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Jan 09 2018

Meeting the Parents for the First Time? Here’s How to Not Freak Them Out About Your Celiac Disease

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You can impress these two people and your celiac disease won’t get in the way. Photo on Visual hunt

Your new relationship is going great! So great that your hunky boyfriend or dazzling girlfriend wants to take things to the next level. That’s right, you’ve just earned a primo invitation to meet the parents. This age-old tradition comes laden with any number of landmines, but your job is harder than most. Not only do you have to convince Daddy and Mommy dearest that you aren’t about to break the heart of their offspring, but you also have to navigate all the normal challenges of introducing newbies to your Celiac disease. Here’s five tips on how to deal:

1.      Ask Your Partner to Prep Their Parents

Let’s assume that your boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents are nominally normal – you’ll learn about all the skeletons in the closet at a later date. They want to give you the benefit of the doubt and will make at least a basic effort to be accommodating. In this case, ask your BF or GF to play diplomat and let their parents know of your condition before your first meeting. This will give your possible future in-laws a chance to learn about the disease and make reasonable accommodations before your visit, such as not greeting you at the door with “Mom’s famous cookies.”

2.      Be Understanding…

It can be difficult for gluten-loving households to really, truly get what life is like for someone with Celiac. They may assume you are like their Aunt Darla who is cutting back on gluten but can always be “persuaded” to gobble down ten brownies at any party. Be understanding that your BF’s or GF’s parents may forget and offer you something with gluten (heck, they may not realize that the gravy has gluten in it). They may have no idea that even using the same pan with gluten in it for non-gluten dishes can set you off. Try to be as clear as possible about these risks without coming across as mean, hysterical, or dictatorial.

3.      … but Also Be Firm

At the same time, be firm. You may desperately want to make a good impression, but not at the expense of spending the next week on the toilet. If you are offered a gluten dish, politely decline. As nicely as possible, double check ingredients and how food was prepared. If you can’t eat certain dishes, ask about alternatives and show gratitude for any accommodations made for you.

4.      Be Open About Your Disease

Celiac is nothing to hide or be ashamed of. It is simply a condition you must manage. In fact, speaking openly about your condition and inviting questions can help your BF’s or GF’s parents start to understand how dangerous it can be if you ingest even a little gluten. Note: this does not give you free reign to describe your horrid bouts of diarrhea or constipation over dinner. You want these people to actually like you, remember!

One more thing to note. Be graceful, even if you get pushback. Some people confuse gluten sensitivity with Celiac or even think Celiac isn’t a real thing. If worse comes to worse, that the parents act like jerks, just be grateful that ignorance isn’t 100% heritable.

5.      Be the Host

The best way to avoid any gluten-related mishaps and to take the pressure off your BF’s or GF’s parents is to either suggest a non-food related meeting or to host dinner yourself. This way, you can be in control of the menu and the cooking process. If your future in-laws want to bring something, suggest a couple of non-gluten options. (Who doesn’t love a good veggie side?)

When you don’t have to worry about whether gluten could be lurking in every dish (because you did all the cooking), you can focus on being your natural, charming self. We know that you can do it!

Good luck meeting the parents!

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Dec 19 2017

Five Romantic New Year’s Dates

Published by under Dating,Events,Holidays

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How about toasting New Year’s on an exotic beach? Just one of our handy New Year’s dates. Photo via VisualHunt

If you’ve met someone special this year, you have an extra reason to celebrate New Year’s. It can be your chance to say a fond farewell to lots of good memories as well as a way to start the new year off right. As New Year’s approaches, now is the time to start thinking of some romantic date ideas. Forget the crowded ball drop – not super romantic when you’re sharing space with a few thousand strangers. Here are some New Year’s Eve date ideas with some sizzle.

Go to a Ball

If you don’t mind dropping a little money to make this New Year’s Eve something truly unforgettable, check out what the top hotels in your city are doing. Many of them throw big parties that include multi-course meals, live bands, and dancing in a huge ballroom. Some even include party themes.

