Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin Sept 2013 Meeting

Posted on August 1st, 2013 by Alison | ADD A COMMENT »

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Is Today’s Food Damaging Our Kids’ Mental and Physical Health?

Marin pediatrician Michelle Perro, MD is sounding the alarm: serious conditions are on the rise among the Marin County children she sees in her practice–from neurological and autoimmune disease to asthma and digestive issues, including celiac disease and gluten sensitivity–and she believes the food we feed our children is causing many of these disorders.

“For the first time in modern history our children will not be as healthy as their parents,” says Dr. Perro. “As pediatricians, we are seeing an epidemic of digestive, immunologic, and neurologic abnormalities that is changing the face of families, schools and society.”

Many of the children Dr. Perro sees are suffering with behavioral disorders that affect their ability to function at school and at home. In addition, Dr. Perro is seeing babies who won’t stop crying and are not thriving on any kind of nutrition and children who have unusual skin disorders, early puberty and other endocrine issues ranging from obesity to failure to grow. Dr. Perro cites a growing body of research that shows that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) which permeate our food supply are wreaking havoc on our children’s health, largely via intestinal damage which is linked to the high rise of other disorders.

Dr. Perro is a Yale-trained, board-certified pediatrician, who integrates Western medicine with homeopathy and functional medicine. She practices at The Institute for Health and Healing in Greenbrae and San Francisco.  Since 2002, Dr. Perro has been recognized annually as one of “America’s Top Pediatricians” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.  She is a board member of a local non-profit organization committed to reducing childhood exposure to household and environmental toxins.

Mark your calendars, and tell your friends about Dr. Perro’s talk at GIG of Marin’s next meeting on Tuesday, September 17.

Purchasing tickets in advance will be necessary for this special event.  Reserve your space to learn more about this urgent issue by buying tickets here. The fees collected are used to cover the costs of renting the meeting room, printing the handouts, etc.

Whether you have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or are learning more about gluten free living for yourself, family or friends, we welcome you to the GIG of Marin. New members, friends, and loved ones are always welcome.

The Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin will meet:

  • Tuesday, September 17
  • 7:00 to 9:00pm
  • Community Room at Corte Madera Town Center (upstairs at PF Chang’s end) 770 Tamalpais Dr. Suite 201, Corte Madera, CA, 94925

We look forward to seeing you!

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SuperSeedz Pumpkin Seeds (a Giveaway!)

Posted on July 13th, 2013 by Alison | Read 20 Comments - Add Your Own »

Pumpkin seeds are delicious and packed with nutrition, having one of the highest protein contents of any seed or nut. They are also a good source of minerals, fiber and healthy omega-3 oils. Though most nut-allergic individuals can tolerate seeds, the seeds are often made in a facility with nuts, presenting the risk of cross-contamination.

I like to make my own pumpkin seeds when I carve pumpkins in October, and if I’m cooking a butternut squash, I’ll toast those seeds too, but I was looking for some safe pumpkin seeds for the rest of the year for my daughter who is allergic to nuts.

In my search, I came across SuperSeedz by Kathie’s Kitchen. I love the taste of these pumpkin seeds! I am addicted to the Sea Salt ones, but all of the flavors are fun and delicious: Coco Joe, Curry, Really Naked, Super Spicy, Somewhat Spicy, Sugar & Cinnamon, Tomato Italiano. All flavors are naturally vegan, gluten free, tree nut free, peanut free, dairy free, MSG free and soy free!

I used SuperSeedz for two recipes in an article I wrote for Gluten-Free Living magazine called Aw, Nuts: Balancing a Nut-Free, Gluten-Free Diet.

So, would you like to win some seeds? Kathie has agreed to give away four 6-ounce packages of pumpkin seeds PLUS a limited edition SuperSeedz pumpkin seed shaker to one lucky winner! If you would like to enter, simply leave a comment telling me why you’d like to win! Contest ends on Thursday, July 18 at 5:00 pm PST. Good luck!

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Laughing Glass Margaritas: all-natural and delicious!

