Going Gluten-Free

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...

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...