Going Gluten-Free

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. Let’s 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 we’re 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...

A Cozy, Safe Place

The period after the holidays—the short, cold days of January—are times when many of us feel deflated and less than our usual energetic selves. Why? Part of it can be the let-down of holiday expectations or the aftermath of unwanted chores (clearing away the Christmas tree and packing up decorations) or the gray, dreary chill of too many overcast days. As winter deepens, how do you brighten up your space?   More...

Aftermath of a Blizzard

Like thousands of others in the Northeast, editor Alicia Woodward was snowed in and unable to fly home as scheduled. As plows clear the streets, she shares how contributor Wendy Mondello, mother of a severely food-allergic child, looks to the future.   More...

Thumbprints of Christmas

Christmas present, Christmas past. Living Without contributor Wendy Mondello relives cherished childhood memories of holiday baking with her mother while she makes allergy-friendly cookies with her own children.   More...

Allergy-Friendly Gingerbread House

Building a gingerbread house is a beloved tradition for many families. But kids with food allergies can't participate in this fun holiday project due to the risk of a reaction. Living Without contributor Wendy Mondello blogs about a new product that has helped bring the Christmas spirit to her household.   More...

Scoring for Food-Allergic Kids

For the very first time, Living Without's Wendy Mondello was able to take her son to a professional hockey game, thanks to the generosity of all-star player Eric Staal.   More...

A Super Walk for Super Kids

Living Without's Wendy Mondello and her two children recently participated in FAAN's Walk for Food Allergy--and had a ball. "This costumed event put an uplifting spotlight on these kids. They got to enjoy a festive atmosphere without constantly looking over their shoulders for peanuts, wheat or spilled ice cream," Wendy says.   More...

More Than Just Dessert

Living Without contributor Sonya Goodwin Hemmings, whose young son has multiple food allergies, deliciously completes her family’s Thanksgiving dinner with a very special pumpkin pie. It’s made with allergy-friendly ingredients, the greatest of which is love.   More...