Sail Away

If you live near a harbor or lake (or don’t mind taking a road trip), you can almost certainly find romantic New Year’s Eve cruises available. These can range from full-on party boats – with live bands playing on multiple decks and free-flowing bars – to smaller, more exclusive yachts. For the ultimate in luxury, surprise your someone special by renting your own boat or yacht.

A Night Under the Stars

Want to up the romance without draining your bank account? This idea only requires a tank of gas. As the sun sets, drive your special honey to a secluded place where you won’t face light pollution. Spread a blanket or just lay on the hood of your cars and watch the stars. The benefit of this plan is that you’ll definitely need to cuddle for warmth as you talk about the future or remember your favorite memories from the last year.

Stay at Home

Who says you need to go out to create a romantic date for New Year’s? Honestly, romance is all about putting thought and time into creating a special experience for the one you love. Your romantic date can be as simple as making a delicious dinner, dropping a few rose petals, and drawing a bubble bath to share. Make sure to include a bottle of champagne and glasses to clink when the clock ticks down.

Surprise Getaway

If you’re feeling run down from the holidays or wishing for something other than endless cold and darkness, now is the time to splurge on a surprise getaway. Go someplace warm and sunny, like Cancun, Hawaii, or Miami and celebrate New Year’s outside without a parka on. Now that’s how you make special memories for the new year.

Got ideas for romantic New Year’s dates? Let us know what you’re doing for the new year in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

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Dec 05 2017

Wow Your Friends with These 20 Gluten-Free Holiday Treats at Your Next Holiday Party

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Yum! All the gluten-free holiday treat ideas you could ever want. Photo on Visualhunt

The holidays are synonymous with food, which can be a big risk if you are living the gluten-free life (by choice or necessity). Tis the season to find the break room filled with cookies, have your mother-in-law bake her famous rolls for Thanksgiving yet again, and to gather invites to endless Christmas and holiday celebrations that all include copious amounts of gluten-filled foods.

How are you supposed to stick to your gluten-free guns when turkey stuffing and delicious pies are everywhere you look?

Easy, just bring your own gluten-free delight to any party or event you attend so you’ll have at least one option to nibble on when your stomach starts growling. Just for you, we scoured the web to find the very best gluten-free holiday treats and desserts. Here are 20 of our favorite holiday treats:

  1. Caramel Pecan Turtle Clusters – Get Recipe
  2. Decadent Truffles – Get Recipe
  3. Chocolate Chip Cookies – Get Recipe
  4. Sesame Coconut Ginger Cookies (No Bake) – Get Recipe
  5. Chocolate Soufflé – Get Recipe
  6. Coconut Macaroons – Get Recipe
  7. Italian Pistachio Cookies – Get Recipe
  8. Coconut Snowballs (No Bake) – Get Recipe
  9. Peanut Butter Cookies – Get Recipe
  10. Dutch Sugar Cookies – Get Recipe
  11. Caramel Popcorn – Get Recipe
  12. Peanut Brittle – Get Recipe
  13. Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge – Get Recipe
  14. Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies (No Bake) – Get Recipe
  15. Reindeer Food; Holiday Peppermint Chex – Get Recipe
  16. Mocha Mousse Torte – Get Recipe
  17. Hungarian Flourless Hazelnut Cake – Get Recipe
  18. Eggnog Cheesecake Muffins – Get Recipe
  19. Pumpkin Spice Tiramisu Pie – Get Recipe
  20. Chocolate Covered Coconut Stuffed Dates – Get Recipe

These gluten-free holiday desserts run the gamut of flavors, but they all have two things in common. They are super delicious, and they are each gluten-free. Take any of these dishes to a party, and even your non-gluten-free friends will be gobbling them up!

