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Getting started on a gluten-free diet and not sure where to start? Take things one step at a time and let these resources be your guide.

7 Ways to Navigate the Holidays Gluten-Free

We posed the question, “What is the most difficult aspect of living gluten-free during the holidays?” on Instagram and Facebook. Here are some of the things we heard, paired with some of our tips on how to navigate these real-life challenges. The Challenge: So. Much. Work. Tip #1: Ask for help. Sometimes, we forget to ask for help when we need it, or we might worry that it 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

Does Your Family Health History Determine Celiac Disease?

How important is your family’s health history in diagnosing or ruling out celiac disease? Believe it or not, approximately 35% of the general population has the genes that predispose a person to celiac disease, but only 1% of the general population develop the autoimmune disorder.   Celiac disease is considered a hereditary autoimmune disorder. However, experts say that while having a family history of celiac disease makes you 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

Your Guide to Gluten-Free Gourds

Gourds, those hard-shelled fruits (yes, fruits!) – also known as squashes – that come from a flowering plant, are not just for decorative centerpieces and seasonal displays. Gourds are nutritious and naturally gluten-free. In addition to eating the gourd flesh – and in some cases the rind – you can eat gourd seeds, typically by cleaning and roasting them. Whether you call gourds a fruit or a vegetable, 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

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

The Connection Between Gluten Intolerance and Reproductive Health

When you think of the effects of celiac disease, digestive system, namely the intestines, probably come to mind. Yet symptoms of celiac disease, can present in many different ways, including your reproductive health. For example, if you have undiagnosed and/or untreated celiac disease, you may be more likely to experience infertility. While research is limited and results of studies are mixed, here’s why and how gluten intolerance could impact fertility. Gluten intake in individuals with celiac disease may impact reproductive health in two Read More

GIG Gluten-Free Resource Pages

We publish content every week on our website and continuously update currently existing content to provide you with the information and resources you need to make living gluten-free a little easier. Can you believe we have over 200 articles on our website and counting? To help you navigate all of this content, we’ve recently compiled several resource pages based on specific roles and needs. These pages are great starting points 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

Gluten and Your Muscles, Joints, and Skin

If you are experiencing unexplained joint or muscle pain, bone issues, or even a rash on your body — and some other factors are in place — these issues could be related to gluten intolerance.

Generation GF Magazine – Fall 2021 Issue

View electronic version of the Generation GF Fall 2021 Magazine. Gluten Dragon Drawing Submission Instructions  You can send a digital version of the drawing by attaching it to an email and sending it to generationgf@gluten.org. Or you can mail a paper copy to us at:  Generation GF  c/o Gluten Intolerance Group 31214 124th AVE SE Auburn, WA 98092  Parents: Please note Read More

VIRTUAL EVENT 10/19: How Do You Get a Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity Diagnosis?

What might lead you to consider that you have a gluten intolerance? And if you suspect that, what happens next? Should you start eating gluten-free? That’s what we’ll be discussing – in detail – on Tuesday, October 19 at 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET with three experts who will explain what happens once you start looking into the possibility of a diagnosis.

Gluten and Your Mental Health

A common way of thinking of gluten-related disorders – whether celiac disease or gluten sensitivity – is that the main symptoms are related to the digestive system – the intestines, the stomach, even the mouth. Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease can affect other parts of your body as well, including your brain.  There are two main ways gluten can affect your brain and mental well-being:  In people with gluten-related disorders, gluten can cause 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

The Important Bill That Changes Gluten-Free Food Labels

On August 4, 2021, the Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2021 (FLMA) was introduced to update retail packaged food labeling requirements, particularly the ingredient list on packaged foods. A major goal of the bill is to make food labels more consumer-friendly by providing clear nutritional information.

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.

3 Steps to a Celiac Disease Diagnosis

You’ve been experiencing some discomfort, pain, or simply feel unwell. You go to the doctor to try to find out what’s wrong. At what point should the topic of celiac disease and getting tested come up? If it does, what happens next?

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

Gluten-Free Summer Fun Events

It is officially summer, and outdoor activities are calling our names! Summertime can mean not only fun in the sun but outdoor meals, as well. Being at any event where food is served by others who might not know about celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) can be risky if you are living gluten-free. At some events, gluten-free food Read More

GFCO Sponsors the Generation GF Teen Summit in July

Gluten-Free Certification Organization, or GFCO, is a major sponsor of the Generation GF 2021 Teen Summit taking place at the Hilton Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida on July 14-17, 2021. The Teen Summit couldn’t happen without the generous support of GFCO, the leader in gluten-free product certification.   Events like the Generation GF Teen Summit – and support groups like Generation GF – bring kids together for learning, Read More

Eat Your Vegetables: Nutrients You’re Missing When Gluten-Free

Published June, 2021   Cutting out wheat, rye, and barley – and products derived from those grains – is the way people with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) eat gluten-free. Sticking to a gluten-free diet helps heal intestinal damage caused by celiac disease, specifically, and improves health. NCGS does not cause intestinal damage but is also treated with a gluten-free diet. Eliminating gluten-containing grains and grain-based products from your diet, however, can reduce intake of some key nutrients. How can 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

Self-Advocating: From Diagnosis to Living with Celiac Disease

Published May, 2021 Each step of your celiac disease journey comes with different sets of challenges – not just physical, but emotional ones as well. One part of living with celiac disease or a non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is standing up, or advocating, for yourself.   Standing up for yourself takes many different forms. Being your own advocate can be a major part of dealing with healthcare providers. You may find you also have to self-advocate when interacting with Read More

Are Maltose, Maltodextrin, Glucose Syrup, Yeast Extracts, and Wheat Starch Gluten-Free?

