Will Celiac Diagnosis Make you Gain or Lose Weight?

this spaghetti cake is neither gluten-free nor part of your balanced breakfast

With all the hoopla lately about this or that celebrity adopting a gluten-free (or “low-gluten”) diet to lose weight, it’s nice to see some new research about gluten-free diets and weight.

As more and more of the people diagnosed with celiac disease are overweight to begin with, researchers in Finland began to wonder how patients’ weight would change once they got used to their new diet. Would they gain weight? Lose it? Would the patients’ starting weights matter?
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What Do You Eat When You Go Hiking?

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

Photo via bliss.com

Having a backpack of food with you on a hike is necessary whether you are on a gluten free diet or not. Most trails don’t have anywhere to buy food (and almost certainly no gluten-free food) so it’s up to you to carry your energy on your back. I’ve read various different articles on the “Top hiking foods” or the ‘Best foods to take when hiking” and luckily for gluten-free hikers, most of these things are either naturally gluten-free or have easy to find gluten-free alternatives.

I’m not a nutritionist so I’m sure some of you will have better suggestions that me on the best things to eat whilst hiking but here are some of the things I take. Protein, fat and carbohydrates are what tend get me through the steep inclines.

  • Dried fruit
  • Granola (make sure it’s gluten-free granola!)
  • Energy/protein bars – there are lots of great gluten free bars out there
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Gluten-free sandwiches
  • Avocado
  • Chopped up veggies with hummus
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Gluten free trail mix

Gluten free trail or cereal mix is a great thing to make and take with you on hikes as it’s light and easy to carry whilst also being full of energy.

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4 Ways to Use Corn Tortillas

By Bridget

One of my favorite challenges with gluten-free eating has been exploring the versatility of commercially available products that just happen to be gluten-free! Corn tortillas are a great example of such gluten-free treasures!

  1. When you want homemade tortilla chips…

Cut corn tortillas into triangles or squares and fry some up in olive oil. Let the chips cool on a paper towel (to soak up the excess oil), sprinkle on some sea salt, and you have the best Mexican fare inspired snack.

  1. When you’re craving enchiladas…

In a casserole dish, layer corn tortillas with diced tomatoes, beans, chicken, and cheese (as you would with lasagna). Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees and you have a delicious gluten-free meal!

  1. When you need a “sandwich” on the go…

Use corn tortillas like bread to build your own sandwich to go! One of my biggest frustrations is trying to bring my meal with me, minus tons of cumbersome Tupperware. This way you can use cold cuts and cheese like anyone living a gluten-filled life!

  1. When you’re making a breakfast quiche…

Layer corn tortillas in a pie plate, using them as a gluten-free quiche crust. The tortillas will give nice structure and crunch to your breakfast dish.

Most corn tortillas are made from masa harina (dried corn treated with lime) and water. If you’re still feeling wary of commercial products, try making your own corn tortillas with this simple recipe (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/corn-tortillas/)!

Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, Dallas

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

The Dallas Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is just a couple of weeks away and we really hope that you can join us on Saturday and Sunday, September 8th and 9th. This is going to be a great event featuring lots of vendors with gluten and allergen free products. Triumph Dining is very excited about being there so come by our booth and say hello!

Here’s the who, what, where, why and when of this fantastic event.

What is it? The Dallas Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, presented by Living Without magazine. The expo will feature over 100 vendors at the vendor fair, cooking classes, lifestyle classes, and a kids area.

There will be lots of fun and interesting gluten free lifestyle classes happening throughout the weekend including Gluten Free 101, How to decode food labels and understand hidden ingredients, Why gluten free alone may not be enough and various baking and cooking classes.


When is it? Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9 from 10am-4pm. Early bird admission begins each day at 9am

Who is invited? You, your family and your friends. Everybody! The event is open to the public.

Where is it? The Westin Park Central in Dallas

How can I get tickets? You can purchase tickets and get more details at www.gfafexpo.com. Buying tickets online in advance is the best way to do it. This way you won’t need to wait in line when you arrive.

If you want to keep up-to-date with what’s going on at the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo in Dallas or you have a question you’d like to ask the expo organizers directly here is the Twitter and Facebook info you’ll need to get in touch.

Twitter Handle:  @gfafexpo

Twitter Hashtag is #gfafexpo

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/gfafexpo


See you in Dallas!

New Research Links Type 1 Diabetes with Celiac Disease

Doctors & PatientCeliac disease and Type 1 diabetes are both autoimmune disorders, so I suppose it’s not terribly shocking that there would be a large overlap between the two populations. However, the study recently published in the Italian Journal of Pediatrics is fascinating for the insights it has found about those who have both celiac disease and diabetes.

The study did not examine new patients, but rather combed through existing studies to pool as much data as possible. They found a number of interesting statistics, with implications for diagnosing and treating both medical conditions. More specifically, the researchers found that within the data they surveyed:
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