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Whether your gluten free diet is a choice or a doctor's order, it's a lifestyle that teaches you to read labels, take food into consideration when planning your vacations and become a comparison shopper. Share what you've learned and how your lifestyle has changed.

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Gluten Free Preparedness
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Keep a list of gluten-free restaurants and gluten-free chef cards in your car, backpack or purse. It also is a good idea to have some snacks that don't easily spoil. Replace these as needed. Braden, our 9-year-old son, gets really hungry out of nowhere and that can lead to a little bit of grouchiness. (Or a lot!) It's is always so much better to have GF pretzels or some other snack on hand rather

Submitted on Feb 11, 2014

Gluten Free Ice Cream and Popsicles
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When I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I had lost weight and was advised by my dietician to eat "a big bowl of ice cream" every night. I've got no problem with that!

With warmer weather approaching, it's a great time to figure out exactly what frozen treat options are available to the gluten free nation. Here is the information I have come up with so far, and I'll update this as I hear back from more frozen treat producers.

Ben and Jerry's

Ben and Jerry's will list gluten if it is present.

Submitted on Feb 11, 2014

McCormick Single Spices and Extracts
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McCormick single spices and herbs are all gluten free. Their extracts, including their Pure Vanilla Extract, are also gluten free.

Here is the statement from their website:

None of our single ingredient spices and herbs contain gluten.

Submitted on Feb 11, 2014

Ambiguous Changes After Diagnosis
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One of the problems with any chronic illness is that the way in which it changes an individual's life can be ambiguous. Trying to pin down exactly what is different can be difficult. There is change, and it can start to feel overwhelming. When this happens - in relation to Celiac Disease - the person ceases to work through their transition from what their life looked like before diagnosis to a new and functional (and hopefully happy!) gluten free life.

Sorting through what has changed and what hasn't can be confusing.

Submitted on Feb 11, 2014

Gluten Free Tailgate
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We recently had a gluten-free tailgate at the Far Hills Race Meeting, an annual fundraiser for the Somerset Hills Medical Center.

We went armed to the hilt with all kind of delicious gluten free foods, and we didn't have to go far to find them. Some of them were found or made from ingredients found in our local grocery store, and others we tracked down at Costco.

We, of course, brought our time-tested Mexican layered dip.

Submitted on Feb 07, 2014

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