Going Gluten-Free

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...

When Gluten Free is More Than Just Pizza

The gluten-free online community has been buzzing about one thing this week - pizza. Recently, Pizza Hut partnered with Udi’s Gluten Free and the Gluten Intolerance Group to create a gluten-free pizza that is certified for safety for our community. Like I feel when most major brands decide to launch something gluten-free, I have to admit that I was skeptical at first.   More...

Winter Fancy Food Show

The Winter Fancy Food Show is one of my favorite expos of the year. It’s an industry-only event for specialty food manufacturers, retailers, and press. While it’s not a gluten-free show specifically, it does feature many of the hottest new gluten-free products that consumers will start to see on the shelves soon.   More...

Buyer Beware

In this brave new world of gluten-free this and that everywhere you turn, do you feel safer and more satisfied, or just more overwhelmed? Unfortunately, in spite of the FDA’s new gluten-free food labeling regulations becoming final in August of 2014, there are still plenty of pitfalls gluten-free consumers can fall into when shopping, eating out and trusting others with your health.   More...

Embracing Alternative Gluten Free Grains

A few weeks ago, I had a chance to listen to Dr. Anne Lee – nutritional director for Dr. Schar – present on gluten-free diets and health consequences. Like a typical doctor, she had lots of charts and graphs to illustrate her points. Some of these facts made my stomach churn and made me think twice about the gluten-free brownie I was eating (okay, maybe just once for a fleeting moment)!   More...

Why We Should Buy Girl Scout Cookies This Year

The Girl Scouts are now offering Gluten-free Girl Scout cookies? Tell me more!  This story is all over the Internet and top-of-mind for most of my gluten-free friends. People magazine just posted a story about the new cookies here . You might remember that Girl Scouts tested a cookie in select markets last year, and it seems like they’re bringing gluten-free to the masses with two new varieties – even though they’re still considered part of a pilot program.   More...

New Year New You: Gluten Free

New Year resolutions are top of mind to many today. Will you pledge to lose those last 10 lbs.? Do you swear that you won’t leave 2015 Christmas shopping until December 24th this year…again? If you’re here on GlutenFreeandMore.com, chances are your life is about living with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or food allergies and intolerances. Instead of worrying about silly resolutions this year, let’s get serious about your health instead.   More...

Gluten-Free New Year’s Resolutions

It’s only a few more days until the New Year and we welcome in 2015. Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet? If not, don’t worry – I can help you make your resolutions right now. Here are some resolutions that gluten-free people can make 2015 a healthier and happier New Year!   More...

Countdown to 2015 Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest Sweepstakes Continues: Readers' Favorites Gluten-Free Books

Welcome to WEEK 10 of our Countdown to 2015 promotion! We're counting down to 2015 with some of the brands we've featured at the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fests in 2014, and celebrating 7 cities on our map for 2015! This week is brought to you by great authors we've had at our events! Enter to win great gluten-free books with Celiac and the Beast and Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes! …   More...

Why You Should Attend the "Gluten-Free for Beginners" Webinar

Next week, Gluten Free & More magazine is hosting a “Gluten Free for Beginners” webinar on December 17th at 7pm EST. This webinar will feature Gluten Free & More editor-in-chief Alicia Woodward and blogger/Gluten Free & More contributor Celiac and the Beast (that’s me!). We understand from personal experience that going gluten-free is not an easy task. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed as a celiac, non-celiac gluten sensitive, or you are going gluten-free for health and well being, we’re here to help you! Switching from a gluten-full to a gluten-free life doesn’t come with an owner’s manual, but we can provide some basic groundwork for you to feel comfortable and confident when shopping, cooking, and even dining out and traveling – gluten free.   More...

Understanding the Manufacturing of Allergen Friendly Foods

While at the Food Allergy and Celiac Convention at Walt Disney World, I had a chance to listen to the “From Start to Cart” presentation with Joel Warady, the CMO from Enjoy Life Foods. You’re probably familiar with his brand. You might have seen them on the grocery-store shelves, or at one of the Gluten Free & More Magazine Gluten Free Food Allergy fests throughout the country last year. They make Top-8-Free foods, or “allergy friendly” foods. They never use the term “allergy free” because someone can always be allergic to one of the ingredients in the products, even if it’s not in the “top 8” most frequent allergens. They were the first brand to get GFCO certified from the Gluten Intolerance Group. They are a big brand that’s very well known in the food-allergy space, but what all goes into that?   More...