Three Simple Tips for Successful, Gluten Free Holiday Baking

Gluten Free Baking

I’m sure many of you can agree, that it can be so disappointing when you put the time and effort into baking a special treat and it doesn’t work out.  Trust me, I have been there and it is no fun (let alone expensive)!

Early on in my diagnosis when I first experimented with gluten free baking, I remember making these rock hard pancakes and they were just awful. Literally, you needed a steak knife to cut through them.  Like, honestly, you wouldn’t think gluten free pancakes could be so difficult.  But, they absolutely were for me!

Gluten free baking is an art.  One that needs trial and error and a lot of practice.  Going through the last five years, however, I have collected some tried and true recipes, tips, and tricks that I want to share with you so you can embark on gluten free holiday baking with success!… [read more]

Community Question – Celiac, Food Allergies, and Fatigue (part two of two)

elimination diets

This is such a common question and I wish I had an easy answer, but I don’t.  To get to the bottom of the problem, experimentation and patience is so, so key.

Before we get into potential elimination diets, it is best to re-read part one, which you can access by clicking here.

I think point #4 is commonly overlooked and is one of the most common nutritional issues I see that pop in client food diaries.  Sometimes, individuals jump feet first into an elimination diet and tend to think it must be another food that is causing the grief, without taking the time to, honestly, assess the health and nutrition of their current dietary patterns.

That and point #2 is also a very, very common reason why celiacs do not feel better.  So, focusing on the strategies presented in part one of this two part series is an extremely good starting point for anyone that is still experiencing digestive health complaints.

Whenever you continually feel unwell (especially when you already have a celiac diagnosis), it is ALWAYS important to go back to your health care provider to ensure that there are not more serious issues going on.  Hopefully, you have a good care team on your side, including a GP and gastroenterologist.

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5 Gluten Free, Quick n’Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Lunch Ideas

I’m all about quick n’ easy in the kitchen.  When it comes to meals, the less ingredients the better.  But, I don’t sacrifice flavor!  Flavorful food is a must and, of course, being a dietitian, I like healthy-ish foods too.

When it comes to building a lunchbox or any meal, you want to include the following components:

  • Protein
  • Fruit/vegetable (ideally, both!)
  • An optional source of a starch/grain

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The Importance of Emotional Wellbeing in Celiac Disease

Today, I am sharing a near and dear topic to me, the importance of balancing our emotional well being along with our physical health.  I’ve turned to Sherry Scheideman, a Registered Clinical Counsellor, to highlight the emotional toll that celiac disease can have on an individual so that we can become empowered to make change!  Read below for Sherry’s introductory post.  We look forward to highlighting more work from her.

I’m a celiac and I’m a counsellor. I’m grateful to Selena for noting in her blog that mental health care is an essential part of looking after ourselves as celiacs.

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Strategies for Improved Digestive Health That Don’t Involve An Elimination Diet

low FODMAP pasta

Today’s post is a guest post from my colleague, Stephanie Clairmont RD, who specializes in the low FODMAP diet.  Elimination diets are all the rage right now to control unwanted symptoms.  However, before embarking on that route, we can sometimes modify the diet in small ways that add up to big changes in the way we feel.  So, before even looking to take something out of your diet, you may want to try adding in the top five strategies that Stephanie has highlighted below!

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