Archive for March, 2010

USA Today Article: Putting a Face on Food Allergies

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Awhile back USA Today ran an article that discusses real-life stories of folks living with food allergies, celiac disease and food intolerances.

The article is great.  Why? It was definitely an article that I could relate too. I “got” what almost every person had experienced or felt when eating out in restaurants, going to an event or party, or traveling.

I especially connected with hurting the feelings of well-meaning friends and relatives that have made food-preparation mistakes, the statement that a food allergy or celiac can be “socially isolating” and the difficulty in managing a normal social life in food-centric world.

Every time I pick up a newspaper or magazine there are more and more articles about food allergies and celiac disease, which is enormous for all of us. The more that every member of our society reads, hears and, most importantly, understands food allergies & celiac disease, the better and safer all of our lives will be.

Friday Favorite: Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

When I am looking for a low-cal and satisfying snack, that is also good for me, I un-wrap a Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedge. Spread on celery sticks, or gluten-free crackers it is one of my favorites. 

According to the Laughing Cow website, all of the Laughing Cow products are gluten-free.

And although it is suggested to keep the wedges refrigerated for the “best taste & texture”, the Laughing Cow website says that “they can be safely stored in cool, dry conditions for a limited length of time…”. Making the Laughing Cow Wedges a perfect choice for lunch boxes and snacks on the go.

And at only 35 calories a wedge, I can laugh my way all the way to the gym knowing that I only need to work-out half as hard… =) Isn’t that the way it works?

Win-It-Wednesday: Moondance Heavenly Desserts

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

After having numerous members send us email raving about Moondance Gluten-free Desserts, I just had to give them a try myself. I just wish all these members had also told me that these desserts are very difficult to stop eating after just one slice!

Made in a gluten-free facility by Shelley Ritchie, who was diagnosed with a wheat and gluten allergy several years ago, this gal knows how to bake! After not being able to find a truly decadent gluten-free dessert and with her frustrations building, Shelley decided to perfect her own recipes into a magical gluten-free line of products.

Moondance products will bring you to the moon and back again.

Some of the products offered in the Moondance line are Chewy Fudge, Walnut or Buttery Brownies; or the Moondance Cheesecakes, some of the flavors include the Classic Cheesecake, Raspberry Ribbon Cheesecake or my favorite the Butter Toffee Cheesecake (made with handmade butter toffee crumbles – YUM!). All of the cheesecakes are made with a shortbread pecan crust.

Watch out Cheesecake Factory!

Prepare yourself by unbuckling your belt and re-adjust it a few notches, and enter to win this week’s BeFreeForMe’s Win-It-Wednesday sponsored by the amazingly decadent Moondance Heavenly Desserts. Two (Yes 2!) Lucky BeFreeForMe members will win a dozen chewy, fudgy brownies (6 of the fudge & 6 of the walnut).

How can you win?

Reply to this blog and tell us what is so heavenly in your life that it brings you to the moon… and back again! (Me? Finding new gluten/allergen free products that are yummy and star gazing with the guy I love on clear crisp evenings).

All entries must be received by Tuesday, March 9th at 12 midnight EST.

Good Luck, Take note of the magical things in your life… and as always,

Be Free!

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