Annoying Things People Say To Celiacs

It has been a while since I wrote a post that discussed things going on in my personal life. I’ve been posting a lot of recipes and restaurant reviews lately, so I think it’s time to give you a quick update.

Things are going pretty well for me and my husband. I am working on my master’s degree in communications (courtesy of my employer), so I stay pretty busy. I work full-time by day as a marketing specialist at a local community college. I go to classes, do homework, study and of course blog by night. But I love it. I love my classes, job and blog. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

For my current graduate class, copywriting, we were required to create a blog at the beginning of the class and post once a week. Seeing as I already had this blog, I was in luck! This week’s assignment is to post a video that we created relating to our blog’s theme. I tossed around a lot of funny ideas, but I decided to go with “Annoying Things People Say to Celiacs.”

Check it out!

If you have said some of the things I pointed out on the video, not to worry. You are not alone. I decided to post things that I have heard time and time again from different people in my life.

Sometimes these comments just make me laugh. And sometimes they are annoying. Now you know.

Gluten-Free Awareness Tour & Labeling Information

Eating gluten-free is not always easy. There is so much information out there about what you should eat, what you shouldn’t eat, where you should get your food, where you shouldn’t get your food, etc.

The new FDA gluten-free labeling rule has caused a lot of confusion in the gluten-free community. Lucky for you (and me), the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness has been working hard to clear up the conflicting information. They recently released a fact sheet from the NFCA Webinar “Understanding the FDA’s Gluten-Free Labeling Rule.” To view the fact sheet, click here. In my opinion, this is something that all gluten-free eaters should familiarize themselves with.

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Also, in spirit of spreading information about gluten-free living, I wanted to remind everyone that the Gluten-Free Awareness Tour will be in Chicago Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 26-27.

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At the event, you will meet top medical experts, watch live cooking demonstrations on the Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery Stage and enjoy gluten-free food samples from dozens of local and national companies. For more information and a schedule of tour dates and locations, visit celiacawarenesstour.com.

Gluten-Free Wedding and Honeymoon

It has been over a month since Bryson and I got married, and I finally found a few minutes to sit down and write a blog post about our fairy tale wedding day and honeymoon.

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Worrying about avoiding gluten was a non-issue on our wedding day, because our caterer provided all gluten-free foods for the reception. We had Italian salad, roast beef, lemon pepper chicken, roasted carrots, mashed potatoes and green beans. The food was delicious.

Also, the top tier of our cake was gluten-free (separated with a cardboard divider to avoid cross contamination). The bottom two tiers were normal gluten-filled cake. Instead of cutting the bottom tier of the cake like couples traditionally do, we cut the top tier so we could feed each other the first piece of cake. Being able to enjoy cutting the cake with my husband was really important to me. I am glad we figured out a way to make sure it could happen while giving the rest of our guests normal cake.

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Our honeymoon was also incredible. We went to Antigua Sandals Resort. I was nervous about the resort being able to accommodate my dietary needs, but Sandals far exceeded my expectations. We had a blast enjoying the beach, snorkeling and great food!

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Sandals set up a meeting with the us and the head chef on the first day we arrived at the resort to make sure I was taken care of for our entire stay. The head chef, Amit, was happy to help. He asked me if I was gluten intolerant or had celiac disease, so I knew he was educated on the topic.

Together, we made a schedule of when and where Bryson and I would eat on the resort. Amit made reservations for us and spoke with all the restaurants’ chefs to make sure they were expecting me. He even gave me a bag of gluten-free cookies to keep in my room!

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It was so nice not to worry about what I was going to eat each day on our honeymoon. I was able to relax and truly enjoy the trip. The best thing I ate on the entire trip was chocolate lava cake. It was divine. I also loved the gluten-free pizza they served. We may or may not have ate pizza for lunch four times while we were there. Oops! It was the best pizza I have had in years.

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I will definitely stay at a sandals resort again, and I highly recommend it to my fellow gluten-free eaters.

Memorial Weekend Celiac Style

This past weekend I celebrated my first Memorial Day as a celiac. As usual, my family spent the weekend floating on the lake and barbecuing with our friends. Luckily, barbecue food can easily be made into a gluten-free meal. The only special thing that I brought for myself was a gluten free hamburger bun. I normally keep a few in the freezer and take one out the night before I plan to eat it. I did not feel deprived at all during the barbeque. I ate a burger, watermelon, chips and salad.

However, since most of my family and friends were able to enjoy drinking beer for the holiday, I needed to find a substitute for Bud Light. My friend suggested trying the new Michelob Ultra Light Hard Cider, which is naturally gluten-free. I am finding that every time I try a gluten-free beverage, I am pleasantly surprised. This hard cider was good, and I will definitely be buying this product again. I liked it for several reasons. First, it was light, so it did not have a ton of calories like normal hard cider does. Second, it was light in the sense that I could drink more than two without feeling like I drank too much of something sweet. Third, it did have a little sweetness to it, but it also had a beer taste which I liked. It was refreshing on a hot day, and it was fun to try something new.

To celebrate the holiday, I also made American themed rice krispy treats, that were layered in red, white and blue. I made them by using a normal rice krispy treat recipe, with a few modifications. All you need is gluten-free rice krispy cereal, butter, marshmallows and food coloring.

1. In order to achieve the layered affect of red, white a blue, place three separate pots on the oven top on low heat.

2. Melt several tablespoons of butter in each pot, then add the 15 regular sized marshmallows to each pot and stir each until completely melted.

3. Add red food coloring to one pot and blue food coloring to another pot, while leaving one pot white. Add as much or as little food coloring as you want to achieve desired color.

4. Add two and a half cups of gluten-free rice krispies into each separate pot, and stir until the melted marshmallows and cereal are blended.

5. Poor and spread the blue pot of rice krispies into a 9×9 inch greased pan. Next, poor the white pot of rice krispies on top of the blue rice krispies and spread. Fianlly, poor the red rice krispies on top of the white rice krispies and spread.

6. Let cool and enjoy!