Hey Anti-Wheat Peeps! I want to let you all know about a cool new opportunity from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness!
They’ve launched Test Your Gluten-Free Knowledge, a quiz designed to to clear up common misconceptions and misinformation about Celiac Disease, gluten sensitivity, and gluten-free diets. Help spread awareness by taking and sharing the quiz! Rudi’s is also giving away 10 gluten-free prize packs just for participating, so jump on it!
You can take it at their site here, but watch out! I got 9/10 when I took it… That number 10 is a tricky one!
Hey Anti-Wheat Peeps! We have some exciting news for you all today! The Adventures of Anti-Wheat Girl is giving away two gluten-free grab bags, and you could win!
Each grab bag is a random assortment of 5 gluten-free products that will be mailed to your front door, free of charge! The contest starts today and runs until 12:00 AM EST, April 8th, 2014, so you have plenty of time to jump on it!
To ender the contest, all you have to do is check out our Grab Bag Giveaway page, and follow the instructions there. Good luck to all of you!
What up Anti-Wheat Peeps! Hope everyone had a nice weekend :) Today we’re answering another Ask Anti-Wheat Girl question. Again, please chime in with your thoughts—the more helpful advice, the better!
This questions is from an anonymous Tumblr user:
"So I haven’t been tested for celiac disease but I’m 99% sure I have it. I stopped eating gluten for like a month and felt so much better, went into my doctors office and now I have to eat gluten for at least two weeks before I can be tested ( it has been the worst two weeks ever) Anyway, I’ve gone to the gluten free aisle in my grocery store but some of the products give me a reaction. Is that normal for someone with celiac disease? I thought if it was gluten free I could eat it."
Yikes, the dreaded gluten challenge. Not just for you, my anonymous friend, but for everyone, I’d like to just put a little advice out there. If you think you might have Celiac or some kind of gluten-related issue, I highly suggest seeing a physician first, before going gluten-free. If you want the tried and true diagnosis of clinical Celiac Disease, bloodwork and an endoscopy have to be done WHILE ON GLUTEN. Meaning if you went gluten-free, you’ll have to go back to eating gluten before the tests will give an accurate result. The gluten challenge is not an easy feat and who really wants to feel gross again after they just started feeling better? So, if possible, talk to your doc before making big changes like that! That being said, if it’s not important to you to have the stamp of Celiac approval, then by all means, do what feels best for you! Everyone’s health is different and only you know what works best for your belly.
Okay, but as for your actual question, it is VERY possible to have additional reactions to gluten-free foods for a few reasons. Number one: you may be eating foods that are not ~truly gluten free. So that could mean that they have oats, which have been contaminated from when they were harvested. Or it could mean that the company just slapped “gluten-free” on the product without testing (although the FDA’s ruling on gluten-free labeling will be changing that somewhat). If that’s the case, you may want to try and avoid oats and investigate your products a little more. Secondly, there is some evidence coming out these days that there is potential for cross-reactivity with other foods in people who have Celiac. This could be due to the fact that your gut is still healing and not all foods are okay for you just yet, or it could be because of additional allergies that you may have. These are all important things to bring to your doctor. Your physician may suggest additional allergy testing, or food trials where you avoid certain allergens in a strategic manner. Unfortunately, this isn’t an exact science just yet, so you may have to deal with some amount of trial and error until you pinpoint exactly what is causing your reactions. Bottom line—make sure you meet with your physician and let them know about these additional reactions, and come up with a plan to figure out what’s up!
Hope this helps and, Anti-Wheat community, share your advice and experiences too!! Help another celiac out :D
Hey there Anti-Wheat Peeps!! Welcome to the very first Ask Anti-Wheat Girl post! I’ve been wanting to start this series for a little while because I think if I share the questions that people ask and let you all chime in with answers, we’ll be able to help each other out SO MUCH MORE.
So if you have a question, email us at email@example.com and if you have an answer or want to chime in with your thoughts, just comment below! And it’s no problem if you want your question to be anonymous, we’re just trying to share the wealth of information!
This question comes to us from Tumblr user themionetohisronald:
“So I have been diagnosed with celiac a year ago after an endoscopy and can I just say, my mom thinks I will be fine if she cooks gluten filled meals and just makes me take a probiotic everyday. My stomach has been killing me forever and I don’t know what to do because she always says “If you’ve gone this long without eating gluten free food I think you’ll be fine” and if she buys a GF food and I try it and its gross i just get yelled at. Any advice for me please?
I’m so so sorry to hear that. It can be really hard getting family to understand and accept a diagnosis of Celiac — I definitely had that problem with some of my extended family. Have you tried showing her the research? Explain that celiac is triggered at some point in life, which can explain why you didn’t feel bad before. It’s also possible that you were having symptoms previously and you just didn’t recognize them as being related to Celiac.
