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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?

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Alice Bast

Open Up About Celiac Disease to See the Bigger Picture

By Alice Bast

Don’t allow a celiac diagnosis to leave you emotionally and socially boxed in. I stood 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed all of 100 pounds. My teeth cracked under pressure, my hair fell out in clumps, and excruciating migraines and bouts of diarrhea kept me awake at night. To say I was suffering with poor health 25 years ago, in the time before …

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Gina Clowes

Finding the Positive Side of Food Allergies

By Gina Clowes

They say when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Little did I know that my continuing education would happen at a local coffee shop with my new friend, Lisa*. We met at a seminar for parents of children with disabilities and instantly clicked. But this was the first opportunity I’d had to hear her family’s full story. As we …

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Alice Bast

Busting Through Gluten’s Myths

By Alice Bast

From gluten content levels to the risks of skin lotions, a lot of fiction gets mashed into gluten-free “facts”. Even our wise celiac disease community can fall prey to fiction that circulates in the media or misconceptions from confusing terminology. It’s time to dispel some of the top myths. Celiac disease is on the rise because today’s wheat is …

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Alice Bast

Why You Should Test For Celiac Before Going Gluten Free

By Alice Bast

What seems like a harmless experiment could do more harm than good. A few years ago, a gluten-free manufacturer approached me to partner on a major social media campaign. The theme: “Try a gluten-free diet for two weeks and see how you feel.” I said no. While the promotion probably would have helped certain people identify symptoms that suggest a …

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