Friday, October 9, 2015

Gluten Free Allergen Free Event, Hartford 2015 (and Giveaway!)

In less than two weeks,  Saturday, October 17, the Gluten Free Allergen Free Events brings the gluten-free party to Hartford, CT!

This one-day wonder of community-building, outreach, education, and good food, neatly encompassed what it means to pursue -- and gain -- wellness. Wellness, especially when it comes to diseases that affect our ability to obtain, retain, and share nourishment, must include more than just a switch-up of foods.

Substituting gluten-free bread for whole-wheat may help heal the gut. But no gluten-free bread in the world will take away the isolation of being unable to join friends or family and break the same bread

One of the beautiful things about the Wellness events is their community and education-based focus.

Join me there, and look up the recent webcast that gathered the speakers online!

You can find write-ups and local food-based resource from previous events in St. Louis here.

This time around, I'll be speaking on booting the fear out of the experience of food after Celiac Disease.  This fear crops up for both Celiacs, and those who suffer from severe food allergies.  But part of being able to belly-up to a whole-life -- and break bread with friends -- is experiencing the feeling without letting it dictate our present attitude or action.

What better way to eat joyfully,totally gluten-free with others who understand completely the need.
recover a sense of nourishment and peace in food, and get mind-and-heart-fed as well than by spending a day in an expo

It's a party. It's a community. It showcases local resources and features local advocates, professionals, and speakers -- and it's in New England October 17.

So come and tumble gluten free with me!  And better yet, get in free by entering to win tickets below.  But either way, Nikki Everett, the founder and organizer, has made this event affordable -- and if you show up at the door, you'll only need to drop $10 for the full day.

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Cheers, and see you there!

Tumbling free,


Monday, October 5, 2015

RECIPE: Eat Pancakes, Don't Die (Or, Gluten-Free Breakfast on a Dime)

What's easier than breakfast?  Gluten-free breakfast. Don't buy all the blather that breakfast is the hardest meal to manage if you have Celiac Disease.  Breakfast is simple. Breakfast is naturally gluten-free. Breakfast is pancakes.  And breakfast can be beautiful, simple, and easy -- not just gluten-free, but grain free and in 3 ingredients.

I woke up this past week in a fog, feeling the chill of Winter in the air -- the hurricane had hung a torrent-terror of wind and wet on the Boston eaves. The air bit.  And I wanted something warm for breakfast.

Wobbly in the dark, I stumbled to the pantry. Eat pancakes, said a little Pooh-voice in my head, and with the pathetic tone of Pooh-wishing-for-honey, it added, don't die. This seemed bleak, but maybe sometimes that's a natural darkside in anyone's mind who has been malnourished, and wakes up in the dark and cold.

But pancakes sounded warm.

On my shelves, I found the left-overs of samples NOW Foods had sent me: A tub of Vanilla (Vegan) Protein, some Summer zucchini -- and in my fridge, eggs, and coconut flour, and a drawer stuffed with scrumped Asian pears.

Pears a sliced in half, tossed in a glass baking dish, sprinkled with cinnamon.  Zucchini I shredded. Pancakes, pancakes...I cracked an egg.

In a few minutes, the oven and the stove-top billowed the scents of breakfast, and Fall: the air smelled of cinnamon, vanilla, and sweet, with the undertone of egg. And I had three huge pancakes crisping on a griddle.

It was a dashed-off recipe.  But I often find my intuitive half-asleep mind knows my mind and resources better than my racing thoughts of the day.

And my stomach always knows a good meal, and what it needs for the day -- even when it adds don't die rather unnecessarily at the end.

Here's the recipe.  It's a 3-minuter, and if you're craving warm as Autumn sets in, and cinnamon-sweet, the Vanilla Pancakes with Baked Asian Pear are exactly the stuff.

Not to mention, they refute wholly the foggy, stupid, inaccurate claim that breakfast is naturally difficult, naturally labour-intensive, naturally opposed to Celiac or gluten-free enjoyment.  Breakfast, and pancakes, are naturally and easily gluten-free.

Plenty of good food is.

