I can’t believe this is my 200th blog post, and it has been almost 2 years since I started blogging in December 2008! It is amazing how much has changed in the gluten-free world in the past two years. If you also count my DC Gluten-Free Examiner articles and my Gluten-Free Social Media Tips blog posts, that adds up to over 360 gluten-free articles! So, what gluten-free news did I blog about in December 2008?
• Chicago Tribune investigation found high amounts of gluten in "gluten-free" Wellshire Farms chicken bites & corn dogs.
• Emeril Green aired three gluten-free episodes in Fall 2008 on Planet Green.
• The regular price of Rice Chex at Target was only $1.67.
• Gluten-Free Fox, the first gluten-free search engine, was launched.
One of my first blog posts was a funny one: My own “You know you have celiac disease if…” list. Some of the items are a little outdated now, but I hope some of them are still funny.
In January 2011, it will be four years since I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I definitely have a more positive outlook about gluten-free and life in general than when I first started blogging and a big part of that is the amazing online gluten-free community!
My list of favorite foods that I first posted in December 2008 and last updated in October 2009 is also outdated. Here are some of my new favorite foods.
• Udi’s Gluten-Free whole grain bread
• Udi’s granola
• Deboles corn pasta
• Nature’s Path Sunrise Cereals
• Chobani Greek Yogurt
• Larabar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
• KIND Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio plus Antioxidants
• Gluten-Free Café Pasta Primavera
• Food Should Taste Good Cheddar Chips
Sadly, one item that I intended to include on this list was Jennie-O Turkey Meatballs Italian Style, which used be clearly marked on the website with the no gluten icon. When I went to the website today to link to it, I discovered the new red packaging and that the no gluten icon had been removed. I called and it turns out that the new bags have new ingredients that now include oat bran. They aren’t gluten-free and have been removed from the Hormel gluten-free list. I really hope I can still find some of the old bags that are gluten-free.
As some things change over the years in the gluten-free world, some things remain the same. It is essential to always keep reading labels each time you purchase a product!