Feb/Mar 2015

Food for Thought

The Chef Within

Not everyone loves to cook, yet I do, although my refrigerator lacks ingredients—butter, milk, beef, shrimp, mustard—that others take for granted. I’m a better cook for becoming one when I did, outgrown of grease and salt’s easy pleasures, in an era that champions olive oil over Crisco. Is it easy to raise a child with special dietary needs? No. Will dietary restrictions limit your child’s relationship to food? No. You just have to trust the one ingredient common to every recipe: Time.   More...

Watching Your Weight

Subscribers Only — Maybe you’ve seen the latest headlines of another celebrity proclaiming the gluten-free diet as their get-thin-quick cure-all. “There are a lot of people who firmly believe that going gluten-free will make them lose weight because Oprah or Miley Cyrus said so,” says Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, nutritionist, dietitian and writer. “But the numbers show, at least for people with celiac disease, many gain weight on a gluten-free diet,” especially if they suffered from malabsorption issues before going gluten-free. Despite the word “diet,” the gluten-free diet is not a weight-loss program. “Certainly, if weight loss is the goal, just going gluten-free isn’t the answer,” Harris says.   More...