Published April, 2021 Did you know there are some substances used in food products that you may think contain gluten, but they don’t? Maybe the name is confusing or you heard it was an off-limits ingredient, but that may not be the case after all.  Avoiding gluten is the cornerstone of living gluten-free, but doing so can be confusing 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.   

Building Your Healthcare Team

Published May, 2021 The purpose of this article is to explain the different types of expertise that may be beneficial when taking a comprehensive approach to treating a person diagnosed with celiac disease. GIG acknowledges that not everyone has access to all of these options, and some have access to very few of them. This is an important point to note and a conversation we will Read More

Celiac Disease: Getting the Supports You Need – A Live Virtual Event

As part of the educational content and resources we’ve planned for Celiac Disease Awareness Month, we’re hosting a free virtual panel featuring experts discussing the different ways you can get the support you need when living gluten-free.    WHAT: Celiac Disease: Getting the Supports You Need WHEN: Wednesday, May 26 at 5pm PT/8pm ET REGISTER FOR FREE!    A Read More

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

Do All Wheat Mentions on Food Labels Mean Not Gluten-Free? 

Published April, 2021 4 Main Takeaways: 1. Wheat is considered one of the top eight allergens in the U.S., and the FDA requires that wheat be clearly identified on food ingredient labels.  2. May Contain Wheat statements on food labels are voluntarily placed on labels by manufacturers, are not regulated, and are there to warn wheat-allergic 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

Celiac Disease: Barriers to Diagnosis

Published April, 2021 If getting your celiac disease diagnosis is taking (or took) a long time, you are not alone. The journey to diagnosis can take a while for individuals with celiac disease. We spoke to some experts who treat celiac disease patients to better understand some of the barriers that can interfere with a prompt diagnosis.        Patient Confusion/Attitudes  When you’re not feeling well, 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

Generation GF Magazine: Fun In The Sun

Welcome to our “Fun in the Sun” supplement for Generation GF Magazine! Thanks for scanning the QR codes in the magazine. Here are the links to get you to the resources you need.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at generationgf@gluten.org or call (253) 833-6655. GIG Birthday Club We’re launching a Read More

4-Week Vegan and Gluten-Free Meal Plan

Are you gluten-free and vegan, too? Meal planning around multiple dietary restrictions can be challenging. This Gluten-Free Vegan Meal Plan is filled with delicious options to make it easier to shop and prepare healthy meals. If you are glutenfree and looking to make your diet more plant-based, this meal plan can be a great resource Read More

Immune Boosting Gluten-Free Snacks

Click here to view printable version. The immune system involves many processes that require certain nutrients to function. Including a variety of the foods which provide these nutrients daily can help provide optimal immune support. Vitamin A (beta carotene) can be found in carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes and it helps reduce inflammation and strengthen Read More

Gluten-Free Meal Plans

Click on the meal plan to download. Note: Meal Plans are intended to provide guidance and inspiration for planning gluten-free meals. Meal Plans include a variety of nutritious foods, but are for informational purposes only and do not not constitute medical dietary advice. Consult with your personal healthcare team when considering this information Gluten-Free Snacks

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

9 Things to Know About the New U.S. Dietary Guidelines

Published March, 2021 2020-2025 U.S. Dietary Guidelines  Every five years, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) comes out with their U.S. Dietary Guidelines that provide recommendations intended to promote healthy dietary patterns. While the main audience for these guidelines are nutrition policy makers and health professionals, they are relevant to you as you determine the foods   you consume.  If 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.

Down Syndrome and Celiac Disease 

Updated March, 2021  Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin What is Down syndrome?  Down syndrome is a genetic disorder characterized by a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21 in all or some of the cells in an individual’s body and is the most common chromosomal disorder.  Chromosomes usually come in pairs of two, one from each parent, Read More

Is That Diet Gluten-Free? 

Published March, 2021 Keto, Paleo, Whole30, Mediterranean – there are so many diets out there that claim to be healthier or help you lose weight. Changing what you eat can potentially improve or optimize your health, but specific restricted diets can also be unbalanced and unhealthy.   We’ve looked at four popular diets that limit specific foods and promote others to determine how they fit in with a gluten-free diet. This information is Read More

Are You Reacting to Gluten, or Is It Something Else?

Published March 8th, 2021 The bloating. The nausea. The sharp, unrelenting pain in the gut. What could be the cause?  For those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, the onset of gastrointestinal symptoms brings up the question, “Did I just get glutened?” Unintentional gluten exposure is possible and should be considered, but other factors or conditions could cause similar symptoms.  Two of the Read More

The Tale of the Gluten Dragon

In honor of Fairy Tale Day 2021, we’ve crafted a simple fairy tale to help children diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities to learn how they can live healthy and strong. The story is for all children – and parents, too – to better understand how having issues with gluten affects people and how to be supportive to anyone who cannot eat Read More

The Gluten-Free Sandwich: Are Cheese and Deli-Meats Safe?  

Swiss, Gouda, Havarti, Cheddar, Muenster. No matter how you slice it, cheese is a favorite addition to any sandwich. Pile on some ham, salami, bologna, sliced turkey or chicken breast, spread your favorite condiments, and you’ve got the makings of a delicious sandwich.   But is that sandwich gluten-free and safe for you to eat if you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity?  You probably already use gluten-free Read More

5 Ways You Can Achieve Food Freedom When Gluten-Free 

Written for GIG by Daniella Durant, MSN, Bastyr University Dietetic Intern (2020-2021)  Published February 22, 2021 If you have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, you can fuel and nourish your body in a way that is safe and satisfying by adhering to a gluten-free diet. Rather than looking at the diet as limiting or restrictive, think of it as a way of Read More

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

Is Wine Gluten-Free…Or Not?