Posted on June 17th, 2013 by Alison | ADD A COMMENT »

I like a good margarita, and by that I mean a real, fresh margarita, not one made from a corn-syrup-sodium-benzoate-yellow-5 mixer. Besides the fact that the ingredients of most commercial mixers are ones I don’t want to put in my body, they simply don’t taste good to me. The downside to preferring a fresh margarita is not having a personal bartender to squeeze limes and mix my drink for me one on command — I need to add one to my staff, right after I hire a maid, butler and driver. ;)

Laughing Glass Cocktails is a new company that creates a read-to-drink margarita. It has all the ingredients of a fresh margie already mixed, so all you do is pour over ice. I recently brought it on a girls weekend (see photo), and we all loved it!

Laughing Glass Margaritas

Regarding ingredients, the company states:

  • We begin with a proprietary, super premium blanco tequila they developed (Blanco tequila is not aged in the oak casks that can cause allergic reactions in some people).
  • We source only the best organic Agave plants (or pinas) from the lowlands of Mexico.  After being picked at the peak of their maturity, they are slowly steam cooked, mashed and fermented, then distilled in stainless steel barrels for a concentrated, pure and clean spirit.
  • We add delicate all-natural citrus flavors and add their own unique twist, a hint of carbonation.
  • Nothing artificial is ever considered.

Laughing Glass is currently available in northern California, but a nationwide launch is scheduled for the fall of 2014.

For more information, you can follow them on Facebook.

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Cybele’s Free-to-Eat™ Cookies are Allergen-Free

Posted on May 2nd, 2013 by Alison | Read 23 Comments - Add Your Own »

It seems everyone is coming out with a gluten-free cookie these days. But for those of us who have multiple food allergies, or whose kids do, a gluten-free cookie isn’t enough — it needs to be free of other allergens as well. And don’t forget about taste… even kids with food allergies can be picky!

Cybele Pascal learned about allergen-free cooking when her son was diagnosed with severe food allergies. She has since written three cookbooks and has most recently launched her line of allergen-free cookies, called Cybele’s Free-to-Eat™ cookies. The cookies are gluten-free and free of the top 8 allergens: dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. Cybele’s Free-to-Eat™ packaging features colorful icons that illustrates “Free of the Top 8 Allergens”. The cookies are also non-GMO, vegan and kosher.

I have had a chance to sample these cookies on many occasions, and the best news of all is that they taste great! The cookies come in three flavors: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chunk Brownie, and Oatmeal Raisin. Kids will love them, and grown-ups will probably sneak a few. ;) Cybele's Free to Eat Cookies

Would you like to try them? Enter this giveaway!

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Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin June 2013 Meeting

Posted on May 1st, 2013 by Alison | ADD A COMMENT »

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TRAVELING GLUTEN FREE

Just in time for summer traveling, GIG of Marin’s next meeting on Tuesday, June 11th will feature Laura Emmerson, creator of the blog Gluten Free Traveller.

Originally from Scotland, Laura now lives in San Francisco.  Bit by the travel bug early in life, she refused to let her celiac diagnosis in 2009 curtail her love of exploring the world.  Laura will be joining us in June after having spent the month of May in New Zealand.

Says Laura (who, being from the UK, favours British spellings): “Staying safely gluten free can be difficult enough when you’re at home in your crumb free kitchen never mind when you’re travelling somewhere new. Each country has their own unique gluten free labelling laws, different gluten free products and varying levels of awareness of coeliac disease and gluten free dieting. Travelling is arguably the most arduous area of gluten free life for coeliacs hence my decision to start my website. I’m writing it for you. I want you to spend your time making wonderful travel memories, not searching in vain for something safe to eat!”

Also featured at the meeting will be free samples related to travel so you can take them on your next trip!

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Gluten-free backlash?

Posted on April 1st, 2013 by Alison | Read 9 Comments - Add Your Own »

The other night I went out with a group of people to a new restaurant called Salito’s in Sausalito, California. I hadn’t looked at the menu ahead of time, but rarely do I have a problem eating out gluten-free these days (unless it is a Chinese restaurant). Restaurant awareness has grown tremendously since I was diagnosed with celiac disease 10 years ago, and especially in the last few years. If you haven’t heard of gluten-free by now, you are living under a rock. But after this dining experience, I wondered for the first time if there could actually be a backlash happening in some places.

