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Top 5 Celiac Disease Resources

top5celiacdiseaseresourcesAre you or a family member newly diagnosed with celiac disease and looking for the best gluten-free resources from reliable sources? These five celiac resources will help you live a happy and healthy gluten-free life.

1. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) has many excellent Printable Guides, including the brand new Getting Started Guide, which is a comprehensive 48-page guide to everything you need to know!

2. The GlutenFreeTravelSite has thousands of user-submitted reviews of restaurants, cruises, colleges, and more. You can easily search online or download the free app called Dine Gluten Free.

3. When you need to know if a prescription or OTC drug is gluten-free, Gluten-Free Drugs is a reliable resource that is continually updated by a clinical pharmacist.

4. When you have a question about celiac disease or gluten-free life, the Celiac Listserv is one of the best places to get answers.

5. Stay informed of the lasted gluten-free news and new products by reading Celiac-Disease.com, one of the best gluten-free blogs with many posts by blogger Kimberly Bouldin.

What are your favorite gluten-free resources? Post a comment below, and view the list of gluten-free NuGo bars.

 

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Naturally Gluten-Free Food for Runners

Being a gluten-free runner isn’t as hard as some people think it is. I often get questions like “What can you eat?” and “How do you carb load when you are gluten-free?” since many of the staple “runner” foods are not gluten-free.

Pasta dinners? Fine – if you use gluten-free pasta made from brown rice, corn or quinoa. Bagels & bread? Again, gluten-free versions are fine, but they are not usually available as post-race food offerings. Instead of trying to find replacement foods, I like to focus on naturally gluten-free foods to fuel my body.

Compared to how many foods we have to avoid, there are many more foods out there that are gluten-free and great for runners to eat. You just have to know what to look for and eat. It is a learning process, not only finding gluten-free options, but also figuring out what works best to fuel your body. It has taken me a couple of years to get this worked out, as my stomach is finicky when I run. I have to proceed with caution when fueling.

Some naturally gluten-free foods that are good for runners are:

• Whole fruits

• Whole vegetables

• Quinoa

• Sweet potato

• Baked potato

• Brown rice

• Millet

• Buckwheat (kasha)

• Avocado

• Cottage cheese

• Greek yogurt/Kefir

• Nuts (almonds, cashews & walnuts are my favorites)

• Corn tortillas

• Almond butter

• Lean protein – chicken, pork, ground turkey, beef, bison (higher in iron than beef), shrimp, salmon

• Rice cakes (I love these with almond butter & raisins or banana)

• Dark chocolate

• Almond milk

• Chocolate milk

Most of the above foods are a part of my diet on a day-to-day basis. I do eat my fair share of gluten-free bagels, English muffins, waffles, breads & brown rice tortillas and depend on various brands to fill that need.

For pre-run fuel, I eat a small bowl of low-sugar, low-fiber cereal. Rice Chex is a good choice, as is a gluten-free crispy rice cereal. Sometimes I’ll pour a little almond milk over it, other times I will eat it dry. During my runs I depend on GU (labeled gluten-free) when running over 8 miles. For hydration I use Nuun instead of traditional sports drinks because I can’t tolerate the sugar or artificial sweeteners when running. Post run I eat something with a nice balance of carbs and protein almost immediately. My current favorite is the NuGo Slim Brownie Crunch bar!

The most important indicator is how you feel during the run and afterwards. You may find that you need to tweak your diet by adding more protein or carbs. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another.

About the Author:

Kimberly Bouldin      
I am a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After my celiac diagnosis in 2006, I have made it my mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from “made from scratch” homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, I share my experiences and pass along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. I feel that I am a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans.

As I have journeyed down the road of racing over the past 3 years, I have tried many products that I now love and have tried equally as many that didn’t work for me. In addition to sharing my journey down the road of gluten-free living, I am also sharing my journey as I train for my upcoming races. This may include gluten-free fueling, race gear, shoes and more. Currently I am training for my 6th & 7th half marathons (April 22nd & May 5th) and hope to complete an additional 3 later this year, bringing my total half marathons run to 10.

Read Kimberly’s blog, Gluten-Free is Life, follow her on Twitter @gfreeislife, and like her facebook page.

 

 

 

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NuGO Slim: The First Almost Sugar-Free Protein Bar Without Maltitol or Artificial Sweeteners

NuGO SLIM Roasted PeanutWe are very excited to announce NuGO Slim, the first almost sugar-free high protein bar made without maltitol or artificial sweeteners! NuGO Slim bars are certified gluten-free, diabetic-friendly, and high in both protein and fiber. Goodness comes naturally with only 2 grams of sugar from REAL Dark Chocolate and chicory root, a natural dietary fiber.

Artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols, like maltitol, typically found in low-sugar and sugar-free bars, can cause gastric distress such as bloating, stomach cramps, and other pain. While other sugar-free bars use fake chocolate-flavored palm oil coatings sweetened with maltitol, NuGo Nutrition uses REAL Dark Chocolate as the coating on NuGO Slim to produce a truly delicious bar with no bad aftertaste!

Whether you are looking to lose weight or maintain your current weight, you will enjoy the three delicious flavors: Brownie Crunch, Roasted Peanut, and Raspberry Truffle. Brownie Crunch and Roasted Peanut are available in select stores and can be ordered online now. In October, Raspberry Truffle will be available for purchase as well as a sample pack featuring all three flavors.

Look at these great features of NuGO Slim:
• Almost Sugar-Free (2 grams of sugar)
• High Protein (15 grams)
• High Fiber (9 grams)
• 180 Calories
• All Natural
• No Maltitol or Artificial Sweeteners
• No High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Oils, or Trans Fats
• Low Glycemic
• Diabetic-Friendly
• Certified Gluten-Free
• OU Kosher Certified
• Made with REAL Dark Chocolate

If you are looking for certified gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and vegan protein bars, then NuGO FREE is the bar for you. With 28 NuGo bars to meet different lifestyle demands, it is easy for the whole family to make better snack choices.

If you or a family member eats gluten-free, then join us on our new gluten-free Facebook pageFollow us on Twitter, and like NuGo Nutrition on Facebook.

Coming in October: NuGO Slim Raspberry Truffle and a sample pack with all three flavors

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Healthy Gluten-Free and Vegan Side Dishes

Browse recipes for healthy gluten-free and vegan side dishes by visiting these great blogs. Many of these recipes use quinoa, a complete protein with a nutty flavor. To learn how to cook quinoa, watch this video from Carol Kicinski from Simply Gluten-Free. There is no reason for a boring gluten-free diet, filled with too much rice. Enjoy inspiration from these bloggers, and discover delicious gluten-free side dishes.

 

Join us on our gluten-free Facebook page to share your favorite healthy side dishes. View all of our gluten-free and vegan bars.

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Naturally Gluten-Free Snacks

If you need to eat gluten-free, the good news is that there are many healthy foods that are naturally gluten-free, including fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, eggs, dairy products, and gluten-free grains. Checkout this list of 25 Naturally Gluten-Free Snacks. Trail mix and dark chocolate are included in the list. Dark chocolate, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and almonds make a delicious combination in NuGO FREE Dark Chocolate Trail Mix bars, which are made from 100% natural ingredients.

NuGo 10 is another great option for a nutritious natural snack. With only 3 nuts, 3 fruits and 4 seeds, you are sure to be energized after eating this healthy bar. For more gluten-free snack ideas, visit the Gluten-Free Mommy blog. What are your favorite naturally gluten-free snacks?

 

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