If you have your own favorite gluten-free holiday dessert recipes, please share them in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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Aug 08 2017

Teens and Young Adults Need Help Developing Mature Romantic Relationships

Published by under Dating,Relationships

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Young adults are struggling to create mature romantic relationships. Is it because you’ve been too embarrassed to give them advice? Photo via Visual Hunt

There has been a lot of chatter in the news and more than a little parental fretting over the last few years about hook-up culture among teens and young adults. However, perhaps we should be worried less about the rise in casual sex and more about how todays young adults are struggling and oftentimes failing to create mature romantic relationships.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education recently released a report titled The Talk: How Adults Can Promote Young Peoples Healthy Relationships and Prevent Misogyny and Sexual Harassment. The report was written after years of research, surveys of over 3,000 young adults (18 -25 years old), and numerous in-depth interviews.

Among the bombshell findings of the report is that teens arent engaging in hook-up culture nearly as much as most adults seem to fear. However, they ARE struggling to figure out how to develop adult romantic relationships. According to the report, 70% of survey respondents reported wishing they had received more information from parents about some emotional aspect of romantic relationships.

Another surprising and disturbing find is that the research suggests that a majority of parents and educators arent discussing with young people basic issues related to consent. This includes making sure a partner wants to have sex, making sure you want to have sex, not pressuring a partner into having sex, and learning to determine if a partner is too intoxicated to give consent.

Assessment

Yes, the results of this survey look bad, but there is a silver lining. It seems like our next great generation isnt as crass and casual about sex as so many of us feared. Many of our young adults actually want to have deeper, more profound and emotionally connected relationshipsthey just dont know how. They also dont know how to talk to parents and other adults about that tricky and uncomfortable topic of consent.

What this means is that we all have to step up. Even if you dont have children yourself, you might have nieces and nephews. You might be an educator, a counselor, a coach, or someone else who can act as a friend or mentor to a younger person. If you are a younger person who has questions, ask them. Yes, its going to be awkward and possibly embarrassing, but dont you actually want to know how to have a healthy relationship? Isnt it pretty important to know what counts as consent and what doesnt? If you dont feel comfortable going to your parents, ask another adult in your life, ideally someone you respect who is in a stable, loving relationship that you would like to have for yourself one day.

Lets not be squeamish about this, people. Our young generation needs our wisdom and our help. Dont let the comfort of silence lead to messy, unhealthy relationships, or worse!

Check out a good recap of the report from Science Daily. Theres a lot of other good stuff that we didnt cover in this article.

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Jul 11 2017

No, a Gluten Allergy Isnt All in Your Head

Published by under Gluten Free,Health

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You aren’t crazy or making it up! A gluten allergy is a real thing, and if you think you have one, check with your doctor. Photo via VisualHunt

Its all in your head.

If you suffer from gluten intolerance, a gluten allergy, or celiac disease, I just know youve heard those words more times than you can count. For a certain sub-set of people, if you arent gushing blood or a piece of bone isnt sticking out of your skin, then any pain or discomfort you feel is just a desperate cry for attention. Too bad they cant feel your pounding headache, the way your joints feel like they rusted together, or know about the apocalypse that keeps happening in the bathroom.

Well, we are here to tell you that, No, your gluten allergy is not in your head! That goes for gluten intolerance and celiac disease as well. Im just writing this particular article on gluten allergies, because a friend of mine dismissed the notion that gluten allergies exist the other day. You bet I set him right, and heres how you can set all those doubters and haters in your life right, too!

A Quick Recap on Allergies

What exactly are allergies? There are tons of them out in the world. People are allergic to pollen, dogs, latex, mold, and even certain foods. (Funny how no one seems to doubt the person jabbing an EpiPen into their neck of faking a peanut allergy.)

Allergies are extremely common, and they happen when the bodys immune system mistakes something harmless (like grass, your dogs saliva, or gluten) for an enemy. When the body comes in contact with an allergen, the immune system goes into overdrive. That can result in watery eyes, sneezing, hives, or even a throat that swells up.

Gluten Allergies

No one doubts that a person can be allergic to peanuts, lactose, eggs, or soy, but for some reason gluten doesnt get the same respect. Yet, according to VeryWell.com, there are actually five different types of gluten allergies.

