Apr/May 2014

Features

Allergy Friendly Easter Dinner

Subscribers Only — Easter dinner was the first occasion I shared with my husband’s family. His mother Greta was 90 at the time and wasn’t cooking any more. She took nine of us to her favorite restaurant where I got to know the family while we ate. The next Easter, I cooked dinner for the family at Greta’s house. As everyone laughed and feasted around her large table, I felt like I was part of the clan. Greta is no longer with us but her generous table graces our home and my husband and I now host the family’s Easter dinner each year. This special, allergy friendly meal is a celebration that always features spring produce—asparagus, peas, baby carrots, young radishes and strawberries—served in new ways every Easter.   More...

Gluten & Your Brain

Subscribers Only — In 2008, Julie Hahn, then 51, dropped and broke every one of her coffee mugs in a matter of weeks. The Colorado Springs resident had not only become suddenly and inexplicably clumsy, she was also having trouble with her balance. It wasn’t long before Hahn’s gastroenterologist, Scot Lewey, DO, clinical professor of medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience, confirmed the celiac diagnosis. Hahn had celiac antibodies and her intestinal villi were flattened. Lewey also diagnosed gluten ataxia, a gluten-related autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the cerebellum, the balance and coordination center of the brain.   More...

Problems with Pollen

Subscribers Only — In 2005, Marvin Boris, MD, a New York-based pediatric allergist, reported findings from a small study he conducted of this pollen phenomenon. He found that behavioral and neurological symptoms significantly increased when some children with autism or ADHD were exposed to pollen. He also reported that these children with regressive behaviors didn’t always have classic allergy symptoms, such as red and itchy eyes or a runny nose. Sometimes behavior and learning problems can be the only signs the child is reacting to pollen. In adults, behavioral and neurological symptoms can include spaciness, irritability and depression.   More...

Nutritional First Aid Kit

Subscribers Only — Some supplements might only be necessary during periods of illness, stress or travel. Think about the following supplements as part of your nutritional first aid kit, says Christine Doherty, ND, medical director of Balance Point Natural Medicine in Milford, New Hampshire, and founder of GlutenFreeVitamins.com. Probiotics. Probiotics can help improve the health of your gut, Doherty says. “The key is there is no right formula for everybody. Unfortunately, the research is at the stage where we know probiotics are important but the only real tool we have for figuring out which ones are best is trial and error. When you find the ones that work, you will feel better and your gut will work better.”   More...

Top 6 Supplements for Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

Subscribers Only — Gluten-free foods are often lacking in key nutrients, like iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous and B vitamins, because wheat is taken out of the diet and because many gluten-free foods are not fortified with vitamins and minerals, says Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN, nutrition coordinator of the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and lead nutrition author for CeliacNow.org. A daily multivitamin/mineral supplement typically provides at least 100 percent of the recommended levels of these nutrients. “Your multivitamin/mineral supplement is a base-line protection for getting a lot of the key vitamins and trace minerals that are not present in your diet,” Dennis says.   More...

Nutrient Know-How

Subscribers Only — Although there are no prescription drugs for celiac disease, people on a gluten-free diet may still need to pop some pills. Vitamin and mineral supplements can be crucial to ensuring good health. After years of undetected gut damage, it can take a long time for the body to heal. Supplements aid healing, providing missing nutrients that haven’t been properly absorbed and that aren’t present in many processed gluten-free foods. Supplements tend to be far-reaching in their effects and benefits, says Christine Doherty, ND, a naturopathic doctor who specializes in celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003, Doherty is the medical director of Balance Point Natural Medicine in Milford, New Hampshire, and the founder of GlutenFreeVitamins.com, where she formulates C-Liac Vitality supplements geared for those on a gluten-free diet.   More...

Life Story

Lifestyle Q&A -Gluten Free or Not

Subscribers Only — My 8-year-old was diagnosed with celiac disease four years ago and we’re well into the groove as he navigates second grade. So when a classmate recently told my son she was gluten intolerant, I reached out to her parents in case they needed any help or wanted to exchange gluten-free recipes. What I found was really disturbing. The little girl’s mother told me that she lets her daughter eat gluten whenever she wants to. She just “gives her Benadryl” to help with her hives.   More...

