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Alice Bast

Sibling Blues and Celiac Disease

By Alice Bast

When the focus turns to one child’s celiac diagnosis, brothers and sisters can suffer feelings of neglect. Your child needs support. I’m not talking about the one who has celiac disease. I’m referring to the other child, the one who doesn’t have to worry about gluten. I recently spoke with my friend Dr. Ritu Verma, a pediatric gastroenterologist at our …

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Alice Bast

Resist That Urge to Cheat

By Alice Bast

The holidays are a special time to gather with family, celebrate with friends, and eat. In keeping with the spirit, we allow ourselves to forget the calories and indulge in six weeks of overeating. In fact, it’s downright expected that someone who is “on a diet” will sneak a scoop of sweet potato casserole by …

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Alice Bast

Never Too Early to Start Educating Kids

By Alice Bast

From grocery games to toy food parties and tending the garden, nurture your child’s gluten-free awareness. The gluten-free diet is confusing for anyone of any age. So it’s tempting to spare your child the details. Instead, you choose her food. You talk to her teachers. You grill the server. While the precautions are both necessary …

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Shelley Case, RD

Canadian Survey of Gluten in Spices

By Shelley Case, RD

In my column in the Fall 2013 issue of Allergic Living magazine, I tackle the issue of whether spices are safe on the gluten-free diet. In it, I note that spices do not usually contain gluten of themselves, but manufacturing practices are important to avoid cross-contamination with a gluten source. One highly useful reference for my …

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Shelley Case, RD

Dining Gluten-Free: Tips and Where Gluten Hides

By Shelley Case, RD

From national chains to corner coffee shops, eateries of all sizes are dishing up fare for the increasing number of gluten-free patrons. However, there are no guarantees that a restaurant will deliver on a gluten-free commitment. The responsibility to eat safely is still up to the diner. Navigate the gluten-free diet while eating out with …

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Gwen Smith

Lesley U. Decision: A Food Allergy Victory

By Gwen Smith

A recent agreement reached between the U.S. Department of Justice and a private university in Massachusetts is one of the boldest positions taken on the rights of people (in this case students) to be able to eat safely. Here was the issue: Back in 2009 a few students at Lesley University in Cambridge complained that …

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