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Dancing Deer Baking Co., a leading provider of gourmet food gifts and baked goods, has expanded its line of gluten-free treats. Recognized nationwide for their award-winning baked goods, Dancing Deer has taken several star-studded favorites and created gluten-free versions so customers with a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease can enjoy them.

Dancing Deer’s bakers took the company’s best-selling items and tweaked the recipes to develop equally delicious gluten-free varieties. Their new gluten-free bakery goods include the soft Molasses Cookie—the first-ever cookie developed by Dancing Deer Bakery in 1994—as well as new gluten-free gift boxes.

Many years ago, it was the mighty Molasses Cookie that helped put Dancing Deer Bakery on the map as this soft, chewy cookie with cinnamon and clove won the first of many food industry awards. Now, the scratch-baked Molasses cookie is also available gluten-free. The Gluten-Free Molasses Cookie is available in a number of gift sets or at retail in a 7-cookie pack for $6.99. Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies and Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Brownies are also available.

“When it comes to party planning and gift giving, people really do want to include their friends and family who have a gluten intolerance or simply wish to reduce the amount of gluten in their diet,” says Jennifer Shelley, Master Baker. “We want to make it easier to provide safe, delicious, certified gluten-free treats, so everyone can be part of the celebration.”

Gluten-Free Gifts

Gluten-Free Brownie & Cookie Gift Box —Incorporating all the indulgent flavor of their original recipes, including their acclaimed brownies, Dancing Deer’s Gluten-Free Brownie & Cookie Gift Box is a sweet treat for the gluten-free foodie. This gift includes 7 Gluten-Free Soft Molasses Cookies and 4 Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Brownies packaged in a decorative green gift box. (15 oz. for $32.95)

Gluten-Free Chocolate Bliss Gift Box — This delicious gift contains: 4 Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Brownies, 7 Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies and a 5-oz bag of Gluten-Free Double Dare Chocolate Crispy Cookie Bites (approx. 30 cookies). This assortment of cookies and brownies will arrive artfully packaged in a Dancing Deer gift box. (1.3 lbs. for $39.95)

Gluten-Free Brownie Gift Box — Voted “America’s Best” brownie, this rich Dancing Deer brownie is now available in a gluten-free version. These Chocolate Chunk Brownies are accented with semi-sweet chocolate pieces for a profoundly chocolatey, moist, and dense brownie. This is a classic favorite and includes 8 delicious brownies. (14 oz. for $29.95)

Gluten-Free Molasses Cookie Gift Box — Now available in Gluten Free, this chewy molasses cookie helped put us on the culinary map and also in the hearts of cookie monsters. It was the first of our many Food Industry “Oscars.” 14 generous and homey cookies are scratch-baked and artfully packaged in a festive gift box. (1 lb. for $26.95)

Gluten-Free Holiday Gift Basket — Enjoy two holiday favorite flavors in this special gift. Includes 4 Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Brownies, 7 Gluten-free Chocolate Chip cookies, and 7 Gluten-Free Soft Molasses Cookies all together packed in a burgundy seagrass basket with a toggle tie. (1.4 lbs for $42.95)

Whether it’s a holiday party, birthday party, or an everyday occasion, Dancing Deer provides an easy way for people avoiding gluten to enjoy scratch-baked treats.

The Dancing Deer Gluten-Free line is Certified Gluten-Free. All Dancing Deer treats are baked from scratch, certified kosher, and made in small batches with the finest and cleanest ingredients available. All bakery gift boxes are available for purchase at www.DancingDeer.com.

About Dancing Deer Baking Co.

Since 1994, Dancing Deer Baking Co., a leading national provider of award-winning, gourmet food gifts and baked goods for businesses and consumers alike, has been known for its delicious, scratch-baked brownies, cookies, cakes, baking mixes and gourmet gift arrangements. The company places an emphasis on giving back to the community, most notably by helping homeless and at-risk families through its Sweet Home Project initiative. Find Dancing Deer baked goods in specialty, natural food and grocery stores nationwide, on leading global airline carriers and on their website at www.DancingDeer.com.

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You can make a difference through celiac research

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Beyond Celiac’s “Bold Beyond” symposium empowers all of us to change the celiac scene

I was thrilled to be able to attend Beyond Celiac’s “Bold Beyond” symposium at Drexel University earlier this month. With an all-star physician-researcher panel and moderating by Beyond Celiac CEO Alice Bast, the evening was a major wake-up call: For so long, I’ve become blasé about the fact that my strict gluten-free diet is the only treatment for celiac. After that first year of transitional growing pains, I eased into my new normal, and found myself grateful that at least there is a known way to manage the disease.

But the panel highlighted just how much of a toll the diet actually takes on the lives of those in the celiac community—socially, emotionally and physically. Inconveniences and insecurities aside, 30 percent of celiac patients on the gluten-free diet show no improvement. And in a world where we’re all constantly eating on the go and often at the mercy of other food handlers, even the most diligent of us can’t confidently say we’re 100 percent gluten free—we’re just as gluten free as humanly possible.

