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It has been said that 70 million Americans suffer from digestive issues. Your gut is your second brain and if it’s not healthy, your brain won’t be either. Research shows that digestive issues contribute to mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and insomnia. Autoimmune illnesses, migraines, eczema, acne, and chronic gastrointestinal symptoms all can be traced to an irritated GI Tract. » Read more..

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Gluten-Free Products I’m Loving!

By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

Grocery shopping can be an overwhelming task when you or loved one has a dietary restriction.  As a gluten free shopper, on most occasions, I am constantly finding new products that promise to be “tasty”, but are often tasteless.  It’s wonderful that more and more companies more open to making gluten free products; and now almost every grocery store carries aisle that can meet any dietary needs, from sugar-free to soy-free there is something for everyone. The only problem is trying to decipher between them all, do they really taste as good as they look? Have no fear!  I have tried them out, asked my expert friends and foodies, and found some of my new favorite gluten-free, and some casein-free foods.  Check out the ones I just can’t get enough of right now.

Glow Gluten Free Cookies.  Love at first bite!  I tried these at a party and had no idea they were gluten-free until after I ate the entire cookie.  It is so difficult to find a gluten-free cookie that tastes good, and with a texture that is identical to your regular cookie, you will be doing a double take at the box.   They are trans-fat, preservative, and casein- free.  The cookies are baked in a GFCO certified gluten free kitchen, so you don’t have to worry about additives. Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray are fans, and they know good deserts!  Check out all of Glow’s flavors at http://www.glowglutenfree.com/

Daiya Cheese: A few months ago, a friend introduced me to this amazing product.   At a local pizzeria, I tried a gluten free pie; little did I know it was also dairy-free, made from Daiya cheese!  I couldn’t even tell the difference! The texture was spot on- it melted perfectly, and I couldn’t stop myself from having an extra slice. One of the best pieces of pizza I have had in NYC and it was dairy-free and gluten-free, can you believe it?  They also have a variety of other delicious flavors that please even the pickiest of pallets.

Popchips. These certified gluten free chips that are really amazing.  They are just like potato chips but honestly- they are better!  You won’t be able to resist their crunchy charm, all the while knowing that they are actually healthy!  With 100 calories and about 3 grams of fat per serving, you will feel much better about munching on these then calorie laden potato or corn chips.

Trader Joe’s Garlic Hummus Dip.  By far my favorite hummus on the planet!   It is so delicious and zesty, perking up a normal cracker or bell pepper into a delicious treat. It has a very light and airy, almost whipped, texture, which is very pleasing to my pallet.  Eat it as a snack; add to your favorite sandwich, or salad.  A great source of protein and its only $3.99 for 16 ounces, quite a deal!

Soy & Almond Dream Milk or Creamer.  On accident, I stumbled upon this amazing alternative to lactose.  Buying creamer at the store, I grabbed this one without thinking, and I am happy I did.  It is gluten and dairy- free and tastes amazing.  I actually prefer it to cream, it is much healthier with 130 calories per serving (Original flavor) and 7g of protein, I use it in my oatmeal and anything that calls for milk.  My friend who is vegan and gluten-free, uses it in her Mac and Cheese and swears it cooks as well as cow’s milk, it was just as creamy as the original.  Great for kiddos who can’t tolerate casein or lactose (and goes really well with those Glow Gluten Free Cookies).  If you cant have soy or dairy, this is a great alternative. It’s made from almonds and has a texture that is similar to milk.  I have it in my coffee, smoothies, or over cereal.  The chocolate is my favorite!  It’s actually lower in calories that cow’s milk and has a variety of nutrients.

If you are trying to make a dietary change for you or your family, research the products before you stock your fridge. Buying products that look great in the box, but taste like cardboard will only make you more inclined to go back to your old patterns.  Make sure to check with us, your friends who have dietary restrictions or blogs that are honest about their experiences with these foods.  Happy eating!

