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Denise at The Butterfly Place in Westford, MassachusettsDenise at The Butterfly Place in Westford, Massachusetts More Life With Food Allergies! You've been holding your breath in anticipation, haven't you? This week, we're planning...

What Does the Box Say? - Comparing Gluten-Free and Non-Gluten-Free Marketing Claims

What Does the Box Say? - Comparing Gluten-Free and Non-Gluten-Free Marketing Claims
We've all heard statements like these about gluten-free food: "The gluten-free products market is experiencing a double-digit growth" and "They are considered healthier than conventional products (source: It's...

Is Breakfast The Most Important Meal of the Day?

Is Breakfast The Most Important Meal of the Day?
I’m sure you’ve read the medical advice: never skip breakfast! If you do, the prevailing wisdom says you won’t lose weight and you’ll be more likely...

b2ap3_thumbnail_coconutbrownies.jpgCoconut flour is one of my favorite gluten-free flours to work with; it’s packed full of protein and fiber and to be honest, I quite like...

Celiac Disease in Children (Summary of January 2014 Review Article)

Celiac Disease in Children (Summary of January 2014 Review Article)
Drs. Guandalini and Assiri have written a summary of pediatric celiac disease that was published in the online edition of the journal JAMA Pediatrics last week. In this...

Commit to the Gluten-Free Life: Take the Pledge!

 Join the NFCA: Take the Pledge


When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2008, I thought my life was over. There were not many resources out there and products did not have to adhere to any labeling guidelines at all. And the worst part of it all was that doctors didn't even really understand the dietary needs. The dietitian I saw after being diagnosed flat out told me that I would be able to reintroduce gluten into my diet after a few months. Talk about scary.


Flash forward to today: there are so many awesome resources now on and off the internet, as well as a better understanding of what Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance actually is. I started A Lazy Girl's Guide to Living Gluten Free in order to become influential part of this increase in knowledge and understanding. This is not an allergy we suffer from, it is a medical condition, and it is our way of life. 


So take the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness' (NFCA) Pledge with me. Vow that 2014 is going to be the year that you turn your back on sneaking gluten and instead help yourself become a healthier happier person. Pledge to become an educator to those who are not as familiar with Celiac/Gluten Intolerance, and help to get anyone who is suffering diagnosed so they can move on with their life and be healthy again too.


To Eaters of Everything

To Eaters of Everything from an Allergic Foodie

Dear Eaters of Everything,

I remember what it was like to be you.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, I sipped my Starbucks soy latte while nibbling on a blueberry muffin, waiting for my kids to finish their guitar lessons. On shopping excursions, I picked up a fast-food salad without worrying about the croutons or the shredded cheese or the dressing with soy oil.  During football games, I ate deep-fried chicken wings not once considering what else had been fried in the fryer.  At movies, I shared buttered popcorn with my husband.  I even munched on prepackaged cookies–without reading the label!  

Read more of my letter to Eaters of Everything at 


How a cooking class can make food allergy kids into... kids!

How a cooking class can make food allergy kids into... kids!
"I think we should do that every Sunday, Mom!" I glanced in the rear view mirror at my eight-year old son, oddly wistful and calm in...

Clean Up Your Gluten Free Challenge

  Sometimes as veterans and newbies we get sloppy with our gluten free lifestyle. We may forget to check our labels or we forget to...

Dunkin' Donuts Decides Against Gluten Free Products

Dunkin' Donuts Decides Against Gluten Free Products
I am SO sad. Dunkin' Donuts was supposed to give me a normal morning coffee run. I was supposed to be just like everyone else with...

NEW Camp for Celiac Kids, Started by a Girl Scout with Celiac!

NEW Camp for Celiac Kids, Started by a Girl Scout with Celiac!
I am a HUGE proponent of camps for kids with food restrictions. I went to Camp Celiac in Rhode Island when I was diagnosed with Celiac...

Are Food Allergies and Gluten-Free Diets the New Eating Disorders? Cosmo tells all.

"Are Food Allergies the New Eating Disorders?" Cosmopolitan headlineYesterday, I bought my first (and quite possibly last) copy of Cosmopolitan ever. The February 2014 issue boasts a flashy pink cover, “85 ways to get...

Cookbook Review and GIVEAWAY!

Cookbook Review and GIVEAWAY!
Food allergy families can use all the cooking and baking books they can use, right? Since that’s the case,  I was excited when Debbie, the author of Sweet...

The Mastocytosis, MCAS & IA Patient Experience

Ever since this wicked cold spell hit, my mast cell issues have been on hyper-drive.  Took a gander on google & found this article from the...