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Caribbean Rum Balls of St. Thomas, VI, is issuing this alert due to undeclared allergens, specifically: wheat, coconut, milk, eggs and sodium bisulfite (preservative). People who have allergies to any of these ingredients run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The “Rum Balls" were distributed locally in retail stores and through mail orders.

The product comes in 4, 8 and 12 ounce, white packages with the Caribbean Rum Balls name and logo.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The alert was initiated after it was discovered that the allergen-containing products were distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of allergens. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes.

All products are being re-labeled with new ingredient listings, including sub-ingredients and citing allergens.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-340-775-6616.
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Boston.comBoston.com
November 17, 2011

Boston.com's Cassandra Bent interviewed Scott Adams regarding the future direction of the gluten-free food market, and current and future trends in celiac disease and gluten sensitivity diagnosis. From the article: "Today, Adams says, doctors are testing more patients and patients are asking to be tested more because of the vast amount of information and media coverage of the disease."

Le Mars, Iowa – Wells Enterprises, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of its Blue Bunny® Personals® ice cream 5.5 fl oz. because it was mis-packaged and contains undeclared wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat and/or have gluten sensitivities may be at risk from consuming these products.

On a limited number of packages, the lid describes the product as Blue Bunny Super Chunky Cookie Dough ice cream, and the carton portion of the package describes the product as Blue Bunny Peanut Butter Panic ice cream. The product inside the carton is Super Chunky Cookie Dough. The ingredient statement on the carton does not declare wheat, which is an ingredient in the Super Chunky Cookie Dough product.

The affected mis-packaged product was distributed in 5.5 fl oz. Personals cartons, with Lot Number 10009 “Best Used By” date 10/1/2012, - UPC 0 70640 00463. The lot number and UPC can be found printed on the side of the carton.

The affected product was shipped to the following states: Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Florida, Wisconsin, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Texas.

Wells Enterprises, Inc. became aware of the packaging error after receiving a report from a store that the lid and cup were for different products.

The allergy alert and recall relates only to the above mentioned mis-packaged Blue Bunny ice cream. No other Blue Bunny ice cream products are affected.

No adverse reactions have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Anyone requiring more information should contact Wells consumer affairs at 1-800-331-0830 between the hours of 8am and 5pm CST Monday-Friday

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Chef’s Requested Foods, Inc., an Oklahoma City, Okla., establishment is recalling approximately 875 pounds of center cut steaks because the packages actually contain turkey filets. The turkey filets contain the allergens wheat and soy, and the center cut steak labels do not list wheat as an ingredient, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The product subject to recall includes:
10-oz. plastic double cup packages of “Chef’s Requested CENTER CUT STEAK Hand Trimmed, Bacon Wrapped Beef Steaks Enhanced with up to twenty percent of a lightly seasoned solution”

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 5792” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the package label and “Use or Freeze by 11/12/11” inkjetted on the side of the package. The products were produced on Oct. 6, 2011, and were shipped to retail establishments in Arizona, California, Maryland, Ohio, and Texas.

The issue was discovered by a retail establishment who notified Chef’s Requested Foods, Inc., who in turn notified FSIS. The problem occurred when a company employee used labels from items produced earlier on the same day in similar packaging. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company’s Compliance Manager, Keith Anyong, at (405) 239-2610. Media with questions about the recall should contact the company’s Media Contact, Bill Wells, at (405) 239-2524.

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Almost 2 months of GF and here are some highlights.  I’m finding it hard to tell if being GF is helping.  I had a sinus infection when I began my GF diet, and now have had one for almost 3 weeks (thought it was a migraine for the first week).  I believe my body is reacting to the nasty antibiotics and my mind is more focused on fighting off the discomfort than appreciating any benefits GF might be providing.  Unfortunately, I can’t separate the discomfort from fibromyalgia, sinuses/migraines, and reactions to medicine to pin point the culprit of my pain.  I move forward believing that GF is not hurting me, so it is worth continuing.

