Web Only ArticleMay 7, 2014

Gluten-Free Diet 101

An expert describes the challenges of the gluten-free lifestyle in an exclusive video from the 2014 Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in San Diego.

[Updated May 14, 2015]

Anne Lee is the nutritional director at Dr. Schär, a gluten-free food product manufacturer located in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Anne recently attended the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest in San Diego, sponsored by Living Without’s Gluten Free & More Magazine. A nutritionist by training, Lee gave a talk that broke down the often overwhelming concepts behind a gluten-free lifestyle, one that can seem so challenging to practitioners—particularly the newly diagnosed.

"It's one thing to know the nuts and bolts of the diet," she told the audience, "but we need to live it, breathe it, and make it work in our daily lives." 

Her talk addressed the size of the market, the core principal of gluten-free (it’s all about the grains) and offered well-researched data to support the idea of switching to so-called “ancient grains.” Lee also discussed in clear, often humorous terms how you should deal with restaurant dining and travel.

Lee’s lecture also offered very compelling reasons for incorporating balance in your diet, with an emphasis on colorful vegetables, fruits and fish.

We hope you enjoy her talk, brought to you here by Gluten Free & More. Watch for information on our upcoming Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest in Indianapolis and in Portland, Oregon. We had a great kickoff in San Diego and we’re looking for a repeat.

Are you new to living gluten-free? Let Living Without's Gluten Free & More be your guide to living well with food allergies. Click here to learn more.


Comments (21)

Can anyone recommend a gf pasta that won't fall apart when I cook it, or taste weird? I miss Italian food.

Posted by: max | January 12, 2018 11:53 PM    Report this comment

This is so interesting, I am73 years old and have had arthritic pain as well as fibromyelgia. I am on heavy drugs, but still in a lot of pain. I cannot walk hardly at all. Two of the naturapaths tell me I need to be gluten free and dairy free, I try and do this most of the time,, but having diabetes doesn't help. I am always tired, do not sleep well at all. I wonder if I was completely gluten free and dairy free, would it help me with the pain in most of my body especially my feet,legs etc.
Any advice regarding this type of eating. I love your recipes and I try to cook that way when I'm not feeling too bad. Thanks for listening. P. Dominie

Posted by: Milo2008 | April 11, 2016 8:18 PM    Report this comment

Try gluten free on a shoe string buget amazingly lots of good recipes of all kinds nice people too gl

Posted by: jfordmom1@verizon.net | January 11, 2016 11:34 PM    Report this comment

I am going to make hubby his favorite meal tomorrow ,ham potpie which is the best flour to use have read so much my head spins then can't remember. Thank you

Posted by: jfordmom1@verizon.net | January 11, 2016 11:31 PM    Report this comment


Posted by: Vickey | April 25, 2015 8:44 AM    Report this comment

I'm new to gluten free .. It's been three months but I'm also allergic to dairy, nuts, and soy!!! I find it very difficult to find foods gluten free that DONOT contain soy or dairy !!
I'm struggling...help!

Posted by: Vickey | April 25, 2015 8:40 AM    Report this comment

Being "celiac" since 2002 does present dietary problems, cook gluten free & whenever I eat not gluten free, I suffer horribly, it's crucial to stay on "gluten free" or pay dearly.
Thank for great recipes & more.

Posted by: keenpetite | September 5, 2014 2:55 PM    Report this comment

So glad to have another option for recipes that are gluten-free. I, like some of you, am now eating foods and drinking delicious beverages that are without GMO's, no additives, no preservatives, and yes, I too am GF as well.

For the past five (5) years I have suffered from migraine headaches. Over the years I progressed to living with debilitating headaches. Nothing helped, not even medications. One late afternoon I was feeling somewhat okay and decided to take my daughter to her Girl Scout meeting. I shared my most recent shutdown with a friend and she said, it's the gluten. Get rid of the gluten.

That was April 2014. My migraine headaches are gone. They have disappeared almost immediately. Today I live without meds, no headaches. I am a free, healthy woman!!! Also, I have taken medication for high blood pressure. That medication has been reduced to three (3) time a week.

I have my agility back. I actually hangout with my family, and I just love it!

I give God all the praise and glory for all I have overcome!

No more gluten. No more gluten. No more gluten!!!

