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Discount @ Hinesburg Public House with great #glutenfree options!

Localvore Today features a $20 voucher to the Hinesburg Public House for just $10! Get it in the next 7 days. Buy one for a friend too!

Great gluten-free options at the Public House include GF chicken wings (buffalo with homemade ranch sauce), poutine with GF gravy, salads, fish, meats and more! They feature local farms as much as possible. The wait and kitchen staff are extremely knowledgeable about Celiac’s disease and take great care in preparing your meal gluten-free. I cannot say enough good things about the GF options here!!!



Trader Joe’s underway in South Burlington, VT!

If you’ve been down Dorset street lately, you’ve seen a big change. Today, bare ground lays at the future site of Vermont’s first Trader Joe’s. Located next to Healthy Living, this will be a great boon for gluten-free residents. Why, you ask?

Perhaps you’ve never been to a Trader Joe’s. Let me give you a tour, from the perspective of a Celiac.

First, if you stop by the manager’s counter, you can pick up the “No gluten ingredients used” list.

Second, many of these “no gluten ingredient” products are also marked with a cute little symbol:

to make your shopping easier. Always read the fine print though– some items are manufactured in facilities that also use wheat so you may want to avoid them if you have sensitivities like that. And not all items have the symbol (depends when the packing was last re-designed, I suppose).

Next, my personal recommendations– skip the produce section. You can do much better at the farmer’s market or some of our supermarkets that do direct purchases from local farmers. It’s just much fresher food.

My favorites at TJ’s– because they are excellent quality and cheaper than anywhere else– almond butter, blue corn tortilla chips, various salsas, frozen organic fruit (smoothies!), frozen taquitos (ok, I don’t buy these elsewhere but they’re a fun treat!), GF toaster waffles, greek yogurt, goat cheese, pasta sauce and much more. It’s a great place to stock-up on nuts and dried fruit. Their GF beef jerky makes a great trail snack and is nitrate free! I’m sure the list goes on but I’ll leave it to you to figure out your favorite GF foods when Trader Joes opens. (hint: chocolate…)

According to WCAX, Trader Joe’s will open next Spring. 

Welcome to Vermont, TJ’s!




How much is “just a little” when it comes to gluten exposure?

My mother has been “glutenated” a few times recently. She’s learning that she’s more sensitive to gluten than when she first went GF. For example, I’ve seen her eat regular soy sauce several times, whereas I *must* have GF soy sauce. A few weeks ago she picked up prepared chicken kabobs at the grocery store and thinks they made her sick. I asked if they had soy sauce and she said she didn’t really pay attention because the ones at the other grocery store were always fine. Then about a week ago she got sick after chinese food that may have had soy sauce in it– she thought it didn’t but hadn’t bothered to ask since it had never affected her before.

Getting more sensitive to gluten the longer you are off of it is a common story for most of us. In my experience, we all think “I will never be THAT sensitive” but at some point you realize you are sensitive to smaller and smaller exposures. That is a subject for another blog…

I told my mother that REPEATED exposure can make each reaction worse. The chicken kabobs taxed her system and then repeating the exposure just a week or so later made for another bad reaction. Had these events been spaced weeks or months apart it is possible the second one wouldn’t have been so bad.

For those of you questioning your gluten intolerance levels, here is a great article on “HOW MUCH GLUTEN WILL MAKE ME SICK?”  

What’s the paleo diet all about?

