Going Gluten-Free

Confessions of a Kitchen Gadget Junky

You've heard of Lady Gaga, right? Today we’re naming Living Without's special projects editor, Laurel Green, the magazine's official "Lady Gadget." Here's why: I recently had a discussion with our food editor in which we confessed to each other our secret passion for kitchen gadgets. We agreed on this: It's impossible to have too many. No matter the cupboard space, there's always room for more. "You haven’t seen my kitchen," she boasted. True, but she hasn’t seen mine, either. I must have learned it from my mom, who asks, "Do you want your bacon cooked flat or on a bacon hanger?" "Mom, I don’t eat bacon." "Okay, want your waffle round, square or heart shaped?"  More...

Kid Athletes and Snack Attacks

It's that time of year again. The kids are back in school and the fall sports schedule is in full swing. If you're a parent with a food-sensitive child who's participating in team sports, chances are that team snacks are an issue. They certainly are for Living Without contributor Wendy Mondello, whose son has serious multiple food allergies. Do sport snacks meet your child's special dietary needs? And are they nutritious? (Fresh fruit and veggie sticks, anyone?) Is it too much to ask that parents and coaches opt for safe, healthy choices?  More...

Airborne Allergies and Mothering Moments

Living Without contributor Diana Keough writes that her son Robby mysteriously developed an irritating habit - constant sniffing and snorting - soon after the family moved to Atlanta.   More...

More of Us Are Getting Celiac Disease. Why?

It's documented by recent studies that the number of people in the United States with celiac disease has increased notably since the 1950s. This increase is way beyond what can be explained by heightened awareness and better screening tools. Interestingly, it tracks the upward trend in prevalence rates of other autoimmune conditions, such as diabetes and food allergies, as well as childhood disorders like asthma, autism and ADHD. What’s going on?   More...

Airline Meals

We often hear from readers who share their special-diet experiences with us - both good and bad. Recently, we received a message from Living Without contributor Elaine Taylor-Klaus, mother of a gluten-sensitive family and founder of ImpactADHD.com . On their recent summer vacation, Elaine and her family ran into trouble with the gluten-free meal offered by their airline.   More...

Gluten-Free Labeling

Do you want to comment on FDA's proposal on gluten-free labeling but you're not sure how to frame your message or even where to send it? Here's help. The The American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) and the other folks behind the 1in133 event (tallest gluten-free cake) have written a community letter you can sign.   More...

Beach Vacation

Food-allergic families can never take a vacation from vigilance, but we sure can enjoy a trip to the beach. My family and I just returned from a fabulous week at the ocean. The hot, sunny weather gave us plenty of time to ride waves, play paddleball at the water's edge, collect seashells, splash in tide pools and make sand creations. Our beach experience focused on enjoying activities and each other, rather than food treats and restaurants. But my trip preparation largely focused on food.   More...

Make Your Voice Heard!

We want gluten-free consumers around the country to have access to truthful, accurate information on ingredient labels. That’s why we urge you to support FDA's gluten-free labeling proposal.   More...

People Power: We Can Make a Difference in the Gluten-Free Marketplace

Here’s a true story (it's not over yet) about the power of food-sensitive consumers if we speak with one voice. There are many restaurants that claim to be gluten free in name only but, in fact, are not completely gluten free because their kitchen practices introduce opportunities for cross contamination. A recent example is California Pizza Kitchen (CPK). With more than 265 locations in 30 states, CPK recently announced that it is offering gluten-free pizza. A resounding "Yippee!" came from gluten-free consumers everywhere, including me. Closer examination of the restaurant's efforts to eliminate cross-contamination, however, leaves me feeling that CPK needs to do more.  More...

I Think My Dog Has Food Allergies

In an ironic twist that isn't lost on me, it turns out that Buster, my mixed-breed dog, has started reacting to something in his dog chow. I say it's ironic because, as editor of Living Without magazine, I'm writing, thinking, reading, talking about and living with food allergies and sensitivities every day. I'm so attuned to the possibility of someone having celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or a food allergy that my adult children regularly tease me that I tend to think everyone may have a food issue.   More...

Ten Things: What Every Kid with Food Allergies Wishes You Knew

Living Without just published an essay by Gina Clowes ("Ten Things," August/September 2011) that struck an emotional chord with many readers. Living Without contributor Wendy Mondello read it with her son Joseph, who has multiple severe food allergies. "I feel like I’m the only one sometimes," he told his mom with tears in his eyes.   More...

The Eyes Have It

A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology reports an increased risk of developing cataract in patients with celiac disease. Upon reading this, I wanted to throw up my arms in frustration. Most of the time I enjoy covering the current research on celiac disease - but this one hit me as just too much. Celiac disease is linked to cancers, other autoimmune diseases, heart disease, infertility, osteoporosis, depression. When will it stop? I had thought - hoped - the eyes might be spared. It’s true that signs and symptoms of celiac disease can affect just about any part of the body - from tingling in the toes to tooth enamel defects. But, enough already! Then I consulted my favorite eye expert - and here’s what he said.  More...

True Confessions

Are there ever days when you want to whine about being on a special diet? Well, join the club! Gluten free has been all the rage lately. With so many new products coming out and restaurants touting gluten-free menus, it seems like gluten free is everywhere. Yeah, okay. So does that mean that I'll get better at looking away when my friend eats her Caesar salad with yummy croutons while I eat my lettuce and two slices of cucumber? Plain. No dressing. No croutons.   More...

Food Allergies on the Rise

1 in 13 kids has food allergies — and almost 40% of them have severe to life-threatening reactions. The news has been all over the mainstream media. Almost 6 million U.S. children - 8 percent of kids under age 18 or 1 in 13 - has food allergies. These latest stats, twice the government’s standard estimate, are from a new study published online earlier this week in Pediatrics. The research confirms what we already know. Food allergies are a big deal. They’re a major public health problem. And they’re serious.   More...

Do You "Bubble Wrap" Your Child?

Too much protection - or not enough? Finding that healthy balance is an age-old problem faced by all parents - but especially those raising food-allergic and celiac children. How do we raise our kids to enjoy a normal, active childhood while still keeping them safe? This week, Living Without contributor Sharon Wanunu, mother of two, honestly shares her conflicted feelings about the emotional aspects of having a child with serious food issues.   More...