Going Gluten-Free

Finds from the National Restaurant Association Show

When I went gluten-free 10 years ago, I prayed that I could get a salad that a server wouldn’t mess up. Sometimes, I would even go crazy and ask for a simply prepared piece of meat and steamed veggies. Eating out was hard, and servers looked at you like you had three heads when you started to ask about ingredients and gluten. In the past few years, there have been major shifts in all aspects of the food industry - from the packaged goods we can pick up at the store to eating pizza and pasta in restaurants with friends. It’s a whole new world for gluten free.   More...

My Experience at the GFFAFest in Minneapolis

Greetings from Alicia Woodward at Gluten Free & More magazine! We welcomed a large and enthusiastic crowd of friendly people to the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest this weekend at the Convention Center in Minneapolis. What a blast to see old and new friends and to watch everyone enjoying the exhibit hall packed with amazing products. I hung out at the Gluten Free & More booth, visiting with folks as they strolled by and talking about, yes, gluten-free food, gluten-free living, gluten-free health… and then some more about the food. Speaking of food, I want to thank all the vendors who made this Fest so memorable and so much fun—and for giving away all those delicious samples! Huge thanks to our sponsors—Enjoy Life, Glutino, Udi’s, Cheerios, and the Gluten-Free Bittersweet Bakery. I say a special thank you to Way Better Snacks. Their Sweet Chili Corn Tortilla Chips (sprouted!) are fantastic. Munching on these chips helped me forget I skipped lunch. And it is very gratifying to have two dairy-free ice cream companies in the hall. I visited the So Delicious and Coconut Bliss booths several times throughout the weekend to get one, and then another and another fix of their yummy coconut-based ice creams. I spoke to a group of attendees about the top myths of gluten-free living. This topic always prompts a great conversation. It’s fun and instructive for me to hear from everyone in the room and to share what we’re doing at Gluten Free & More magazine in terms of the experts we’re interviewing, the research we’re covering and the stories we are writing about. Can’t wait for another great show next year!   More...

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Minneapolis

What an amazing showing today, Minneapolis! I had a great time meeting and greeting Gluten Free & More magazine readers today at the Minneapolis Convention Center. From 10-4 pm, we offered awesome subscription deals and sold some of our favorite cookbooks and guides to a wonderfully lived gluten-free life. Outside of the Gluten Free & More booth - vendors across the gluten-free spectrum - from household cleaners, to make-up to chocolate chip cookies to GF beer bread - embraced Minnesota with open arms. Attendees left with full bags of samples, coupons, books, and literature about new products and full stomachs! Local vendors and national sponsors wow'd the crowd with new products that are safe for any gluten-free eater. Some of my favorites were the new Canyon Bakehouse Everything Bagels, new Bakery on Main Nut Crunch snacks, and Three Bakers Bread. Although Cheerios didn't debut any new products, the hope of eating Honey Nut Cheerios again had the whole expo hall excited! I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings and what new things I find on the expo hall floor!   More...

Celebrate Celiac Disease Awareness Month with Gluten Free & More

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month – a month where we get to celebrate how far we’ve come with celiac disease, and realize how far we still need to go to spread awareness and build a safe world for those who avoid gluten. If you’re looking to celebrate this month, to spread advocacy for the genetic autoimmune disease, or just looking to learn more, here are some ways you can participate in celiac disease awareness month.   More...

Hatch Chile Co Twitter Party

Come join the party! You’re invited to a Twitter Party on Thursday May 14th with Gluten Free & More Magazine and Hatch Chile Company!   More...

GFFAFest Twitter Party MN

Come join the party! You’re invited to a Twitter Party on Tuesday May 12th with Gluten Free & More Magazine/Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest!   More...

Follow Up Celiac Care

I just came back from the 2015 Celiac Disease Foundation Conference and Expo in Pasadena, CA. During the conference, I had a chance to listen to Dr. Joseph Murray from Mayo Clinic talk about celiac disease. While I have heard him speak about the disease before, one slide stood out in my mind because I keep hearing stories about it. Follow-up care. Are you receiving it as a celiac? Or did your doctor abandon you after your diagnosis?   More...

GFFAFest Columbus Recap and Giveaway

I just got back into town from almost five days in Columbus, Ohio. I haven’t been to Columbus before, and I really didn’t know what to expect when I landed at the Columbus airport after midnight after a rough flight full of delays. When I woke up the next morning, my heart was set on falling in love with the city after a very long day at the airport. I was not disappointed!   More...

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...