I have my fiancé’s support and have been educating him.  He was so excited when last week he found a whole section of GF products in a local grocery store.  He had ventured out on his own to purchase some GF pasta to make for our dinner.  Needless to say, he came home with several bags full of items that we both have tried and enjoy, some better than others.  He even had me stop later and buy more of some of the snack items for HIM!

When I first started this, he had gone to the store to purchase items for dinner.  He called me to give me the lowdown on what all he’d bought.  Most items were perfect – GF soups, pasta, fresh meat, frozen vegetables.  But, there was one exception, he had bought frozen broccoli with cheese sauce.  He could not imagine cheese (dairy) and broccoli (vegetable) having gluten.  After I insisted several times that these were not GF, he finally read the label.  To his dismay, his bubble burst.  We would not be having broccoli in cheese sauce for dinner after all.  He now reads labels when making food purchases at the store. 

I’m finding that when I don’t have my meals planned or when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to stop home, I still head for fast food restaurants.  I know what few items I can have at the various places and try my best to stick to that list.  I take food with me to work to avoid having to scavenger hunt for something to purchase. 

When the option is to eat at a sit-down restaurant, I am pleased to find that many chain restaurants (Olive Garden, Chili’s, steakhouses, just to name a few I’ve tried) have GF menus.  I ask for a GF menu when we are being seated and explain to the waiter/waitress immediately upon ordering that I am allergic to wheat and to please inform the chef.  I use the term chef, never cook, as I don’t want to insult the person preparing my food.  Sometimes, the message is not always conveyed to all preparers of my food.  I have had salads show up with croutons (after specifically requesting no croutons), bread placed in front of me while we wait for our meal (but my fiancé gets to enjoy that), and fries at a restaurant that stated on their GF menu to exclude them.  I had a manager bring out a new burger (both times without the bun as requested) without the fries for me and apologize profusely over the mishap and the time it took to cook the fresh burger.  I was grateful that they didn’t just remove the fries and bring the same burger and plate back to me.

Although I get tired of saying “I can’t eat that”, I’m adapting.  What I wasn’t initially prepared for was the “it’s only a little bit of…” (bread crumbs, or whatever).  I now turn the tables back on the person who says it by asking, “if someone had a peanut allergy, would you tell them to eat just one little peanut?”  It took me awhile to come up with something that a typical person could understand.  I’ve also run into someone offering me organic bread thinking that it’s so healthy it hasn’t to be okay for me to eat.

So, the learning continues and so does the eating. ..GF eating that is.

PROLAB NUTRITION INC. (PROLAB) is recalling some of its protein items that may contain undeclared milk, wheat and gluten allergens. People with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk and/or wheat and gluten allergens may run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume products containing these allergens. For this reason, below is a list of the protein products that PROLAB is proactively recalling, although no illnesses or discomfort has been reported to date:

PROLAB initiated this recall immediately following the discovery that the packaging label of some distributed protein items did not reveal the presence of milk and/or wheat and gluten allergens in the products. PROLAB’s product manufacturer, Nature’s Products, Inc. (NPI), informed PROLAB that the raw material NPI used to manufacture the abovementioned products were not properly labeled.

Contains Undeclared MILK and WHEAT/GLUTEN
PROLAB® Pure Whey, Milk Chocolate, 5 lb. (V3)     750902201929
PROLAB® Pure Whey, Vanilla Créme, 2 lb. (V3)     750902201875
PROLAB® Pure Whey, Wild Strawberry, 5 lb. (V3)     750902201936
PROLAB® Pure Whey, Wild Strawberry, 2 lb. (V3)     750902101557
       
