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GFree Connect

GFree Connect is a company that connects those eating gluten free with gluten free brands, products and health professionals.

How We Got Started:
About five years ago our daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  Living the gluten-free diet / lifestyle, we found what we believe to be a solid, but disjointed information highway that led to a lot of dead-end roads.  We had a great experience with our Dietitian who assisted us with helpful information to get us started. Soon, we got more active in the gluten free community going to local support groups, vendor fairs, reading gluten free related books, blogs, etc.  One of our major observations was there seemed to be a disconnect with health professionals’ role in the community.  We feel very strongly that doctors, registered dietitians and other health care professionals play a very active and often under appreciated role in educating those needing or wanting to eat gluten free.

After working with Brands to get samples to the gluten free community, and have shifted our focus to work closely with health care professionals and help connect gluten free related brands and businesses with those eating gluten free.

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The Diet and Health Benefits of Millet

By Angela Moore M.S.,R.D., LD/N, CLT Millet, a gluten free grain, is not something commonly consumed in the US and usually used in birdseed; however, it is found in many diets around the world. Millet is believed to have originated in Africa and is India’s staple grain. It is also common in China, South America, Russia, and the Himalayas. Millet is quite versatile and can be used in many types of foods and dishes. For example, in India millet is ground and made into flatbread. It is also used Read more [...]

We Are Lucky

Written by: Linda McCauley Freeman The newcomers in our support group seem to multiply every meeting. That’s good news. It means more and more doctors are thinking to check their patients for Celiac, and it also means that more and more people are reaching out for support of a gluten-free lifestyle. That’s support I didn’t have when I was diagnosed in 2004. My doctor handed me a book and told me to read it and return it when I was finished so he could pass it on to his next patient. Read more [...]

Coconut and Oil – Pros of Adding More Coconut to Your GFree Diet

By: Stacy Roth MPH, RD, LDN Coconut oil and coconuts have been in the news lately. As a Registered Dietitian, I was interested to see what the “hype” was about and read further into the new literature. I have noticed in the past months that coconut milk has appeared in the grocery stores, and is listed as an ingredient in yogurt. Coconut flour has made its way to the shelf next to my tapioca flour. I knew that coconut contained healthy saturated fat, but I wanted to find out more about Read more [...]

Importance of Iron/Other Vitamins/Minerals in a Gluten Free Diet

There are some nutritional concerns to be aware of when starting a gluten-free diet. Often I hear the panic in people’s voices as they realize this means no more bread…eek. Then, the search begins with looking for a gluten-free (GF) bread. There are many on the market allowing you to find one that can work for your pallet. Unfortunately, many GF products (not just bread) are a poor substitute nutritionally for the gluten versions. On a GF diet you quickly learn that wheat, spelt, rye, barley Read more [...]

Healthy Snacking On a Gluten Free Diet

by Stacy Roth MPH, RD, LDN Planning your snacks is as important as planning your meals. Snacks help keep up energy between meals. When individuals hear the word “snack” they often think of cakes, cookies, and candy bars. Healthy snacking can be challenging at work with the vending machine down the hall. Adding a gluten free diet into the mix makes it even more challenging. When planned and thought out, snacking can be nutritious and delicious just like meals. Keep in mind, calories add Read more [...]

Getting More GFree Nutrition for Your Dollar with Quinoa!

As more and more manufacturers start producing gluten-free foods, it is important to remember to balance your diet and look for great value in the foods you choose to consume. Quinoa, pronounced “KEEN-wah” has been growing in popularity over the past few years, mostly because of its high nutritive value but also because it is gluten-free. Quinoa is a great pantry staple and one of my top choices, as a dietitian, for anyone following a gluten-free diet. Quinoa is high in nutrients such as iron, Read more [...]

Create and Maintain Your Safe Zone – Preventing Cross Contamination at Home

Clinicians, researchers and people with celiac disease agree that gluten contamination is the largest hurdle, and an ongoing challenge, to maintaining a strict gluten-free diet. It only takes a crumb of gluten-containing food to make an individual with celiac disease sick, and the same is true for an individual with gluten sensitivity. In the past, it was thought that those with gluten sensitivity were immune to the effects of gluten contamination; however, it has now been observed that people with Read more [...]