In many ways, a gluten allergy mimics symptoms of celiac disease but usually to a lesser degree. When a person with the allergy consumes gluten or gliadin (which helps form the gluten protein), the immune system goes berserk, attacking the small intestine. This can lead to all the delightful symptoms we gluten-allergic enjoy so much, like stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea, general fatigue, brain fog, depression, headaches, and even dandruff (as if all the proceeding symptoms werent humiliating enough).

Gluten allergies are hard to diagnose, especially because the symptoms can vary and becausewell, sometimes a headache is just a headache. Still, thats no reason to dismiss gluten allergies altogether. We may not be gushing blood out of our eyeballs, but have you ever spent two days feeling as bloated as water balloon? Thats suffering, right there.

So, heres what you tell your skeptical friends: Have a little respect for the gluten allergy sufferer!

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Jun 13 2017

Ten Great Gluten-Free Snacks for Summer

Published by under Food,Gluten Free

Hemp Love Lavender Chocolate Bars

Mmmm, these Hemp Love organic, vegan, gluten-free lavender chocolate bars are just one of our favorite gluten-free snacks for summer.

Summer is coming. Its time for shorts, flip-flops, and days out in the sun. Since youre going to be more active, better make sure you have the right fuel so you can keep going and going like the Energizer Bunny. Now that food manufacturers are finally getting with the program, you have more gluten-free snacks than ever to choose from. Here are some of our absolute favorite gluten-free snacks for summer.

  1. Quinn Sea Salt Pretzels

You wont be able to stop munching on these tasty pretzels, which contain whole grain sorghum flour, apple cider vinegar, and organic wildflower blossom honey. Its non-GMO too, just in case you were wondering.

  1. Sejoyia Brussel Bytes

These arent your mommas Brussel sprouts, we promise. These crunchy snacks are vegan, organic, and (of course) gluten-free. They also come in some tantalizing flavors, like cheezy herb, chili pumpkin seed crunch and tamarino apple.

  1. Simple Mills Fine Ground Almond Flour Crackers

Its the summer, which means hummus time, but if youre tired of dipping in carrots and celery, bring over these crunchy, tasty crackers. Theyre made with almond flour, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds. You might not even need that hummus after all.

  1. Homefree Lemon Burst Mini Cookies

Need something a little sweet for when your friends bust out their cookies and brownies? Try these tart little cookie gems. They are your allergen-free oasis. No gluten, diary, or nuts, and theyre shaped like lemon wedges. How cut is that!

  1. Vikis Granola

Put it in your cereal bowl first thing in the morning, stash it in your desk for a mid-afternoon power push, or bring it on the trail to share with your favorite hiking buddies. This tasty and filling granola is made with gluten-free oats and organic honey.

  1. Live Love Pop Popcorn

Shhh! The movie is starting! Nothing goes with a romantic comedy on a warm summer night than this tasty kettle-cooked popcorn. Watch the hero get the girl as you crunch away on flavors like, honey bbq, lime fresco, salt & vinegar, and truffle salt.

  1. Three Jerks Filet Mignon Beef Jerky

Does your summer schedule include hiking, camping, or a day-long mountain bike? Then make sure you bring some protein along. This beef jerky makes the perfect post-workout refuel. Did we mention it is filet mignon? Yeah, only the best for you!

  1. Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs

Have a craving to stuff your mouth with a handful of delicious chips? Grab some chickpea puffs instead. Not only are they worlds healthier for you, but theyre also gluten-free and wont send your tummy into a tailspin. Youll be surprised at how tasty these guys are.

  1. Kind Bars

Theres never a bad time to munch on a Kind Bar. They can serve as a snack on the trail or the office or even tide you over if youre too busy to sit down for a proper meal. Kind bars come in many different flavors and always include yummy, (mostly) healthy ingredients. When we want to indulge, we go with the Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt bars.

