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Laurie Harada

I Don’t Define My Son by His Allergies

By Laurie Harada

When my son, Julian, was first diagnosed with an allergy to peanut the summer before starting kindergarten, I was devastated. I felt overwhelmed by the prospect of losing him to a lowly peanut. For months, I walked around looking like a deer in the headlights, my face fixed with that ‘ohmygawd’ expression. Danger seemed to …

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Laurie Harada

Food Allergies and the Cottage

By Laurie Harada

The day after the birth of our first child, my husband Victor and I purchased a property in cottage country north of Toronto. A nature lover who thrives on solitude, it had been Victor’s dream to own land since coming to Canada. He had grown up with a conservation park as his backyard in Nairobi, …

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Shelley Case, RD

What is Celiac Disease?

By Shelley Case, RD

Q: I have been hearing more about celiac disease, and wonder if I may have it. What exactly is celiac, and how is it diagnosed? A: Celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue or gluten sensitive enteropathy, is an inherited digestive disorder affecting between one in 100 and one in 200 people worldwide. With this …

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Shelley Case, RD

Recipe for Flat Bread

By Shelley Case, RD

Recipe courtesy of Girma Sahlu and Ethiopia Sahlu Makes 1 Loaf/24 Slices Gluten-free Ingredients 2 tbsp (30 mL) yeast (2 packages) 6 1/2 cups (1.6 L) warm water 1 1/2 lbs. (680 kg) teff flour (about 4 1/2 cups or 1 L) Method Dissolve the yeast in 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) water. Combine the teff flour, yeast …

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Shelley Case, RD

G-F Breakfast Challenges

By Shelley Case, RD

Q: I have celiac disease, and am trying to follow a strict gluten-free diet. However, breakfast is a real challenge. Can you give me some ideas? A: It has been said many times: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It not only helps improve mental and physical performance but provides many key …

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Shelley Case, RD

Eating Safely at Family BBQ

By Shelley Case, RD

Q: Can you give me tips on how I can eat safely at barbecues? A: Summer is a great time for eating and socializing outdoors, and there are plenty of menu options for those with celiac disease. Here are some tips for a stress- and gluten-free barbecue season: Planning – Call ahead to find out …

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Shelley Case, RD

About Using Gluten-Free Flours

By Shelley Case, RD

Q: I love to bake, but since my celiac diagnosis, I’m still learning about substitutes for wheat flour. What are the best alternatives for different types of baking? A: Learning how to bake with alternatives to wheat flour is both an art and a science. A variety of gluten-free flours and starches can be substituted, …

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