Navigating a gluten-free life in your kitchen and in the grocery store

GlutenFreeSymbolReceiving a diagnosis that requires a switch to a gluten-free diet can trigger some uncertainties.

Navigating the grocery store suddenly becomes a little harder.

Trying to cook for your family – not all of whom have to avoid wheat products – becomes a little more complicated.

Whether you are dealing with a new diagnosis, or even if you have worked with it for a while, gluten-free educator Emily Rich will help break it down on Sunday, May 17, at a 1 p.m. discussion of going gluten-free at home: “Preventing Kitchen Cross Contamination and Navigating Your Grocer.”

When one family member is diagnosed with gluten sensitivity, she said, it’s not necessarily recommended that the whole family go eliminate gluten. In part, she said, because avoiding gluten for some time – even in those without allergies to it – can increase sensitivity to it when trying to switch back. But that also means thinking about your kitchen a little differently.

“It’s important to get separate toasters, for example,” Rich said. It’s also a good idea to have separate colanders, since it

Emily Rich

Emily Rich

can be hard to clean out the holes, she said. And while people often don’t think about it, it’s a good idea to have separate condiment jars to reduce cross-contamination, because if you are repeatedly dipping your knife in butter, mayonnaise, cream cheese or peanut butter, you can bring crumbs from bread or bagels back to the jar.

A discussion about effective labeling strategies for the home kitchen will also be part of the conversation. Maria Plant, the manager of Clinical Nutrition at TMC, will also be present to discuss what TMC does for patients with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease.

The session will end with a tour of AJ’s Fine Foods, to talk about products that are available and ward off some common pitfalls. Some people may not know, for example, that soy sauce has gluten in it – or that unless oats are designated as gluten-free, they can be cross contaminated when farmers switch fields back and forth between oats and wheat.

The presentation is part of a month-long series of expert conversations on women’s health, including:

  • Oh Baby! What you need to know to keep your new family healthy and well
  • Financial Fitness
  • The Power Asana Lifestyle
  • Women, Wellness and Wine; addressing changing hormones other concerns
  • It’s a Date! Women’s health, including breast health information

There will also be a fun Mother’s Day celebration from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, with free photo booth pictures, flowers and other giveaways.

In addition to the calendar of events, The Core also offers a full slate of fitness classes.

For more information, or to register for the class, please visit

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