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Eating gluten-free at College (student room)

It may be easier eating gluten-free diet at College living off campus

Eating a gluten-free diet in college seems to be more challenging for younger students who have just moved away from home than for second and third year students. Studying, working and managing everything for the first time can get overwhelming. As kids try to fit in with the crowd, having a special diet can even feel awkward. If the student is newly diagnosed, they may even find themselves disappointed when they discover all the staple foods they can no longer eat. But, with a little bit of planning and education things calm down and it is not that difficult. That is if you are not obliged to eat cafeteria food as my daughter did but that is another story completely.

As the gluten-free diet for weight loss and other reasons increases, there may be more people trying it out as with all fad diets, but if you need to eat this way for medical reasons you have no choice in the matter. Florida State student S. Binder suggests that unless you need to live gluten-free then the challenge of following the diet may not be worth the risk healthwise especially while being a student. Wheat and the other grains containing gluten also carry nutrients that are hard to find in other foods

Eating a Gluten-Free Diet in College for Health Reasons

I was determined to find a way to eat gluten-free while in college. My first warning to my peers is that I would not recommend being gluten-free if you are not allergic to gluten. Many wheat products contain essential nutrients that the body needs. By going gluten-free when you don’t need to, you could develop a deficiency in those nutrients. My other piece of advice is that you should develop a variety of options of gluten-free meals..

Not eating a balanced diet is common among many students but if one can avoid further problems and wants to promote health diet, sleep and excercise are good to keep under consideration. A nother challenge for students is eating out in restaurants or with others at their homes. Most restaurants are not gluten free though some may offer the odd gluten free dish. However, a gluten-free kitchen cannot be counted upon. Not benig shy when communicating with friends about your needs is essential. In most cases people will accomodate with a little bit of education.

One of the biggest challenges of being gluten-free is that eating out has become much more difficult. Almost all foods in restaurants contain wheat or are cross-contaminated with wheat.
As someone who is gluten intolerant, I feel extremely lucky to be living during this time period. Twenty years ago my choices would have been even more limited on what I could eat and many less restaurants and food companies would make accommodations for costumers who can’t have gluten. source

If you have to go away to school, be prepared to find that eating a gluten-free diet in college gets better after you learn the ropes. For the first little while, if you are unable to find a gluten-free cafeteria, brining groceries and home made frozen meals is an excellent idea. Make sure you read labels ALL the time and always ask questions about how the food was prepared when eating in someone elses kitchen. If you play it smart, you will eat a far more healthy diet than many of your friends who grab the closest convience food just to fill the void.

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Gluten-free Italian dining means great pasta

A few years ago a new 100% gluten-free Italian dining restaurant opened up in my town and it had me flaberghasted. It was a high end restaurant just off the main drag of the area known as Little Italy. I could not imagine it being any good considering the fact that most of the gluten-free pastas we had tried were not so great. We have yet to go but have heard rave reviews. It has to be a special outing as higher prices go with the higher end dining experience.

The article I read today however got me thinking. There is an Italian restaurant in Chicago that is not 100% gluten-free but has a good selection on its menu of gluten-free dishes. It turns out that the Italian chef was diagnosed with Celiac as an adult and has since had his young daughter diagnosed with the disease as well. Being a true blood Italian, finding a good replacement to semolina pasta proved to be a challenge until one year, his Italian mother came for a visit with a suitcase full of gluten-free Italian pasta.

Gluten-Free Italian Dining Made Possible With Imported Gluten-Free Pasta

At first, it was tough to find good corn or rice pasta. We tried every brand readily available. Then one day my mother arrived from Italy with two large suitcases. She always brings gifts for my daughter, but this seemed excessive. When she opened up her second suitcase, I was surprised to find that it was filled with gluten-free pasta!

Being that pasta is the main starch staple in Italy, it would only make sense that they would develop the best gluten-free pasta. With Celiac Disease not only being a North American problem there are many reasons to come up with a solution for this diet mainstay.

Many Italians — and Europeans in general — have celiac disease, and they have been working on perfecting products for a long time. The pasta my mother brought with her was great, came in a variety of shapes and held sauce the way standard durum wheat pasta does. We are now able to import this pasta directly from Italy, so my mother is able to lighten her load when visiting.

As is often the case, it is the health of a family member that drives us to change and education. This Chicago chef has been able to serve delicious food not only at his restaurant but at his family home. All staff have now been trained to be sensitive to the health situation at hand.

Me and my staff in and outside of the kitchen are more sensitive now as to how things are prepared and handled. What started out being a detriment to me as a chef has made me more educated about not only celiac disease, but food allergies in general. Click here to visit the original source of this post

Sounds like gluten-free Italian dining is found on both sides of the globe. No one people is exempt from Celiac disease and gluten intolerance even if they have been eating duram wheat semolina pasta for generations. Genetics are complex and some genes seem to express themselves more dominantly than others. I can totally understand the dismay of an Italian chef experiencing when they first hear they have Celiacs disease. Have you been to any great gluten-free Italian dining spots in your town? Care to share your experience?



Gluten free restaurants are not always easy to find when wanting to eat out  especially those for fine dining. Residents of Ottawa with Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance are lucky as there are more and more around the city that are serving gluten-free fare. This short interview with Chef Eric of Todrics in Ottawa gives us a nice overview of what we can expect from his kitchen where he says almost 80% of his dishes are gluten-free in the evenings.