Published February 8, 2021 Spoiler Alert: Wine is considered safe to include in a gluten-free diet by most people in the gluten-free community. This article addresses the common questions that come up regarding wine and gluten.  Want to enjoy a glass of wine but wondering if it is gluten-free? Wine is made of fermented grapes – which are naturally gluten-free, but does Read More

5 Reasons Beans Are a Perfect Gluten-Free Staple

Published February 1, 2021 If you’re looking for a versatile, naturally gluten-free, protein-rich and heart-healthy food to have on hand in your pantry, beans are a great option. What are beans, anyway? Beans are classified as legumes – plants that bear fruit in pods. All beans are legumes, but all legumes aren’t beans. Two popular 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

7 Salty, Savory, Sweet Gluten-Free Appetizers 

Published January 22, 2021 What goes hand-in-hand with The Big Game – or any celebratory event for that matter? Appetizers!   If you’re living gluten-free, no need to miss out on sweet, salty, or savory snacks while watching the big game, enjoying your favorite show on the small screen, or engaging in casual or fancy festivities. Even if you’re having a tiny gathering exclusively for your immediate household, these finger foods are free of gluten and full Read More

23 Gluten-Free Instant Pot Recipes

Published January 15, 2021 The Instant Pot is a smart pressure cooker and multicooker that can speed up cooking by up to 10 times, saving you both time and energy. Bonus: The Instant Pot can also cover your slow cooker needs.  In the last few years, the popularity of the Instant Pot has hit new highs, and it is one of Read More

3 Tips for Gluten-Free Label Reading

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Updated January 10, 2021   When you’re living gluten-free, making sense of food labels can be a bit of a puzzle you must solve before you can feel confident putting that product in your cart and bringing it home to consume. We put together three tips for reading labels on packaged food products to help you figure out if they’re safe for 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

Gluten-Free Cooking: Beans 10 Ways

Updated January 8, 2021 When minimizing shopping outings, non-perishable foods are playing a bigger role in our gluten-free diets. High on the list of non-perishables that offer great nutrition and versatility are BEANS! Whether you cook up your own from dried, or prefer to use canned, here are some ideas. We’re including a few recipes. 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

4-Week Basic Gluten-Free Meal Plan

Updated January 5, 2021 New to gluten-free?  Check out this 4-week menu plan!  This Starter Kit is designed as a guide to help you navigate the first month of your child’s diagnosis. It contains basic information about gluten-related disorders, dietary treatment, and contains a month’s worth of meal plans and shopping lists to help you Read More

31 Ways to Kick off 2021: New Year, New (Gluten-Free) Food

Published January 1, 2021 It’s a New Year! Time to kick off 2021 in a fresh way. We’re focusing on trying new gluten-free foods and paying attention to our overall wellness this month. Follow along as we reveal a new tip, recipe, blog post or podcast every week.  #NewYearNewFood January 1st | National Bloody Mary Day It’s National Bloody Mary Day – but is it Read More

Gluten in Your Food: Cross-Contact or Cross-Contamination?

Published December 30, 2020 We’ve broken down the two main ways gluten might get into otherwise gluten-free foods, and they may not be the two ways you think. Living gluten-free? Whether you’re recently diagnosed with celiac disease or are avoiding gluten for other reasons, knowing if the food you eat is free of gluten can Read More

Does Fermentation or Distillation Make a Product Gluten-Free?

Published December 9, 2020 Is alcohol gluten-free? When it comes to adult beverages, going for gluten-free beer or spirits can be confusing. Part of the confusion often involves understanding the different processes for crafting beer versus liquor products. If you’re living gluten-free and looking to enjoy a libation, here’s what you need to know. Starting 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

Year End Appeal 2020

    “Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” YOU can be a hero and make a difference in someone’s life so they can eat safely. In fact, you are already a hero to GIG. Because of you, GIG is strong. We are forging Read More

Are Oats and Oat Flour Gluten-Free?

Updated February 2021 Oats are a hot button topic within the celiac and gluten-free communities. Oats are not considered a top allergen, and in their pure form, oats are safe for the majority of people with celiac disease. Unlike wheat, barley, and rye, oats are not considered a source of gluten in many countries.   The concern with oats 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

The #I ❤️ GlutenFree Instagram Challenge

Published November 1, 2020 Did you know November is National Gluten-Free Awareness Month? #NationalGFMonth  Being gluten-free is more than a diet – it’s a lifestyle.      Living with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is a journey and a lifestyle. With the right information, and a strong support network, going gluten-free can be easy.  GIG is here to make life easier Read More

Publications

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

Safety of Gluten-Free Restaurant Food and Personal Testing Devices

Published October 7, 2020 A study on this topic got a lot of attention when it was presented at a gastroenterology conference this fall. Researchers claimed their study showed that a third of “gluten-free” restaurant food was not actually gluten-free. But before you panic and decide never to eat out again, here are some facts Read More

Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2020

Published September 29, 2020 GIG Research Update The 2020 Digestive Disease Week (DDW) conference was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there was still much to be learned from abstracts that had already been submitted and accepted. Following are summaries of selected abstracts related to celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Probiotics for celiac disease Read More

Gluten-Free Living: Basics & Beyond

Click here to read this free issue of  Gluten-Free Living: Basics & Beyond e-magazine  

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

Back-to-School During COVID

Published August 5, 2020 Back-to-school time is here, and like nearly everything else this year it is going to be different. Families across the country will be experiencing diverse options for their school age kids, from being in class part-time to 100% remote to hybrid approaches. If you have children with celiac disease or gluten Read More

Racial Disparities and Celiac Disease in the U.S.

