Monthly Archives: April 2011

Dr. Vicki Peterson videos

I just started watching Dr. Vicki Peterson’s videos. There is some really great stuff in there! I’ve been watching a couple every day for the last few days. I found this one on products that “may contain wheat” to be particularly interesting. I do not have strong or very immediate digestive reactions to gluten, so I feel that my intolerance is not as severe as others’. Because of that, I often eat things that “may contain wheat” or have been “processed in a facility” that also handles wheat. I don’t seem to have a problem with non GF certified oats either, but I try to avoid them anyway, in case I’m just not aware that they’re tearing up my insides. In an ideal world, we could avoid all gluten, but it’s nice to know that (some) of us don’t have to be so strict when it comes to products that “may contain wheat.” :)


An update on the Mike’s Hard Lemonade situation

An update from The Savvy Celiac, with more details about Mike’s Hard Lemonade and their GF status. They say they can’t elaborate on their filtration process, but the tests have shown less than 5 parts per million, whereas 20ppm is considered gluten free and safe. I’m still not drinking it, becuase I think it’s kind of gross, but it’s nice to know I could if I felt so inclined.

What it’s really like to live gluten free

In the latest blog post from Alinea At Home,Carol explains what it’s really like to live gluten free, and how daunting it can really be. It’s a really good read, especially for those who don’t understand how difficult it really is to maintain a truly gluten free lifestyle all the time.

I definitely understand. My poor parents and boyfriend know my gluten frustration meltdowns well. Oi.

I am not nearly as strict as she is, but my reactions to gluten are mostly mild so I don’t feel I have to be AS strict. I sometimes eat things that “may have traces of” gluten, for example, though I probably shouldn’t, and I don’t seem to have any problems. I feel for those that do.

Elsie Grace’s food recall

Here is the link to the press release on the FDA website for the recall of some dry dip and soup mixes from Elsie Grace’s Dry Food Company because of undeclared milk, soy, or wheat. Just a heads up.

Mike’s Hard Lemonade…gluten free???

As I was scrolling through my facebook this evening, another post from The Savvy Celiac caught my eye. This time it was about the claims Mike’s Hard Lemonade makes about being gluten free! Here is their explanation, as you can also see by clicking the link:

“Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co. products available in the US are made with a premium malt base (fermented barley and hops like traditional beer) that is then further processed using a highly specialized, multi-stage filtration process. Highly sensitive tests from an independent lab analysis indicate that mike’s® products do not contain any traces of gluten protein (including hordein).”

I know that most hard liquor is all safe because the distillation process does something (I’m not a chemistry buff, so don’t ask me what) that makes it safe for us GF folks to drink. I have heard that the Godiva liqueurs are NOT gluten free, however, but I assume that is because of something added after the distillation process. Correct me if I’m wrong.

But, as far as I know, malt beverages were distilled, and have avoided all of them since going GF almost two years ago. Maybe distillation is what Mike’s is referring to when they say “highly specialized, multi-stage filtration process.” But…I dunno. I’m sorry Mike’s, but I don’t trust any malt beverages to be gluten free. I’m not a huge fan of Mike’s Hard Lemonade anyway (I had it in my pre-GF days), because it’s far too sugary, but if it’s really GF, it’s nice to have options.

Advice for those new to living gluten free

The Savvy Celiac asked her facebook followers what their one tip for a newly diagnosed Celiac would be.

This is mine:
Don’t run right out and try to replace all the things you can’t eat anymore with a gluten free substitute; you will probably be even more overwhelmed/discouraged/frustrated if you do, because most of the subs don’t taste that great, or like the real thing.

Instead, eat foods that are naturally gluten free, like more fruits, nuts, veggies, rice, quinoa, tofu, meat if you’re a meat-eater, etc. Slowly try substitutes (or learn make your own!) for things you can’t live without (bread, for instance).

It’s not so bad, and you’ll feel loads better. Your whole life will be different after this, but mostly in positive ways. :

Haifa Educational Zoo and Botanical Gardens/How Time Flies

Today we took a trip into Haifa so I could get my pizza fix from the little hole in the wall place we found before that offers GF pizza. I got two this time, so I’d have one to take home. (I also got gluten free bread from a health food store I just happened to spot while we were waiting for the bus.) Unfortunately, the cat who has adopted us came in the house, got into the box, and started eating the tomatoes off the top! Strange animal. Why would she want tomatoes? At least she only got that far before I found her and kicked her out. No one messes with my GF pizza, ok? NO ONE. Not even cute little kitty faces. Also, I’m still eating it. I don’t care if she touched it with her germy, outdoor, kitty mouth.

While we were there we also went to the zoo! It’s a small zoo, but they had some cool animals. The gardens were actually just trees and non-flowering plants, but as you can see from the pictures below, there were flowers throughout the zoo grounds.

Tomorrow we are hopefully going to the sea or somewhere else nice and relaxing with some friends of ours, then Thursday we are leaving for Nablus, in the Palestinian territories, where we will be visiting a circus there until Sunday. I’m hoping we can visit Ramallah quickly on our way back to Jerusalem, where we’re planning on staying a night so we can visit the zoo there, as well as the botanical gardens. Anyone seeing a theme here?

The next night marks the beginning of Passover, and instead of finding someone to host us so we can experience a proper passover, we’re planning to go camping for a night with a friend.

Then it’s on to the Israel Juggling Convention the following Wednesday to Sunday.

We’re actually planning to be completely away from the apartment for 10 days, which seems so strange to me; perhaps that’s just because I spend most of my time here.

We also have to fit in a Mexican food/Life Aquatic movie night, a final Shabbat at the Circus, hopefully a visit to some local ruins and the Utopia Orchid Park, AND a going away party we’ll be hosting for ourselves. Phew! We only have a few weeks left here, but they’re going to be packed.

Ok! Onto the photos!

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