Gluten-Free Journey Part 2

By Leslie

Day 7

I’ve not cheated at all. Then again you can’t cheat when you’re adopting a lifestyle and not dieting. Living gluten-free is a lifestyle, a choice.

Some things I’ve noticed:

I grocery shop more than I used to. This is a big deal since my husband does the shopping and does it dang well. But now I shop because I want particular things and because I’m so new to this that I need to take my time and read labels.

At the grocery store I spend much more time on the perimeter than I do in the aisles. Meat. Fruits and veggies. Eggs. About the only thing I got from the beautifully merchandised Halloween decorated aisles today was walnuts and bottled sparking water. Although our local grocery has plenty of gluten-free products (and I carry my Triumph Dining Grocery Guide around with me, which is very helpful), I’ve stuck with whole foods thus far.

I’ve lost a few pounds. Or my body has reorganized my waistline to differently display the whole foods I’m eating. I have not worked out the last week because boneheaded me fell down the stairs on Day 3 while taking a load of laundry to the wash. That’ll teach me to do laundry before the sun rises.

Planning is key. I prep lunch the night before and bring it to work because I don’t want to be tempted by Posh Bagel on the ground floor.

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Gluten-Free Meals in a Gluten-Filled House

By Bridget

As is true with my family, most households are not completely gluten-free. Though research bounces back and forth, there seems to be a general consensus that completely eliminating gluten from your diet if you’re not suffering from a gluten intolerance is not necessary, and can actually be detrimental to proper nutrient consumption. Thus the question arises: how do you keep up the gluten-free habits for the sake of one family member, while maintaining a healthy, well-rounded diet for gluten-eating members of your family?

Here are three tips for cooking for your gluten-free family member in a generally gluten-filled house:

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A Way To Test Your Food For Gluten?

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

With the lack of gluten-free labeling legislation in the US, sticking to a 100% gluten-free diet can often be challenging. So what if there were a simpler way for celiacs to ensure their food was free from cross contamination and safe to eat?

Many companies offering ‘gluten free’ products already have testing methods to look for traces of gluten in their products, but often these are expensive and perhaps less simple than they might be. How about if you could test your own food for traces of gluten?

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SeaWorld Theme Parks Offer Allergen-Aware Options

By Emily

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My childhood memories of theme parks are generally pleasant ones: a dolphin flinging a carnation into the crowd — and right into my lap — at SeaWorld; the giant bouncy castle at Sesame Place (I think it was Ernie’s bed); etc etc. Of course, these memories are BGF — before gluten-free — and I wonder how my experiences would have been if I were on a special diet.

Happily, for those kids (and big kids) with allergies or intolerances who are visiting SeaWorld, Sesame Place, Busch Gardens, or any of the other parks in the SeaWorld family, the menu options have just grown drastically.

SeaWorld has teamed up with the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) to introduce a comprehensive set of guidelines for all of their various locations. According to the press release blog post, more than 6,000 staff members have been trained to assist guests. There are some really nice touches here, not least that the program is designed to suit gluten-free guests as well as those with multiple sensitivities.

New programs include:

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St Julien’s Macaroons

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

Macaroons are naturally gluten-free and delicious, making them a great treat for celiacs and other folks keeping to a gluten-free diet. Many countries produce their own variations on macaroons but the traditional macaroons, originally from France or Italy, use almonds as the main ingredient.

St Julien’s macaroons are exceptionally yummy. Descending from a 17th century French recipe of crushed almonds, egg white, sugar and honey, they are made without any added nonsense. No flours, fillers, artificial colorings, flavorings or preservatives get anywhere near these tasty treats!

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