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Alice Bast

How to Reduce the Risk of Cross-Contact of Gluten when Dining Out

By Alice Bast

How many times have you closed your eyes, taken a bite and thought: “I hope this doesn’t make me sick?” For those of us with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, that question arises every time we put food in our mouths. Dietary compliance can seem like a black-and-white issue. You either stick to your diet, or you don’t. But there is a gray area, …

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Shelley Case, RD

A Fresh Take on Ancient Grains

By Shelley Case, RD

The term “ancient grains” has no official definition, but it’s quickly become a catchphrase among food manufacturers for cereal grains (seeds of grasses) and pseudograins (seeds of non-grass plants) that have remained unchanged for millennia. We enjoy them today just as Incan, Aztec and African civilizations have for thousands of years, with full nutrition intact. But …

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Shelley Case, RD

How Gluten-Free is Your Gluten-Free Flour?

By Shelley Case, RD

It is well known that oats can be cross-contaminated with the gluten-containing grains wheat, rye and barley. But what about other, naturally gluten-free grains, flours and starches? How safe are they for those with celiac disease? Research is shedding some light on this important question. Dietitian Tricia Thompson broached the topic by sending 22 packages …

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Alice Bast

The Link Between Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity and FODMAPs

By Alice Bast

It’s the most dreaded phrase among patients of all kinds: “I don’t know.” When it comes to our health, we find comfort in answers and seek definitive causes with proven treatments. But sometimes, uncertainty can be a good thing. It’s a sign that we’re asking questions, exploring every angle, and never taking one solution as …

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Gina Clowes

Exclude the Treats, Not the Allergic Child at School

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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