A local branch of Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) of North America providing support for
people with all types of gluten intolerances, in order to live healthy, productive lives.
Meeting Info
October 21st:
Dr. Lisa Hendrix,
from Paragould Allergy & Wellness Clinic
November 18th:
GF Thanksgiving Dinner at Whole Foods ($10/person)
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We usually meet on the Third (3rd) Monday of each month from 6-8pm in the Annex Building behind the Arkansas Heart Hospital (1701 South Shackleford Rd - click for map) in Little Rock.
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* Please feel free to bring in home baked (with recipe) or store bought foods you would like to share with the group.
* Thank you Drug Emporium for kindly donating GF food for us to try at our meetings!
* Also, thank you Whole Foods for your generous donations to our group!
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For more information, contact:
Sherri Clay, President
(501) 821-0111
 We Want to Hear
from You!
We need your input to make this newsletter great! 
Send in your:
* favorite GF recipes
* GF product reviews
* restaurant reviews
* GF book reviews
* Kid's Corner story
* your personal GF story
or anything else you would like to share with the group.(Please indicate whether you want to be anonymous or have your first or last name used.)
Please e-mail Beaura at
Gluten Free 101
If you would like more details on living gluten free, please contact Anne or LaDonna to arrange a personal “Gluten Free 101” session.
Little Rock Area
Anne Luther
(501) 681-5544
Hot Springs Area
LaDonna Brock
(501) 733-9026
& Thanks
Every year, we ask our supporters to donate money to help us continue to spread the word about gluten intolerance. As you know, Gluten Intolerance Group of Central Arkansas (GIGCA) is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. Would you consider helping us by making a tax deductible gift of $20 or more?
You can bring your donation to the next GIGCA meeting or mail it to:
     Beaura Cavalier
     GIGCA Treasurer
     4 Willow Oak Cove
     Maumelle, AR 72113
(If you mail your donation, please indicate if you would like to be mailed a tax receipt in return, and if we have your permission to list your name in our newsletter as a donor, or if you would like to remain anonymous.)
If you have any questions, you can contact Beaura at:
beauracavalier@gmail.com     (501) 749-9328
New GF Product
by , About.com Guide 
Nabisco, makers of the very gluten-y Wheat Thins, Ritz and Triscuit cracker varieties, is launching a new line of rice-based gluten-free crackers in three flavors.
Rice Thins will be available in the cracker aisle (next to the brand's conventional options) and will retail for a suggested $3.69, the company says.
The crackers come in Original, Sea Salt & Pepper, and White Cheddar flavors, and are manufactured in a gluten-free facility, a Nabisco spokesperson tells me. They conform to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's definition of "gluten-free."
The Original flavor contains only three ingredients: white rice flour, high oleic safflower oil, and salt. The other two include brown rice, potato flour and corn flour, and the White Cheddar crackers also include dairy ingredients and yeast. All the crackers are made on equipment that also processes soy, sesame seed and tree nuts. The snacks are baked, not fried, according to Nabisco.
 In This Issue:
   ~ Thoughts from Our President, Sherri Clay
   ~ Upcoming Meeting Info
   ~ YOUR Opinions
   ~ Recipes
   ~ New GF Product
   ~ Kid's Corner: GF Halloween Candy List 2013
   ~ Other GIG Groups
Thoughts from Our President,
Sherri Clay
This is a wonderful time of year! The mornings are crisp, the holidays are around the corner, and we are planning an excellent line-up of speakers, like Dr. Lisa Hendrix, over the next several months.
By now, you may have heard that Dr. Rodney Ford will be returning to Little Rock next year on October 14, 2014.  Dr. Ford is a world renowned gluten-free expert from New Zealand.  He will speak on what he has learned over his 37 years of clinical experience as a Pediatrician, Gastroenterologist, Nutritional Consultant, and Allergist.  He was recently honored as one of the best speakers of the year!  
When Dr. Ford came in 2012, we had a sell-out crowd.  So for his next stop in Arkansas, we have reserved double the space at St. Vincent's. We estimate our costs to be in the ballpark of $3,000, and we want to keep the price of tickets at $10. So we need to raise some money. If you have experience in publicity, we need you! Each person who attends Dr. Ford's seminar will represent many people that they in turn will influence. Please consider how you can help in this worthy mission!
 Upcoming Meeting Info
Monday, October 21st, 6:00-8:00pm:
Speaker: Dr. Lisa Hendrix, with
Topic: Dr. Lisa Hendrix will talk about several topics including gluten, vitamin deficiencies, infertility, thyroid, adrenal, etc.  She will also answer some of our questions.
