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Gluten-Free and Healthy Food blog by Kayo and other guest writers.

11/02/2013 - 01:19

japanTraveling to foreign countries is always a concern for us because of the language barrier and the lack of gluten awareness in many countries. Even though I grew up in Japan and speak Japanese, traveling to Japan was still a concern for us.

A chick with knives  by Kayo
09/12/2013 - 10:59

Japanese people use big knives in the kitchen. A 6 to 8 inch blade santoku or chef's kitchen knife and a big cutting board are must-have items if you cook at all. Before coming to the US, I always thought everyone used big knives to cut food at home.

08/16/2013 - 14:08

gheeWhile looking for dessert recipes that don't use any type of flour (including gluten-free flour), I ran across several black bean brownie recipes. As I read through people's comments, I noticed that many people were skeptical of using black beans as a primary dessert ingredient at first. For me, though, it wasn't weird at all. Growing up in Japan, I ate a lot of bean-based desserts. Many traditional sweets called "wagashi" are made of beans. Adzuki beans are probably the most popular beans used, but we also eat white kidney beans, black beans, soy beans, and green peas to name a few (ok, so peas are not technically beans).

Ghee!  by Kayo
06/28/2013 - 13:03

gheeAre you casein or lactose intolerant? Casein is a type of protein found in milk and lactose is a type of sugar found in milk. Many people seem to have a problem with one or both of these. If you are a sufferer, did you know that you can still have that incredible buttery taste in your cooking while using real dairy products?

According to the tests that came back from my husband's visit to the doctor, he is allergic to casein. Symptoms include all sorts of digestive issues that are similar to many of the gluten intolerant symptoms. According to, casein has a molecular structure quite similar to that of gluten, and may explain why a large percentage of gluten intolerant people are also allergic or intolerant to casein.

06/12/2013 - 10:36

Congratulations to Tonya, Linda, Colleen, Angela, Andrea, and Kimberly. They are the lucky winners of our Gluterra tote bag give away and should have already received them in the mail!

In case you missed it, we had a promotion last month to give away our tote bags. We plan to have this type of promotion once in a while, so make sure to keep an eye on the announcements!

Camping Food  by Kayo
06/04/2013 - 11:41

I am new to camping, but have enjoyed several trips with my husband so far. I like to make "foil packets" before we go camping so that there's not a lot of cooking to do when we get there. After all, it's a vacation for us and I don't want to spend a lot of time slaving over a stove or fire.

05/28/2013 - 10:42

When we lived in a small town next to a big college, we frequented a hip vegetarian restaurant in town called "The Grit." This was my first vegetarian restaurant experience, but it was one of those places that didn't seem to be vegetarian because the food tasted so good. They served (and still do) all sorts of dishes - Southern, Asian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Italian, sandwiches, salads, etc. — all for affordable prices. This is the place where I first met nutritional yeast flakes.

What the Pho?  by Kayo
05/17/2013 - 15:45

I LOVE soupy noodles. Hot soupy noodles are my comfort food. I have such fond memories of eating lots of ramen noodles, udon noodles, and soba noodles growing up in Japan. Unfortunately, all of them I just mentioned contain gluten. And contrary to popular belief, soba noodles usually contain gluten unless the package specifically says they are gluten-free or made of 100% buckwheat.

Green Tea  by Kayo
05/14/2013 - 10:09

We drink green tea at home every morning. When I wake up, the first thing I do is to boil water and make green tea. That's how I grew up in Japan. It's an added bonus that researchers suggest that green tea is actually good for you too. You can easily find many articles about the health benefits of green tea on the Internet from fighting cancer to lowering heart disease risk. Here is one article from WebMD.

05/01/2013 - 13:25

Did you know that May is designated as National Celiac Awareness Month? Celiac disease (also spelled Coeliac disease) is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine triggered by the ingestion of gluten. The symptoms could include (but not limited to) diarrhea, weight loss, bloating, depression, and/or abdominal pain. If untreated, Celiac disease can cause other health related problems.

04/20/2013 - 18:24

Growing up in Japan, I ate a lot of fried rice. Most Chinese restaurants in Japan serve great fried rice. It is usually seasoned with salt, pepper, Chinese bouillon (sometimes called weipar), and maybe just a tiny amount of soy sauce for a hint of flavor. I think Chinese bouillon is made of chicken and pork stock and vegetable extract. Here in the U.S., I see many Chinese restaurants season their fried rice with lots of soy sauce. So it is seasoned a little differently from what you find in Japan.

04/07/2013 - 15:38

I shop at Whole Foods regularly, especially since we started eating mostly organic produce at home several years ago. Whole Foods seems to have the freshest and best variety of organic produce where we live (I like Trader Joe's too, but their produce is limited).

When I go to a grocery store, I always have a shopping list ready, but I also look for what's on sale and what looks good at the store. Today, I found these guys:

Eat Your Spinach  by Kayo
04/02/2013 - 19:16

This may be dating myself a little, but I used to watch Popeye when I was a kid… in Japan (the shows were dubbed in Japanese of course!). You probably know how Popeye gets his ultra power — by eating spinach and then beating the bad guys in every episode. As a Japanese kid, it always puzzled me why spinach was in a CAN. I had never seen spinach that wasn't fresh from the garden back then. Maybe I should credit my Mom for cooking only fresh vegetables at home. Maybe it was just that there was no canned spinach available in Japan (or at least I had never seen any). Either way, it was not until I came to the U.S. before I saw canned and frozen spinach. Finally, Popeye's spinach made sense to me.

03/31/2013 - 23:16

We had a family get together this weekend. Because Andrew doesn't eat gluten, dairy, or eggs, he usually gets special dishes that contain fewer ingredients than the rest of us. For example, a serving of mashed potatoes was set aside for him before butter and milk was added.

This time, one of our family members took on the challenge of making gluten-free pasta salad for the entire family.

03/29/2013 - 20:18

Heartland Gourmet, LLC is voluntarily recalling 3 of their products because they may contain undeclared milk. Read on if you are allergic to milk or know someone who is.

It's All Good  by Kayo
03/28/2013 - 22:27

We all know Gwyneth Paltrow - an actress, a mother, and a wife who is married to Chris Martin (the lead singer of Coldplay). Did you know that she is also following a gluten-free and low-carb diet?

03/27/2013 - 09:23

It's true - "You are what you eat".

I just found a program on the Cooking Channel called The Food Hospital. It's a documentary about a hospital in Britain which treats patients by modifying patients diet. They basically prescribe food and vitamins/supplements as medicine. While the treatment is not a traditional treatment, they are staff by trained medical professionals - a general practitioner, a gastrointestinal surgeon, and a dietitian.

About This Blog  by Kayo
03/25/2013 - 12:04

A quick introduction about me.

I've been cooking gluten-free since January 2010 after my husband's doctor told him to go on a gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free diet. The doctor's diagnosis was that he had "leaky gut" and he had become allergic to many things including gluten. (Read Andrew's article about Leakey Gut.)