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Shelley Case, RD

GF Diet Without Celiac

By Shelley Case, RD

Q. Are there health benefits to reducing or eliminating gluten from a diet – even if you don’t have celiac disease? Gluten-free foods are popping up everywhere and the gluten-free diet is being promoted for everything that ails you. In order to separate the “wheat from the chaff” let’s look at the facts. Celiac Disease …

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Shelley Case, RD

Getting Enough Fiber on the Gluten-Free Diet

By Shelley Case, RD

Q: How do I get enough fiber in a gluten-free diet? A: Eating enough fiber is very important for people with celiac disease. Dietary fiber is the part of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes (dried beans, peas and lentils) that cannot be broken down by the digestive tract. Fiber helps maintain regular …

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Shelley Case, RD

Are Oats OK on the Gluten-Free Diet?

By Shelley Case, RD

Q. I’m confused about the use of oats in the gluten-free diet. I thought oats were not safe but now I hear they are allowed. What’s the truth? Shelley Case: In a sense, you’re right on both counts. Historically, oats were not allowed on the gluten-free diet (GF diet) used to treat those with celiac …

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Gina Clowes

Fun Doesn’t Need Food: Excluding the Treats not the Child

By Gina Clowes

Birthday cupcakes, pizza parties, candy rewards and holiday celebrations. Not a week goes by without some kind of edible treat in the classroom. For some, the solution is the “safe snack box”, a stash of safe snacks that parents of an allergic child will provide for times when unsafe food is served in the classroom. I’ve never been a fan. At my house, if we have …

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Shelley Case, RD

Tips for Healthy Gluten-Free Eating

By Shelley Case, RD

Steps to follow to ensure you’re getting enough nutrients on the gluten-free diet. Choose naturally gluten-free and nutritious foods such as lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat milk and milk products. Increase your intake of whole grains including amaranth, buckwheat, millet, oats, quinoa, sorghum, teff and rice (black, brown, …

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Alice Bast

Celebrating the Heroes Within Us

By Alice Bast

Every Celiac Awareness Month, I can’t help but think back to my diagnosis over 20 years ago and how I’ve come full circle. 20 years ago, I was weak, frail and convinced I had cancer, somewhere, and that the doctors wouldn’t find it in time. Today, I am stronger than I have ever been. Life …

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Gina Clowes

Food Allergy: 5 Steps to Get From Horrified to Hopeful

By Gina Clowes

“Your son has more than a dozen food allergies. Some are life-threatening.” It has been nine years since I heard those disturbing words, uttered by one of the country’s leading pediatric allergists. In an instant, my life changed. Thoughts of every upcoming birthday, vacation and holiday flashed before me as impossible dreams. I had no idea howl could make a life for a little boy …

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