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We’ve Got Issues: April/May 2019

I’m a newly diagnosed celiac and am getting really confused. I’ve been lurking on some celiac forums and I’m hearing a lot of conflicting information like whether or not something has gluten. It seems like I have to double-check everything I hear. It’s so hard to make sure I’m doing everything right and staying gluten-free. How can I be certain I’m not getting bad info? Help!
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A Gluten Free Wedding

Four and a half years after ordering gluten-free beer in that Silicon Valley Irish pub, Molly Duncan Stone and Kevin Duffy were married at Stanford Memorial Church in front of 192 family members and friends, including dozens of fellow celiacs. Based on our experience, here are my tips on how to plan a successful gluten-free celebration.
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Stressed Out: The Link Between Anxiety and Celiac Disease

Whether anxiety is more common in people with celiac disease than in the general population has been the subject of several recent studies. Many of these studies have reached differing conclusions, in part due to different comparison populations, says Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, a celiac expert at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University in New York.

Gluten-Free Halloween Hacks

Are you haunted by thoughts of Halloween and trick-or-treat? This candy-saturated holiday can spook anyone who has a child with food allergies or celiac disease. There’s no perfect recipe for eliminating all risks but reasonable caution coupled with good information and proper preparation can make this holiday a lot less scary. We asked some seasoned and savvy food-allergy moms for their advice.

We’ve Got Issues: October/November 2018

Most of us don’t carry our own gluten-free shampoo and hair gel with us when we get our hair styled. Ask to read the label of any hair products before they’re used on you. Otherwise, your ‘do’ could turn into a ‘don’t.’ Here are a few words to look for: hydrolyzed wheat protein, wheat germ, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, avena sativa and triticum aestivum.

We’ve Got Issues: August/September 2018

I have a few food allergies and I was just diagnosed with celiac disease. Now it looks like my dog has food issues. Is this possible? She’s been eating the same dog food for years. Am I projecting my problems onto her? Should I buy gluten-free dog food?

We’ve Got Issues: June/July 2018

I miss fried chicken so much…and hush puppies and mozzarella sticks and anything you can find at the State Fair. But my frustration in missing these fried foods pales compared to missing my absolute favorite—French fries. When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease, I was happy because French fries don’t have any gluten ingredients. But it wasn’t long before I discovered that French fries aren’t safe since they’re fried in the same basket as onion rings, shrimp and other gluten-y fried items. My only requirement for restaurants is that there be gluten-free fries on the menu. As you may have guessed, this isn’t common. So I have to ask, how bad is sharing a fryer, really?

Have a Ball!

Stability balls are very effective exercise tools that offer unique benefits. Most notably, using them helps develop core strength, spinal stability and balance. The ball’s soft, unstable surface makes you “wobbly” or unbalanced. As your body fights to maintain control, the deep core musculature of your abdominal and back muscles is activated and strengthened. Development of these trunk muscles helps support and stabilize the spine and maintain its neutral alignment, reducing back strain and promoting spine health.

We’ve Got Issues: April/May 2018

My fiancée has celiac disease and we recently moved in together, which means merging kitchens. I understand that some things, like wooden cutting boards, can be very difficult to rid of residual gluten. I’ve tossed those and only eat gluten outside of the house. Still, my fiancée has gotten sick more than once after we ate at home. I’m pretty sure I’m doing something wrong. What is it?

Body by Bands

Exercising with resistance bands is an excellent way to promote bone health and to increase muscular strength and endurance. Bands are an easy, inexpensive and effective tool to achieve a whole-body workout in a short amount of time. They are literally total body training, ideal for those with celiac disease and others at risk for developing osteopenia and osteoporosis.



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