Debra Messing

Subscribers Only — Debra Messing didn’t rest on her laurels after starring in the hit sitcom Will & Grace. She got busy on NBC’s Smash and on the big screen’s Nothing Like the Holidays, The Women and other films. The working mom of 10-year-old son, Roman, currently co-stars on Broadway in Outside Mullingar. In 1998, Messing hit pay dirt when she was cast as Grace Adler in television’s Will & Grace. She won multiple awards, including an Emmy, while starring in the popular show, which ran for eight seasons and made her a household name. But all the while, she was struggling with severe allergies that were sometimes debilitating. Here, the 45-year-old redhead talks about that experience with Living Without.   More...

So Good

Hemp, Hemp, Hooray!

Subscribers Only — Hemp is one of the fastest growing food sectors in the United States—and no wonder. This plant product is a nutritional heavyweight food that delivers a knockout punch of protein, healthy fats and necessary minerals. Ultra-versatile in the kitchen, allergy-friendly hemp can be used in a wide range of dishes. Those in the know also value hemp for its environmental sustainability. Although the word “hemp” may bring to mind peace, love and Grateful Dead concerts, the variety of hemp grown for food consumption in North America contains irrelevant amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in its bad-boy cousin, marijuana. With a burgeoning number of hemp foods available in stores, it’s easier than ever to get your hemp on.   More...

Passover Seder

Subscribers Only — A traditional Passover Seder menu can be daunting, especially when cooking for a crowd and managing various food sensitivities and allergies. Custom requires that the story of Passover be retold during the Seder but there’s no rule saying you have to fall over exhausted making a memorable holiday feast. This gluten-free menu guarantees this year’s Seder will be particularly wholesome and delicious. It will also be memorable: Everyone at the table, including those with food sensitivities, can partake.   More...

Gluten-Free Mother’s Day Brunch

Here’s an elegant breakfast that Mom (and the rest of the family) won’t soon forget. French toast stuffed with a lemon, raspberry and cream cheese filling, a hearty hash of sweet and red potatoes, and watermelon mint salad are the essence of the menu. Delicate lemon poppy seed muffins and smoked turkey wraps round out the meal for a memorable brunch that’s worthy of Mom. Most of these gluten-free recipes can be made before the big day.   More...

House Call

Research Roundup: Safety of Oats, Fibromyalgia, IBS and Celiac

In a study of adults with celiac disease, long-term consumption of pure, uncontaminated gluten-free oats had no harmful effects, say researchers from Tampere University in Finland. They studied a group of celiac adults who had been eating oats on a daily basis for up to eight years. This daily intake didn’t result in small-bowel mucosal damage, inflammation or gastrointestinal symptoms. In fact, the small-bowel mucosa looked better in those who had consumed oats in larger amounts or over a longer time period than in those who avoided oats altogether.   More...

Allergies Q & A: Chinese Medicine as Treatment for Food Allergies

Henry Ehrlich, co-author of Asthma Allergies Children: A Parent’s Guide and editor of AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com, has been exploring the work of Xiu-Min Li, MD, and her use of traditional Chinese medicine to treat people with food allergies. Li has developed Food Allergy Herbal Formula-2 (FAHF-2) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where she is professor of pediatrics, allergy and immunology. Ehrlich recently penned a book exploring Li’s research, Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Search for a Cure. He spent months interviewing Li and her colleagues and poring over her published papers to tell the story of FAHF-2. Here, he talks with Living Without and shares insight into what he has learned about this pioneering work.   More...

Try it

Living Without's Favorites: The Real Deal

Ronzoni’s new Gluten Free Pasta, a multigrain mixture of white rice, brown rice, corn and quinoa, tastes great and holds up to plenty of sauce. Available in penne rigate, rotini and spaghetti cuts, the noodles also make a remarkable pasta salad. Pastas are gluten-free and manufactured in a dedicated facility. At 200 calories per serving with the same level of fiber as regular pasta, you’re going to forget these noodles aren’t full of wheat. Check for store locations online and get a $1 off coupon while you’re there.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Sweet Tooth

