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Gluten Free Foodies Celiac Awareness 2013 Giveaway

May 13th, 2013 at 5:45 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Gluten Free Foodies Celiac Awareness 2013 Giveaway

enter to win a new, fancy

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to wear and share the Gluten Free Foodies love!

We are chatting it up, cooking it up, and giving away all sorts of fun during our

Celebrate Celiac Awareness for 31 Days in May !

Please share this giveaway with your family and friends.  Be proud to be apart of the  Gluten Free Foodies and find other Gluten Free Foodies swag at our store.

Be apart of the something deliciously good by sharing the information found on this blog to someone you know that may be suffering from undiagnosed Celiac Disease.

Enter daily for the Gluten Free Foodies Celiac Awareness 2013 Giveaway.

The lucky winner has a choice of selecting the white or khaki standard apron pictured in this post.  After all, it is the latest fashion craze!

Thank you! and Good Luck!

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Celiac Disease – How and Why Is Diagnosis Important

May 11th, 2013 at 9:55 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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We are fast approaching our mid-month of

Celebrate Celiac Awareness Month for 31 Days in May.

GF Groceries

There are 2 things that I want you to know more than anything.

Celiac Disease – How and Why Is Diagnosis Important

1- How Do I get Diagnosed of Celiac Disease?

As I mentioned in my previous posts, there are over 300 symptoms associated with Celiac Disease and may be overlooked as subtle or linked to other illnesses. 

According to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center (UCCDC)

  1. Only 10% of people with Celiac Disease are diagnosed.
  2. Approximately 20% of the patients are older than 55 at the time that they are diagnosed even though it is harder to clearly link the symptoms to the disease.
  3. Celiac Disease affects 3 million Americans
  4. 97% are undiagnosed.

The UCCDC recommends that if you suspect that you have Celiac Disease, the first step is to get the antibody blood testing.  Once you get the blood test results, you may need to have an endoscopic biopsy to further your diagnosis process. .

Please note, according to the Gluten Intolerance Group, you MUST NOT BE ON A GLTUEN FREE DIET prior to testing for Celiac Disease.  Removing Gluten  from your diet prior to testing may alter your testing results because your body will not be actively responding to the Gluten reaction in your system.  The UCCDC also says that you will need to be consuming Gluten for several weeks prior to testing.   The following tests may be used to help diagnose Celiac Disease. 

**Please consult your physician for testing, diagnosis and further testing information.**

  • Anti-tissue transglutaminase (tTG)
  • Anti-endomysium (EMA)
  • Anti-deamindated gliadin peptides (DGP)

Celiac Disease is a genetic disease which means that you need to have the genes in order to develop CD. The tests listed below can be done, to confirm that you have the genes.

  • HLA-DQ2
  • HLA-DQ8

2 – Why is getting a diagnosis of Celiac Disease so important?

Celiac Disease is an inherited disease, genetically we may or may not pass the disease on to our future family.  Early diagnosing and proper testing is very important to you and your family’s health in the future. Once you know that you have Celiac Disease and you adhere to a strict lifelong Gluten Free diet you can avoid various complications due to malnutrition, cancer and additional health complications.

I hope that you find this post about Celiac Disease – How and Why Is Diagnosis Important helpful.  Please share this with your family and friends because it is highly likely that they know someone that might need help with getting diagnosed.

I truly want you to live a happy and healthy life with your family and friends.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mothers and motherly people out there that are taking care of all of us.  Thank you!

Salud!

Lisa 

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Gluten Free Toaster Pastries

May 10th, 2013 at 11:05 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Ahh … what memories! I finally found the new Glutino Gluten Free Toaster Pastries

at Whole Foods Market the other day!

Glutino Toaster Pastry Strawberry

strawberry-pastry-glutino

The Glutino Gluten Free Toaster Pastries are available in two flavors -

Strawberry and Apple Cinnamon.

Both are 160 calories, 5 grams fat and 4 grams of fiber.

I want you to know that I have officially tried them and really like them!

I think they are a fun treat to have on occasions when you are running out the door and need a breakfast or snack.  I must confess that I slipped one into my purse the other day when I went to meet a friend for coffee.  I knew I would be hungry and the place we were going to did not offer Gluten Free food.  So as we sat outside on the deck and sipped our iced coffees I enjoyed my  Glutino Toaster Pastry “unplugged” and it was delightful! Don’t let the name fool you, they are just as wonderful “unplugged or untoasted”.

