Attention! There has been a voluntary recall of Cheerios (multiple varieties) produced in July in one of General Mills' facilities in Lodi, Calif. The manufacturer conducted the recall because there may be an undeclared allergen (wheat) found in the product, which could make it very dangerous for those with celiac disease, NCGS, or a wheat allergy.
A high school sophomore shows the way when it comes to following a gluten-free diet. Her example reminds us to keep an even keel and communicate clearly about what a gluten-free diet involves, and to teach people in a direct way about how serious a food allergy can be.
Anyone who deals with gluten intolerance and food allergy issues encounters people who dismiss them or doubt them, sometimes with a bit of condescension. Over the years, Gluten Free & More magazine's editors, authors, and expert sources have offered ready advice on how to respond, how to cope, how to rise above.
Id like to talk about a special day in the life of a food allergy mom. About a year ago, my boys had their annual allergy testing. Their bloodwork came back with some good numbersnumbers indicating that perhaps their allergies were declining or going away. Could this be possible after years of avoiding foods, of being scared of a deadly reaction?
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 youre like me, you are more likely to get a blank stare, or maybe something like, Well, I dont think so, but I cant be sure. If you have a good pharmacy staffed by good pharmacists, theyll probably have to spend 20 minutes and look over the product insert and call the manufacturerbut even then, sometimes the answers are a bit muddled.
Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd/Buy me some peanuts... SCREEECH! Stop the song! No peanuts here, please---were allergic to those things! It just so happens that my little guy, who has a peanut allergy in addition to a few others, likes baseball. You know, the sport that traditionally has peanuts at the game. Even the most famous baseball song mentions peanuts.
As someone who must eat specialty food (gluten-free/dairy-free/egg-free), I find myself spending more than twice as muchor morethan most normal people. I also know that I spend more than my fair amount of my paycheck on gluten-free substitute food. Ive 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.
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.
As someone who must eat specialty food (gluten-free/dairy-free/egg-free), I find myself spending more than twice as muchor morethan most normal people. I also know that I spend more than my fair amount of my paycheck on gluten-free substitute food. Im not great at cutting coupons or waiting for sales, so I thought that maybe using my club store membership could help me save.