Chips – the savior carbohydrate for some people embarking on a gluten free diet.  They aren’t made with wheat flour … or are they? Most chips are made with corn or potatoes – all with different sorts of flavors such as nacho cheese, ranch style, sea salt, Maui sweet onion, etc. A little bit of […]

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  Christmas – a time for family and friends to get together and celebrate the birth of Christ.  It’s also time to hold up certain traditions like decorating a Christmas tree, putting up Christmas lights on the house, and baking Christmas cookies.  For the people that have to avoid gluten, whether they are celiac or […]

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Thanksgiving – the traditional dinner that includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked yams, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce.  And we can’t forget those pies – pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, etc.  They are all definitely described as comfort food.  But will it leave you comfortable or not? Everyone knows that gravy […]

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Shelley on September 17th, 2012

I was diagnosed with an extreme sensitivity or intolerance to gluten but was never tested for celiac.  I immediately eliminated gluten from my diet.  My path leading up to the test for gluten sensitivity was not one of the typical sickness and malaise some people experience but more along the lines of inflammation markers that were flagged […]

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Shelley on July 14th, 2012

A different take on providing gluten free food suggestions to friends that are having a party with a guest who has celiac … So I have a friend who was throwing a party and it turns out that one of his friends has celiac.  He asked me for some suggestions on some of my favorite gluten […]

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Shelley on May 27th, 2012

Who would have thought?  More on hidden ingredients … So yesterday my husband and I were thinking about dinner and what we were going to make.  I said, “Let’s make enchiladas with that chicken we cooked up last night.  And can we use the green enchilada sauce like we did last time instead of using […]

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Shelley on April 24th, 2012

So I went to a restaurant last week with a friend and ordered a Caesar salad with chicken.  I advised them that I was gluten intolerant so no croutons.  I also asked if the chicken was marinated in anything and they told me that it was just plain chicken cooked on the grill.  So far […]

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Shelley on April 3rd, 2012

Breakfast – the most important meal of the day.  While certainly some breakfasts are healthier than others, sometimes you, your spouse, the kids, guests will want pancakes.  Who doesn’t like pancakes?!  Those steaming stacks of fluffy pancakes with butter, syrup, or whatever your favorite topping may be.  But when you are gluten free, it may […]

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When I first embarked on my gluten free diet, I was already used to reading food labels, but I was always scanning for healthy ingredients, not necessarily for hidden or masked items.  Nor was I trying to determine if what was listed on the label was something I had to question as to its truthfulness.  […]

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Here’s my take on this controversial topic. Let’s get one thing straight – if you have celiac disease or have been diagnosed with gluten intolerance, you absolutely need to eliminate 100% of the gluten from your diet.  This means ALL gluten – even the hidden gluten.  But there are some people that do not have […]

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