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apple cin glutino toaster pastry

Don’t make me choose! I like both flavors equally! They are the perfect blend of sweetness and soft bread pastry. Go buy some today! You will be glad you did!

Happy Celiac Awareness Month! 

Salud!

Lisa

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Mariners Night and Gluten Free Food At Safeco Field

May 9th, 2013 at 9:33 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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The 2013 season at Safeco Field is in full swing!  Now when you go to see a game you can find your Gluten Free food in one easy location on the main level, The Natural is located in section 132.  You can also find additional locations that sell Gluten Free Beer in section 109 and 329.

The Natural - GF Food Safeco

Gluten Free Mariner Dogs $6.25

Gluten Free Club Sandwich $7.00

Gluten Free Soup $ 7.00

Gluten Free Hummus Platter $8.00

Gluten Free snacks $3.75

Whole fruit $1.00

Organic Smoothies $6.00

Bottled Water $4.50

Upper view Safeco

Gluten Free Night with the Mariners

and Fireworks Night after the Game!

Friday, June 28, 2013 – 7:10 PM

  • DEADLINE TO PURCHASE: Thursday, June 27 at NOON
  • Pricing:
    • $20 View Level (normally $25)
    • $5 from each ticket sold will benefit the Gluten Intolerance Group!
    • Click this link to purchase tickets to this event. Gluten Free Night with the Mariners

Please note: This special offer is online only and is not available at Team Stores or box office outlets. Please contact the account rep at the bottom of this page with any questions.

 So go to the ballpark and enjoy your Mariners Gluten Free Food at Safeco Field!

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BEST Celiac Awareness Book “Real Life With Celiac Disease”

May 7th, 2013 at 10:00 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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real life with celiac disease book
05.8.2013
BEST Celiac Awareness BookReal Life With Celiac Disease” share with your friends, family and anyone you think may be suffering with undiagnosed Celiac Disease. This is the number 1 book that I recommend to anyone that is looking for more information and guidance from people in the medical profession.  Melinda Dennis has Celiac Disease (CD) and Dermatitis Herpetiformis  (DH) since 1992 when it was very uncommon.
Originally posted 10.26.2010

I am so excited to share this awesome book with you – “Real Life With Celiac Disease”, Troubleshooting and Thriving Gluten Free by Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN and Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS from The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

I truly think this is a book to buy and keep close by to refer back to the detailed information.  It isgreat to have it on hand when the brain fog kicks in and you are looking for answers.  I have read through this book from cover to cover and will probably read it again and again for that very reason.  There is so much information to learn.  It is comforting to know that the authors have taken the time to research and document this information for all of us.  It is a great book to buy for family members that do not understand what this “new Gluten Free lifestyle” is all about and why it is so important for them to support you and your health by adhering to Gluten Free foods and avoid cross contamination.

I have one favor, please ask your local library to order this book so that more people can learn about Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance.

The book has 3 main Chapter Headings and I have highlighted a few chapters within that I think are key points of information but all of the info is extremely valuable.

The Basics: Definitions and Diagnosis – This covers all areas in great details with drawings and charts. Info included about Genetic Testing, DH, Finding Celiac Disease in Children.

The Gluten-Free Life: Solutions and Strategies - The Gluten Free Vegetarian, Cheating? Think Again,  Combining Diets for Diabetes and Celiac Disease by Cynthia Kupper, RD, CD and Director of GIG, Infant Feeding and Celiac Disease.

The Obstacles: Concerns and Complications – Monitoring Celiac Disease, Non Responsive, Malabsorbtion of Fructose, Lactose and Related Carbohydrates, Cancer Risk and Realities, Skin Manifestations,Neurological Manifestations.

I know I am repeating myself but all of the information in the book is so extremely eye opening and reassuring to those who think they are alone.  You will want to read the entire book when you get it so make some hot tea, curl up with a blanket and read!

 

If you have Celiac Disease then you must read this book!

For more information please go to the website – Real Life With Celiac Disease .

Salud!

