Going Gluten-Free

Tea for Christmas

My appreciation for tea started nearly 30 years ago when a favorite aunt gave me a delicate cup and saucer from her antique shop. This Christmas gift was too special to collect dust on my shelf.   More...

Make Your Own Play Dough

Keeping your home safe for young children with food allergies and sensitivities goes beyond what food goes into their mouths. It includes the toys they play with. Take Play-Doh, the popular children's clay. It contains wheat products - off limits for kids with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy. What to do? Play it safe with these easy-to-make, safe alternatives.  More...

Traveling Thoughts

As the plane gains altitude, I think about my fellow passenger - the one with the peanut allergy - and I am grateful for the reminder that none of us is alone on this journey.   More...

New Law Encourages Schools to Stock Epinephrine

Despite maddening gridlock and political fighting, members of the U.S. Congress were fortunately able to agree on one important point last week: Schools should stock epinephrine for kids with allergies and asthma. President Obama signed The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act into law on November 13th.   More...

Great Tips for Feeding Gluten-Free Kids

I came across an article by Tamara Duker Freuman, a registered dietitian who has celiac disease and 3-year-old twins. It contains practical advice for parents. I particularly appreciate Tamara's focus on nutritious foods - gluten-free junk food is still junk food! And she instructs parents to pay special attention to foods rich in folate and iron, nutrients often found lacking in the gluten-free diet.   More...

CDC Issues Food Allergy Guidelines for Schools

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control released voluntary guidelines for managing food allergies in U.S. schools. The new guidelines effectively shift the focus in schools from response to the preparation and prevention of allergic reactions.   More...

Tricks for a Safe Halloween

Can kids partake in trick or treat and other Halloween festivities while staying clear of dangerous allergens? The answer is yes! Here are some ways to turn fright night into fun night for food-allergic little goblins.   More...

The Sounds of Allergy

Every time my food-allergic son comes down with a respiratory infection, I go on high alert to make sure his asthma doesn't flare up. It's the sound of his regular breathing that I listen for every night.   More...

Know Your [Gluten-Free] Noodle

People often complain that gluten-free pasta disintegrates in the pasta water, falls apart on the plate or globs together when refrigerated and reheated. These simple tips can help make your noodles pasta-perfect.   More...

Trick or Treat!

There is no greater treasure hunter than the child with food allergies on Halloween.   More...

International Celiac Disease Symposium

Celiac researchers and clinicians from around the world gathered in Chicago earlier this week to discuss the latest on celiac disease and gluten-related disorders. Here are some of the highlights.   More...

What’s a Sunchoke?

Sunchokes are often referred to as Jerusalem artichokes, but they're not from the Holy Land or related to artichokes in any way. These homely tubers of the sunflower family are a versatile and nutritious addition to your special diet.   More...

Help for Picky Eaters

Many small children are fussy eaters, but youngsters on the autistic spectrum commonly take pickiness to extremes. They often eat fewer than five or so different foods - a list that generally includes chicken nuggets, fries, mac and cheese, cookies and milk.   More...

Is Gluten Intolerance Making Your Child Act Out?

Is gluten intolerance making your child act out? There are many reasons for a youngster to be moody or angry - but if gluten is chronically irritating your child's body, interventions to address angry outbursts may not be successful unless you toss out the gluten. How do you know if gluten is a problem? Answer these questions.  More...