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Going the Distance

[As you know, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness staff members are big Phillies fans. So when one of our newest volunteers, Nadina Fraimow, told us she shared the same passion for sports, wellness and all things Phillies, we had to get her on board. Nadina will be sharing her gluten-free experience throughout the 2011 Phillies season.]

Going the Distance

A Phightin’ to Be Gluten Free Blog

April celebrates great milestones, and this year is no exception. Among the highlights: my birthday, warmer weather and the Phightin’ Phils. Yes, Victorino’s inside-the park home run against the San Diego Padres was worthy of all my cheers and DVR replays. However, I am referring to the Phillies’ back-to-back complete games – a feat we haven’t seen since 1999, according to the Associated Press.  Cliff Lee pitched a 12-strikeout, three-hit shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Washington Nationals, precisely a day after Roy Halladay pitched nine victorious innings.

Today, Cliff Lee’s record is 2-2 after he gave up four runs on five hits over seven innings to take the 0-4 loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Much like Lee’s season thus far, my journey and fight for a healthy, happy gluten-free life includes both wins and losses.

gluten-free birthday dinner

Gluten-free birthday dinner at Distrito

My April success stories combine my love of family and delicious food/beverages, as I enjoyed two Passover Seders, a birthday dinner at Distrito and a cold brew at Citizens Bank Park. If you’re Phightin’ to be Gluten-Free like me, even a few gluten-free options can go a long way. For instance, my enjoyment (and that of my family) was elevated to a whole new level with gluten-free matzoh and cakes at our Passover Seders, Iron Chef Garces’ flavorful los karne beef, pollo and and nopales tacos at Distrito, and refreshing Redbridge gluten-free beer at Citizens Bank Park.

Gluten-free Los Tacos at Distrito

Gluten-free Los Tacos at Distrito

This month, Cliff Lee and I share an even ratio of wins to losses (a.k.a., my setbacks). The more serious moments along my journey included a stomach study at the Hospital University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and uncomfortable bloating episodes.

Shortly between Cliff Lee’s shutout against the Nationals and one of my setbacks, I read an article on espn.comwhere Lee shared: “I want to be a guy who throws complete games every time.  That’s not really realistic, but going into each game, that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Gluten-free beer at Phillies game

Enjoying the Phillies game

Lee gets it. I get it. Now, it’s your turn. Sure, I want to be 100% healthy, happy and gluten-free every day. That may not be realistic, but going into each day, that’s what I’m striving to do – all season long!

– Nadina

*Get your tickets to NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Night at the Phillies and Celiac Awareness Night at the Mets (vs. the Phillies!) by visiting www.CeliacCentral.org »

About Nadina:

Nadina Fraimow began volunteering with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in April 2011, and will be happy to answer messages sent to the info@celiaccentral.org email account. Nadina learned that she has a gluten sensitivity in February 2011, and is grateful for having been diagnosed promptly and correctly by a knowledgeable gastroenterologist. She enjoys running, shopping for gluten-free sweets and creating recipes that are both tasty and healthy. Nadina is a Marketing and Communications professional living and working in Philadelphia. Nadina is also a proud Penn State alumna and an avid fan of the Phillies.

April 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

Free to Be Gluten-Free

[As you know, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness staff members are big Phillies fans. So when one of our newest volunteers, Nadina Fraimow, told us she shared the same passion for sports, wellness and all things Phillies, we had to get her on board. Nadina will be sharing her gluten-free experience throughout the 2011 Phillies season.]

Phightin’ to Be Gluten Free

As Cliff Lee throws his first pitch of the 2011 baseball season, I think about the 162 games and long journey ahead to the playoffs. The Phillies, with players like Roy Halladay and Chase Utley, succeed because of their true grit.  Collectively, they are our Phightin’ Phills.

As I watch the team, I can’t help but reflect upon my personal 162 day plus gluten-free journey, and the fight for a healthy, happy gluten-free life. Much like the Phillies 2010 season, my journey contains highs, lows and – my favorite – the breakthroughs.

I am not a gluten-free expert, but after 9 months of a full food diary, 3 GI consultations, 3 nutrition consultations, 3 probiotics, 28+ bottles of myralax, 1 digestive enzyme, 4 self help books and 1 supportive family, I feel passionate about sharing my season highlights with other fans fighting to be gluten-free.

Hypothetically, if ESPN were to compile the top plays from my season thus far, the highlights would feature:

  • Enjoying a Flyers game with my family (the stadium has gluten-free concession stands!)
  • Finding a GI doctor who recommended an alternative to Myralax
  • Getting involved with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
  • Establishing my voice in the gluten-free community with this first blog entry

Over the course of the next 162 games to the playoffs, I will share with Phillies fans and the celiac & gluten intolerant community alike, why it’s time to Be-LEE-ve!

– Nadina

*Get your tickets to NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Night at the Phillies and Celiac Awareness Night at the Mets (vs. the Phillies!) by visiting www.CeliacCentral.org »

About Nadina:

Nadina Fraimow began volunteering with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in April 2011, and will be happy to answer messages sent to the info@celiaccentral.org email account. Nadina learned that she has a gluten sensitivity in February 2011, and is grateful for having been diagnosed promptly and correctly by a knowledgeable gastroenterologist. She enjoys running, shopping for gluten-free sweets and creating recipes that are both tasty and healthy. Nadina is a Marketing and Communications professional living and working in Philadelphia. Nadina is also a proud Penn State alumna and an avid fan of the Phillies.