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Great Gluten Free Resources

 By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

Karina Allrich's Gluten Free Pumpkin Stuesuel Muffins, creater of Gluten Free Goddess

“What can I eat? “ I find myself frequently thinking of what I am not allowed to eat rather then the wealth of foods I am able to enjoy these days.  Myself, and others who have sensitiveness to gluten,  often find themselves in this tiny corner of the grocery store, that can seem daunting and scarce.  It’s important to note that any food with wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes oats in the ingredients list, or that indicates it has been manufactured in the presence of wheat, gluten, or gluten-containing ingredients can affect you if you have these sensitivities. I didn’t know this until recently when I had some oatmeal, which was a bothersome experience. Upset, I decided to start looking at what I can enjoy instead of focusing on what I have to live without.

 For many parents and clients we talk with, the change to any diet appears very difficult at first, but after they look at all the possibilities of foods they can eat, try out recipes with success, and eat at their favorite restaurants with ease they often tell us, it’s much easier than they expected.

Here are some sites that I found extremely useful in making my transition to gluten-free and understanding what I CAN eat.  Please add your favorite sites and blogs as well! The more information we can get and share with others, the easier it will be for all of us who have food sensitivities or family members who are living without.

Gluten Free Girl: I Really like this blog, great recipes, stories, and coupons for GF foods (so simple to print and I have already saved $5.00 on my next trip to Whole Foods).  She makes living gluten free look very easy.  Love her easy-to-read style and simple, yet tasty, recipes.

Celaic. com:  When I ask myself, “So…What can I eat?” I turn to the experts on this site.  There are lists of foods to avoid and those that are tolerable.  Great information for a newbie like me.

Gluten Free Goddess: This is a fantastic blog.  She makes cooking without look better than with gluten.  I was inspired by her site and beautiful pictures.  Who knew you could have scones and muffins that actually taste delicious!

Gluten Free Cooking: For holiday recipes that seem daunting without gluten Teri Gruss has made it look simple; with anything from pie to stuffing, to creative alternatives that look and taste like the real thing follow her guide and it will be just like Thanksgiving or Christmas, but without the stomach aches.

Gluten Free Mommy: is a fantastic site for parents; she has easy recopies for gluten free and casein free kiddos (and parents too!).

Please add your favorite blogs or sites below.  Start a discussion about how living without ____(insert you or your child’s sensitivity here) has been for you and share resources.

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5 Great Gluten-Free Finds

By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

The gluten free (GF) isle at my local health food store has gone from a shelf of tasteless cardboard that appeased my GI tract, to a full array of pallet pleasing products that actually taste, get this…Delicious.  More Americans are eliminating gluten based products due to health concerns.   The term gluten-free is generally used to indicate a supposed harmless level of gluten rather than a complete absence.  So for those with severe celiac, sometimes GF is still not enough for their systems to tolerate. With kids having a food allergy can make them feel insecure around their friends, especially at the lunch table.  No kid I talk to wants to be eating a bland chicken breast or plate of tofu, while the rest of their friends and enjoying a kid-friendly PB&J.  Thank goodness there are GF products out there that look and taste the same. 

If your a carb-lover like me, than the idea of a GF diet can be like a death sentence.  However, with the right products, it doesn’t have to be.  In fact,  I can actually enjoy meals now,  instead of agonizing about how I’m going to feel after indulging in that plate of pasta primavera.  Here are some amazing GF products, that taste like the real thing.

Udi’s Gluten Free Bread:  tastes like its full of gluten but is not!  GF breads I have tried in the past had an odd texture and had to be toasted to taste palatable, you can eat this right out of the bag!

 Blue Diamond Nut Thins: Rice Crackers I eat these everyday, the texture is crisp and the different flavors allow you to have options in the snacking world! 

Pamela’s Simplebites Ginger Snap Cookies one word: DELICIOUS. They taste exactly like Gingersnaps I ate as a kid, full of wheat.  These are great treats for kids and adults alike.                  

Tinkyada Rice Pasta: The texture is RIGHT ON, and it tastes amazing.

Glutino Pretzel Twists:  I actually thought I grabbed a bag of regular pretzels. I could not taste the difference at all- perfect snack. 

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