Some of you already know this, but I am getting married this next weekend. (See! Absentminded. 10/10/10 to be exact.)
I generally keep my personal life, well, personal, and off the blog for the most part. But this is kind of a big deal.
We are traveling to Tennessee, just me and Jeff and Tess (our dog,) renting a cabin, and getting married on the top of a mountain. Then next weekend we’re coming home and having a party with our family and friends.
So I’ve been a little scattered.
But never fear, I’ve been collecting snippets of fun stuff and cool articles to share with you.
And also never fear, I will give a report with a few pictures when we return. And I’m very excited that we’ll have a cake from Pam’s Gluten Free at the party.
- Study Shows Celiac Disease Can Develop Later in Life- Interesting article in USA Today, of all places. Basically discussing the idea that environmental triggers may outweigh the genetic susceptibility for celiac disease. They surveyed the SAME people (that’s important) in 1974, 1989, and every 2 years until 2007. “Researchers found that the incidence of celiac disease doubled every 15 years since 1974 and that the incidence increased as subjects aged, with some developing the disease in their 50s or 60s.” Interesting stuff. Especially for those of us who have parents who are displaying symptoms of celiac disease but will not give up gluten. (Yes, Mom, I’m talking to you. I love you. Step away from the bread!)
- Gluten, Glutamate and Celiac Disease- Dr. Vikki Petersen weighs in on neurological issues and the relationship to gluten. This post gets a little sciency, but I definitely recommend you read it. I found it especially interesting as I use L-glutamine, and wrote a post about it’s use in healing the gut. Dr. Vikki as usual does a great job of making the sciency bits a little easier to understand. Bottom line: glutamate (found in MSG, and also naturally occurring) and L-glutamine MAY be irritating to those who have neurological dysfunction. As always, your mileage may vary. Be educated, and make your own decisions with your doctor. Quoting Dr. Vikki in a response to a comment: “L-glutamine is beneficial for some and can be healing to the gut. The point I was trying to make in my post is to assess yourself for any possible risk factors first. If you have neurological disease or a strong family history then you may not wish to consume it. If you have a strong negative reaction to MSG that may be a warning sign as well. In my 25 years of clinical experience I and my team have found some patients do quite well on L-glutamine while others seem to have no response to it and still others “disliked” it. Now we know why it may be a source of aggravation for some and I think some caution in the area is warranted.“
Gluten Free News:
- Diane at Balanced Bites posted a recipe for Crustless Pumpkin Pie. Looks Fan-Freaking-Tastic. Even though it’s not chocolate, I will have to give this a whirl.
- My good friend Shirley at Gluten Free Easily (gfe) posted a guest article from Cheryl Harris. This is a refreshingly honest kick in the pants reminder that healthier treats are still treats, and must be consumed in moderation. That eating real food, in realistic portion sizes, can help us stay healthy, wealthy, and wise. (OK, I made up that last bit. Read it anyway.)
- Kim at Gluten Free Real Food posted How to Make Your Own Almond Flour! For the win! She also made my weakness (OK, one of them) chocolate chip cookies with said almond flour. Here’s a couple more recipes for my obsession chocolate chip cookies:
- This post contains a bit of colorful language, but is a great read. Eating Out = Eating Junk. You certainly can eat junk, but you don’t have to, and it’s not hard. You can eat very well when dining out.
- My friend and web guru JC has stirred up quite the controversy with his Clean Eating is a Scam series. It brings a very bright light to the idea of critically thinking about what goes into your mouth, not relying on labels. I’m as guilty as the next person for referring to food as “clean” now and again, but it does NOT define what I eat. Use your brains, people. We have them for a reason. Very interesting how emotional people get when their beliefs about food are called into question. Check it out. Here’s Part 1 and Part 2 (why Clean Eating is Still a Scam.)
Have a healthy week!
And as an aside-I was listening to the playlist I’ve made up for our not-really-a-wedding-reception party, and Bruce Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love is on there. Read Why Celiac Disease is a Gift and Bruce Springsteen is a poet. Drug up from the archives
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