Aug/Sep 2014

Features

Oops!

Subscribers Only — If you’re new to the gluten-free life, chances are you’ve had some dietary mishaps. You’re not alone. Gluten gaffes are common, especially in the early throes of going gluten-free.   More...

School Safety

Subscribers Only — It’s time to trade beach bags for book bags. What steps can you take to ensure your child’s food sensitivity or allergy is properly handled in school? According to Amelia Smith Murphree, general counsel and vice president of civil rights advocacy for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT), the key to classroom accommodation is a spirit of collaboration between parents and the school. “It’s essential,” she says.   More...

A Lofty Loaf

Subscribers Only — Indeed, for ten years, finding a decent gluten-free yeast bread was impossible. All my attempts turned out crumbly, flat and dense. Then one day, gluten-free bakers discovered that a pinch of xanthan or guar gum put back some of the elasticity missing in gluten-free flours. These gums, which were used in chewing gum and ice cream, became the darlings of gluten-free baking, adding structure and stretch to gluten-free dough. “Miracle” and “breakthrough” are two words that come to mind.   More...

Pass the BAR!

Subscribers Only — No time for breakfast? Need a treat for the kids’ lunch bags? Looking for a wholesome dessert? Homemade bars do the trick! These gluten-free recipes are convenient for on-the-go indulgence wherever your day may take you. As a bonus, they contain beneficial ingredients that deliver extra protein, fiber, nutrients and antioxidants in every bite.   More...

Catch Some Powder

Subscribers Only — Superfood powders are becoming a dietary rage—and for good reason. From chia meal to green matcha powder, these products possess a wallop of nutrients and antioxidants that can instantly boost your nutritional intake and whip your special diet into shape. Gluten-free and allergy-friendly, they are easily incorporated into daily meals, snacks and desserts.   More...

Make-Ahead Breakfast

Subscribers Only — We’ve all heard the adage, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what if your mornings are so hectic that you just don’t have time to make it? How do you serve something delicious to family or house-guests without having to rise before the sun to get it done? How do you make the morning meal interesting—something outside the gluten-free cereal box? Peruse these make-ahead gluten-free offerings and plan to prepare them before you need them. From breakfast casserole to morning quiche, there’s something here for everyone.   More...

Gluten & Migraine

Subscribers Only — Karen Schmucker knows when a migraine is coming. Flashing specs of white light suddenly appear, gradually crowding her entire field of vision. This light show—known as an aura—ends after 15 minutes. Then the pain hits. “It feels like someone is slowly pulling on a nerve inside my head,” says Schmucker, a graphic designer from Bellevue, Washington. “It’s not the worst pain in terms of intensity but I feel like I’m going to lose my mind if I can’t stop it. And then there’s the nausea.” Smells, light and noise exacerbate the pain and nausea, forcing her to ride it out in a dark room with an ice pack pressed to her head.   More...

Fresh & Frosty Blender Creations

To me, summer screams of fresh produce—and my blender. Hot weather is the time for cold recipes that are blended with the season’s best. Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Smoothie and Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Smoothie are two of my most popular recipes. Always crowd pleasers, these dessert-style shakes satisfy the need for a sweet treat in less than five minutes. If you’re looking to expand your smoothie repertoire, explore some interesting flavors with Pineapple Salsa Smoothie. One of my all-time favorites, this drink is a pleasant surprise that’s bursting with complex flavors with just the right balance of sweet, savory and spicy. It will take your taste buds on a joyful journey.   More...

Life Story

Laura Bell Bundy

Subscribers Only — Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Laura Bell Bundy made her acting debut in regional theater at the tender age of nine. As she matured, so did her roles. The Southern belle originated the role of Tina Denmark in the off-Broadway production, Ruthless! The Musical, receiving a Drama Desk nomination for outstanding actress in a musical. This led to her 2002 Broadway debut in Hairspray, where she originated the role of Amber Von Tussle. She then initiated the lead role of Elle Woods in Broadway’s Legally Blonde: The Musical, receiving a Tony Award nomination.   More...

Lifestyle Q&A - Averting a Meltdown

I’m a single breastfeeding mom who works full-time and goes to school part-time. If that weren’t challenging enough, I noticed shortly after having my baby that she would violently spit up and cry for hours after I ate certain foods. I took her to a specialist and discovered that she has allergies and/or intolerances to gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, walnuts, almonds and fermented foods.   More...

House Call

Research Roundup: Reducing Food Allergy, Celiac and Heart Health, & More!

Introducing babies to a wider range of foods in the first year of life might guard against asthma and food allergy. A European study, which followed children from birth to age six, showed babies exposed to fewer than four common foods in the first year had three times the risk for asthma and four times the risk for food allergy compared with tots introduced to six or more common foods. New guidelines by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommend earlier introduction (ages 4 to 6 months) of all foods. The study was published in April in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.   More...

The Importance of Supplements

Subscribers Only — Three studies published at the end of last year claimed that multiple vitamin supplements are a waste of money. “Don’t bother with vitamins” was the take-away sound bite trumpeted by the media. What should people with food allergies and sensitivities conclude from this? A closer look at these studies reveals that the results are more nuanced than reported.   More...

Hot Weather 911

Subscribers Only — Summertime—the living may be easy but the hot weather can wreak havoc on your hair and skin. Fortunately, natural remedies can help counter the effects of these seasonal syndromes. High temps can speed up your metabolism, translating into more active oil glands and oilier skin. If this happens to you, carry clean cotton balls and a mild astringent, such as witch hazel or strong green tea, in your tote bag to wipe your face and freshen up naturally. Consider using a facial mask up to twice a week to keep your skin clean and healthy. These DIY summer beauty treatments call for safe, natural ingredients that you may have in your kitchen. If your skin is super-sensitive and an ingredient is new to you, do a small test on your skin before using.   More...

