Food Insecurity in the Gluten-Free Community

When you need to eliminate gluten from your diet, you may encounter some challenges when changing what you eat, learning to be vigilant to avoid cross-contact, and navigating shopping for and cooking gluten-free foods. For people who are food insecure, inability to access gluten-free food adds to a major challenge that can be difficult to overcome without assistance and support. Food insecurity is defined as “being without reliable access to a sufficient Read More

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Exploring Gluten-Free Dishes in Middle Eastern Cuisine

The Middle East is a region made up of 18 countries, each with cultures deeply rooted in ancient history and diverse religious practices. Of the Middle Eastern countries, 13 are part of the Arabian Peninsula, with the others in the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Asia regions. Trying to write about the typical foods of the Read More

A Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner is a popular holiday that’s typically centered around a multi-course meal enjoyed with family and friends. The intricate menu planning, breaking bread with family, and teaching children to bake homemade favorites are cherished traditions. For many, Thanksgiving dinner will serve gluten-free and gluten-eaters alike. But don’t worry: Thanksgiving is a celebratory meal where gluten doesn’t need to play a central role. If you need to avoid gluten, almost everything on the traditional Thanksgiving table can be made gluten-free. Not sure Read More

Gluten-Free Safe Entertaining

It’s a holiday or a special occasion or simply a casual dinner party at your place with family or friends. If you’re living gluten-free, how do you and your gluten-free guests stay safe when you’re also entertaining people who eat gluten?  Prepare All Gluten-Free for Ease  The simplest way to entertain and ensure there is Read More

Japanese Cuisine When You’re Eating Gluten-Free

Many cuisines from around the world have delicious gluten-free dishes including Mexican, Thai, Ethiopian, and Indian. If you’re an adventurous gluten-free foodie, exploring these options can make eating more exciting and pleasurable. See: Venturing into Indian Cuisine Exploring Thai Cuisine on a Gluten-Free Diet The Wonders of Gluten-Free Mexican Meals Embark on an Exploration of Ethiopian Food Staples of Japanese cuisine include white rice, soybeans, fish, and seafood. A Japanese meal typically consists of Read More

Embark on an Exploration of Ethiopian Food

Located in the Horn of Africa, the country of Ethiopia lies in the easternmost area of the African continent. Trying Ethiopian food can introduce you to new flavors from other parts of the world that can expand your gluten-free eating horizons.   Components of Ethiopian Cuisine  Most Ethiopian cuisine features whole foods and mostly gluten-free and vegan dishes. Vegetables are seasoned with spicy sauces and may occasionally include meat.  Other common staples in Ethiopian Read More

Gluten-Free School Lunch Ideas and Tips

A nutritious lunch at school helps kids be at their best for the rest of the day. Good nutrition is also important to support kids’ growth and helps keep them healthy. When shopping for lunch foods, always confirm that the brands or types of food you choose are gluten-free. Ingredients may change each time you shop. Read More

Creating a Pleasurable Gluten-Free Eating Experience

If you’re wondering how to have a pleasurable, gluten-free eating experience — for yourself or your loved ones — we have a suggestion for you: Go international!

The Search for Gluten-Free Fair Food

Fair Food is a category all to itself. From funnel cakes to donut burgers to pork chops on a stick to fried Twinkies, everywhere you turn, there’s gluten. What’s a gluten-free-living fairgoer to do?

Is CBD Gluten-Free?

If you’re living gluten-free, you may be wondering, “Is there gluten in CBD products?” The answer isn’t a simple yes or no.   CBD products are growing in popularity and are available in national retail outlets, including Target and Whole Foods (may not be available in all states) and even pet stores such as Petco. Unfortunately, because the CBD industry is not currently regulated, it is hard Read More

Are Your Medications and Supplements Gluten-Free?