Lisa

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Gluten Free Foodies Four Fabulous Years

May 7th, 2013 at 8:28 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I am reposting my first post – “Lisa Pizza Pie to Lisa Gluten Free Pizza Pie” – May 1, 2009, when I shared my story. I love my blog.  I pour my heart and soul into everything I do.  I love dreaming of Gluten Free food to create a recipe.  I love learning through the process.  I love making it look good enough to eat and photograph. I love honoring my Gluten Free food and sharing it with you.  I love engaging with you in person, via email and social media.  I love Gluten Free Foodies and am grateful that you have enjoyed each and every bite with me for four flavorful years.  Salud! Lisa 

lisa's gf pizza pie 2009

Lisa’s First Gluten Free Pizza Pie in 2009

 

I always knew that I should listen to my instincts. In December of 2003 I was in an auto accident. It changed my life. I was suddenly in massive pain all over my body, mostly my back. The fatigue was so overwhelming that I felt as if there was a magnet pulling me to the core of the earth. I could not sit, sleep or eat. I was very ill and my doctors could not help me with a diagnosis or cause of the pain. The only thing that they did was run tests, very, very expensive tests. The doctors’ “practice” was to give me prescription pain medication and cortisone injections in my spine. I began to have allergic reactions to the pain medications. This was getting scary and I felt as if I was getting deeper and deeper into the hole and the system.

I wanted to find the root of the pain that had become chronic and debilitation after six months. I continued to question everything. Why would I have this odd intense pain on my face, arms, legs, hands and all over my back. My pain was so deep that my shoulders would freeze or go into spasms and I wouldn’t be able to turn my head to the side or take long breaths. My legs would cramp up so bad that I couldn’t get out of bed and walk into the other room. Migraine headaches would suddenly come on and last for days. I could not get out of bed. I lived in the city, Seattle, at the time. I couldn’t handle it – the smell, sounds, fast pace and just the vibe drove every nerve in my body crazy. I had to do something to feel better and fast. I moved across the sound to Bainbridge Island.

I remember thinking to myself that if I got to a point of feeling better, healthy…heck…just being able to sit down at a table and eat a real meal, then I would do what I could to help anyone that is faced with Chronic Pain and Celiac Disease. I remember talking to many, many doctors after I had researched and read books over the year to try to figure out what was wrong with me. I finally figured out after many blood tests and questioning one particular doctor …

What is Celiac Disease and could I have it?

The blood test came back positive and YES I did.  I was diagnosed with Celiac (Sprue) Disease.

So what now? What is gluten and why is it in everything? Are you kidding me…it is in PIZZA??!! I loved pizza … my brother and sister used to call me “Lisa Pizza Pie” for goodness sake! I loved to cook, entertain, not follow recipes mind you, but create food that looked, smelled and tasted amazing. I read more about the foods that I could eat. I read about nutrition and supplements so that I could get my strength back just to eat. It was hard in the beginning because I was so tired and the brain fog never seemed to lift. I had to read things over and over before it would connect. My memory was off so it was harder for me to retain the information but it took too much effort to write it down at great lengths. I did a little bit at a time and kept fighting to get back to being healthy.

I talked to people everywhere I could. I checked out books from the library, cookbooks, nutrition, medical, motivational, everything and anything that looked like it might be part of getting me to the bigger picture. I went through every type of physical therapy to get my strength and stamina back but I would have setbacks. It seemed as though I would take a very small step forward and about twenty back. I kept at it. I listened to visualization Cds to help cope with the stress, insomnia and of course, the intense pain. I continued to talk to people, question everything and learn as much as I could.

Things began to turn around for me. In 2004, Gluten Free foods were hard to find. It was really had to stick with the “new and improved Gluten Free lifestyle” because just buying the individual flours to make bread or waffles was 3-4 times the price of the bad stuff. The other risk was that I do not like to follow recipes…I create on a whim….this does not qualify as a baker. Luckily my mom was the baker in the family and she was brave to try all sorts of recipes – the pioneers like Bette Hagman and Carol Fenster. We went through the books and I dreamed of something familiar to comfort me. I began to try any of the new GF products that would appear in the market. There was a glimmer of hope and “spitting” disappointments. I kept packaging to remind myself that something earned an encore or never again. I made a book with notes. I shared info with random people I would meet. I found more cookbooks – Rebecca Reilly, The Culinary Institute of America’s GF Baking and others. I tried to convert recipes. I just had to keep the appetite going to cook and create.

A few years ago I decided that there were a few things that were important to me to stay moving and motivated. I tried to find some sort of physical activity to keep me moving – walking and yoga. I began to watercolor, paint and draw to make me happy and calm. I started cooking again little by little in waves, to nourish me. I also remembered many dark times when I promised that I would help anyone that was in Chronic Pain and/or Gluten Intolerant or diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I was helping people with brief encounters of information and experience. My mom was learning things too and sharing the information. I just wanted more. I wanted to share Gluten Free Foodies Seattle with everyone that I could so that we all felt as if we were supporting each other.

