Gluten-Free Myth 1: You’ll Gain Weight

One symptom of celiac disease is unexplained weight loss. If you’ve been there, you know why. If you haven’t, I envy you. Ain’t no fun always noting where every restroom in the world is, just in case you need to make a mad dash in that direction.

So, yeah, it makes sense that some celiac patients might gain weight after adopting a gluten-free diet. In many ways, this is a healthy thing. While I don’t know if you can be too rich, it is well-documented that you can be too thin. Part of regaining health for many who have celiac disease is returning to a healthy body mass, whatever that means for each person. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Myth 1: You’ll Gain Weight”

Gluten-Free Ingredient Crush: Lentils

How do I love lentils, let me count the ways….

At the risk of shaming my mother, I grew up in a lentil-free household. Yes, it’s true, there was nary a lentil to be seen in our house. We were not adventurous eaters (in my mother’s defense, feeding four plus children on a daily basis while working full-time was challenging enough). I was a registered adult before I had my first, delicious, addictive lentil. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Ingredient Crush: Lentils”

Gluten-Free Ingredient Crush: Sweet Potatoes

As I meal plan and cook, I find myself falling in love with certain ingredients (see: everything I’ve ever written about lentils), and using them in lots of creative ways. Gluten-Free Ingredient Crush posts will focus on those ingredients, and how they can amp up your gluten-free meals.

Recently, I wrote about sweet potatoes, and my love of this veggie has only increased. As a child, my only encounters with sweet potatoes came at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then, as part of a huge meal featuring more side dishes than I can comprehend to this day, the sweet potatoes were cooked in butter, covered with brown sugar, and, honestly, were left off the dessert table more from tradition than anything. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Ingredient Crush: Sweet Potatoes”