Product Review: Erewhon Gluten-Free, Organic Cereal

I have to confess that in my adult life I’m not a big cereal person. It’s just not a food I keep around the house. But when the folks over at Attune Foods sent me boxes of their gluten-free Erewhon cereal, I was pretty excited.

Over the course of a few weeks, I looped in a couple of additional taste-testers (gluten-free, vegan, and omnivorous). With the cereal all eaten, I can now decidedly say: it’s tasty stuff. To borrow some lines from a classic philosopher: I will eat them in a box. And I will eat them with a fox. And I will eat them in a house. And I will eat them with a mouse.
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Baby’s Age at Gluten Introduction Seems to Make No Difference

babiesWe’ve talked before about how terrifying I think babies are, right?

Not that babies themselves are scary (in the way that, say, clowns strike fear into the hearts of even the bravest amongst us). It’s more in the shocking number of ways that things can go “wrong” with them.

It seems like for every malady out there, there are 5 different courses of action. Each is guaranteed to keep the baby in question safe – and comes with strict warnings about the dangers of veering off the path of righteousness. For example: when do you feed your child gluten? Do you even feed it to them at all?
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Gluten-free Grocery Guide App Makes Shopping Easy

I got an iPhone the other week. It’s both useful, as in “since I work for myself, I work all the time, and this lets me work from the checkout line at the grocery store,” and “useful” – as in, “sometimes I really need to know the words to ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’, now.”

Back to that grocery store checkout line. Did you know Triumph Dining has an iPhone app version of the gluten-free grocery guide?

Incidentally, I’ve been told the grocery store nearest my home is a known pick-up scene (the check-out puns must be an inevitable precursor to modern romance). No-one’s ever picked me up; probably it’s all the Def Leppard work up on my screen.

But you probably don’t want to know about that. Let’s talk about the app instead.
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Dr. Vikki on Cross-Reactivity: For Some, Gluten isn’t the Only Villain

I was checking out the ever-wonderful Heidi of Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on facebook the other day, and wanted to share a link she posted.

The link was to one of Dr. Vikki Petersen’s videos, on the difference between cross-contamination and cross-reactivity. It’s an important one, and I highly recommend watching the video – especially if you just aren’t feeling as good as you think you should, despite being safely gluten-free.

In a nutshell, here’s what Dr. Vikki goes over:
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Mike’s Hard Lemonade, A Gluten-Free Summer Treat?

Let me tell you a little story about the first and last time I had a Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

The scene: In line to get into a poetry slam the Nuyorican Café, New York’s Lower East Side. Dusk is falling.

The actors: myself and 2 of my friends. We’re 16. We’re VERY 16.

One of my friends was feeling nervous. This was no N’SYNC concert. We were clearly the youngest, whitest, suburbanest people in line.

I had the answer: she clearly needed an alcoholic beverage.
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