Monday, February 28, 2011

Evening with Paul Taylor Dance Company Benefit

The New York City Celiac Disease Meetup Group is very excited to host the 6th annual Evening with the Paul Taylor Dance Company on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 7pm at New York City Center. Enter promo code 6586 when buying your ticket HERE to attend pre-performance benefit or call at the number below

A pre-performance reception in the theater -- with gluten-free appetizers, pizza, and sweets from Pala Pizza and gluten-free beer from Bard's Beer -- begins at 5:45pm.

Gift bags will be given to all reception attendees. The gift bags will contain Glow Gluten Free cookies, brownies from Foods by George, Celiebo gluten-free dining cards in various languages, and "The Simply Bar".

The program: Company B, Phantasmagoria, and Promethean Fire.

Tickets: $300, $135, $75, and $25. A portion of each ticket benefits the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University when the buyer mentions code CDC at the City Center box office (55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues) or when calling CityTix, 212.581.1212; or entering promo code 6586 at

This Thursday: Workshop on Implementing a Gluten Free Diet

Alternative Nutrition Series for Children

Part 1: Workshop on Implementing a Gluten Free Diet

Thursday, March 3, 2010
10 am-12:30 pm

Sinergia • 2082 Lexington Ave. - 4th Floor, New York, NY 10035, Tel 212.643.2840

I will be speaking at Sinergia in East Harlem on Gluten Free Diets for Children with Developmental Issues. The workshop includes information about cooking gluten free food for kids and how to make your family recipes gluten free as well as information about different health issues that can be helped by implementing a gluten free diet. This is part 1 of a 3 part series to really help parents make changes in their children's diets with specific foods they can change to. Information in this lecture can also help parents who just want to expand their children's diets to be more varied. The other dates for this series can be found at What To Feed Your Kids In Person.

To register for the FREE workshop, please call Gina Peña-Campodonico at 212 643-2840, ext. 305 or by e-mail at

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tummy Rescue Shake on Celiebo

Celiebo has a Tummy Rescue Shake video on her vlog. And yes, pears are one of the least allergic fruit! Vickerstaff Health Services has a great overview of Foods Most Frequently Associated with Allergies that has a helpful chart and detailed information about this complicated subject.

Celiebo is not a doctor! (She noted a few times on her vlog!) But, I would like to let Celiebo know that most of what helped my kids get better was advice passed on from non-doctor sources so it is a huge benefit to her viewers that she is passing along the Tummy Rescue Shake. When I listened to doctors and followed their advice, my son just got sicker and sicker! It wasn't until I listened to other parents--including a doctor who had QUIT practicing neurology at a prestigious NY city hospital because her kids who both had celiac got sicker and sicker when she was following mainstream medical advice. The doctor went back for a degree in homeopathy after homeopathy healed her kids. Mainstream medicine is AMAZING if you have a heart attack or have your arm cut off--as one GI doctor told me who was unable to help my children "Western medicine has a death and disease model." So if you are dying or have a disease it really is great model. But if what you suffer from is chronic unwellness that is not a death or disease (like a bad tummy from getting glutened) then your tummy shake might be better than anything prescribed by a doctor!

Of course, like Celiebo, I am not a doctor!

So, it's always best to consult your doctor first before trying any kind of concoction or advice --including the tummy rescue shake. I have found the best way to heal my kids is seeking both mainstream and alternative advice simultaneously. Often mainstream doctors can provide a diagnosis and a direction, rule out serious problems and treat symptoms. I have found that alternative and integrated doctors can really help to heal and treat underlying problems.

And, because everyone is different, sometimes it has just been through trying things recommended by other parents that I have seen symptoms improved (or vanish) in my children.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fun Friday with Celiac Diva

Being interviewed by CeliacDiva was a highlight of my week. CeliacDiva filmed the episode at Bryant Park on 42nd Street and 6th Avenue with the library and the taxicabs in the background--it was a real NYC moment for me.

Every Monday, there is a brand new episode on Celiac Diva. ourGFfamily's interview should air in the next few weeks. Until then you can catch up on all the back episodes. I just watched back episodes of the CeliacDiva review of ALCAT and Glow Gluten Free Cookies.

Q&A...A Doctor Recommendations in NYC?

