Common Sources of Hidden Gluten

I spoke with a group of dietitians at the Northern Arizona Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Spring Conference last week. My presentation topic was treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) with the Low FODMAPs diet. While the Low FODMAPs diet is effective at managing the  symptoms associated with IBS, the point I wanted to communicate is that IBS […]

Distilled Alcohol and Gluten, Part 1

Is distilled alcohol from gluten-containing grains, e.g. vodka or whiskey made from barely or rye gluten free? The short answer is yes. I believe that they are gluten free based on the fact that process of distillation separates the gluten protein from the vapors used to make alcohol. My certainty had been called into question […]

Advocate for Yourself

A new study found that when doctors performed endoscopies on people complaining of diarrhea, weight loss, iron deficiency, or anemia, intestinal biopsies to test for celiac were performed only 40-50% of the time. This is shocking given that 1.) diarrhea, weight loss, iron deficiency and anemia are classic signs of celiac disease, 2.) an endoscopy […]

Who Can Eat Domino’s Gluten Free Pizza?

Domino’s released a gluten-free pizza crust earlier this month and it has created quite a stir in the world of celiac. Here are the facts as I understand them: Domino’s wanted to create a gluten-free pizza and sought out partnership from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). I don’t know why Domino’s wanted to […]

Gluten-free grains that everyone should eat

I find it somewhat troubling that the gluten-free diet focus so heavily on what you CAN’T eat rather than focusing on what you CAN eat. Since there are way more foods that you CAN eat on a gluten-free diet, it’s called “gluten-free” because that’s a little easier to verbalize than describing the diet by what […]

Celiac is Unique, Get Tested

There are many reasons for people to follow a gluten-free diet: The Paleo diet advocates for a gluten-free diet. Gluten-containing foods contain lectins, which may not be good for us. Gluten is in a lot of processed foods that aren’t good for us. Gluten is a difficult to digest protein, which may cause digestive upset […]

How to Pursue a Diagnosis of Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is hugely undiagnosed. I meet with at least one person per week who has multiple signs and symptoms of celiac disease who is searching for an answer. The answer may be gluten-free diet, but how do you know definitively if you have celiac disease? Here are the tests available to help to diagnose […]

Why Do You Feel Better on a Gluten-Free Diet?

If you feel better on a gluten-free diet, the next question is, “why”. If you don’t ask “why” you will potentially miss something. Some people feel a dramatic change in their overall wellbeing or their digestion improves or their bone and joint pain disappears or the cloud of depression begins to lift. Some people will […]

“I Tried a Gluten-Free Diet and Feel Better”

“I tried a gluten-free diet and feel better.” “I tried an elimination diet and feel better.” “I tried the Paleo diet and feel better.” These are increasingly common statements that I hear across my desk. A few years ago, the statement was similar but different: “I tried a low-carb diet and feel better.” In fact, […]

Fertility Foods

National Infertility Awareness Week is next week, April 22 to 28, and so I wanted to kick off the week early with my live KVOA segment “Fertility Foods”. I talked a bit about foods that promote fertility in both men and women. Infertility is the inability to conceive after one year of trying to conceive. […]

Secrets to Manage IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be a frustrating condition to live with. It may seem like your digestive system has a mind of it’s own…and in a way that is the reality. Much of your nervous system resides in your digestive tract, which is why stress and sleep both significantly impact IBS. There are many […]

Low FODMAPs Diet

Last week live on KVOA, I spoke about probiotics and prebiotics and how certain foods can help manage IBS and digestive complaints. In this TV segment I mentioned that IBS is often misdiagnosed and that may people with IBS have an intolerance to one or multiple foods. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), lactose intolerance and […]