Gluten-Free Simplicity

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Roast Chicken Stuffed with Gluten-Free Corn Chex for Thanksgiving!

Posted by nepeht on November 25, 2009

A Wonderful Idea!!!  See the Recipe here.

Roast Chicken with Gluten-Free Corn Chex Stuffing (c.2009, WTB)

Roast Chicken with Gluten-Free Corn Chex Stuffing (c.2009, WTB)

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Valid and Reliable Information on Gluten-Free Simplicity

Posted by nepeht on November 22, 2009

  Here at Gluten-Free Simplicity, it is super important that we ONLY provide information that is both Valid and Reliable.

I won;t give you no bull; and I hope you won't give me the horns.

No Bull; No Horns! (c.2009, wtb)

  Often, when someone begins to ask me in-depth questions about Gluten-Free Simplicity and Gluten-Free Living, I share with them how I learned that perhaps the most crucial element to successfully negotiating Celiac Disease is accepting that perhaps the most significant ingredient is information (i.e., What does and does not have gluten; where to get affordable gluten-free products; and/or how to think critically about important Gluten-Related information).

  Giving bad information to a person with Celiac Disease is kind of like handing a glass of poisoned water to a person who is very thirsty.  At G-FS, I don’t give you any Bull, and so I hope you won’t give me the horns.

  And by the way… if by chance you ever run across any data on this site that seems like it cannot be right, send me a comment and I’ll triple check it. 

  Thanks for reading this blog.

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Intriguing Site: “Celiac Today”

Posted by nepeht on November 18, 2009

  From the Celiac Today tagline, one can read their meaningful goal: “News and Knowledge to Unite the Celiac Community”.

  As one reads further, one will read, “Our Aim is the Unify the Community”.  They mention several sections including: Medicine, Lifestyle, Community, Food Chain, and People, where one will find Celiac-related information.  The site offers a bounty of information and best of all, it appears to be free.

Mountains of Information at "Celiac Today" (c.2009, wtb)

  This idea of “Unifying the community” also appears to be a wonderful and timely notion.  My experience of the online Celiac crowd has been about 98% positive.  At the same time, there have been one or two instances where it seemed that those with whom I was dealing had something in mind other than providing a truly diverse wealth of free information to anyone who needed it.

  Anyway, I thought this site was worth mentioning and I hope you find it as interesting as I did.  It really appears to contain a mountain of information.

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Am I On A Different Planet — Have I Reached Glutenia?

Posted by nepeht on November 16, 2009

Gluten-Fiction — Day 2

Click here to visit Glutenia!

Am I on Planet Glutenia? (c.2009, WTB)

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Adventures on The Planet “Glutenia”

Posted by nepeht on November 13, 2009

Gluten-Free Fiction Date 001; Hour 01

  I was just out of my doctor’s office.  It seemed soooooo long ago, yet it was probably only a few moments to someone anywhere else.  But I had arrived.  Per my recent diagnosis, when leaving her office, I exited her doorway onto the Planet Glutenia!  This is what I saw.

Mars Crater 2

Glutenia At First Glance (c.2009, WTB)

  I wondered if I could breath… and I could.  I was afraid to take those first steps.  But I did.

  My doc had said something about “Celiac Disease”…??? 

  I wondered, “Am I a Celiac?”  “What the heck is a Celiac?”

  “Will I find more Celiacs here?”

  I closed my eyes and tried to fall asleep, praying to have nice dreams…  Perhaps I can wake up some day on a different planet that the one I just walked onto.  Or even better — maybe I will learn to adjust and possibly I can learn to thrive as a free person…. a Gluten-Free person… on Glutenia.

  More later…  I hope.

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Nice Article on Celiac Disease and Emotion

Posted by nepeht on November 7, 2009

Check out this article at Psychology Today.com, “Gluten: The Secret Stalker“.  It discusses the Emotional impact of Celiac Disease, an important issue for many of us.

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Here Comes Halloween!!! Know your Glutenistas!

Posted by nepeht on October 25, 2009

 Yikes!!!  Get past the REAL Tarantula to find the Gluten-Free Halloween Candy Lists…….. 
be careful….

Tarantula in the Grass (c.2009, WTB)
Tarantula in the Grass (c.2009, WTB)

Gluten-Free living can be difficult enough without those little Glutenistas.   Not always easy to spot…..     

 
 
 
 

Tarantula Blending In (c.2009 WTB)
Tarantula Blending In (c.2009 WTB)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 But, like a Glutenista, they can come about when you least expect!

   SOOOOO Be prepared!

 Know which Halloween treats are Gluten-Free… and which have little hidden Glutenistas!

