Gluten Free Applications!

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently released a list of gluten-free applications and reviews of each. These applications focus on various topics regarding gluten such as eating out in gluten-free locations. This site analyzes each applications and gives pros and cons for each regarding their material and usefulness. Check out these brief reviews of several of the applications!

AllergyEatsMobile: This application provides a search engine based on zip code, information for multiple allergies, and includes ratings and contact information for restaurants. However, this application does not give specific instructions or guidelines regarding what to eat at each restaurant.

Eating Out G-Free: This application assists in how to order gluten-free at a restaurant and how to specifically communicate your needs to the staff. This app also allows users to specify allergies, but does not give specific local restaurants.

Find Me Gluten Free: This application is extremely useful for those who travel and contains lists of local and chain restaurants. It also provides gluten-free menus for various restaurants near you.

Several other application reviews can be found at this website:

http://www.eatright.org/Media/content.aspx?id=6442467045#.Um8l2znU76w

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I took it upon myself to do further research regarding gluten free applications. Turns out there are a lot of different gluten free applications available. There are applications that allow users to insert a type of food and it will analyze it to see if it is gluten free. In a world where we use technology on a daily basis, it is incredible how technology can now even be used to monitor allergies!

 

-Ilyssa Frank

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Connecting with Your Gluten Free Community

Ever feel like you can’t identify, connect, or find other people that are gluten free? (I don’t feel like this as so many people are gluten free these days, but maybe in your area there are not as many people that are gluten free.)  Then you should join Gluten-Free Faces.  Gluten-Free faces is a global gluten free social media site.  There are a wide variety of opportunities available to the gluten free community on this site.

 

To start, make yourself a member.  Create your own account and page.  Next, it is important to join discussion pages.  The site even recommends that you introduce yourself to the online community.  These are the tips that they give.

 

  • When were you diagnosed with Celiac / How long have you been gluten-free?
  • How has the transition been for you?
  • What’s your favorite gluten-free food?
  • How did your friends and family react to hearing about your gluten intolerance?
  • How are you feeling today?
  • Anything else you can think of!

 

After that, it is time to explore the site.  You can check out the featured members as well as the thousands of other members that already have accounts on this social network.  You can even see a global map of the areas that gluten free members are located in.  You can click on your state and find other members that have created profiles from your state.  To add to this map, there is also a map on the site that allows you to find restaurants, hotels/resorts, cruise ships, and grocery stores around your area that accommodate gluten-free diets.

 

There is a forum to discuss the latest gluten free news, and blogs just to share your feelings or the newest products that you may have enjoyed or not have enjoyed.  Additionally, there is an extensive database of popular gluten free recipes.  Be sure to test some of these out when you get a chance.  This provides a great opportunity to try recipes that other people claim are good.  You can also chat directly with members on this site once you are a member.

 

Whether you are a new or old member to the gluten free community, this website offers a variety of opportunities for people to connect and to learn new things about the gluten free options and people around them.  I would certainly recommend checking out http://www.glutenfreefaces.com.

Gluten-Free Halloween: Candy Candy Candy!

Halloween is right around the corner and we know what that entails: candy, candy, candy, and costumes of course! In the spirit of Halloween, I wanted to designate a post that is all about the fun in Halloween: Gluten-Free Candy. Just because one is gluten-free does not mean that there isn’t a bundle of candy choices to pick from. I listed my personal favorite category: Chocolates 🙂

According to Nestle, the following candies are gluten-free:

  • Baby Ruth
  • Bit-O-Honey
  • Butterfinger Bar (original flavor only, NOT Crisp, Giant Bar, Snakerz, Medallions, Jingles, Hearts or Pumpkins)
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Goobers
  • Nips (including both regular and sugar-free)
  • Oh Henry!
  • Raisinets (including Cranberry and Dark Chocolate flavors)
  • Sno-Caps
  • Wonka Pixy Stix
  • Laffy Taffy (including Laffy Taffy Rope)
  • Wonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip

The following Nestle candy products are NOT gluten-free:

  • Butterfinger Crisp Bar
  • Butterfinger Giant Bar
  • Butterfinger Snackerz
  • Butterfinger Medallions
  • Butterfinger Jingles
  • Butterfinger Hearts
  • Butterfinger Pumpkins
  • Wonka Nerds
  • Sweetarts
  • Wonka Bar (all flavors)
  • Chewy Spree
  • Wonka Gummies
  • Wonka Kazoozles
  • Everlasting Gobstopper
  • 100 Grand Bar