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Gluten-Free Nut-Free Kettel Krakkers

Posted on March 1st, 2013 by Alison | ADD A COMMENT »

Kettel Krakkers gluten-free crackersI recently attended the Gluten & Allergen-Free Expo, put on by the wonderful Jen Cafferty. It was the first time it was held in San Francisco and it was great to reconnect with some of my gluten-free peeps! There were many food vendors of course, and one that was new to me was Kettel Krakkers, based in San Francisco. If you are gluten-free, you know that good gluten-free crackers aren’t plentiful. Most are very hard and crunchy, which I actually like (or I’ve gotten used to!), but I was happy to find a cracker that is softer, but still has some crunch from the seeds added in.

According to the company, the crackers are “handmade at our dedicated gluten-free facility using organic, locally-sourced ingredients of the highest quality.”

They are:

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Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin March 2013 Meeting

Posted on February 12th, 2013 by Alison | ADD A COMMENT »

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Beyond Gluten: Identifying and Living With Multiple Food Reactions

Our next meeting of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin will take place on Monday, March 4th at 7:00.

Has being gluten-free solved all your problems? If not, you may be experiencing cross-reactivity with other foods or you may have multiple food sensitivities or both! Did you know that foods other than gluten can create antibodies against gluten even though you are gluten free? This could be one reason why you still don’t feel well even though you are vigilant about your gluten free diet.

Come and learn about how foods in addition to gluten may be affecting you or your kids and how to live more easily with multiple food intolerance. Our presenters are our Co-Leaders Sheila Wagner PT, CN and Alison St. Sure who welcome your questions and input!

Also joining us at this meeting will be Natalia Barr from Barr Necessities, offering a variety of organic and seasonal products that are entirely gluten-free, some of which are grain-free and sugar-free as well. Barr Necessities sources high quality ingredients to serve those with food allergies with products that not only meet their dietary guidelines- but satisfy their taste buds in a delicious and guilt-free manner. This product line stands out with its use of bold flavors, wholesome ingredients, and a very apparent artisanal quality.  By using low glycemic sweeteners such as raw coconut nectar and high quality oils such as olive and grape seed, Barr Necessities strikes an uncommon, but sought after, balance: healthful decadence.

Please welcome Natalia Barr to our meeting and enjoy sampling and purchasing from some of her most popular items:

  • Italian Herb Almond Flatbread (grain free)
  • Cherry Chocolate Vegan It’sa Meal (grain & sugar free)
  • Raisin Walnut Vegan It’sa Meal (grain & sugar free)
  • Turkish Coffee Biscotti
  • Triple Ginger Lemon Pear Muffins

We will also be providing gluten-free samples from several other manufacturers as well.

You can RSVP here or on our Facebook page. RSVPs help us plan logistically for the meeting, but if you haven’t RSVP’d, please come anyway! You are always welcome.

Please let your gluten free friends and family know about this fun event. The meeting is free; however, we appreciate a donation of $5 or more to cover the costs of renting the meeting room, printing the handouts, etc.

Whether you have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or are learning more about gluten free living for yourself, family or friends, we welcome you to the GIG of Marin. New members, friends, and loved ones are always welcome.

The Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin will meet:

  • Monday, March 4
  • 7:00 to 9:00pm
  • Community Room at Corte Madera Town Center (upstairs at PF Chang’s end) 770 Tamalpais Dr. Suite 201, Corte Madera, CA, 94925

We look forward to seeing you!

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New Summer Camp for Kids with Food Allergies

Posted on January 29th, 2013 by Alison | Read 3 Comments - Add Your Own »

I am happy to announce that there is a new summer camp in Oregon for kids with food allergies. As far as I know, it is the only one of its kind. When I told my daughter about how she wouldn’t have to worry about the food if she went to a camp like this, she said wide-eyed, “It would be like I didn’t have food allergies!” Yes, my love, it would. I don’t think she’s quite ready for sleep-away camp this year (she’s 8), but I want to support this wonderful camp so that when she’s ready, she has this option.