Published July 6, 2020 Research on celiac disease (CD) reveals racial disparities in healthcare for African Americans. Based on the available data, the African American community in the U.S. needs more attention from the celiac community. This would include additional social support, improved medical attention, and additional research.   Celiac Disease in the U.S. Who 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

Generation GF TEEN CHAT!

Teen? Gluten-free? Come zoom with Generation GF. Make some gluten-free connections, chat, vent, learn, and even find out how to collab with us on our mentorship project (a great way to build up some leadership credentials and volunteer hours) or attend our teen summit.   Generation GF has a lot to offer, be sure to join Read More

Gluten-free Labeling: What you need to know during the pandemic and beyond

Published June 1, 2020 For those of us who need to be gluten-free, reading food labels is one of the most basic approaches to making sure that the foods we eat are safely gluten-free. In addition to being basic and necessary, reading labels can also be tricky and confusing, even under normal circumstances. During the Read More

Generation GF LIVE Scavenger Hunt

It’s a Generation GF Virtual Party!  Mark your calendar and get the kids excited because we are hosting a Scavenger Hunt on Zoom! Join us October 14th at  4:30 pm CT  OR  7:30 pm CT *All participants will be sent a Generation GF prize. All kids are invited to come play.    

Making Healthy Choices While Gluten-Free & Social Distancing

May 12, 2020 All members of the gluten-free community are welcome to Join us on Tuesday, 5/12 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET for the second in a series of virtual education and support discussions. Register below! This Zoom discussion will include a 30 minute discussion by our experts followed by an open Q&A session.   Coral Barajas 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

Freeze Your Food! Plus other Tips & Tricks to Make Your Food Last

Published April 30, 2020 Maybe you’ve heard stories of your grandparents and great-grandparents using up every part of food, leaving no waste behind. You may think you operate on the same level in your kitchen, but these tips for using every last bit may surprise you! Learn how to maximize your food and make things Read More

Tips on Making Groceries Last

Published April 9, 2020 Perishable foods are the main focus here: vegetables, fruits, meats/fish/poultry, and dairy products.  (Shelf stable items like beans, GF grains, and nuts have much longer – but not indefinite – shelf lives.)  Both quality and safety are considerations when determining how long foods can be kept. We’re all trying to stretch things out, but keep in mind there is a limit on how long perishable foods will stay safe Read More

Quarantine Preparedness

Published June 8, 2020 Shelf-stable items Gluten-free items that are shelf-stable* and relatively nutrient-dense to keep on hand in advance of possible quarantine. Always confirm gluten-free status when purchasing. Beans & Lentils:  Any type, dried &/or canned. For dried , choose certified or gluten-free labeled when possible. Meat: Canned or in pouches. Such as tuna, Read More

Gluten-Free Pandemic Resources

Updated February 8, 2021 During these unprecedented times, the availability of food, especially gluten-free food, can lead to challenges at mealtimes. Check out these resources to help you get creative in the kitchen, even with just the basics on hand. Remember: You may not be able to fill every craving, but you will have sustenance, Read More

Gluten-Free Cooking: Nuts

Published April 8, 2020 Why Nuts? Nuts are a good source of protein and fat, two of the three important basic macronutrients in the foods we eat (the third being carbohydrate). Having a balance of the three macronutrients at each meal will help keep you fueled and feeling satisfied longer. With this in mind, nuts are especially good to add to foods that provide mostly carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, some grains and grain-based foods like cereals). And Read More

Gluten-Free Cooking: Rice

Published April 8, 2020 Make a big batch when having rice as a dinner side dish. Then, use leftovers like this: Quiche crust. Super simple: leftover rice, grated cheese, and an egg white. https://food52.com/recipes/30167-tomato-kale-quiche-in-cheesy-rice-crust Meatloaf or Meatballs. Cooked rice works like breadcrumbs would. Fried Rice  https://www.food.com/recipe/basic-fried-rice-255247 (improvise on added vegetables, using what you have on Read More

Gluten-Free Cooking: Eggs

Published March 24, 2020 Got a gluten-free kitchen? Eggs are good item to keep on hand to limit trips to the store. Not only are they a good source of protein, vitamins & minerals. Raw eggs can last 3-5 weeks in the fridge if left in the shell. We’ve got recipes, tips and ideas for Read More

Certified Gluten-Free Special Offers

Published March 20, 2020 Social distancing but need to stock up? Shop differently. We’ve rounded up some information and special offers from a collection of companies with GFCO products and restaurants that are validated by our GFFS program! Check out this list and bookmark it as we will be updating it regularly.     You Read More

Celebrate Gluten-Free: March 2020

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

St. Patrick’s Day Color Sheet

Published March 17, 2020 On this St. Patrick’s Day, let us look for the rainbows! Here’s a simple place to start. Print this page and let your kids color some rainbows. Spread the good cheer by sharing the masterpieces on social media and be sure to tag us @generationgf.  

Transitioning Your Child to a Gluten-Free Diet

Published March 16, 2020 Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Transitioning your child to a gluten-free diet can feel overwhelming and confusing at times. You may feel unsure of how to keep your child safe while still allowing them to experience the joys of being a kid. You can rest assured that with Read More

Generation GF Magazine: February 2020

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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

Generation GF Magazine: Bonus Issue

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Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2019

Published January 17, 2020 May 18-21, San Diego. Research summaries   GIG’s Education Supervisor, Lola O’Rourke MS, RDN, recently attended the 50th anniversary Digestive Disease Week (DDW) conference in San Diego and has compiled an impressive list of summaries of the latest research on celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and gluten-related disorders.  Be sure to check Read More

Berries

Published January 17, 2020 In the Pacific Northwest it’s clear that summer has arrived when fresh berries can be enjoyed straight off the plants.  Blackberries are so prolific in this part of the world that often all it takes is a visit to the local park, and you can snack your way through the bushes. Read More

