Is a Gluten Free Diet Just a Fad?

“When I ask if adopting a gluten-free diet can help someone lose weight, Fasano laughs. “If you go on a gluten-free diet, taking substitutes like gluten-free beer, pasta, cookies and so on, if anything you gain weight. If you take a regular cookie, it’s 70 calories. The same cookie, gluten-free, can go as high as 210 calories.

“You have to substitute gluten with something that makes that cookie palatable, so you have to load it with fat and sugars. Just consider that. A gram of protein is four calories, a gram of fat is nine.”

But, he adds, it may be possible to lose weight on a gluten-free diet by choosing natural products like fresh fish, meat, vegetables and fruit.”

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I get asked all the time why I think gluten free diets get a bad rap in the media, well this article from BBC News really outlines it.  Written by a man who has a son suffering from celiac disease, he set out to find out why people think that a gluten free diet is healthier and has become such a fad.  


The “gluten free fad” has made better, tastier food available for me to eat, so that makes me happy.… Read Full Post

A Gluten Free Diet Based on Whole Foods

Eating a healthy, gluten-free diet did not have to be difficult. Here’s what I’ve learned through this process.

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My diet primarily consists of whole foods.  The article from One Green Planet outlines some easy to follow guidelines for planning your gluten free meals.  Meals from whole foods always take planning and preparation, whether you’re eating gluten free or not, so many of these tips are useful to everyone if you are trying to stay away from processed foods.


I really like tip #2 “Shop the Perimeter of the Grocery Store”.  I heard this tip years ago to help people eat healthier and stay away from the more processed stuff, just by not going to that area of the store. I also am always prepared, my handbag always has 1 gluten free bar and 1 package of unsalted walnuts or almonds, so I am never tempted to buy other gluten free items that aren’t so good for me… recently in an airport when I bought Fritos (yes they’re gluten free).  I only buy them when I’m in a pinch. Great tips!… Read Full Post

Eating Gluten Free When Someone Else is Cooking.

Cookouts are great ways to spend the weekend in the summer months, but for those with gluten sensitivities it can be a challenge to find gluten-free dishes to eat.

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It’s always a bit tricky when other people offer to feed you.  You hear yourself rattling off all the restrictions and for many it’s hard to wrap your head around it.  I had just this experience this past weekend, when I went to visit my aunt in Northern California.  She called and texted several times to check if certain items were ok for me to eat.  She made two meals, then decided to eat out the rest of the time….giving her a break from the stress of feeding me.  Thank you Bonnie!!


So, take a look at these tips when you have other people feeding you this summer.… Read Full Post

What Does it REALLY Mean When a Product Says Gluten-Free

As of today, the FDA says you can only put the label “gluten free” on foods that contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. Before today, there were no regulations on the use of gluten-free claims placed on packaged …

If you’ve been buying foods labeled “gluten-free,” we have some good news and some bad news for you. The bad news: Nothing you’ve bought up until this point has had to adhere to a uniform standard of what it actually means to be “gluten-free.” The good news? As of August 2, there’s finally a definition to go along with the label.

Late last week, the FDA published a new regulation defining the term. To be considered “gluten-free,” a product now must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. Products bearing the labels “free of gluten,” “no gluten,” and “without gluten” are also now required to meet this standard.

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That’s why I like to eat mostly whole foods, so I don’t have to wonder if it’s really gluten free.  So many people think that “gluten free food” only comes from the packaged section of a grocery store.  Remember that you can always eat gluten free food that’s always been free of wheat, barley and rye gluten, like rice, quinoa, buckwheat, corn, and of course all fruits and vegetables.… Read Full Post

5 Myths About Going Gluten-Free

Gluten-free diets are all the rage right now, but how much do people really understand about what amounts to a major lifestyle change?Researchers at the University of Florida set out to get to the bottom of the public’s misconceptions about the buzzy protein that’s found in wheat, barley, and rye.

Myth 1: It’s a Weight-Loss Guarantee

Myth 2: Your Tastebuds Will Suffer

Myth 3: Less Gluten Means a Less Upset Stomach

Myth 4: You’ll Improve Your Diet

Myth 5: Gluten-Free Foods Are Healthier Than Their Counterparts

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These are right on target.  Myth 2- So many people think they are going to miss out with a Gluten Free diet, simply not true.  If you think this myth is true, you have not tried one of my recipes…..go ahead I dare you.  😉

Myths 1, 4&5- With the increase of Gluten Free, so many people simply substitute their old gluten-full processed foods with gluten-free processed options that have little nutrients and are high in sugar.  No matter what your diet, you always have to look at the calories and nutrition of the food you eat.  Many times people that eat a diet that largely consists of processed foods will have issues with weight.… Read Full Post