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Living Without Presents The 2011 Gluten & Allergen-Free Expo

Living Without, the nation’s leading magazine for people with Celiac Disease, gluten sensitivity and food allergies, has become the title sponsor of the 4th annual Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, to be held April 29 - May 1 in Chicago. Living Without has teamed up with Jen Cafferty, nationally recognized expert on cooking and living gluten-free, on this Expo, the country’s premier gluten and allergen-free event.   More...

Loafing Around

Are you making bread with a heavy-duty mixer? Read these hints to ensure baking success.   More...

Fund-Raising for a Food Bank

Subscribers Only — Try these creative ways to raise funds to buy special-diet foods for your local food bank. None of the ideas is expensive or complicated. Most are one-day events. Most require working with your local celiac or food-allergy support group.   More...

House Call

Q My little boy has anaphylactic food allergies. I'm already worried about sending him off to public school next year. When's the best time to approach the school? A April or May before enrollment is not too soon to contact the school to introduce yourself as the parent of a child with a severe food allergy. Research I've conducted for the University of Michigan Center for Managing Chronic Disease and my own experience confirm that the earlier a parent interacts with the local school (i.e., teacher, school nurse and principal) about a child's medical condition, the easier the transition is for everyone and the better the chances the school can ensure a safe environment.  More...

Tricks for Picky Eaters

Small children are often picky eaters, and refusing new foods is common. Children on the autistic spectrum, however, take pickiness to almost unbelievable extremes. They’re “self-limiters,” often eating fewer than five different foods. Generally, the list includes bread, pizza, chicken nuggets, French fries, and milk. Other than the fries, these foods all contain gluten, casein, or both. Understanding what difficulties contribute to the extremely limited diets of autistic children is helpful. However, it doesn’t change the fact that a broader diet is healthier for your picky eater. Introducing new foods presents a significant challenge but it can be done. You just need to have a few tricks up your sleeve.   More...

Homespun Holiday

The holidays are a wonderfully gaudy time of year when festive items adorn the house. I love gathering up my favorite antique glassware and tins, collected over the years and hidden away in back cupboards, and filling them with fresh fruit, pine cones and holly sprigs. Placed throughout the house, these all-natural aromatic arrangements, along with the Christmas tree, make simple yet elegant decorations that smell just like Christmas to me.   More...

Don't Let Scrooge Dampen Your Holidays

It's hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us--and only nine more days until Christmas! Try these festive ideas for last-minute ways to create holiday memories and help relieve seasonal stress.   More...

Dishing Up Sweet Memories

Traditions bring us together as families and as communities. At no time is this more evident-–or more delicious-–than around the holidays. This is the season when cookbooks are dusted off, old recipe boxes are opened and treasured dishes are recreated for friends and relatives.   More...

Celiac Bill of Rights

In honor of Celiac Awareness Month, Living Without has drafted a Celiac Bill of Rights. We believe that safe food products are the right of every American who is living with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.   More...

Confessions from a Dinner Party

Food allergies, special dieters and a finicky eater Picture me in my Maine kitchen. We don't serve fish, nuts or sesame seeds here, as my five-year-old son has anaphylactic allergies to all three. Sometimes when I mention this, people tell me that cats make them sneeze or that onions are bad for their digestion. Once a person even said to me, "Oh, there are so many allergies now. I think they were always there. People are just starting to notice them more." Hmmm. My son could die if he eats an almond. I think mothers, even in the unenlightened past, might have noticed something like dead offspring on the floor. I certainly noticed when - on a summer evening, haddock for dinner and gold finches landing on the bird feeder - my son’s face went from that of a toddler to Boris Karloff in the span of five seconds.   More...

Gluten-Free 101

This beginner’s course in gluten-free living has lots of great information for old hands, too. Approximately 25 minutes.   More...

What Is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body reacts abnormally to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. When people with celiac disease eat foods that contain gluten, an immune-mediated toxic reaction causes damage to their small intestine, as well as other systems in the body. Celiac disease affects about 1 in 133 people, an estimated 3 million Americans. Approximately 85 percent of these are thought to be undiagnosed.   More...

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?

For years, many people reported having celiac-like symptoms—abdominal pain, fatigue, foggy mind, joint pain, tingling of the extremities, even depression— but they repeatedly tested negative for celiac disease and responded positively to the gluten-free diet. Now specialists recognize that these patients may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity, a condition that is distinct from celiac disease.   More...

GlutenAway Fall Online Expo

Gluten Free & More Magazine is excited to announce that we will be participating in this Fall's GlutenAway Online Expo this week October 13 - 19.  They have worked hard to bring you a new fall online expo that is bigger and better than ever. What to expect: Free Admission with 24 Online Booths Product Sample Passes More Information - Allergen & Certifications Mobile & Tablet Friendly Downloadable Guides & Recipes On Demand Webinars Over 20 Gluten-Free Giveaways …   More...