Try it

Living Without's Favorites: Seeing Red

Nutiva offers two new dairy-free replacements for butter and conventional shortening that contain unrefined red palm oil. Produced from the fleshy fruit of the palm tree, red palm oil is naturally more nutritious (higher levels of antioxidant vitamins A and E) than palm kernel oil. Nutiva’s Buttery Spread, a blend of red palm oil and virgin coconut oil, delivers a buttery flavor and can be used in any way you’d enjoy butter. Nutiva’s Shortening, also made with red palm oil and virgin coconut oil, has a neutral taste that’s ideal for flaky pie crusts and crispy cookies. These wholesome products are gluten-free, organic, vegan, non-GMO with no soy, dairy or trans-fat.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: In a Jam

If you’ve ever hankered for an old-fashioned fig sandwich cookie, we have good news. Pamela’s, longtime maker of extraordinary gluten-free products, has introduced Figgies & Jammies. These soft, cake-like cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth and nostalgic cravings. Available in four varieties, they contain flavorful fillings made with real figs—mission fig, raspberry and fig, blueberry and fig, and strawberry and fig. Enjoy them with morning coffee. Pack them in your lunch bag. Nibble them for an afternoon snack. Certified gluten-free, Figgies & Jammies are also egg-free and contain no corn syrup, artificial flavors or additives.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Some Like It Hot

Hot or cold, no matter how you like it, Hydro Flask is a safe place to keep your beverage when you’re away from home and on the go. Made from high-quality, double-walled stainless steel, the lightweight, reusable and BPA-free containers keep liquids cold for 24 hours or hot for 12. From 12-ounce personal size to 64-ounce beer growlers, these stylish, colorful bottles hold your drink at the right temperature, whether you’re lounging at the beach or trekking up a mountain. Lifetime warranty.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Crispy Pizzas

We love Better 4U’s Gluten-Free Pizzas, a line of frozen pizzas that comes with plentiful toppings and ultra-crispy crusts. These pizzas are notable for their delicious texture and flavor. But here’s more: buckwheat, flax and brown rice flour boost the nutritional value of the crust. Varieties include pepperoni and mozzarella (with uncured pepperoni); four cheese (mozzarella, provolone, asiago and Parmesan blend); roasted vegetable with mozzarella; and Mediterranean (roasted red peppers, artichokes, roasted red onions, Kalamata olives, spinach, oregano and feta). There’s also a vegan pie with roasted vegetables (red and yellow peppers, eggplant, red onion, spinach, artichokes) that contains dried tomatoes and dairy-free cheese. Terrific any way you slice ’em.   More...

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Living Without's Favorite Books: An Essential Guide

Gluten Freedom (Turner Publishing Company) by Alessio Fasano, MD, provides the latest about celiac testing, research and potential treatments, as well as up-to-date information on the growing spectrum of gluten-related disorders and their implications. Medical expert Fasano, a rock star in the gluten-free community, shares the history of celiac research as it has progressed in the United States. This is told from the insider’s perspective—he is a key player. An appealing aspect of this book is Fasano’s own willingness to change his mind and grow, gleaning insight from research “failures” that ultimately opened doors to medical advances. A fascinating, must-read book.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Simple Shortcuts

After author Jennifer Fugo was diagnosed with sensitivities to gluten, casein, eggs and other foods, she got sticker shock every time she went to the grocery store. Then her husband lost his job, reducing the family to living just above the poverty line. All this prompted Fugo to pen The Savvy Gluten-Free Shopper: How to Eat Healthy Without Breaking the Bank (Ignite Press). With an emphasis on healthy foods, she shares her hard-won lessons—tips on meal planning, stocking a gluten-free pantry, shopping wisely and reducing food waste, as well as recipes (make your own almond milk, whip up a quick soup). This book is for all who want to live well—and well within budget—on a special diet.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Food As Medicine

For restorative gluten-free, grain-free recipes, turn to Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great (Victory Belt). Walker, who was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in her 20s, regained her health by dramatically changing her diet. In this cookbook, she covers everything from easy fruit strips for finicky youngsters to delectable layer cakes for special celebrations—all without grains, gluten, dairy and refined sugar. Gorgeous photographs of recipes show you what to expect. A kid’s section features amusing, wholesome dishes that children will love.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Basics Made Beautiful

How do you make a white sauce? What’s the secret to a flaky gluten-free pie crust? Trained chef Amy Fothergill details this information and much more in The Warm Kitchen: Gluten-Free Recipes Anyone Can Make and Everyone Will Love (The Family Chef). Over 150 recipes of family-friendly and company-worthy dishes (with dairy-free and egg-free substitutions) are a treasure trove for any cook looking to use simple, whole ingredients in healthy, delicious ways. Beautifully photographed step-by-step instructions are a delight for gluten-free newbies.   More...

Food for Thought

Revolution Afoot

Subscribers Only — Now we enter August with its dog days and gently ruffled seas, last gasp of vacation before school and farmers’ markets bursting with the ripeness of summer produce. As I load up on these local organic and unpreserved pleasures, dew still glistening on the greens, I sense a groundswell rising around me. More and more of us are reaching a dietary tipping point about the quality of our food. It isn’t just those of us who must avoid gluten, dairy, casein and other allergens. But many more, some for the first time in their lives, are passing up processed, excessive sugar, sodium, bad fat, chemicals, preservatives and genetically modified products. Every day, I meet someone who is newly gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, even vegan or paleo, who is consciously choosing not to eat out of a box, bag, pouch, clamshell and microwave tray.   More...

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