(with Baked Asian Pear)

[ sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free, grain-free ]

makes 3-4 palm-sized pancakes,
or one huge pizza-sized cake


1 large organic or local egg
1/3 cup shredded zucchini
3 tsps NOW Foods Vegan Vanilla Protein
substitution option: 2 tbs coconut flour + 1 tbs vanilla extract
can be subbed for protein powder


1) Shred zucchini into a small mixing bowl. Add egg and protein powder,
and beat vigorously until thoroughly combined.
2) Heat a skillet or frying pan until water dashed on the surface sizzles.
If non-stick, oil isn't necessary. If not, try a tsp of Butter-flavor-infused
coconut oil courtesy NOW (or coconut oil of choice)
3)  Add batter and spread if necessary with mixing spoon. Cook 3-4 mins, or until
golden brown. Flip, and cook the other side the same.
4) Meanwhile, have 2-3 Asian pears sliced in half and placed in a glass
baking dish baking in the oven. They should be covered with tin foil, and baked 25-30 mins,
or until soft. 
5) Serve pancakes warm off the griddle, with pears scooped over the top and
sprinkled with cinnamon. No syrup is necessary. The pears are like candy.

Option: Most excellent -- if you have no issue with nuts -- to
add toasted walnuts, pecans, or a scoop of Nuttzo Nut Butter,
over the pears and cakes.
Also, a heaping tbs of Nuttzo in the batter is a real treat,
and adds a beautiful crunch to these cakes -- if also
an added ingredient.

sometimes, one must add a bagel too.
{canyon gluten free plain bagel pictured}

Whether made with coconut flour, or protein powder, these pancakes please.  But they're especially apt seasonally, and they make use of the warmth of an oven gives, the comfort of cinnamon and sweet when the air is chilling, and egged and zucchini'ed, they're simple, high protein, and make use of what's easy, what's good, and what's naturally gluten free. (Not to mention, easy on the budget.)

Eat up. I'm eating these all week. 

Note: I highly recommend the protein powder from NOW Foods, as well as their high-quality coconut oils. Though not cheap, they last, and are a Celiac safe, naturally gluten-free investment. No,  not cheap; yes, they do last a good long time.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Tumbling Gluten Free with Bloglovin (Follow Along)

Do you use Bloglovin?  I'm there now -- official and fully -- and if you want a rather neat site to keep track of your gluten-free, travel, writerly or photographic wanderings in the blogosphere, Bloglovin's got you covered.

Follow Tumbling Gluten Free here! and if you're a reader and a fellow blogger, please shoot me an email or leave a comment so I can return the favour.

Bloglovin is an excellent service.  Nice interface. Another opportunity to build community, online or otherwise, and stay educated and aware of the options you have to hit the road, or explore happily at home, with Celiac Disease.

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Tumbling Free,


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Local Events: Tumblin' Gluten Free in Boston, Celiac-Style

Celiac Disease isolates. Food is necessarily social.  Sharing meals and cooking have been parts of the human experience, and a key to thriving, since time out of mind.  But if you live in or near a spot like Boston, you oughtn't have any excuse for being trapped by a disease -- either of attitude or opportunity.

...and adding Nuttzo doesn't hurt.
Boston, and surrounding New England, have heaps of gluten-free, celiac-safe resources for socializing, food involved. From whole-food-based events like farm stands to specifically gluten-free expos, Bean-town be boomin'.  Er, or bouncing. Whichever it is.  I realized I have a sore time finding these events before they happen though.

Oh bloody blazes, that gluten-free night out was last night? I thought not too long ago. Or, Are you joshing me? There are how many support groups in the area, and I've never been? Or I ran that allergy/celiac seminar two weeks ago, but I could have offered it to NECO, the Gluten Free and More peeps in CT, and ...?

No excuses for no connection in an age netted by the interwebz.  (Unless that excuse be the overwhelm of information pouring in...)

Here, then, in sum, is a quick sum-up of local, Celiac-based-and-safe gluten-free resources and events!

Tumble free, friends -- from thinking or being alone.  Nourishment is more than just eating. It's why we do it together.


