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Gwen Smith

Getting Life Back

By Gwen Smith

I have been there – to the place where you think your allergic life is unlivable. On a trip to Florida a couple of years ago, I got off the plane having a reaction to something. Who knows exactly what; I’d eaten only my own food, but hadn’t wiped down my seating area. Had a …

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Gwen Smith

The Lobby That Took the Cake

By Gwen Smith

Hats off to the organizers of 1 in 133, the Gluten-Free Food Labeling Summit. In a matter of weeks, John Forberger, the tweeting, gluten-free triathlete (@GlutenFreeTri) and Jules Shepard (@JulesGlutenFree) managed to gather hundreds of supporters together in Washington for the impressive May 4 summit. The purpose? To send the message to the Food and …

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Gwen Smith

No Regs for the Weary

By Gwen Smith

[This article was posted Feb. 11, 2012. On Feb. 14, 2012, the Health Minister announced the regulations would be passed, with an exemption for beer makers.] Like the guest who finally turns up for dinner just as you’re clearing the dessert plates, Canada’s breweries last month showed up to bellyache about the proposed gluten and …

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Shelley Case, RD

Can You Suggest Some GF Snacks?

By Shelley Case, RD

Q. I often need a snack when I’m on the run, but am hard pressed to find something gluten-free when I need it. Do you have any suggestions? Shelley Case, RD: Whether you’re rushing between meetings or getting the kids to music lessons or a sports event, grabbing a snack on the go is all …

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Gwen Smith

WestJet Steps Up to the Mike

By Gwen Smith

Hallelujah, we’ve been heard. If you ask a flight attendant on WestJet, Canada’s second largest airline, she or he will step to the microphone and ask fellow passengers to please not pull out nut or peanut snacks. The attendant will briefly explain that this is because there is a person onboard with serious allergies. This …

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Laurie Harada

What’s Fair to Expect of Others

By Laurie Harada

Food allergies are a growing public health concern, with approximately 1.2 million Canadians at risk. The surge in allergic disorders, and the risk of life-threatening anaphylactic reactions has elicited a flurry of media coverage. At the heart of many articles are lobbying efforts to restrict peanut and tree nuts in schools and public venues. Journalists …

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Laurie Harada

Travel Abroad: Possible After All

By Laurie Harada

They say that music is a universal language. In many ways, so is food. No matter where you travel, people show pride in their heritage and express their emotions through food. As world travelers, my husband, Victor, and I want to expose our children to different cultures. Both of us have worked abroad – he …

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