For me, I never thought that I had symptoms, but looking back on it, I realize that I had headaches and other “non-classical” symptoms. So thinking about things like that could also be helpful. Additionally, let your mom know that it’s not just about feeling bad in the moment, and that there are serious long term effects of a Celiac not following the gluten-free diet strictly. There are higher rates of cancer, of developing other autoimmune diseases, of infertility, etc. if you’re not careful with what you’re eating. I know some of the people I’ve had to talk to have really responded to the sheer facts.
Websites such as celiaccentral.org or americanceliac.org can be very useful for arming yourself with facts to share. Other than that, I have really had to simply appeal to the humanity of friends and family. You know, explaining that I am truly not feeling well and I hope that they would support what I’m doing to feel my best and stay safe.
I hope that helps and that things change soon. Anti-Wheat Peeps, chime in below and help out a fellow Celiac!
If there is one thing in this world that I can’t stand, it is ignorance.
Today the Celiac community found a new target, and boy does she deserve the backlash.
Now I try my best to stay positive, but this blogger on Huffington Post has written a piece called "Why Do Your Kid’s Allergies Mean My Kid Can’t Have A Birthday?”
First of all… Dramatic much? My allergy doesn’t steal away your child’s birthday. IT IS STILL YOUR KID’S BIRTHDAY whether they have gluten or nuts or whatever at school!!!! This article was overall the most selfish thing I have read in quite some time. I suggest you go read (AND COMMENT!) for yourself, but essentially this mother thinks that it is unfair that her child can’t have a party at school with:
“made-from-scratch cupcakes, the ones made with fresh butter, sugar and yes, real flour with real gluten in it, and not a commercially prepared cupcake that has an ingredient list a mile long.”
In addition to the fact that this lady wants to stuff her kid with sugar, she wants to make sure that her kid learns that their needs trump the needs of everyone else. She didn’t explicitly state that, but by publicly ignoring the fact that kids can DIE from what she is suggesting, I can only wonder what goes on at home.
You all know my feelings on this and if you haven’t read it yet, check out my own Huffington Post article about The Social Impact of Food Allergies and you’ll understand why I feel so strongly about this. I’ve been bullied because of my food allergies, and I know I’m not alone. Separating kids like me even further, like this blogger is suggesting, is going to just make things worse.
So again, please please please share the real information. Make sure people know that there are repercussions for their actions and their ideas. I know I was negative with this post, but let’s get out some positivity to drown out all of these negative vibes that this lady has put out in the world.
FYI this is what I commented on the article:
“I’m sorry, do you realize exactly what you’re saying here? You’re literally saying that just so your child can have what you consider to be a conventional birthday party, all the kids in your child’s class with food allergies should be left out? Bringing those items into the classroom can alienate kids on so many levels in addition to the fact that you’re creating an unsafe environment for them. Kids with severe allergies will have to leave the room, kids with less severe allergies will be forced to watch all the other kids indulge in unnecessary sweets while they have to sit with nothing in front of them. I implore you to please read my Huffington Post blog post about The Social Implications of Food Allergies (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/priyanka-chugh/living-with-food-allergies_b_4480918.html) and try to understand how harmful what you’re saying is. Please don’t teach your child to enter the world believing that everything should go as they say. There are real consequences to these actions. Have some consideration for the kids who you could potentially be damaging for life. Have some empathy and teach your child to as well.”
Ch-ch-check it out Anti-Wheat Peeps!!! This crazy thing happened over the weekend when I decided to make a Buzzfeed article. I basically spewed out all of my inner feelings and it turns out, lots of other Celiac peeps feel that way too! Over 100,000 of them as a matter of fact! I SERIOUSLY CANT GET OVER IT, so pardon my crazy excitement.
If you haven’t had a change to check it out yet, click the picture above or the link HERE and enjoy!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the article, so PLEASE comment below!!
Hello lovely Anti-Wheat Peeps! Valentine’s Day is in just a few days and you may be struggling to figure out what to do. Well I’m always a big proponent of vegging out at home and eating delicious things. Whether you’re celebrating with a significant other, friends, or yourself, these Flourless Chocolate Mini Cakes with a Chocolate Glaze will make any chocolate lover (like myself!) swoon. Don’t forget to pair it with our raspberry sauce, it’s amazing!!