If you’re missing licorice, here’s good news. Gimbal’s Fine Candies’ all-natural Licorice Scottie Dogs are handcrafted with real licorice root and pure anise. These cute, little gummies are soft and chewy with a smooth licorice flavor. Like other Gimbal’s candy, they’re free of gluten, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, soy and eggs.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Batter Up

line of gluten-free Bread and Multipurpose Mixes are manufactured in a facility free of wheat, nuts, beans, seafood and casein but this facility is not corn free or rice free as originally stated. Take your pick: Classic Peasant Bread Mix, Country Oat Bread Mix and Rustic Multigrain Bread Mix. Certified gluten-free and non-GMO, these crunchy-crusted breads contain ancient grain flours for nutrient-dense rustic flavor and old-fashioned artisanal flare. Get ready for rave reviews around your dinner table. Maninis mixes are manufactured in a facility free of rice, corn, wheat, nuts, beans and seafood.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Chiptastic

RW Garcia has married white corn with red potatoes to create Tortatos, a match made in munchie heaven. These irresistible hybrids have the crispy-crunch of potato chips with the hearty appeal of corn chips. Available in mouthwatering flavor varieties (Original, Salt & Pepper, Salt & Vinegar, Barbeque), Tortatos are made with all-natural ingredients and no artificial additives. Plus, they’re certified gluten-free and non-GMO.   More...

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Living Without's Favorite Books: Boost Your Brain

Neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, has penned a groundbreaking book, Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers (Little, Brown and Company). A New York Times best seller, this book says that modern grains, especially wheat, are slowly destroying brain health. Perlmutter, also a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, combines expertise in the brain and nutrition to argue convincingly that a diet that’s low glycemic, lower in carbs (with no gluten) and higher in healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado, grass-fed meats) wards off dementia and multiple other ills. A provocative and well documented read.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Lifeline to a Lifestyle

The Gluten-Free Revolution: A Balanced Guide to a Gluten-Free Lifestyle through Healthy Recipes, Green Smoothies, Yoga, Pilates, and Easy Desserts! (Skyhorse Publishing) takes on a broad subject—a healthy lifestyle—with the focus of someone who has walked in our moccasins. Author Caroline Shannon-Karasik is a health coach and Pilates instructor who has celiac disease. She packs her book with recipes (all gluten-free, many allergy-friendly, many vegan), sage advice and instructions on exercise workouts, yoga poses and beauty treatments. Here’s inspiration to improve not just your diet, but your way of living.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Cooking with Coconut

We knew that coconut oil was a healthy fat. But did we know it could be so simple to use, so versatile, so sophisticated? We do now, thanks to Cooking with Coconut Oil: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes for Good Living (Countryman Press) by Elizabeth Nyland. From the perfect roast chicken to mouthwatering desserts (no sugar in sight), Nyland gives readers sweet and savory Paleo-style recipes that bring the benefits of coconut oil and coconut flour to delicious, nutritious dishes galore. Gorgeous photos make this book an appetizing education in wholesome, flavorful cooking.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Star Cupcakes

Hollywood A-listers may line up at Debbie Adler’s counter for cupcakes; now folks may be lining up at your counter, too. When Adler, owner of Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes, discovered that her son had multiple food allergies, she turned her talents to creating treats free of gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, sugar and nuts. She shares her favorite recipes and tips in Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery (Harlequin). Now you can make Adler’s delicious cupcakes—plus her muffins, brownies, bars and breads—in your own home, putting you on your family’s A-list.   More...

Make it

A Beauty Garden

Subscribers Only — Gardening is one of life’s simple pleasures. You don’t need a big yard to experience the joy of tending a plot. A large container filled with good soil in a sunny spot will do. That’s all you need for a beauty garden, a sampling of common garden plants you can use to create your own bath and beauty products. These easy-to-grow plants are favorites, well known for their “personal care” properties. If you don’t want to tend a garden, you can still reap benefits by buying these plants fresh from your local farmer’s market.   More...

Food for Thought

An Ode to All Gluten Avoiders

Subscribers Only — These days, more and more people I know are avoiding gluten. The reasons are as varied as pizza toppings—to reduce joint inflammation, curb a heart condition, prevent dementia, lose weight, increase energy. Bestselling books like Wheat Belly and Grain Brain, medical talk show hosts, athletes and Hollywood celebrities are fueling the gluten-free frenzy. According to a market-trend company, nearly 30 percent of us are now eating gluten-free at least some of the time. Gluten-free is the hottest food trend since, um, sliced bread.   More...

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