Hershey’s candies are gluten-free:

  • Almond Joy (all)
  • Mounds (all)
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses
  • Hershey’s Filled Chocolate Kisses (only caramel and cherry cordial creme, NOT Hugs, Special Dark, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, or Cookies & Cream)
  • Hershey’s Nuggets (all varieties)
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar, only in the 1.55 oz. size
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar, only in the 1.45 oz. size
  • Heath Bars
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (all except for seasonal shaped items)
  • Skor
  • Skor Toffee Bar
  • York Peppermint Pattie (all)

The following Hershey’s products are NOT gluten-free:

  • Hershey’s Special Dark Bar
  • Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Creme Bar
  • Hershey’s Air Delight
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Drops
  • Hershey’s Miniatures
  • Mr. Goodbar
  • Symphony Bar
  • Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate

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Here is the full updated list of Gluten-Free candy for October 2013! Happy Halloween Everyone !

 

 

-Janice Vargas

Who is “Gluten Dude?”

Who is Gluten Dude? And could he possibly be the most opinionated person on the Internet?

First, let me tell you a couple things about “Gluten Dude.” The creator of this website (who also has a blog with the same title) is, in fact, a dude. He is in his forties, has two teenage daughters, and is, of course, gluten free, and has been since 2007 when he was diagnosed with Celiac disease. After searching the internet extensively, I was unable to find his real name ANYWHERE (which I thought was a little odd, especially in today’s society where you can find information on practically everyone), but I decided to trust him, as he promises to “always give you the naked truth about going gluten free.” And he’s a pretty funny guy.

I came across an article on his website titled “Disney Thinks Bullying a Gluten Free Child is Funny.” Naturally, it caught my attention, and made me wonder whether this insanely dramatic title was justified. So, I read on. Essentially, the article was Gluten Dude’s reaction to an episode of Disney Channel’s TV series “Jessie,” in which Stuart (potentially the show’s most annoying/disliked character) is made fun of for his dietary restrictions in general, but primarily for being gluten free.

The article includes a YouTube video that shows the footage from the episode that Gluten Dude and a multitude of parents found to be extremely insulting and insensitive to gluten-free kids everywhere, as well as a message from a parent who started a petition at change.org to get the episode removed from air waves. Ultimately, Disney did remove the episode and posted an apology to their Facebook page for upsetting families across the nation.

So what do you guys think? I’ve watched the clip several times, and it’s hard to say why Disney included this in one of their shows. A part of me thinks it wasn’t to make fun of gluten free kids, but instead was used to satirize the immense number of people who decide to be gluten free just because they think it’s “healthier,” not because they have any allergy or intolerance to gluten. That being said, Disney should be an ally to gluten free kids instead of supporting the bullies that they have to face everyday. What do you guys think? Did the episode really deserve to be petitioned and taken off the air, or did parents overreact and take it too far? I can’t decide!

Gluten-free Madison

Struggling to find gluten free restaurants in the Madison area? It is definitely hard being away form home and trying to cope with a new environment and the struggle of being gluten-free in a new location. However, a website has been made to help people be gluten-free in Madison! This website is called Madison Area Gluten Intolerance Chapter. This site has a list of every restaurant that has gluten-free options and even full gluten free menus. It even separates the restaurants by area so you can specifically find restaurants near you. This site also has a full list of different recipes separated into type of food such as snack or dinner! This website is a great source for anyone who is  gluten-free in the Madison area!

http://www.glutenfreemadison.org/Restaurants.html

Apple Picking in College!

Oh October– The weather is great and there are plenty of fun activities to do with this beautiful fall weather. This past weekend I wanted to try something new that I haver never done before: Apple Picking! I grew up in the city of Chicago and I never really had the chance to do this in the city. My friends and I decided we should have some fun and try this out. After all, this is the perfect time for some delicious ripped apples in Madison, Wisconsin.

We went to this place in Fitchburg called Eplegaarden, which was only a 20 minute drive off campus! It was beautiful! We stopped by the wooden stand in the middle to get a pre-paid bag for apples. We were able to pick apples from trees! We spent the afternoon seeing the difference between apples and apple trees, which was awesome. Cortland, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, etc. The type of apples varied, but my favorite were the Honeycrisp. Those were the best ones that they had during this time.

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It was definitely nice to get away from school for a bit and be outdoors! There are so many ways to enjoy apples, and of course they are naturally gluten-free! They are a nutritious snack, and they can be made into a sweet treat, like applesauce!

