Going Gluten-Free

How Will You #TalkTellTest?

A few days ago, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness launched their SERIOUSLY, CELIAC DISEASE campaign. This is a research-tested (yes, tested) education campaign for initiating conversation about celiac disease testing with family members. This campaign features the hashtag #TalkTellTest, outlying the three steps of the process. The goal is for those with family members who are at-risk (like my genetically pre-disposed mom and dad – hint hint) to have a talk that is research-based methodology to improve testing rates – and therefore, diagnosis of celiac disease.   More...

How Food Turned Me Into a Disney Lover

Disney World made gluten-free news again recently with the launch of Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC (formerly BabyCakes), in Downtown Disney Marketplace, and the subsequent article in Huffington Post. The delicious-looking gluten-free vegan donuts looked great and certainly helped to spread the news online. Until I went gluten free after I was diagnosed with celiac, I was really unaware that Disney could have such incredible dining options for those of us that need to modify our diets.   More...

The Real Burden of Celiac

Last night I listened to "The Future of Drug Therapy for Celiac Disease: Get the Honest Facts" webinar by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. This was a wrap-up after NFCA and Celiac Disease Foundation advocates attended the FDA Public Workshop on Gastroenterology Regulatory Endpoints and the Advancement of Therapeutics (known as the GREAT3) the past few days. Basically, for the past 48 hours, the entire celiac community has been buzzing about the future of celiac and the future of drug therapy for us. Dr. Joseph Murray summed up the reason why they’re discussing drug therapy best by stating, “why should a person with celiac disease be denied the opportunity to live a normal life?”   More...

Setting a Place for Gluten Free Cheerios

This summer, General Mills starts rolling out gluten free Cheerios. ONLY a gluten-free version will be made after that point and ONLY the top five sellers, including the iconic (original) Yellow Box, Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted, Apple Cinnamon, and Multigrain will be gluten free. Nine others from the gluten free community and I attended the General Mills Cheerios Summit in Minneapolis earlier this week to understand the process and motivation behind General Mill’s launch of gluten free cheerios. Here is some of what we learned.   More...

Gluten in the Pharmacy

Have you ever actually gone into the pharmacy and said, “hey pharmacist, does this medication have gluten in it?” and received a verified 100% safe answer in return? If you’re like me, you are more likely to get a blank stare, or maybe something like “well, I don’t think so, but I can’t be sure.” If you have a good pharmacy, they’ll probably have to spend 20 minutes and look over the product insert and call the manufacturer – but even then sometimes the answers are a bit muddled.   More...

Try This at Home

Spring cleaning. Did you know that most common household cleaners contain toxic ingredients? Fortunately, there are safer (and less expensive) ways to clean your home, using products that are probably already on your pantry shelf.   More...

Expo West 2015 Trends

The Gluten Free & More team is fresh off the plane from Natural Products Expo West 2015. We were there to scoop out the newest, hottest products in the gluten-free and food-allergy friendly universe and connect with future partners in the naturals industry. According to New Hope Media, “the 35th annual Natural Products Expo West, the world's largest natural, organic and healthy products event grew 7.2 percent bringing together an inspired community of over 71,000 industry members, more than 2,700 exhibiting companies and 634 first-time exhibitors.” Needless to say, our feet are very tired, and we’ve got a lot of taste testing to do in the future! Here are some trends I saw at the show and some new products on the show floor that fit these trends.   More...

Austin GFFAFest Recap and Giveaway

What a crazy few weeks its been with Gluten Free & More Magazine, My Life With Food Allergies, and the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fests! We just wrapped up Austin, TX and we’re on our way to Lakeland/Tampa, FL! We’re so happy to be able to share safe food-allergy/food-sensitivity friendly food, brands, authors, bloggers, and speakers with everyone on the road! We’re bringing our magazine to your home town!   More...

GFFA Fest Twitter Party Tampa

Come join the party! You’re invited to a Twitter Party on Monday March 9th with Gluten Free & More Magazine/Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest! Join us on Twitter using the hashtag #GFFAFest as we talk about the upcoming Tampa GFFAFest on March 14th and 15th at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL! During the Twitter Party, we’ll be giving away gifts from various sponsors and vendors of the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest! These prizes will be given out during the party to few lucky winners that RSVP before the party starts and those who tweet during the party! Below are all the details you’ll need to party with us on Twitter and to get prepared for the GFFAFest in Tampa/Lakeland!   More...

Gluten Free and More Heads to Expo West

I say every year that March is my favorite month because it has Christmas. Instead of visions of sugarplums dancing in my head, I have visions of vegan gluten-free products being launched and every gluten-free product need I have being fulfilled. Doesn’t that sound like Christmas? March is when Natural Products Expo West happens every year, and it’s the place to be to find new gluten-free and food-allergy friendly foods and products (bath & beauty, household goods, etc.).   More...

Dining Out Is A Gamble

I must admit, I like gambling – the rush of the reels of a slot machine dinging as each one stops, the dings and bells and whistles, and of course, the winnings. When I win, I leave feeling elated and like a champion. I felt confident in myself and knew that luck was on my side. Someone even gave me the nickname “Slots” after winning big in Vegas. Now, sometimes (okay, a lot of the times), I lose. When I lose, I leave the casino feeling regretful and downtrodden. This is pretty much how I feel about dining out.   More...

Come join the party!

You’re invited to a Twitter Party on Monday February 23rd with Gluten Free & More Magazine/Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest! Join us on Twitter using the hashtag #GFFAFest as we talk about the upcoming Austin GFFAFest on February 28th and March 1st at the Austin Convention Center! During the Twitter Party, we’ll be giving away gifts from various sponsors and vendors of the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest! These prizes will be given out during the party to few lucky winners that RSVP before the party starts and those who tweet during the party!   More...

PF Chang's and Celiac

K.C. Pomering – aka G-Free Foodie – has never been soft-spoken, a trait I truly admire about her when it comes to advocating for our community. This was especially true when one of my favorite gluten-free friendly restaurants recently came under attack – P.F. Chang’s and their delicious gluten-free Moo Goo Gai Pan.   More...

Gluten Free Valentine's Day

At the end of February, Gluten Free and More is hosting a huge party in Austin and you’re all invited. The Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest hits downtown Austin, TX on February 28th and March 1st at the convention center. One of the biggest sponsors of the event is our friend Enjoy Life Foods.   More...