Staying gluten-free involves major dietary changes. To do that successfully, you should always read food product packaging to avoid an adverse reaction. Examine anything you consume to identify if gluten from wheat, barley, or rye or their derivatives are used. Unfortunately, gluten is not only in foods. You could find gluten in your medications and supplements, too. While gluten is not a common ingredient in medications, it is more prevalent in supplements. When considering a supplement, look for Read More

5 Gluten-Free Ways to Enjoy a Baked Potato

(DYK: August 19 is National Baked Potato Day!)  Potatoes are a popular food. In fact, according to the International Potato Center, potatoes are the third most consumed food crop in the world, right after rice and wheat. If you are eating gluten-free, potatoes can be a great option since you have cut out wheat.  You might think potatoes offer little nutritional Read More

Replacing Gluten When Cooking and Baking

When you’re new to living gluten-free, it can seem like so much of what you used to cook contains gluten. The idea of giving up our favorite gluten-containing dishes can be overwhelming and downright depressing. Luckily, there are so many great ways to make gluten-free substitutes in the kitchen while you cook and bake. Baking Baking typically requires flour, but the gluten Read More

Exploring Thai Cuisine on a Gluten-Free Diet

Thai food is flavorful, nutritious, and packed with fresh vegetables and often featuring gluten-free rice noodles. However, some sauces and flavorings in Thai cuisine may contain gluten. Whether you are making Thai food at home or getting it from a restaurant or at an event, this guide will help you navigate Thai cuisine when you’re eating gluten-free. Common Thai Food Ingredients If Read More

Building Your Back-to-School Team

It’s that time of year again! Getting back into the swing of school after a fun summer can be difficult, especially when your child is gluten-free for health reasons. Much like setting up a healthcare-oriented support team that works to make living gluten-free easier, having a back-to-school support system can help alleviate stress and keep your child safely Read More

10 Tips for Living Your Gluten-Free Life

Getting advice from people who have been through similar situations can help you avoid common pitfalls as you’re learning the gluten-free living ropes.

Your Summertime Guide to Gluten-Free Grill and Chill

Fire up the grill – it’s grilling season! When you’re living gluten-free, there are some obvious substitutions you’ll need to make when planning and preparing meals – hamburger and hot dog buns come immediately to mind. We’ve thought through all the details of grilling and eating outdoors to help make sure you have a safely Read More

Racial Disparities in Celiac Disease Research, Testing, Diagnosis, and Support

Published June 2021   Over the years, celiac disease has been perceived as an autoimmune disorder mostly affecting Caucasians, particularly people of European descent.   In recent years, researchers have pointed out a potential bias in earlier celiac disease studies that either failed to include minorities in the research or didn’t delve more deeply into racial disparities in celiac disease testing.  Based on studies and reports from Read More

Become a GFFS Coach to Help Restaurants Be Safely Gluten-Free

Published May 2021 Do you, or a loved one, need to eat gluten-free and have limited choices in your neighborhood? Do you have to be careful when eating out and wish more restaurants knew what it takes to serve a safe, gluten-free meal? If so, you may be what you’re community needs!  We’re excited to announce the GFFS Read More

Cynthia Kupper’s Story: From a Celiac Disease Diagnosis to 25 Years Leading GIG

Published May 2021   Discovering you have celiac disease at any age can be a shock. For Cynthia Kupper, who learned she had celiac disease in her 30s, that discovery changed the entire course of her career.  As a diabetes educator for Saint Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington in the 1990s, Cynthia knew how important the role that diet and nutrition played in addressing specific health conditions. It was at the time that she began experiencing concerning health issues of her own: an infection that wouldn’t clear Read More

Supporting & Encouraging Gluten-Free Loved Ones 

You may know someone with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivities (NCGS) who is living gluten-free. You want to be supportive, but you’re not sure how. We spoke with two moms who shared their journeys supporting and encouraging their children who are gluten-free.   

Gluten-Free Eating On-the-Go

Published April, 2021 A gluten-free diet shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your favorite activities. Whether you are planning to travel, hike, go to the beach, or be on-the-go, your gluten-free needs don’t need to stop you. Here are some tips to help you plan and prepare gluten-free snacks and meals, and navigate eating out, so you feel empowered to continue with the activities you Read More

Celiac Disease Explained: Through Ages & Stages 

Published April, 2021 Your age and stage of life can vastly affect your experiences before and after getting a celiac diagnosis. Age and life stage can play a role in how long it could take to get to a proper diagnosis. How old you are, or where you are in life, can also contribute to making it easier or harder to adjust to living gluten-free.   Before we talk about ages and stages, let’s clarify who develops celiac Read More

