Going Gluten-Free

Things I Wish They Gave Out Trick-or-Treating

As a former chubby, sugar-obsessed youth, Halloween was my absolute favorite. Not only could you dress up as something fun and creative, but also by the end of the night you came home with sacks of chocolate and candy. I spent hours meticulously sorting through all of my winnings – organizing based on type and brand, just knowing they would satiate some craving during the days after October 31st. However, as an adult with celiac disease and other food sensitivities, I don’t envy those children running around with sacks of candy anymore.   More...

How Do I Keep my Gluten-Free or Food Allergy Kid Safe with All that Candy?

  As Halloween approaches, you may be experiencing a fright of a different form: how do I keep my GF or food allergy kid safe with all that candy? While many confections are indeed free of gluten and other major allergens, many actually have surprising ingredients lurking behind their wrappers. Egg whites in some brands of candy corn – who would have thought? Extruded shapes like most licorice (Twizzlers®) contain enriched wheat flour. Malted milkballs contain barley. Candy…   More...

Countdown to 2015 Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest Sweepstakes Continues: Week 3

We're continuing our "Countdown to 2015 Giveaway" on Living Without's Gluten Free and More! Every week we'll be posting a new giveaway with great brands from our Gluten Free Food Allergy Festivals! We're excited to launch our fests in 7 cities next year! This week is brought to you by Julie's Original! This Week's Giveaway: Variety Pack of 3 Boxes of Julie's Original Fidge Brownie Moix and White Cake Mix …   More...

Environmental Intolerances and a Fragrance Free Me

In addition to food allergies and intolerances, I know many of us have environmental intolerances. I have very sensitive skin and can easily get dermatitis if I touch something with harsh chemicals or fragrances. I also get headaches, nausea and dizziness when I am exposed to certain fragrances. I use fragrance free everything – unless that fragrance is essential oils or natural fruit fragrances (like a freshly-squeezed lemon). When I went to ShiftCon (an organic social media summit), I learned I was not the only one that has food sensitivities as well as environmental sensitivities. I’d love to share with you what I learned, and some allergen-friendly cleaning tips that you can easily do yourself at home!   More...

Countdown to 2015 Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest Sweepstakes: Week 2

It's our second week of our "Countdown to 2015 Giveaway" on Living Without's Gluten Free and More! Every week we'll be posting a new giveaway with great brands from our Gluten Free Food Allergy Festivals! We're excited to launch our fests in 7 cities next year! This week is brought to you by Way Better Snacks!   More...

Staying Safe This Halloween

Yes, ghouls and goblins can be mighty scary. However, if you have a food allergy, food intolerance, or celiac disease – your Halloween candy dish might have more horrors inside of it than a monster movie marathon! Here’s a guide to staying safe for you, children, and others this Halloween.   More...

Countdown to 2015 Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest Sweepstakes

Come join the party as we countdown to 2015 with some Gluten Free & More Magazine Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest brands! You’re invited a new weekly giveaway, starting every Monday, beginning on Monday October 13th. So you don’t forget to enter and miss out on all the fun, we’ll be announcing the start of each week’s giveaway on social media, and the contest will be on GlutenFreeandMore.com. With an easy Rafflecopter widget, you’ll be able…   More...

Allergen-Friendly Baking Substitutions

With a title of Living Without's Gluten Free & More - you'd get the idea that we're really good at making substitutions in food to deal with multiple food allergies and intolerances. However, I still find myself asking what substitutes I should use for all of the different recipes I'm constantly trying to navigate.   More...

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...