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A Blogger A Day: G-Free Foodie

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: KC Pomering
Lives in: Central California

Blogs at: www.gfreefoodie.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/gfreefoodie
Like her at: www.facebook.com/GFreeFoodie

Why we’re fans: KC’s blog is fresh and clean, from the strawberries and tomatoes that frame each page, to the streamlined layout that makes it easy to navigate. She frequently reposts content from gluten-free advocates and experts like Tina Turbin and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), but she also has a wealth of original tips and recipes. We recommend that readers take advantage of her blog’s free recipe conversion, which offers to take your favorite gluten-containing recipes and turn them into gluten-free versions. For an example of her work, check out “Recipe Redux: Gluten-Free Broccoli Cheddar Soup” in NFCA’s April 2011 e-newsletter.

KC Pomering

KC Pomering

KC’s Story: After spending my adult life plagued with GI issues, a doctor suggested I might have celiac disease. I went gluten-free and never looked back. I’ve never felt better.

According to KC: My biggest challenge in early gluten-free life was travel. Where and what would I eat? That’s actually why I started G-Free Foodie – we have a national database of gluten-free restaurants, and most of them are recommended by our readers!

A taste of G-Free Foodie:

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 23, 2011 at 9:10 am 1 comment

A Blogger A Day: Rockin’ Gluten-Free

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Andrea McCarthy
Lives in: Chicago, IL area

Blogs at: www.rockinglutenfree.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/RockinGFgal
Like her at: www.facebook.com/rockinglutenfree1

Why we’re fans: Ever overhear a really engaging phone call? That’s the way it was when Andrea called Alice to talk about Rudi’s Spread the Bread coupon campaign, which benefited NFCA. Andrea was excited to swap stories with our president, and when Alice got off the phone, she handed me Andrea’s info to stay in touch. Since then, Andrea’s been a huge support to NFCA, and she’s quick to post any information about organizations or events that promote gluten-free needs. She also writes as Chicago’s Gluten-Free Food Examiner, which gives her yet another platform to spread the word.

Andrea McCarthy

Andrea McCarthy

Andrea’s Story: I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance in May 2010 and wanted to spread my passion about how living gluten-free can rock! Basically put a positive spin on the lifestyle…share my passion with others.

According to Andrea: The toughest part about going gluten-free was eating out in restaurants. How do you trust them not to “glutenize” you? I really had a hard time figuring out where it was safe for me to eat.

A taste of Rockin’ Gluten-Free:

May 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm 1 comment

A Blogger A Day: Gluten Free Mom

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Jamie Eppenauer
Lives in: Woodinville, WA

Blogs at: www.glutenfreemom.com, www.glutenfreemom.typepad.com
On the bookshelf: Nothing yet, but working on one!

Why we’re fans: Going gluten-free is one thing, but being a parent of a gluten-free kid adds a whole other level. Jamie skips the jargon and tells parents what they really want to know. What candy can my kid eat? How do we prepare for road trips? Will our family traditions ever be the same? Jamie doesn’t have the only answers, but she does know what works for her family – and that can be the reassurance parents are looking for.

Jamie Eppenauer

Jamie Eppenauer

Jamie’s Story: My oldest daughter, the Gluten-Free Teen, was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005.  I have the genes for celiac disease, but after feeling good for the first time ever in my life, I declined to get back on gluten to have the endoscopy.  I am also allergic to dairy.  My middle child is gluten intolerant and has a dairy allergy.

According to Jamie: The most challenging part of raising a Gluten-Free Teen may be the “teen” part!  In all honesty, even though the diet is challenging, I can say that my Gluten-Free Teen is totally “normal.”  She went to prom, has a boyfriend, just got her driver’s permit, hangs out with her friends constantly, plays volleyball and has straight As in school.  It required some extra work, but we have traveled all over the world – Mexico, Hawaii, Ireland, London, Paris, and both coast of the US.  My Gluten-Free Teen is a great cook, and we have a very healthy diet.  Yes, there are moments when it is challenging (especially when traveling) but all in all, we have been blessed with a happy healthy lifestyle.

A taste of Gluten Free Mom:

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 22, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

A Blogger A Day: Gluten Free Betsy

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Betsy Thompson
Lives in: Chicago, IL

Blogs at: www.glutenfreebetsy.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/betsybetsybetsy
Like her at: www.facebook.com/glutenfreebetsy

Why we’re fans: Betsy is a sharer. She writes about local gluten-free events and online giveaways, but more importantly, she brings readers through her own gluten-free experiences, whether it’s attending a swanky gluten-free dinner or explaining why a certain product she tried is too good to pass up. Betsy proves that it takes one to know one, and she’s posting her knowledge for all gluten-free newbies (and not-so-newbies) to benefit from.

Betsy Thompson

Betsy Thompson

Betsy’s Story: I was diagnosed with celiac disease in January 2000 and have been gluten-free ever since.  It’s been a world of difference.  I wrote why I started my blog in a post called “Starting from the Beginning…

According to Betsy: The toughest part of going gluten-free trying to come up with alternatives.  When I went gluten-free, there weren’t nearly as many gluten-free alternatives as there are today.  I remember some terrible cookies and crumbly bread.  Luckily I’ve improved my baking skills a bit.

