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Gluten-Free Birthdays

Even gluten-free birthday parties can be a heck lot of fun! Before you even take the cake into account, you’ll have to consider the gluten-free meal.

A barbeque is totally gluten friendly. However, you must be cautious with sauces and condiments. Such food stuff typically have wheat starch in them. You can eliminate rolls or buy the gluten-free ones. Burgers and hotdogs are always winners for the kids. Fruit kebobs are a refreshing “safe” choice after grilling.

Do-it-yourself sundaes aren’t so bad, either. You can omit the cones and have plenty of flavors and topping in hand. You can customize an ice cream party to avoid most allergies (wheat free dairy free, soy free, nut free, egg free).

In a children’s party, food only accounts for a small part. Kids are always in it for fun. Always think about the things that you know would make your child jump in joy, along with his friends.

A simple pin the tail on the donkey will remain a classic. Some kids enjoy arts and crafts or sports activities. It need not be expensive or extravagant or ostentatious, for that matter. It can be just a simple good clean fun.

Decorations are yet another non-food way to make the party such a hit. Brightly colored streamers, balloons, tablecloths, paper goods all scream PARTY. Of course, picking the theme and color scheme should involve your child. He should always have a say in it.

Remind your kid that albeit it’s his birthday, everyone invited to the festivity should enjoy and feel special, as well. Have him help you in preparing the party bags for his guests. Getting presents is the bomb but giving has its own unique charm.

We only get to celebrate our birthday once a year. That said, be sure to let your child celebrate who he really is on his special day.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - September 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

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Elimination and Rotation Diet

A diet composed of whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, and whole grains is normally considered healthy, but it’s not always the case. Some people suffer from chronic health problems without them knowing it’s actually that food they eat that’s causing it. Some of them have luckily learned about it and tried to remove particular food from their usual diet and they experienced total relief.

One of the top offenders is gluten. It is a protein found in wheat and related food products, which is known to damage the intestinal lining of those with Celiac Disease.

Those who suffer from digestive problems probably know a thing or two about this particular disease. Approximately 1 in 100 people have it, and many of them are still undiagnosed.

Celiac disease and other types of gluten intolerance have symptoms like fatigue, depression, and diarrhea. Totally getting rid of foods with gluten can bring unimaginable comfort to people with this condition. These remarkable changes in the body, after removing gluten from your diet, can actually be felt and seen even within 72 hours. But to some it takes a little longer to take effects, say, a couple of weeks, perhaps.

Several health problems can be related to food intake, so it’s best you keep track of what you eat especially when the symptoms you are experiencing are following a pattern.

But if your health condition is that difficult to diagnose that even doctors get confused and food log isn’t really helping, there are other options such as elimination or rotation diet.

If you believe that a certain food in your usual diet is the culprit, try to eliminate it. Elimination diet is when you narrow down your intake to a few foods that are least likely to cause these allergic reactions, say, rice. If after two weeks, nothing has changed and you are still suffering from the same symptoms, a new group of foods should be eliminated. If the symptoms go away, new foods should be added in one at a time.

A rotation diet, on the other hand, works by only having a certain food for every 4-5 days, and you should put this in your food log so you’ll be able to keep track of the connection between the food and symptoms.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - September 24, 2013 at 3:14 pm

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Should You Cut Gluten Cold Turkey?

Gluten has been creating a buzz in the past years. It leaves people wondering if they should be reduced in the diet, kept in the diet or cut it cold turkey. Can you really remove it altogether, thinking gluten is everywhere from bread to pastries to pasta to pizza crust to beer and certain spirits. It is even found in food stuff like breaded meat or fish, energy bars and salad dressings. It seems like gluten is almost impossible to avoid. It’s not, actually. However, the question remains, should we avoid gluten?

In terms of dietary guidelines, among the most consistent messages that comes about is moderation is key. One of the ways to effectively lessen gluten intake is by also lessening processed foods in the diet. Instead of having an energy bar in the morning, why don’t you prepare a smoothie rich in protein, vitamins and minerals from natural gluten-free ingredients? You can still have your bread or crackers, given they are made out of grains like amaranth, quinoa, rice or millet.

There are myriads off gluten-free choices in the market right now, but be cautious in buying. The gluten may be replaced with non-natural thickeners, extra fat or sugar to help create the flavor and texture of the original.

Gluten free or not, preferring natural and organic to processed food is always good. It all boils down to the fact that you’re better off talking to a trusted professional about any potential food intolerances, to ensure a healthy diet, full of protein, vitamins, carbohydrates and minerals.

Gluten is the devil to people suffering from gluten allergies, intolerances, and especially people with Celiac disease. If you’re not one of them, you can still have gluten, but you can try cutting it from your diet and observe the wonderful changes it brings!

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - September 9, 2013 at 8:07 am

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Things to Know About Gluten Allergies and Celiac

Gluten is abundant in cereal, pasta, bread and other grain-based foods. Gluten’s primary function is binding foods and other stuff namely pharmaceutical items and hydrogenated plant or vegetable protein, among many others.

Celiac disease’s signs and symptoms can resembles those of gluten allergies. However, you should know that Celiac disease is way more complicated than a simple allergy.

Celiac disease is defined as an autoimmune reaction that can incur great damage to the intestines in the event you ingest gluten. It is found to be genetic. The disease affects 1 in 100 persons within the United States and around 97% of people remain undiagnosed.

Symptoms of gluten allergy may differ from person to person, however, they share the usual ones like abdominal cramps, pains, flatulence and diarrhea.

In infants and young children, you may observe the complications after weaning. You can prevent further complications if you are able to notice such warning signs and act upon it as soon as possible.

People suffering from celiac conditions could get medical treatment, but the best way to go about it is by just quitting gluten cold turkey.

Gluten allergic reactions in this day and age are four times more documented compared to the 50’s decade. However, there are still people who suffer from gluten allergies but don’t have any idea about their condition. These people are those that have the mild cases.

Persistent indicators such as abdominal bloating, swelling, cramps or pains after eating wheat or gluten based products show that you might actually have wheat/gluten allergy. For those who may suspect of any food intolerance, go visit your doctor for medical help.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - September 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm

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