Going Gluten Free

Things I Wish They Gave Out Trick-or-Treating

Posted by Erica Dermer on October 29, 2014

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.

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

Posted by Jules Shepard on October 29, 2014

  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…

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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 …

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Environmental Intolerances and a Fragrance Free Me

Posted by Erica Dermer on October 22, 2014

In addition to food allergies and intolerances, I know many of us have environmental intolerances. I have very sensitive skin and can easily get dermatitis if I touch something with harsh chemicals or fragrances. I also get headaches, nausea and dizziness when I am exposed to certain fragrances. I use fragrance free everything – unless that fragrance is essential oils or natural fruit fragrances (like a freshly-squeezed lemon). When I went to ShiftCon (an organic social media summit), I learned I was not the only one that has food sensitivities as well as environmental sensitivities. I’d love to share with you what I learned, and some allergen-friendly cleaning tips that you can easily do yourself at home!

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Countdown to 2015 Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest Sweepstakes: Week 2

It's our second 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 Way Better Snacks!

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Staying Safe This Halloween

Posted by Erica Dermer on October 15, 2014

Yes, ghouls and goblins can be mighty scary. However, if you have a food allergy, food intolerance, or celiac disease – your Halloween candy dish might have more horrors inside of it than a monster movie marathon! Here’s a guide to staying safe for you, children, and others this Halloween.

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Countdown to 2015 Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest Sweepstakes

Come join the party as we countdown to 2015 with some Gluten Free & More Magazine Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest brands! You’re invited a new weekly giveaway, starting every Monday, beginning on Monday October 13th. So you don’t forget to enter and miss out on all the fun, we’ll be announcing the start of each week’s giveaway on social media, and the contest will be on GlutenFreeandMore.com. With an easy Rafflecopter widget, you’ll be able…

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Allergen-Friendly Baking Substitutions

Posted by Erica Dermer on October 8, 2014

With a title of Living Without's Gluten Free & More - you'd get the idea that we're really good at making substitutions in food to deal with multiple food allergies and intolerances. However, I still find myself asking what substitutes I should use for all of the different recipes I'm constantly trying to navigate.

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Labeling and Legislation for Food Allergies & Gluten

Posted by Erica Dermer on October 1, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of watching Jules Shepherd (aka GF Jules and author of numerous GF books), Robyn O’ Brien (author of The Unhealthy Truth) and Dave Bloom of SnackSafely.com present on food labeling and legislation. While this presentation was at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, this information is incredibly valuable to anyone in the food allergic universe.

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Alicia and Beth at Natural Products Expo East 2014

Last weekend Gluten Free & More Magazine's Editor-In-Chief Alicia Woodward and Food Editor Beth Hillson had an opportunity to meet some great people and learn about great new natural products at this year's Expo East in Baltimore. Here are some of their notable finds.

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Secrets From a Three-time Winner of Cupcake Wars

Posted by Erica Dermer on September 24, 2014

The Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest from Gluten Free and More magazine are more than just expos full of yummy and safe treats. Every fest, there are several sessions of cooking demonstrations and educational lectures throughout each day by those in the top of their field. However, I understand that getting to one of these fests is not always geographically feasible. I’m hoping to get you some of the information learned at the lectures and demos directly to you in a post and an additional link to watch the session on YouTube.

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What’s Your Beauty Secret?

Win a special gift basket of sensitive skincare products courtesy of everclen and be in the next issue of Gluten Free and More magazine. No purchase necessary to win.

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Gluten Free 101 at the #GFFAFest

The Gluten Free Food Allergy Festivals from Gluten Free and More magazine are more than just expos full of yummy and safe treats. Every festival, there are several sessions of cooking demonstrations and educational lectures throughout each day by those in the top of their field. However, I understand that getting to one of these festivals is not always geographically feasible. I’m hoping to get you some of the information learned at the lectures and demos directly to you in a post and an additional link to watch the session on YouTube.

