Going Gluten Free

Saving Money Part 2:
A Visit to the Dollar Store

Posted by Erica Dermer on July 28, 2015

As someone who must eat specialty food (gluten-free/dairy-free/egg-free), I find myself spending more than twice as much—or more—than most “normal” people. I also know that I spend more than my fair amount of my paycheck on gluten-free substitute food. I’ve been exploring new ways to help curb my massive gluten-free food bill, and I have many readers that are searching for a way to save some bucks too.

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Recent Blog Articles

Diary of a Food Allergy Mom

Posted by Cindy Gordon on July 23, 2015

I really feel that we have been blessed with a church that seems to work hard to help children with food allergies, specifically my children. When we started to attend, we were not able to take communion. The pastor asked a close friend of ours why we didn't participate, why we chose instead to walk past the receiving line. Our friend explained our food allergy needs to the pastor. He told our friend to do what she could to make sure that our entire family could participate the next month.

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Saving Money Part 1:
Gluten-Free at Club Stores

Posted by Erica Dermer on July 16, 2015

As someone who must eat specialty food (gluten-free/dairy-free/egg-free), I find myself spending more than twice as much—or more—than most “normal” people. I also know that I spend more than my fair amount of my paycheck on gluten-free substitute food. I’m not great at cutting coupons or waiting for sales, so I thought that maybe using my club store membership could help me save.

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Let’s Put a Stop to “Almost Gluten-Free”

Posted by Erica Dermer on July 1, 2015

Gluten-free vs. almost gluten-free—is there really a difference? Yes, yes there is.

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Gluten-Free Show Preview: An Insider Takes You Behind the Scenes

Posted by Erica Dermer on June 25, 2015

We’re having a party and you’re invited! Gluten Free & More hosts Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest (GFFAF) across the country to show that living with a food allergy or sensitivity doesn’t need to be about deprivation and missing out. You’re missing out only on the horrible symptoms and medical problems you had before understanding what allergens you needed to avoid.

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A "Chef to Plate" Visit
to The Melting Pot

Posted by Erica Dermer on May 28, 2015

I’m always looking for what I can do to continue awareness for this disease beyond just the month of May during Celiac Disease Awareness Month. While re-reading the post I wrote a few weeks ago about Celiac Disease Awareness Month for Gluten Free and More, I was focused on one particular item. Over and over again, we get questions about how to dine out safely with celiac, gluten intolerance, or other food issues. Naturally, the Gluten Intolerance Group’s Chef to Plate program we featured was a great way to think about celiac awareness after our special month. After all, we dine out every month, not just during May. I had a chance to talk to Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) about their program, as well as visit a Chef to Plate vendor and talk about why they participate and why it’s important to serve the gluten-free consumer safely.

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Finds from the National Restaurant Association Show

Posted by Mary Fran Wiley – frannycakes.com on May 20, 2015

When I went gluten-free 10 years ago, I prayed that I could get a salad that a server wouldn’t mess up. Sometimes, I would even go crazy and ask for a simply prepared piece of meat and steamed veggies. Eating out was hard, and servers looked at you like you had three heads when you started to ask about ingredients and gluten. In the past few years, there have been major shifts in all aspects of the food industry - from the packaged goods we can pick up at the store to eating pizza and pasta in restaurants with friends. It’s a whole new world for gluten free.

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My Experience at the GFFAFest in Minneapolis

Posted by Alicia Woodward on May 17, 2015

Greetings from Alicia Woodward at Gluten Free & More magazine! We welcomed a large and enthusiastic crowd of friendly people to the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest this weekend at the Convention Center in Minneapolis. What a blast to see old and new friends and to watch everyone enjoying the exhibit hall packed with amazing products. I hung out at the Gluten Free & More booth, visiting with folks as they strolled by and talking about, yes, gluten-free food, gluten-free living, gluten-free health… and then some more about the food. Speaking of food, I want to thank all the vendors who made this Fest so memorable and so much fun—and for giving away all those delicious samples! Huge thanks to our sponsors—Enjoy Life, Glutino, Udi’s, Cheerios, and the Gluten-Free Bittersweet Bakery. I say a special thank you to Way Better Snacks. Their Sweet Chili Corn Tortilla Chips (sprouted!) are fantastic. Munching on these chips helped me forget I skipped lunch. And it is very gratifying to have two dairy-free ice cream companies in the hall. I visited the So Delicious and Coconut Bliss booths several times throughout the weekend to get one, and then another and another fix of their yummy coconut-based ice creams. I spoke to a group of attendees about the top myths of gluten-free living. This topic always prompts a great conversation. It’s fun and instructive for me to hear from everyone in the room and to share what we’re doing at Gluten Free & More magazine in terms of the experts we’re interviewing, the research we’re covering and the stories we are writing about. Can’t wait for another great show next year!