Contains Undeclared WHEAT/GLUTEN      
PROLAB® Advanced Pure Whey Protein, Milk Chocolate, 2 lb. (V3)     750902201301
PROLAB® Advanced Pure Whey Protein, Vanilla Créme, 2 lb. (V3)     750902201349
PROLAB® Advanced Pure Whey Protein, Wild Strawberry, 2 lb. (V3)     750902201271
PROLAB® Pure Whey, Milk Chocolate, 2 lb. (V3)
PROLAB® Pure Whey, Milk Chocolate, 16 g Sample Packet     750902201882
PROLAB® Pure Whey, Vanilla Créme, 5 lb. (V3)
PROLAB® Pure Whey, Vanilla Créme, 16 g Sample Packet     750902201912
PROLAB® Pure Whey, Wild Strawberry, 16 g Sample Packet      
PROLAB® Whey Isolate Protein, Milk Chocolate, 2 lb. (V3)     750902201851
PROLAB® Whey Isolate Protein, Vanilla Créme, 2 lb. (V3)     750902201813
PROLAB® Whey Isolate Protein, Wild Strawberry, 2 lb. (V3)     750902201837

According to Jenia Khudagulyan, Chief Operating Officer for PROLAB’s parent company, "PROLAB values consumers and their health, and it is the company’s goal to accurately convey what its products contain in order to ensure that consumers’ health is protected at the highest possible level. We discovered that some PROLAB protein items were not properly labeled for milk and/or wheat and gluten allergen content, and we immediately took precautionary measures by proactively recalling the affected products which will be re-released at a later date with corrected labels.

The affected products listed in this press release were distributed internationally -- by retail stores, mail order, and direct delivery -- in the following states, provinces, and countries: Alabama; California; Connecticut; Florida; Georgia; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Montana; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wyoming; Ontario, Canada; Australia; Malaysia; and Russia.

Consumers who have purchased these items and wish to return them may do so -- used or un-used -- to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information or any questions regarding PROLAB products, interested persons may contact the parent company (Natrol) by emailing customer-service@natrol.com or by calling the U.S. toll-free consumer relations line at 1-800-262-8765 from 5:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

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M & P Food Productions, LTD. of Brooklyn, NY is recalling several varieties of Vareniki/Dumplings because it was discovered that the products contain undeclared Milk and Wheat, therefore posing a potential health hazard. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to these allergens run the risk of illness or serious or potentially fatal allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The ingredients statement of the products did not declare the presence of milk or wheat. As a result, we are recalling all of the products listed below with "BEST BEFORE SEP 19 2011" through "BEST BEFORE MAR 19 2012" from the market:
  •     Bapehuku Dupling brand Vareniki cabbage, NET WT. 14 oz., UPC 7 07163 02619 8;
  •     Bapehuku Dupling brand Vareniki potato & onion, NET WT. 14 oz., UPC 7 0 7163 02616 7;
  •     Bapehuku Dupling brand Vareniki potato & mushroom, NET WT. 14 oz., UPC 7 07163 02617 4;
  •     Bapehuku Dupling brand Vareniki farmer cheese, NET WT. 14 oz., UPC 7 0716 302618 1;
  •     Bapehuku Dupling brand Vareniki sour cherry, NET WT. 14 oz., UPC 7 07163 02615 0.
The products were distributed to retail stores in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

All products are packed by weight (14 oz.) and are distributed frozen in sealed plastic bags. Labeling is printed directly onto the individual bags. Vareniki Cabbage packages have a yellow and green background with green and black lettering. Vareniki Potato & Onion packages have a yellow and brown background with brown and black lettering. Vareniki Potato & Mushroom packages have a yellow and blue background with blue and black lettering. Vareniki Farmer Cheese packages have a yellow and purple background with purple and black lettering. Vareniki Sour Cherry packages have a yellow and red background with red and black lettering.

No illnesses related to the recalled products have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated as a result of a labeling problem discovered during a USDA inspection which was confirmed by the FDA during a follow-up visit to the manufacturer.

Consumers who have purchased any of the above listed products are urged to return it (them) to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (718) 438-6421 Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm ET.

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http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm273294.htm

How it all started

Overwhelmed. ..anxious. ..excited…and a gamut of other emotions are what I felt that day.  Did I hear this new doctor right?  He left the exam room stating “wait here, I think I have something that might help you.”

