Going Gluten-Free

Day in DC Already Producing Results

Last week Living Without Food Editor Beth Hillson went to Capitol Hill with Editor Alicia Woodward to join a large gathering of gluten-free manufacturers and representatives from support groups and medical centers as part of an effort to support the enactment of gluten-free labeling standards. The work done last weekend is already showing results, as a number of Senators and Congresspeople have expressed support for the effort. Want to help too?   More...

A Capitol Day for Gluten Free

Yesterday was a beautiful day in Washington, DC. and I'm not talking about the weather. The gluten-free community came together in a beautiful way to push forward a common cause: gluten-free labeling standards. And finally, we have been heard.   More...

Food and Food Sensitivities Can Build a Bridge

Good community and good food go together. Take, for example, the background story about our allergy-friendly peach cobbler, the recipe featured this week. Madalene Rhyand, director of Living Without's test kitchen, was on a road trip when she spotted peach cobbler on the restaurant menu. No, it wasn't gluten free, egg free or dairy free, but her questions resulted in a long conversation with the restaurant server, who had her own list of food sensitivities.   More...

Grassroots and Gluten Free: A Labeling Summit

Something very special, very important is happening in Washington, D.C. on May 4. It will affect all of us who are gluten free, know someone who needs this diet, or work in a supporting role in celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. I want to be part of this. What about you?   More...

Surprising Facts about Anaphylaxis

Did you know that anaphylaxis can go unrecognized in hospital emergency rooms? That means this severe, life-threatening condition is not diagnosed or promptly treated! According to a recent Medscape article, as many as 1 in 4 emergency room patients was not identified as having anaphylaxis, although it was later clear from their medical records that they did. What's behind this dangerous confusion? What else should you know about anaphylaxis?   More...

A Gluten-Free Quandary

This week, I read about a supposed chef in Colorado who posted on his Facebook page that gluten free is "all in our disturbed little heads." Then he said, “People ask me for gluten-free pasta in my restaurant all the time. I tell em, 'sure.' Then I serve em our pasta, which I make from scratch with high gluten flour. And you know what? Nothing. NOTHING ever happens! People leave talking about how good they feel gluten free and guess what? They just had a full dose! Idiots!" This story is all over the Internet. Can you imagine anyone saying this about a serious illness? The chef has wisely retreated into his gluten-filled cave and removed his Facebook page entirely. I can only wish him a sudden allergic reaction to gluten.  More...

Have Your Cake. . . and Rally for Gluten-Free Standards, Too!

There has been an explosion in gluten-free food options in recent years, but the marketplace has been largely unregulated, leaving those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity at risk. An event called 1in133, slated for Washington, DC on May 4, is being planned to call attention for the need of the Food and Drug Administration to enact standards for gluten free foods. Come join the fun in person or visit 1in133.org   More...

We Have Dumplings!

Iím basking in the afterglow of the Natural Products Expo West, the huge food show the Living Without team attended several days ago. This year, the Expo, held for three days in Anaheim, California, was bigger and busier than ever. With over 3,500 exhibits - an impressive number of them hawking gluten-free products - it was amazing and a bit overwhelming.   More...

Why Onion Rings? Why Not?

Let's face it. We all have our favorite recipes and our secret food cravings. There's nothing to be ashamed of here, folks. When you're on a special diet, you’re going to give up some foods, at least temporarily until they’re safely refashioned. I urge you: Do not keep your dietary desires locked away. We want to hear from you. We've been compiling your recipe wishes and created what I like to call Living Without’s lust list. Fried onion rings made the lust list for many of our readers. So this week, our test kitchen tackled re-creating the best possible onions rings - so crispy! so tender! so delicious! - without any gluten, dairy or eggs (no soy, nuts or peanuts either, of course). Here's a behind-the-scenes peek at making our "to-die-for" onion rings.  More...

Are You Gluten Sensitive?

When Living Without began publishing over 12 years ago, the concept of "gluten sensitivity" outside the diagnostic criteria of celiac disease did not exist. Either you had celiac disease—or you didn't. There was no such thing as non-celiac gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity. Even five years ago, establishing credibility for a case of non-celiac gluten sensitivity was an uphill climb. At the time, I was a psychotherapist working in private practice and in a local hospital. I had several patients with celiac symptoms--"touchy" stomach, anemia and accompanying mood disorders of anxiety and depression. I always urged these patients to get screened for celiac disease--and then held my breath as we waited for the results. What if the blood test was negative? What then? Should I suggest an endoscopy? Should I recommend a trial period of gluten-free eating? Back then, no celiac expert would support this approach. All this was fresh on my mind when medical writer Christine Boyd told me she's set to interview the lead author of a new study recently published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.   More...

Fertility Problem?

New research suggests reproductive problems may be the first sign of celiac disease. What goes into our decisions about what news to report? I asked Living Without's medical writer Christine Boyd to shine some light on the behind-the-scenes thinking on which studies we choose to cover (or not). Sometimes deciding whether to report new research is pretty straightforward. Other times, it's a bit more complicated. A case in point? This recently published study about fertility in women with undiagnosed celiac disease.  More...

Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Gluten

A lot of us worry more about what people think than about what's good for us to eat. Letís get real. I can understand the social stigma of attending a formal event in cut-off jeans or posing for a photo with spinach in your teeth. But weíre talking about health here. Are you ashamed to speak up about your special dietary needs?  More...

Craving Favorite Foods

Are you craving a long-lost special dish that's off limits because of your special dietary needs? If you were shipwrecked on an island and could pick only one dish to have gluten free or allergen free, what would it be? I asked food editor Beth Hillson, a celiac, to select her one most-favorite-ever food in the world--and it really got her going!   More...

Same Old Thing for Dinner?

Are you in a food rut? Me, too. Sticking to a special diet often means we wind up eating from the same short list. How do you shake things up? Here's one way that works for me.   More...