Food Politics: The Questionable Ethics of Quinoa

As a Registered Dietician, Alysa Bajenaru explores the healthful benefits of natural foods, such as quinoa but increasingly, ethical questions have risen around this delightful edible seed. She turned to a fellow dietician and friend, Andy Bellatti, to explain some of the questionable politics around this popular 'hippie food' and what it means for farmers in South America:...more
Thank you all for your responses to the article.  The point was not to encourage anyone to stop ... more

Olympic Medalists, Wells and Harper, Bring Us All Down

It pains me, when on a world stage, medalists in the Olympics bring fellow-athletes down—especially female athletes....more
This makes me sad.  We were celebrating them wildly too.  Unfortunate that they had to say ... more

Hope and Grace for the Moments When You're That Mom

I swore I would never be the mom whose child threw a fit in public. My children would know, both inherently and because I told them so, that we needed to be respectful of other people and their precious ears when we were out in public. I would never be THAT mom. Alas, I've been THAT mom more times than I care to discuss. Kristy at Grace for Moms recently shared that we've all been THAT mom and that we need to offer grace to moms in that horrifying, embarrassing moment of public meltdown. ...more
I used to be "that person" who was so easily irritated by a crying baby on an airplane.  Then my ... more

Gluten-Free Living Is No Cakewalk

Living gluten-free isn't easy. You have to watch what you eat. And then there's the fear. What if what I ordered isn't gluten-free? What if they didn't prepare it in a separate pan? What if my friend used a wooden cutting board for this fruit? Do I risk it? I really started to worry after getting sick from food at my parents' house. Since my diagnosis, they have done everything to learn about celiac disease and make their kitchen safe for me, but if I can't eat safely at their house, where can I eat? ...more
 @acfshenk oh wow, you definitely have to worry about food. So sorry. How old is your son? ... more

Gluten-Free Living Is No Cakewalk

Living gluten-free isn't easy. You have to watch what you eat. And then there's the fear. What if what I ordered isn't gluten-free? What if they didn't prepare it in a separate pan? What if my friend used a wooden cutting board for this fruit? Do I risk it? I really started to worry after getting sick from food at my parents' house. Since my diagnosis, they have done everything to learn about celiac disease and make their kitchen safe for me, but if I can't eat safely at their house, where can I eat? ...more
 @lwbhoosier Those pharm reps are always bringing in food!   I hear you about real bread.  I ... more

Gluten-Free Living Is No Cakewalk

Living gluten-free isn't easy. You have to watch what you eat. And then there's the fear. What if what I ordered isn't gluten-free? What if they didn't prepare it in a separate pan? What if my friend used a wooden cutting board for this fruit? Do I risk it? I really started to worry after getting sick from food at my parents' house. Since my diagnosis, they have done everything to learn about celiac disease and make their kitchen safe for me, but if I can't eat safely at their house, where can I eat? ...more
 @ItsAllRelative It's SO hard when friends want to accommodate but I might not trust the food. ... more

Gluten-Free Living Is No Cakewalk

Living gluten-free isn't easy. You have to watch what you eat. And then there's the fear. What if what I ordered isn't gluten-free? What if they didn't prepare it in a separate pan? What if my friend used a wooden cutting board for this fruit? Do I risk it? I really started to worry after getting sick from food at my parents' house. Since my diagnosis, they have done everything to learn about celiac disease and make their kitchen safe for me, but if I can't eat safely at their house, where can I eat? ...more
 @jaelithe Oh the drama!  I can't believe that people react that way, especially to a peanut ... more

Gluten-Free Living Is No Cakewalk

Living gluten-free isn't easy. You have to watch what you eat. And then there's the fear. What if what I ordered isn't gluten-free? What if they didn't prepare it in a separate pan? What if my friend used a wooden cutting board for this fruit? Do I risk it? I really started to worry after getting sick from food at my parents' house. Since my diagnosis, they have done everything to learn about celiac disease and make their kitchen safe for me, but if I can't eat safely at their house, where can I eat? ...more
 @CowgirLiz Your last paragraph totally sums it up.  Giving up the gluten was easy, the rest of ... more

Gluten-Free Living Is No Cakewalk

Living gluten-free isn't easy. You have to watch what you eat. And then there's the fear. What if what I ordered isn't gluten-free? What if they didn't prepare it in a separate pan? What if my friend used a wooden cutting board for this fruit? Do I risk it? I really started to worry after getting sick from food at my parents' house. Since my diagnosis, they have done everything to learn about celiac disease and make their kitchen safe for me, but if I can't eat safely at their house, where can I eat? ...more
 @TheCrazyFat So glad you found this!!  I promise it is SO worth it to avoid gluten and feel ... more

Gluten-Free Living Is No Cakewalk

Living gluten-free isn't easy. You have to watch what you eat. And then there's the fear. What if what I ordered isn't gluten-free? What if they didn't prepare it in a separate pan? What if my friend used a wooden cutting board for this fruit? Do I risk it? I really started to worry after getting sick from food at my parents' house. Since my diagnosis, they have done everything to learn about celiac disease and make their kitchen safe for me, but if I can't eat safely at their house, where can I eat? ...more
 @Bourbon Girl Wow, I'm sure it's been a huge learning experience for you all!  Is your son in ... more