Celiac Disease, Probiotics, and Gut Health

Written by Angela Moore, M.S.,R.D., LD/N, CLT As those with Celiac Disease (CD) quickly find out, the treatment for this condition is a life long adherence to a gluten free (GF) diet. Sometimes it can be difficult as one can run into roadblocks and adversities to stay on track. For example, at times it’s hard to find gluten free products especially if you live in a small community with limited access. Also, GF products can be more expensive. Particular difficulties occur when dining out, traveling, Read more [...]

Keep Your Gut Healthy and Gluten-Free with Superfoods!

By Karen Graham, RD ( We know that 70% of our immune system lies in the gut; so taking good care of our gastrointestinal system is essential for good health. Experts also agree that the health of the gut impacts our brain and mood. Some experts go as far as calling the gut, our second brain. The gastrointestinal system starts in the mouth and is one long continuous tube that ends at the rectum, which is why some refer to it as ‘the inner tube of life’. This continuous Read more [...]

Gluten Cross-Reactive Foods

Written by: Sara Ruiz, RD, LD, CLT Why don’t some people feel better on a gluten-free diet?  There can be several reasons for this, but one potential reason is that they are cross-reacting to other foods that have a similar protein structure to the proteins in gluten. In essence, these similar protein segments are enough to cause an immune reaction which has the same negative effects that eating gluten does. This cross-reactivity also occurs with various tissues in the body which is why gluten Read more [...]

Mastering Eating Out: Is Your Meal Really Gluten Free?

Since going gluten free you may feel that eating out has become more of a hassle than an enjoyment.  It’s too overwhelming and just not worth it.  I completely understand that initial reaction because I’ve been there and use to dread going out to eat myself. What I have learned over the years, is, with time, knowledge, and experience, you will enjoy eating out again.  If you’re new to the gluten-free lifestyle, stick to restaurants that have gone through a gluten-free certification process.  Read more [...]

Chia Seeds: Superfood or Supplement?

By Jennifer Haas, MS, RD, CPT Nutrient Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and Owner The Healthy Haas, LLC. Nutrition trends regarding super foods and supplements tend to come and go. For example, adding ground flax seeds to supplement ingredients in gluten-free baked goods and other foods can increase heart healthy fats which have been shown to reduce cardiovascular diseases. Some consumers swear there are superfood properties in acai berries that can help impede cancer cells. However, there Read more [...]

Gluten Free Pastas: A Dietitian’s Review

Living on a gluten free diet has become less stressful the last few years due to restaurants and grocery stores becoming more gluten free friendly.  Have you heard the commercial on the radio station?  “You’re Gluten Free, We’re Commercial Free.”  Makes me chuckle every time! Being a dietitian and living on a gluten free diet has its advantages.  I am able to connect with my patients more and I am able to understand how challenging it can to be on a “restrictive diet.”  I have been Read more [...]

“Leaky Gut Syndrome”, Food Sensitivities, and Celiac Disease

Written by Angela Moore, M.S.,R.D., LD/N, CLT Living with Celiac Disease (CD) or gluten intolerance can be very challenging. Not only do you have to scrutinize every food label for hidden sources of gluten you also need to be careful when dining out due to the high risk of cross contamination. Unfortunately, with CD one may experience other health related side effects as well. Often these can be attributed to an intestinal condition known as “Leaky Gut Syndrome”. “Leaky Gut Syndrome” is Read more [...]

Losing Weight With a Gluten Free Diet

Written by Lisa Nelson Going gluten free has become incredibly popular in recent months with celebrities such as Zooey Deschanel, Miley Cyrus and Gwyneth Paltrow all firm advocates of this healthy lifestyle. As a result it is not only those who suffer from Celiac Disease who choose alternatives to flour, meaning that stores and restaurants are now far more likely to offer gluten free choices for their customers. Yet while sustaining a gluten free diet can benefit both health and fitness, there is Read more [...]

Get Involved with Your Local Support Groups!