I was out-of-town for a week when I started with sinus problems on the second day there.  I was in a familiar town, had a former doctor there, but chose to visit a walk-in clinic hoping to be in and out of there quickly.  I knew that going to my former doctor meant possibly waiting days to get in for a visit or waiting a long time in a waiting room, then an exam room.  That may have been the best decision I’ve made.  I had waited 3 days since the congestion began and my ears were still clogged.  I knew I had a sinus infection and prayed that I could get put on an antibiotic, as based on past experience, if I didn’t, it was going to get unbearable and require a stronger antibiotic than I wanted to take.

I went to a walk-in clinic shortly after they opened for the day.  There was only one other patient there.  So far, so good.  When the doctor walked into the exam room, he was an older man.  Yes, my prayers were being answered…short wait (important because I had a 10 month old with me) and from past experience, younger doctors tend to not want to prescribe antibiotics, but I knew what I needed.  After reviewing my medical history with me...fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, IBS, migraines, depression, abdominal pain (blamed on ovarian cysts)…he examined me and determined I did have a sinus infection.  That’s when he said, “I’ll be right back.  I might have something to help you.”  Of course, I’m imagining he’s gone to get me a neti pot and my stomach turns.

He comes back with copies of something from the internet.  My curiosity is piqued.  He explains that he has started giving information to patients that come to him with a history similar to mine.  It’s information about celiac disease.  I listen to what he has to say while I remind myself that I was tested for that about six years prior and it was negative.  Hence, the diagnosis of IBS. He asks me to contact him in about 3 weeks to see how I’ve done with it (note to self, contact doctor!).  Wow, a doctor that knows I live out of state and he wants to know how I’m doing after I try this?  I leave with a prescription for an antibiotic, a recommendation of an OTC sinus and cold medicine, and wondering if this doctor might have the answer for my other symptoms.

Loving to read, I buy the book he recommends (The Gluten Connection) and wait anxiously for it arrive.  I started googling gluten-free and celiac disease.  I realize that I needed to immediately change what I eat.  The information is shouting out at me:  you have these symptoms, nothing else has worked, it can’t hurt to try it.  Okay, it can hurt the food budget, but if I can function better and feel better, it will be worth it.

My next blog will describe what I’ve experienced in the past month since starting to eat gluten-free.

This just in from Frances Kelley, Austin Chair, GIG of Central and South Texas, via the Celiac Listserv:
Many of the members of GIG of Central and South Texas have talked about the Jenny’s Bakehouse products.  Some of you have mentioned how much you enjoyed them.  Others have talked about getting sick after consuming the product.  Because of the number of people who claimed to have gotten ill after eating the products we sent samples of the Kaiser Buns and Dinner Rolls to GIG’s national office for testing.

GIG tested the products in house and sent the products to an outside lab for further testing.  Both products tested positive for gluten using r-5 and G12 Elisa testing methods in the test performed by GIG and the test performed by the lab.  The lab test showed that both products tested as having gluten in excess of 10,000 ppm (parts per million).  Keep in mind that the FDA proposed definition for labeling a product gluten free is that the product tests to less than 20 ppm. 

Based on this information, GIG of Central and South Texas strongly recommends that you do NOT consume these products.

For questions, please contact GIG at 253-833-6655 ext 104.

Celiac Awareness Day

Today is September 13th, 2011. Celiac awareness day!  Why is it so important to have such a day? Because without awareness we have no voice, we will never have a cure, we will constantly suffer from mislabeled foods, accidental gluten intake, and cross contamination.

I have compiled some great links for everyone to read over, that are chock full of statistics. The saddest one is that 1 in every 22 people have this disease if someone in their family has it, and 1 in 133 people without a family history have Celiac, and yet no one knows about it? How is this possible?