Here is an easy recipe for some delicious gluten-free, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, dairy-free Apple Sauce:

Ingredients
  1. 5 lbs of Apples (Empire or Macintosh work best)
  2. small amount of water
  3. Light Sprinkle of Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Slice apples (unpeeled) and put in a large pot. Add small amount of water and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cook apples on stove until soft. Place apples in apple mill to create apple sauce. Serve cold or warmed

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Take advantage of this fall season and go on some fun adventures, like apple picking! Take your phone and google any apple picking areas in your neighborhood. As for my UW-Madison friends, I would recommend going to Eplegaarden in Fitchburg, WI!

-Janice Vargas 🙂

Gluten Free Dating

As someone with celiac disease, I understand how uncomfortable things can be when dining with new people.  You don’t want to seem like a pain in “the you know what”.  However, you do have specific dietary restrictions.  Fortunately, for those people who are very concerned about this situation for when they are going on dates, there is now an entirely gluten free dating site.  In fact, this dating site was even featured on AOL news this past week.  glutenfreesingles.com prides themselves to be “A dating, networking, and informative website where you never have to feel alone, awkward, or a burden because you are gluten-free.”

You can sign up for this website for free to enjoy a life with a gluten free partner whether you are celiac, intolerant, or simply maintaining a healthy diet.  This website allows you to create a profile and begin finding gluten free singles in your area right away for no cost.

Be sure to check out this new online dating site if you are a gluten free single looking for a life partner.

http://www.glutenfreesingles.com

EZ Interactive Recipes

YouTube has been on the rise for the past few years, providing eager Internet users with more than just black and white font on a computer screen. By creating videos accessible to online consumers, the Internet has become more interactive than ever before. This resource has expanded into all areas of life, providing entertainment and helpful visual aids to accomplishing everyday tasks. The gurus that take part in the YouTube communities have gone from beauty and fashion, to technology and gaming, and now onto cooking as well.

With the rise of gluten free as well, YouTube gurus have been more than accommodating. Although there are many food channels aimed toward foodies lacking food allergies, there are others made specifically for gluten-free needs.

EZ Gluten Free is a channel that posts weekly, introducing new gluten free recipes. Rather than reading a recipe online, the interactive video makes it easier to follow, and more fun to learn. The foods range from meals to desserts that seem almost impossible to be gluten free.

http://www.youtube.com/user/EZGlutenFree?feature=watch

If you’re gluten free and looking for something new, give YouTube a look! Search gluten free and simply see what comes up…search, watch, make, enjoy!

-Kerry Justich

The Struggle

So I have a confession…I was gluten free once.

You’re probably wondering, well, what happened? I’m Italian. That’s what happened. The idea of sitting at another family meal staring at meatballs, pasta, pizza, calzones, pies, cakes, cookies–you name it!–practically brought tears to my eyes. I was weak, and I gave in to the power of the pasta.

People often underestimate how much will power it takes to eat gluten free, and they have no idea how much more work you need to do to a) find gluten free food, and b) find good gluten free food. Because I have eaten gluten free for an extended period of time, I can sympathize with the struggles people who don’t eat gluten face everyday. I recently came across this BuzzFeed article that puts a humorous spin on the everyday troubles involved with avoiding gluten. So if you’re gluten deprived, sad, hungry, or really craving a donut, just remember you are not alone! And if you need another pick me up, you could always watch this hilarious YouTube video about food allergies (it’s a Les Miserablé parody, and it is fabulous). Enjoy!

#gluten free

Whether you are gluten free or just have a friend that is gluten free, there are many different accounts on twitter that you can follow that can inform you of many new gluten free resources.  In fact, here at the University of Wisconsin, there gluten free badgers can follow @glutenfreeUW to learn about the latest gluten free information on campus.  The Gluten Free Badgers club created this account.  This club promotes gluten free awareness on campus, and provides a community of students that are gluten free.

 

Many gluten free twitter accounts tweet a variety of things regarding gluten.  Below is a list of the many gluten free accounts that provide insight into being gluten free.

 

Accounts for Products and People:

  • @udisglutenfree
  • @gfregistry
  • @delightgfmag
  • @isglutenfree
  • @rudisglutenfree
  • @glutenfreemedia
  • @glutenfreehub
  • @katzglutenfree
  • @glutenfreemama1

 

There are many more besides these accounts as well.  Simply search gluten free in people on twitter, or #glutenfree to find the gluten free account that best fits your needs.  Be sure to check out all these great accounts for the latest information on new gluten free products, information, and groups.