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15 Gluten-Free Glitterati, from Aniston to Zooey

Monday, June 13th, 2011

 

 

For many celebs, gluten-free dieting is not just about Celiac.

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It’s a light, gentler diet: that’s what today’s celebrities have to say about gluten-free dieting, a food plan which eliminates all products which contain gluten, a protein which occurs naturally in wheat, rye and barley.

The gluten-free diet evolved as a treatment for celiac disease, a gastrointestinal disorder that affects 1 in 133 US citizens. It seems that today’s hottest entertainment A-listers have gluten intolerance; celebrities such as indie-star Zooey Deschanel and The View’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck have gone off gluten-rich breads, pastries and pasta in lieu of gluten-free specialty goods.

So, where do the rich and famous go to indulge in celiac-friendly treats? To BabyCakes, which has branches in Los Angeles, New York and Orlando, and specializes in baked goods that are free of refined sugar, gluten, casein, soy, wheat and animal products such as eggs and milk.

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Don’t be a Glutton for Gluten

Here are 15 celebrities who have shared their experiences about gluten-free dieting:

1) Zooey Deschanel once guested on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, demanding that contestants concoct a vegan gourmet meal for her that was also gluten-free and soy-free. Zooey has since given up the vegan lifestyle, but remains true to gluten-free living, given that she is allergic to the wheat protein.

2) Comedienne Jenny McCarthy believes that her son, Evan, developed autism from a rubella vaccine. She attributes his current well-being and decreased symptoms of autism to a gluten-free diet.  “We believe what helped Evan recover was starting a gluten-free, casein-free diet, vitamin supplementation, detox of metals, and antifungals for yeast overgrowth that plagued his intestines,” said the outspoken activist to CNN.com.

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3) Gwyneth Paltrow published her favorite gluten-free recipes on her website, Goop.com.  Although she is not a sufferer of celiac disease or gluten allergy, Gwyneth claims that cutting gluten out of her life has helped her maintain a healthy weight.

4) The View‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck spoke about her celiac disease and commitment to gluten-free living on Good Morning America, where she also pitched her cookbook, The G-Free Diet. When asked about her adjustment to what many consider a restrictive diet, she answered,  “You’re not deprived… You’re more energized.”

5) Jennifer Aniston owes her slim waistline to the “Baby-Food Diet,” the short-lived weight-loss plan consisting of small jars of pureed, gluten-free vegetables and fruits.

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6) Keith Olbermann, host of Countdown, chose a gluten-free diet after being diagnosed with celiac disease.

7) Victoria Beckham is allergic to dairy, but also harbors a secret addiction to gluten-free chocolate cookies.

8) Rachel Weisz, star of 2010′s The Whistleblower eschews gluten because of her wheat intolerance.

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9) Dana Delany of television’s Body of Proof declared that since she quit eating gluten products, she feels less “bloated and sluggish.” The former Desperate Housewives star, who was diagnosed as gluten-intolerant, told Prevention that she also skips meat, opting instead for fish, tofu and veggies.

10) Juliette Lewis has not come out of the closet as a celiac or gluten-intolerant patient, but it has been rumored that the upcoming Foreverland star favors non-glutinous noshes.

11) Chelsea Clinton’s gluten-free wedding cake was the talk of the town. Her 2010 New York wedding menu featured vegan gourmet main meals, gluten-free side dishes and grass-fed organic beef for the non-vegan guests.  Her father, former president Bill Clinton, has also had his flings with gluten-free treats.

12) Not to be outdone by Chelsea, Madonna served gluten-free brownies at her 52nd birthday bash.

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13) Discovering he has a gluten protein allergy has been the best thing to happen to tennis star Novak Djokovic. Since swearing off pizza, pretzels and beer, the celebrated athlete has ruled the court.

14) Jennifer Esposito, multi-talented actress and star of TV’s Spin City and Samantha Who? has never felt better since she was informed she had celiac disease and proceeded to cut the gluten out of her diet.

15) Terence Stamp, who played Chancellor Valorum in Star Wars: Episode I, also joins the ranks of celebrities who have sworn off gluten products.

Read more about gluten-free dieting:

Celiac Disease and Vitamin B12 Deficiency

6 Great Diets for Autistic Children

Can a Gluten-Free Diet Ease Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

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On the Run with Crohn’s? 6 Ways to Ease Public Restroom Anxiety

Friday, June 10th, 2011

 

 

Crohn’s disease is hard to deal with in the privacy of your own home, but on the road, it can be painful and devastating.

 
ON THE RUN WITH CROHN'S? 6 WAYS EASE PUBLIC RESTROOM ANXIETY, VITAMIN B12 PATCH
 

What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s is a gastrointestinal disorder that causes inflammation of the bowels.

Scientists don’t know the exact cause of Crohn’s disease, only that it occurs when the immune system malfunctions.  

The symptoms of Crohn’s disease are:

  • Severe stomach cramping
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Mouth ulcers

Natural Treatments for the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease

How does Crohn’s affect your daily life?

Crohn’s doesn’t leave much room for social anxiety as far as public restrooms are concerned; chronic Crohn’s disease patients rely on these “safety zones” to get them out of embarrassing predicaments while traveling or just shopping for clothes. But if you have anxiety about using a mall restroom, for example, then you’re likely to avoid leaving the house at all.  Don’t let awkwardness or nervousness about using public restroom facilities keep you from enjoying life.

Here are 6 coping mechanisms for overcoming public bathroom anxiety:

1) Check for supplies. Before you lock the door, make sure that there are enough toilet paper rolls and seat protectors in your stall. This sounds obvious, but imagine how embarrassed you’d feel if you had to beg a total stranger for supplies after the fact.

2) Stall for time. While in the bathroom stall, preoccupy yourself with rummaging through your messenger bag or purse, covering the toilet seat, or examining your shopping bags until you have enough privacy or until the noise level increases. Once you hear other occupants leave, you will probably feel more at ease.

3) Always opt for the private stall, as opposed to the open urinals. Resist the temptation to use the handicapped station, which is really reserved for people in wheelchairs.

4) Keep an mp3 player, such as an iPod, in your purse or pants pocket. Nobody will think anything amiss if you play a little music to mask background noise.

5) Plug your ears and close your eyes to create the illusion of being in a quiet, private restroom, and your nerves will react accordingly.

6) Pretend you’re at ease, even if you feel differently. Sometimes, just putting on an outward display of self-assurance will make you feel more self-assured on the inside, as well. Breathe slowly, and smile or hum while checking yourself in the mirror.  Act cool and confident, and everybody around you will assume that you are.

Read more about gastrointestinal disorders:

Gut Bugs:Winning the Bacteria Battle

Boost Energy Now! 20 Practical Tips for Fighting Fatigue

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001295/

http://www.ehow.com/how_2257918_overcome-public-restroom-embarrassment.html

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