Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lula's Sweet Apothecary: Gluten Free Vegan Ice Cream in NYC

Just read in EasyEats Summer 2011 magazine about Lula's Sweet Apothecary--New York's First Natural Non-Dairy & Frozen Dessert Shop where you can find gluten free ice cream cones. The ice cream is made from a cashew and rice base and there are gluten free and organic selections. What a perfect summer treat for gluten free/dairy free families...

Gluten Free at La Fondita in Amagansett, NY

La Fondita in Amagansett is a kid friendly spot with picnic tables nestled in a bamboo garden which serves Mexican food. They don't have a gluten free menu but if you specify that you need items that are wheat free they can direct you toward the safe menu items. We were disappointed to learn the tortilla chips are fried in the same oil as items containing wheat and off limits (although we had eaten them previous summers), but at the same time I was also impressed that the staff knew this would be a problem for us. After learning that the chips are not gluten free, we drove a few stores down to Brent's General Store and grabbed some Utz's Organic Corn Chips to go with our guacamole. Here are the wheat free/gluten free items we ordered:
  • Rice and Beans
  • La Fondita Salad with chicken (no tortilla chips)
  • Guacamole
  • Watermelon Juice
I do have to say that nothing is certified gluten free and I haven't checked every label-but it is place we have gone to for years without a problem. La Fondita was kind of "grandfathered" in for us even thought we usually go to places with gluten free menus. Because of the absence of a gluten free menu, please check on the items you order to make sure that you are okay with the ingredients.

La Fondita
74 Montauk Highway
Amagansett, NY 11930
phone: 631-267-8800
map and directions

Sunday-Thursday 11:30 am-9 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:30 am-10 pm

Another place in Amagansett that has gluten free options is Hampton Chutney Company where all the dosas and uttapas are gluten free!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Dave and Buster's Gluten Free Menu 2011

Below is a scan of the menu items at Dave and Buster's that are recommended for wheat/gluten allergies and the menu options for milk allergies. Our Gluten Free Family appreciates the menu but we have had mixed success at getting gluten free food at Dave and Buster's. In addition, they seemed to refine the menu between our first and second visit because some things on the menu were missing when we returned and other items were crossed out. Still, it is much easier to have a menu to work with when going to a restaurant that is an arcade. Dave and Buster's does not guarantee that any meal entree can be completely gluten free because of cross contamination of preparation and cooking surfaces but at least they give you suggestions. Read the fine print before you eat at Dave and Busters. Click on the image below to enlarge.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Is Movie Theater Popcorn Gluten Free?

Love this article "Is Movie Theater Popcorn Gluten-Free?" by Triumph Dining. The short answer is "yes." We have never had a problem with movie theater popcorn but it is nice to have all the details. Basically it is gluten free but they don't test it so you never know.


Free Range Tuna is an promising new blog that inspires readers to be more informed about the food they eat. Here are some recent posts that are worth checking out. I'm looking forward to future Free Range Tuna posts by Jason.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Free Lecture on Mealtime Success for Kids: Integrative Nutrion for Picky Eaters

Wednesday, June 22, 2011: 6:30-8:30 pm FREE lecture on: Mealtime Success For Kids on the Spectrum: Integrative Nutrition for Picky Eaters - with Susan Roberts, MDiv. OTR/L @ Location: Rebecca School. 40 E. 30th. St.

Kelly Dorfman Interview on "What's Eating Your Child" Part 2

Hear Kelly Dorfman, nutritionist and author of "What's Eating Your Child" in Part 2 of my interview which includes information on supplements for speech problems and the importance of fat for brain development. Buy her book on Amazon or see my Part 1 of my interview for more information.

In this important book, readers will find scientifically supported nutritional solutions that address, mitigate, and sometimes even erase both the symptoms and the causes of stubborn health problems including:

· Picky eating

· Reflux

· Attention problems

· Ear infections

· Temper tantrums

· Behavioral difficulties

· Lack of energy

· Insomnia

· Learning disabilities

· Chronic tummy aches

· Anxiety

· Constipation

· Night terrors

· Eczema

· Depression

· Speech delays

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Amazing Natural Non Toxic Sunscreen Recipe from Do It Gorgeously Green

Do it Gorgeously Green has an amazing recipe for Non Toxic Sunscreen. Many people don't think much about the products they use on their skin and are more concerned about foods they eat. But products used on the skin go directly into the bloodstream. There is no liver to filter out toxins so any chemicals used on the skin we end up absorbing. According to the Environmental Working Group's 2011 Sunscreen Report:

"Since scientist do not have definitive answers about sunscreen and skin cancer, it is no wonder that many experts recommend that people rely on clothing and shade, rather than sunscreen, to protect themselves from sun exposure."

