Recipe – Apple Currant Salad via T. R. Crumbley

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“Apple Currant Salad”

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 3-4 salads


  • 1/2 small yellow onion
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 4 oz baby lettuce
  • 2 oz frisee
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


Slice the onion. In a small saucepan sautee the onion until caramelized. Set aside.

Slice the apple, and toss with the onion, currants, lettuce and frisee.

In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, mustard, and oil. Add to the salad mix and toss until the greens are coated. Lightly salt and pepper.

T.R. Crumbley
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Everyday Culture Eating vs. the Celiac Diet

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Good day to you.  You might find the title of this blog a little intriguing.  I hope it causes your curiousity to be aroused.

I define “everyday culture eating” as the following:  the majority of the human population eats whatever they want, whenever they want, and however they want.  This includes a highly regarded staple of that culture:  gluten.

How does that “highly regarded staple” called gluten relate to you, celiac?  In short, a major inconvenience.  As a result, it becomes your responsibility to be your own detective to decide which foods are ‘safe’ and which foods are ‘not safe’ to ingest.   Therefore, you are expected to read every ingredient label; contact food manufacturers; and educate yourself on whether or not a food item is gluten-free. 

That said, there’s good news!  We are in the 21st century and the “Information Age.”  Celiacs, you no longer have the excuse of saying:  “I didn’t know there was gluten in that.”  Why?  Because you have the means of researching the Internet in regard to your dietary needs.  You have the wherewithal to research gluten-free food items easily and know what is safe for you to ingest.  You also have the means to empower yourself to be on the same “playing field” as others – the “everyday culture eating.”  Gluten is not the “end all and be all” dietary ingredient item most would have you believe. 

Empower yourself, celiac, to research what is good for you and your diet.  Then, share your information with others so they may become educated as well.  There is never “too much information” one can have, or pay forward,  in regard to having a healthy gluten-free diet.

In closing, I know how difficult it can be in surviving as a celiac and maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet.  Likewise, I know it is the same for you.  Please educate, and also advocate these nuggets of knowledge as it’s the only way all of us can succeed in being celiac.

Research, educate, and advocate all celiac and gluten-free – and autoimmune disease awareness for March.

Peace be with you.

Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month – March

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Good day to you.  It’s March, therefore it’s Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month.  Firstly, what are autoimmune diseases and what are their symptoms?  Here’s a link outlining the definition of what those autoimmune diseases are: http://url.ie/e84j.  Additionally, here’s a great link which can help educate you in regard to autoimmune diseases and symptoms:  http://url.ie/e84h via @NativeRemedies (https://twitter.com/#!/nativeremedies).

Now that you’re aware of what autoimmune diseases are, I’d like to bring to your attention on how autoimmune disease not only affects celiacs (see associated link here:  http://url.ie/e84a), but others with other autoimmune diseases.  What are those autoimmune diseases? Here’s a link to a short list: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Autoimmune/default.asp.  Note there are many more diseases associated as autoimmune.  If you are  interested, you should look them up on the Internet via the Search Engine of your choice.

Many people think gluten has an affect on exacerbating autoimmune disease symptoms.  Here’s an example via the following link:  http://url.ie/e84p

If you are celiac, or otherwise survive other autoimmune  diseases, please free to forward this post to educate others.  In fact, I implore you to.  Please advocate Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month – March.  Thank you.

Research, educate, and advocate all celiac and gluten-free – & autoimmune disease for March.

Peace be with you.

The Daily Struggle for Celiac Diet and Nutrition


Good day to you.  We all know being diagnosed as a celiac is not easy nor convenient in regard to a gluten-free diet so as to get the nutrition we need.

That said, celiacs also have nutrient absorption issues due to our disease.  Erin Elberson (https://twitter.com/#!/ErinElberson) explains this quite well in her blog (http://www.glutenfreefitness.com) per this link:  http://www.glutenfreefitness.com/common-nutrient-absorption-issues-with-celiac-and-what-to-do-about-it/.  Therefore, having good nutrition in a celiac’s diet is that much more important.

Why am I broaching the subject of the celiac diet in correlation to nutrition?  On the Twitter feed, I’ve been observing a dis-proportionate number of tweets pertaining to dessert or sweet recipes versus the number of tweets in regard to food entrees or side dish recipes.  This observation troubles me as it causes me to wonder if the celiac is eating with “nutrition and health” in mind, or with “satiating cravings” in mind.  Fellow tweep Heather Spurley (https://twitter.com/#!/catalytic1) is of the opinion celiacs approach their daily diet with the “gluten diet” in the back of their mind and wanting to recreate that diet gluten-free.  Fellow tweep T. R. Crumbley (https://twitter.com/#!/TRCrumbley) agrees with Heather but also observes:  “its … easier to make a savory dish #glutenfree than desserts.”

Now the kicker – if Heather’s opinion is factual, then be advised the typical daily “gluten diet” is not followed with nutrition as its foundation; therefore, neither is the typical celiac diet.  Why do I say this?  Simple.  The “gluten diet” is full of empty carbohydrates such as muffins, cakes, cookies, breads, bagels and the like.  Don’t forget “snacks” such as Sun Chips, pretzels, Wheat Thins, and Goldfish crackers.  Then there’s meals which include macaroni and cheese, pancakes, Ramen Noodles, dumplings and so on.  Do you see where I’m going here?  None of the aforementioned items are considered nutrient dense.  If Heather’s opinion is factual, the celiac wants to emulate that “gluten diet” as gluten-free.  This means the aforementioned items are now made or purchased gluten-free.  Are you starting to see the correlation between the typical daily celiac diet with lacking nutrition and health?

Nutrition as the foundation of a typical daily celiac diet should include more complex carbohydrates and fiber such as vegetables and fruits; and proteins such as legumes and nuts (dairy and meats in moderation if tolerated).  Other aspects of the celiac diet can include treats of the “less healthful kind” but should be ingested in moderation.  Disclaimer:  I am not a Registered Dietitian nor a Medical Practitioner.  Please consult with your Registered Dietitian or Medical Practitioner in regard to following the best nutrition-based celiac diet for you.

There are bonus side affects for nutrition as the base of your celiac diet:

  • You are less likely to crave unhealthy snacks because your body is getting the nutrition required for homeostasis (and you are too full eating healthily)
  • You are more likely to feel better as you are absorbing more nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals required for homeostasis
  • You are less likely to cheat with or accidently ingest gluten because you are more aware of what you are ingesting
  • You are more likely to advocate your nutrition-based celiac diet to other celiacs because you feel so much better

Agreed, the celiac diet is not easy.  It’s even more difficult using nutrition as the base of this diet.  However, I think if you approach your celiac diet with nutrition as its foundation your body will thank you and you will be more healthy.

Research, educate, and advocate all celiac and gluten-free.

Peace be with you.

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