Gluten Free Allergen Free Wellness Event -- Hartford, CT
Oct 17 10am
Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport
28 Day Hill Rd,
Windsor, CT 06095

Gluten Free Fest  -- Stamford, CT
Nov 7-8 10am both days


New England Celiac Organization (formerly healthy villi)

  • Needham, MA -- Every 3rd Wednesday, Beth Deaconess Hospital 7pm
  • Reading, MA -- Every 2nd Tuesday, Natural Food Exchange 7pm
  • Boston (proper) -- Every 2nd Wednesday, Whole Foods Boston, Cambridge St

( A few simply Celiac-safe living-life hit-its: No food, lots of fun and joy.)


Free Museum Day

September 26, 2015

Statewide Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 53 Massachusetts museums on Museum Day Live.

Art Week

September 25 - Oct. 4, 2015
Greater Boston
ArtWeek Boston offers 100+ creative experiences, artist talks, performances, behind-the-scenes tours, and kids’ activities. Many are free.

Corn maze

Oct. 1 - 31, 2015 (Sept. 5 - Nov. 1)

22 miles North: A ticket to Connors Farm Corn Maze also includes hayrides, pedal carts, and activities in Danvers. (All bloody gluten-free, peeps.)

One way to give back, I've found, is also to receive.  But community inevitably nourishes both, and by participating, we heal and are healed, enjoyed and are enjoyed, offer food and are fed.

What better way to recover from a disease that hurts us both emotionally and physically?  Actually, what better way to live, without the inevitable but often isolating focus on disease.

Hope to see some of you at any of the above.  I highly recommend the support NECO offers: they are connected both to longtime, well-versed diagnosed celiacs, and a wonderful medical community at Boston General, and in the area (including Dr. Alessio Fasano, leading expert on Celiac internationally, and Dr. Kelly).


Tumbling Free,


Friday, September 25, 2015

[RECIPE]: Nacho, Nacho, Nacho Mum's Nachos? (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free), and puns.

Gluten-free, dairy-free, and made quickly nachos -- nothing sounds better than that on a day seesawing between grad courses, headaches, and fighting chest infections.  And beans. I have to say, I would be much more disappointed to have a disease that axed beans from my plate, than gluten. Gluten, after all, is only in a few grains; and it doesn't live in crisps, chips, beans, rice, or book pages.

(Cheese, on the other hand, I think I miss rather more, if I let myself.)

How do you eat well and nourish well when the rush sets in, with Celiac Disease?

Simple: The same way you nourish yourself under any circumstance -- commitment and action.

All the same, that  nourishment sometimes requires speedier preparation than would otherwise be restful. We live in a culture crisped by rush, efficiency, perfectionism, and priorities that skew practice away from community, self-care, and silence.

But it doesn't hurt to have a meal that's easily made.  These nachos are classically naturally gluten-free, take a few minutes to lay out, and that leaves one time to sit, and enjoy them. And perhaps enjoy company as well.  Two of my housemates are from China this Fall, and I sat with Aiping this morning, chatting about her diabetes research -- as she sipped warm milk, and I, tea. That, in itself, was a nourishing addition to breakfast.

Back to the recipe, however: Whether you're winging through school, work, or life, you can enjoy nachos.  Beans. And a quickly-made meal that means you've made time for moments to savour it, and your own or someone else's company.  These nachos get their cheese from the non-dairy powerhouse, Daiya, and an added depth of crunch with a bit of Nuttzo (peanut-free) nut butter.

[ gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free ]


a pile of Way Better Snacks Sriracha Chips/Crisps
Daiya Pepper Jack or Gouda (to taste)
1/4 Organic Black Beans
1/2 tin of salmon
1 tbs finely diced onion
1 tsp Nuttzo Power Fuel, Crunchy
diced jalapeño (to taste)
paprika and cumin (sprinkled to taste)


1) Layer chips with onion, jalapeño, and beans, on a small plate
2)  Toast in toaster oven until fragrant (on medium to high).
3) Remove from oven, and layer drained salmon, and cheese over
other ingredients, and dab 
Nuttzo onto any bare chips, sprinkling spices after it.
 Replace in toaster, and toast until cheese is melted, about 1 min.

High-protein, highly digestible in its grain content due to Way Better's sprouted ingredients, and highly excellent in taste and texture, these nachos make a Celiac-aced meal any day, any time. 