The Wonders of Gluten-Free Mexican Meals

Published April, 2021 Mexican cuisine is popular and flavorful, full of variety and regional specialties. From tacos to tamales to huevos rancheros, there’s a whole world of gluten-free Mexican-inspired food possibilities to enjoy.   Mexico is a country with diverse ecosystems and different cultures and traditions. It’s no surprise that the foods available and prepared change from region to region, depending on local geography and cultural traditions.   One of the most central ingredients throughout Mexico is corn or “maíz.” This Mexican staple is Read More

Dealing with the Stress of a Celiac Disease Diagnosis

Published April, 2021 Are you feeling stressed out? If so, you’re not alone. Many things in life can create stress, and when we are stressed, our brains release hormones like cortisol into our bloodstream. While you can usually adapt to “short term” stress, long term stress – like what you might experience when you have a chronic Read More

5 Ways to Reduce the Stress of Shopping Gluten-Free

Published April, 2021 Switching to a gluten-free diet comes with its share of challenges. From changing your eating habits to adjusting to the tastes and textures of new foods without gluten, it can be a difficult adjustment at times.  One common stressor at any stage of living gluten-free is the sticker shock of seeing the prices on gluten-free alternatives when shopping for gluten-free food. The price of a loaf Read More

5 Ways to Reduce Stress When Living Gluten-Free 

Published April, 2021 Getting a diagnosis of celiac disease, or reacting to foods when you have non-celiac gluten sensitivities, can be stressful. Living with a chronic disease for years can take its toll. While GIG’s mission is to make life easier for everyone living gluten-free, removing stress from the equation can be hard. Some obvious ways of relieving stress when you’re living gluten-free, Read More

Traditional Holiday Foods and Meals: A Gluten-Free Guide 

Published March, 2021 Food has played an important role in the holidays and religious observances in many different cultures around the world. This Spring, there are three holidays where people share meals featuring specific foods in a manner filled with meaning and tradition: Easter, Passover, and Ramadan. We’ve looked at the foods typically eaten during these special meals, with an eye toward Read More

38 Foods Where Gluten May Be “Hidden”

“Hidden” gluten refers to the gluten that is either not mentioned on a product label in a way that is obvious or is in products that may not seem likely to contain gluten but do. Gluten isn’t really hiding, but you have to check ingredients carefully – or contact the manufacturer – to identify it.

7 Things to Know about Kissing Gluten-Free

Can kissing be a health hazard for someone living gluten-free? While there is no scientific proof about kissing as a cross-contact risk, there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence – including stories shared online – from celiac patients who claim to have been “glutened” through kissing. We’ve compiled some ways kissing could expose you to gluten, even in trace amounts. Check out our extra tips for addressing gluten-free Read More

5 Facts About Gluten-Free Skin Care

Are you living gluten-free and wondering if you should avoid skin care products containing gluten? The prevailing wisdom is to avoid these products, but probably not for the reason you think.  You may have heard the saying “the largest organ in the body is on the body – your skin.”  Your skin’s job is to be a barrier from environmental influences on your body and internal organs.   Read More

Is Your Gluten-Free Food Tax Deductible? 

Published February 8, 2021 Most people who are living gluten-free would agree that gluten-free foods tend to be costlier than conventional foods. When these foods are required for medical reasons, is it possible to deduct them from your taxes as a medical expense? The short answer is: Yes.  Here are some criteria:  1. To file for this type of deduction, Read More

4-Week Tasty Gluten-Free Meal Plan

Published February 8, 2021 Looking for cooking inspiration? We’ve designed this 4-week tasty gluten-free meal plan to make it easy for you to enjoy flavorful, gluten-free meals with some surprising and fun dishes. We included shopping lists to make things as simple as possible. You can adjust quantities based on the size of your household, Read More

9 Ways we are Living Gluten-Free During the Pandemic 

Published January 8, 2021 How has the pandemic affected people who live gluten-free? In a time where we’ve drastically changed our daily routines, what have been some of the challenges you’ve faced maintaining your gluten-free way of life, and how have you overcome them – or have you?   We’ve compiled nine ways that maintaining our gluten-free lives have been affected by the lockdowns and changes across the country. Can you relate?  1. Cooking Read More

