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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 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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Shelley on March 1st, 2012

So my husband and I were down in Southern California visiting family (just a one hour flight) and although I was pretty well  prepared food-wise, trips like this could bring terror to someone who is just  starting out on a gluten free diet. Leaving home when newly diagnosed as gluten intolerant can be a daunting thought to a [...]

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Shelley on February 19th, 2012

One of the symptoms of gluten intolerance, it turns out, is malnutrition. Yup, you read that correctly. The definition of malnutrition is: The lack of adequate nutrition resulting from insufficient food, unbalanced diet, or defective assimilation. Defective assimilation? What is that and how can that make someone lack adequate nutrition? You may think to yourself, [...]

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Shelley on February 12th, 2012

What common condiment contains gluten? It still surprises people when I tell them. When I embarked on my gluten free diet, I had to start reading labels to see if gluten was hidden in some of the foods I was eating. I had heard that there were some foods that had ingredients like “natural flavors” [...]

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Shelley on February 9th, 2012

So, after I freaked out about eliminating gluten from my diet, I realized that there were many choices out there regarding the various alternatives for finding gluten free bread. At first I thought that I might have to start making my own bread since I didn’t know if gluten free bread would be readily available [...]

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