  1. Hemp Love Chocolate Bars

When its time to get a little devilish, you can go to the dark side, but that doesnt mean you have to throw your healthy eating plan out the window. Try these amazing organic, vegan, and gluten-free chocolate bars from Hemp Love. Each bar includes hemp seeds (no THC, its not that kind of edible), which are rich in healthy fats. So, youll feel a little better even when you indulge. The lavender bar is truly worth a try!

Did we miss any great gluten-free snacks for summer? Tell us which of your favorites we should have added to our list.

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May 22 2017

Educate Yourself About Celiac Disease for Celiac Awareness Month

Published by under Celiac,Lifestyle

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May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Photo via Visual Hunt

When you tell new acquaintances that you are gluten-free, you might receive an eye roll for your trouble. Its true that the gluten-free diet has become a hot trend over the past few years, adopted by athletes and actors alike for a variety of reasons. Some simply believe that a gluten-free diet can lead to a healthier lifestyle. For a specific group of people, however, eating gluten-free can literally mean the difference between life and death. Welcome to celiac disease, where ingesting even a small amount of gluten (like crumbs left on an unwashed piece of silverware) can cause terrible and long lasting symptoms.

According to the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago Medicine, a little less than 1% of people suffer from celiac disease. This number may be artificially low, because the symptoms are often hard to classify and many celiac sufferers have never been diagnosed. May is Celiac Awareness Month, so if you or someone you know has celiac disease, now is the time to spread the word about this disease. Heres some great information that you can use.

What Is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. When a person with celiac consumes gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and many manufactured foods), the immune system attacks the digestive tract, damaging villi, which line the small intestine and absorb nutrients. This makes it more difficult for the body to properly get nutrients. As a result, someone who does not address their celiac disease can suffer from nutritional deficiencies, anemia, osteoporosis, infertility, intestinal cancers, and more!

Symptoms of Celiac Disease

One of the reasons that celiac disease is so hard to diagnose is that the symptoms will vary dramatically from person to person and tend to be different between adults and children. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, celiac disease can present with over 200 different symptoms. Some of the most common include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Anemia
  • Bone and join pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms regularly, especially after eating meals that include bread, wheat, grains, or manufactured foods, make an appointment with your doctor and ask to be tested for celiac disease.

What Can You Do During Celiac Disease Awareness Month?

The best thing you can do during the remainder of the month of May is to raise awareness about celiac disease. If you or someone you know has the disease, share your story. Post it on social media. You may be surprised to find out how many of your friends and connections never knew you had the disease. When they learn more about the disease, they are likely to be more considerate when you ask for gluten-free food options.

If you want to do something even bigger, consider donating to a celiac-related charity, like the Celiac Disease Foundation or the Gluten Intolerance Group. According to the foundation, 86 cents of every dollar donated goes to programs that support diagnosis, treatment, and research into a cure for celiac.

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Dec 27 2016

The Five Things You Need to Do to Fall In Love In the New Year

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2016 is behind you! Time to let go of the past and fall in love in the new year.

This year is almost over, and considering how weird, horrible, and downright depressing the political scene has been (and, as a result, every single person’s Facebook page), good riddance! If you don’t have anybody to kiss under the mistletoe or on New Year’s Eve, don’t let yourself drown in the holiday blues. This year is practically history. You’ve got a brand new year (with no presidential elections!) to look forward to. Anything can happen in the new year, but only if you keep your mind and heart open. In the waning days of 2016, start putting yourself in the right frame of mind to go back out there and find true love in 2017. Here’s how to prepare to fall in love in the new year:

  1. Forgive Yourself For Past Transgressions

If you are human, then it means you’ve probably screwed up more than a couple of your past relationships due to your own personal failings. That’s totally normal. Rather than beat yourself up about it, change your mental frame. Look at past mistakes not as failures, but as opportunities to learn. What hurt you in your last relationships and how can you fix these parts of yourself? Forgive yourself, and then get to work to improve yourself.

