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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Gluten-Free at Aldi USA
We spoke and Aldi USA listened! According to the Aldi USA Facebook page, the gluten-free products are coming back! Yesterday, Aldi USA posted

"We heard you, ALDI fans! The ALDI exclusive LiveGfree product line will soon be in stores every day. "
You already know I am a fan of the Live GFree line at Aldi, but I am also a big fan of Aldi in general. They have good prices, decent selections, and now even more gluten-free food. Thank you Aldi USA for listening to your gluten-free customers and keeping the Live GFree line. You are about to gain even more loyal (celiac) customers!

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Monday, August 25, 2014
Gluten and Allergen Free Expo in New Jersey

In less than two weeks, The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is making its return to Seacaucus, New Jersey. On September 6 and 7, 2014, join hundreds of gluten-free friends as we check out all of the new products the gluten-free vendors have to offer.

I had a great time last year seeing old friends and meeting new ones, trying gluten-free products, and learning about new companies. It was a great time and NO ONE left hungry! I'm probably going on Sunday this year due to prior commitments on Saturday. I will be wearing a black t-shirt with the Meetup logo on it so please come find me!

I am excited to offer my Gluten-Free Fun readers 20% off their tickets. Just use this link and your discount will be applied.

I am also raffling off FOUR free tickets to two lucky winners. You will get two tickets per person if you win! Enter below.

See you there!

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Check out my photos from last year's GFAFExpo. Do you see yourself?

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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Celiac Disease and Depression
The news of Robin Williams's passing has brought the topic of depression front and center this week. Clearly Robin Williams suffered greatly and my heart goes out to his family and to his troubled soul. Depression is something that not many will openly talk about with anyone. It is uncomfortable to talk about it because many people are embarrassed and see depression as a weakness. Depression needs to be discussed, NOW, for tomorrow may be too late.

There is a link between Celiac Disease and Depression which is why I wanted to post about this today. I am not an expert but there are some websites I found that might be helpful to you if you believe you might have both Celiac and Depression. You are not crazy! The correlation between the two exists.

Here are the articles I have found:

Celiac Disease and Mental Health
Depression Common in Celiac Disease
Women with celiac disease suffer from depression, disordered eating
Neurologic and Psychiatric Manifestations of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity
Depressed? It May Be Celiac Disease
Gluten May Cause Depression in Subjects With Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity
Celiac Disease and Depression

I read a powerful quote by Robin Roberts in her book Everybody's Got Something a few months ago:
Seeing a therapist is not a sign of weakness but rather an acknowledgement that you don't have all the answers and you need help finding them.
This quote really stuck with me and I encourage anyone that is struggling to take that first step towards help. It could save your life. There is clearly a correlation between Celiac and Depression so please talk to your doctor, therapist, friend, family, religious leader, teacher, whoever will listen! It is ok to talk about Depression. You might be surprised who else you know and love is also struggling.

If you are depressed, please know there is help out there. You are not alone. The National Institute for Mental Health is a good resource and will give you some tips on how to seek help:

If you are suicidal, please seek help immediately at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
FDA Says: 'Gluten-Free' Now Means What It Says
I am back on the grid after a much-needed family vacation and tech hiatus. While I was gone, the FDA gluten-free labeling regulations went into effect. This is a huge milestone for our community. I highly recommend you read thew new regulations and also encourage you to subscribe to the FDA consumer updates. This will alert you about any mislabeled gluten-free products or recalls. You can also learn how to file a complaint about any companies that might be mis-using or abusing the gluten-free terms on their labels.

For all of the FDA gluten-free information, please click here.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Today is the Day: FDA Gluten-Free Labeling Rules
Today is a big day in the gluten-free and celiac community. Starting today, manufacturers of gluten-free products are required to abide by the FDA guidelines if they want to use the words "gluten-free" on their package. This is actually a HUGE win for our community and long overdue.

When I was on the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness webinar with the FDA two weeks ago, the speaker reiterated multiple times that these new rules are for the benefit of those with Celiac. Under these new rules, the manufactures using the "gluten-free label" must be compliant with 20ppm or less of gluten.

There are a lot more stipulations that are part of these new rules. Instead of writing them all out, I would like to point you to other websites that did a great job summarizing these new FDA gluten-free guidelines.

Foods Labeled Gluten-Free Must Now Be in Compliance with the FDA Gluten-Free Labeling Rule by Gluten-Free Watchdog

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness FDA Gluten-Free Labeling Rule by the NFCA

10 Things to Know About the FDA’s Gluten Free Labeling Rule by Amy Leger

All You Need to Know About the New Gluten-Free Labeling Rule by Simply Gluten-Free

Aug 5th Gluten Free FDA Labeling Just a Start by Celiac and the Beast

U.S. Gluten-Free Label Rules in Effect August 5 by Allergic Living

While I understand that not everyone agrees with all of these new FDA guidelines, I honestly cannot believe this day is here at all. As someone living with Celiac Disease for 33 years, I feel like our community has come a VERY long way in my lifetime. We are all our own advocates and the celiac community put up a good fight to get others to take our labeling needs seriously.

Congratulations to everyone that has contributed to this gluten-free labeling cause over the past 10+ years. This is just the beginning!

If you have also written about the new FDA labeling rules, please include your link in the comments below. I would prefer to keep this section as a resource page and not a place where you want to complain about the new guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Friday, August 1, 2014
Gluten-Free Fun Friday Funny: Twitter Gems
It's been a while since I posted a Friday funny. I thought these Tweets were rather amusing.

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