Lisa Gluten Free Pizza Pie 2013

Lisa Gluten Free Pizza Pie 2013

My intention for Gluten Free Foodies blog is to share my experiences with Gluten Free -products, recipes and stories of people that I have met with you. I also hope that if you are reading my story and it sounds somewhat familiar that you will be strong and learn to feed yourself the proper nutrition for you – Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy or Casein Free – allergy free. I am excited about sharing information and ideas to celebrate the foods that we can eat and be healthy.

 

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Go Bananas for Chocolate Chia Coconut Yogurt Treat

May 6th, 2013 at 11:33 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Go Bananas Chocolate Chia Coconut Yogurt Treat

I love love love the cold creaminess of this recipe.  I love it as a breakfast treat or a dessert treat anytime of the day or night. Just a few Gluten Free Vegan ingredients and 2 easy steps to make this Go Bananas for Chocolate Chia Coconut Yogurt Treat.

This is my SoDelicious Dairy Free 2013 Recipe Contest entry!

So … please pin it from the official Pinterest page, like it, share it and vote for it today! 

So Delicious Coconut Milk Unsweet

 Go Bananas for Chocolate Chia Coconut Yogurt Treat

Step one – SoDelicious Chocolate Chia Pudding

4 Tbs. Chia Seeds

1 1/4 cup SoDelicous Coconut Milk – Unsweetened or Unsweetend Vanilla

1 Tbs. Cinnamon

2 Tbs. Palm sugar

1 Tbs. Gluten Free Vanilla

2 Tbs. Pernigotti Cocoa Powder

1 12 oz. or larger canning jar

Turn on some of your favorite dancing music. Put all of the ingredients into the canning jar.  Seal the jar with the lid and shake, shake, shake your “groove thang” while it all mixes up! Mix for 1-2 minutes or when you see all of the ingredients incorporated together.  Place the jar in the refrigerator overnight.  This will allow the Chia seeds to become plump, thick and pudding-like from absorbing the coconut milk.  Allowing the Chia seeds to absorb the liquid also makes it much kinder and gentler to digestion. When they become plump they have absorbed all of the liquid they can.

 Choc Chia Pudding in Jar

Shake it Choco Chia Pudding

When you open the jar you will see the thick pudding grew overnight.  That is from the liquid being absorbed into the Chia seeds.  You can eat this SoDelicious Chocolate Pudding alone or you can kick it up a few notches and carry on with this recipe!

Step 2  Serving – Go Bananas for Chocolate Chia Coconut Yogurt Treat 

SoDelicious Coconut Yogurt or Greek Yogurt - Plain

Sliced or chopped almonds

1 small banana – sliced

cinnamon

3-4 Tbs SoDelicious Chocolate Pudding

step 2 ch chia SoD treat

Choco Chia Pudding Cloud

Pour your favorite SoDelicious Coconut Yogurt into a chilled bowl.  Add the SoDelicious Chocolate Pudding. Add the sliced bananas, almonds and sprinkle some cinnamon on top.

I like to use the plain SoDelicious Yogurt but it works wonderfully with any of the flavors. The new SoDelicious Greek Coconut Yogurts would be lovely as well!  I also change it up and add berries to the bowl as well! This chilled, creamy chocolate treat is so easy – no bake – so no heating up your kitchen!  The other wonderful thing about this recipe is that there is minimal clean up! The jar and the bowl is all that needs cleaning when you are done with them – so it is a sustainable treat too!  The chocolate pudding recipe makes 2-3 servings and lasts 1-2 days in the refrigerator. 

TIP – I like to let the Chia Seeds sit in the chocolate coconut milk mixture overnight to allow for maximum liquid absorption.  If you skip this step and try to make it right away the Chia seed will try to draw moisture from your body and may cause dehydration.  So if you don’t want to wait overnight – allow the Chocolate Chia Pudding mixture to chill in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours.  Trust me it is well worth the wait! 

So go ahead … Go Bananas for Chocolate Chia Coconut Yogurt Treat

 Don’t forget to vote for this recipe today on the official SoDelicious 2013 Dairy Free Recipe Contest page on Pinterest today! Voting is open through Thursday, May 23, 2013.

 

Salud!