Here is the email I received about the camp:

I am happy to let you know that Camp Blue Spruce, a worry-free camp for kids with food allergies, is now accepting campers for its 2013 session, August 18-23. Loads of fun activities and Oregon’s great outdoors will make Camp Blue Spruce the highlight of the summer for children with and without food allergies.

We are excited about holding our first session this summer. Camp Blue Spruce will be like any other summer camp EXCEPT the food will be prepared without any of the top 8 food allergens, gluten or sesame. Up to 56 kids will be able to sit down at the table and eat all the foods that are being served — a simple gift for these children, who are rarely able to eat what everyone else is eating.  Kids attending Camp Blue Spruce will have a true camp experience without the worry and anxiety they experience daily with their food allergies. Camp Blue Spruce parents can be worry-free, too!

There are a few things you can do to help make this summer a success:

  1. Register your child for camp. Visit www.campbluespruce.org for the application. Registrations are arriving already, so sign up today!
  2. Encourage your friends with and without food allergies and sensitivities to register. We have reduced the cost for 2013 to make thecamp available to more kids.
  3. Let us know if you can leave postcards at your doctor’s office, naturopath, favorite food store, bakery, library or school. If you have other ways to spread the word, please let us know.
  4. Make a charitable contribution to Camp Blue Spruce. We cannot launch this camp solely with camp fee revenue. Your tax-deductible contribution will do three important things – promote the camp, provide scholarships to campers who are unable to pay the entire camp fee, and help cover essential camp costs. Donations can be mailed to: Camp Blue Spruce, 3519 NE 15th, #225, Portland, OR 97212.

Thank you for your interest and support of Camp Blue Spruce! Please call or email if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Louise Tippens
Camp Blue Spruce Board President
503-726-8886
info@campbluespruce.org

I really hope this camp is a success!

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Gluten-Free Summer Camps in California 2013

Posted on January 29th, 2013 by Alison | ADD A COMMENT »

Treat your child to a week of gluten freedom at a special summer camp! There are two California camps dedicated to gluten-free campers – Camp Celiac in northern California, and CDF Camp Gluten-Free in southern California.

CAMP CELIAC

In northern California at Camp Celiac, “campers, counselors, and junior counselors eat delicious gluten-free food and enjoy traditional camp activities such as a ropes course, rock climbing, zip-lining, boating, swimming, archery, arts and crafts, skit night, and outdoor sports. Three meals a day without having to ask if any of the foods are gluten free is life changing for many campers and staff!” Ages 9-17. Campers ages 16-17 years may choose to volunteer as junior counselors.

There will be two weeks (each with a different group of campers):

Week 1: Tuesday, July 23 – Saturday, July 27, 2013
Week 2: Saturday, July 27 – Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

To register:

All campers from Northern California who register between Feb 1st and Feb 14th will be given equal priority if all four registration steps (see below) are completed by February 14 (and received if paying by mail); i.e. there is no advantage to registering on February 1st rather than February 14th. After February 14th, available space will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis after all four registration steps are completed (and received if paying by mail). For more information about how to sign up for this camp, visit the registration page at CeliacCamp.com.

CDF Camp Gluten-Free™

At CDF Camp Gluten-Free™, campers with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity enjoy sports, swimming, arts, and high adventure in a strictly gluten-free environment. Camp is held July 15-19, 2013 at Camp Fire Camp Nawakwa, located in the beautiful Barton Flats Area of the San Bernardino Mountains in CA and accredited by American Camping Association” Ages 7-15.

There will be one week:

July 15-19, 2013

To register:

Camp registration is on a first come-first served basis. To register, you must send your completed camp registration forms, one registration packet for each camper or Mentor, with a $200 deposit to Celiac Disease Foundation. You will receive a letter from Celiac Disease Foundation confirming the camper or Mentor’s spot at the camp. Only campers on the confirmation list will be allowed to attend the camp. Payment in full is due by May 1, 2013. Full fee per Child $450; Full fee per Mentor $550. Call the CDF office at 818.990.2354 or follow the registration steps on the Celiac Disease Foundation website.

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