Have you ever thought of being gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free? Wondered what the paleo diet is all about? Our guest contributor, C.P. of Montpelier  VT, writes about the Paleo Diet, which happens to be gluten-free! Have you tried the paleo diet? Leave your comments below!
“Paleo” is a term used to describe a diet resembling what our ancestors ate.  Some refer to it as a Primal diet, caveman diet, ancestral diet, etc.  Whatever you choose to call it, what it really boils down to is eating real nutrient-dense whole foods.  We have gotten so accustomed to opening a box or package and microwaving our food or getting take out in this day in age.
When we eat, we really need to ask ourselves “Will this food help nourish me?”  or “will this food harm me?”.  Good nutrition is critical to physical and mental health.  Getting back to our roots will help us to live longer and prevent lots of chronic diseases that seem so commonplace today.
So what can I eat?
This plan excludes dairy (still in hot debate), grains, legumes, processed foods, refined vegetable oils and sugar. 
Paleo Diet Flowchart
These foods were not around when our ancestors roamed the earth and they are contributing, in large part, to inflammation, chronic disease and mental illness.
Protein & calcium
Some view this plan as very heavy in the meat department, but it doesn’t have to be.  You need to accommodate this for you and your family.  If you only eat fish and yogurt for protein, then keep on- just make sure that your fish is of good quality and the yogurt isn’t filled with sugar.
Grassfed-beef, free range chickens, other pastured animals, eggs, and wild caught fish are ideal sources of protein, but sometimes cost is an issue.  We can’t always buy organic fruits and veggies all the time, but conventional produce and meat from paleo_food_pyramidthe supermarket are much better than processed/HFCS/trans fat garbage any day.  Ditch the sodas, cereals, PopTarts, chips, crappy breads and refined vegetable oils and enjoy wholesome, nourishing foods like our great-grandparents ate.  Stick with meats, fish eggs, nuts/seeds, fruits and veggies, and good fats/oils.
What about calcium?  Try eating sardines or canned salmon with the little bones (yes, you can eat them and they are full of calcium!), dark leafy greens or homemade bone broth.  We’ve been led to believe that dairy is our only source of dietary calcium and that’s just not true.
Nutrition and chronic illnessbenefits
People don’t realize how powerful good nutrition is with regards to chronic illness and disease.  This diet is perfect for anyone, especially those with Celiac Disease, other food allergies, any chronic disease (fibromyalgia, IBS, ADHD, Autism, other mental illness, chronic skin conditions) or autoimmune disease (MS, psoriasis, colitis, Crohn’s, Hashimoto’s), those looking to drop weight, lower their blood pressure, have more energy or just feel better.
Paleo Myths
One of the myths about Paleo is that it is a low carb diet.  If you like low carb diets and do well on them, by all means make Paleo low carb for you.  Others, like myself, don’t do so well cutting out carbs, so I make sure I get plenty (sweet potatoes, squashes, beets are good sources).
Another myth is that it is expensive.  How much do you spend on soda?  Pizza night?  A morning bagel?  Beer?  Processed snack foods?  Take that money and put it to good use buying cheaper cuts of meat, eggs, frozen vegetables, potatoes and fruits  (apples, pears and bananas tend to be cheaper) and viola!  a Paleo meal.
The bottom line with any lifestyle change is that you need to make it work for you so you can be successful in the long run.
This is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix diet.  It is a template.  Keeping things simple is always the best way to go.
This is Paleo in a nutshell.  There is lots and lots of information out there on the internet- like how to get your family/kids on board with it, shopping paleo on a budget, recipes, etc.
Here are some of my favorite websites/blogs about the paleo diet (remember, all these recipes are gluten-free!):
Balanced bites: podcasts, recipes, life coaching
Nomnom Paleo: recipes and blog
Mark’s Daily Apple: advice, recipes and other info for paleo living
The Whole 9:  a community focused on health, fitness, balance and sanity, all built on a foundation of real food and healthy nutritional habits
Chris Kresser: information on nutrition and health
Robb Wolf: tons of information on the paleo diet
Cave Girl Eats: Blog and podcasts
Civilized Caveman Cooking: tons of recipes!
Big Tim’s Primal Journey: blog and recipes
The Paleo Miracle: stories of health and transformation
And some great books on the paleo diet (remember to check your local library!):
Practical Paleo by Diana Sanfillipo
The Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf
Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD
Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan
The Paleo Miracle by Joe Salama & Christine Lianos
Primal Body Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas
It Starts With Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig
About the author: 
I am a full-time wife and mother of 2 boys and part-time ICU Nurse.  I am currently studying to receive my certification in Nutrition Counseling.  I am obsessed with all things fitness and nutrition.

Some basic facts #glutenfree

What do you say when someone says, “well you just have to avoid bread, right?” or, “Gluten-free sounds rough, let me buy you a beer!” As part of Celiac Awareness Month, The Huffington Post has put together the top facts about gluten-free living. Worth sharing with those family members and friends who “just don’t get it!”

What are your #GFPetPeeves?

The Huffington Post shares perspectives on pet peeves of being GF. I’ll let you read the article for yourself (or browse the twitter traffic), I’m sure you can relate to many of them! Most of these examples I feel like I can handle with grace (or I try to!), like having someone ask you about your symptoms at the dinner table with strangers! The one that gets my goat is restuarants where I ask for no bread/bun/fries and maybe just some greens instead. “Sure, with a side salad that will be $5 extra.” Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat…? I also get tired of going to multiple grocery stores to get what I need but, really, that’s a #firstworldproblem!

It’s about awareness

If you could change 5 things in the world to make life better for GF folks, what would they be?

Gluten-free Living provides a few great ways that the GF “movement” can move forward.

Read the full article here:

The summary:

1. FDA clearly defining “gluten” free

2. Restaurants taking gluten contamination as seriously as sanitation

3. Increase the availability of healthy gluten-free items

4. Remove trace ingredients from common foods (following after Chex cereals)

5. Rule-out Celiac’s before going GF, as it can impact your long-term health and management

So, what’s on your list?

Trader Joe’s… coming soon to a location near(er) to you!!!

This just in… Trader Joe’s moving into South Burlington!

Since I moved to VT in fall of 2012 I’ve heard plenty of moans about “if only there were a Trader Joe’s!” Friends driving to NJ stop in Albany to stock-up. Likewise with Boston journeys.

Well, the stockpiling of cheap almond butter and goat cheese will end sometime next year. The South Burlington Review Board just approved the development. It now has to go through city council where it is favored to pass. 

IT would have a prime location on Dorset St. The owners of next-door Healthy Living welcome the addition, saying that it will bring more people into the area. I look forward to being able to walk between the two!

Symptoms of Celiac’s Disease (@glutendude)

GlutenDude put together this nifty infographic based on reader responses to his question, “What are your symptoms?”  I think this is the best summary of common symptoms that I have seen. Some of them likely also apply to gluten intolerance, not just strictly Celiac Disease.

Speaking of which, Gluten-Free Goddess reminds us all to tread carefully and be an informed GF consumer:

“Note to readers: Ignore links and claims by health “experts” selling special “formulas”, cures, gluten enzymes etc for treating celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Use common sense. Cross reference with the true celiac experts at , and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, and See Mayo Clinic: What’s allowed on a gluten-free diet and Celiac Disease Foundation: Allowed Grains. Also, please read Shelly Case on the gluten-free status of oats at Allergic Living.”