Ten Years and Still Strong: A Decade with Celiac and 2016 Goals

February-just one short month away- marks the ten-year anniversary of my celiac disease diagnosis. Can you believe that ten years ago I was a twelve-year old girl struggling with growth arrest, brain damage and debilitating headaches? The positive changes my body has undergone since the diagnosis have been life changing, and I’ve been equally as… More Ten Years and Still Strong: A Decade with Celiac and 2016 Goals

Holiday Product Review: Glutino Sugar Cookie Mix

Making gluten free Christmas desserts for our family, personally, is a much harder feat that preparing the pasta and meat dishes we eat for Christmas dinner. My mom and sister brought home Glutino’s gluten free sugar cookie mix and a tub of Pillsbury Funfetti Frosting, and we decided to try and make gluten free holiday sugar cookies.… More Holiday Product Review: Glutino Sugar Cookie Mix

A Gluten Free Halloween: The Teal Pumpkin Project

One of my earliest memories during the months following my celiac disease diagnosis was the panic I felt when I realized that my Halloween would no longer be as carefree as those from previous years. As a twelve year old freshly exposed to the gluten free diet, my mother and I managed to convince ourselves that… More A Gluten Free Halloween: The Teal Pumpkin Project

This Cookie Won’t Crumble: EatPastry Gluten Free Cookie Dough

As an off-campus student, I’m thankful for the quaint little kitchen in the garage apartment my roommate and I share. We cook a fresh, gluten free dinner almost every night (unless, of course, we have leftovers), and try to utilize ingredients from the Rice University Farmers Market, which is close to where we live. This… More This Cookie Won’t Crumble: EatPastry Gluten Free Cookie Dough

Celiac 101: Speaking with Your University’s Dining Services

Your university’s Dining Services is one of the most crucial tools in helping you adhere to the gluten-free diet throughout college.  The efficiency and helpfulness of each school’s dining program varies and is unique; while I’ve had a fantastic experience at Rice University, I have also heard stories from other schools that chronicle less positive experiences.  Whatever the case… More Celiac 101: Speaking with Your University’s Dining Services

The Happy College Girl Summit Podcast Series

If you’ve followed my gluten-free college adventures for the last few years, you know that college life presents both awesome experiences and a lot of challenges; there’s the need to maintain good grades, manage your social life, and take generous amounts of time for self-care (like eating foods that don’t make you sick)! The demands can feel endless and exhausting, especially… More The Happy College Girl Summit Podcast Series

Celiac Disease Foundation’s Gluten-Free Allergy-Free Marketplace

The Celiac Disease Foundation is an organization that a celiac, whether newly diagnosed or a veteran, should know about. Recently, the CDF announced the creation of the Gluten-Free Allergy-Free Marketplace, a online resource and app that serves as a comprehensive guide to gluten-free products, companies, services and bloggers!… More Celiac Disease Foundation’s Gluten-Free Allergy-Free Marketplace

Talkin Tacos: Pappasito’s Cantina Review

I really appreciate the variety of food options in Houston; because it’s such a diverse place, there’s a variety of cuisines and foods available. Because of this variety, there’s usually a gluten-free option available somewhere within the confines of the city. Tex-Mex happens to be one of my favorite cuisines, and one that I didn’t discover until I moved to Houston (there’s no Tex-Mex North of the Mason-Dixon line). I appreciate that corn tortillas are just as popular as flour ones, and while I do need to be careful of cross-contamination and marinades, there’s usually a way to order something gluten-free.… More Talkin Tacos: Pappasito’s Cantina Review

I ‘Knead’ Some Dough: Chebe Pizza Crust Product Review

If you follow me on Twitter, it quickly becomes obvious that I’m on the search for the best gluten-free pizza I can find. The search, however, is not an easy one; it requires numerous taste tests, restaurant visits and deliberation as I take into account factors like taste and consistency. One of the first companies to… More I ‘Knead’ Some Dough: Chebe Pizza Crust Product Review

Don’t Feel Guilty about Celiac Disease: More Mental Health Awareness

About a year ago, I wrote a post titled “The Overlooked Psychological Effects of Celiac Disease”, with the intent to open up dialogue about the mental health issues that can develop because from an individual’s negative experience during the diagnosis process or while eating a gluten-free diet. Many times, I feel as though we try… More Don’t Feel Guilty about Celiac Disease: More Mental Health Awareness

