Labor Day Weekend Edition-Gluten Free, Celiac and Nutrition Goodies and News

Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone here in the US!

I find it completely crazy how fast time is flying by.

First, a special announcement.

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

I was asked by the NFCA to help out and present a webinar titled “The Gluten-Free Effect on Athletes: Improving Performance Through Diet.” This free webinar will be taking place on September 21st, at 8:30 PM EST. (Yes, Kristin at the NFCA (who has been incredibly helpful and awesome, by the way) has talked me into staying up past my normal bedtime. Ya’ll can tell me a bedtime story after the webinar.)  Click here to register.  Make sure to sign up ahead of time, because we will be accepting audience questions before the event.  I’m very excited and happy to be involved with such a great organization and event.

OK, onward!

Gluten Free and Celiac Stuff:
Nutrition News
  • I’ve mentioned before that I like to use coconut oil and coconut flour in recipes, and did so in my “Cookies that are Almost Good for You” post.  There’s lots of information out there on coconut products, but I always like to see it from a neutral (i.e. not financially involved) standpoint.  Stephan at the Whole Health Source blog is one smart gluten free cookie, and he is doing a series on tropical plant fats.  This post examines the science behind coconut oil.  If you are even a little bit a science geek like me, you’ll dig Stephan’s blog.  I made a new recipe using coconut cream that I’ll be sharing this week.
  • Dr. Stephen Wangen wrote a great post on Understanding the Healthcare Business. This is important stuff.  I’ve been working in healthcare for 14 years (holy cow) and have seen it from every angle.  As a provider, as a patient, as a case manager for insurance companies, and as a specialist appealing denials, I’ve seen it all.  It’s so important for people to understand their policy, what it covers and what it doesn’t.  Do this when you are well.  There’s lots of confu  Understand sing language, so don’t hesitate to make a call and get someone to explain it to you in plain English.  Nothing is free, ever.  If your policy covers an ambulance ride 100%, great.  But it’s not free.  Either you are paying for it in your premiums, your employer is, or the taxpayers are.  Nothing is free.  Understand your policy, and be your own healthcare advocate.  If you can’t, find someone who can.  (Steps down from my soapbox.)

That’s it for today!

Everyone have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday, or weekend at the very least.

And do it all gluten free!

If you’re stuck indoors, check out Gluten Free and Fit 101 for some goodies to keep you busy. :)  And don’t forget to sign up for the NFCA webinar! Do it now!

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  1. All good stuff, Erin! Yes, increasing performance through specific foods is a must — and sport specific. Will look for your webinar. Have a wonderful, active and safe holiday!

    Peace, love and activity.

  2. Kim says:

    Congrats Erin! I am looking forward to the Webinar! :)


  3. VERY cool on the webinar, Erin! I’m so excited for you and the participants. :-) Love all the other links, too. I don’t think there can be enough of these types of posts because we all are tuned into different resources. Sharing is still the best lesson learned in kingergarten! ;-)


  4. Kim says:


    Just wanted to let you know that I wrote a post about the Webinar that will go live tomorrow on :) I can’t wait! I may have to miss part of it, as H had gymnastics Tuesday nights, but I hope to catch some of it.

  5. Anna Aspnes says:

    Exciting stuff Erin. Congrats! Just saw your quote in Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocer free mag.
    Very COOL.

  6. Erin says:

    Hi Melissa!
    The webinar is going to be a bit general as far as addressing performance, not sport specific at this time. Hopefully we can do one like that in the future. It’s only an hour long, and I feel like I could go on for hours about this stuff!
    I’m taking my sandbag outside shortly to do some metabolic intervals :) Then me and the pooch are going for a walk. Life is good.

  7. Erin says:

    Hey Kim, awesome, thank you!
    I would love it if you could make the webinar! Friendly “faces” in the audience are always good. I’ve presented live a bunch of times, but this is the first time I’ll be presenting a webinar. Luckily Kristin from the NFCA will be handling the tech stuff. Phew!

  8. Erin says:

    Hi Shirley!
    So true, there is so much great information out there and there’s just no way we can be plugged into all of it. It is really is true that all the important stuff we learned in kindergarten, isn’t it? I’m excited for the webinar as well. The NFCA is doing so much good for the celiac community, and Blue Diamond has stepped up as title sponsor. Very exciting times.
    On a side note, a resource I use to keep track of articles to read is called Instapaper. You create a free account, and then you get a widget that says “read later” on your browser. When you see something you want to bookmark, press the “read later” button and it saves it to your instapaper account. It’s very handy!

  9. Erin says:

    Hey Anna thank you! I’m guessing that was Melissa Diane Smith’s article? She is wonderful and we had a great chat/interview that will be going up as a podcast very soon.

  10. Congrats on the webinar!!! Wow! It must feel great to be included. Thanks for sharing my Labor Day Round Up with your readers. There are great recipes there from some of my favorite bloggers and friends.

  11. Erin says:

    Hi Amy!
    Thank you! Yes, it’s very exciting to have such a partnership with the NFCA.
    Your recipes look great! Can’t wait to try some of them :)

  12. Karina says:

    Congrats on the webinar, Erin! And enjoy! xox Karina

  13. Erin says:

    Thank you Karina, for stopping by and the kind words :) I feel as if I’ve been visited by gluten free royalty!

  14. Erin! Congratulations on the Webinar! I will have to go register for it! How exciting and such an honor for you!
    What time do you normally go to bed, btw! hehe! I need to get better at setting an earlier beddie-by hour for myself!

    Great round up! And yes, I do believe you have been visited by Gluten-Free Royalty with your special comment from Karina! ;)


  15. Erin says:

    Hey Kim!
    Thank you-I’m very excited, I cannot lie. ;)
    It is an honor. I think the NFCA is doing just an awesome job, and I am thrilled to be a part of their work.

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