One doesn't need an autoimmune disease to need good fuel, and a solid commitment to rest and renewal.  But an autoimmune disease will certainly make the need a screaming necessity if not attended to -- and sometimes attending to oneself isn't an either/or conundrum.

It isn't a good food  blocks out  pleasing food or food I like  equation.

It isn't a eat perfect  or  at badly equation.

It isn't an eat slow, prep slow, take ALL THE TIMEZ FOR FOOD or a food is just fuel stuff it in move on equation.

Attending to oneself is really a matter of both/and. Quick recipes, mindful eating, variety of whole-foods, and chips; and cheese -- and really excellent crunch and taste.  All of it together. 

"Not perfect, but good," as Stitch says in the Disney film.

So I told a fellow Celiac recently as she asked WHAT CAN I EAT AND HOW CAN I SLOW DOWN?  

HOW ABOUT NACHOS?  I said. And BEANS (because one can't have too many beans...or nuts and seeds). Tumbling free -- from getting it right into getting some good in. Into my stomach, and my soul.


Tumbling Free,


Monday, September 21, 2015

[Recipe]: Butterscotch-Dipped-Cone-in-a-Glass, or Chocolate Shake

It's shake-weather still.  Trees are turning, breeze breaks a chill at dawn, but the days still hop on with serious Summer heat by noon.  So I've been shake-making.  Little is easier gluten-free and dairy-free, nor more pleasing, than a shake with lunch.

Oy. Especially this one.

'Tis a tumbling free of dairy, gluten, soy, and nuts -- unless someone has got a problem with the coconut -- because its butterscotch bite comes from NOW / Ellyndale Food's most excellent butter-infused coconut oil.   It was a wild experiment of frozen green stuff, banana, and the oil NOW had so kindly dropped on me to try after I met Bryan at the GFAF Expo in Chicago.  The blend of creamy butter and coconut with a protein powder (Garden of Life's new Plant Protein) really does taste like a shake, almost malted, and it's stellar dusted with cacao and hemp seeds for texture and crunch.

All in all, I love shakes. Shakes, smoothies, creamy and crunchy.  If love can honestly be applied to a food, and inanimate objects. (Only in English, mates.)

Ado's no further, here's the recipe:


[ dairy free, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, vegan ]


2 tbsp cocoa powder or 1 tbsp raw cacao
1/3 cup frozen spinach
1 and 1/2 frozen very ripe banana
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp Coconut Oil, infused from Ellyndale (butter-infused, melted)
1/2  cup Orgain Almond Milk, unsweetened
1 cup ice (or to taste)

Butterscotch Chocolate Shake
with the NOW Foods
infused coconut oil

1) Add spinach, banana, and almond milk to your blender. Adding liquid first
will give you a creamier, and more easily blended shake. Blend on low for one
or two pulses.
2) Stop the blender, and add protein, powder, extract, and oil and ice. Blend until smooth,
mixing as necessary.
3) This shake should be a shamrock green, muddied by the
chocolate, and seamlessly smooth.  Serve immediately,
drizzled with an extra teaspoon of oil and dusted with cocoa
or cacao powder!
Note: Drizzled oil hardens into a shell
like a dipped ice cream cone.  BOOM: Butterscotch-dipped-cone-

One of the delights of Celiac Disease is the necessity for experimentation.   The best foods to experiment with are the base ones: whole foods, in the simple, flavours, textures, aromas ready to be mingled.

But eat to live, mates. Don't live to eat. A whole life can be fueled by whole foods -- and shakes -- but a shake and a whole food would look awfully backwards if you talked about fueling them with your life.

Fun food takes time; nourishment takes time; time takes life.  But if they're balanced -- as balanced as this shake -- they have the opportunity to give life back.

On a less serious note, eat up, live it up, and share it up.

If you're a nut for nuts, looking to add a bit more heft to your frame, and haven't got an allergy, throw some almonds or Nuttzo on top.

This shake: It's a dipped-cone seriously -- in a glass.