7 Tips for Avoiding Gluten Cross-Contact at Home

Updated January 8, 2021   Click here to view print friendly version   How can you go about avoiding gluten cross-contact at home, particularly in a kitchen shared with non-gluten-free family members? The presence of gluten, the protein found in common cereal grains wheat, barley, rye, and their derivatives, can be problematic even in microscopic Read More

5 Ways to Cut Costs on a Gluten-Free Diet

Published January 7, 2021 Following a gluten-free diet? Feeling a pinch in your pocketbook?  A valid concern since many gluten-free foods usually come with a higher price tag.   Luckily, eating gluten-free does  not  have to break the bank!  Here are five ways to decrease food costs when following a gluten-free diet.    Cut Costs on a Gluten-Free Diet 1. Focus on whole Read More

Last Minute Gluten-Free Gift Guide 2020

Published December 8, 2020 Looking for the perfect last-minute gluten-free gift item for the gluten-free people you know and love? We’ve compiled some gift ideas you can order online. Not sure when you need to order items so they arrive in time for the holidays? Hip2Save compiled a handy list of estimated shipping deadlines from Read More

31 December Food Holidays to Celebrate Gluten-Free

Published December 1, 2020 Food plays an important part in holiday celebrations. From Kwanza, Hannukah and Christmas to Yule, Festivus and Winter Solstice, specially-prepared traditional dishes go hand-in-hand with seasonal rituals. When you, or someone you love, is living gluten-free, holiday meals can be challenging or require extra thought and care. Did you know that Read More

50 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes (by State)

Published November 19, 2020 Looking for gluten-free Thanksgiving side dishes? You’ve come to the right place. With the holiday season fast approaching, we continue to look for easy ways to create satisfying, safe eating experiences for anyone living gluten-free. You don’t have to ditch your favorite Thanksgiving traditions just because you can’t eat gluten. Inspired Read More

The 10 Stages of Going Gluten-Free

Published November 16, 2020 Not yet in love with the gluten-free diet yet? Don’t worry – you’re not alone!  Getting motivated to switch to a gluten-free diet can be challenging. Whether a medical necessity, a sensitivity or a choice, eliminating gluten from your diet may bring up a whole slew of emotions.   We’re here to make living gluten-free easier for everyone – from those who choose Read More

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Celebrate Gluten-Free! At the Gluten Intolerance Group, we are on a mission to make life easier for everyone living gluten-free. Getting started on your gluten-free journey with our “Gluten-Free Living: Basics and Beyond” guide or then “Celebrate Gluten-Free” by exploring our e-magazine archives. To always be in the know and receive our publications in your Read More

Emergency Preparedness for Gluten-Free Individuals

Published October 8, 2020 Being prepared for an emergency or natural disaster includes many components. Food planning is one of these. For people who require a gluten-free diet, extra attention needs to be paid to having safe food available, whether isolated at home or at an emergency shelter. One of the additional aspects of preparedness Read More

The Tools to Replace in Your Gluten-Free Kitchen

WOODEN UTENSILS  Wood can be tricky to thoroughly clean. Wood fibers could harbor gluten particles and enter your food with the next stir.  CUTTING BOARDS  Be cautious with cutting boards. If they are pitted or scratched, gluten could settle into crevices. It’s better not to risk using your former bread board for your new gluten-free Read More

Temporary label requirement changes by FDA may impact the status of gluten-free food

Published June 4, 2020 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA is allowing manufacturers to make minor changes in packaged food ingredients without updating ingredient lists to reflect these changes. (https://www.fda.gov/food/cfsan-constituent-updates/fda-announces-temporary-flexibility-policy-regarding-certain-labeling-requirements-foods-humans). The guidance states that this should only be done when the ingredient being substituted does “not cause any adverse health effect”, with “gluten” Read More

Coping During the Covid-19 Pandemic While Living Gluten-Free

May 4, 2020 All members of the gluten-free community are welcome to Join us on Monday, May 4th at 5pm PST/8pm EST for the first in a series of virtual education and support discussions. Register below.   Featuring:   Dr. Deena Abbe, Psychologist, PhD         Dr. Lisa Shaver, ND, MSOM, LAC   Read More

Not Labeled Gluten-Free? How to Make Beans & Grains Safer

Published April 30, 2020 What if you can’t find certified or labeled gluten-free versions of beans and grains at the store? Is there a way to make them safer to eat? Here’s what you can do… Dry Beans. Since beans are relatively large, washing and visually sorting for anything that’s not a bean (e.g. a Read More