We at GFree Connect are huge supporters of Gluten Free support groups. We (the founders) attend meetings on behalf of our daughter, and each time we go we come back with some new information to help both her and us with aspects of living gluten free. We’ve come up with some handy points outlining why support groups are important to everyone eating gluten free no matter where you are in your journey. NEW TO EATING GLUTEN FREE? For those of you who are relatively new to eating gluten free, you Read more [...]

22 Herbs and Spices for Your Health

Written by Leslie Cerier Summer is here! With so much fresh produce available at this time of year, all gluten free folks can reap so many benefits by stocking on up a few things, including herbs and spices. The herbs and spices listed below are powerful medicinal aids to a gluten free lifestyle that will help enhance your overall digestion and immunity. Stock up now on both fresh and dried herbs at your local Farmer's Market and you will not only add to the fun and spontaneity of cooking from Read more [...]

Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flours: A Great Convenience for those with Gluten-Related Disorders

Gluten-free all-purpose flours abound. Today, one can shop online or at a local market and find a wide variety of gluten-free all-purpose flours. The initial gluten-free baking days can be filled with much trial, error and experimenting. How does a person select gluten-free all-purpose flour? This is a question frequently asked by those newly diagnosed with celiac disease or living with non-celiac gluten-sensitivity. Taste is often what drives initial preferences. Later, nutrition considerations Read more [...]

FOOD AS MEDICINE: Healing your gut with homemade soups

People with Celiac Disease and other food sensitivity and chronic digestive conditions are more likely to suffer from a damaged and inflamed gut. Many autoimmune diseases including Celiac Disease, Type I Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s and Colitis, are associated with what is known as “intestinal permeability”. This lack of integrity in the lining of the gut puts one at increased risk for continued immune response, inflammation, Read more [...]

Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms: It May Be In Your Head

  By Karen Graham, RD There are three main conditions that react negatively to gluten; wheat allergy, celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. A wheat allergy involves the immune system by triggering histamines, basophils and mast cells, similar to a peanut allergy. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, creating antibodies (tTG) that attack the small intestines. Then there is gluten sensitivity, which is neither an allergic nor an autoimmune reaction and it Read more [...]

A Sleepover Survival Guide (Part 2 of 3)

  A Sleepover Survival Guide: The Child Written by: Amy Macklin RD, LDN This is the second part of my three part series on how to handle sleepovers when your child is gluten free.  This post will focus on what your child needs to know to have a safe experience away from home.  Below are 5 things you can discuss with your child to help prepare him/her for this fun filled event. 1. Chat with your child - Have a candid conversation with your child before the sleepover to see if s/he has any apprehensions Read more [...]

A Sleepover Survival Guide

A Sleepover Survival Guide Part 1 of 3: The Parent Written by: Amy Macklin RD, LDN Does the thought of your child asking if s/he can stay over so-and-so’s house totally stress you out?  Sleepovers can be quite nerve racking when you have a child on a special diet, but don’t let that stop you from letting your child experience such a fun and exciting occasion.  Kids love to hangout with their friends.  They’re most likely more concerned with what they will be doing than what they will be Read more [...]

Beans-For Dessert? A GFree Food that’s both versatile and good for you!

If you’re on a gluten-free diet, cake is most likely not on the top of your dessert list given the flour content. But you’d be surprised at what you can make into cake! When I was given this recipe for garbanzo bean chocolate cake and my first thought was “That’s just WEIRD”. It’s one of the oddest combinations of ingredients I have ever seen. But then I realized that beans are very versatile and extremely healthy. You can add them to soup, salad, casserole or dips. They make a Read more [...]

GFree at the Grocery Store

Happy New Year to all of you! We hope that it’s been a great New Year for you so far. There are probably a lot of you who are now working on your New Year’s resolutions and on your way to reaching your goals during 2013. We know a common goal of many gfree consumers is to eat healthier (or continue eating healthy) in 2013 and beyond. We at GFree Connect not only strive to give you great samples and coupons in our care packs, but we also provide access to resources to help you live healthy while Read more [...]