Pre-School, Childcare, and Gluten Risks

Published January 17, 2020 Sending your child off to daycare or preschool can bring a set of worries to any parent—but a parent of a child with celiac disease takes on a whole extra set of concerns. The Gluten Intolerance Group and Generation GF are here to help ease your worries and empower you with Read More

Update on European Guidelines on Celiac Disease & Other Gluten-Related Disorders

August, 2019   Updated recommendations on the management of celiac disease (CD) and gluten-related disorders were recently published by the European Society for the Study of Coeliac Disease. A multi-national group of experts including both pediatric and adult gastroenterologists conducted a review of current guidelines, and a literature review of relevant articles published from 1990 to Read More

Acing the School Year – Easy as 1-2-Gluten-Free

Published January 17, 2020 It’s back to school time! A fresh new school year awaits with new classes, new teachers, and maybe some new friends and activities. This is sure to be an exciting time in your life, but some things might give you those butterflies in your stomach. We understand, we get them too, Read More

Use a Tortilla 10 Different Ways

Published January 17, 2020 Back to school season means new friends, stocking up on school supplies, and a fresh start. With all the running around this time of year brings, sometimes we just need one pantry staple to do double duty – and then some! Prevent breakfast burnout and lunch bag ruts from now on Read More

Generation GF of Bucks County Group Spotlight

Published January 17, 2020 Hi! My name is Mackenzie Willbanks, and I am 18 years old. Experiencing firsthand the lack of knowledge the public has about celiac disease in my community – I decided it was time for a change. I contacted the Gluten Intolerance Group in 2017; I wanted to be the gluten- free voice Read More

I’m Gluten-Free Too! Meet Camille

Published June 17, 2020 How old are you and how long have you been gluten-free?  I’m five and a half. I’ve been gluten-free for one and a half years. It was a little scary when I had to go to sleep so they could see in my tummy, but I got a cool stuffy [stuffed Read More

Swap This for That

Published January 16, 2020 New adventures are bound to come your way with the beginning of a new school year. Along with this exciting transition there can also be new challenges when it comes to eating right: having less time for breakfast, lunch away from home, and snacks on the run before your after school Read More

Gluten-Free Trail Mix

Published January 16, 2020 If the idea of weighing and measuring recipe ingredients sounds, well, just a little too precise for you, but you like the idea of creating something delicious to eat, making your own trail mix may be just the thing! Trail mix is generally defined as a mixture of dried fruits and Read More

Dear Dr. Abbe

Published January 16, 2020 Dear Dr. Abbe is Generation GF’s advice column. Dr. Abbe is a licensed psychologist with a PhD in Clinical and School Psychology. She responds to your questions about life as a gluten-free kid or teen. Email GenerationGF@archive.gluten.org to submit a question of your own, and look for it in an upcoming Read More

Is It Always About Gluten? What are FODMAPs?

Published January 16, 2020 If you have celiac disease, the answer is “yes.” But for non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), it’s not so clear cut. If you think you have NCGS, your healthcare provider may have suggested you have an issue with “FODMAPs” instead. Here, we explain what FODMAPs are, why some people have issues digesting Read More

Finding Credible Sources of Information on Health

Published January 16, 2020 By Carolina Nunes, MS, Bastyr University Dietetic Intern (2019)    Countless websites and blogs are dedicated to diet and health-related topics, and information about the gluten-free diet, celiac disease, and gluten sensitivity seems to be everywhere. Not all sources, however, are committed to using high standards for their reporting and information. Additionally, applicability of research is sometimes over-stated or misconstrued, or opinions may be veiled as fact-based science.   Following are some guidelines to 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

Talking to Friends & Family About Living Gluten-Free

Published January 15, 2020 As you may have experienced, some friends, family members, and co-workers are overwhelmingly supportive of you and your dietary restrictions, but others… not so much. Here is a helpful guide on how to navigate some of these more difficult situations. Try to approach these conversations with a serious, but informal tone. Read More

Hot Topics: CBD Oil & Oat Milk

Published January 15, 2020 Use of CBD oil for treating celiac symptoms To GIG’s knowledge, no published research exists on the use of CBD (Cannabidiol) oil for treatment of celiac disease symptoms. We cannot comment on the legitimacy or efficacy of CBD-based products, however we do have input relating to the reasons a person with Read More

Venturing into Indian Cuisine

Contributions by Madison Service, 2019 Bastyr University Dietetic Intern Updated July 19, 2021 Curries, tandoori, tikka masala, and more! Indian food is a popular cuisine, packed full of flavor and chock-full of nutrients. Many people seek out this flavorful cuisine for the aromatic spices and curries. If you’ve never tried Indian food before, adventuring out Read More

Celiac Disease in Children

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published December 18, 2019 What is celiac disease? Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that results from the response of the immune system to the ingestion of gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. This immune response causes inflammation and damage to the Read More

The Gluten-Free Diet: Facts and Myths

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published August, 2021 Facts Gluten-free diet and celiac disease (CD): A strict, life-long gluten-free diet is required for health reasons. Ingestion of gluten causes an adverse reaction which damages intestinal cells and can lead to serious health problems. Gluten-free diet and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (also known as Read More

What is Celiac Disease?