Metropolitan Gourmet Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs

In a world with an ever-increasing availability of gluten-free foods, it becomes difficult for companies to create innovative and unique products.  When I received a package of Metropolitan Gourmet’s Plain Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs, I made it my goal to discover what would (or wouldn’t) set these breadcrumbs apart from other, well-known brands. I decided to make a… More Metropolitan Gourmet Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs

My 100th Post & Online Resources for College Students

Today is an incredibly special day for College Student with Celiac, as I’ve reached my 100th POST!  I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me get this far in the last two years.  I’m grateful for my family, who has supported my gluten-free diet since I was first diagnosed, the dietitians and doctors who I… More My 100th Post & Online Resources for College Students

Celiac 101: “Gluten-Proofing” Your Dorm Room

Eating in a dining hall on a college campus can sometimes be a risk for college students with celiac disease. For the first time, neither you nor your family is in complete control of preparing the gluten-free foods you eat.  Even if a school has incredible gluten-free accommodations, there is always the potential for accidental… More Celiac 101: “Gluten-Proofing” Your Dorm Room

Celiac 101: Picking the Right School

Every high school senior, as well as every college student, is aware of the difficulty in choosing a college or university to attend.  A student must take into account factors like academic rigor, opportunities for extracurricular activities, quality of life, and, most importantly, overall ‘fit’.  For college-bound celiacs, however, there are many more factors that influence… More Celiac 101: Picking the Right School

Celiac 101 Series: Maintaining the Gluten-Free Diet in College

The end of July marks a serious time of transition for college students throughout the country.  As July comes to a close, college students begin to realize that the end of summer is near; within the next month, we’ll be heading back to our dorm rooms and apartments, where we’ll begin our studies and continue… More Celiac 101 Series: Maintaining the Gluten-Free Diet in College

Product Review: Sammi’s Stuff Latta Java Coffee Cake

  Throughout the last few years, an increased awareness of celiac disease has led to a tremendous increase in the number of gluten-free products at supermarkets and health food stores.  The celiac disease community has seen a rise in quality gluten-free products from national chains, some of which are solely gluten-free companies, and others that… More Product Review: Sammi’s Stuff Latta Java Coffee Cake

Product Review: KIND Snacks Part I

  The last three years of my college experience have gone by incredibly quickly, and have been filled with lots of studying and many extracurricular activities.  Throughout the year, I’m not only busy with classes, but also spend a great deal of time updating my blog, hanging out with friends, and managing Rice University’s undergraduate pub!  I’m… More Product Review: KIND Snacks Part I

Celiac Disease & Archaeology: Merging the Biological Sciences with Anthropology

In case you didn’t know, I’ve spent the last three weeks on the island of Menorca, in the Mediterranean, participating in an archaeological dig! I’ve just returned home and am eager to continue blogging! As I spent hours excavating ancient Roman bones in the city’s necropoli, I began to wonder if any Ancient Romans had… More Celiac Disease & Archaeology: Merging the Biological Sciences with Anthropology

New Post on Living Without Magazine’s My Life with Food Allergies!

If you have some time, check out this article I wrote for Living Without Magazine‘s My Life With Food Allergies website.  It’s about traveling in Spain and Europe and managing the gluten-free diet!  I’ve just returned from a three week archaeological dig in Menorca, Spain, and was eager to share my experiences, as well as tips for… More New Post on Living Without Magazine’s My Life with Food Allergies!

Mellow Mushroom is a Gluten-Free Must!

  Today, I realized that I’ve been living with celiac disease for over eight years, and that each year, I learn a plethora of new information about the disease and the gluten-free diet, as well as see a drastic improvement of the quality of gluten-free products and options available.  I also realized how commonplace the gluten-free diet is… More Mellow Mushroom is a Gluten-Free Must!

Guest Post: Allie of Adventures of a Gluten Free Bennie

One of the biggest reasons I’ve been able to maintain the gluten-free diet throughout college has been the online gluten-free community. I’m constantly posting Tweets, sharing links on my Facebook page, and putting out new posts.  It’s the overwhelmingly supportive responses I get from the online community that inspires me to keep blogging.  I also… More Guest Post: Allie of Adventures of a Gluten Free Bennie

Product Review: Ian’s Whole Grain Chicken Nuggets and Tenders

I was so happy to receive some samples in the mail from Ian’s Natural Foods last week to review!  If you haven’t heard of them yet, Ian’s is a company devoted to providing high quality and allergen-friendly foods.  Many of their products are not only gluten-free, but are also devoid of the seven major allergens.  I… More Product Review: Ian’s Whole Grain Chicken Nuggets and Tenders

Houston Gluten-Free Find: Vee’s Chips!

