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Get your running/walking sneakers on!

31 Mar
     As most of you know I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease back in 2008. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease cause by the intolerance to gluten.  Gluten is primarily found in wheat, barley, rye and certain oats. Since day 1 of my  diagnosis, I have done my best to adjust to a healthier lifestyle.  Beyond that, I got involved with Kicking 4 Celiac, an amazing non-profit.  My sister has joined the board with me as well.  Our foundation dedicates itself to helping raise awareness and providing a resource for children of all ages (and their families) who have been diagnosed with Celiac. You can check out the foundation website to learn more here: www.kicking4celiac.org.
     Last year, was the first annual Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation 5K Run/Walk in which I took part with my family and a few friends.  This year, I wanted to reach out to you to take part in the walk/run. The event will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Oyster Bay. My family has created a team “Young Wild and GFree,” which is named after this blog. We would love for you to come walk with us!  All money raised goes to The Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation’s scholarship fund.
     While the Gluten Free community has made tremendous progress over the past few years, we need to keep spreading the word to raise awareness!!
FYI:  If you’re not the running type, don’t fear – there’s a large group of walkers.  For those commuting in from NYC you can take the train to Oyster Bay which will let you off RIGHT in the parking lot where the 5K begins.
     Here is a link to the Young Wild & GFree Page:  Kicking 4 Celiac: Team Young Wild & GFree where you can join our team or make a donation.

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D’lites Frozen Yogurt

11 Nov

The best way to end a workout session or a long day is with a cup/cone of fro yo with delicious rainbow sprinkles.  I’m sometimes skeptical to try new places.  It’s happened too often when I’ve asked if a flavor is gluten free and an employees responded by saying, “Of course, all our flavors are low fat.”

Last summer I stumbled upon D’lites in Woodbury, Long Island.  It’s since closed down as there were some issues with the calorie and carb count. A friend told me there was another one in Greenvale.  I went as fast as I could to try it as I loved the flavors that were available in Woodbury.  The owners at the Greenvale location informed me that they were not at all affiliated with the Woodbury D’lites.

I think I tried every flavor and it was safe to say I had found another good frozen yogurt place.  All flavors are gluten free and they also offer cones.  To make you feel even safer the sprinkles are individually packaged.  I suggest you try it if you’re in the Long Island area.  Let me know what you think and if you fall in love like I did, be sure to get the punch card as it does get a little pricey.

5 Glen Cove Road  Greenvale, NY 11548

(516) 621-1345

D’lites of Greenvale

Once upon a time…

12 Jun

I frequented my favorite pizza places in the Jericho area, on Long Island without a care in the world. My order was always the same, “Two slices please, cut up in small pieces.” Then I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and this food that I enjoyed so much with my friends on a Saturday or at a birthday party was quickly eliminated from my diet.

It was not until recently that two pizzerias on Long Island, Fanatico and Café Dolce Vita, both added gluten free pizza to their menus. What’s nice about these places is that they are both very casual and are are great to grab a quick slice with your friends/children or sit down for a nice meal. The manager at Café Dolce Vita was a pleasure to deal with. I spoke with him and although they cook the gluten free pizza in an oven used for all pizza, they take the precaution of cooking gluten free in a separate pan to ensure there is no cross contamination.

Again, make sure to always ask questions as you having nothing to lose and everything to gain. Restaurants that have gluten free items on their resume was your feedback and want to make sure that you are enjoying your meal.

GF Pizza From Cafe Dolce Vita

So, I’m happy to tell you…once upon a time is no longer once upon a time…because I’m able to enjoy pizza again, and so are you! Let me know if you try it and what you think!

Long Island’s First 5K For Celiac Awareness

11 Jun

Well, I’m definitely writing this post with sore legs and a full stomach!  Yesterday Craig Pinto and The Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation teamed up with The Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland.  The “Making Tracks For Celiacs” was the first Celiac awareness 5k held on Long Island!  It’s events like this that make me feel so lucky to be involved with such a great foundation.  With about 200 walkers/runners the first year was a success to say the least.  I just wanted to share some new information…

I spent some time speaking with Louisa Rasmussen, a registered dietitian.  She herself understands what it’s like to be living a GF lifestyle.  Her concept GFreely is really great.  For 25 dollars a month you will receive a package with some delicious foods.  If you’re looking to eat something healthy and delicious, I highly recommend looking into this.  I tried the lentil salad and it was out of this world!  You can visit their http://gfreely.com/ for more information.