Lisa 

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Gluten Free Smoked BBQ Tacos

May 5th, 2013 at 10:22 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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GF Smoked BBQ Tacos

Now this is my way to enjoy the best of Cinco de Mayo!  This is where the best of Texas Smoked BBQ meets real Mexican Gluten Free Homemade Flour Tortillas! Make some easy – Gluten Free Smoked BBQ Tacos!

This is the easiest recipe! Make or buy some smoked pork BBQ.  You can also use smoked brisket or smoked chicken.  Add your favorite Gluten Free BBQ sauce.  I love love love Pendleton Original BBQ Sauce.  Slather the smoked BBQ in it and keep warm. Make some of my Gluten Free Homemade Flour Tortillas.

GF Homemade Fl Tortillas

Place a nice portion of Smoked BBQ slathered with Pendleton’s BBQ sauce on the Gluten Free Homemade Flour Tortilla.  Top with crisp cold romaine lettuce.

Up close GF Smk BBQ taco

This is the perfect meal to serve on a hot day with minimal time in the kitchen.  Smoking the BBQ outside or buying it makes for less clean up too! I love to make my Gluten Free Smoked BBQ Tacos spicy, especially on a warm day.  The smokey flavor of the meat, with the spicy peppers in the sauce just begs for a the cold crisp lettuce and a cold sweet beverage. Serve with a nice cold GF beer or a Sweet cold Apple Cider in a chilled glass. Sweet tea works just as well, just make sure you serve it in a big chilled mason glass with chunky ice cubes.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

 

Salud!

Lisa 

 

 

 

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Celiac Disease Facts You Need To Know

May 4th, 2013 at 1:00 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Celiac Disease is more than just making bread differently or a fad because all of Hollywood is doing it.  Celiac Disease is a real disease that is affecting over 2 million people, according to the National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse. 

Gluten Free Artisan Loaf of Bread fresh from the oven

Celiac Disease Facts – There are over 300 symptoms of Celiac Disease, that is why it is sometimes hard to diagnose because it may appear to be some other condition.  Not just gastrointestinal symptoms such as irritable bowel, chronic or recurrent diarrhea.  Not everyone gets GI symptoms. There are many other subtle symptoms that begin to add up to a confusing mess for the patient and doctors trying to figure it all out.  Symptoms such as muscle spasms and cramps, nervous system disorders, night blindness, migraine, kidney stones, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, mental illness, GERD,  chronic headaches, sores inside the mouth, infertility, irritability, weight gain or loss.   Just to name a few.

More Celiac Disease Facts -

The most common symptom for adults that are undiagnosed with Celiac Disease is iron deficiency that does not respond to iron therapy.

Common deficiencies are – Iron, calcium, vitamin D, B 12, copper, folate, magnesium, niacin, riboflavin and/or zinc. 

Encouraging new research of an Ascorbate/Vitamin C study,  discovered last year from biopsies of patients with Celiac Disease showed great results. When scientist added Ascorbate/Vitamin C, to the test dish with Celiac Disease gut tissue, the results were dramatic! The various inflammatory markers were gone – abolished!  Bill Sardi from New Hope 360 wrote an article about this last year – Celiac/Gluten Intolerance: Is lack of vitamin C to blame? 

Did you know that if you have one autoimmune disease you also have the genes for others?

Did you know that Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is Celiac of the skin? It is an itchy blistery skin condition that forms after consuming Gluten.  The rash appears within a few hours or within up to 2 days.  When the rash is occurs you will need to get a small biopsy to test for the IgA antibody. DH is treated with a strict Gluten Free diet and medication.

Most of the information I have shared with you is from the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center.  The center was started in 2001 by a Celiac Disease expert, Dr. Stefano Guandalini. The center was created to educate the public and medical profession. The UCCDC also hosts an annual blood screening in the Fall for 500 people.  The UCCDC is completely funded by donations. Learn more about Celiac Disease research at – www.cureceliacdisease.org

May is Celiac Awareness Month.  Please share this post. 

Salud!

Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

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Learning to live Gluten Free is a challenge. Gathering with like minded people while exchanging ideas, life experiences and gluten free food is more interesting! So I created, Gluten Free Foodies, to support people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerant and other Food Sensitive people by gathering at events and celebrating the foods that we can eat! Do you have a Gluten Free question you want the answer to? Feel free to send me an email at glutenfreefoodies@gmail.com Original blog - GlutenFreeFoodies.co After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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