I’ve mentioned numerous times that Rice University has an almost unlimited array of gluten-free options in their cafeteria; what many don’t know, however is that Rice’s weekly farmers market also has some gluten-free surprises.  Upon a recent visit to the market, Susann Glenn, manager of communications for Rice’s Facilities of Engineering and Planning, quickly steered… More Houston Gluten-Free Find: Vee’s Chips!

CeliAction Study for a Celiac Drug!

With Celiac Disease Awareness Month just around the corner, I wanted to bring up recent news regarding the upcoming clinical research trials for a new ‘celiac drug’. This CeliAction study is currently looking for those with symptomatic celiac disease to participate in this medical research study. I’m constantly amazed at the advancements that have been… More CeliAction Study for a Celiac Drug!

Oatmeal is Good for the Soul: Bakery on Main Oatmeal!

As a celiac, breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day because my choices are almost limitless.  Eggs, omelettes, grits, and breakfast meats are fantastic, naturally gluten-free go-to’s, and it’s easy to find gluten-free versions of pancakes, waffles and toast.  Oatmeal, while a much-enjoyed breakfast food, is also a point of contention for… More Oatmeal is Good for the Soul: Bakery on Main Oatmeal!

Product Review! Dancing Deer Baking Co. Gluten-Free Brownies

A few weeks ago, Dancing Deer Baking Co. contacted me about sampling their new line of gluten-free brownies!  The company, though known for their gluten-filled baked goods, wanted to expand their products to include those that were celiac-friendly.  The brownies arrived, with the promise that their gluten-free version would match the taste of their regular… More Product Review! Dancing Deer Baking Co. Gluten-Free Brownies

Restaurant Review: Sukhothai Authentic Thai Cuisine

One of my favorite parts about going home is the chance to eat a delicious dinner with my family almost every night.  While most of our meals are home cooked, every once in a while, we find an excuse to travel to Beacon, NY,  and enjoy some delicious gluten-free Thai cuisine from our favorite restaurant,… More Restaurant Review: Sukhothai Authentic Thai Cuisine

The Overlooked Psychological Effects of Celiac Disease

With 2014 quickly approaching, I can’t help but reflect upon the past year. I’ve experienced tremendous growth with my blog; I can’t believe it has over 800 follows and over 10,000 views!  I wanted to thank everyone for the support you have shown as I aim to provide other celiacs with support, resources and encouragement!… More The Overlooked Psychological Effects of Celiac Disease

End of December Product Reviews: Quinoa Esta! Bakery

There’s something  inherently beautiful about the transition from fall to winter.  Though Houston was finally starting to cool down, I’m excited to be in New York for the next three weeks, as well as wear fuzzy sweaters and justify endless amount of hot cocoa (gluten-free, of course)!  I wanted to devote today’s post to some… More End of December Product Reviews: Quinoa Esta! Bakery

Brazi Bites Product Review

As a resident of Texas and a native New Yorker, South American  is a cuisine I rarely encounter. I did have the opportunity, however, to live across the hall from two Brazilian exchange students during my sophomore year at Rice. Upon telling them about my dietary restrictions, one friend informed me of all the gluten-free… More Brazi Bites Product Review

P.F. Chang’s Review

Eating out is one of the most difficult tasks for anyone with a gluten intolerance.  We experience a loss of control, as we can no longer verify that utensils are clean and that our meals are kept free from cross-contamination.  Many celiacs would agree that Asian is one of the most difficult cuisines to accomodate… More P.F. Chang’s Review

Holiday Gift Ideas for Celiacs: Living Without Magazine!

With the holidays approaching, it can be difficult to find a meaningful gift for family and friends with celiac disease! The typical holiday cookie or dessert box is usually gluten-filled, and it becomes difficult to find a gluten free bakery or even pick out a relevant and good quality cookbook for celiacs! One of my… More Holiday Gift Ideas for Celiacs: Living Without Magazine!

When life hands you lemons, make gluten-free lemonade- Outer Aisle Gourmet!

The power of innovation is a concept familiar to celiacs; the adjustment to the gluten-free diet is not easy, and I remember numerous times when I had to get creative in the kitchen (especially back in the mid-2000’s). What resulted from a lack of good gf products in my health food store was continual experimentation… More When life hands you lemons, make gluten-free lemonade- Outer Aisle Gourmet!