• Miscellaneous

    Going Undiagnosed

    The New York Times recently published an article that touches on some things I’ve been thinking about lately. In The Overlooked Diagnosis of Celiac Disease, Carolyn Sayre discusses how long it often takes to get a confirmed diagnosis, and how many people are likely going undiagnosed. One in every 133 Americans has celiac disease; 10 years ago it was thought to affect one in every 10,000 people in the United States… It takes the average patient 10 years to receive a diagnosis. What really caught my eye was the idea that the diagnosis is seemingly becoming more and more popular. One in 133 in the US. I know a handful…

  • Miscellaneous

    Eating Gluten-Free While Travelling: A bit of a dilemma

    How do you manage to eat gluten-free while you’re travelling? How about when travelling in a different country? Last week I was in Las Vegas for an internet marketing conference. I know, the US is so close it’s hard to think of it as a different country, but once you cross the border food can be very different. So how do you deal with it? Travel usually means lots of eating out. And eating at places that you aren’t familiar with. And at unpredictable times, so if you need a snack you can’t just pop into the closest coffee shop and grab a muffin. So what do you do? I…

  • Restaurant Reviews

    Swiss Chalet’s Allergen Guide Wins Points with Me

    Since being diagnosed with a gluten intollerance, Swiss Chalet has become my go-to restuarant. It’s familiar, it’s comfortable, and I know I can always get something to eat there. And who doesn’t love chicken? (Also, the chalet sauce has super, magic healing abilities, but that’s another story.) When ordering from their site tonight, I discovered a link at the bottom to an allergen guide. Really? They have one? Oh yes, AND it has wheat/gluten listed on it. Here’s a summary of what you can have: Starters Garden Salad, Greek Salad. Personally, I still get the Caeser salad, and just pick out the croutons; I’m not sensitive enough to have to…

  • Miscellaneous

    Can You Eat Lasagna?

    How do you deal with family members who don’t understand that you can’t eat certain foods? I had a conversation today with an extended family member today about what I could eat for dinner when I visit, and I seriously had to shake my head at some of the questions. Can I eat lasagna? How about potatoes? And carrots? This only a few days after Thanksgiving dinner, where I was hardly able to eat anything. Apparently, the thing to do this year was to put bread crumbs on all the vegetables. I was able to have the basics: turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. I’ve generally decided to explain…

  • Gluten-Free Product Reviews

    El Peto’s Chocolate Cake Mix – A Review

    I celebrated my birthday a few weeks ago, and wanted to find a decent gluten-free cake that wasn’t…well, disgusting. To be honest, I haven’t had much luck with gluten-free baked goods; they’ve always either been silty or very dense. Either way, not very appetizing. But my friends have been known to show up with cake, and I wanted something tasty that I could eat. Or, if no one brought cake, something that my “normal” friends wouldn’t mind eating. I thought about buying a cake from a gluten-free bakery, but was afraid of the cost. Thought about making it from scratch, but that seemed like a lot of effort. I decided…