Taking gluten out of one’s diet is a very difficult task. You must keep a gluten-free kitchen, remind friends and family when you’re visiting what you can and cannot eat, have long discussions with servers at restaurants and spend an inordinate amount of time reading labels. I’ve grown accustomed to this way of life, but it took more than a couple of months and more than a few hiccups. That is why it is incredibly important to weigh the pros and cons before taking the plunge.
That said, I am a new mother. As a new mother I am bombarded with information in the form of emails, tweets, posts, pins and so on. Yesterday was one of the infrequent times where a headline actually pulled me in, “Going Gluten-Free” from, Parent Magazine. The article discusses if your child can benefit from going gluten-free. Aside from people with Celiac and people with a gluten sensitivity, there are a couple other groups that have been shown to benefit from a gluten-free diet. The article discusses how symptoms for some people who are Autistic and who have ADHD improved after being on a gluten-free diet for at least 3-6 months. That had me thinking about myself. As a child I was ADHD, or was my behavior really a result of eating gluten? My mom tried putting me on the Feingold Diet, which removes all artificial colors, flavors, nitrates, nitrites and several other food additives. She saw some improvement, but maybe had I been on a gluten-free diet too I would have been a much more focused child. It is an interesting thought for me to ponder since I will never know.
Seeing as this article resonated with me, I thought I would share it. I can’t be the only one that this will hit close to home for.
As the gluten-free community continues to grow, more events are being held in and around the Bay area. This is great news! Below are a couple of events I am really looking forward to.
Starting this week Robert Copeland Desserts, is offering a 6 course private gluten-free dessert tasting. I am really excited about their menu and this week’s deal. Enter the code: GGFR on the website brownpapertickets.com and receive 50% off of the dessert portion of the tasting for Thursday, February 7th and Friday, February 8th. Hurry up and order your tickets, because seating is limited.
This weekend, February 9th and 10th, the country’s largest gluten and allergen free expo is being held in Burlingame. There will be local and national vendors, classes, guest speakers and more. You can get all the information regarding this event at gfafexpo.com. Be there or be square!
This article is just another example of how gluten-free dining is becoming an option on a menu, not simply an afterthought.
A Gluten-Free Ride: How SF Chefs Are Embracing The New Starch-Intolerant Diner By Carolyn Alburger for 7x7SF
Bacco's Gluten-Free Pasta. Photo: CrazyAllergyGirl
Photo by, Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times
After my last post, where I talked about how even the large grocery chains are making gluten-free sections and identifying them, I read an article on the New York Times website called, “Gluten-Free: Flavor-Free No More.” I love the tips on mixing your own gluten-free flours, how to properly measure ingredients, and what to do when baking both gluten-free and gluten filled items in the same kitchen. It’s well worth a read.
Gluten-Free: Flavor-Free No More
The Diet That Shook Up Tennis?
Starch Madness: Novak Djokovic’s Domination of the Sport Has Coincided With His Gluten-Free Turn
By TOM PERROTTA
I’m not saying that him going gluten-free has made him the star he is today, but this article does show some anecdotal evidence.
May, is National Celiac Awareness Month. This year, “Organizers of the Gluten-Free Food Labeling Summit in Washington, D.C., want the baked behemoth, assembled by volunteers from 180 half-sheet cakes made with special gluten-free flour in Whole Foods’ Gluten-Free Bakehouse, to send a message to Congress and the FDA about the importance of “clear, accurate, reliable labeling” of packaged foods for Americans who must avoid gluten for medical reasons. ”
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Activists Protest Delayed Gluten-Free Label Standard
By JANE E. ALLEN, ABC News Medical Unit
May 4, 2011