Nutritional notes: Although a body tends to know what it needs, and gets what it needs, when intuition is honoured, appetite noticed, and variety available, this shake is a powerhouse not just to the taste-buds. The coconut oil provides medium chain triglycerides (including lauric acid) which are bacteria busters, brain-nourishing, and anti-inflammatory. Bananas are potassium-in-a-peel. Cacao provides one of nature's highest natural sources of magnesium. Both for Celiac and gut-healing and for athlete or stress recovery, this shake shines.  Adding a double-portion of Nuttzo and almond milk also boosts the already high protein, and make this little bloke a wonder for healthy weight gain or maintenance.

When it comes to attitude, what do you think about eating with an eye on nutritional benefits -- or eating a variety with an eye to appetite and inclination?

Cheers and  Tumbling Free,


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Send Me Some Gluten Free... But Why You No Eat-able?

[ product review and giveaway ]

Win gluten-free food? Oy, yes.  But Send Me Gluten Free? Sadnessess -- gluten-free, yes; dairy-free, no this time 'round.

Disappointment nation.  I opened the box to find a stack of edibles that weren't eatable -- all but the Massel broth and Biena Chickpeas were doused in a dairy ingredient.

Send Me Gluten Free shoots out these boxes monthly. Subscription-based, they tout their variety and selection of novelty Celiac-safe offerings as cutting-edge. Not only does the box generally offer chances to try new products, it has -- at least in the past -- provided nutritionally dense, meal-sized offerings as well; and they are products whose taste is matched by their make-up.

Not this time around.

Why you no like me, Send Me GF?  I have Celiac -- and like many of my  fellow Celiacs -- I have a dairy allergy and lactose intolerance (both).

I can't eat brownie bites with butter.

I can't eat candy with whey and milk fat.

I can't eat chips with cheese.

(Oy, I do miss cheese -- rather more than I ever have missed gluten.)

So bloody disappointment nation!  I don't cast bad impressions out as a rule: If I don't get what I like from some product or experience, unless it's harmful to Celiacs or the community, I let it pass by, and wave. Au revoir, on to something excellent.

But Send Me Gluten Free is such an excellent model, and in the past, has provided a stellar diversity of good Celiac-safe food at a reasonable price, that I don't get it this time 'round.

The box not only contained items doused in dairy, it also hadn't got anything other than sweet and snack-like.  NO FOOD. If you know what I mean.

In the past, Send Me GF has been ace.  I've discovered most excellent take-along travel items (such as Raw Rev's nut bars and GLO Bars); innovative and organic gluten-free substitutions like Explore Asian's bean noodles; and enjoyed gluten-free, dairy-free sweets like taffy and Sevierly GF's stellar bake mixes., but this time around? Bleak pickings, mates.

All that said, I'm running a giveaway.  This may just be a rather flukey-box; a blip  [SEE END NOTE AFTER GIVEAWAY BELOW]-- and the service is well worth a whirl for any of my fellow Celiacs, considering what it's had in the past.

So dodge off the platform of Disappointment Nation-Station, plug in below to win a box, and if you can't eat dairy, and if you're looking for good wholefoods, shoot Send Me GF a note with a nudge towards that variety.
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er, wait, no.
Nice product if you can eat
butter however.

Variety and simplicity, with a dash of novelty and creativity -- that's good food.  Gluten-free doesn't need to mean packaged or un-packaged; but it does need to mean quality. The mere slap-on  label of gluten-free doesn't cut it.

That's the quality  this service has provided in the past. I doubt if it won't provide that quality again.

END NOTE (added 9/17):  Send Me GF responded to my inquiry about the lack of variety to explain that this was there Back-to-School Box. This makes a bit more sense.  All the same, I'd like to see more solid fare for kids on the way back to learning too -- brain food, mates.  Our brains need a lot of nourishment to work, you know.  And I know most of the children I coach or consult with who have Celiac also have a dairy allergy or lactose intolerance.

I will be reviewing October's box, and we'll see what quality and cool gluten-free good it's got boxed-in in just a few weeks!

Disclaimer: No one paid me for my opinion.  I offer it to tip-off fellow Celiacs on how to tumble more freely into good food, whole food -- most of all, into life sans the fears and sense of restriction Celiac so often brings.  Send Me GF sent me this box in particular for my opinion.