Self-proclaimed font of Celiac knowledge, Libby writes about the lifestyle of wheat allergics, gluten sensitivites, and Celiacs. Recipes, product reviews, and tips 'n tricks on healthy gluten free living can all be found here. A writer for healthline.com, this is Libby's personal blog space.

Posts by Libby Cooper

Mouth Ulcers and Gluten Intolerance

Posted on November 25, 2012

I wrote this a while back for healthline.com but now want to repost it here because I just got a mouth ulcer and had to put medicated gel on the inside of my cheek last night. Not fun! My father recently read a fascinating study done on patients with gluten sensitivity who experienced recurring mouth sores. Whether it is Celiac Disease or just a intolerance to gluten, different symptoms can arise in different people. Of course, as you all know, my personal Celiac symptoms include headaches, brain fog, mood swings, severe stomach pain and cramping, diarrhea, and weight loss. However, this study done on mouth ulcers shows how gluten intolerance can present itself in strange and unusual ways. Though my experience being a Celiac…

Super Easy Gluten Free French Tart!

Posted on November 21, 2012

As the big Thanksgiving meal quickly approaches, I decided last minute to add a gluten free dessert to the mix. I originally wanted to make a traditional apple pie, but after research and getting input from family members, my plans changed to a classic apple French tart. Today, as practice before the main event, I tested out my crust method by making a mini strawberry tart for teatime.    Using the ingredients available in my house (mainly because a trip to the grocery store just before Thanksgiving was less than appealing) and with the help of my culinary genius of a father, I managed to create an amazing berry tart out of kitchen scraps. What you will need: 2 cups of whatever gluten free…

My Macaron Obsession

Posted on November 16, 2012

Passing by a little bakery where brightly colored cookies with delicate labels in cursive script and little ribbons are displayed will make anyone’s mouth water and eyes melt at the sheer cuteness. It actually wasn’t until recently that I discovered these little colored macarons were gluten free, but when I found out, I went a little crazy. Macaron, not to be confused with a different type of cookie, the macaroon, is a meringue pastry sandwich filled with creams ranging from thick ganache to sticky jam. This confectionery treat is quite tiny but the level of sweetness is so high that usually one eaten slowly will halt any sugar craving. Originally from France, these delightful desserts are made from egg white, a combination of icing and granulated…

Adventures in the Frozen Foods Aisle

Posted on November 14, 2012

I am the type of person who has always turned their nose up at veggie burgers. The idea of eating meat substitutes has always made me feel a little uncomfortable. I tried to like tofu a while back, but my lack of tofu cooking skills combined with my lack of desire to eat it means that the soy favorite just never really grew on me. People, friends mainly, often ask if I would ever go vegetarian. I am around quite a few people on a daily basis who are either full blown vegan, vegetarian, or pescatarian, which means conversations about food and food ethics often arise. I’ve always said that being a Celiac means that I cannot cut out any other food groups from…

Helminthic Therapy

Posted on November 11, 2012

Helminthic therapy is a type of immunotherapy that is quite trendy right now in the treatment of autoimmune diseases. “Helminthic” refers to the helminths that the person receiving the therapy is inoculated with. Helminths, for those who don’t know, are parasitic worms, and the idea behind this therapy is that a small dosage of parasites will aid an immune system response that is lacking in people who suffer with certain diseases and disorders. In western society, we have an obsession with being clean. Though this blocks out many harmful illnesses, there has been a backlash of problems surrounding the lack of exposure to certain germs and parasites while growing up. This “Hygiene Hypothesis,” which argues that this lack of exposure puts people at greater…

Celiac Safe Comfort Food

Posted on October 31, 2012

First of all, here’s a quick update from last week: I did not get gluten sick from the Taco Bell experience on Friday, but it certainly did not make me feel very good. Fast food just does not sit well on the stomach, not matter how strong your digestive system is. I had a wonderful, but strange lunch today, but before I go into detail, let me provide a little backstory (and a recipe!). Yesterday, I made crepes using an old recipe from my father who adapted it from a friend, a quick look online, Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all purpose baking flour, and the ingredients left in my fridge. It was piecemeal to say the least, but my crepes turned out to be…