A taste of Gluten Free Betsy:

  • Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies – Samoas:  This one is from March of last year, but I still get many hits on it.  I decided to make my own “Girl Scout” cookies, since I couldn’t eat the ones from the Girl Scouts.  I found a similar recipe online and adapted it to make it gluten-free.  The comments really made my day, especially the one from Teresa whose daughter was a Girl Scout but never tasted their cookies.
  • Gluten-Free Chicago Potluck: I’m part of the Gluten-Free Chicago group on Gluten-Free Faces. I loved meeting other gluten-free people in Chicago and having a potluck with them!  There’s very few options for me at potlucks, so being able to taste everyone’s dishes was great!  It was such a fun day.
  • Oh Thank Heaven for 20-11: This was my first post of 2011 and where I announced a new feature on my blog, a gluten-free book club.  I love to read, and I read a lot of books on the celiac/gluten-free topic, everything from cookbooks to memoirs to educational pieces.  Since more and more people are being diagnosed with celiac or are going gluten-free, I thought it might be a great place to find the right book they are looking for.  Looking for facts?  Someone’s story to relate to?  Need a collection of great gluten-free recipes?  They’ll find it here, and I was so excited to start that new feature.

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm 1 comment

A Blogger A Day: Gluten Free LI

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Sue Moller
Lives in: Long Island, NY

Blogs at: www.GlutenFreeLI.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/GlutenFreeLI
Like her at: www.Facebook.com/GlutenFreeLI

Why we’re fans: I’m originally from Long Island, so I’m a bit biased in wondering what’s new and gluten-free east of NYC. To be fair, there’s a lot to talk about, and Sue works hard to cover it all. In addition to her main blog, Sue also serves as Long Island’s Gluten-Free Food Examiner. She blogs about everything from store openings to fundraising events to gluten-free moments in mainstream news. Sue even fought traffic and toll booths to attend NFCA’s Appetite for Awareness 2011, and I know from personal experience that the Long Island to Philly commute is no cakewalk.

Sue Moller

Sue Moller

Sue’s Story: I was diagnossed with celiac disease 2 weeks before my wedding in 2005.  When I was first diagnosed, it was very hard to find products that were gluten-free and eat out safely in the Long Island area. I started creating lists of places that I had success at, and then decided to post the results of many hours of research online, so that others who were just diagnosed would also be able to benefit from the information I found.

According to Sue: The toughest part about being gluten-free is traveling to new places. It is totally possible and much more easier now (luckily with the tons of information on the Internet), but traveling does require much more planning than when I wasn’t on a gluten-free diet.

A taste of Gluten Free LI:

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 21, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

A Blogger A Day: ATX Gluten-Free

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Jessica Meyer
Lives in: Austin, TX

Blogs at: www.atxglutenfree.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/atxglutenfree
Like her at: www.facebook.com/atxglutenfree
On the bookshelf: Nothing yet, but something’s in the works that will be released this year.

Why we’re fans: Jessica is just like Austin – young, hip and food-friendly.  While she sticks to recipes on her blog, Jessica is immersed in the city’s gastronomic happenings, and often tweets to spread the word about events. She also has her finger on the pulse of food culture in general, like when she hosted the virtual Gluten-Free Pizza Fest (see below), which offered a celiac-friendly take on the gourmet pizza trend.

Jessica Meyer

Jessica Meyer

Jessica’s Story: I’ve been a diagnosed celiac for a couple years now. It has been a complete blessing, and that is why I started my blog. I wanted to help others in their gluten-free journey by posting local information for Austin, TX, and gluten-free recipes that anyone can enjoy (my boyfriend, who is my recipe tester, is not gluten-free). I mainly post recipes on my blog, with 1 or 2 blog posts each month just for my local Austin area.

According to Jessica: The most unexpected part of going gluten-free was learning that there are a wide variety of gluten-free foods that are better than gluten foods. I’ve grown a love of baking recently and believe they taste better than the old version.

A taste of ATX Gluten-Free:

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 20, 2011 at 9:00 am 2 comments

A Blogger A Day: Simply…Gluten Free

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Carol Kicinski
Lives in: Dunedin, FL

Blogs at: www.simplygluten-free.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/simplyglutenfre
Like her at: www.facebook.com/SimplyGlutenFree
On the bookshelf: Simply…Gluten-Free Desserts. Available on Amazon.com.

Why we’re fans: I know it rains in Florida, but Carol’s blog would never let you know it. Her food photos so colorful and bright, you can only imagine the sunshine streaming through her windows. The recipes themselves will put some life back into your dinners, too. But don’t worry – they’re completely manageable for any cook. In fact, Carol’s recipes are so refreshing yet user-friendly that QVC showcased her cookbook during a dedicated gluten-free broadcast in March.

