Gluten-Free

Cook this: Gluten-free, Vegan Walnut & Goji Berry Saute

When I was in acupuncture school we had a class on Chinese Medicine dietetics. I called it ‘Chinese Home Cooking.’ My herb professor hosted this class at his home, and his wife would cook samples of all of the meals we discussed. Each meal would be made with a specific intention for addressing imbalances. Many of them contained super-foods such as goji berries that are a…

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Easy Tasty Gluten-free Chia Pudding

I grew up under the watchful eye of a stay at home mother, an architect father, a sassy housekeeper, a posse of siblings and a dog named Tiger. In other words, my babysitter was The Brady Bunch, aka channel 5. Every day at 5pm, rain or shine, before my actual parents came home from work I would curl up in my parents’ bed with a Tab (or…

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How to Choose Healthy Beef

Do you eat meat but don’t want to eat animals that have been fed hormones? Or do you have concern about poor quality meat? Perhaps you don’t want to eat animals that haven’t been treated well or who have been raised on factory farms? These are concerns that many people have about buying healthy beef for themselves and their families. It’s so common for my patients…

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Cook This: Spring Asparagus, Snap Pea & Quinoa Salad (easy!)

Although asparagus isn’t my personal jam (TMI alert: I can’t stand when it makes my pee smell!!) I know that people love it. And, it’s a great food for spring according to Chinese Medicine. Here’s why: Living in tune with the cycles of the seasons is a lifestyle recommendation made in Chinese Medicine to help achieve a state of balance and health.  In addition to…

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Is it True That Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Doesn’t Exist?

A few weeks ago a spate of posts hit social media in response to a study result that “proved” that non-celiac gluten sensitivity doesn’t exist. My first response was to roll my eyes and ignore it as I do with most viral sensationalist headlines. But then I started getting emails, and tweets, and even a few phone calls. So I spent some time reading the…

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Gluten-free Podcasts with Dr. Samantha

Dr. Samantha Brody

The lovely Ellen Goldsmith, LAc interviewed me on gluten-free diets for her podcast series: Health Currents Radio. Just click on the orange arrows below to listen. After part 1 “What is Gluten-free?” you’ll be able to answer the following questions and more: What is gluten? Who should avoid gluten and how would they know to avoid it? What is gluten sensitivity and how is it…

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Eat This: Gluten-free, Dairy-free Eggplant ‘Parm’

People often ask me if I feel deprived or if I crave the things I ‘can’t’ have on a dairy-free and gluten-free diet. The answer is typically no. If I do, it’s rare, and usually has nothing at all to do with food but has to do with a mood I’m in or the crowd I’m hanging with. That said, I do occasionally come across…

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New FDA Gluten-free Labeling Regulations announced Today.

Dr. Samantha Brody

  For 6 years the FDA has been weighing if and how to regulate gluten-free labeling for packaging. One of the main questions was how much trace gluten to allow in products called “gluten-free.” Typically the medical establishment calls it at 20 PPM (parts per million) but many celiacs and people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity can’t tolerate anywhere near that. It is a victory in…

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Cook This: Gluten-free Garlic Cauliflower Mash

Cauliflower mashed potatoes

As a rule I’m more of a protein and veggies girl rather than a protein and starch girl. And that said, I do really enjoy the occasional potato dish. Home fries are probably my favorite, then truffled french fries, and I can also dive head first into homemade potato skins with broccoli and turkey bacon, or a nice fat latke with applesauce on a cold…

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On Breakfast

Some people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are studies that show metabolism is affected by when we eat as well as what we eat.  If we skip breakfast it can make us more likely to have issues with insulin resistance and higher blood sugar which, over time, if you have a disposition, can be a set up for…

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