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Frequently updated.  Resources and a network of local providers, meetups, conferences and food sources.  I will add to this post as often as I confirm new information.  It should be Featured (pinned to the top of the blog).  If it's not, please let me know. General Information on Celiac Disease and related links are found at the bottom of the article (very long page, and yes it needs some reorganization).

Safe Restaurants - If it's in this list, I've eaten there personally.  NOTE:  Although it's not something I've seen locally, it is possible to certify Gluten Free food service.
Primal  (fine dining, call ahead or reservations)  Akashi (sushi bar)Bull City Ciderworks  (bar, cider is GF, the food truck nearby is not GF though) Fresh Levant (welcoming atmosphere, in good weather, can sit outdoors, reservations recommended for dinner)

Photo by:Matthew Henry
Haven't tried these, but probably good restaurants:
 With any mixed GF/nonGF restaurant, please call first…

Ketogenic Diet Part 3: Reality Check

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I originally thought there was no point in repeating what other people have said about the ketogenic diet.  However, after doing some research for this article, I realized that many new websites, seeking ad clicks, have sprung up.  And now, it's necessary to point you to some right resources.  This article will help you identify which sites are worthwhile, and which are just clickbait.  Let's start with some myths.

Myths

There are lots of myths surrounding the diet.  You can find a list of ordinary myths anywhere, such as, bad breath, constipation, etc.  These are all potential annoyances, but there's a growing amount of just plain bad information too.  A site may not be legit if:

1.  It overly focuses on the keto flu, gives dire warnings about fiber and oily tarry stools, etc.  

 2.  It uses macros, percentages, or oversimplifies the diet as a "Protein and Fat" diet.  Also see #7 below.

3.  It tells you that you have to use their product for best results. Or mu…

Ketogenic Diet Part 2: The Gallbladder

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It's hard to find good information about the gallbladder.  The modern medicine view is that it's probably going to fail in middle age and should just be removed.  So why care about it?  If you're in need of a ketogenic diet, then it's better to have a gallbladder, but it's not necessary.  I've said before I was "transitioning" to a keto diet.  The usual way to do that is to fast for 24 or 36 hours, and then instantly switch to eating a keto diet.  But I don't have my gallbladder, so I'm switching slowly, reducing my carb intake and increasing my fat intake by steps.  It's harder to do that way, but I get better results.



One of the effects of undiagnosed Celiac disease is a leaky gut.  Semidigested food bits and germs can pass through the gut barrier.  I was telling doctors that I felt like I was having peritonitis, that the symptoms were there.  But I am obese and when they felt my stomach for "hardening" I don't think they f…

Ketogenic Diet Part 1: Versus the DASH Diet

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For several reasons I've decided to embark on a multi part series on the Ketogenic Diet.  I've always wanted to, but I wondered if it was off topic.  And I argued with myself that there's plenty of information out there already so why should I parrot it?  I also don't think that everyone should "go keto" but I do wish everyone would stop disparaging it.

However, it's become obvious to me that many people are under the mistaken impression that the Ketogenic diet is some kind of unscientific fad, instead of a medical diet on par with the Gluten Free diet for Celiacs, or the low-fiber diet for diverticulitis, or the low-vitamin K diet for people on warfarin, or the low FODMAP diet for IBS, etc.  The number one mistake made is the assumption that keto a "high protein" diet.  It most certainly isn't. But before I launch into myths about it, let's talk about how it differs from the more common DASH diet.  

If you're sick enough to have a …

Angeled Eggs with Easy Mayonnaise Alternative LCHF

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Have you read those articles or seen those videos of people making mayo?  They always assure you that it's easy, and that it's safe to use raw eggs.  OK I guess, if your beating arm is strong, and if you're willing to take a risk.  But what is it really?  A sauce.  A sauce, made cold, of emulsified oil.  So all we really need are oil, water, and an emulsifier.  You might wonder if it will taste good.  I can assure you it tastes better than any mayo you've ever tasted.