Carol Kicinski

Carol Kicinski

Carol’s Story: I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance over 18 years ago.  At the time, there was not much available in the way of information, and much fewer gluten-free products.  Being a wife and mother with a family to feed, I had to figure out how to create dishes that would not only keep me healthy, but would also be pleasing to the family members who were not gluten intolerant.  While at first I was not pleased with the diagnosis, and was daunted by having to give up many of my standard recipes, I came to realize that by making a few simple changes in my diet I could take control of and responsibility for my own health and physical well being.  I have since learned to celebrate the abundance of gluten-free living.

According to Carol: The most unexpected part of going gluten-free was that seemingly unrelated health issues cleared up as a result of the gluten-free diet – such as migraine headaches and adrenal exhaustion.

A taste of Simply…Gluten Free:

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 19, 2011 at 9:04 am 4 comments

A Blogger A Day: Gluten Free Fitness

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Erin Elberson Lyon

Blogs at: www.glutenfreefitness.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/ErinElberson
Like her at: www.facebook.com/GlutenFreeFitness
On the bookshelf: 7 Quick Start Tips to Living a Healthy Gluten Free Fit Life – Without Making Yourself Nuts in the Process. Available at www.healthyglutenfreelife.com

Why we’re fans: We met Erin when she completed NFCA’s GREAT Healthcare program for physical therapists, and she’s helped the cause ever since. She led one of NFCA’s webinars and has contributed tips to NFCA articles – including one about her own gluten-free wedding. On her blog, Erin posts products reviews, recipes and motivational tips to help you get your gluten-free butt in gear.

Erin Elberson Lyon

Erin Elberson Lyon

Erin’s Story: I was diagnosed with celiac disease after many years of GI problems.  Once diagnosed, I am now able to attribute many other medical issues to undiagnosed celiac.

According to Erin: The most unexpected part of going gluten-free was learning that people think white bread is safe because “Well, that’s not wheat!”

A taste of Gluten Free Fitness:

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm 5 comments

A Blogger A Day: No Gluten, No Problem

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Pete Bronski
Lives in: Hudson Valley, NY

Blogs at: noglutennoproblem.blogspot.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/peterbronski
Like him at: Artisan Gluten-Free/No Gluten No Problem on Facebook
On the bookshelf: Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking, Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes (coming out June 1!)

Why we’re fans: Pete has a positive outlook that shouts restoring health and reclaiming life, and we all could take a few pointers. As one of NFCA’s Athletes for Awareness, Pete always has a new feat in sight, and it usually involves an extreme, life-fulfilling activity. Last year, Pete even ran a 50 mile race as a fundraiser for NFCA. On his blog, Pete and his wife, Kelli, share their favorite gluten-free recipes, which they’ve spun off into two (yes, two!) gluten-free cookbooks.

Pete and Kelli Bronski

Pete and Kelli Bronski

Pete’s Story: I have celiac disease (but no biopsy). Both of my young daughters are gluten sensitive, and we plan to have them formally tested. Our entire household – which also includes my wife, Kelli – is 100% gluten-free.

According to Pete: One of the most unexpected parts of going gluten-free was that, through a combination of factors, I stumbled into endurance racing, fell in love with it, and have far surpassed any previous athletic accomplishment from my gluten days pre-2007.

A taste of No Gluten, No Problem:

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 18, 2011 at 9:31 am 1 comment

A Blogger A Day: The Gluten Free RD

[Chat with Rachel! NFCA is hosting #GFchat sessions on Twitter each Tuesday in May, and Rachel is one of our guest experts. Tonight's #GFchat is about Celiac Disease & Women's Health, led by EA Stewart of The Spicy RD. The fun starts at 8 p.m. ET, so make sure you're ready to tweet! More details & schedule.]

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logo

Name: Rachel Begun, MS, RD
Lives in:
Metro New York

Blogs at: www.glutenfreerd.net
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/RachelBegunRD
Friend her at: Rachel Begun on Facebook

Why we’re fans: Rachel is an important part of gluten-free advocacy. As a dietitian, she commands attention from the healthcare and food industries, and is a trusted source for gluten-free advice. As a diagnosed celiac, she knows the concerns that patients have about gluten-free needs, because she has them, too. That perspective isn’t just refreshing, it’s also what makes her such a worthy expert on NFCA’s Ask the Dietitian.

Rachel Begun, MS, RD

Rachel Begun, MS, RD

Rachel’s Story: I have celiac disease and am a registered dietitian. As The Gluten Free RD, it is my mission to provide those on a gluten-free diet with the information and resources they need to strike a balance between eating gluten-free and healthfully, while doing it happily.

According to Rachel: As a dietitian with a strong knowledge of food and ingredients, it was probably easier for me than most to quickly adopt a strict gluten-free diet.  As a food and nutrition communications professional, whose work revolves around communicating about and experiencing good food, I didn’t anticipate how hard it was going to be emotionally and socially to avoid some of my favorite foods.

A taste of The Gluten Free RD:

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

May 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

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