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The Nima Sensor has been in the news a lot lately. There was the recent hubbub about the high percentage of restaurants with gluten-free food testing positive for gluten. But, what many of these reports failed to mention is it's actually ok to eat some gluten. In fact, no gluten-free product is entirely gluten-free.
A certified GF label means a product measures to the FDA standard of safety. Less than 20ppm. That means there IS, in fact, SOME gluten in that product. It's just less than what can cause a reaction.
And how much gluten does it take to cause a reaction? Researchers have determined that an individual can actually consume up to an 1/8 teaspoon of gluten before causing damage or for most individuals to have a reaction. Now, I again stress MOST here, because as we know each gluten-free individual is unique, as is their level of sensitivity. And I'm also not advocating for you to go out and start shoveling measured out 1/8 teaspoons here. But, what this information is meant to provide is, peace of mind.
Cross-contamination IS going to happen. It is impossible to get through life without coming into contact with gluten somewhere. And what reports of those NIMA findings failed to publicize was the downfall in the device. The device cannot measure the amount of gluten present. It just says gluten is present. So, the meal could be perfectly safe to eat with a presence of gluten far below the 20ppm threshold, however you now can't be sure.
What do you do now? Do you trust the questions you've asked and the restaurant's assurance of safe practices? Can you go against this knowledge of gluten present? Many feel they can't and are now boycotting restaurants they've felt perfectly safe eating at in the past. So, I ask, is that reading worth it?
Is the device really offering you peace of mind if it's further limiting your gluten-free world? Yes, you will feel safer dining where you get that zero reading. But, what about those places where you've never had a reaction in the past, but you're now getting a positive reading?
I don't know about you, but I find my world small enough. Yes, I want to be safe in my gluten-free lifestyle. But, I also want to enjoy life. I'll continue to ask my questions and read reviews in trusted places. And I probably will experience a bad reaction a time or two as a result. (Hopefully, far and few between!) But, I think I'd still prefer that to sitting there anxiously second-guessing myself over a plate of beautiful food I'd never have questioned before.
What about you? What are your thoughts on these devices? I'd love to hear others' thoughts on the matter.
Trader Joe's is probably one of my favorite places to shop. This is for a number of reasons. Yes, there's the fun "tropical", friendly atmosphere. But, what really pulls me in is the exciting feeling of the GF scavenger hunt. Each time I go I find a new delicious option! Here are a few of my favorite GF Trader Joe offerings.
Everything Bagels- Not only does Trader Joe's have some of the best GF bread I've found, they also carry GF bagels! Their GF Everything bagels, in particular, are fantastic! Load them up with some cream cheese and you've got yourself a real treat!
Cauliflower Gnocchi- Ok, this is probably one of my favorite finds in the store! A. it's super healthy and B. you can prepare it so many different ways! Ignore the directions on the back of the bag though and try pan-frying it with some coconut oil and some other favorite sauces/seasonings. Add some veggies and you've got yourself a nutritious and delicious meal.
Tamales- These are a great easy lunch option. There's a range of offerings- cheese and pepper, beef, chicken and cheese etc. Grab a few, stick them in the freezer and then just heat in the microwave for a few minutes when you're ready to eat. Delicioso!
Grecian Style Eggplant with Tomatoes & Onions and Dolmas- These are amazing!! Not only are they super convenient, they taste great! I load up on these and eat them for lunch with some crackers. I love that they come with the pull tab for opening so I can even toss them in my bag to bring for lunch at work.
3 Seed Beet Crackers and 3 Seed Sweet Potato Crackers- I'm always looking for crackers that have a more nutritious punch rather than just empty calories. These are great because they have a full serving of vegetables as well as being made with filling ingredients like chia, flax and sesame seeds. The best part? They still taste great! My kids even eat them!
Joe-Joe's and the Crispy Crunchy Cookies- Omg!!! Amazing!! Even non-GF eaters will devour these cookies! I love that they also have a range of flavors. There's the classic chocolate chip, but also more unique options like Ginger Chunk. They also offer their holiday flavors like Candy Cane Joe-Joe's! The only danger is eating too many!
Overall, the best advice I can give is to have fun exploring. As I said, I still find something new to try each time I go. I've been happy with the quality of the everything Trader Joe's offers (by far some of the best GF tasting products on the market) as well as the price (definitely more reasonable than some other brands). Enjoy!
Are you looking to travel this summer but overwhelmed by the research required? Lucky for you, there are a number of gluten-free travel experts who can plan it all for you! Here's a list I've compiled below:
Gluten-Free Travel Agents:
•Ellen Morse GF Travel
•Bob and Ruth's GF Travel
Or Book an entirely GF Trip
–A GF Yoga Retreat? A GF Culinary Tour of Italy? Check out some of these specialty options where EVERYTHING is GF!