Gluten Free Restaurants Ottawa ~ Todrics Serves Gluten-Free Evening Meals

I have made it a habit now to seek out gluten free restaurants so that we can have a place to go when my daughter visits. I had the chance to eat here for a Christmas party so I was quick to ask about their menu. Eric even sold gluten free tourtierre with local wild game.

I heard there are many towns still needing some great places to go dining in but I suspect in the next few years there will be more of them showing up. I would love to hear of any great gluten-free restaurants you have visited in your town. Why not share the names and the dish you had in the comments below. If you have a link to them, all the better.


Starting a gluten-free diet has put ITU gold winner, Timothy O’Donnell back in the game. A common practice of many athletes before a big event is to stock up on carbs and that often means laden with gluten. For most people this is ok but if you find you have Celiac Disease or gluten sensitiviy (GS) it becomes a problem.

In 2009 O’Connell was a runner to contend with but in the past year or so, his times have decreased and thus his ability to win. He was just not feeling up to it. Like many of us, after months or searching and numberous tests he finally found the culprit to be gluten.

A Gluten-Free Diet Was the Solution

Last year he had more highs with 70.3 wins at San Juan, and Calgary – and a very impressive 2nd place 8:09:50 Ironman debut at Texas. But in the midst of this rising career arc, his lows were much lower. Despite great preparation, he fell off the pace with a 5:06 bike and dropped out at Kona.

Trying to redeem his year he started fast at Ironman Arizona with a 48:43 swim and a sizzling 4:22:58 bike, but his body unraveled and he dragged home with a 3:44:23 marathon which left him a few seconds under 9 hours and one hour back of the winner, Eneko Llanos. All of which left him asking his doctors if there as something wrong with him?

Since O’Connell does not have full fledged Celiac disease it was a little more difficult to pin down. When you know things are not right you have to keep searching and thanks to great doctors O’Connell was lucky.

Turns out there was – a bad reaction to gluten was shutting down his digestive tract and sabotaging his races. After a lengthy series of tests, the diagnosis came through about four weeks ago – gluten sensitivity [GS] is a few notches less severe than full-blown Celiac disease. While both conditions result from an adverse reaction to gluten, GS is widespread and bad enough to thoroughly ruin race day.

Luckily a change in diet to eliminate gluten and take up a growing array of gluten-free substitutes can fix matters. O’Donnell has started the process and has seen marked improvement in his first three weeks on the regimen. He answered the Slowtwitch

Whether you are an athlete or not, feeling good is essential to live an optimal life. When it is the result of things you are ingesting you are lucky that it is easily rectified. While Celiac disease is not a nice thing to have, implementing a gluten-free diet is realatively easy with rapid results. Please share this article on facebook with your freinds.


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Shawarma can be a delicious meal for a gluten-free diet

Gluten-free diet medical benefits not only impact Celiac disease but other related conditions as well.There is no medication to take and there is no way to make it go away. Until recently there was not much attention paid to this disease and many lived with it for years never knowing there was a way for them to actually feel better.

In this article there is a woman who did not find out that she had Celiac Disease until she was over 60 though in retrospect, she acknowledges that she felt terrible for much of her life. It is for these reasons we can all agree, more celiac diesease awareness information needs to be shared all the time.

Gluten-Free Diet Medical Benefits

Since changing to eating a gluten-free diet, Doris Maki feels better and the doctors say it is showing in her medical results as well. In another family where they follow a gluten-free diet for Celiac Disease they have also seen a positive impact on one family member who has autism.

Within three months of going gluten-free, she said doctors told her she had vastly improved her health.

“And I’ve had no problems since,” Maki said.

Rebecca Keeling has been following a gluten-free diet since she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease so it was an easy implementation when they found that her son had the same problem

Within months of his diet change, Jakob started to gain weight and feel better, she said.

But Jakob’s health took another turn when at age seven he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. He wouldn’t talk to people at school and wouldn’t look most people in the eye.

For two years, he didn’t say a single word to his teacher.

There seems to be a connection between the two diagnoses: Rebecca said children with autism often also have trouble with their digestive system.

Keeping his Celiac in check by staying gluten free helps him improve social skills, she says.

“If he’s already feeling anxious and then is physically uncomfortable on top of that, the whole thing just snowballs,” she said.

With medication, therapy and a gluten-free lifestyle, Jakob is now getting better at speaking to others and socializing with classmates… for complete post click here

As time goes on, we are hearing more and more about different conditions and illnesses that are affected or connected to Celiac Disease and once a gluten-free diet is followed, some of the underlying medical challenges improve or become less prevalent.

If you read this article in its completion, one dietitian says that it is a myth that gluten-free diet medical benefits exist for those who do not have a health condition impacted by gluten. There is so much misinformation being shared online combined with old information that is not being updated in long time practitioners in various health fields, it is hard to know which side to believe.

Both sides do acknowledge the need for those with Celiac disease to be following a gluten-free lifestyle. Why are you following a GF diet if you are? is it for Celiac disease or for the health trend? Why not tell us what you think about this in the comment section below.

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