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Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest
in Minneapolis

Posted by Erica Dermer on May 16, 2015

What an amazing showing today, Minneapolis! I had a great time meeting and greeting Gluten Free & More magazine readers today at the Minneapolis Convention Center. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., we offered awesome subscription deals and sold some of our favorite cookbooks along with guides to a wonderfully lived gluten-free life. Outside of the Gluten Free & More booth, vendors across the gluten-free spectrum—from household cleaners to make-up to chocolate chip cookies to GF beer bread—embraced Minnesota with open arms. Attendees left not only with full bags of samples, coupons, books, and literature about new products, but full stomachs! Local vendors and national sponsors wowed the crowd with new offerings that are safe for any gluten-free eater. Some of my favorites: the new Canyon Bakehouse Everything Bagels, new Bakery on Main Nut Crunch snacks, and Three Bakers Bread. Although Cheerios didn't debut any new products, the hope of eating Honey Nut Cheerios again had the whole expo hall excited. I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings and what new things I find on the floor!

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Celebrate Celiac Disease Awareness Month with Gluten Free & More

Posted by Erica Dermer on May 13, 2015

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month – a month where we get to celebrate how far we’ve come with celiac disease, and realize how far we still need to go to spread awareness and build a safe world for those who avoid gluten. If you’re looking to celebrate this month, to spread advocacy for the genetic autoimmune disease, or just looking to learn more, here are some ways you can participate in celiac disease awareness month.

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GFFAFest Twitter Party MN

Posted by Erica Dermer on May 8, 2015

Come join the party! You’re invited to a Twitter Party on Tuesday May 12th with Gluten Free & More Magazine/Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest!

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Hatch Chile Co Twitter Party

Posted by Erica Dermer on May 8, 2015

Come join the party! You’re invited to a Twitter Party on Thursday May 14th with Gluten Free & More Magazine and Hatch Chile Company!

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Follow Up Celiac Care

Posted by Erica Dermer on May 7, 2015

I just came back from the 2015 Celiac Disease Foundation Conference and Expo in Pasadena, CA. During the conference, I had a chance to listen to Dr. Joseph Murray from Mayo Clinic talk about celiac disease. While I have heard him speak about the disease before, one slide stood out in my mind because I keep hearing stories about it. Follow-up care. Are you receiving it as a celiac? Or did your doctor abandon you after your diagnosis?

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GFFAFest Columbus Recap and Giveaway

Posted by Erica Dermer on April 29, 2015

I just got back into town from almost five days in Columbus, Ohio. I haven’t been to Columbus before, and I really didn’t know what to expect when I landed at the Columbus airport after midnight after a rough flight full of delays. When I woke up the next morning, my heart was set on falling in love with the city after a very long day at the airport. I was not disappointed!

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How Will You #TalkTellTest?

Posted by Erica Dermer on April 23, 2015

A few days ago, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness launched their SERIOUSLY, CELIAC DISEASE campaign. This is a research-tested (yes, tested) education campaign for initiating conversation about celiac disease testing with family members. This campaign features the hashtag #TalkTellTest, outlying the three steps of the process. The goal is for those with family members who are at-risk (like my genetically pre-disposed mom and dad – hint hint) to have a talk that is research-based methodology to improve testing rates – and therefore, diagnosis of celiac disease.

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How Food Turned Me Into a Disney Lover

Posted by Erica Dermer on April 15, 2015

Disney World made gluten-free news again recently with the launch of Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC (formerly BabyCakes), in Downtown Disney Marketplace, and the subsequent article in Huffington Post. The delicious-looking gluten-free vegan donuts looked great and certainly helped to spread the news online. Until I went gluten free after I was diagnosed with celiac, I was really unaware that Disney could have such incredible dining options for those of us that need to modify our diets.

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Columbus GFFAFest Twitter Party

Posted by Erica Dermer on April 7, 2015

Come join the party! You’re invited to a Twitter Party on Monday April 20th with Gluten Free & More Magazine/Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest!

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The Real Burden of Celiac

Posted by Erica Dermer on April 2, 2015

Last night I listened to "The Future of Drug Therapy for Celiac Disease: Get the Honest Facts" webinar by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. This was a wrap-up after NFCA and Celiac Disease Foundation advocates attended the FDA Public Workshop on Gastroenterology Regulatory Endpoints and the Advancement of Therapeutics (known as the GREAT3) the past few days. Basically, for the past 48 hours, the entire celiac community has been buzzing about the future of celiac and the future of drug therapy for us. Dr. Joseph Murray summed up the reason why they’re discussing drug therapy best by stating, “why should a person with celiac disease be denied the opportunity to live a normal life?”

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Setting a Place for Gluten-Free Cheerios

Posted by Beth Hillson on March 30, 2015

This summer, General Mills starts rolling out gluten-free Cheerios. From then on, the company will make ONLY a gluten-free version, and ONLY the top five sellers—including the iconic (original) yellow box Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted Cheerios, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, and Multigrain Cheerios—will be gluten-free. Nine others from the gluten-free community and I attended the General Mills Cheerios Summit in Minneapolis earlier this week to understand the process and motivation behind General Mills' launch of gluten-free Cheerios. Here is some of what we learned.

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Gluten in the Pharmacy

Posted by Erica Dermer on March 26, 2015

Have you ever actually gone into the pharmacy and said, “hey pharmacist, does this medication have gluten in it?” and received a verified 100% safe answer in return? If you’re like me, you are more likely to get a blank stare, or maybe something like “well, I don’t think so, but I can’t be sure.” If you have a good pharmacy, they’ll probably have to spend 20 minutes and look over the product insert and call the manufacturer – but even then sometimes the answers are a bit muddled.

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