Feb/Mar 2014

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Disaster Relief: How Storm-Season Planning Can Be a Life-Saver

Moody, who has an autoimmune bladder inflammatory disease called interstitial cystitis, is on a gluten-free diet to help with the inflammation. Any of her gluten-free fare that survived the tornado was covered in a soot-like substance from the swirling debris. A small tree branch driven through a box of her rice pasta drove home the point that her food was inedible. After the twister, Moody searched for gluten-free food at food banks and church donation sites. “It was easy to find food but my kind of food was rare,” she says.   More...

Dining Along: A Road-Trip Search for Celiac-Safe Food

“Look—cows!” My city-bred husband points to a herd grazing on a roadside pasture as we drive through the country’s heartland on I-80, the second longest interstate in the nation. Tim and I are traveling from our home in Colorado to attend The Gluten and Allergen Free Expo in Des Moines. Along with the occasional herd, there are exit signs every six miles with no town in sight and wide-open spaces as far as the eye can see.   More...

Celiac Likeness

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic had a medical mystery on their hands in 2009. A number of their patients were suffering from severe, chronic diarrhea and profound weight loss. Some had lost 20 to 30 pounds in a matter of weeks. When doctors peered inside the patients’ intestines, their villi—the fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, aiding in absorption of nutrients and calories—were flattened or nearly flattened (villous atrophy). But the patients didn’t have key antibodies seen in celiac disease and treatment with the gluten-free diet didn’t help. It wasn’t celiac disease but something closely mimicking it.   More...

Take Comfort In Your Gluten-Free Food

These gluten-free recipes of traditional favorites are guaranteed to fill you with nutritional goodness while they elevate your mood. All are gluten-free and can easily be made dairy-free, too. Enjoy each as a complete balanced meal—meat, vegetables and starch—or go vegetarian by replacing the meat with additional veggies and substituting the beef or chicken broth with vegetable broth.   More...