May is Celiac Awareness Month, and the Gluten Intolerance Group and Pamela’s Products have teamed up to bring us the first-ever Gluten-Free Challenge! Many of us adhere to a gluten-free diet every day, but in an effort to increase awareness of celiac disease and a gluten-free diet, we are challenged to spend one weekend gluten-free. The challenge takes place on May 22 and 23, 2010. If you sign up for the challenge at http://www.gogfchallenge.com/, they will send you newsletters with tips and recipes to assist you through your challenge, so you won’t be totally in the dark. The challenge is completely free, and there are even chances to win cool gluten-free products.
If you don’t already eat gluten-free, I encourage you to take this challenge! If you are already gluten-free, tell your family and friends. If they’re reluctant, you might share with them some helpful hints on what they CAN eat that’s simple and naturally gluten-free, (think fresh vegetables, rice, chicken, steak, potatoes, some ice cream – you get my drift.) and that they don’t have to go out and shop for expensive gluten-free products. Also, check out recipes from any number of gluten-free blogs out there (I have quite a few on my Blog Love page), as I’m sure there will be something for everyone. The goal of this challenge is not to convert everyone to gluten-free; if gluten doesn’t give a person problems, there is no reason to eliminate it. However, those that must adhere to a gluten-free diet can at times feel isolated or different. Food is often a way to bring people together and a way to share valuable time with friends and family, but when one of those family members or friends is gluten-free, they cannot always take part in the sharing of foods. This challenge is to raise awareness, and to allow everyone to enjoy a meal together gluten-free, stress-free, and with the ones they love.
Next topic of importance – I’m participating in a Food Revolution! If you aren’t familiar, ABC is currently running a series called Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Jamie Oliver (a.k.a. The Naked Chef) is on a campaign to change the way America eats. After all, so much of the standard American diet is comprised of processed and fast foods and is otherwise unhealthy. Diane Eblin of The W.H.O.L.E. Gang became inspired (as many of us did) by Jamie Oliver’s campaign, and has designed a campaign of her own. Every day for 30 days (April 26-June 4), a different food blogger will be posting a recipe that is healthy and nutritious. Diane has graciously asked me to be a guest blogger for one of the days of this Revolution! We are encouraged to remake a dish, taking something that is commonly eaten in American homes in a processed or fast food form, and recreate the recipe to be wholesome. The goal of this Revolution is to create a resource for people looking to make changes to their lives by eating healthier. Stay tuned, and make a point to visit The W.H.O.L.E. Gang every day during this Revolution for new recipe ideas!