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Tips, reviews and inspiration from our members to help you thrive on a custom diet

A leap of faith

Cheryl ViirandWhen my kids and I were first diagnosed with food restrictions, I didn't know where to begin. But as I looked around the grocery store at...
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Food Restrictions Finesse: When Chefs Get it (Really!) Right

Food Restrictions Finesse: When Chefs Get it (Really!) Right
There are plenty of posts on the web and here on freedible with advice on eating out with food restrictions because let’s face it, that’s where...
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Eat, Drink and Be Weary

Eat, Drink and Be Weary
So I think I ate too much turkey and gluten-free pie over Thanksgiving because I can't seem to snap out of this funk I'm in. Or...
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The “Something More” Behind Declaring My Independence from Food Restrictions

The “Something More” Behind Declaring My Independence from Food Restrictions
This morning, we're celebrating the 4th of July by kicking off our second annual Declare Your Independence from Food Restrictions Month on freedible!  It's a celebration...
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Packing A Little Jar of Community in our Memorial Day Picnic Basket

Packing A Little Jar of Community in our Memorial Day Picnic Basket
Memorial Day is the official start to the summer grilling season, to barbeques and to finally breaking outside with friends, family and community.  For those of...
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No Sympathy: Am I Being Too Sensitive?

  There are times when I wish I had an illness that is more well known. Conditions such as lupus, diabetes, or COPD often illicit a...
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How Twitter Connected Seven Food-Restricted Social Media Geeks and One Great San Diego Restaurant

imageAttending a good conference leaves you feeling energized, full of ideas and new contacts, exhausted, and—hopefully—with a good story or two. Social Media Marketing World 2014 in San...
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Why I Don't Eat Out (Much) Anymore

Why I Don't Eat Out (Much) Anymore


Prior to my diagnosis with celiac, I was a restaurant and junk food fiend. My favorite food was fried and I would never say no to a dessert or other carb (and gluten) laden treat. So you can imagine my devastation when I found out that basically all of my favorite foods were off limits after finding out I could no longer eat gluten. 

 

Despite feeling like I was given a death sentence by having to go gluten free, I was completely fed up with being in pain all the time and constantly feeling exhausted and bloated. Solely because I wanted to feel better, I dove right into a GF diet. And to my amazement, I felt so much better even within the first week. I vowed that I would never eat gluten again - besides the fact that it was slowly killing me. 


After being on the GF diet for a couple months though, I really started to miss eating out. It wasn't just the delicious foods served at restaurants I missed, it was the whole fun and excitement of it. I started looking up restaurants who could accommodate a GF diet and began checking them out. I had a few mishaps with getting glutened, but being not so far from going GF, I suffered the pain and moved on. I had no hesitation to try other restaurants. 

 

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WW: Living with Food Allergies -- Diagnosis

Try to put together the pieces is hard when you're not sure what goes with what.Try to put together the pieces is hard when you're not sure what goes with what. How were your food allergies diagnosed? Denise and I have both posted our...
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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  http://wp.me/p2fyoW-xQ. 

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Echoes of a Dirt Road: My Christmas Story

Echoes of a Dirt Road: My Christmas Story
Every Christmas morning when I was a child, there came a moment when my father would pause what he was doing and take my hand. Together,...
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FreedibleNews: Inspiration for your Thanksgiving Feast

FreedibleNews: Inspiration for your Thanksgiving Feast
  Thanksgiving is just on week away!  Take a sneak peek at some of the recipes coming in to freedible's Community Cookbook - or search...
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Bake Sale for the Philippines

Bake Sale for the Philippines
       Food allergies and bake sales don't usually go together.  When typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda struck the islands of the Philippines last  November 8,...
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Why your Gluten-Free Menu is NOT Gluten-Free

Why your Gluten-Free Menu is NOT Gluten-Free
www.Zen-Eats-Lifestyle.com Fort Collins has many many restaurants. We love our mountains, our beer and alcohol, and of course our food with the most restaurants per capita...
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Up your waiting game! 5 ways to better serve gluten- and allergy-free restaurant-goers

waitress with tray of tacosSome restaurants don’t compromise. “No substitutions,” their menus declare, and their waiters seem to think patrons should put up or shut up. Unfortunately, for customers with...
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