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published April 16, 2021 What You Need to Know Celiac disease is a chronic, autoimmune disease which is the result of an immune system response to the ingestion of gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley) in susceptible individuals. This response to gluten damages the Read More

Celiac Disease Centers – Resource List

Updated August, 2021  

Celebrate Gluten-Free: November 2019

Click here to read the November 2019 issue of Celebrate Gluten-Free E-Magazine

Salmon Tin Foil Packets

Published November 7, 2019 Ingredients Salmon 4-6oz fillet of salmon 6+ slices of lemon 4 slices onions Salt Pepper Oregano Garlic   Sausage 4-6oz of sausage (sliced) ½ of a zucchini (sliced) 1 medium sized new potato (sliced) 3 medium carrots 2 slices onion     Instructions: Prepare charcoal or gas grill to medium heat. Read More

Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Published November 7, 2019 Ingredients ½ cup diced carrots ½ cup diced onion 2 cloves garlic 15 ounce can red beans, rinsed and drained 15 ounce can diced tomatoes 8 ounce can tomato sauce ¼ cup diced green pepper 1 Tbs chili powder ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp oregano 1 bay leaf pinch of celery Read More

Chicken Salad Recipe

Published November 7, 2019 Ingredients 3/4 cup mayonnaise 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp salt 3 cups cubed cooked chicken 1 1/2 cups red seedless grapes, halved 1 cup sliced celery 1/2 cup sliced green onions 1/2 cup chopped walnuts Instructions Combine mayonnaise, ginger and salt. Stir in chicken, grapes, celery, onions and walnuts. Cover Read More

Quick Reference Ingredient Card

Published May, 2020                                          

Restaurant Card

Published July 27, 2021   Print friendly version click here.                                                          

Possible Symptoms of Gluten-Related Disorders in Kids

Published October 22, 2019

Celiac Disease Symptoms in Adolescents

Published October 23, 2019

Understanding Your Student

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 18, 2019 What is celiac disease? Celiac disease (CD) is a genetic autoimmune digestive disorder that affects 1 in 100 people. Those with celiac disease are unable to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and derivatives of those grains. When the disease Read More

School Letters

To help you navigate school-related environments where food may be served, we’ve developed a School Letter template to help you explain your child’s restrictions to their teacher or responsible adult present with them at school.

Letter to Teacher

Published October 18, 2019 Every new school year, your kids are excited, but maybe nervous too. New classroom, new teacher, new responsibilities. As a parent, the 1st day of school is nerve-wracking for you as well. Those jitters are only more increased when you have a child with special diet needs. Just when you had Read More

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 September, 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

Gluten-Free VS. Gluten-Removed Beer: A Study

Published October 18, 2019 A discussion of the published research and results from The Celiac Patient Antibody Response to Conventional and Gluten-Removed Beer. Hear from Laura Allred, Ph.D., GIG’s Regulatory & Standards Manager; James Neumeister, founder of Ground Breaker Brewing; and Jordan Middlebrook of KingGlutenFree.com. Read our research study: The Celiac Patient Antibody Response to Conventional Read More

Celiac Disease Testing in Children

Published October 18, 2019 For parents, there are a multitude of everyday children’s matters and milestone marks that take up plenty of time and concern, so when there is a medical issue to consider (especially one as complex as an autoimmune disease like celiac disease), it can be especially taxing. Doctor visits can feel rushed, Read More

Medications and the Gluten-Free Diet

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Staying gluten-free involves more than just dietary changes.While use of gluten as an ingredient in medications is uncommon, medications must also be evaluated for their gluten content. Many pharmaceuticals have an additional filler called an excipient, used to make a particular dosage 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 Sensitivity and FODMAPs

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Gluten sensitivity and FODMAPs: Is there a connection? Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (also known as gluten sensitivity) is not yet well understood. The currently accepted means of diagnosing this condition is to rule out celiac disease, wheat allergy, and other possible causes of Read More

Healthy Weight Gain in Celiac Disease

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published August, 2021   The term “weight management” generally brings to mind the issue of how to lose weight, or at least how to prevent gain. But sometimes there are health-related reasons to gain weight, and one scenario where this may be the case is in celiac Read More

Pregnancy and Celiac Disease

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Pregnancy and celiac disease both call for extra considerations when it comes to nutrition. What if you fall into both categories? Do some of the needs overlap, and are there special nutritional issues that arise for pregnant women who have celiac disease? Read More

Diabetes and Celiac Disease

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published July, 2020 What is celiac disease? An autoimmune disease which is the result of an immune system response to the ingestion of gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley) in susceptible individuals. This response to gluten damages the small intestine, leading to malabsorption of Read More

Celiac Disease & Thyroid Conditions

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Celiac Disease and Thyroid Disease: The Connection Researchers have found autoimmune thyroid diseases to be more common in people with celiac disease than in the general population. The reasons for this relationship are not entirely clear, but these are the known facts: Read More

Celiac Disease and Anemia

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   What is Anemia? Anemia results from a decrease in the size or number of red blood cells, or in the amount of hemoglobin, which is the red pigment in red blood cells. Think of red blood cells as ships that deliver oxygen Read More

Associated Autoimmune Diseases

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published August 5, 2021   People who have celiac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis (celiac disease which manifests as a skin rash) are at greater risk than the general population for developing one or more associated autoimmune diseases. These disorders share common genetic and immunological linkages with celiac Read More

Healthy Gluten-Free Eating Guidelines

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Removing gluten from the diet is the essential first step to thriving gluten-free. Next, learn how to make your gluten-free plate exceptionally healthful. Vegetables Fill approximately half your plate with non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, bell peppers, onions, cabbage, carrots, artichoke, beets, Read More

Whole Grains

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published March, 2021   What makes a grain a “whole grain?” A whole grain is a grain that contains all three of the main parts of the grain (endosperm, bran, and germ). A whole grain has not been refined and stripped of important nutrients. The bran, or Read More

Weight Management and the Gluten-Free Diet

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Individuals with undiagnosed or untreated celiac disease may experience unintended weight loss over time due to malabsorption of nutrients caused by damage to the intestine. However, when a gluten-free diet is begun and the intestine heals, lost weight is sometimes re-gained and Read More

Gluten-Free & Vegetarian

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   A little extra planning may be needed, but maintaining a healthy diet when you are both gluten-free and vegetarian is absolutely doable. Depending on the degree of dietary restriction in the type of vegetarianism followed, as well as on varied individual food Read More

Supplementing a Gluten-Free Diet

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published September, 2020   Individuals following a gluten-free diet may be susceptible to nutrient deficiencies. In those with celiac disease, gluten damages the small intestine, leading to malabsorption of nutrients. Until the intestine has had a chance to heal, this can cause deficiencies. In addition, after the Read More

I’m Gluten-Free. Am I Getting my Nutrients?

