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Don't Forget your Strategies! - How to Stay Gluten Free Over the Holidays

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 22, 2018 5:00:00 AM / by Isadora Guggenheim & Winter Ninivaggi



Thanksgiving is next week so it is time to prepare to use your expert gluten dodging skills! With all of the glaring, rolling eyes and off putting comments about your very real gluten intolerance it can be hard to walk into Thanksgiving confidently that none of that will derail you. 

You know that if you eat one of those warm rolls or cookies that someone has conveniently placed directly in front of you that you will spend the rest of your holiday with abdominal cramping, mood swings, a headache, irritability or worse, in the bathroom. 

Not to worry! You will be cool, calm and collected while you duck and weave through your holiday effortlessly and gluten free! Here are your  HARDCORE STRATEGIES! Defend your holiday health! And don't forget to check out this years gluten free recipe! 

When They Say, You Say..

Here are some strategic responses for those persistent relatives!

They Say: " A little gluten won't hurt you." 

You Say:  " Even something as small as a crumb can prompt my immune system to flare up and cause damage. It is like putting a malatov cocktail in a fire!" 

They Say: "You're Faking it" "You're being a DRAMA QUEEN" 

You Say: "I've been tested by a doctor! I have a real medical condition!" 

They Say: "Didn't they just prove it wasn't real?" "I tried that to lose weight, but it didn't do anything for me."

You Say:  " Dr. Fasano and his team of researchers at John Hopkins University confirmed that gluten-sensitivity is real." "This is not a fad diet, it is a medical condition, and sometimes you lose weight due to inflammatory weight gain caused by GLUTEN"

They Say: "What do you mean you can't eat gluten?  "I made all this food!"

You Say:  "Thank you, for thinking of me. Next time I will introduce you to some gluten free recipes that will be delicious for everyone."   

Life begins after gluten!

This year, enjoy some gluten free stuffing!

Cracking under the pressure and eating gluten is always filled with regret and belly aches. The best way for me is to always be ahead of the game and know what the gluten free options are.

Stay gluten-free this holiday season! There is life after gluten, and it's wonderful! There is even life after grains. We find those battling acute autoimmune diseases do better by omitting grains completely for a short period of time so the intestinal microbiome can heal. Whether you are vegan, Paleo, Ketogenic or somewhere in between, omitting grains might be a great dietary healing tool.

If you think you might be living with a gluten sensitivity or Celiac go see Dr. G. She understands that your allergies and sensitivities to gluten are real and will work with you and test for true food allergies and sensitivities and help you make your next step! We offer ALCAT food sensitivity testing that has been published in a leading gastrointestinal journal.

Stop feeling sick all the time, go see Dr. G !

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 This recipe comes

  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Cups Onion finely chopped
  • 2 Cups Celery finely chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Garlic minced
  • 14 slices Gluten Free White Sandwich Bread cut into large cubes*
  • 1 2/3 Cup Chicken broth ** NOT reduced sodium
  • 4 tsps Fresh parsley minced + additional for garnish
  • 1 tsp Poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Sage powder
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium/high heat. Add in the chopped onion, celery and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown and soft, about 8-10 minutes
  3. Place the cut bread cubes into a large mixing bowl, and add in the cooked onion mixture. Toss to mix well and evenly coat the bread in the onion mixture.
  4. Pour the chicken broth over the cubes and gently mix until they're evenly moistened.
  5. Add in the fresh parsley, poultry seasoning, sage powder and a few pinches of pepper and gently toss to mix the spices evenly among the bread cubes. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish.
  6. Bake until the top of the stuffing is lightly crisp and golden brown, about 50-60 minutes.
  7. Garnish with additional fresh parsley, if desired and DEVOUR!





 Taylor. (2018, November 01). Easy Gluten Free Stuffing. Retrieved from



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