Here are the links I have found:

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddisease/pubs/celiac

www.celiaccentral.org/Celiac-Disease/facts-figures/35/

www.celiac.com/articles/1164/1/Celiac-disease-Statistics/page1.html

http://celiac-disease.emedtv.com/celiac-disease/celiac-disease-statistics.html

Please spread the word today, blog, facebook, twitter, hang a billboard, hire an sky writer, put it on a hot air ballon, put a sign on your dog, write it in the sand, squirt on your plate with mustard, whatever it takes. Let's not run screaming through crowds naked with it painted on our bodies, that would be extravagantly silly, but tell someone who may not know about it.
BUI Natural Tofu, Portland, Oregon is voluntarily recalling their Shrimp Salad Roll and Vegetarian Salad Roll because they contain undeclared soy and wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy and wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The salad rolls contain undeclared allergens as follows:
  • Shrimp Salad Roll with the UPC 8 95467 00203 8 contains but ingredient statement did not declare Soy and Wheat.
  •  Vegetarian Salad Roll with the UPC 8 95467 00204 5 contains but ingredient statement did not declare Soy and Wheat.
Shrimp Salad Roll and Vegetarian Salad Roll were distributed to retail stores in Portland Metropolitan area in Oregon. Products are sold under BUI fresh from the bean brand.

The products are packaged in a tray with clear plastic wrapper, and are coded with a white sticker containing expiration date from 9/2 through 9/13. The products are refrigerated and have the shelf life about three days.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered by Oregon Department of Agriculture that the Soy and Wheat containing products were being sold in packaging that did not declare the presence of Soy and Wheat.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who have bought these products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company directly at 503-803-3059 between the hours of 8:00-5:00 PST.
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Absolutely unjust!

I just found out that THIS will be coming to stores soon! AAARG! Usually I keep a cool head about things (BWAH!) But this is just unfair! Who among us hasn't laughed hysterically at that skit? It is the best! A true classic! And we don't get any. We all know about my love of Ice cream. I adore ice cream, I would marry ice cream, I devour ice cream, and lately all I can tolerate is stupid dumb vanilla soy ice cream. Pffft, that's not ice cream! And this one has malted milk balls? Awww, even the word malt lets you know we can't have any.

And I don't even want to hear the so and so's say "Hmm quite, I think it tastes just as good as regular blah blah hurrumph hurrumph". No! NO! It does NOT taste just as good! I cry foul!

I'm sad. I may be forced to run out and grab Jimmy Fallon's late night snack instead. I can eat that one. The dairy doesn't love me anymore, but it doesn't hate me as much as the gluten. yet.

Stay strong my fellow Glutenators. You never know when temptation will arrive in all it's delicious glory!

Every month I bring Celiac.com information to a podcast format that will keep you up to date with the world of celiac disease and gluten-free living.

My goal is to keep the show lively, the topics significant, and the technical info easy on the ears.

So, subscribe and stay tuned for regular updates!  I hope you like how the show is going. 

Need me to crank the music up?  Down?  Got a topic to suggest or a question to ask? 

Be sure to write me for show requests and feedback! 

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See you there!
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., (NASDAQ: WINN) is voluntarily recalling “Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink” from its in-store dairy departments because the product may be mislabeled and may contain the undeclared allergen of wheat. Individuals sensitive to wheat protein can suffer a moderate-acute allergic reaction.

Sold in the dairy department of Winn-Dixie and SaveRite stores, the “Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink” features a 128 oz. (one gallon) clear plastic bottle with a yellow bottle cap and is marked with the UPC code 21140-29830.

The product affected by this recall was sold in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The recall was initiated out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety, though the Company has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. “We encourage guests with any concerns to return the product for a full refund, no questions asked,” said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie’s group vice president of marketing.

Winn-Dixie is working in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.

Consumers with questions or any doubt are encouraged to return the product to their neighborhood Winn-Dixie or SaveRite store for a full refund or exchange. Consumers with questions about the recalled product may also contact Winn-Dixie Guest Services toll free at 1-866-WINN-DIXIE.
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So Unfair

Our lives revolve around food. The selection of ingredients, the preparation, the clean up, these activities take up a large portion of our everyday lives. Our very survival depends on our food intake. For those of us with food allergies, thoughts of food become almost compulsive.

We can't eat this, can't eat that, can't eat there! See this, want that, can't have it. So we obsess and plan and hoard our gluten free products with rabid looks in our eyes.

Luckily, we live in a world where, for most of us food is plentiful. Imagine what it was like before restaurants, before ovens, before microwaves, refrigerators, even ice! Imagine what it is still like for those who don't have money for food, or a home to eat it in. When put in that context, our challenges become easier to swallow, pun intended.

