Banan-A-vocado Treat for Mama and Baby

Today, Baby S and I enjoyed a quick and easy treat of banana and avocado: cubed for Baby, and blended with cacao powder/nibs (and topped with Enjoy Life chocolate chips of course) for Mama! Delicious!Banavocado

“Baby’s age at gluten exposure not tied to celiac disease”

“The age at which babies are introduced to foods with gluten doesn’t affect their risk of developing celiac disease, a new study finds. Earlier studies had suggested that introducing gluten between the ages of four and six months might lower the risk of celiac disease, a condition in which gluten in food triggers a damaging immune response in the small intestines. But in this new study, children introduced to gluten before age 17 weeks or after 26 weeks were not at an increased risk of developing celiac disease, compared to those who were introduced to the protein between those ages, researchers found.” ~Source:

Click here to read the full item on, prepared by Andrew M. Seaman (from SOURCE: Pediatrics, online January 19, 2014)

“Gluten-free market booming, but researchers aren’t sold”

“Gluten has become a proxy for evil,” health researcher Timothy Caulfield told Marketplace co-host Tom Harrington. Caulfield is the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a professor at the University of Alberta. “If you have gluten-free label on a food product, you know, it’s viewed as being healthier regardless of what the food product actually is,” says Caulfield. But a CBC Marketplace investigation reveals that many products with gluten-free labels break Health Canada rules, and add to consumer confusion about the issue.  ~Source:

Click here to read the full article on, prepared by Megan Griffith-Greene.

GF Treats for an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Baby Shower

Recently, my sister-in-law, Eva, was honoured at an Alice in Wonderland-inspired baby shower… just two months before the anticipated arrival of my future niece or nephew! My mom and sisters and I had so much fun planning the details- a card box shaped like the Mad Hatter’s hat, red roses arranged in paint-dripped paint cans (“you can always paint the roses red”), pink flamingos (no croquet though!), a ‘guess-the-tea’ game (sure beats the ‘smell-the-diaper’ game!), framed quotes from the book/movie, skeleton keys, playing cards, etc… and of course theme-related desserts! With my younger sister being a Pastry Chef, the “regular” dessert planning was no problem at all (her beautiful dessert table display is pictured at the very bottom of this post). However, with the shower honouree being the one who usually prepares the gluten-free desserts for us (you know her best as Eva of Pastel Bakery), I was tasked with the challenge of taking over the GF desserts to give her a much-deserved rest on her special day! EvaShower2 copy

With inspiration from Pinterest, Catch My Party, Google Images, my Pastry Chef sister and my own crazy mind, I enjoyed creating the following gluten-free treats for Eva and I (pictured above):

To artfully display these GF treats (yet keep them safely out of the ‘gluten-contaminated’ hands of others at the party), I decorated a tall glass cake stand with blue tulle and a white ‘apron’ to look like Alice’s famous dress (pictured below) and placed ‘for-Eva-and-Mel-only’ signage on top (plus Eva made a “hands off!” announcement before the dessert table was officially “open”). Our family knows better by now, but it’s always best to be safe.

EvaShower1 copyIn the end, the shower was a success! Everyone seemed to enjoy the food, desserts, games and company! And most importantly, our guest of honour- adorned in her custom ‘Queen of Hearts’ headband- went home with a smile as big as the Cheshire cat’s!

Check out more of this party on Catch My Party.

“The Gluten-Free Diet Deserves Respect”

“…of late it has become fashionable to make fun of those on their not-medically-required gluten free diets. You might say they asked for it, except for two disturbing facts: first, why is it our business what someone chooses to eat; and second, derision swipes with a broad brush. Those on gluten-free diets for the right reasons – celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (aka NCGS) – have been caught up in the scorn being heaped.”  ~Source:

Click here to read the full article on, prepared by Gwen Smith.

“What is Gluten?” via Jimmy Kimmel Live

Free Webinar March 26/14: “Is Gluten Really the Problem? The Role of FODMAPs in Gluten-Related Disorders”

NFCA_WebinarChances are that you have heard of the “low-FODMAPs diet,” but do you know what “FODMAPs” really are?” In 1999, Dr. Sue Shepherd developed the low-FODMAP diet as an effective treatment for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers and physicians have also found the low-FODMAPs diet to be beneficial for people diagnosed with celiac disease who continue to experience gastrointestinal symptoms despite living gluten-free. More recently, research has suggested that FODMAPs, not gluten, may actually be to blame for the digestive issues experienced in non-celiac gluten sensitivity patients.

Join the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness for a free webinar on Wednesday, March 26, 8:30 p.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. PDT, as they learn about this groundbreaking research and get the facts from Sue Shepherd, PhD, Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition and Director of Shepherd Works P/L.

Register for this free webinar, sponsored by Dr. Lucy’s.


“Roundup Linked to Global Boom in Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance”

“Celiac disease, gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome are on the rise worldwide, and that rise has taken place in parallel with the increased use of glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide, shows a new US peer-reviewed paper from Dr. Anthony Samsel and Dr. Stephanie Seneff. The review has been published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology.”  ~Source: (2014)

Read the full article, posted on Sustainable Pulse.

Read the full review paper, “Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance”, by Dr. Anthony Samsel and Dr. Stephanie Seneff.