to lick its wounds. Now there is only Valentine’s Day, its promise candy-box bright on the calendar.   More...

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