We don't have to dress warmly in order to endure the bitter cold, as we try to hunt and gather to feed our families, unless you count the subzero temperatures of the grocery store, which sometimes I do! It's cold in there!

In looking for inspiration for this blog, I stumbled across a fabulous site that has a food timeline, telling us when certain food items came into the world. Here it is ----> www.foodtimeline.org. On that site I happened to see fried coca cola. Yes, fried coke! How I ask you? I know we live in a day of decadence, we really do. I have heard of fried twinkies, oreos, pickles, etc. None of which we glutenators can have, which can only be a blessing as we may as well stuff it in an artery as to eat it!

But, fried coke? How do they do this? And why do I want it so bad? It must be gross, it HAS to be, and yet, I want it! I will call it my precious, and my precious it shall be!  How would they do this? Inject the cola into a fried dough ball perhaps? I had to look, and because of my insatiable curiousity, I felt the need to share what I found with you. Here ---> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/fried_coke

I am convinced this delicacy must be scrumptious. It was sent to temp me into insensibility until I succumb to it's wiles! I will stand firm!  I will remind myself of the poor cavemen and so forth I mentioned above. Hunter and gatherers, yep, that's what I will think of instead of the wonders of fried, doughy, devil sent tantalizations.

Why do we as a nation feel the need to fry everything? I have never been a  fanatic of the fricasee, but I do love fried zucchini, and those green beans they fry up and serve with wasabi sauce? OH the unfairness! I tried to make fried zucchini at home using rice flour, and it smelled like baby formula. Not appetizing at all. I WILL figure it out though, and when I do I will share it with you.

Be strong fellow glutenators, we CAN do this! We WILL do this, and we will do it well! We are tough!


Positivity

Being positive in a negative situation is difficult. It's hard to find the glass half full, the silver lining, or the clown that isn't scary! However, it is necessary when dealing with gluten allergies.

We all have those days where we feel down and wonder "why me?", but we can't let those days beat us down.  In order to be healthy all we have to do is not eat foods with gluten. Too simple? Maybe, because it IS hard to do. Especially when we are accidently glutened.

We can however pull ourselves out of the why me funk, and realize that it could be worse. Here are some examples how:
  1. We could have horrific chainsaw accidents that leave us with no arms, and we wouldn't be able to feed ourselves at all! (Gee Kelly, you're so graphic!) But, it's true! that would be awful.
  2. Badgers could sneak in and steal ALL of our food! (Badgers? really? YES badgers!, sneaky little buggers.)
  3. Paris Hilton could come to your work tomorrow and sing to you all day! (How much would that hurt? That would be painful! Imagine if when she finally left the song she was singing got stuck in your head all night! {shudder})
  4. You start to believe your family pets are plotting your demise. (Ok, this isn't a good one because I really do think my cat is trying to kill me, but that's another story)
  5. Your best friend could start a new hobby where she/he sits in front of you slowly eating cupcakes and giggling maniacally. (she/he wouldn't be your best friend for long I tell you that!)
The moral of the story is to just be happy. Life is too short for negativity, and if those around you are negative set them straight or move along. None of us need negative influences in our lives, our lives are hard enough. Find the funny in everyday life. Seek out happiness. Enjoy the sunshine, sniff the flowers, they at least are gluten free! Yes, I know you are allergic to flowers too! Well suck it up little glutenators! Take a Zyrtec, and keep on keepin' on!

Vacation Bliss

Nestled in the rolling hills and mountains of Vermont lies literally the sweetest little factory imaginable. It is the Ben & Jerry's Factory, and my family and I were lucky enough to be able to go there this weekend.

Never one to pass up an opportunity to eat ice cream, especially Ben & Jerry's, I was ecstatic. After a short tour of the facility, and an education on how their delicacies are made, patrons are then given a sample of their glorious ice cream. The best part? There was a listing on the counter of the ingredients in the sample for those of us with food allergies.

