Celiac Awareness in Kansas City

Here is an article I received from St. Luke’s South Hospital in my hometown of Kansas City:

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that is triggered by consuming the protein called gluten (found in wheat, barley, and rye). Three million Americans have celiac disease, but only 200,000 know that they have it! Celiac disease is hereditary; therefore, if you are diagnosed with it, your first- and second-degree relatives should be screened also.

Symptoms of the disease are diarrhea, abdominal pain, irritability, depression, bloating, gas, delayed growth, unexplained anemia, weight loss, headaches, constipation, thin bones, fatigue, joint pain, canker sores inside the mouth, itchy skin rash, discolored teeth, and others. The treatment for the disease is a life-long gluten-free diet.

During the month of May, Saint Luke’s South has activities planned to raise awareness and increase knowledge of celiac disease and how to live gluten-free. Click here for a list of activities — (information shown below). Celiac disease will also be featured at one of the SLS Family Health Festival booths June 4. For more information, contact Veronica Besch, Meda Bower, Barb Coyle, Renee Ilk, Ruth Kolb, Kelley Riley, or Trevor Thomas.

-Tri-fold Poster in the main lobby with flyers and disease information


-Information table in the cafeteria on May 17th

Gluten-free recipes and other handouts

Gluten-free food samples

Display of gluten-free food products

Chance to win T-shirts and other prizes


-Gluten-free entrée on May 17th featuring:

Pulled pork barbecue (with gluten-free bun and gluten-free sauces)

Sautéed fresh vegetables

Pasta salad (made with quinoa pasta)

Luscious lemonade cake – also gluten-free!


-Lunch and Learn (for SLS Staff) May 18th taught by:

Dr. Wendell Clarkston, Gastroenterology Physician, in the SLS Wellness Conference Room from Noon to 1:00pm.

This program will offer 1.0 CNE.  You can sign up on HealthStream or just show up that day.


-Listen for a SLS promotion on KMBZ.

It is very exciting to see this kind of celiac awareness being spread in Kansas City, especially among the medical community.  I am going to attend the lunch on the 17th!

New PF Chang's Gluten Free Menu

I love Chinese food and being able to eat it anywhere is one of the things I miss the most, especially the buffets!  PF Chang’s has become a favorite of mine because of their gluten free menu and because the quality of food is very good. I have only had good experiences there, and they have not broken my trust that they take all of the precautions and are 100% gluten free.

“P.F. Chang’s upholds a rigorous gluten free cooking process to ensure the dietary safety of guests with celiac disease. The restaurant’s staff takes all the necessary measures of precaution during the preparation and serving of gluten free dishes.”

I am very excited to learn that PF Chang’s has expanded their gluten free menuPRESS RELEASE

“The newly expanded Gluten Free Menu features the following items:

Starter:
GF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps – $7.95

Soup:
GF Egg Drop Soup Cup – $2.95/Bowl – $5.95

Noodles:
GF Singapore Street Noodles – $9.95

Rice:
GF P.F. Chang’s Fried Rice – $7.95/Combo – $9.95

Vegetarian:
GF Buddha’s Feast – $7.50

Sides:
GF Spinach Stir-Fried with Garlic
GF Garlic Snap Peas
GF Shanghai Cucumbers
Small: $2.95/Large: $4.95

Dessert:
GF Flourless Chocolate Dome – $5.95

Lunch Bowls:
GF Buddha’s Feast – $7.25
GF Shrimp with Lobster Sauce – $8.95
GF Moo Goo Gai Pan – $8.95
GF Beef with Broccoli – $8.95
GF Pepper Steak – $8.95

Entrées:
GF Shrimp with Lobster Sauce – $12.95
GF Moo Goo Gai Pan -$13.25
GF Ginger Chicken With Broccoli – $12.75
GF Philip’s Better Lemon Chicken – $12.95
GF Chang’s Spicy Chicken – $12.95
GF Chang’s Lemon Scallops – $14.95
GF Salmon Steamed With Ginger – $17.95
GF Cantonese Shrimp or Scallops – $14.95
GF Mongolian Beef – $14.95
GF Beef with Broccoli – $11.95
GF Beef a La Sichuan – $13.95
GF Pepper Steak – $13.25
GF Hong Kong Beef with Snow Peas – $10.25
GF Dali Chicken – $12.95″

I already have my next visit planned:   Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps & Chang’s Spicy Chicken with Chan’s Fried Rice

Who is this “Chang” guy anyway?  I need to meet him!


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Gluten Free Diet Foods: What I’ve Been Eating

Do diets always consist of boring and bland food?  NO!

There is no way I could stick with a diet if I couldn’t still eat foods that taste good and eat a variety of foods.  Especially in the beginning, I have stuck to 45% protein, 35% carbs, and 20% fats in each meal.  My daily total of calories started at 2300 and has slowly dropped to around 1800-1900 calories per day.

I do eat a lot of boring and bland foods, because they are quick and easy to make, but I usually have one “good” meal each day which takes a little more time and preparation.  Below, is a photo gallery of some of the “good” meals I have made.  Each one sticks pretty close to the nutritional breakdown of 45/35/20.  Some of these meals I portion out and save some for later.

I try and use any kind of sauce or dressing in moderation… something that is new to me.  Wild Thymes and San J have a wide variety of sauces that help keep my meals interesting.

I don’t have any photos of my breakfasts, because those are usually the boring ones.  I usually have 2 whole eggs, 4 egg whites, a red potato(or brown rice), and some vegetables(onions and green peppers).

You will even see some fried chicken!  Believe it or not, with the chicken, corn meal, eggs, and olive oil, the nutritional facts are pretty much perfect.  I may be a little over on the oil sometime, but I am usually lacking in my fats each day.

No, I didn’t drink the Redbridge beer… that was only put there for the effect.

Diets don’t always consist of boring foods!

Gluten Free Sick Day Foods

A while back someone asked me “what are some good foods to eat when you are sick?”  I don’t get sick too often, BUT today I am!  It seems like when you are sick, you crave unhealthy, soothing foods.

I really want to hear from you about what you eat when you are sick.

My personal favorites:

  • Orange Sherbet
  • Warm Apple Cider
  • Orange Juice
  • Soups

Here is a screen shot of General Mills Progresso Soups that are gluten free:

Progresso Soups

What I’ve Been Eating- PICS

Well, I’ve been 100% Gluten Free for 9 months.  I thought it was going to much tougher than it has been to eat gluten free 100% of the time.  I can’t recall a time when I have been a big inconvenience or not found something to eat.  Overall, I am eating much healthier than I used to.  I lost some weight at first, but quickly found ways to replace my old favorite foods.

Like I frequently say, I don’t really buy the gluten free “imitation” foods in the stores, and rarely do I splurge and go to gluten free restaurants due to the high cost.   So, it may appear that a lot of my foods resort back to chicken, vegetables, and fruits, but I am able to do infinite variations of these to keep it interesting and usually healthy.

Here is a little recap of the past few months of the things I took photos of….