Can we trust the gluten-free label?

Written by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD


The answer is yes the vast majority of the time. Three years of testing data on foods making gluten-free claims was recently published (Thompson T, Simpson S. A comparison of gluten levels in labeled gluten-free and certified gluten-free foods sold in the United States. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online publication, 1 October 2014). Continue reading

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Giveaway: Ricki Heller’s Living Candida Free Cookbook

We are super excited that our friend and contributor, cookbook author Ricki Heller has released her new cookbook, Living Candida Free: 100 Recipes and a 3-Phase Program to Restore Your Health and Vitality! Be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a free copy!
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Ascenta Health

Although we have been aware of the numerous benefits of fish oil which happens to be naturally gluten-free, grain-free and Paleo (many of us were give cod liver oil as kids), our team has never been particularly big fans of it. Any perhaps that’s why — our memories of fish oil from childhood are, well, fishy! The fish oils of 10, 20 or 30 years ago had an unappealing odor and taste. And after we had our spoonful, we’d burp up that taste for the remainder of our day. Sound familiar?
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Planning a Gluten-Free Hospital Stay


Despite the growing awareness of celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or the desire or need for a paleo diet, no one can be guaranteed safe gluten-free and grain-free food options in hospitals. This fact makes it necessary to take certain precautions and make special arrangements when planning your hospital stay. With planning and clear communication with hospital staff, your stay should go smoothly. Continue reading

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Norene Gilletz’s Gluten-Free Koogletz

Now here’s an interesting gluten-free find that just entered the market this new year. Recently, my family and I tasted (with delight!) Norene Gilletz’s delicious new gluten-free potato product from her very first food line!

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Lisa Cantkier Receives Award for Celiac Disease and Food Allergy Awareness



On January 13, 2015, Lisa Cantkier, founder of was presented with the City of Vaughan (Ontario) Civic Hero Award for Ward 4 by Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and City Council at Vaughan City Hall. The Award was presented to Lisa for helping to raise awareness of celiac disease and food allergies. Continue reading

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Happy Holidays from

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year from

The Team would like to wish our friends, fans and followers a joyous, bright and delicious holiday season and New Year!

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Victoria Health, Wellness and Sustainability Festival


We interviewed Ari Hershberg, Event Producer at the Victoria Health, Wellness and Sustainability Festival. Read our interview to find out about his event, coming to Victoria, British Columbia in February 2014. Continue reading

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Why You Should Eat Drink and Be Merry with Udi’s


Udi’s is a brand I truly love. When I first discovered them, I had to double check the ingredients, particularly on the labels of their breads and muffins. How to describe these baked goods? Soft, moist, chewy, fluffy, light. Very unlike the gluten-free varieties I’ve grown up with, which on the contrary were extremely hard, dry, crumbly, dense and heavy! Udi’s baked goods definitely do not look, smell, taste or feel like they are gluten-free at all, they never have. They’ve even been known to make people cry tears of joy. Personally, I remember being in shock. Continue reading

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How To Transition to Paleo for Newbies


If you are thinking about transitioning over to the Paleo, it is easier than you might think. Often called “The Caveman’s Diet” because you only eat those foods which were around before the invention of preservatives and before processing, the benefits are more than just eating healthy: you can spend less money on food, prepare simpler meals (which cuts down on the stress factor when trying to figure out what to make for dinner), and have more energy. Continue reading

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