3 ways to make a difference

Still, the panel wasn’t just an opportunity to vent—it was a call to make a difference, to push for a better quality of life, to campaign for the kind of research that could lead to pharmaceutical treatments and alternative therapies. And you can answer that call. Here are three easy ways:

  1. Sign up for Go Beyond Celiac at go.beyondceliac.org. It’s an online community where people with celiac share their stories and experiences—and, in turn, advance celiac research. Currently, celiac receives the least government research funding of all gastrointestinal and autoimmune diseases. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The Beyond Celiac team has an extensive network of doctors, researchers and patient advocates with whom they regularly communicate—and who can be our collective voice for the need for further research.
  2. Speak up to your doctors about the toll celiac actually takes on your life. So often, celiac patients don’t feel entitled to share their hardships—but suppressing those concerns stifles the chance for further research. When you speak up to your physicians, you help increase the likelihood that your struggles are conveyed to the research community, which in turn seeks out the necessary funding for research.
  3. Participate in clinical trials. Visit Beyond Celiac’s clinical trials finder to see which studies are available near you. And in the future, the Go Beyond Celiac platform will include a registry component to help connect patients with researchers.

Pictured above, panelists included (left to right): Anthony J. DiMarino, Jr., MD, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Ciaran P. Kelly, MD, Director, Celiac Center and Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Training, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Alice Bast, Beyond Celiac CEO (Moderator); Daniel Leffler, MD, MS, Medical Director, Clinical Science, Gastroenterology TAU, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, USA Inc.; Director of Research, The Celiac Center at BIDMC, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Ritu Verma, MD, Section Chief, Gastroenterology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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BurstFIT At Home With Sliders | Full Body Workout Episode 1

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BurstFIT At Home With Sliders | Full Body Workout Episode 1
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This at-home full-body workout routine, presented by Dr. Chelsea Axe, is low impact and easy on the joints thanks to the use of sliders, but that doesn’t mean you’ll sweat any less. Also, if you don't have sliders at home, don't fret! You can still perform this full body workout at home without them.

This workout plan is burst style, which means the exercises are performed in 40 second intervals with 20 second rests to follow. Burst training is said to burn up to 3x more body fat than moderate cardio, allow your body to keep burning fat for 48 hours after you’re done exercising and require less time than traditional cardio. Get started today to see for yourself.

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Easy Baked Gluten-Free Meatballs

Being Gluten Free – The Secrets to Living Healthy

Classic baked meatballs are a great dinner-starter. Use these gluten-free meatballs for subs, serve them with your favorite pasta and sauce, or, for a total comfort meal, make a batch of mashed potatoes and gravy, fry some onions, and call it a meal.

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Cheat Day: Can You Still Lose Weight With It?

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Cheat Day: Can You Still Lose Weight With It?
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A cheat day is a day that you allow yourself to hop off your diet and eat whatever you want. A cheat day can be any day of the week, but most people schedule their cheat day over the weekend. The theory behind having a day to eat anything is that you’ll stick to your diet throughout the rest of the week and stave off cravings.

In this episode of Ancient Medicine Today, I share my own personal experience with cheat days, the pros and cons of testing out this dieting method as well as the best possible way to go about having a cheat day. Watch to learn more.

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Don’t Let Hidden Gluten Ruin Your Holidays

Being Gluten Free – The Secrets to Living Healthy

From frantic shopping trips to festive parties, it’s easy to get caught up in the holidays and perhaps not be as guarded as you normally are when it comes to avoiding gluten. But with all of the decadent treats suddenly everywhere you turn, even at work, it’s especially crucial to check labels and ask questions this time of year. Protect yourself from hidden gluten this season with these important tips.

Calling all candy lovers

Even if you’re about to grab a type of candy you’ve had before because you are certain of its gluten-free status, make sure it’s the exact same item. Different companies employ different recipes for similar products, so while one brand is gluten free, another may still contain wheat or gluten. Remember that it’s not always as simple as checking for a “gluten-free” label—it’s important to go through each ingredient. While wheat is most common in baked goods, some candies such as Twizzlers or licorice use it as a thickener or binder.

Look out for the word “malt” on labels. This common gluten-containing ingredient is used as a flavor enhancer in several candies and beverages. Maltose, a malt sugar sometimes used in candy, also contains gluten.

Avoid candies that have been rebagged, which are purchased in bulk from the manufacturer then repackaged into smaller packets. Even gluten-free candy could come in contact with gluten, risking cross-contamination.

Play it safe

Even if your family knows that you can’t consume gluten, you may feel most comfortable making your own dish for a get-together. Dishes like casseroles and stuffing often contain gluten. Instead of taking the risk, offer to bring a dish. If you have a favorite item, such as gravy, be sure to bring a gluten-free version that you can savor just as much as the gluten eaters.

Platter danger

If you know the beautiful cake on the counter contains gluten but the frosting doesn’t, don’t risk the temptation. It takes only a miniscule crumb of cake along with that frosting to put you in agonizing pain. Also steer clear of meat and cheese platters. As people grab the crackers, crumbs fall everywhere, contaminating the gluten-free items.

Holiday spirits

It’s not uncommon to enjoy a glass of a wine, a beer or a cocktail with a holiday dinner. While others are sipping, you may want to indulge in a gluten-free option of your own. If the host has the bottle handy, check the label. However, if it’s in a decanter or other unlabeled container, just avoid it. Check whether any of the alcoholic beverages are gluten free, or bring your own gluten-free holiday spirits.

Some people dread the holidays because it can be overwhelming while trying to adhere to a gluten-free diet. But this season should be full of joy and peace of mind. Use these tips to help let loose, enjoy your family and avoid any hidden gluten.

Heather Burdo is a health content writer from New York. Visit her at heatherburdo.com.

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