• Gluten Free Personal Care Products
    Personal Care

    Gluten Free Personal Care Products

    I was giving a lecture the other evening and one of the attendees asked about lotions.  Personal care products can be challenging when going gluten free.  I remember the many mistakes that I made, and how the D-Man paid the price for my mistakes, welts and rashes were commonplace.  In the United States, the labeling of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products is the responsibility of the FDA.  Unfortunately, these products do not have to adhere to the same labeling standards as the foods we eat; even though we are applying them to the largest organ of our body…our skin. It can be confusing sorting through personal care products since gluten…

  • Traveling with Celiac Disease or Severe Allergies
    Health

    Traveling with Celiac Disease or Severe Allergies

    One of our Doctors suggested I write about the measures I have taken to travel with my severely gluten sensitive son, so Dr. L. this one is for you!  It is my hope that this information will make your future travels a little easier.  Many of these tips are common sense, but many more are borne from necessity.  Please, if you think of something that has helped you in the past I hope that you will share it here. We’re almost ready to leave for our first ever family vacation!   I am running around like the proverbial chicken and trying to tie up loose ends this week.  I admit planning…

  • Grain Free Biscotti
    Healthy Snacks,  Recipes,  Sweets and Treats

    Grain Free Biscotti

    Sometimes you just need a little crunch in your gluten free life.  This recipe for Grain Free Biscotti will satisfy that craving.  Free from grains, refined sugar and casein; these biscotti can be served plain or dipped in chocolate.  Be creative with your add in’s…chocolate chips, diced fruit, nuts/seeds.  These biscotti freeze beautifully so make a batch and save some for later. Ingredients: 3 1/2 Cups Blanched Almond Flour 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt 2 teaspoons Organic Ground Cinnamon 1 1/2 teaspoons Organic Ground Ginger Dash of Organic Ground Cloves 1/2 Cup of Optional Ingredients:  slivered almonds, chopped pistachios, currants, or chocolate chips. 2 Large Eggs 1/4…

  • UPDATE: Gluten Free Laundry Detergent
    Household Products

    UPDATE: Gluten Free Laundry Detergent

    Some of you may remember I posted a blog last August about Gluten and Chemicals in Laundry Detergent. I am happy to report that the D-Man’s rash is considerably better having switched to an environmentally friendly brand that the company confirmed was free of gluten. There continues to be confusion about laundry detergent, and I am frequently asked by people “which laundry detergents are gluten free?” This is difficult to answer as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) governs labeling of laundry detergents. The EPA’s concern is whether a laundry detergent is “environmentally friendly”, not whether the detergent may contain gluten as a filler. The EPA does not require labels of…

  • Gluten Free Lip Balms
    Health,  Personal Care

    Gluten Free Lip Balms

    The weather is frightful; it’s bitter cold and the winds are howling.  Being outside for any length of time quickly saps the moisture out of exposed skin, especially your lips.  For those that are industrious you can make your own lip balm, it’s a fairly simple but it can be a laborious process.  For those who want a “grab and go”  lip balm, I have compiled this list of gluten free products.  Please always make sure you read the labels as companies do change their ingredients.   While I have not included every gluten free lip balm produced, this list provides you with a variety of resources so you will…

  • White Chocolate Mousse
    Recipes,  Sweets and Treats

    White Chocolate Mousse

    Happy Valentines Day everyone!  I wanted to share an absolutely decadent desert that is simple to make and beautiful to behold.  This White Chocolate Mousse would fall into the “special treat” category, and I will warn you up front…It is not Paleo, nor is it appropriate for my casein sensitive readers.  For my readers with Soy sensitivities please read your labels carefully as many chocolates contain Soy as an emulsifier. There is so much confusion surrounding White Chocolate, so let me explain what white chocolate is (or should I say isn’t).  White Chocolate is a derivative of chocolate, made from cocoa butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla.  The color of white…

  • Is your Ice Cream Gluten Free?
    Real Food Musings

    Is your Ice Cream Gluten Free?

    When we think of ice cream we don’t typically think of gluten.  Ice cream should be made from Milk, Cream, Sugar and Flavorings, it should be gluten free.  Read on to find out what else may be lurking in that bowl or gluten free cone. A dear friend of mine stopped by the other day to visit after my surgery.  She brought a few groceries; some fresh fruit, vegetables, and ice cream.  She thought it would be nice for my son to have a treat.  I thanked my friend profusely while my husband put the groceries away.  The brand of ice cream my friend brought was Turkey Hill, and that…

  • Grain Free Pizza Crust
    Main Courses

    Grain Free Pizza Crust

    Are you gluten and grain free and yearning for pizza?  Here is a simple recipe for a healthy pizza crust that is a crowd pleaser! The D-Man loves Pizza, then again, most people do.   In the past I made gluten free pizza crust from a rice flour blend, but a year ago we eliminated all grains from our diet.  Since then pizza nights have been a lackluster event.  I tried dough made from coconut flour, dough made from bean flours (not easy for the D-Man to digest), none of these really worked well, or they were labor intensive.  I finally hit pay dirt with this healthy, quick and easy recipe. …

  • Vanilla Chia Pudding
    Recipes,  Sweets and Treats

    Vanilla Chia Pudding

    Grain Free Chia Pudding My best friend sent me a subscription to Martha Stewart Living as a Christmas gift, and the first issue arrived the other day.  I spent a few moments flipping through the pages and a recipe for Vanilla Chia Pudding caught my eye; it was free of grains, refined sugars, eggs, and casein.  The photograph was not the most beautiful in the magazine, but let’s be honest a pudding made with Chia Seeds is going to be a bit on the gray side.  Many of you may be thinking Cha Cha Cha Cha Chia….yes, these are the same little seeds made famous by the Chia Pet Commercial.  Chia Seeds…

  • Grain Free Lemon Fettuccine with Asparagus and Salmon
    Main Courses,  Real Food Musings,  Recipes

    Grain Free Lemon Fettuccine with Asparagus and Salmon

    I don’t often write reviews about commercially available food products, as most are less than healthy.  My focus since going truly gluten free (i.e., removing all grains and pseudo-grains from our diet) has been to use the highest quality ingredients to prepare nutrient dense meals and treats for my family, and of course to share those recipes with all of you.  While the gluten free section of the grocery store is filled with options for those who follow a gluten free diet, there are very few products for those of us who are grain free.  Reading the labels you will find that the vast majority of these gluten free items…