April 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm 2 comments

Whitney & Kristin’s Week Long ‘Opening Day’ Celebration

Phandemonium at the Phillies Game

While my baseball fandom (particularly when it comes to the Philadelphia Phillies) has already been well chronicled on the staff blog, last week marked the beginning of what is sure to be four months of rabid insanity and delusion…MLB Opening Day!

Kristin and I chose to celebrate the entire week in style by attending not one, but two Phillies games – a Tuesday, March 29th pre-season game verses the Pittsburgh Pirates, and on Saturday, April 1st, to watch the Fightin’ Phils face off against the Houston Astros.

For Phillies fans, the 2011 World Series campaign is already off to a great start, our home team swept the Astros and will start the season at 3-0 for the first time since 1970.

Needless to say, we’ve got some rather ‘High Hopes’ for our team at the moment.

Opening Day Phillies Fever

On a related note, it seems that more and more MLB teams are welcoming gluten-free baseball fans this season by ramping up their stadium food options. Here’s just a smattering of teams that have already made headlines this year:

St. Louis (Cardinals)

Florida (Tampa Bay Rays)

Chicago (Cubs)

San Francisco (Giants)

And of course, the entire NFCA office is looking forward to hosting TWO Celiac Disease Awareness Nights with MLB Teams this season – Friday, May 27th with the New York Mets, and Friday, July 8th with the Philadelphia Phillies.

So much gluten-free fun to come this summer!

-Whitney

April 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

Gluten-Free Food and Tips for the Super Bowl

It’s the Friday before the Super Bowl, which for me (and I’m sure many of you) means it’s time to figure out what I’m going to feed the crowd. Typically, I crank out some nachos, the boys order a pizza, and we’re set. But when you or a fellow football fan is gluten-free, snacktime takes a bit more planning. Fortunately, blogs have been parading their gluten-free Super Bowl recipes and tips for the past week, so there are plenty of options to keep everyone happy.

If you’re looking to step up your game, try some of Chef Oonagh Williams’ gourmet Super Bowl recipes in NFCA’s Seasonal Gluten-Free Recipe Box.  Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken Soup puts a new spin on the beloved dip, and by serving it in bowls you can avoid the risk of cross-contamination. Pair it with Oonagh’s Savory Cheesy Bread and no one will miss the gluten.

Gluten-Free Bread

Oonagh's Gluten-Free Savory Cheese Bread

For a more traditional feast, try Ranch Sliders, Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip, BBQ Chicken Pizza or Mini Mac & Cheese Cakes. Foodista also has a quick list of some classic and not-so-classic gluten-free Super Bowl recipes (where do you buy green sesame seeds?).

gluten-free pizza

Gluten-Free BBQ Chicken Pizza from our blogger friend ATX Gluten-Free!

Of course, you have to wash that all that food down. While I prefer to reach for a cider, beer drinkers in Colorado can rejoice in a new gluten-free option from New Planet Beer. The company unveiled Off Grid Pale Ale earlier this week. Anyone outside the distribution area can still swill a gluten-free brew (Redbridge and Bard’s are among the popular choices), and it looks like gluten-free Super Bowl attendees will be right there with them: New Planet’s blog reports that Cowboys Stadium is BYO when it comes to gluten-free goods.

Menu planned. Food purchased. Now the only question is, where’s the party at? If you’re hosting at home, you’ll probably have more control over cross-contamination risks. At a friend’s house, gluten particles could be lurking on something as harmless as a veggie plate. To help you avoid an unpleasant second half, Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery posted some tips from a recent NFCA webinar. Keep these pointers in mind, especially when the party isn’t strictly gluten-free.

Got any tips or dips to share? Post a comment below!

-Cheryl

February 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

A Merry CliffMas in Philadelphia

While our work as a national organization is spent communicating with the general public, healthcare professionals and food industry experts across all 50 states, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) has always had a special focus on the Philadelphia region given our headquarters location.

Anyone who is remotely familiar with major league sports knows that Philadelphia fans are special. We’re passionate, dedicated and fiercely loyal. (In fact, Whitney openly admits that one of her top daily Google searches is Cliff Lee, despite the trade to the Seattle Mariners in 2009. And Kristin? Her computer’s background is frequently home to a certain Phillies second base player).

Cliff Lee Daily News Cover

Whitney's Desk on Cliffmas Day!

So you can imagine our feelings when late Monday night the news broke that the Philadelphia Phillies made an offer to pitcher Cliff Lee. Our anxiety and excitement over the potential of Cliff Lee returning to Philadelphia was at an all time high. Rather than hitting the sack in preparation for a hard day’s work, we continued to email, text and phone one another into the wee hours of the morning. The possibility of the All-Star lefty returning to our hometown was just too much to bear. At the time, we compared it to waiting up for Santa in anticipation of our Christmas gifts.

Little did we know that in fact this night would become Christmas Eve for the Philadelphia region. Just after midnight it was announced that the Phillies had signed Lee for a five year deal. And for those fans that managed to get to bed on time, missing out on any Cliff Lee news, Christmas truly arrived 11 days early.

Now we REALLY can’t wait till July 8th – when NFCA hosts Celiac Awareness Night with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Hopefully we will get to see Cliff Lee in action, mark your calendars and get ready to join us!

Merry Cliffmas.

-Whitney & Kristin

December 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm 1 comment

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