Monthly Archives: August 2012

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)

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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 (!

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 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



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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Add Wow to your Gluten-free Treats with Rose Water

Why do I insist on continually going grocery shopping when I’m hungry?

But the thing I’m most excited and perplexed about is the pretty glass vial of rose water I picked up. You’d think I’d know better by now. Sigh.

Even when you’re restricted to only the gluten-free items in the grocery store, there are still plenty of ways to get in trouble. Today’s visit to a local Greek-ish store yielded a few unneccesary purchases: chocolate-covered figs (already gone, forcibly shared with the rest of the office), tahini (but I’ll use it for salad dressing and falafel, so it’s OK), sun-dried red peppers, etc etc.

I had no idea what I’m going to do with it, of course, but that didn’t stop me.

Now, the brand I bought (pictured, Al Wadi Al Akhdar) doesn’t explicitly say gluten-free, however I was willing to take the chance given the ingredients list: water, concentrated rose water, natural rose flavors. Maybe I’ll run it through a GlutenTox test just to be sure.

Anyway. The point is, I got home, smelled it, got to researching, and then got totally excited to add rose water into my list of secret weapons that make gluten-free food taste and smell awesome.
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Gluten-Free Communion Wafers Don’t Meet Vatican Standards

By Laura(The Gluten-Free Traveller)

If you are Catholic or have ever attended a Catholic mass, you have probably had experience of communion. However, part of the service includes breaking of bread and wine and we gluten-free folks obviously can’t eat normal bread.

Communion wafers are made from wheat and therefore are not gluten-free, so what do you eat if you are both Catholic and celiac? Gluten-free communion wafers of course! Various churches around the world are now offering gluten-free communion wafers for celiac and gluten intolerant folks.

But what if you were told that the lack of wheat in your gluten-free communion wafers meant that they don’t meet with Vatican standards?

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So Delicious Goes Gluten-Free!


By Bridget

As everyone who reads this blog knows, living a gluten-free lifestyle is no easy task. It’s not just bread and brownies celiacs have to avoid. There are so many hidden allergens that can leave us out of commission. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from a gluten intolerance have other food sensitivities as well. I, myself, suffer from the addition of a dairy intolerance, which initially heightened my frustration with my issue with gluten. When I was first diagnosed, my doctor offered me a list of all the naturally occurring gluten-free foods. Half of that list consisted of cheese, yogurt, and other dairy-filled “options.”

Ice cream was one of the most difficult desserts for me to give up. A lot of ice cream is naturally gluten-free, but by no means dairy-free. So I was so happy to discover the brand So Delicious, which makes vegan ice cream from non-dairy sources like almond, coconut, and soy milk. Of course I had to stick to basic flavors like vanilla, but at least it was gluten- and dairy-free!

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Lady Gaga Eats Gluten-Free

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

Social media is blowing up with the gluten-free community talking about yet another celebrity deciding to start following a gluten free diet.

 Last time it was Miley Cyrus shouting to anyone who would listen that “gluten sucks!” and now it’s US singer Lady Gaga’s turn to see if eating gluten free can help her to lose a few pounds.

The singer recently started the next leg of her ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour in Sofia, Bulgaria and has decided that she needs a new diet to keep her in the best shape for the tour.

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Gluten-free Snacks for After Soccer (or any Sport)

Are your little (or not-so-little) ones in pre-season right now? The school year is almost here, and with the first marking period come the first fall sports. Soccer, football, field hockey, track, tennis, cheerleading, volleyball, or any other sport — and I know I’m forgetting one or two — if your child is on a team, you’ll probably be thinking about snack time.

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Orange wedges are a great gluten-free snack for sports, but they aren't your only option

Of course every sport, township, and age range is different, but one thing that’s fairly consistent is the request that parents supply half-time and after-game snacks for the team. If your child is gluten-free, this can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, when it’s your turn to bring snacks you have a great opportunity to introduce tasty, healthy gluten-free treats to your child’s friends and teammates. On the other, you may find that every week is snack week for you — because your child may not be able to eat the gluten-full team snacks brought in by other parents (although given the prevalence of high-sugar, highly-processed convenience snacks, for some parents this may actually be a blessing in disguise).

Whether you’re making gluten-free after-sports snacks for one child or twenty, we’ve got you covered. Read on for some easy gluten-free snack ideas that will have your athletes feeling their best on the field (or court or track) and off.
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