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Updated July, 2021 Gluten-Free Diet Nutrient Deficiencies Getting the right balance of nutrients can be hard at any time, but when you have celiac disease (CD), low intake of a good mix of foods and poor absorption limiting what your body takes in can add to the Read More

Heart Healthy Gluten-Free Diet

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Once you’ve figured out the basics of staying gluten-free, it’s time to consider other aspects of the diet which can also impact your health. Is your gluten-free diet a heart-healthy one? Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the Read More

Gluten-Free Grains

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published February, 2021 The gluten-free diet requires total avoidance of the grains wheat, barley, rye and all varieties and hybrids of these grains, such as spelt. However, there are many wonderful gluten-free grains* to enjoy. Amaranth Once the sacred food of the Aztecs, amaranth is high in Read More

GIG’s Gluten-Free Diet & Drug Instruction

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 13, 2021   The gluten-free (GF) diet can provide adequate nutrition while eliminating wheat, rye and barley from the diet as long as GF grains with high nutritional value are used and the diet includes a variety of nutritious foods. Gluten is a generic term Read More

Gluten-Free Flours & Thickening Agents

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published August, 2021   You’ve likely noticed that there is an extensive selection of gluten-free flours available these days. Where do you start, and what should be used for what? Is there just one that can be substituted for wheat flour? It’s always beneficial to do some Read More

Adding Fiber To Your Gluten-Free Diet

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published July 28, 2021   Fiber is an important part of a healthful diet. Consumption of enough fiber can aid in lowering cholesterol and reducing risk of heart disease, and is important for maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal system. High fiber diets have also been linked to lower 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

Women and Gluten-Related Disorders

Published October 1, 2021   Some symptoms of gluten-related disorders (celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity) are also more likely to exist in women than men in general. Therefore, if you are a woman and have any of these conditions or symptoms it’s important to consider both gluten-related disorders, as well as non-gluten related issues 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

Easy to Find & Easy to Fix Meals and Snacks

Download a Printable Version  Published October 15, 2019 Hungry for a quick bite? Not sure what is safe to eat? Here are some easy-to-find and easy-to-fix foods that make perfect snacks and quick, simple meals to get you started on a gluten-free diet.* Snacks: Fresh fruit Broccoli and tomatoes with ranch dip Carrots and hummus Read More

Gluten Sensitivity

(also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or non-celiac wheat sensitivity)  Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 15, 2019 Some individuals who experience distress when eating gluten-containing foods and show improvement when following a gluten-free diet may have what is commonly referred to as gluten sensitivity (GS) instead of celiac disease (CD). Read More

Could Gluten be Causing Your Health Problems?

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 15, 2019   To start to find out, answer the following questions: Do you have a family history of celiac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis? Do you have recurring problems with: Abdominal pain Bloating Constipation Diarrhea Vomiting Elevated liver function tests (AST, ALT) Joint pain Fatigue Read More

Celiac Disease, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity or Wheat Allergy: What is the Difference?

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published July, 2021   Celiac disease (CD), non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) and wheat allergy are all conditions whose primary treatment is avoidance of specific dietary components. While celiac disease and wheat allergy are well defined conditions, non-celiac gluten sensitivity is poorly understood at this time. Celiac disease Read More

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published July 28, 2021   What you need to know about dermatitis herpetiformis Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is a form of celiac disease. It is a skin condition characterized by groups of itchy blisters. The ingestion of gluten (a protein contained in wheat, rye and barley) triggers an 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 a Read More

Favorite Brownies

Ingredients 1 cup margarine 1 cup white beans 4 cups granulated sugar 8 eggs 4 tsp vanilla 3 cups gluten-free rice flour mix 2 tsp salt 1 1/2 cups cocoa 2 tsp xanthan gum Instructions This is recipe in its gluten containing form has been a long standing favorite. Recently I converted it for our Read More

Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients 1/2 cup oil 3/4 cup sugar 2 eggs, beaten 3 cup gluten-free oatmeal 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 cup milk 1 tsp vanilla *Optional: add fruits and nuts for more texture and flavor. Instructions Mix oil, sugar and eggs. Add oatmeal, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, milk and vanilla. Read More

Baked Omelet

Ingredients 1 Tbs butter 1 cup sliced green onions or chopped yellow onion 2 Tbs chopped green pepper 1 cup chopped tomatoes 7 eggs 3/4 to 1 cup milk Salt and pepper 1 cup diced ham 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, or cheddar and Monterey Jack mixed Instructions In skillet melt butter and fry chopped Read More

Glazed Meatloaf

Ingredients 2 pounds ground beef 2 eggs 2/3 cup gluten-free bread crumbs 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 Tbsp ketchup 1 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper Instructions Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Press into an 8×4 inch loaf pan. Bake at 375 F for 1 hour. Drain off any Read More

Quinoa Fiesta Salad

Ingredients 1 cup quinoa, rinsed several times just before cooking 2 cups water Pinch sea salt 1 red pepper, cored, seeded, and diced 1 carrot, scrubbed and diced, steamed for 4-5 minutes 5 scallions, roots and dark green woody stem removed, minced 1/4 cup cooked corn (optional) 1/4 cup currants 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, finely Read More

