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How to Stay Gluten Free Over the Holidays!

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 24, 2022 10:00:00 AM / by Isadora Guggenheim & Winter Ninivaggi

Gluten Free 2023

A reminder on how to stay gluten free and new recipe!

Do you feel like you're trapped and embarrassed around the holidays because your family just does not understand your gluten allergy?

Do you have a family member or friend who says things like, "in my day no one had all these allergies" or "people today are always complaining".  Even worse, do you have someone who becomes insulted when you refuse to eat something that they have prepared, even though it will make you sick?

I have a severe nut allergy  and struggle with eating gluten as well.  I have heard and encountered these issues many times.  Sometimes it can be really hard to stand your ground during these types of confrontations especially when you are surrounded by family during the holidays. 

You know that your gluten intolerance is REAL and affects you in some pretty major ways.  Below are a few responses to some of the outrageous things that are said to us.  Remember, your allergy effects you and not them

We have also included a delicious gluten free cookie recipe!

If you believe that you may be suffering from a gluten insensitivity, Celiac's disease or other food allergies contact  Dr. Guggenheim today. She will listen and get you tested ASAP! 

Food allergies are very serious and should not go ignored. 

Contact Dr. G Today!

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 Molotov 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."   

 Here is a Gluten free cookie recipe that the whole family will enjoy! This one's from Betty Crocker

Gluten-Free Chocolate Marshmallow Pillows


-1/2 cup butter, softened
-1 egg
-1 cup Bob's Red Mill gluten free all purpose baking flour

1/2 cup gluten free chocolate chips
-2/3 cup chopped pecans
-15 large marshmallows, cut in half


-1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
-1/3 cup whipping cream or non-dairy topping or whipped coconut cream 
-1 teaspoon organic butter
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, stir 1/2 cup butter and the egg until blended. Stir in cookie mix until soft dough forms. Stir in pecans. Onto ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 3 inches apart.
  • 2 Bake 8 minutes. Remove from oven; immediately press marshmallow half lightly, cut side down, on top of each cookie. Bake 1 to 2 minutes longer or just until marshmallows begin to soften. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in medium microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High about 1 minute, stirring until smooth. Add whipping cream, 1 teaspoon butter and the vanilla; blend well. Stir in powdered sugar until smooth.
  • 4 Spread frosting over each cooled cookie, covering marshmallow. Let stand until frosting is set.

Remember life begins after gluten. 




Topics: Allergies, Autoimmune Disease, Gut Repair, Healthy Living, Body Health

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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