Next up, “Alyssa’s Gluten Free.”  Alyssa Pinto also recently diagnosed with Celiac has always been a foodie.  She has taken the time and effort to find the best recipes to leave you wanting more.  Yesterday I had her mini-cupcakes and kept going back for more.  Be sure to “like” her facebook page, because you are most definitely going to want to order some delicious treats!

Also, for those of you in the New York area, I am excited to be speaking at the R.O.C.K (Raising Our Celiac Kids) Meeting regarding attending college living a gluten free lifestyle.  The meeting on June 19th will start at 7:30 PM at Plainview – Old Bethpage Library.  Hope to see you there!  I’m so excited to speak about how Penn State Food Services has positively impacted my life!  Be sure to check out their website as well as they have great information.

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Opening Day

4 Jun

Between making a trip upstate to a quaint little town called Hudson, NY to visit my Uncles pool and taking a short drive out east to my Great Aunt and Uncles outdoor BBQ, deemed The Pavilion, there was not too much to be disappointed in this past Memorial Day. These are debatably two of the best parts of my summer.  I love my Yankees but when it comes to food, family and fun, the opening day of these two summer destinations take the (gfree) cake.

As someone who is Gluten Free it is easy to get sick from cross-contamination. For this reason, it’s VERY important to be vocal about your allergy, especially when you are a guest at someone else’s home.  I write you this post for those who may be shy, or have a family member who is Gluten Free, you will now be more open to asking the right questions.

I’ve learned throughout the past fours years, it’s much easier to explain the disease to someone thoroughly once then to uncomfortably answer questions for a lifetime.   I do understand it’s nerve-racking to approach the people you have the utmost respect for because you may feel like you are bossing them around but in fact, by telling them what you can and cannot eat at their home and how they can help make you feel comfortable, you are really helping them.

I have been fortunate enough to have family that goes above and beyond their calling.  While attending my Uncles house upstate, I was greeted by the aroma of chicken cooking on the grill.  The grill just sanitized also had all my food on it first as well to make sure I wouldn’t be sick from cross contamination.  I was also lucky that while my family was eating cake my uncles got me my favorite Hageen Daz ice cream to enjoy.  I felt so comfortable and that’s because my mom and I took the time once four years ago to explain everything to them.

On Sunday we attended a BBQ at my Great Aunt and Uncle’s house.  It’s really hard to even write this right now because the thought of homemade pizza sauce leaves me salivating! Their outdoor brick oven pizza is the main attraction of the summer and it brings my family together on many occasions.  I have been so fortunate enough to have a cousin and Aunt who searched high and low for the best gluten free dough so that I could enjoy the summer treats just like everyone else.  From enjoying the most delicious gluten free pizza, buns, cookies, cakes, and even eggplant I feel extremely fortunate that my family is aware of my dietary needs and will not settle for anything less from me than a food coma when leaving the BBQ.

The conclusion of my Memorial Day Weekend ended with a BBQ at a family friends house who was not familiar with my dietary needs. Knowing that my choices might be limited here, my mom and I discussed packing some treats. We went to the party with a bag of gluten free friendly goodies for me to snack on. In addition I brought my own chicken wrapped in tinfoil to cook on the BBQ.

My parents are also incredibly helpful and this past weekend my mom and sister picked up a delicious pie, cookies, and brownies from Wild Flours in Huntington on Long Island. I definitely recommend the treats here. I will follow up with more specifics about this Long Island based shop in a later post, but if you need a homemade sweet treat before then I suggest taking a little trip. My mom and sister came home raving about how nice the owner was and how she makes all of the food in the bakery.  Well, after tasting the food I can attest to the fact that the blueberry pie, brownies, and apple cinnamon muffins were out of this world.  It’s always great to find something new and delicious.  I’m looking forward to picking up some muffins to snack on.  Let me know if you check it out!!

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