Going Gluten-Free

Substitution Tips from the Allergy Free Cook

I recently had a chance to listen to Laurie Sadowski, better known as The Allergy Free Cook, talk about making baking substitutions for those with food allergies and sensitivities. As a self-proclaimed terrible baker, I make substitutions left and right for practically every recipe I find – so it was great to hear her inside tips and tricks for what I’ve been pulling out of nowhere this whole time (perhaps why most of my recipes have failed). I hope you find a new tip and trick for substitutions in your own recipes below!   More...

Thanksgiving Black Friday Deals

As everyone is racing for deals on televisions and video game consoles, you should consider stocking up on fantastic gluten-free deals this Black Friday. I asked around, and I’ve compiled a list of some gluten-free deals you might be interested in Friday, as well as some deals that continue into Cyber Monday. The best part of this Black Friday is that you can access all of these deals online – no need to leave your…   More...

Thankful For Eating Different

As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s important to think about the things we are thankful for. This Thanksgiving, let’s be thankful for eating different – instead of sulking in the fact that we probably can’t eat most of the food on the table. This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for… Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Food There’s nothing on our family’s traditional dinner table that can’t be made gluten-free. If you prefer baking from scratch, Gluten Free & More Magazine has posted countless recipes for…   More...

Countdown to 2015 Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest Sweepstakes Continues: Triumph Dining's "The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide 6th Edition"

We're so excited to introduce another great brand giveaway as part of our Countdown to 2015 promotion! We're counting down to 2015 with some of the brands we've featured at the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fests in 2014, and celebrating 7 cities on our map for 2015! This week is brought to you by Triumph Dining's "The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide 6th Edition". This popular guide contains pver 8,500 restaurants for all 50 states. Enter…   More...

Exploring a Plant Based Diet

After being diagnosed with celiac disease, I took a long and hard look at my diet. Obviously, I had to take out everything gluten-related immediately. Being gluten-free was an adjustment all by itself, but a few years later, I realized that several other foods just weren’t doing it for me anymore. I also recently removed all traces of dairy from my diet as well. I was doing just hard cheeses for a few years, but it was still upsetting to my digestive tract. Now, I am happily cheese free and live off of Daiya, GO Veggie, and Teese cheeses. I hardly remember what real cheese tastes like anymore (okay, that was sarcastic - of course I remember how delicious cheese tastes). It was only in the past few years, when I started befriending a couple of vegans, that I really explored the depths of what a plant-based diet could be.   More...

Celiac Is Not A Death Sentence

Have you heard that people with celiac disease are more prone to die of cancer or heart disease? That’s been the story, right? But now according to a new report, celiacs like me—those who’ve hit the 10-year anniversary of their diagnosis--are no more likely to die from cancer or cardiovascular disease than the general population.   More...

My Response to The New Yorker

Excruciating stomachaches, painful mouth sores, low muscle tone, depression and fatigue has plagued my family for years—but it wasn't until my son's weight dropped from 95th to 5th percentile that I put him on a gluten free, dairy free diet. Although all the symptoms pointed to celiac disease, medical tests revealed no official diagnosis. Only one thing was clear: He got better on a gluten free, dairy free diet—and so did the rest of my family.   More...

Countdown to 2015 Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest Sweepstakes Continues: Keli's Hawaiian Sauces

It's another week of our "Countdown to 2015 Giveaway" on Living Without's Gluten Free and More! Every week we'll be posting a new giveaway with great brands from our Gluten Free Food Allergy Festivals! We're excited to launch our fests in 7 cities next year! This week is brought to you by Keli's Hawaiian Sauces! Enter to win these delicious gluten-free sauces below. This Week's Giveaway: An Assortment of Keli's Hawaiian Sauces …   More...

Things I Wish They Gave Out Trick-or-Treating

As a former chubby, sugar-obsessed youth, Halloween was my absolute favorite. Not only could you dress up as something fun and creative, but also by the end of the night you came home with sacks of chocolate and candy. I spent hours meticulously sorting through all of my winnings – organizing based on type and brand, just knowing they would satiate some craving during the days after October 31st. However, as an adult with celiac disease and other food sensitivities, I don’t envy those children running around with sacks of candy anymore.   More...

How Do I Keep my Gluten-Free or Food Allergy Kid Safe with All that Candy?

  As Halloween approaches, you may be experiencing a fright of a different form: how do I keep my GF or food allergy kid safe with all that candy? While many confections are indeed free of gluten and other major allergens, many actually have surprising ingredients lurking behind their wrappers. Egg whites in some brands of candy corn – who would have thought? Extruded shapes like most licorice (Twizzlers®) contain enriched wheat flour. Malted milkballs contain barley. Candy…   More...

Countdown to 2015 Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest Sweepstakes Continues: Week 3

We're continuing our "Countdown to 2015 Giveaway" on Living Without's Gluten Free and More! Every week we'll be posting a new giveaway with great brands from our Gluten Free Food Allergy Festivals! We're excited to launch our fests in 7 cities next year! This week is brought to you by Julie's Original! This Week's Giveaway: Variety Pack of 3 Boxes of Julie's Original Fidge Brownie Moix and White Cake Mix …   More...