I loved my dog. Madeline (a golden retriever/Rhodesian ridgeback cross) was part of our family for nearly 16 years. I dearly miss her.What I don't miss, however, is the gluten that was added to her treats and pet food. As a typical dog owner, I know that dogs can and will eat just about anything, including things that aren't so healthy. What I didn't expect was finding modified food starch (gluten) in both "healthy" dog foods and treats. Since when do dogs eat wheat?...more
Restaurants can poise a particular problem for folks who are gluten-sensitive. I recently attended an annual banquet held at a local restaurant. We've been going there for the last 10+ years because of the location, good food, and low cost. The last couple of years, we've added a meal choice of a gluten-free meal (thank goodness). Our group now includes several seniors and others needing gluten-free food....more
Cross-contamination is always a concern for people living with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). With all the barbecues, parties and other festivities of the summer, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the gluten-free diet and cross-contamination risks, but summer is supposed to be a relaxing, stress-free time! That's why the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) has teamed up with The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. to bring you the "Staying Gluten-Free While Out and About this Summer" June blog series....more
Summer means farmers market season, fresh herbs and vegetables, and lots of grilling, which we're celebrating in this Light & Fresh Summer Grilling series, brought to you by Michelob ULTRA Light Cider. In Iowa, it means the sweetest corn you’ll ever taste and big red tomatoes I eat like apples. I love Midwestern summers, especially now that I’m not morbidly obese and so out of shape that active summer events make me cringe. I have found a new love for the season.