Showing posts from August, 2017

Boston Gluten-Free: Wildflower Pantry, Brighton

Wildflower Pantry, in the heart of the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, boasts a supplier and product chain of all things local. Even better, if you -- like me -- have celiac disease or a dietary restriction, this little grocery also boasts the double-resource of locally made totally gluten-free goods.

Stroll along one of the two aisles in this tiny shop, and you'll find everything from tea to cheese, pasta to fresh produce. Linger a little longer, and you'll likely be floored by just how many items Keri and her husband manage to fit neatly and cleanly along the walls, in the two small glass-fronted fridges, in the cold case up front -- and you'll likely be just as delighted by the welcoming aesthetic, a front-window nook for events and seating, and the scent of coffee and fresh bread.

I love that Wildflower sources everything from New England. Moreover, I love that they prove that local doesn't mean limited, just as gluten free doesn't mean deprived!

You couldn…

A Celiac & a Gluten-Free Detox, Fun-Style

Why do people pair up detox, diet and gluten-free eating? It's as if to have health, you have to lose joy. But that seems like the opposite of health to me: Health is a matter of mind and matter, and to be healthy, you need a healthy sense of your own tastes, a healthy dose of enjoyment, and a good attitude.

You can't have food you like, enjoyment, or a good attitude if you're slaving under a restrictive food-regime -- whatever it claims about what it'll do for you "in the future". Feeling deprived, and eating mainly because someone else has told you it's the "healthy" option is a recipe for dismally bad health.

As a celiac, I have a prescription for a gluten-free plate. You might too. Maybe you've got diabetes, and that takes sugar right off your list of "to-eats". And this last week, because of my nutritionist consulting and celiac diagnosis, someone asked me for a prescription for a detox plan.


Catholic Celiac: Got Communion?

The recent dust-up regarding Pope Francis's remarks (and decision) regarding the use of so-called gluten-free hosts has rather a crowd of celiac and non-celiac alike up-in-arms. Some -- affronted. Others -- non-plussed. In between, most people seemed at the very least miffed that the pontiff has re-iterated the Catholic Church's always-stance that the Eucharist (and its substance, the communion bread) must be made from -- wheat.

This means gluten.

Perhaps the miffery is high because of the use in some parishes of actually gluten-free hosts.

Celiacs could receive them.

I'm Catholic.

So what would I think if I couldn't receive the Body and Blood of Christ, the "source and summit" of my faith (as the Catechism states)? 

We Catholics do not simply see the act of reception as a communion with the greater Church; as fellowship; as tradition. This is literally God's flesh, and God said to take, and eat, if one wanted to live and be in relationship with Him.

So a…