Please RSVP for this month's meeting to LaDonna (ladonnakbrock@yahoo.com) so we make sure we have enough chairs. We will be meeting at our regular place, in the Annex building behind the Ark. Heart Hospital in Little Rock.
Monday, November 18th:
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dinner* at Whole Foods! There will also be a cooking demonstration.
* Tickets ($10/person) will be on sale at this month's October meeting and at the door.
YOUR Opinions
From Sherri on Facebook: We had a delicious catfish dinner at the Catfish Hole (603 Spriggs Rd.) in North Little Rock tonight.  They only use cornmeal on their catfish. Yum!
From Sheryl on Facebook: Hi Friends! Some cool new GF products I have come across. 1) Pillsbury "slice and bake cookies"-Delish! It is packaged in a tub so you can make as many or as few as you like. 2) Udi's muffins - Although not a new 'find,' the autumn/pumpkin flavor is out of this world. Hadn't had a muffin in over five months and I felt like "Wow! This must be what heaven is like." 3) Pasta power-house Barilla announce they are coming out with a GF pasta. This is a great company, so I am certain it will be a home run!
From Connie on Facebook: This year the Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival in North Little Rock (Nov. 1, 2013) will have GLUTEN FREE BEERS from four breweries! New Planet, Schlafly, Widmer, and Dark Hills Breweries will have all-you-care-to-taste gluten-free beers. Who says beer tastings aren't for us!
 From Sherri on Facebook: The gluten-free Udi's frozen cheese pizza gets my teenage daughter's and my stamp of approval!
From Whitney on Facebook: I think my lipstick is making me sick...is gluten in lipstick a common problem? Any gluten-free recommendations?  From Mandy on Facebook: I know Avon has a list of GF lipsticks. You may have to have a rep get ahold of a district manager or something to get ahold of it. Other companies I know that have GF lipsticks are Arbonne, Jane Iredale, and Red Apple Lipstick.  From Julianne on Facebook: I use Ecco Bella for lipstick. GF and not full of toxic ingredients.
From Sheryl on Facebook: Hi friends! Does anyone know if the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks GF? From Mandy on Facebook: Here is a link you can check out http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/eatinginrestaurants/f/Starbucks-Gluten-Free.htm. Also, I will say that in years past, when Starbucks wasn't quite so ambiguous about their GF items, the Pumpkin Spice Latte was stated to be GF. I have enjoyed them in years past, and as nervous as Starbucks is about staring what's in their drinks, I've never had a problem. But it is risky.
From Donna on Facebook: Does anyone have any suggestions on substituting GF cream of mushroom soup in recipes? The GF mushroom soup I found was really runny. Thanks!!  From Anne on Facebook: Pacific makes GF cream soups - chicken, mushroom and celery. They can be found at Drug Emporium, Whole Foods, and Fresh Market.  From Christie on Facebook: Pacific is plenty thick, but I find it so heavy on the garlic that it's off-putting, and I like garlic!  From Marsha on Facebook: Nativ Forest canned coconut milk is rich and creamy and makes a fine Alfredo sauce. Totally different product than coconut milk in a carton. Kroger has it in organic section, or Amazon.
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Please send us your thoughts!!!
We would love to hear from you about GF recipes, restaurants, GF products, etc.  Just make a comment on our Facebook page or send an e-mail to Beaura (beauracavalier@gmail.com).
Quick Mayo Substitute
from Cooking2Thrive®
Cheri Thriver
Need a quick substitute for mayonnaise? I don't really keep mayonnaise in the house because it gets old before I use it. If you've made a transition to gluten-free that involves fewer sandwiches, this may be true for you as well. Sometimes I still want to make a quick tuna salad for lunch, so here's what I do. I grab some plain yogurt and a lemon. Just a squeeze of fresh lemon juice in yogurt gives me all the binder I need for my tuna, onions, and pickles or my tuna, salted almonds, and golden raisins. It's quick, it's easy, and it uses things I always have in the house. In a pinch? Give it a try!
Almond White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
from Barbara Owen
Yield: 5 1/2 to 6 dozen cookies

This recipe has been in an advertisement for Hershey's White Chocolate in several magazines. My daughter made them using g/f flour that she mixes herself. The cookies are very good and crispy.

My daughter's GF flour:
1 cup each of white rice flour, cornstarch, tapioca starch
(she shifts her flour 3 times)
1 Tbsp potato starch flour
1 tsp xanthum gum

2 1/2 cups flour mix
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
8 oz. white chocolate chips, coarsely chopped
1 cup slivered almonds
1. In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt.
2. In a separate larger bowl, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add eggs and almond extract to butter mixture until well combined.
3. Gradually add flour mixture to larger bowl and stir to combine.
4. Stir in chocolate and almonds.
5. Drop cookie dough on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in 375F oven 12-16 minutes until slightly browned.
6. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet, then on rack.
Kid's Corner
Gluten-Free Halloween Candy List 2013
Please remember this list is only a guide, since ingredients and formulas can change at any time. Always check the packaging and ingredients before consuming any candy, even if it does appear on this list.
According to Nestle USA, the following candies are gluten-free:
Baby Ruth, Bit-O-Honey, Butterfinger Bar (original bar only, NOT Crisp, Giant Bar, Snakerz, Medallions, Jingles, Hearts or Pumpkins), Goobers, Laffy Taffy (including Laffy Taffy Rope), Milk Chocolate, Nips (including regular & sugar-free), Oh Henry!, Raisinets (including Cranberry & Dark Choc.), Sno-Caps, Wonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip, Wonka Pixy Stix.
The following Nestle USA candies are NOT gluten-free:
100 Grand Bar, Chewy Spree, Everlasting Gobstopper, Sweetarts, Wonka Bar (all flavors), Wonka Gummies, Wonka Kazoozles, Wonka Nerds.  In some of these products, the ingredients themselves are gluten-free, but the candies are processed in a facility that also processes gluten.
According to Mars Chocolate, the following candies are gluten-free:
3 Musketeers Bars (all flavors), Dove Chocolate products (all flavors EXCEPT for milk chocolate cinnamon graham & cookies and cream), Milky Way Caramel Bar, Milky Way Midnight Bar, M&M's (all EXCEPT for pretzel-flavored M&M's), Snickers Bars (all flavors).
The following Mars Chocolate candies are NOT gluten-free:
M&M Pretzel flavor, Mars Bar, Milky Way Bar (original), some packages of M&M Mint and M&M Coconut.
According to Tootsie Rolls Industries, the following candies are gluten-free:
Andes, Caramel Apple Pops, Charleston Chew, Charms Blow Pops, Charms Candy Carnival, Charms Pops, & Squares, Charms Sour Balls, Charms Super Blow Pops, Child's Play, Crows, Dots, Fluffy Stuff Cotton Candy, Frooties, Fruit Rolls, Fruit Smoothie Pops, Junior Caramels, Junior Mints, Sugar Babies, Sugar Daddy Pops, Sugar Mama Caramels, Tootsie Dots, Tootsie Peppermint Pops, Tootsie Pops, Tootsie Rolls, Tropical Stormz Pops, Zip-A-Dee-Mini Pops.
According to Hershey’s, the following candies are gluten-free:
Almond Joy (all), Mounds (all), Hershey's Milk Chocolate Kisses, Hershey's Filled Chocolate Kisses (only caramel and cherry cordial creme, NOT Hugs, Special Dark, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, or Cookies & Cream), Hershey's Nuggets (all varieties), Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar, only in the 1.55 oz. size, Hershey's Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar, only in the 1.45 oz. size, Heath Bars, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (all except seasonal shaped items), Skor, Skor Toffee Bar, York Peppermint Pattie (all).
The following Hershey’s candies are NOT gluten-free:
Hershey's Special Dark Bar, Hershey's Cookies 'N' Creme Bar, Hershey's Air Delight, Hershey's Milk Chocolate Drops, Hershey's Miniatures, Mr. Goodbar, Symphony Bar, Hershey's Extra Dark Chocolate.
According to Wrigley, the following candies are gluten-free:
Creme Savers, Lifesavers, Skittles, Starburst.
The following Wrigley candy is NOT gluten-free:
Altoids Smalls Peppermint Mints (contains wheat maltodextrin)
Other candies that are gluten-free include:
Jelly Belly jelly beans, Mike & Ike, Smarties, Tic Tacs.
Other GIG Groups
GIG of Harrison
Meetings are on the first Monday of each month in the Ginny Hammerschmidt Room in the Durand Center.
For more information contact:
Terrie Martindale  tmusicus@yahoo.com  (870) 741-7240.
GIG of Northeast Arkansas - Jonesboro
Meetings are on the second Saturday of each month at Mt. Carmel Methodist Church, 4000 Southwest Drive, in Jonesboro from 10am - noon.  Find them on Facebook. 
Barbara Feeser  barbfeeser@att.net  (870) 935-4515
Gale Pierce  agpierce@suddenlink.net   (870) 203-9068
GIG of Northwest Arkansas - Fayetteville
Contact Josie Upson gig.nwar@gmail.com to get on the e-mail list and for more information.  Find them on Facebook.
GIG of North America
Check it out at www.gluten.netOur webpage can be found by going to GIG’s website and open the tab for “Local Branches,” or go to www.centralarkansasgig.org.
Gluten Intolerance Group of Central Arkansas (GIGCA)