•Italy GF Culinary Experience
•GF Farm and Yoga Adventure in Umbria
Some of my additional favorite travel resources:
–Erin Smith at Gluten-Free Globetrotter
–Karen Broussard at Gluten-Free Travel Site
–Kim Koeller at Gluten-Free Passport
•Celiac Societies Around the World
•Top Gluten-Free Travel Apps
•Gluten-Free Magazines have travel articles and tips. Gluten-Free Living even has a Travel e-book!
–Gluten-Free Living Travel E-book
Enjoy- Happy Travels!
GF Dining in Restaurants. Keeping Your Family Safe.
Eating outside of the home, especially in restaurants, can be a difficult experience for people living a gluten-free lifestyle. Cross-contamination happens regularly and even at restaurants with gluten-free menus, busy kitchens and poor communication can sometimes lead to mistakes. This seminar will cover important questions to ask, common mistakes to watch for, and tools you can use to dine at restaurants safely with your family.
Sail the High Seas on the first-ever Celiac and Gluten-Free Cruise!
Sailing January 17-20, 2020
Join the gluten-free community aboard Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas!
On this Gluten Free Cruise, you will find:
For information check out https://www.celiaccruise.com/.
Save the Date!
Come one, come all on Sunday October 6th!
It's almost here! The GF favorite event of the year!
This event has become a staple in our community and serves as a way to bring people together across our region to learn from leading experts in the celiac and gluten-free field, as well as a chance to enjoy the best gluten-free products on the market. For more information and to buy tickets go to http://www.dcglutenfreeexpo.com/.
Be Gluten Free Family Camp 2019: July 12-14
Be Gluten Free Family Camp 2019 offers children with celiac disease the opportunity to attend a 3-day/2-night family camp to learn about their condition and have fun in the process.
In addition to fun, the goal of Be Gluten Free camp is to increase knowledge and understanding of celiac disease. The camp provides opportunities for youngsters and their families to work with professional staff and become more confident advocates and managers of their condition. The cost of Be Gluten Free Family Camp 2019 is $300/person. Need based scholarships are available and payment plans can be arranged. Please contact Brainy Camps at email@example.com for more information.
Check out the Be Gluten Free Family Camp webpage for more information and to enroll.
Celiac Disease Peer Mentorship Program
The Celiac Disease Program is proud to continue working with parents and children through their Peer Mentorship Program. The “Gluten-Free Buddies” Program is designed for children ages 4-12, and the “For Teens from Teens” Program is designed for teenagers ages 13-18. We aim to share information and participate in fun activities to help guide your child through life with celiac disease.
While children and teens meet with each other, parents will gather separately to connect with other parents of gluten-free children to exchange tips and advice for navigating the real world. A member of our board will be at this meeting to share their story raising a gluten-free child, followed by open discussion moderated by our psychologist, Shayna Coburn, Ph.D. All will have the opportunity to participate in the conversation to share concerns, sympathy, and wisdom with one another. Parents may attend even if their child does not attend the Buddies or Teen Program, but we ask that children do not come to the parent group.
Gluten-Free Buddies Cupcake Wars!
Sunday, May 19th, 2018, 10am-11:30am
Join us in participating in an iteration of the TV show Cupcake Wars! You'll be asked to create a special cupcake with a secret ingredient to be presented at the end of the event for judging.
Hope you can join us!
Ages 4 -12! Gluten-free baking supplies and treats are included in the ticket price. Please notify us of any other allergies.
Please RSVP and register no later than 5pm on Thursday, May 16th.
Location: Children's National Main Hospital- 111 Michigan Avenue NW- Diabetes Care Kitchen- Washington DC, 20010
Cost- $10 per person
Are you a podcast lover? Check out the most recent gluten-free podcasts from the Celiac Disease Program-
Gluten-Free Budget Bytes- This podcast discusses some budgeting and planning hacks for the kitchen. We hear all the time how people think it is too difficult or expensive to eat healthy on the gluten-free diet. We have Budgeting Food Lover, Beth Moncel, from Budget Bytes to disprove that theory while she shares some of her easy meal planning budgeting tips.
Listen on Blog Talk Radio
Listen on iTunes
Globally Gluten-Free!- Traveling is such an incredible part of life. There are so many sights around the world and thankfully, there are also lots of places with amazing gluten-free options. To discuss some of the best (and worst) destinations, we've got the Gluten-Free Globetrotter Erin Smith! She's an avid traveler and has lots of wisdom to pass along!
Listen on Blog Talk Radio
Listen on iTunes
Genetics and Disease Development- This podcast is about a topic that that is very important in the lives of people with celiac….genetics. Close to 40 percent of the population in America carries these genes, but only 3 percent of them go on to develop celiac...why would they do so? And, we have lots of families who regularly ask us if they carry the gene if they should just go gluten-free to prevent getting celiac disease. Is this right? To help our listeners better understand celiac genetic testing, Vanessa has Dr. Benny Kerzner in the studio with her. Dr. Kerzner is not only a leader in the global celiac disease community, but also the medical director of our Celiac Program here at Children’s National.
Listen on Blog Talk Radio
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