If you want to purchase sunscreen, here is a link to the 134 best beach and sport sunscreens.

Or make your own sunscreen! Here is a video from Do It Gorgeously Green on Making Your Own Non Toxic Sunscreen.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Interview with Kelly Dorfman on "What's Eating Your Child"

Watch part one of my three part interview with Kelly Dorfman to learn:
  • What is the most important thing about nutrition parents should know
  • Why intervening early is so important
  • How to get your problems addressed at a doctor's appointment
  • How to introduce new foods to picky eaters
To watch the CNN interview click HERE.

Buy the book "What's Eating Your Child" on Amazon

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Integrative Approaches to the Treatment of GERD

"The chemistry of the gut is so fantastically complicated."
--my dad

I went to an ENT at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing to get a second opinion on my silent reflux and vocal cord issue. They suggested the following tutorial...

Integretive Approaches to the Treatment of GERD

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Kelly Dorfman on CNN Live at 8:40 am. on June 9, 2011 & Contest Winner

Kelly Dorfman will be discussing her new book "What's Eating Your Child:The Hidden Connection Between Food and Your Child's Well Being" on CNN this morning at 8:40 am.* This live interview is a wonderful opportunity to hear one of the best speakers on children's nutrition in the country talk about the connection between chronic health issues and nutrition.

On Monday, I will post a video of my interview Kelly Dorfman.

* At this time it is scheduled for 8:24 of course depending on the news that could change so tune in from 6-9 am.


The winner of the book "What's Eating Your Child" is CFNYC who asked...

Could you please make sense of the new, federal guidelines on nutrition as laid out in the food "plate." This is the pie chart (no pun!) that replaced the food pyramid.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Michelle Obama's My Plate Nutrition Symbol Replaces the Food Pyramid

Michelle Obama introduced the My Plate nutrition symbol on June 2, 2011 replacing the always confusing twenty year old food pyramid. The goal of the new plate symbol is to remind the public how to create a healthy plate of food by filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Mrs. Obama's anti-obesity team helped the Agricultural Department create this plate symbol as a tool that would simplify healthy eating and put more focus on eating fruits and vegetables. In the New York Times article "Nutrition Plate Unveiled to Replace the Food Pyramid" Mrs. Obama was quoted as saying:

"We’re all bombarded with so many dietary messages that it’s hard to find time to sort through all this information, but we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates.”

Monday, June 6, 2011

Please Don't Pass the Salsa...

The last few months have been insanely busy. Going back to school with two kids was quite a shock. Then two months ago after drinking a Kombucha, my throat closed up. I had just read Sloane Miller's new book Allergic Girl and while I was reading it, I kept on thinking "Wow--well there is one problem I don't have" because we don't have any IgE allergies in our family. Our throats don't close up and we don't need an EpiPen--we just can't eat gluten.

Which is why I was quite surprised when my throat closed up on the way to the library while drinking a Kombucha a few weeks later. I tossed my glass bottle of Brooklyn Kombucha in a garbage can on the corner and headed to a deli for some Benedryl. The antihistamine seemed to work a little and I stuffed the extra hot pink pills in my wallet for a rainy day. Then a week later my throat closed up AGAIN--but I hadn't drunk a Kombucha. And the Benedryl didn't have any effect. In the middle of the night one evening when it happened again, I headed to the ER because it was late and I was worried about falling asleep with my throat swollen. The ER told me it had been so long (since the throat closing had started after dinner) that I wasn't going to die and there was nothing they could do for me except recommend a CT scan to make sure an object wasn't stuck in my throat. (Another wonderful mainstream medical moment for me.) Finally, in math class before my third exam after eating a Kind Bar, I felt the same tightening of my throat and inability to breath. After my exam I called an allergist to rule out allergies.