Celebrate Gluten-Free: March 2020

Click here to read the March 2020 issue of Celebrate Gluten-Free E-Magazine

Senior Care: Gluten-Free Living for Our Elders

If you are caregiving for an elder in your life who has been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, extra attention is needed to ensure gluten is avoided, particularly if they are no longer living independently. The symptoms of untreated celiac disease in older adults can look different than what children or young adults experience. While an older adult Read More

Summer Vacation Roadstop Smarts

with Find Me Gluten-Free, Published January 16, 2020   Ahh, the open road… Traveling to new cities and road tripping across the map is an exciting way to see untapped parts of the country (both at your destination and along the way), and experience a vacation like no other. One challenge? When you’re gluten-free, the road Read More

Appliances: Risks of Cross-Contact

Updated September 2021  Is there gluten on your kitchen appliances?   Kitchen appliances exist to make cooking and food preparation better: quicker, easier, sometimes healthier, and often tastier. Are kitchen appliances putting you at risk for gluten cross-contact? (Note: Cross-contact is the term used when talking about gluten. Cross-contamination is more commonly used in relation to Read More

Celebrate Gluten-Free: November 2019

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Gluten-Free Safety at School – Your Child’s 504 Plan

Updated July 15, 2021 Is your gluten-free child heading to school? You may want to look into a “504 Plan” for them. What’s a 504 Plan?  A 504 Plan refers to Section 504 of the “Rehabilitation Act of 1973,” a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Read More

College Dining Halls

  If you’re at college and gluten-free, eating at on-campus dining halls can present some challenges. How do you navigate common eating spots and remain safely gluten-free?  Before the semester begins, you may want to speak with your school administrator, someone responsible for student affairs, and an on-campus healthcare provider to find out what accommodations your college provides for gluten-free students. Consider connecting with someone in the Food Service group responsible for Read More

College – Navigating Shared Housing & Kitchens

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 18, 2019   Gluten-free (GF) dining hall options may be the first food-related issue that comes to mind when heading off to college. But any college student knows that dining hall hours aren’t the only times food comes into play. Whether it’s for a late night snack Read More

Beauty Supplements

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 18, 2019   People living gluten-free must monitor anything that is ingested for gluten. Since gluten taken internally can cause adverse reactions, not only foods but also supplements and oral care products must be evaluated. What about topical products? Does shampoo, body lotion, or make-up Read More

Traveling Gluten-Free

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 18, 2019   Whether you are planning a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, being on a gluten-free diet shouldn’t hold you back. With some advance planning and preparation, traveling while gluten-free is not only do-able, but may even expand your culinary horizons. First, take Read More

Eating Out: 7 Tips For Staying Gluten-Free

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published December, 2021   Tips for Dining Away from Home Staying gluten-free when dining out can be a source of anxiety. Many restaurants have “gluten-free” offerings, but how can you be sure that procedures are being followed to avoid cross-contact and that all ingredients used are truly Read More

Hospital Stays Made Safe

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published January, 2020   Full version of this article is in the print pdf. Being admitted to the hospital can be a stressful experience, especially for those with celiac disease or other gluten-related disorders. Whether you are there for a day-surgery or for three weeks in rehabilitation, Read More

Gluten-Free Cooking: Baking Hacks

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   The kitchen can mean something different to everyone. It can serve as a main stage where the production of sustenance plays out several times a day. It can be the place to go for winding down, for comfort and warmth. When the Read More

Gluten-Free Pantry Essentials

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 16, 2019   There has been a burst of gluten-free products appearing on grocery store shelves over recent years, but it can still be difficult to know where to start in building up your first gluten-free pantry. Having a good selection of gluten-free items on Read More

Getting Started on a Gluten-Free Diet: A Step-By-Step Guide 

Updated March 1, 2021 Click here to download the printable version.   The following content is intended to be used as a preliminary guide for those who are newly diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Not all aspects of the gluten-free diet are as clear cut as portrayed here. For specific guidance about the gluten-free diet for yourself or Read More

Celebrate Gluten-Free: August 2019

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Celebrate Gluten-Free: May 2019

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Celebrate Gluten-Free: March 2019

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Celebrate Gluten-Free: December 2018

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