Here’s everything you’ll need in your shopping cart to make the flourless chocolate cake and its chocolate glaze:
Let’s get started on the flourless cakes first! To make JUST these, you’ll need:
Start by preheating your oven to 375. You’ll need some kind of double boiler for this part, or you can use your microwave. I don’t have an actual double boiler, I just found two pots that kind of fit together. You can also do this with a pot on the bottom and a glass bowl on top. If you’re going the double boiler route and have never done it before, all you have to do is fill the bottom pot up about halfway with water. You let that water boil and then place another pot on top. The pot on top is where you put all of your ingredients. So in the picture below, the silver pot has boiling water, and the black pot has all the chocolate melting ingredients!
It’s basically a really good way to melt things because you don’t expose the ingredients to direct heat and it can help to avoid burning your items instead of melting them. I’m a big fan of this method but if you’re diligent when microwaving (aka, just doing it in 30 second increments and stirring in between each), that can work out just fine as well.
Once you’ve decided between microwaving or double boiling, melt together the chocolate and butter.
Once your chocolate and butter are successfully melted together, take your double boiler off the heat, and mix in the sugar.
After that, beat your eggs in a separate bowl,
And then fold them into the chocolate mixture.
Once your eggs are in, mix in the cocoa powder! If the mix is still too dry, you can add in an extra egg white to help.
After that that is done, put some vegetable oil on a paper towel, and run it through the different spots in your cupcake tin. Do just enough oil so that you can dust cocoa powder on the tin’s bottom and sides. You dont want beads of oil, but you want to make sure that the cocoa powder will stick. Place a pinch of cocoa powder in each cupcake spot and tap the sides of the pan until it spreads onto the sides and bottom. There’s no right or wrong way to do this, just get everything covered!
After that, divide your batter evenly between the cupcake spots, and put your pan on the center rack of the preheated oven.
After about 15 minutes in the oven, the mini cakes should be ready! The times will vary depending on your oven, so you may just need to wait until the tops of the cakes have crusted—you’ll be able to tell this, because they’ll no longer look wet. Once you take them out of the oven, let the cakes cool while you work on the glaze if you decide to do so! Otherwise, just wait for about 10-15 minutes, invert the cupcake pan and you have your mini cakes!
Ready to make the chocolate sauce? Here’s everything you’ll need:
Using the ingredients for the chocolate sauce listed above, combine the butter, chocolate and vanilla in a pan and double boil or microwave them until they’re melted. Once they are melted together, add the honey or sugar to the mixture. If it becomes too dry from the sugar, you can add a splash of milk and reheat the mixture until it all combines.
Once the glaze is successfully prepared, spoon it on top of the cakes, and then put them all in the fridge for 30 minutes so they form a slightly harder shell.
That’s it for the flourless chocolate mini cakes and the glaze BUT you’ll DEFINITELY want to make the raspberry sauce to go with it. This recipe is SUPER chocolatey, and needs something to pair with it. If you’re not crazy about raspberries- ice cream, fresh berries, or caramel all work too!
So, decorate your cakes with the raspberry sauce or chosen pair, and ENJOY!
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, my friends. And in honor of that, I’m going to be putting up a few delicious recipes to help make that day special! First up, we have a really versatile Raspberry Sauce. I figured I would make this a separate recipe rather than include it in with another, because it has so many different uses!
What you need:
Start by combining all of your ingredients together in a pot.
With a burner on high heat, stir the pot until the raspberries totally break down, or until there are no big clumps left. Altogether, the process should take about 15 minutes.
Once the raspberries have broken down, be sure to take the sauce off the burner and strain out the seeds! i use a tea strainer, but you can use anything with mesh that doesn’t let the raspberries get through. It can be a little bit of a tedious process but remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect! A little seed here and there won’t be a big issue.
Once that’s done, then cover your strained sauce and refrigerate. You just need to leave it in the fridge long enough for it to cool down!
This raspberry sauce is great for toppings for cakes and desserts! If you prefer your sauce a bit thicker, you may want to stir in a little cornstarch while it’s still on the stovetop. The first time you make it though, I don’t suggest adding any cornstarch- you’ll see it thicken a bit once it cools and you don’t want to over do it. This sauce can also work mixed into coffees and cocktails if you want a little raspberry flavor!
I’ll be showing you all my own example of how I like to use the sauce (hint, hint look below) after GFreeLive tomorrow, so keep an eye on the blog!
Hey there Anti-Wheat peeps!
Worried about spending Valentine’s Day alone? Don’t fear! This Monday, at 10 pm EST, I’ll be joining Kathy Nelson of GFreeLive to celebrate and chat about Valentine’s Day, and we’re inviting you to join us!
We know it’s on Monday, but you’re going to love it so much, you’re definitely going to want to watch it more than once! Join us at GFreeLive.com to learn some Valentine’s tips and tricks, and to meet the girl behind the cape!
I’ll see you there!