Q: Can you recommend a doctor for an adult in NYC?

A: It is hard to make a recommendation without knowing the particulars but there are three doctors in NYC that I have personally seen who use both mainstream and alternative testing in their practices. Unlike most doctors, who use a death and disease model, these doctors have an interest in preventing chronic problems and helping people to feel well. I have listed them in the order I have seen them. The doctor I have seen most recently is at the top. Depending on the problem, one might be more suitable than the others--it is a good idea to call and find out particulars about each doctor before you make a decision. You can email me individually with more specific info if you would like any more information. All three have helped me in different ways at different times.

Dr. Zina Kroner
Dr. Michele Alpert
Dr. Fred Pescatore

Thursday, February 17, 2011

DR. OZ --Causes of Autism at 3 pm.

Dr. Oz show on causes of autism at 3 pm. Mostly about vaccines. But I made a comment.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Valentines Love CONTEST to Win Allergic Girls New Book

AllegicGirl is having a contest where you can win a FREE copy of her new book Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies to spread the GF love for valentines day. I first heard the breaking news on Celiebo's video blog interview with AllergicGirl. I have so many examples of GF love I have gotten from people who have gone out of there way to accommodate our family's inability to eat gluten...

Recently, I signed my kids up for religious school at the 92nd Street Y after attending another temple for a few years. When I was registering my children for the class and explaining that my daughter could not have gluten and my son could not have gluten and dairy, the rabbi thought carefully about how to proceed after listening to our story and then informed me that they would only serve food in the class that my kids could eat.

After three years of bringing food every week for my daughter to her religious school and watching her not partake in so many activities because they involved eating gluten, I almost cried when the rabbi told me this. By making the food served gluten and dairy free, my children were fully included in all activities. The rabbi's sensitivity to my kids was in part from his own experience with food allergies--his son had an allergy to dairy and peanuts. When it came time for the Hanukah party, my daughter informed me that she didn't want to go because she wouldn't be able to eat anything and it made me so happy to tell her that, actually, all the food would be gluten free! The staff at the 92nd Street Y even purchased gluten free dairy free gelt for my kids at Hanukah. My kids hadn't seen Hanukah gelt (chocolate coins) in 3 years so it was a real treat for everyone. I don't know who is happier, me or my kids! I don't expect everyone to make every event gluten free. It is really beyond any expectations I had, but it certainly is a treat for me and my kids and they feel more positive about their experience at religious school because they are able to participate in all the activities.

And, it is a very good example of GF love.

To enter Allergic Girl's contest

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Electropollution on the Radio from 7:10-9:00 am TODAY

Deborah Kopald will be interviewed by the station owner on WTBQ, 93.5 FM or 1110 AM on Tuesday, February 15th from 7:10-9:00 a.m. EST(the interview will be interspersed with traffic and weather updates since it is the commuter's time slot) about ELECTROPOLLUTION. (cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, smart meters, CFL's, transients, etcetera.)

Deborah will give an overview and discuss new developments including:

-recent legislative initiatives around the country
-a new report on smart meter radiation suggests that FCC limits will be breached inside peoples' homes
-new gadgets and public sources of RFR

Broadcast hits Orange, parts of Rockland, and North Jersey. It will also be streamed live on the net at

Feel free to call in during the broadcast with questions (845) 651-1110.

GFCF Meatball Recipe

I haven't been posting as often as would like to because I have been taking an algebra class. HOW CRAZY IS THAT? To go back to school to study nutrition I need a bunch of science classes and in order to do well in the science classes I decided to brush up on my math. Because I took AP calculus in high school, I thought that college algebra would be an easy class. But, it's surprisingly hard to do algebra 20 years later and taking up a lot more of my time than I expected.

After the first day, thinking out loud, I said: "It's too hard. Should I drop the class?" My 9 year old replied..."When something is hard for me, are you going to let me drop the class?"

So I have stuck with my algebra class. Tomorrow is our first quiz.

I did cook a celebratory Valentine's dinner for friends tonight: Veggies with Green Dip, Pizza. Kale. Meatballs. Raspberries with Passionate Mango Sorbet. The meatballs were outstanding but I am too tired to blog anymore so here is the recipe...

