Gluten-Free School Meals During COVID-19

Q: Are schools required to provide GF meals during the COVID-19 pandemic? The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has enabled the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) across all 50 states, as well as DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, to serve non-congregate meals at school sites during school …

GF Hospital Food

Q: Do you have any suggestions for me to get GF food while I am in the hospital? Hospitals are required to provide you with gluten-free (GF) foods during your stay. Celiac disease (CD) is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and as such they are required by law to accommodate the GF diet. For a …

What to eat after being glutened

Q: What are the best foods to eat after being “glutened”? Getting exposed to gluten is no fun and can happen to any of us despite our best efforts. Unfortunately, there is not much one can do once gluten has accidentally been ingested, but here are some tips that might be helpful for recovery following a gluten exposure: Just a …

Weight gain

Q: Why do I weigh more since going gluten-free? A side-effect of going on the gluten-free (GF) diet is sometimes weight gain. It could be due to several things: Here are some tips to stay healthy on a GF diet: Decreasing sugar: https://nationalceliac.org/celiac-disease-questions/how-can-i-find-gluten-free-items-with-less-sugar/ Decreasing salt: https://nationalceliac.org/celiac-disease-questions/reducing-salt-and-sugar-in-gf-foods/ How to increase fiber in the GF diet: Eat less processed GF foods and …

Tolerating beans

Q: I just switched to a plant-based diet and I am having a hard time tolerating beans is this normal? It is quite common to react to beans and high quantities of fiber when first introduced. It is best to introduce high fiber foods like beans gradually. Beans contain indigestible carbohydrates called oligosaccharides. Humans lack the enzyme to break them down …

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) or non-celiac wheat sensitivity (NCWS)

Q: Can you address non celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS)? How is it diagnosed? What are the symptoms of NCGS?  What are possible complications with NCGS vs celiac disease? What is the treatment? Non-celiac gluten sensitivity, also called non-celiac wheat sensitivity (NCWS) is a much-debated, poorly understood, and intensely researched condition in the celiac scientific community. The term NCWS also includes …

Why can I NOT tolerate GF oats?

Q: Why can I NOT tolerate GF oats?  The reaction I have is not as severe like when I’ve inadvertently gotten into gluten in the past but I still react w/mild GI symptoms.  Mainly gas and bloating.  I REALLY miss eating oats and they are not considered an allergen so I have to check the ingredients even when it’s labeled …

Support for a low FODMAP diet

Q: I have celiac disease and follow the gluten-free diet. I also have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Where can I find online support for following the Low FODMAP diet? First, a very brief review of the Low FODMAP Diet:  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be a co-existing disorder found in patients with celiac disease and other diseases where the motility …

Reducing salt and sugar in GF foods

Q: Gluten-free food has too much salt and sugar, any suggestions? Yes, it is true that gluten-free processed foods often have higher salt and sugar content than their regular counterparts. The food industry loves to add those in to increase the palatability of the food. Here are some things you can do to optimize nutrition and reduce salt and sugar: …

Dietary supplements to help with hair loss

Q: Are there dietary supplements to help with hair loss? I have been gluten-free for decades, but in the last 3 years or so am experiencing significant scalp hair loss. Hair loss can be due to multiple causes, below are the most common ones: I would recommend that you see your doctor to evaluate your hair loss and have appropriate …