  1. Treat Yo’ Self

Have you been a sad sap throughout the holidays, trudging around in your flannel PJs, going weeks without shaving, and shoving whole villages of gingerbread men into your gullet each day? Time to snap out of it and pick yourself back up. While you work on improving your inner self, make sure you take care of your body as well. Get a nice new haircut, start hitting the gym with a friend, buy a few new outfits. It may sound shallow, but looking good on the outside does help us feel better on the inside. You are worth pampering, so treat your body well, and others will take notice by the New Year.

  1. Get Over Her/Him

You know who we are talking about. The one who broke your heart. It’s finally time to get over him or her. Stop comparing all your new relationships to the one you had before or assuming whatever sunk that past relationship is bound to happen again. If he or she cheated on you, that doesn’t mean you need to be insanely jealous or protective in your next relationship. It is time to peel that person’s iron grip off of your heart. Don’t let them control your happiness any longer. Leave them, like 2016, in the past and look at 2017 as a new start.

  1. Believe In Love Again

We know, this sounds totally sappy, but too bad. Success doesn’t come to those who expect failure, and neither does love. You may have been battered or bruised by love in the past, but if you give up hope or try to protect yourself by being cynical, you’ll never be brave enough to ask out that cute girl or hit up that trendy bar where you’ll meet him. As corny as it sounds, just making the decision to believe in love can change your mindset, and when you change the way you look at the world, everything else can change too!

  1. Put Yourself Out There

Okay, if you’ve followed all of the above tips, then you are ready to fall in love in the new year. Now all you have to do is act! The next love of your life isn’t likely to just stumble into your arms. You have to put yourself in the position to find love. Consider joining an online dating website. There are a lot of huge sites where you’ll find a big, generic group of singles that you’ll need to whittle down. You can also take the opposite tract and sign up for a niche website like GlutenfreeSingles.com, where you’ll only be matched with other people who embrace the gluten-free lifestyle. Obviously, we hope that you’ll give our site a chance if you are gluten-free and want to find a gluten-free partner, but the point is to put yourself out there in the way that you feel more comfortable. Just taking this action will make all the difference.

We believe in you and in the power of new beginnings. We know that this is your year to fall in love in the new year!

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Dec 13 2016

The State of Gluten-Free in America

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We’ve come a long way since gluten-free foods were nearly nonexistent in grocery stores.
Photo credit: Caden Crawford via VisualHunt / CC BY-ND

As we say goodbye to 2016, it’s useful to reflect on how far the gluten-free movement has come in just a few years. It really wasn’t that long ago when gluten-free products could only be found on half a shelf in the back of specialty food stores. Over the past couple of years, conditions like celiac disease have become much more visible, as well as gluten-intolerance. Many people (and celebrities) without these conditions are embracing the gluten-free lifestyle just to try to improve their overall health and energy levels. Let’s see where the non-gluten lifestyle is in American right now.

Sales of Gluten-Free Food Are STILL Growing

Perhaps the biggest change we’ve seen over the last five years is an explosion in the amount and variety of gluten-free foods available. Food manufacturers are bending over backwards to offer gluten-free alternatives to everything from pasta, to cereal, and even brownies and cookies. It’s paying off big time for them. While we don’t have data for 2016 yet, the firm Packaged Facts found that sales of gluten-free products rose to $1.57 billion in 2015. That’s an 11% increase from the prior year!

You Can Go Out to Eat Without Fear

Food manufacturers aren’t the only ones jumping on the no-gluten bandwagon. Consumers have probably noticed more gluten-free options popping up on the menus of their favorite restaurants. That means no more risky gamble when ordering a new dish. According to DataSsential Menu Trends, 23.6% of restaurant menus now offer gluten-free options. That’s even more than organic options! It’s also an 8% rise since 2015.