A Jolly G-Free Holiday

Written by Amy Macklin, RD, LDN  (See end of article for more information) Being a gluten free guest in someone's home for the holidays can be overwhelming and awkward at times, especially if you're new to the gluten free lifestyle.  With some planning on your part, it can be a great experience. Having a game plan will greatly decrease your stress and take the focus off of the “what am I going to eat" mindset.  This article will focus on Christmas/Holiday dinner and the preparatory steps you Read more [...]

Three Ways to Cultivate Gluten-Free Holiday Goodness

We all want to eat closer to the earth these days. Some of us cultivate our own kitchen gardens, growing a cornucopia of brilliantly colored and aromatic vegetables and herbs to share the Thanksgiving table with roasted turkey or game, rich gravies, and wholesome fruited desserts. Some of us gather the abundant, wonderfully gluten free foods of the season from the local farmer’s market or grocer. We all can nurture an appreciation for the best part of the holidays: spending time with your family Read more [...]

10 Gluten-Free Grains For Everyone

By Leslie Cerier, The Organic Gourmet Adapted and excerpted with permission from Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook by Leslie Cerier (New Harbinger Publications). Everyone can benefit from eating a wide range of gluten-free whole grains. Gluten-free cooking and baking goes beyond just replacing the few popular gluten grains wheat, barley, triticale, and rye in favorite recipes. It is a celebration of the earth’s bounty. There are more whole grains Read more [...]

Bone Health and Celiac Disease

BONE HEALTH & CELIAC DISEASE Bone health is a complex interplay of factors.  Bone is metabolically active and constantly being remodeled. Ideally, bone formation and breakdown exist in a dynamic equilibrium that favors bone growth until about 30 years of age.  People with Celiac Disease, especially those who were undiagnosed during the period of bone mass building, are at a greater risk for lower bone density. Celiacs have a higher incidence of fractures and teenagers with celiac disease have Read more [...]

Could It Be More Than Gluten?

Does this sound like you? You’ve had a love-hate relationship with food for a long time. In fact, for as long as you can remember, you’ve always loved food more than food has loved you. Once you made the decision to give up gluten you dedicated yourself to reading labels, and swapped out all of your foods to ones that are certified gluten-free. Things may have started to look up, but now your GI pains are back and you are not sure why. It is possible you could have additional food intolerances. Food Read more [...]

5 Tips for Remaining Gluten-Free Without Raising Glucose Levels

As a Registered Dietitian, I am often asked similar questions related to general health and well-being. Particularly, when it comes to eating gluten-free, or really any allergen-friendly plan, it is important to consider the amount of sugar in your food and beverage choices. With diabetes on the rise, blood glucose levels are a key measure of adequate absorption and metabolism of food. Just as you strive to watch gluten on a nutrition facts label, scanning the grams of sugar is also necessary. How Read more [...]

Enhance Your Health and Tickle Your Taste Buds with Buckwheat

Following a gluten-free diet can lead you to interesting new foods. Have you tried buckwheat yet? You may be avoiding buckwheat since it has “wheat” in its name. Actually, buckwheat is fruit seed from the rhubarb family. It’s not at all related to wheat and does not contain gluten.   Essential Minerals A gluten-free diet, and the typical American diet, is often deficient in whole grains, which results in low intake of essential minerals. Buckwheat is a whole grain that is a good source Read more [...]

Enjoying a Gluten Free Summer

With spring in full bloom and summer lurking around the corner, many of you are probably planning your weekend adventures, a tropical vacation, or maybe even an excursion abroad. However, as many of you may already know following a gluten free (GF) diet can be difficult especially when you have to eat in restaurants more often, travel by airline, train, or cruise ship, and also spend considerable time in hotels, inns, bed-and-breakfasts, or resorts. The most important thing to remember when planning Read more [...]

What May Be Missing In Your Gluten Free Food!

Gluten gives an elastic and stretchy quality to foods. Think about the chewy texture that only a bagel can deliver. Gluten comes from various grains like wheat, barley, rye, spelt, and kamut. Gluten cross contamination occurs when a non-gluten grain comes in contact with a gluten containing grain in the harvesting or manufacturing process. Gluten grains tend to be good fiber and protein sources. Some processed gluten free grains tend to be lower in both protein and fiber. Most Americans get sufficient Read more [...]