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Gluten Free Friday

Even though eating gluten free, whether by necessity or by choice, is not all that rare these days and there is certainly no shortage of great gluten free blogs out there, I've decided to make Fridays here "Gluten Free Friday".  Of course, the rest of the week I will still be up to posting my crafty sewing thoughts and family related stories.  This decision came about for two reasons: one, I can, and two, this will not only inspire me to think more about expanding and maintaining my gluten free commitment, but will allow others to benefit from various new discoveries that I make as well.

The content of Gluten Free Friday will include recipes, reviews and info on products that I try, reflections on my experiences being gluten free, links to sites containing information on being gluten free and having Celiac Disease.  For those who come here looking for sewing stuff, but can still happily eat a chocolate chip scone or blueberry muffin with your coffee in the morning, I hope you will bear with me.  Since I have been such a slow starter with this blog in the first place, I think creating a separate blog just for my gluten free thoughts would just bog me down.

So to start, I wanted to mention that this week I attended my first meeting of the Gluten Intoloerance Group of Marin.  This group is co-founded by my new-found friend, Alison St. Sure, author of the blog Sure Foods Living, and Sheila Wagner, a local physical therapist and nutritionist.  What a great pair with tons of useful information presented in a light and entertaining way.  This was a great meeting for me to start with since the theme of the night was "Back to Basics" where Allison presented a thorough list of what the gluten intolerant can and can't safely eat.  So many ingredients are hidden sources of gluten!  I was aware of much of this information through my doctor and other reading, but it was a great reminder and I definitely learned some new things too (like the names of a few tasty gluten free beers to get me through the summer).  In addition, Sheila talked about lunches and snacks with ideas for getting through the day when you are out running around and not sure if any GF foods will be available.  She had all sorts of tricks to share about carrying snacks and supplies in your car or while traveling, so you can be confident you can eat safely on the run.  As an added bonus, the guest speakers of the evening were a brother and sister who intend to open a gluten free market in San Rafael.  So excited about that and as soon as more information is available I will post it here.

So, this meeting made it a great week to be gluten free.  Click into Allison's blog to read lots of great information.  She posts about other common food allergens as well and you can join the Gluten Intolerence Group while your at it.  If you don't live in Marin, check around - you may find a group in your area.