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Category Archives: Gluten-Free Is Me
Since becoming gluten-free, dessert out at restaurants has been a much less joyous affair—unless, of course, there’s a salted caramel ice cream sundae on the menu, and then I’m IN. But most of the time there are only one or two options. And since most restaurants follow a certain formula with their dessert menus, those options are usually ice cream, crème brulee, or panna cotta.
For years I was resistant to panna cotta as my default dessert choice. It wasn’t something I would have ever ordered before I was gluten-free, so why waste my sugar consumption on something that didn’t make me want to do Meg Ryan impressions at the table?… Continue Reading
Before I was diagnosed with a gluten allergy 3 years ago, I pretty much subsisted solely on pasta. This might have explained why every time I tried to go for a run, my stomach would start spasming within half a block (spoiler alert: the culprit was a meatball sized brick of gluten lodged in my intestines, thanks to all those spaghetti dinners).
So when I had to revamp my diet, in addition to my beloved thin crust pizza, chicken fingers, and chocolate chip cookies, one of the things I was most terrified to give up was pasta. But it’s turned out to be one of the easiest things to substitute at home.… Continue Reading
The food item that’s been most responsible for pushing me head-first off the gluten-free wagon is pizza. I confessed a little over a year ago that I have, on more than one occasion, shamefully eaten an entire pie of Co. pizza in the comfort of my home, a block away from the restaurant. This year though as part of my pursuit of wellness, I’ve been pretty good at maintaining the integrity of my intestines. But when I fall, I fall hard.
The last time this happened was in October at my friend Sophie’s wedding. There was a late night pizza truck, and when I saw all the other drunk people pouncing on the pies as they came out of the brick oven, like vicious glow-stick wearing hyenas, I just couldn’t help myself.… Continue Reading
A few weeks ago during an extreme bout of procrastination, I spent 2 full hours looking through old college pictures instead of writing. Since they are tucked away in a separate library from my food images and I don’t do facebook deep dives very often, I rarely come across pictures form this period of my life. But once I started looking, like driving by the Jaws of Life on the side of the highway, I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the horror.
It’s an apt analogy, because while scrolling through the 100’s of pregaming shots and selfies with various guy friends kissing me on the cheek, the two words that kept popping into my head were: train wreck.… Continue Reading
I talk a lot of smack about the juice industry in New York. Sure, a big bottle of Doctor Green or Mother Earth makes you feel really healthy while it’s going down. But then you look at your bank account three days later and realize you might not make rent because your pursuit of hydration is bleeding you dry. The worst offender in terms of price point is probably Juice Press. But unfortunately for my moneybags, it not only has one of my favorite juices around, but also some of the best food.
During my detox I was very committed to eating organic, and didn’t temporarily mind if I was hemorrhaging money just so my liver could clean my blood properly without any interference from pesky pesticides.… Continue Reading
Since it’s almost grilling season, I thought it was probably due time that I came up with my own homemade BBQ sauce recipe. It’s not necessarily the first dish that comes to mind that’s in need of a healthy or gluten-free spin. But there’s a whole lot of room for improvement when it comes to the ingredients that go into it. Mainly, because over half of them contain sugar.
A lot of the pop science conversation has transitioned from gluten to sugar as the villain du jour. I’ve gone off sugar twice: once a few years ago during my first elimination diet, prior to my blood work revealing a gluten allergy, and then again this past March during my detox.… Continue Reading