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Gluten-Free Snacking for “Normal” Eaters

Posted by Erica Dermer on September 10, 2014

Last week, my partner launched the Adventure Video Club. The AV club is a collection of epic-adventure seeking individuals all brought together to watch outdoor movies about hiking, surfing, cycling, camping and anything outdoors meant to raise adrenaline. If you know me, you’re wondering why I’m a part of this group. Since I am terrified of adventure (especially outdoors) because I usually end up hurting myself, I’m in charge of snacks. In fact, at the last town hall-style meeting, I was elected vice president of snacks.

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GREAT Kitchens: Making Restaurants Celiac Safe

Posted by Erica Dermer on September 2, 2014

With the recent FDA “gluten free” labeling regulation going into effect this month, some celiacs might feel like they can let their guard down a little on packaged goods. While this ruling is a fantastic start to the community, keep in mind that it does not necessarily regulate restaurants and food service. With the National Restaurant Association ranking gluten-free 5th among “What’s Hot” food industry trends, and gluten-free menu claims increasing 275% (according to Mintel from 2009-2012), our risk for a fad diet hype compromising our safety is growing. While all restaurants are urged to comply with the regulation via the FDA when purchasing gluten-free packaged goods to serve, we know that isn’t where all of cross-contact can occur. Gluten contamination can often come in the actual preparation of the food, and mistakes can be made even after the food is prepared (like the server putting the wrong dish on your table).

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I’m Ready to Party! Are You?

Posted by Alicia Woodward on August 21, 2014

We’re super-excited about attending the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Indianapolis this weekend. That’s because we love having lots of food, friends and fun—all in one place. Come party with us! #GFFAFEST

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Missing The State Fair

Posted by Erica Dermer on August 21, 2014

I’ll admit it. I really wish I could try out a deep-fried Oreo. And I’d really like to try a deep-fried Snickers. I eat a mostly clean diet – lots of healthy fruits, vegetables, low-fat proteins, no red meat, etc. However, I do love my gluten-free cookies, cupcakes, and pies (and totally not ashamed about it). Since the fair is a once-a-year experience, I figured that eating these unhealthy foods once a year could potentially still fit into a healthy diet. But, alas – I am a celiac. Since 99.9% of these fair foods are fried with gluten-containing ingredients like white flour, or the food being friend is gluten-full (like the Oreo), it’s pointless to even see if there’s something I can eat at the fair. I haven’t been to a fair since I’ve been gluten-free, but I have been to outdoor events that host the fair-type booths like the “deep fried” ones found at a large fair. The smell of deep-fried everything left me feeling sad. Sad, and a bit nauseated.

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Telling a Restaurant You’ve Been Glutened

Posted by Erica Dermer on August 19, 2014

Within minutes of eating the pasta dish at your local gluten-free Italian joint, you feel queasy. And then the stomach pains hit. And you run to the bathroom. You’ve finally figured it out – you’ve been glutened. Since you’re still at the restaurant, it’s easy to point the finger at the dish that did you wrong – or is it? Was it the pasta? The veggies? Regardless, someone screwed up and now you’re paying for it. But when you regain your composure, how do you go about telling the restaurant what went wrong?

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Gluten-Free Dining In Airports

Posted by Erica Dermer on August 13, 2014

On my recent trip to San Jose, I was surprised and delighted to see that one of the kiosks in the airport called out their gluten-free offerings. I often scroll through endless airport websites to search for safe places to eat while I travel. I’m often left disappointed and eating out of my own bag of goodies. However, there are several airports that have impressed me with their gluten-free offerings. Below are some that stand out to me (with some help from my readers).

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Independence Day: Gluten Freedom

Posted by Beth Hillson on August 12, 2014

Last month we celebrated Independence Day, aka the Fourth of July, marking the day the Declaration of Independence was signed.  That historical document paved the way for a democracy that has given us the individual freedoms that make us proud to be Americans. On August 5th, we celebrated another kind of independence day, freedom from gluten.  That’s when the gluten free labeling rule takes effect and millions of us who are seriously gluten free can be…

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