Why is the Gluten-Free Diet On The Rise?

“Hear more of Dr. Murray’s expert insight on celiac disease and gluten sensitivity at the 2013 CDF National Education Conference. Learn more at celiac.org/conference.html

“Gluten-free Whether You Need It or Not”

“Eat no wheat.

That is the core, draconian commandment of a gluten-free diet, a prohibition that excises wide swaths of American cuisine — cupcakes, pizza, bread and macaroni and cheese, to name a few things.

For the approximately one-in-a-hundred Americans who have a serious condition called celiac disease, that is an indisputably wise medical directive.

Now medical experts largely agree that there is a condition related to gluten other than celiac. In 2011 a panel of celiac experts convened in Oslo and settled on a medical term for this malady: non-celiac gluten sensitivity.”  ~Source: New York Times Blog

Read the full article on the New York Times Blog, WELL, prepared by Kenneth Chang.

Register Now for CDF Camp Gluten-Free – San Bernardino, California July 15-19, 2013

Take part in the Celiac Disease Foundation’s Camp Program (ages 7-17) or Mentorship Program (ages 18-22). For more information about CDF’s Camp Programs, or to donate funds and/or food for the camp, please click here.

Camp Program: July 15-19, 2013
Ages 7-17

At CDF Camp Gluten-Free(TM), campers with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten
sensitivity enjoy sports, swimming, arts and high adventure in a strictly gluten-free environment. Camp is held July 15-19, 2013 at Camp Fire Camp Nawakwa, located in the beautiful Barton Flats Area of the San Bernardino Mountains in CA and accredited by American Camping Association.

Mentorship Program: July 13-19, 2013
Ages 18-22

The Mentorship Program gives young adults with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten
sensitivity enriching leadership and camp counselor experience. Mentors attend training
the weekend prior to camp (July 13-14) and then are assigned to a cabin to live
with younger campers for the remainder of the week. In this fun and life-changing
experience, Mentors help Campers develop confidence and independence in living gluten-free.

Donations
CDF Camp Gluten-Free(TM) is able to offer reduced camp fees and provide camperships
for children in need through the generous, tax-deductible, support of individuals,
foundations and corporations.

~Source: Celiac.org E-Newsletter, January 22, 2013

“Will a Pill Soon Enable Celiac Patients to Eat Gluten?”

“Scientists are making progress on the creation of a pill that would allow people with celiac disease to safely eat gluten in much the same way that lactase pills allow people with lactose intolerance to eat dairy products without upsetting digestion.” ~Source: celiac.com

Read the full article on celiac.com, prepared by Jefferson Adams.

“From non-GMO to Gluten-Free: Sales of natural products with third party certifications surge in 2012”

“Sales of natural products featuring third party certifications surged in 2012, according to new data from SPINS, with non-GMO project verified products leading the charge (+18%), followed by Fair Trade USA (+17%), Certified Gluten Free (+17%), and Certified B Corporation (+15%).”  ~Source: FoodNavigator-USA.com

Read the full article on FoodNavigator-USA.com, prepared by Elaine Watson.

Quick-fast GF/DF Rice Treats

Family celebrations are always an excuse for my sister-in-law and I to sample new gluten-free treats. I usually opt for easy-to-follow recipes/packages, while she tests new recipes from scratch (being the baker of gluten-free deliciousness behind Pastel Bakery). That said, for my younger sister’s birthday celebration last week, I decided to make* gluten-free/dairy-free rice treats (*they’re so simple, I feel silly saying I actually “made” them!)

GF-DF_RiceTreats

What you’ll need:
3 tablespoons of Earth Balance Buttery Flavour Spread**
~4 cups of GF Sweet & Soft Mini Marshmallows
~6 cups of Rice Krispies brown rice cereal
Optional: Enjoy Life chocolate chips (part of My Fav GF Things)

Quick-fast instructions (=~30 minutes including prep time):
1. In large pot, melt butter alternative (**if tolerated, you may use real butter or margarine) over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted
3. Remove pot from heat and stir in Rice Krispies until well coated. Then add chocolate chips, if desired
4. Press mixture into pre-‘buttered’ pan until level
5. Allow to cool/harden slightly (~20 minutes), then cut into traditional squares or have fun with cookie-cutter shapes, and serve!

SAIT Chef Teaches the Art of Gluten-free Cooking

Chef Adrian Jemmett is offering gluten-free cooking classes at SAIT Polytechnic’s Culinary Campus in downtown Calgary: January 18 (5:30-8:30pm) and again on February 8 (5:30-8:30pm).

For more information, or to register for the upcoming Cooking for a Gluten-free Lifestyle courses, visit culinarycampus.ca.

“How to Cope with the GF Diet Over the Holidays”

PeppermintPenguins“It can be painful to sit at the holiday dinner table and watch your friends and family enjoy foods you no longer can have, and it can be hard to shake the feeling that you’re being left out. However, it does get easier over time, and there are some things you can try to make it easier, even if this is your first year celebrating gluten-free.”  ~Source: About.com

Read the full article on About.com, prepared by Jane Anderson.