Monthly Newsletter July 2010
Gluten Free Events Around Town
1. Whole Foods in Boulder, CO at 2905 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone: 303.545.661:
Saturday, July 17th, 10 am, FREE Gluten Free Tour
2. Sunflower Markets in Boulder, CO at 2525 Arapahoe Ave, CO 80302, Phone: 303.449-0777
Wednesday, July 7th, 10 – 11 am, Gluten Free Store Tour
3. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in Colorado
-Healthy Gluten Free Living: July 17th at 10 am in Highlands Ranch at 1265 Sgt. Jon Stiles Drive, Suite M, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
-OR on July 28th at 5:30 pm in Durango at 1123 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301
-OR on July 31st at 10 am in Montrose at 3451 S. Rio Grand Ave., Montrose, CO 81401
What is new in the Velick House: To Travel or Not to Travel: That is the Question!
So I had sort of a depressing month, I came to the realization that it would not be a good idea to travel this summer. With my other two pregnancies, traveling did not pose a problem. With my first I went to Chicago in my third month and Atlanta in my fifth month. Of course, I lived in St. Louis, where altitude changes were not an issue. With my second, I did not travel anywhere. I had just moved to Colorado and we were still sort of settling in. However, when asked to take a trip up to Steamboat Springs the week before I was due, I immediately said, No Thank You! Well, this year, I had all sorts of things planned; a trip to Boston, which we went on during my second month, a road trip to St. Louis, a road trip to California via the Grand Canyon, and a family camp in the mountains during Labor Day weekend. Then I started doing some research. I learned that it is not only not a good idea to go to a place of higher altitude during your third trimester, it is also not a good idea if you live at a higher altitude to go to a lower altitude for a long period of time. I figured, at my age, I might just play it safe and stay home this summer. Although I received some very long faces when I broke the news to my girls, I know that they understand that after the baby is born, we will be back to our crazy traveling and see some of you in California summer of 2011!
Recipe of the Month: BBQ Chicken Recipe
1 cup Organic Ketchup
½ cup Light Brown Sugar
¼ cup white Vinegar
Mix ingredients in a bowl.
Pour over chicken.
Place on BBQ or in oven to bake.
Get chicken to 180 degrees.
Serve with potatoes and vegetables.
Strategy #5: Think whole foods and fewer ingredients
When I first started noticing that diet and the foods I put into my body had an effect on me and my body, I started to cut out highly processed foods, foods in boxes that had about 3 inches of ingredients down the side, where the last 10 ingredients I could barely pronounce! It meant looking for food coloring, looking for preservatives, looking for added flavoring. It meant READING labels! But it also meant shopping for whole, natural ingredients: fruits, vegetables, rice, potatoes, even real butter and sugar. Because foods from the earth are easier for your body to process and if they are easier to process they do not get stored as unwanted, or unneeded, nutrients in the body. When your body can not use the foods that you are putting into it, you know what happens, whether you are hungry or not, you just want more! The same phenomenon occurs when a gluten intolerant person consumes gluten. Their body cannot process it, so it either is eliminated as waste or gets stored in the body as waste and then we are just on the lookout for more food because the food we ate did nothing to nourish our body. So when you are shopping read labels and shop around the perimeter of the store, where the more natural foods are located. Try things like hummus, fresh herbs, rice tortillas, fresh fruits and vegetables, natural yogurts, organic meats and fish, even eggs are a wonderful source of protein and nutrition. You will also find one more benefit to this…your grocery bill WILL be less, because all those boxes of food and all the chemicals they used so they could make those boxes of food last on the shelf for months, cost YOU money! So who said going gluten free is expensive? Not me!
Gluten Free Topics: Gluten Free in other Countries
A look at one European country confirms that we are not just going through a gluten free fad in the US, as many news reports claim. Italy is at the top of their game when it comes to gluten free diets and celiac disease diagnosis. Italy is a gluten free lovers paradise and that is because everyone knows what Gluten free means. You do not get that sideways glance that pretty much lets you know that you better just order a plain, dry bowl of lettuce, just to be safe! All Italians are tested for celiac disease at an early age. The many who test positive receive great services: a monthly stipend from the government for gluten-free food plus extra vacation time to shop for and prepare gluten-free food. It is a law that gluten-free food must be made available in schools, hospitals, and public places and that all pharmacy products and food labels must indicate if gluten is present. In Italy, you can even study for a Master’s degree in “Celiac Disease: From Diagnosis to Management.”
Celiac disease is the most common genetic disease in Europe. In Italy about 1 in 250 people and in Ireland about 1 in 300 people have celiac disease. In Italy, where celiac disease is common, all children are screened by age 6 so that even asymptomatic disease is caught early. In addition, Italians of any age are tested for the disease as soon as they show symptoms. As a result of this vigilance, the time between when symptoms begin and the disease is diagnosed is usually only 2 to 3 weeks. In the United States, the time between the first symptoms and diagnosis averages about 10 years.
Finland is also a gluten-free paradise! You’re very unlikely to encounter any trouble while traveling there. Gluten-free products are available in every supermarket, restaurants commonly mark gluten-free products on their menu, you can get gluten-free burgers, pizza and pastries, and almost everyone speaks English. So although it may seem at times that America is just going through a Gluten Free Fad, gluten sensitivities and celiac disease are addressed and taken seriously in other countries and we really are far behind in our knowledge, and accommodations required for this special diet.
June/July BJN Articles
My favorite Gluten Free Brands/Pamala’s Cake
Sending them to Camp/Hamburger Buns
Chronic Pain/Lettuce Wraps
The Autism Connection/Veggie burgers
Reprint the Enterolab/symptoms/ Summer BBQs- s’mores
The Pizza Dilemma….one thing we all miss!