Other than Hellman's (R), I think most mayo, that's store bought, is disgusting.  And the more "organic" or "extra virgin" it is, the worse it tastes.  I haven't tried them all but I've tried many while looking for something more nutritious than Hellman's (R).  I think the problem is, they don't preserve them enough (we all demand no preservatives, right?), and the oil is rancid. 
So in a fit of pique, I came up with a piquant and lovely sauce made mostly of oil…

Research - Celiac Disease and the Thyroid

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Here is a research roundup that shows some of the connections between Celiac Disease and the Thyroid.  I'm not a doctor, or even a researcher.  However, I am capable of reading research and mostly understanding it, due to my background.  Clinical practice is often far behind science, and the ways the practice changes can sometimes be arbitrary.  One change may require only a few studies, others will require 30 or more studies with thousands of participants, and multiple meta-reviews all reaching the same conclusion.

Well some people, especially newly diagnosed Celiacs who are elderly, may not have time to wait.  Knowing the science can help people ask their doctor the right questions and lead them to the right treatment faster.  I was told to come back later, when I was sicker so many times, that I took science into my own hands and started leading my own treatment.  And it helped a lot!  Maybe some of these insights will help you find some good new questions to ask next time you…

Upgrade your Gluten Free Diet to Gain Health Benefits

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Although it's enough for most people to avoid gluten, there are other diets that are healthful and can be done gluten free.  They may provide more benefits depending on your situation, especially if your diagnosis came too late to prevent a lot of damage.. Keep in mind that the more restricted the diet is, the more careful you have to be to ensure you have a wide range of nutrition in your food.  Here are some ideas for how to upgrade your diet.

Vitamins are optional but highly recommended for everyone who is dealing with a deficiency causing disease. I'm an advocate of using organic foods but I also take a daily multivitamin which makes a difference I can feel. I currently take this one, but always make sure your vitamins and supplements are gluten free! If you're new to multivitamins, you might wonder why 'without iron' -- the reason some people take iron separately is because it can cause constipation.

Other diet ideas that are gluten free, or can be:
Th…

Easy Gluten Free Meals - Tips and Tricks for Home or Travel

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We sometimes think of old fashioned cooking as seasonal. That's true, the type of soup, stew and casserole suggested, even in modern food magazines, changes with the seasons.  There are a lot of books out there discussing canning to preserve harvested organic food.  But it takes a real foodie to discover the kid brother to canning, that is, dehydrating.  Since I've dedicated myself to being 100% organic in my food choices,or as close as possible, my choices are quite limited.  Luckily, many staples are already available organic.  Just, not always.  To some degree, I'm back to seasonal eating.

That's OK with me.  I accept foods that are either certified organic or biodynamic and of course, they must be either gluten free labeled, or naturally gluten free.  I'm lucky I adore soups, and I have already experienced ketogenic dieting (among many others), so I don't feel like my diet is unbalanced due to too many restrictions.  My belief is that since my body has been…

The Gluten Free Home - Save Money on Staples at the Indian Market

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Many people have asked many times, “Why are bags of gluten free flour so tiny?  Where are the 5 lb bags of flour for holiday baking? Where do I find unusual flours for less?  These are so pricey!” If I wanted to bake bread, I’d have to buy several boxes or bags of flour, each one more expensive than the next. And even if I know how to cook, I need to learn new skills and that takes trial and error.  They say you have to break eggs to make an omelet, but I'm not sure they'd say that if eggs were as pricey as gluten free flour.

I also believe that organic is essential for health, not a luxury, so that's a double whammy for price.  Let's see what we can do to reduce the financial pain of organic gluten free staples.

I’ve found a place locally that can help save some money.  Even if you don’t like Indian food, you should still check out Indian food markets like Patel Brothers in Cary and Pinehurst NC.  They carry organic and gluten free versions of many staples I need, s…