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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).

Need some advice now that you're diagnosed with Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?  It can be hard to find my older articles that are of special help to those starting out, but I've collected them on This Page for your convenience.
MeetingsRaleigh Celiac Support Group (Rex Hospital) -- Third Thursday every other month - next, September (with Millefiori Bakery, discussing Sourdough bread and gluten free baking).  Next meeting in January (possibly the 16th)

GIG WakeMed Celiac & Food Allergy Support Group --   at WakeMed Cary Hospital, 1900 Kildaire Far…

Two Easy Gluten Free Skillet Dinners

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Happy New Year!  Now how about some easy meals after the big holidays are over?  The best dinners are spontaneous and opportunistic, not to mention easy.

I found some amazing green onions at a local farm market and incorporated several of them into the first dinner, Organic Sausage and Vegetable Stir Fry. The first recipe's veggies are a combination of green peppers, celery, onions, garlic and fresh ginger.  It's topped with seared green onions. The second recipe is for Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Greens (first described in the farmer's market article).

As readers already know, I'm not a fan of processed foods, but I'm also not a very mobile person and there are days when I've been suffering with a migraine headache for days and I just have no energy to defrost something, marinate it and properly cook it.  And my food sensitivities preclude being able to just get takeout whenever I'm stressed.  So I keep a selection of quick meal helpers around, includ…

Paprika, Chili Powder, and Gluten Free Spices Resource

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To simplify questions of "am I glutened or just not feeling well?", it's important to keep hidden gluten at bay. One aspect of this is, spices.  Spices can be tricky because traditionally, the common supermarket brand, McCormick has been gluten free for many single ingredient spices.  However, there are many reasons why someone might want more certainty, such as a spice with a Certified Gluten Free label.  Additionally I try to stay with Organic spices because, even if I weren't worried about pesticides or irradiation, I think they taste better.

Reasons Why Spices May Be Glutening You
They may have been cross contaminated at the manufacturing plant. Sure most companies use Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and reduce this risk to a smaller one.  However, GMP is only as good as the people working there daily. It only takes one mistake to ruin a Celiac's entire week. 
They may have fillers or flow agents that are made from wheat or other gluten grains.  Sometimes y…

What's Killing the Economy

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Just a quick post today.  I'm amazed that people who comment on the economy, including Bernie, aren't talking about a huge change in banking practices that is killing the US economy.  Simply put, banks are not offering savings options that offer at least a 4% return on investment.  That means that savings accounts and CD's are no better than putting money in your mattress.  And this has been going on since the 2008 economic crash which took out the better part of the auto manufacturers, when they needed a bailout to keep functioning. The trend of lower and lower returns on simple investments has been going on for decades though.

What's interesting is that even when the problem with savings accounts is mentioned, it's talked about as if it's a new idea that only happened three years ago (2016) when in fact the trend has been like this for decades.
It's nearly Chistmas and I have one wish. That the banks would get real. So as a person who has to buy expens…

Five Things I Am Thankful For

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It's the eve of Thanksgiving in 2019 and I think it's time to discuss gratefulness.  I"m grateful to be alive, for every bit of my health, and grateful to have had such a loving family while I was a child, and for my current family including my husband, my stepson, my grandchild, extended family, and all our friends in the entire country.  I don't say these things lightly.  Not only is gratefulness an important part of good mental health habits, but in my life, things could've gone badly if loving people weren't right there, ready to step up and support me at critical moments. I'm grateful to the USA for taking in a mother and child and giving us a chance at a better life.  Thanks to the USA for  allowing my mom and I to succeed, her in business, me in college. 

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But there are things I'm thankful for that are related to Celiac disease also.  I've learned so much from this disease.  
I'm Grateful That Celiac Disease Taught Me...
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Happy Feet, A Strategic Guide

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Tired, achy feet? Itchy? Dry? Strange neuropathies in your feet? Fibro feet? MS feet? Feet that burn or ache at night? Well I have some suggestions based on real science, and they actually work. These ideas may be used by anyone, and are especially appropriate for those who work standing and senior citizens.  If you want to skip the why's and wherefores, scroll down to the techniques section.  But first, a story.

My father in law suffered a stroke and soon afterward he had difficulty maintaining a good self care routine. Both my in laws are very responsible about their feet because my mother in law has a rare condition called Charcot Feet, and my father in law had frostbite in WW2. I'm guesstimating that since their 60's they've had a routine of self care with their feet. But it's easy to let it slip when you're suffering the aftereffects of a stroke. And the slower immune system of seniors can lead to a rapid progression from Athlete's Foot …

The Great Gluten Free Bread Machine Experiment - Part 7

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Another experimental recipe today, part of the learning curve for a bread machine.  Gluten free, no diary, high fiber bread.  I brought up the hydration a whole lot and increased the baking time accordingly.  I added the refinement of a baking alarm after the normal bake was complete, to tell me exactly how long I have to bake it.  This recipe is about the limit in how many cups of flour you can add to a 3 lb capacity machine, about 8 cups if you include the flax, chia and collagen in the flour calculation!

There is no psyllium powder in this recipe so if you're sensitive to that, need to stay psyllium free, then this is a good option.  The top did rise, but it formed a valley soon after, probably due to me messing with it too much.  The dough was more like batter and when it rose it was easy to lose air from it by just bumping the machine a bit.  I wanted to try just chia and flax though, to see how it works without psyllium.

I was concerned that the top wouldn't brown, so I …

The Great Gluten Free Bread Machine Experiment - Part 6

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So here I am again experimenting with a West Bend Hi-Rise Bread Machine!  This one has two paddles and mixes much better.  However still not as nice as having a mixer, but for the reasons already mentioned, bread machines are the way I want to go for now. As always, this is NOT an affiliate link or any other kind of ad.  It's what I use. I'm happy to shine a light their way though, because this is a great appliance, worth the money.

I have three loaves to show you and an experimental recipe for one of them.  One of the nice things about having your own machine is that you can use oat flour, if you tolerate it.  Only about 10% of people with Celiac have a gluten reaction to avenin, the "gluten" in oats.  And oats have a familiar flavor that many people like.  GF bread manufacturers don't use oats because it's risky.  Most farms rotate from oats to wheat or barley and back again on the same land.  And no matter how good the weeding, a few gluten grains get mix…