Applesauce Spice Bars

Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup butter or margarine 1 large egg 1 1/2 cups applesauce 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour blend 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 3/4 tsp xanthan gum 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup raisins (optional) 1/2 cup walnuts (optional) Instructions Cream butter and sugar in Read More

Potato Salad

Ingredients 6 to 8 medium potatoes (6 cups) 1/2 cup chopped onion 5 hard-boiled eggs 1 cup mayonnaise 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 tsp mustard 1 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper paprika for garnish Instructions Wash potatoes. Boil in salted water for 30 minutes or until just tender; do not overcook. Read More

Chicken and Rice Soup

Ingredients 6 cups gluten-free chicken broth 1 cup cubed chicken 1/2 cup sliced carrots 1/2 cup sliced celery 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup uncooked rice 2 tsp parsley flakes 1/2 tsp basil 1/4 tsp salt dash pepper Instructions Combine broth, cooked or uncooked chicken, carrots, celery, onion, rice, parsley, basil, and pepper in a Read More

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

Betty Dickinson GIG of North Texas  (from GIG cookbook, p. 90)   Ingredients 1¼ c. GF flour blend ¼ tsp. cream of tartar 1 T. sugar 1 egg 2 tsp. baking powder ¼ c. oil ½ tsp. xanthan gum ½ c. buttermilk ¼ tsp. salt   Directions Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt, Read More

Barbeque Baked Beans

Ingredients 1 (15 ounce) can navy beans 1 (15 ounce) can small red beans 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans 1/2 pound bacon, fried and crumbled 1/2 onion, minced 1 cup gluten-free barbeque sauce 1/2 cup ketchup 2 Tbs brown sugar 1 Tbs vinegar 1/4 tsp mustard powder Instructions Drain and rinse beans. Put in Read More

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

Ingredients 1 pound chicken breast strips 1 egg 2 Tbsp milk 2 cups gluten-free bread crumbs 1 1/2 tsp season salt Instructions Beat egg and milk in medium sized bowl. Mix bread crumbs with season salt in a second bowl. Dip chicken tenders in egg bowl, and then toss in a second bowl with seasoned Read More

Pancakes

Ingredients 1 cups gluten-free flour blend 1 Tbs sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 eggs 2 Tbs oil 1/3 -1/2 cup milk Instructions Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs, oil, and milk to dry ingredients and mix just until smooth. Spoon 2 tablespoons of batter onto a hot griddle Read More

Black Bean Enchiladas

Ingredients 12 gluten-free tortillas (such as corn) 4 cups gluten-free enchilada sauce FILLING: 15 oz can black beans, well drained 11 oz can yellow corn, well drained 4 oz can chopped olives 1 cup finely diced zucchini 2 Tbsp finely diced onion 2 Tbsp finely diced bell pepper 2 cloves garlic, pressed Instructions Combine sauce Read More

Creamed Peas and Potatoes

Ingredients 2 to 3 medium sized red potatoes, unpeeled 2 Tbs butter 1 cup milk 1/2 tsp salt 1 Tbs cornstarch 10 ounce package frozen petite peas, cooked Instructions Cut each potato into 4 to 6 pieces. Cook in a small amount of salted water for about 10 minutes or until barely tender. Drain. For Read More

Blueberry Muffins

Makes 12-16 muffins   Ingredients 1 1/2 cup rice flour 1/3 cup potato starch 1/3 cup tapioca starch 1 tsp xanthan gum 4 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1 cup milk 1/4 cup oil 3/4 cup canned wild blueberries, well-drained   Instructions Combine dry ingredients. In another Read More

Vanilla Pudding Recipe

Ingredients 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/8 tsp salt 2 cups milk 2 eggs (optional) 2 tsp vanilla 2 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted Instructions Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in medium saucepan. Mix well with a wire whisk. Add milk to pan. Cook on medium high heat stirring constantly with whisk until thick Read More

Home-style Hash Brown Potatoes

Ingredients ¼ cup diced onion ¼ cup diced green pepper 1 clove garlic, pressed 2 baked potatoes, diced Instructions Cook onion in frying pan with a little water until onion is translucent. Add green pepper and little more water. Cook for one minute. Add garlic and cook briefly. Add diced potatoes and cook to heat Read More

Broccoli Beef Recipe

Ingredients 1 pound beef sirloin, cut in thin strips 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 4 cups broccoli, cut up Marinade: 1 Tbsp gluten-free soy sauce 1 Tbsp cornstarch 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 clove garlic, minced Gravy: 1 Tbsp gluten-free soy sauce 1 Tbsp cornstarch 1/2 cup water or broth Instructions Stir marinade ingredients in Read More

Celebrate Gluten-Free: August 2019

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Growing Awareness Of The Importance Of Gluten-Free Certification Leads To 108 Products Being Certified Gluten-Free

Growing Awareness of the Importance of Gluten-free Certification Leads to 108 Products Being Certified Gluten-Free by Gluten Intolerance Group’s GFCO in May and June AUBURN, Wash. (July 16, 2019)— The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), the industry leader in the certification of gluten-free products and food services, announces that it certified 108 products from 14 brands in May and Read More

Celebrate Gluten-Free: May 2019

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Food And Drink Manufacturers Receive Gluten-Free Certification For 132 Products

Food and Drink Manufacturers Receive Gluten-Free Certification for 132 Products from Gluten Intolerance Group’s GFCO Program in March and April   AUBURN, Wash. (May 21, 2019)— The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), the industry leader in the certification of gluten-free products and food services, certified 132 products from 22 brands in March and April through its Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) program. Read More

Celebrate Gluten-Free: March 2019

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Celebrate Gluten-Free: December 2018

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Generation GF Magazine: February 2018

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