The Celiac Project Podcast – Navigating the Holidays & Giveaway


Do you find the holidays to be challenging as someone who lives a gluten free lifestyle/has Celiac Disease? I understand. That’s why I’ve teamed up with Mike and Cam from the Celiac Project Podcast. In their latest episode we chat about:

  • The five-seven types of people you may encounter at parties
  • Our favorite tips to help you have a happy and safe holiday
  • Tips for non-GF family members listening to the podcast

Click HERE to listen to the full podcast or download in iTunes/Google Play Music.

Celiac Project

Many of us have family members who don’t understand Celiac Disease. Maybe they don’t want to take the time to learn about it, and perhaps some don’t think that Celiac is a big deal. In these cases, my favorite resource for discussing Celiac  is The Celiac Project documentary. The DVD is both informative and highly emotional. It clocks in at 60 minutes – requesting that your family sit down with you to watch a documentary for an hour is pretty reasonable. It’s not like you’re asking them to run a mile backwards in heels. Perhaps the visuals and interviews with others who have severely suffered from Celiac Disease will help your loved ones understand you better.

Limited Holiday Special – purchase the DVD for $19.95 (includes shipping. Normally $29.95). Order here:

Order now to have for the holidays!


GIVEAWAY! The Celiac Project Podcast is giving away one copy of the documentary on DVD. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US only. Giveaway ends Friday December 30th at 11:59pm EST.

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Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

Tasty Meditation Gluten Free Holiday Gift Guide 2016!

Tis the season for giving, but when you throw in Celiac Disease and other food intolerances you may feel a bit lost. Have no fear, I am here with this year’s Gluten Free Holiday Gift Guide!

Side note: Many of these companies have some amazing Cyber Monday deals – check out their facebook accounts and I’m sure you’ll find a bunch!

For the chocolate/sweets lover:

  • See’s Candy – I highly recommend their gold box chocolate truffles. The perfect decadent treat.
  • Pascha Chocolate – Very allergen-friendly dark chocolate.
  • Cocomels – Delicious dairy-free caramels.
  • Al Nassma Elegant camel-milk chocolates from Dubai (please see my previous post for allergen information).
  • Lovely Candy Company Licorice Gluten Free licorice! Need I say more?
  • Goodie Girl Cookies The “Mint Slims” taste just like your old favorite girl scout cookie! Make your loved one’s gluten free dreams come true! 
  • Organic Living Superfoods  – Health conscious friends will love this organic, dairy free, chocolate covered fruit. I recommend the dark chocolate covered pineapple and coconut.
    • Get 10% off with code “TastyMeditation10”

For the experienced cook – Often times experienced home cooks know exactly what ingredients they need and what new kitchen gadgets they are dying to try, which makes a gift card to the right store a perfect gift.

For those who like easy baking projects:

  • Luce’s Gluten Free Artisan Bread Mix The most delicious bread mix on the market. Sourdough! Rye-flavored! Italian! Just add water, mix, bake, and you’ll end up with stunning, rustic bread.
  • My Grandpa’s Farm Mixes One of favorite cake mixes. My guests always think this cake came from a specialty bakery – they never suspect it was a mix. I recommend the pumpkin spice cake.
  • 123 Gluten Free Mixes – A high quality set of mixes that are extremely allergen friendly. Great for loved ones with multiple food intolerances. Over a hundred recipes on their website – you will never get tired of their mixes.
  • Better Batter Mixes – High quality mixes from a company with a beautiful mission. I urge you to visit their website and read about the family that was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, the business that sparked from it, and their dedication to various communities including individuals with autism. Very allergen friendly, and there are literally hundreds of recipes on the Better Batter website.

Subscription Boxes

  • American Gluten Free– One of my favorite gluten free subscription boxes on the market. AGF supports small businesses across the country, so you will taste very unique products that you might not have found otherwise. All items are made in dedicated gluten free facilities and are also dairy free/allergen friendly. You’ll find subscription options for both on-the-go snackers and experienced cooks. AGF is offering a single holiday box as well as their regular month-to-month plan – it’s the gift that keeps on giving!
    • Cyber Monday alert! 
    • •Take 50% off all month to month subscriptions with code: CM50
      •Take 30% off all 3 month subscriptions with code: CM30
      •Take 15% off all 6 month subscriptions with code: CM15
      •Take 50% off all gift boxes and one time purchases with code: CMGIFT50
  • Love with Food Gluten Free Box by G-Free Foodie – A monthly subscription box that allows you to sample new gluten free products every month – it’s like Christmas twelve times a year! Great for someone who doesn’t live near large grocery stores and has a hard time finding gluten free items.

For the beauty product lover:

  • Red Apple Lipstick gift certificate Amazing allergen-friendly makeup with stunning lipstick colors for all complexions. The Rallye Balm is a lifesaver for friends who complain of chapped/dry lips during the colder months.
    • Get 22% off orders of $50+ with the code “TastyMeditation”
  • Éclair Naturals A line of beautiful handcrafted lotions, shampoos, soaps, bath salts, and more that are certified gluten free, soy free, vegan, cruelty free, and non GMO. The body butter is perfect for friends who have sensitive skin during the winter time.

For the book/magazine lover:

For the alcohol lover:

  • Tito’s Vodka Certified gluten free, corn-based vodka. You might want to get some for yourself too. I’ve found that you save more money in the long run if you buy the bigger bottle 😉
  • WineWhen in doubt, always a good gift.

Fresh GF treats shipped to your door:

  • Krumville Bake Shop Perhaps my favorite bakery in NYC. Delicious cookies, cakes, muffins, and bread – everything that comes out of the Krumville kitchen is incredible.
  • Meredith’s Bread – Wonderful breads and the best black and white cookies you will ever eat. They are in farmers markets all over NYC/NJ/CT (look for the GF label! – they have a separate bakery for their wheat-based products) and are also available for shipping.
  • Izzi B’s Allergen Free Bakery – Delicious and incredibly allergen-friendly. Located in Connecticut. Fresh baked custom orders are available for pick-up, delivery, or shipping.
  • Bread SRSLY Sourdough “The best gluten free sourdough bread on the market,” says my San Francisco-native boyfriend. You’ll love the $5 flat rate shipping.
  • Gluten Free Territory Amazing raspberry cheesecake brownies. You won’t want to share.
  • Posh Pop Shop Bakeshop A New Jersey-based gluten free bakery that has the most stunning Instagram (I have been stalking them for years). Their cake pops are to die for.
  • Everybody Eats– My mom and I are obsessed with their baguettes. Pickup locally in Brooklyn or get it shipped to your door.
  • Mariposa Baking Co – Located in San Francisco, Mariposa is one of my favorite bakeries in the country. I highly recommend their cinnamon rolls – out of this world!

Handy Gifts:

  • Nima Sensora portable sensor that detects gluten down to 20ppm. Excellent for GF friends who are nervous at restaurants, travel often, or simply want to take more control over their food.
  • Gluten Free Labels – Fun labels, stickers, tags, and toothpick flags that will easily help distinguish the gluten-free products from the gluten-filled products in a shared kitchen.

Happy Holidays!



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