Gluten-free doesn't have to suck.  

About Kitchen Therapy

                                                                                              


Welcome to Shelby’s Kitchen Therapy, 
a gluten-free bakery and craft cookery 
located in Schroon Lake, New York. 

 

Being in the kitchen has always been my favorite form of therapy, even before I was diagnosed with Celiac disease and went gluten-free.  During my kitchen therapy “sessions,” my goal has remained the same:  Make gluten-free food taste great.  Especially the stuff I used to go without, the breads, cakes, and various desserts I thought I would never be able to eat again.  What is the benchmark of success, you may ask?  If you can’t tell the food is gluten-free, I’ve got a home run recipe on my hands and high fives all around.  If it tastes “good for gluten-free,” I go back to the kitchen and rework the recipe until its right. 

 

When I’m not playing with recipes for pie, I’m working with Mr. P at Mr. P’s Mountain Smokehouse, the first gluten-free restaurant in the Adirondacks.  Mr. P and I are extremely proud of our gluten-free menu, and not just a few gluten-free selections mind you, the entire menu is gluten-free.  GF diners can eat with peace of mind - no worries of gluten cross-contamination here.  Next time you’re in the North Country and craving some artisan barbecue and homemade baked goods, we hope you’ll stop by. 

 

In the meantime, check out my website and blog.  Let me know if you have any questions and please share your thoughts, comments and recipes too. 

 

WTF is Celiac Disease?  
Should I stop eating gluten?  
How do I go gluten-free? 
What are the code words for gluten?  


What is Celiac disease?   
Celiac disease is an a genetic disease that now affects a minimum of 1 in 133 Americans. Celiac is not the same as being allergic to wheat or having a gluten intolerance.  Celiacs suffer from intestinal damage when we ingest even trace amounts of gluten, which can include the proteins found in wheat, barley and rye.  The intestinal damage caused by ingesting gluten can cause weight loss, bloating, diarrhea, malabsorption of nutrients.  Other symptoms can include iron deficiencies, osteoporosis, dermatitis, headaches, fatigue, joint pain, nervous system reactions like numbness and tingling of hands and feet, acid reflux and heartburn.  

Should I stop eating gluten?   
Being gluten-free is a popular trend, among celebrities and food gurus alike.  But not everyone should go gluten-free.  My advice is to try eliminating gluten from your diet on a temporary basis, try keeping a food journal for a couple weeks.  And with any major changes to your diet, check with your doc first.  If not eating gluten improves how you feel and you see a reduction in your symptoms, made an appointment with a gastro specialist to get the blood test and if necessary, the biopsy.  

How do I go gluten-free?  
So if you really want to go gluten-free, the first thing you have to commit to is read absolutely every single label.  And running out to your favorite local hang out for a quick bite to eat, that's off the table now.  Plan on asking servers, cooks and restaurant managers no less than 20 questions every time you want to order something.  Party at friend's house?  Plan on bringing your own food for a while.  Hubby want to make you a romantic dinner?  Better hope nothing gets cross-contaminated in the process.  

What are the code words for gluten?   
Wheat, barley, rye and usually oats are at the top of the list.  Watch for mystery additives like dextrin, dextrose, modified food starch, MSG, malt, seitan, flavorings like malt or caramel, or plant proteins.  Gluten can be found in sauces, seasonings, even lotions and lipsticks.  And beware of the "wheat-free" label; wheat-free doesn't necessarily mean gluten-free.  Click here for a really extensive list of unsafe foods and food additives.  

Some of my favorite gluten-free bloggers

Gluten-free Girl and the Chef 
Gluten-free Goddess 
Gluten Dude
Gluten-free on a Shoestring 
Elana's Pantry 
Gluten Free Mommy 
Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free

Other Resources 

Mayo Clinic
WebMD
Celiac.com
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
Celiac Sprue Association
1106 US Route 9 (Main Street) 
Schroon Lake, NY   12870
(518) 532-4300     @shelbyskitchen 









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