Welcome to Gluten Free in SD (San Diego)
The goal of Gluten Free in SD is to provide useful and accurate information about living gluten free in San Diego. Also included are resources that provide additional information about celiac disease and gluten-free diets. Comments, suggestions, and recommendations are encouraged to keep this website up-to-date and as useful as possible. Please use the Contact Us section of the website – all input will be greatly appreciated.
The following are some of the events that will occur or news items that have been reported within the last month (dates indicate when the information was added). The most recent or most urgent are in red type.
- New Planet Beer: May. It is the featured "Beer of the Month" at all Whole Foods markets.
- Book Signing & Reading: Sunday, May 26 at 1 pm at Organic Hammer, 161 Melrose Ave, Encinitas. April Peveteaux, author of Gluten is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes & Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free. There will be gf snacks & "hilarious gluten-free stories". The San Diego Meet-up Group "Enjoying Life without Gluten" will be attending.
- Mountain Mike's Pizza fundraiser: Saturday, June 15. At both Mountain Mike's locations: 3089 Clairemont Dr, San Diego, and 7377 Jackson Drive, San Diego. Save the date and plan on participating! Any money raised will go towards the campaign to raise awareness in local gastroenterologists about celiac disease as well as local supports groups. More info to follow. Note: Mountain Mike's is one the restaurants in San Diego that takes extra precautions about gluten cross-contamination issues.
- Temecula Celiac Support Group Meeting: Tuesday, June 18 from 6:30 - 8 pm. Rancho Springs Admin building, Classroom 2, 25500 Medical Center Drive, Murrieta. Temecula Celiac Support Group meeting.
- Laser Tag: Sunday, June 30 at Invasion Laser Tag in San Marcos. Open to children ages 7+, but geared towards ages 11-15. Organized by Kick Start Wellness, San Diego. More info.
- Barbecue and swim party: Saturday, July 27 in Encinitas. This annual event is for both the San Diego CSA Chapter and ROCK group. All welcome. More information to follow.
- CSA Support Group Meeting Notes: The meeting held 5/18/13 focused on traveling gluten-free. See notes. 5/19
- Celebrity Cruises: My friend just returned from a Celebrity cruise and brought back a sample of their menu. They now designate on each menu in the main dining room which items are gluten-free, vegetarian, and dairy-free. In addition, they have a "specialty" restaurant for $5 that serves gluten-free crepes of all types. Roxie, 5/20
- San Diego ROCK group change: The San Diego ROCK group (Raising Our Celiac Kids) is having a change of leadership. After leading the San Diego ROCK group for 10 years, Erica and Becky are stepping down. We all thank them for their time, dedication and care for the many families they have touched for over 10 years.
The new leaders of the ROCK group will be Julie Bradley and Brenda McDowell. They both have children that are affected by celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more. 5/16
- New research partnership: The pharmaceutical companies AbbVie and Alvine Pharmaceuticals announced they have entered into a global collaboration to develop a novel oral treatment for patients with celiac disease. The drug currently called ALV003 is now in Phase 2 development. It is hoped it will successfully reduce intestinal inflammation and symptoms. The study has received "Fast Track" designation from the FDA for the potential treatment of celiac disease. Read more.5/16
Newly diagnosed and established celiac disease patients are needed for the research study. Sheila Crowe, MD, the adult patient doctor at the San Diego Warren Celiac Disease Center, is the Prinicpal Investigator in San Diego. More info at Clinical Evaluation Study.