Posted by: Rolyat | August 12, 2014 9:36 PM    Report this comment

Been "Gluten free" since 2002, learned to eat "Gluten free" benefits are there, if I eat what I'm supposed to to eat, great, if I don't suffer a long me. The old saying "you are what you eat" applies.
Thank you for great recipes & more.

Posted by: keenpetite | August 10, 2014 5:20 PM    Report this comment

If you are looking for dough recipes for sandwich bread, pizzas, pie crust, & tortillas then check out a brand-new book from America's Test Kitchen. The book is called " The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook " . The book not only gives you the recipe but it explains the cooking science as to why one thing will work and another normal method won't work . The book has recipes for cakes, cookies , pies --- even home-made Italian pasta !

Posted by: OntarioCatMan | August 4, 2014 8:21 AM    Report this comment

Have been gluten free (99 percent of the time) since Memorial Day. I have suffered from Rhematoid Arthritis for nearly 15 years. This is the first time since then, that my wrists are NOT swollen and overall inflammation in my body is down!
I am a believer...gluten free is the way to live!!!

Posted by: Teachjt | July 23, 2014 8:57 AM    Report this comment

Dominoes has a great gluten free pizza! It is a bit pricier than regular pizza but we love it when craving that Friday night staple...:)

Posted by: Teachjt | July 23, 2014 8:53 AM    Report this comment

i am 60 an recently diagnosed . what types of meats can a person with celiac eat? where can i buy my celiac needs?

Posted by: mamoshea | July 17, 2014 5:06 PM    Report this comment

Hubby started to follow gluten free 4 days ago. Very big challenge. We are ages 68/69! Looking for cookie and pie crust. Also bread recipes. I use a bread machine for dough then shape and raise bake in oven.

Posted by: lovetobake | July 16, 2014 6:57 PM    Report this comment

to-missingwendy I have been on the GF diet for about 2 years and find that I am a lot less bloated and have lost 35 lbs. without trying. With all of the GF foods in the grocery stores and on line, it is very easy to eat this way. Also there are a lot of recipes on line or cookbooks that are aimed at GF cooking. It does get hard if you want to go out to eat, but some of the restaurants in my area of Cleveland, OH are serving GF foods. I guess it depends on just how allergic that you are to gluten as to how you would react of you slipped a little. Good luck to you.

Posted by: Marisol Grace | July 11, 2014 12:39 AM    Report this comment

I am 82 and read an article that gluten can contribute to restless leg syndrome. Left off all flour products that very day, and I had a night of sleep that I badly needed. Have tried several commercial products successfully, but am anxious to have some of my favorite homemade using other ingredients.

Posted by: Mommie Pat | July 10, 2014 3:11 PM    Report this comment

I am absolutely new to this, 61, just diagnosed. All I can say is it is not easy, it takes work, and is frustrating. On the positive side, the many things that are yet to be learned scientifically and clinically will help those in the future. I am a scientist, immunologist. When I leave the lab, late at night, my car is programmed to pull into Wendys, MDs, etc. I have to fight the wheel to stay on the road. But, I am getting better, just got a new car. While I miss good pizza, good hard rusted bread and beer, I am trying. I am curious what the window is, if one screws up, what happens? If you are stringent for a month, you make a mistake, have a regular beer, are you back to square one? Would like to hear opinions, honesty.

Posted by: missingwendy | July 10, 2014 7:58 AM    Report this comment

A quick Internet search will give you lots of great recipes for gluten-free breads and pie crust and just about anything else you might want. Pinterest has a lot too. Just type in GF pie crust or bread or whatever you at looking for.
I make a grain-free muffin that is tasty and full of nutrition. Google 5 minute gluten free muffin.

Posted by: Trishfit | June 26, 2014 7:07 PM    Report this comment

I am new to the gluten free world..I would love a good tasty bread recipe and a good pizza crust one too.Some cookie recipes would also be appreciated.

Posted by: butterflymom | June 18, 2014 7:54 PM    Report this comment

I would also love a Good Tasting pie crust recipe. Please!

Posted by: DDT | June 9, 2014 3:53 PM    Report this comment

I am looking for homemade gluten free lo carb recipes for pita bread and tortillas.

Posted by: odietoady | June 6, 2014 10:22 AM    Report this comment

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