Meatball Recipe

2 # organic beef and pork
3 slices of udi's bread ground into bread crumbs
1.5 small onions (about 1 cup) chopped finely minced in cuisinart
1.5 tsp salt
2 teaspoons of dried oregano
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
black pepper
2 eggs

Combine all ingredients. form small balls. drop into sauce and boil for 20 minutes. enjoy over boiled kale or pasta. I used a small ice cream scooper to make the meat balls.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lecture Tonight on Is Wi-Fi Safe for Kids in NYC

Lecture tonight at All Souls Church on Is Wi-Fi Safe for Kids?

All Souls Church
1157 Lexington Avenue (at 80th Street)
Thursday, February 10, 2011
7-9 pm

For more info on wi-fi safety read:
GQ article on Warning, Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous To Your Health
Thoughts on The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Remember Greece? Lamb Chops Recipe for Kids

My kids ate LAMB. My kids at LAMB. My kids ate LAMB.

Not only did they eat LAMB, but we also sat down together and ALL ate the same thing. Fitting it was lamb--because it seems a miracle and lamb seems very biblical. (Sorry to all my vegetarian readers!)

So, my small miracle, happened because I met with Kathleen Reilly, who I know from my work with the NAA-NY Metro Chapter. Kathleen was helping me with menu planning and I was helping her with her blog, One Little Bite at a Time. Anyway, while menu planning we added lamb chops to the menu. I was kind of skeptical but when I saw the lamb chops at Union Square Greenmarket I decided to try it.

I told my kids: "I am making lamb for dinner...Try it...This is what's for dinner...Everyone is going to eat it...I am making gyros--they are from Greece...Everyone is going to have this for dinner." I started prepping them for the new meal about an hour before dinner. and interspersed my "commercials" every so often. At one point, my worried daughter looked at me and looked at the lamb and asked: "What if I don't like it?" I said upbeat and positive "Try it, please. If you don't like it I will make you something else!" Which, I am sure is the wrong thing to say. But I never dreamed they would actually EAT the lamb. I was just hoping they would try it.

They didn't love it. Which is fine. I told them I am not going to make it every week but it's nice to try different things--GREAT JOB THAT EVERYONE ATE IT! And we had a BIG CELEBRATION.

"Next time can you make pork chops?" my daughter said after finishing her second lamb chop.

Here is my recipe, which is an adaptation of Ina Garten's lamb recipe...

Remember Greece? Lamb Chops for Kids Recipe

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1.5 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup verjuice or red wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 rack of lamb

Combine all marinade ingredients in the cuisinart and process well.
Cut lamb into chops and flatten a little with a knife
Put in glass container in single layer and pour marinade over. Let sit for 2 hours or overnight.

To cook:
Remove from the refrigerator and allow the chops to come to room temperature--it will take about 20 minutes. Remove chops from marinade and dry them off before cooking. Broil on high for 6 minutes or heat a pan over high heat, add the chops and sear for 2 minutes. Flip the chops over and cook for another 3 minutes.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Quinoa Sesame Almond Crackers

These quinoa sesame almond crackers are crispy and nutty and packed with nutrients. If you cook them until the edges are brown you have a flavorful cracker. But, if you take them out of the oven when they are soft, then they are kind of like a soft grainy bread or whole grain pita--even though they don't actually have any grains in them--quinoa is actually a seed. I like to serve these with guacamole.

2 cups almonds (I soak them overnight) or 2 cups Bob's Red Mill almond flour
1 cup Bob's Red Mill organic quinoa flour
1 c. sesame seeds
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoons xanthum gum
1/4 teaspoons cayenne (optional)
4 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
3 egg whites
1/2- 1 cup water

Put almonds in the cuisinart or food processer and process until they are finely ground. (You can skip this step if you are using almond flour.
Add quinoa flour, sesame seeds, salt, cayenne and xanthum gum. Turn on food processor until combined and finely ground. It will look like coarse meal.
Add the wet ingredients and process until the dough is sticky and not crumbly. Add extra water until it forms a dough and isn't crumbly.
Scoop 2-3 Tablespoons of dough onto a parchment lined sheet tray. Press the dough flat with your finger tips using quinoa flour or tapioca starch or potato flour to keep your fingers from sticking until they are flattened and about the diameter of a pita.
Cook in a 400º oven for 18 minutes.