Going Gluten-Free

Labeling and Legislation for Food Allergies & Gluten

I recently had the pleasure of watching Jules Shepherd (aka GF Jules and author of numerous GF books), Robyn O’ Brien (author of The Unhealthy Truth) and Dave Bloom of SnackSafely.com present on food labeling and legislation. While this presentation was at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, this information is incredibly valuable to anyone in the food allergic universe.   More...

Alicia and Beth at Natural Products Expo East 2014

Last weekend Gluten Free & More Magazine's Editor-In-Chief Alicia Woodward and Food Editor Beth Hillson had an opportunity to meet some great people and learn about great new natural products at this year's Expo East in Baltimore. Here are some of their notable finds.   More...

Secrets From a Three-time Winner of Cupcake Wars

The Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest from Gluten Free and More magazine are more than just expos full of yummy and safe treats. Every fest, there are several sessions of cooking demonstrations and educational lectures throughout each day by those in the top of their field. However, I understand that getting to one of these fests is not always geographically feasible. I’m hoping to get you some of the information learned at the lectures and demos directly to you in a post and an additional link to watch the session on YouTube.   More...

What’s Your Beauty Secret?

Win a special gift basket of sensitive skincare products courtesy of everclen and be in the next issue of Gluten Free and More magazine. No purchase necessary to win.   More...

Gluten Free 101 at the #GFFAFest

The Gluten Free Food Allergy Festivals from Gluten Free and More magazine are more than just expos full of yummy and safe treats. Every festival, there are several sessions of cooking demonstrations and educational lectures throughout each day by those in the top of their field. However, I understand that getting to one of these festivals is not always geographically feasible. I’m hoping to get you some of the information learned at the lectures and demos directly to you in a post and an additional link to watch the session on YouTube.   More...

Gluten-Free Snacking for “Normal” Eaters

Last week, my partner launched the Adventure Video Club. The AV club is a collection of epic-adventure seeking individuals all brought together to watch outdoor movies about hiking, surfing, cycling, camping and anything outdoors meant to raise adrenaline. If you know me, you’re wondering why I’m a part of this group. Since I am terrified of adventure (especially outdoors) because I usually end up hurting myself, I’m in charge of snacks. In fact, at the last town hall-style meeting, I was elected vice president of snacks.   More...

GREAT Kitchens: Making Restaurants Celiac Safe

With the recent FDA “gluten free” labeling regulation going into effect this month, some celiacs might feel like they can let their guard down a little on packaged goods. While this ruling is a fantastic start to the community, keep in mind that it does not necessarily regulate restaurants and food service. With the National Restaurant Association ranking gluten-free 5th among “What’s Hot” food industry trends, and gluten-free menu claims increasing 275% (according to Mintel from 2009-2012), our risk for a fad diet hype compromising our safety is growing. While all restaurants are urged to comply with the regulation via the FDA when purchasing gluten-free packaged goods to serve, we know that isn’t where all of cross-contact can occur. Gluten contamination can often come in the actual preparation of the food, and mistakes can be made even after the food is prepared (like the server putting the wrong dish on your table).   More...

Missing The State Fair

I’ll admit it. I really wish I could try out a deep-fried Oreo. And I’d really like to try a deep-fried Snickers. I eat a mostly clean diet – lots of healthy fruits, vegetables, low-fat proteins, no red meat, etc. However, I do love my gluten-free cookies, cupcakes, and pies (and totally not ashamed about it). Since the fair is a once-a-year experience, I figured that eating these unhealthy foods once a year could potentially still fit into a healthy diet. But, alas – I am a celiac. Since 99.9% of these fair foods are fried with gluten-containing ingredients like white flour, or the food being friend is gluten-full (like the Oreo), it’s pointless to even see if there’s something I can eat at the fair. I haven’t been to a fair since I’ve been gluten-free, but I have been to outdoor events that host the fair-type booths like the “deep fried” ones found at a large fair. The smell of deep-fried everything left me feeling sad. Sad, and a bit nauseated.   More...

I’m Ready to Party! Are You?

We’re super-excited about attending the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Indianapolis this weekend. That’s because we love having lots of food, friends and fun—all in one place. Come party with us! #GFFAFEST   More...

Telling a Restaurant You’ve Been Glutened

Within minutes of eating the pasta dish at your local gluten-free Italian joint, you feel queasy. And then the stomach pains hit. And you run to the bathroom. You’ve finally figured it out – you’ve been glutened. Since you’re still at the restaurant, it’s easy to point the finger at the dish that did you wrong – or is it? Was it the pasta? The veggies? Regardless, someone screwed up and now you’re paying for it. But when you regain your composure, how do you go about telling the restaurant what went wrong?   More...

Gluten-Free Dining In Airports

On my recent trip to San Jose, I was surprised and delighted to see that one of the kiosks in the airport called out their gluten-free offerings. I often scroll through endless airport websites to search for safe places to eat while I travel. I’m often left disappointed and eating out of my own bag of goodies. However, there are several airports that have impressed me with their gluten-free offerings. Below are some that stand out to me (with some help from my readers).   More...

Independence Day: Gluten Freedom

Last month we celebrated Independence Day, aka the Fourth of July, marking the day the Declaration of Independence was signed.  That historical document paved the way for a democracy that has given us the individual freedoms that make us proud to be Americans. On August 5th, we celebrated another kind of independence day, freedom from gluten.  That’s when the gluten free labeling rule takes effect and millions of us who are seriously gluten free can be…   More...

Gluten-Free Mobile App Reviews

Finding a safe, gluten-free restaurant can be difficult, and sometimes impossible. As I return from yet another conference a plane flight away, I’m reflecting on just how I could have possibly survived navigating a gluten-full world without mobile apps. I use gluten-free apps at home and when I travel – basically anytime I find myself in a new neighborhood and want to check out the gluten-free scene. While there are paid apps available with (potentially)…   More...

Gluten Free Travel & Packing Mistakes

I’m off again soon to yet another conference. Some months I travel every weekend – and it does take its toll on my battered-but-thriving celiac body. However, there are certain tips and tricks that I’ve learned over my years that will help with your travel plans. Please, learn from my travel and packing mistakes!   More...

How To Best Use Food Allergy Dining Cards

Dining out is one of the greatest fears for those with food allergies, sensitivities and/or celiac disease – and for good reason. Putting your health in the hands of others is a scary thing. I never even get to see the people I put in charge of my health, as they are often in the back of house, grilling, sautéing, and hopefully keeping my food as far away from gluten as possible!   More...