- Center for Celiac Research move: This world-wide leading celiac research center, headed by Dr. Allesio Fasano, has moved from the University of Maryland to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Their website is recommended for a lot of reliable information. www.celiaccenter.org 4/26
- Lipsticks: Alice Blast from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) recently wrote in Women's Health Magazine for those that are gluten sensitive: "Make sure your lipstick and lip gloss are gluten-free. Check the ingredients list for wheat-germ extract, barley extract, wheat proteins, and oat kernel flour, since small amounts can be ingested. She says, among others, that Try Bite Beauty, Afterglow Cosmetics, and Red Apple Lipstick are all brands with GF versions." RMJ's note: This same topic was researched in the Gluten-Free Living magazine, and they determined that there is such a small amount of gluten in any lipsticks, and the amount ingested is very little, that there probably does not need to be concern about it. As often is the case, you must make your own judgement call. 5/16
- Celiacs in college: The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness website has information about Going to College Gluten-Free. 5/16
- Gluten in medications: The lastest newsletter from the Celiac Disease Foundation listed seven ingredients in medications that should be investigated further if their source is not specified: dextrins, dextrates, dextri-maltose, maltodextrin, modified starch, pregelantinized starch and sodium starch glycolate. All of these could be made from sources such as corn, but they could also be sourced from a gluten-containing grain. There are currently no requirements for labeling gluten found in prescription drug ingredients. Further info on gluten in medications 4/26
- Common nutrient deficiencies: The latest issue of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) newsletter lists common nutritional defiencies that can occur in individuals with celiac disease - caused by low intake on the gf diet and/or poor absorption. Listed were: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, iron, calcium, Vitamin D, magnesium, and vitamins B12, A, E, and K. As always, a diet with a wide variety of healthy foods is advised, as well as checking with your doctor to determine if you have any of these deficiencies. Mega-doses of any nutrient should not be taken unless advised by your physician. 5/1
- Mucosal healing & mortality rate in celiac disease: A recent study of 7,648 individuals with celiac disease found that those with persistant villous atrophy in the small intestine did not have a higher mortality rate than those whose villi healed. discussion with the lead author of this study 4/26
- Good fiber sources on a GF diet: Fiber is important in everyone's diet for a variety of health reasons. Often fiber sources are lacking in the GF diet, but they don't need to be. The latest issue of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) newsletter lists foods that are good sources of gluten-free fiber: fruits, GF whole grains (amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, teff, millet, corn), legumes (lentils, split peas, and beans), nuts and seeds, and vegetables. 5/1
- International Celiac Disease Symposium 2013: Chicago, IL, September 22- 25. The Clinical Forum part of this symposium is geared for professionals as well as those living with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. More info.
- CDF Camp Gluten Free: July 15 - 19 at Camp Fire Camp Nawakwa, San Bernardino, CA. For persons ages 7 -17 who have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. There is also a mentorship program for young adults ages 18 - 22 to be camp counselors from July 13 - 19. Note: As of 5/22 there were only 3 more camper spots open, and one 1 Mentor spot left. More info.
(also see "Resources - Cooking" and "SD Resources - Food")
- Cookbook: Kristine Kidd was the food editor of Bon Appetit magazine for more than 20 years. A celiac, she has published with Williams-Sonoma the cookbook, Weeknight Gluten Free, full of her favorite quick and healthy dinner recipes. 4/30
- The Recipe Renovator: Stephanie Weaver, a local resident, writes this blog with recipes that are gluten-free, sugar-free, and plant based. 5/19
- Whisk and Cleaver: This blog by a local resident has mostly gluten-free healthy recipes. 5/19
(also see SD Restaurants by Area, Alphabetized List of SD Restaurants, Large Chain Restaurants, and SD Resources - Food)
(also see "Product Updates" and "SD Food Stores")
- Affordable chicken tenders: "Target in Mira Mesa is stocking national brand name PERDUE Simply Smart Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders in their frozen section. While this Target store doesn't have a lot of gluten free options, the lack of AFFORDABLE GF chicken-tender options in mass markets is always a challenge. This is of note because not every GF family can afford to get their whole shopping list at Sprouts or Whole Foods or in the overpriced GF section at Vons. Glad to see options like this for "regular" budget-conscious families in the mega-foods section of a large national chain." Amy, 4/23
- Gazebo Room Salad Dressings:" I've tried a lot of different GF Salad Dressings, but my absolute favorite is one that, according to their website, is only available on the east coast and online. The company is called Gazebo Room, and they make a Greek, Lite Greek and Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing, all of which are Gluten Free. I thought I'd share this info with you because their products have made coping with my Celiac Disease a lot easier, and I wanted to help others find out about these amazing dressings." Newell R., 4/23
- Stella Lucy: Stella Lucy Gluten-Free Market is located in San Clemente near Hwy 5. It is definitely worth a stop as it is all gluen-free. They now offer GF beer and pound cakes baked fresh every Friday afternoon. They state they have knowledgeable employees to help with additional special diets such as dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, corn-free and vegan. 5/22
- Top Five Packaged Gluten-Free Meals: Daphne Lurie, who writes the local blog "Your GF Place", named her favorite packaged foods for quick GF meals.
This website was created by Roxie Johnson and "tech wizard" Ken Loomis using the software program Dreamweaver. Ken Loomis has since passed away, and is greatly missed. This website is not sponsored by or affiliated with any specific group, organization, or company.
Both myself (Roxie) and my then-16-year-old daughter (Karen Lynn Johnson) were diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998. This website contains information I have gathered over the years, and also links to what I consider to be many reputable resources for further information. I am not in the medical field, so please consult a physician before acting upon any information provided in this website.
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