How to Eat Gluten Free: 13 Bulletproof Success Strategies

How to Eat Gluten Free: Strategies for Success

Switching to gluten free eating can seem daunting at first, but as with anything the learning curve levels out and it starts to become automatic. Just know that if you’re going to do it, you have to do it 100%. There is no “mostly” gluten free because gluten has negative effects in trace amounts. It’s all or nothing if you want to rock the gluten free life.

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75 Essential Gluten Free Restaurant Menus You Need to Know

75 Essential Gluten Free Restaurant Menus You Need to Know

One of the most stressful parts about eating out on a gluten free diet is trying to figure out what’s safe to eat.

Some restaurants don’t provide gluten free menus and others require you to search through those annoyingly long “allergy/nutrition” charts online that literally takes you hours to navigate.

And then there are times when restaurants don’t do neither of those.

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Some Celiacs Annoyed by Gluten-Free Posers – ABC News

Going gluten-free seems to be all the rage these days. But for every blog, book or friend extolling the virtues of foregoing flour, there may be another grousing about how it’s just another fake food allergy.

“Allergies are not cool,” said Brian Donovan, a comedy writer based in Los Angeles.

As someone diagnosed with celiac disease, Donovan cannot properly digest the gluten protein found in wheat, barley and rye. When he consumes a gluten-containing food like bread or pasta, he says he feels like he has appendicitis and an alien is about to burst from his stomach. His disease can lead to long term health problems like osteoporosis, arthritis or cancer.

But as he points out, celiac is a relatively rare condition. Only about one percent of the population has been diagnosed with celiac, Food Allergy Research and Education reports. The other 30 percent of adults who said they have tried a gluten-free diet in the past year, according to the consumer research firm NDP, may or may not have a true allergy or sensitivity to the grain protein.

Donovan said it worries him that the trendiness of a gluten-free diet means his disease may not be taken seriously.

“I love seeing that look in a waiter’s eye when asks himself, “Is this a hipster crackpot or someone who actually can’t eat flour?”

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So Many Celiac Cases, So Few Diagnoses – WSJ

There are hundreds of symptoms of celiac disease, from gas to insomnia to rickets, yet sometimes people—especially children—show no symptoms at all.

The difficulty of diagnosing celiac disease is what spurred Phyllis and Ivan Seidenberg to donate $16 million to NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley MS -1.07% Children’s Hospital for a program focused on pediatric-gastrointestinal disorders.

The Seidenbergs made the gift because their grandchildren were diagnosed with celiac disease a few years ago; the children now see physicians at the hospital.

via So Many Celiac Cases, So Few Diagnoses – WSJ.

Jennifer Esposito finds her ‘Way’ after celiac diagnosis

After a life-long struggle with increasingly debilitating health issues, actress Jennifer Esposito, 41, found relief after being diagnosed with celiac disease.

To spare others’ frustration and despair, the Brooklyn native opened a specialty bakery in NYC and has written a book that shares its name, Jennifer’s Way.

“I bake. I hire. I fire. That’s my space,” she says of the gluten-free shop. During her 20 years in entertainment, Esposito says, she never felt “community” like she does now with fellow celiac sufferers, those who frequent her bakery and the readers of her blog,

“It was such a hard business. You don’t know where your friends lie. And, you’re constantly changing families with shows,” says Esposito, who had roles in the Oscar-winning Crash and hit TV shows Spin City and Blue Bloods. “I always felt not part of it.” Does that mean she’s given up on Hollywood? “This has become so fulfilling. It’s hard and creative, which I felt I lost in acting. … Baking satiates that for me.”

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Is Celiac Screening for Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Adequate?

[Ed: Screening caught Celiac disease in our T1D] Current guidelines for celiac disease screening in patients with type 1 diabetes may miss a significant proportion of asymptomatic cases, a new study suggests.

The findings were presented here at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2014 Scientific Sessions by Evan Graber, DO, a fellow in pediatric endocrinology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

Because the prevalence of celiac disease is higher in children with type 1 diabetes than in the general population and celiac disease is often asymptomatic, ADA guidelines state that children with type 1 diabetes should be screened for the condition “soon after” diagnosis. The International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) recommends celiac screening “at diagnosis and then annually for 5 years.”

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Gluten-Free Diet May Lift the ‘Fog’ of Celiac Patients, Study Says – WebMD

The “brain fog” experienced by many celiac disease patients seems to improve as their intestines heal after adopting a gluten-free diet, a small new study suggests.Australian scientists found that banishing gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley and rye that causes intestinal inflammation in those with celiac disease — led to better scores in attention, memory and other brain functions over the course of a year.

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Do Gluten-Free Diets Benefit Those Without Celiac Disease? « CBS Boston

For more than two decades, 45-year old Sharone Jelden was constantly sick. She had stomach aches, joint pains, chronic fatigue, and anemia.

Three years ago, Jelden was finally diagnosed with Celiac disease. Within two weeks of starting a strict gluten-free diet, all of her symptoms went away.

“The gluten-free diet for celiacs is like insulin for diabetics,” says Dr. Alessio Fasano, a world-renowned Celiac expert at Mass. General Hospital and author of the new book “Gluten Freedom.”

Fortunately, for patients like Jelden, there are now tons of gluten-free products available on store shelves. Many people who don’t have a gluten issue are now buying these products instead of the “real” thing.

Dr. Fasano says at some point in their lives, 100 million Americans will choose to eat gluten-free and that the diet has turned into a multi-billion dollar business.

“If you ask yourself, who are these people and why do they go on a gluten-free diet? Well, the interesting answer is that the vast majority don’t have business going on a gluten-free diet,” Dr. Fasano says.

Gluten-free products aren’t necessarily healthier and aren’t necessarily going to help you lose weight. They’re often enriched with more sugar and fats to make them palatable.

Dr. Fasano went gluten-free for Lent this year and says it wasn’t a pleasant experience. “It’s socially isolating,” Dr. Fasano admits. “It’s technically difficult.”

via Do Gluten-Free Diets Benefit Those Without Celiac Disease? « CBS Boston.


A Pill For Celiac Disease Is Almost Here

Going completely gluten-free is socially restrictive, expensive and time-consuming. Yet the diet is the only treatment out there for people with celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that damages the lining of the small intestines when triggered by gluten.

What’s more, gluten-free eating might not be totally effective. It turns out that even celiacs who are very strict with their diet can still significantly injure their small intestines simply from incidental gluten contamination. Gluten lurks in a lot of unexpected foods, and even explicitly labeled gluten-free foods could still be contaminated, mislabeled or just plain misleading.

With this in mind, a new pill may work to reduce incidental damage and complement a special diet. The ALV003, as it is known, is made up of two gluten-specific enzymes that break down gluten into safe-to-digest fragments that don’t trigger an immune response in celiacs.

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