The funny thing was, despite my symptoms no one seemed to be in any rush to examine me. Two weeks later I went in for allergy testing. They did a breath test to check my breathing and rows of allergens on my arms which revealed I wasn't allergic to anything. Minutes later, the allergist grabbed Dr. Aviv, an ENT who did a scope and determined I had laryngopharyngeal reflux and vocal cord dysfunction. My windpipe was snapping shut when I was inhaling and preventing normal airflow. To me it felt like I was suffocating. And I was. According to my sister who has a similar problem, the doctor told her in some studies 90% of the population has reflux at some point in their lives so this isn't a rare and unusual condition. Although the vocal cord disorder, which I have never heard of might be an unusual presentation. Often vocal cord disorder presents as asthma but an inhaler has no effect.

Dr. Aviv recommended a book called "Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure", a speech pathologist and Prilosec for six weeks. He also gave me some articles he had written on this disorder.

I don't know what triggered my reflux and vocal cord dysfunction but I do know that all the food I was eating was on the "do not eat" list. Almonds, Cocoa, Lemon, Vinegar, Kombucha (caffeine and carbonation,) Salsa, Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers. The last 20 years I have been guzzling hot sauce. And I was completely fine until I wasn't. They are ruling out H-Pylori--a bacteria which also causes ulcers. Of course, there is no better way to learn about reflux than to live with it. Theory is one thing--reality is another.

I started with a week of a low acid diet, and when that didn't work I took everyone's advice and took a week of Prilosec. For a bunch of reasons, I have switched from Prilosec to Manuka Honey.

I still don't have the energy for a full post about everything I have learned over the last few months--my mind is spinning and I am unable to write without spicy condiments. But I wanted to let everyone know that I am fine--just gluten free and salsa free for the time being. Please don't pass the hot sauce.

More later on Reflux and Manuca Honey.

NYC EVENT TONIGHT: Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners and Smart-Cookin' Mamas

I would probably
fall under the Smart-Cookin' Mamas. I am certainly NOT a gardener! Can't wait to hear more tonight. Join us in supporting Harvest Home...

John Hockenberry will interview Mark Winne about the current state of our food system and the issues raised in Winne's book.

DATE: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
TIME: 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
LOCATION: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012
Tickets are $75.00 per person (includes a signed copy of the book.)

A fundraising event to support Harvest Home Farmers Market, a 501(c)3 non profit organization dedicated to bringing fresh locally grown produce to low income communities.

To purchase tickets click here.

Your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The amount deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of your contribution over the value of goods and services provided, which is estimated at $25.

Harvest Home Farmers Market

104-106 East 126th Street 4A
New York , New York 10035
(212) 828- 3361

Friday, June 3, 2011

Book Contest to Win What's Eating Your Child by Kelly Dorfman

Leave a comment below with a question for Kelly Dorfman and be entered to win a signed copy of her new book--"What's Eating Your Child." I will post the interview with Kelly next week and include questions from the contest.


Backed by cutting-edge science and the know-how gained from a 29-year career in clinical nutrition, WHAT’S EATING YOUR CHILD? by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND, reveals the surprising role nutrition plays in healing children’s ailments. No ordinary nutrition book, WHAT’S EATING YOUR CHILD? is refreshingly unique because it pairs practical, scientifically-supported advice with fascinating case studies that read like medical mysteries. As a mother of three, Dorfman understands the challenges parents face and she empowers caregivers to become Nutrition Detectives by revealing simple, practical ways to uncover the clues behind a child’s health problems and find an accurate, nutritional treatment immediately.

MAKE A COMMENT TO WIN a signed copy of WHAT'S EATING YOUR CHILD? 1) To enter, please comment on this post (Click on "comments" below.) 2) Post your comment by 11:59 pm on JUNE 8, 2011. One entry per person, please. 3) One winner will be chosen by random and announced on Thursday morning, JUNE 9, 2011. 4) NOTE: If you wish to be contacted by e-mail if you win, please include your email address in your comment or make a comment and then email us your comment at Otherwise you must check back on Thursday, June 9, 2011 to see if you have won. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited to another winner after 72 hours.

Related posts:

Kelly Dorfman: Nutrition Detective on June 8 in NJ

What's Eating Your Child by Kelly Dorfman