How fabulous is that? To be able to effectively monitor what you are ingesting while on a tour, I thought was an amazing thing. Instead of crossing your fingers while standing on one leg, hoping in our little allergic souls that we don't get sick from the wonders we are about to partake of, someone has taken care of the worrying for you.

As all of us know, being on vacation can cause havoc in our systems, so this moment of mine was a scoop of heaven and was very much enjoyed and appreciated. Enjoy your summers fellow glutenators!
The Christie Cookie Company issues allergy alert on undeclared eggs, Soy Lecithin, wheat and milk on the labels of the following gift tins:

Item # 1035 DoubleTree 6 (13.5 oz) Cookie Gift Tin.
Item # 10352 DoubleTree Anniversary Special containing two 6 Cookie Gift Tins (27 oz.).
Item # 1037 DoubleTree 12 (27 oz.) Cookie Gift Tin.
Item # 1038 DoubleTree 15 (33.75 oz.) Cookie Gift Tin.
Item # 1039 DoubleTree 24 (54 oz.) Cookie Gift Tin.

The Christie Cookie Company of Nashville, TN is recalling the cookie gift tins listed above, because they contain eggs, soy lecithin, wheat and milk which are not declared on the label.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs, soy lecithin, wheat or milk run the risk of serious or lifethreatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

“The Cookie by DoubleTree” gift tins were distributed throughout the United States via direct mail and sold directly to consumers at DoubleTree hotels.

The cookie gift tins were in a variety of metal containers containing 6-24 cookies under the product name ”The Cookie by DoubleTree.”

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing eggs, soy lecithin, wheat and milk was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of eggs, soy lecithin, wheat or milk on the outside of the cookie gift tin.

If you are allergic or think you might be allergic to eggs, milk wheat or soy, do not eat this product. For more information about this recall, please contact Bob Turner at (615) 242-3817 between the hours of 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. central time.

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Gluten Addictive?

Did you know that Gluten can affect the receptors in the brain the same way Opium does? I didn't. It makes sense however, who of us hasn't sat down to a fabulously crafted pizza, or a bowl of pasta and felt that lethargy come on? It also explains why gluten / wheat products can be addictive in their own right, making it difficult for those of us who absolutely know, we KNOW we can't eat them, and yet we just can't help ourselves sometimes.

After the last time I made the mistake of thinking one sandwich won't hurt me, I hope to never fall down that slippery slope again.

On a recent trip to New Hampshire, we went to Weir's beach and they have fried dough there. Think of those words... fried...dough. I am proud and happy to tell you I did not succumb to the deliciousness. It was a glorious piece of work much like funnel cake, but larger and covered in powdered sugar. It would have exploded in my mouth with "fabulousness," and in my gut like dynamite.

My skin would have "rashed out," I would have gotten puffy, and "headachy," nauseous, on and on the symptoms would have hit, and yet I wanted one! So bad! Now, as we are planning a return trip to New Hampshire, I know I will be faced yet again with those fried dough plates of gorgeousness and pain.

But I hope to resist them again, and wish all of you the luck to do the same my fellow glutenators, when faced with your gluten filled temptations.
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., (NASDAQ: WINN) is voluntarily recalling “Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink” from its in-store dairy departments because the product may be mislabeled and may contain the undeclared allergen of wheat. Individuals sensitive to wheat protein can suffer a moderate-acute allergic reaction.

Sold in the dairy department of Winn-Dixie and SaveRite stores, the “Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink” features a 128 oz. (one gallon) clear plastic bottle with a yellow bottle cap and is marked with the UPC code 21140-29830.

The product affected by this recall was sold in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The recall was initiated out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety, though the Company has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. “We encourage guests with any concerns to return the product for a full refund, no questions asked,” said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie’s group vice president of marketing.

Winn-Dixie is working in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.

Consumers with questions or any doubt are encouraged to return the product to their neighborhood Winn-Dixie or SaveRite store for a full refund or exchange. Consumers with questions about the recalled product may also contact Winn-Dixie Guest Services toll free at 1-866-WINN-DIXIE.

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