Going Gluten-Free

New Gluten-Free Bread and Pizza!

There's hardly anything more exciting to those living gluten-free than news about new gluten-free staples like bread and pizza. Living Without contributor Jules Shepard scouted out the best new products at this year's Natural Product Expo West in Anaheim, California. Here's her report on the delicious and exciting new products about to appear in grocery stores near you.   More...

First Bite. Giving Gluten to Your Baby.

Can the timing of gluten introduction reduce the chances that your baby will develop celiac disease? When I was a new mother with celiac disease, I had an endless list of questions. The big one: When should I first feed my baby gluten? My oldest daughter, now almost 4, was 27-months-old when she first had gluten. At snack time on her first day of preschool, she ate Nabisco graham crackers washed down with undiluted apple juice. I still wasn't sure if it was the "right time" to start gluten and, a bit nervous, I considered sending her in with a gluten-free snack. But my husband, who doesn't have celiac disease, felt firmly that she didn't need a special snack when she didn't technically have celiac disease or food allergy. She could now verbalize to us if she wasn't feeling well, he argued. We'd keep a close eye on things.  More...

Take a Bite! The Best New Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Food Bars

The Living Without team recently attended Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California, where we spent three days walking through vast halls that contained over 6,000 exhibitors. It was a search mission - a real treasure hunt. Our goal was to find exciting gluten-free and allergy-friendly new products to share with our readers. This week's blog focuses on the best new food bars on the market. For those with food allergies and celiac disease, food bars are a life-saver when traveling, faced with unfriendly menus and when hunger hits between meals. Let's check out some of the tastiest, most impressive new bars, flavors and product lines from Expo West!  More...

Nuts! Romance and a Nut Allergy

Living Without contributor Nathan Comp writes that his life has changed since falling for girlfriend Emily, who is allergic to nuts. "Dating a nut-allergic girl has made me more sympathetic, if not compassionate, toward those with food allergies. I thought it was lame in the mid-1990s when airlines stopped serving peanuts. As a former cook, I would get irritated when a food-allergic customer made a special request. I chided my sister for hiding the peanut butter in the basement when her peanut-allergic friend visited. All that has changed. My affection for Emily has softened my heart. It’s taught me to walk in someone else’s shoes."   More...

Egg Allergic? Here's a Safe Way to Color Easter Eggs

They say necessity is the mother of invention. This is certainly true when it comes to food allergies and sensitivities. The creativity and inventiveness of the celiac and food-allergy community is noteworthy and, frankly, marvelous.   More...

Have You Heard This One?

If you're living gluten free, chances are you've received interesting feedback about your special diet from friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances and dining companions. Even well-meaning relatives can chime in with choice statements like: Come on now. A little gluten won't hurt you!   More...

Are You Anxious?

Did you know that gluten can prompt anxiety in certain people? The psychological implications of ingesting gluten for those with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are not well known. Yet celiac experts report a connection between eating gluten and experiencing mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, cognitive problems and even autistic behaviors. Why bring this up now? The tragic news about Whitney Houston and her purported use of benzodiazepines, prescription drugs commonly prescribed for anxiety.   More...

Take a Bite!

This is the third report by cookbook author Jules Shepard about the wonderful, new gluten-free foods hitting the market. Jules scouted the Winter Fancy Foods Show (in San Francisco) for us a few weeks back. Look for these products in your favorite grocery stores or online. Remember that you - the customer - can influence much of what's on the store shelf, simply by inquiring.   More...

The Beauty of Substitutions

Did you catch the news about Paula Deen, the Southern queen of high-calorie cooking, being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? She confessed that she’s had the condition for three years yet she doesn’t plan to change her cooking style to accommodate it. Just eat smaller portions, she told Matt Lauer in her interview on the Today show. What a golden opportunity she had to tell the world about the beauty of ingredient substitutions!   More...

Fabulous, Exciting, New Gluten-Free Products!

Living Without contributor Jules Shepard just returned from scouting out the Fancy Foods Winter Show, the West Coast's largest specialty food and beverage event. Jules put in a lot of hard work hunting down the latest and greatest products for us. Here's the first of her several reports on the most innovative, healthy, allergy-friendly new foods on the market today.   More...

Young Life Lost Needlessly to Food Allergy

Little Ammaria Johnson was allergic to peanuts. The 7-year-old student at Hopkins Elementary School in Chesterfield, Virginia, died last week after ingesting the allergen and suffering an anaphylactic reaction.   More...

What's on Your Plate in 2012?

Every January 1st, do you make well-intended resolutions that seldom last? Me, too. But this year, I swear it's going to be different. Here's how I'm going to try to put the extra-special into my special diet.   More...

Is There Gluten in Your Meds?

A few weeks ago, The Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association posted a study where manufacturers of 41 nonprescription medications were contacted to see whether or not their products contained gluten.   More...