Click on the links below for more information:

Gluten Freeda.com: “Halloween Candy: What is Safe?”

Halloween Candy List: Gluten-Free Allergen-Free Status 2009

Gluten-Free Mom: “Gluten-Free Halloween Candy 2009

Divine Caroline: “Gluten-Free Halloween Candy

Celiac Family: “Safe Gluten-Free Halloween Candy

Celiac Central: “Gluten-Free Snack and Candy List

  

     Have a nice and happy Halloween!

Want to read more about this topic?  Follow the links below: 

A less Scary Halloween

Gluten-Free 101

Gluten-Free Halloween

Gluten-Free Baking

Halloween for Children

 

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Stuff Your Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Turkey with Gluten-Free Corn Chex Stuffing!

Posted by nepeht on October 22, 2009

G-F Turkey Plate

G-F Turkey Plate

 Click here for Gluten-Free Turkeys with Gluten-Free Giblets and Gravy. 

And Click here for the Recipe.  This stuffing is DELICIOUS!!! 

Gluten-Free Corn Chex Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing (c.2009, WTB)

Gluten-Free Corn Chex Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing (c.2009, WTB)

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Roast Chicken Stuffed with Gluten-Free Corn Chex for Thanksgiving!

Posted by nepeht on October 18, 2009

Click here for Stuffing Post.

We apologize for the confusion.

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#45: Keep that Isolation in Check on the Way Toward Gluten-Free Simplicity

Posted by nepeht on October 6, 2009

#45: Keep that Isolation in Check on the Way Toward Gluten-Free Simplicity

  Ever just wish you could be alone?  Of course you do.  Probably everyone does here and there.  But…… what if it is more often than one thinks is normal?  “Maintaining a strictly gluten-free diet can cause feelings of isolation” according to an article about Gluten Free Online Social Communities by Marissa Carter (Sept. 29, 2009).  She writes,

“It is hard for these people to adjust to the food culture in America, knowing that every bite of food they eat may cause them to get sick. Ordering at restaurants becomes a chore and attending dinner parties becomes a major challenge. Often, they begin feeling like they are a burden to others. Even people who have very supportive parents, spouses and friends feel the need to reach out to others who will really understand them.”  Read More.

  All I can say directly to her opinion is, “I heard that!!!”  This is one good reason for my present posting.  Watch out for that tendency to isolate.  Yes, some isolation is probably very good for the soul.  But, too much can be dangerous.    And do I isolate on purpose when I do isolate?  No…. not always…

An Isolated Bump on a Far Away Planet (c.2009, WTB)

Sometimes, I Just Feel Like an Isolated Bump on a Far Away Planet (c.2009, WTB)

  But I do (I really really do) sometimes feel like I am a lone bump on a far away planet.  Once in a while,  I get a feeling that I am all alone.  The metamessages at almost any social meal time, grocery trip, and other times and places are often seeming to beckon me into an isolative state where it no longer feels strange or hurtful to have to be so different when it comes to one of almost every human being’s most basic functions — eating.

  The problem though… isolation can lead to lots of other problems. (eg., depression, feeling left out, getting behind etc…).  Just think about it this way…   If a person is isolated then they can begin to think things and form habits that are all wrong.  The reality checks inherent in social interaction can often be very healing.  Like if I am feeling really down on myself for something that I did and I am wondering if I did THE WRONG THING….  I can  often turn to a trusted friend or colleague and ask for their take on it.  It is soooooo wonderful for me when I do so after wringing my hands for hours… only to find that I actually did the right thing afterall.

  Also… there can be lots of good healing energy out there in public with loved ones, friends, family and colleagues for those of us with Celiac Disease.  NOT ALWAYS… of course…  there are unfortunately times when either due to one of their comments or one of my inferences, I feel like being alone instead.  But still in all, yes, sometimes, it just feels so good to be alive and around good people.

  So if you are one of us who is often finding yourself alone and feeling lonely… do something about it!  Here are a few ideas:

  • Go online as Carter suggests and seek out information or just chat.
  • Try to prepare a Gluten-Free recipe, then offer a review to the author.
  • Take a walk and make a point to say hello to a person.
  • Call an old friend or family member and ask them how they are doing.
  • Stop by a restaurant, health food or grocery store and politely ask responsive staff members about their Gluten-Free selection.
  • Write a letter to a manufacturer, a publication or a friend about something that you feel passionate about (i.e., Celiac Disease or Gluten-Free Living).

I am sure you can probably come up with even better ideas.  Go ahead and do something.  And just so I don’t get too lonely, Please let me know how it turns out.

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