More People Are Going Gluten-Free Even If They Don’t Have To

Those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance have long been forced to adopt a gluten-free lifestyle simply to protect their health. One of the most interesting trends over the past few years is the amount of people who are kicking gluten simply to improve their health. In 2016, a Euromonitor survey found that 53% of consumers were actively trying to avoid specific ingredients in the foods that they purchased. Of those, 22.4% were looking to avoid gluten, more than a 7% increase from the year before. What’s even more interesting is that according to a recent report from Packaged Facts, only 15% of consumers choose gluten-free foods because a member of their household is sensitive to gluten. Almost 30% of respondents said that they buy gluten-free products because they think these foods are healthier.

What Can We Expect in 2017?

It’s difficult to predict if all this interest in gluten-free eating is just another diet fad, or if it is here to stay. Certainly, we’ve seen growing skepticism about the health benefits of eating a gluten-free diet if you do not have a sensitivity to gluten. However, for those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, a gluten-free lifestyle is definitely not a fad. We hope that food manufacturers and restaurant owners will continue to offer healthy, great-tasting gluten-free alternatives for those who cannot or choose not to eat gluten.

Here’s to a happy and gluten-free 2017!

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Nov 22 2016

Five Reasons the Holidays Are the Perfect Time to Start Dating Again

Published by under Dating,Holidays,Relationships

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Oh, it’s definitely time to start dating again!

It’s easy to convince yourself that the holidays are the WORST time to try and start dating again. You’ve got a thousand extra things to do, your parents are in town, and maybe you’ve been scarfing one too many pieces of leftover Halloween candy after your last breakup. Stop with this nonsense! The holidays are actually the perfect time to start dating again. Don’t you dare cheat yourself out of connecting with someone special just because you’re a little too busy. That’s an excuse, and not a very good one. Here are five reasons why the holidays are absolutely the very best time to light that flame of love again:

  1. Showing Up At Parties Alone Sucks

You’ve got about a million and a half parties to go to over the holidays, and walking in alone is its own form of torture. Think about how fun it is to go to parties with someone new and exciting. You have someone to dance with, sit next to during dinner, and someone to drive you home if you get a bit more than tipsy. Having a new someone special means you won’t end up in a corner watching everyone else dance while you guzzle another glass of egg nog by yourself.

  1. There Are So Many Amazing Date Opportunities

Dinner and a movie? Ugh, lame. The holidays offer tons of unique dating opportunities that you can’t do (or get away with) any other time of the year. How about going to a haunted house together so you can cling to each other when some freaky zombie jumps out at you? Or what about ice skating outdoors in November and laughing with your boo when you take a tumble. Christmas can mean rocking out to Christmas music while you wrap presents together, watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas in front of the fire, or making gluten-free Christmas cookies, which you plan to bring to a party but end up eating together. Yeah, those are some tasty date options!

  1. You Get to Buy Each Other Presents

New love is full of ooey gooey romance, and there’s no better way to express your feelings than with a well thought-out gift. Christmas or Hanukah allows you to do some creative brainstorming and to buy your new partner-in-crime something truly special. It’s so wonderful to watch her eyes light up when she reads your sappy poem and slips on the necklace you got her, or when he jumps up and down waving his football tickets in the air. Don’t forget that there’s a flip side to the gift-giving coin. You get a gift too! What will it be?

  1. You’ll Have Someone to Kiss at New Year’s

There’s no bigger bummer than having no one to kiss when the clock strikes midnight on the old year. It’s not just about having no one in your arms in that single moment; it’s about looking back at the year and realizing your missed opportunities. This isn’t about just finding someone so you have a person to kiss. It’s really about opening your heart and inviting someone special into your life. Which brings us to our final point…

  1. There’s Never a Bad Time to Start Dating Again

Here’s a little secret that really isn’t a secret at all – any time of the year is the perfect time to start dating again. That’s because you never know when you are going to find that someone special who is going to sweep your heart away. Love has no season or expiration date. When you are ready, get out there and start looking. The love of your life could be looking too.

From us at GlutenfreeSingles.com, we wish you much love and joy in the holiday season!

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