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We’ve Got Issues: February/March 2018

Restaurant staff have been hearing a lot more about gluten lately, so most are familiar with gluten-free customers. Some (or many) of these diners are gluten-free by choice, not medical necessity. Diners in the latter group—like you and me—need to ask questions. We need to be taken seriously. We actually get sick and have long-term repercussions if we eat gluten or our food gets contaminated. So it’s on us to express that clearly and accurately to the people who handle our food. Maybe if you look at these conversations as a public service rather than something just for you, you’ll feel better about asking questions.

We’ve Got Issues: December/January 2018

I’m almost afraid to ask this—but what should I be doing about sugar? I have celiac disease and can’t tolerate dairy in milk and most cheeses (but can as an ingredient in baked goods). I’m pretty good about keeping to a gluten-free, dairy-free diet but I keep hearing that sugar can be a problem because of inflammation or something. Obviously, I don’t want to cut anything else out of my diet. But if sugar is what’s standing between me and feeling terrific, well, should I ditch it?

Exercise Buddies

Millions of Americans resolve to get fit every year but over half who begin an exercise program quit within six months. Why? People have many reasons for not exercising but the biggest is lack of social support. New research confirms that friendships are very important to making sustainable lifestyle changes.

Stair Master

Try one style of stair climbing or a combination of all three. For example, climb up the stairs single stepping and walk down. Next, climb up the stairs double stepping and walk down. The third time, turn to the side so that your shoulder faces the stairs and step up with the leg closest to the staircase. Keep your foot flat on the stair and pull yourself to a standing position. Continue up the stairs and then walk down. The fourth time, side-step up the stairs on the opposite side and walk down.

We’ve Got Issues: October/November 2017

I had the screening for celiac and have no indicators, so I did not have the biopsy. There are some autoimmune diseases in my family and I know that the incidence of celiac is on the rise. Maybe the blood test is missing something. Is it possible my doctor is wrong? How can I find out what’s going on with my body? I’m feeling so desperate and angry. Maybe I should just go see a psychiatrist.

Considering Colleges When Gluten-Free

This past spring, FARE launched its Food Allergy College Search tool to help families find detailed information on how colleges handle food allergies and gluten-free diets. The database, which initially launched with 40 schools, has drill-down information on allergy-safe options, cross-contact procedures, staff training and roommate accommodations.

Get Out and Walk!

Walking is an easy, fun and safe way to exercise. It’s also inexpensive and perfectly natural—it can be done almost anywhere without any special equipment or training. Performed regularly, walking can help reduce the risk of heart disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes. But can walking strengthen your bones?

We’ve Got Issues: August/September 2017

After taking a multi-generational family vacation where I kept getting sick at restaurants that supposedly served gluten-free dishes, I’d like to go into my next travels better prepared. Aside from bringing my own food and grilling every waiter and chef at my vacation destination, what can I do? Oh, and getting there is also not so fun. Can you tell me which airlines have the tastiest GF options?
new to gluten free life

10 Steps to Going Gluten-Free

Just diagnosed with celiac disease? Going gluten-free can seem overwhelming at first. To ease the transition and get you quickly started on your new gluten-free life, follow these 10 simple steps.

Moves for Sedentary People

Your three gluteal muscles (the powerful group that form the buttocks—gluteus maximus, gluteus minimus and gluteus medius) and your hip flexors attach to your pelvis and keep it in a neutral position. A tendency to be sedentary in the workplace prevents the gluteal muscles from working properly. When one or more of these muscles is weakened, there is greater difficulty maintaining an upright position.

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