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
September 16th:
at The Green Corner Store 
1423 Main St., Little Rock
October 21st:
Dr. Lisa Hendrix 
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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.
Drug Emporium kindly donates GF food for us to try at our meetings.
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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
 In This Issue:
   ~ Thoughts from Our President, Sherri Clay
   ~ Upcoming Meeting Info
   ~ YOUR Opinions
   ~ Dempsey Bakery
   ~ Kid's Corner
   ~ Other GIG Groups
Thoughts from Our President,
Sherri Clay
As my friend and I were enjoying my delicious birthday lunch at Mellow Mushroom, she commented about how we were getting older and things were just going to go downhill from here. My response to her was that while we are obviously aging, I feel better this year than I can ever remember!
Of course,  I have been on a quest for better health for many years now. Going gluten free probably made the most difference, but there have been other baby steps in the right direction as well.  For one, eliminating artificial sweeteners. Thank God for all the products with Stevia these days! For another, finding a doctor who would listen to my symptoms (instead of just looking at the lab reports) and putting me on the right dose of thyroid medication. It's hard to believe that that tiny pill could make such a huge difference!
And while I'm still not where I want to be, I thank God every day that I'm not where I used to be! And I'm grateful that you're on the quest as well!
 Upcoming Meeting Info
Monday, September 16th, 6:00-8:00pm:
From Shelley Green: I am looking forward to hosting GIG of Central Arkansas! I will show you what we offer in our soda fountain, food department, home, and personal care items that are gluten-free.  We'll sample some foods and ice cream, and you can purchase something from the soda fountain that evening, if you want, too!
Monday, October 21st: Dr. Lisa Hendrix
YOUR Opinions
From Linda on Facebook: If you are traveling this summer to the Savannah, Florida, or Tennessee area (check locations) and are lucky to be in the area of one, try Your Pie. I cannot tell you how wonderful the pizza is. We went in and when I told them I was gluten-free everything stopped. I was told, before asking, how they prepared the gluten-free pizzas. The make it in back away from anything that could cross contaminate it, with ingredients kept separate, and even put on fresh latex gloves. They put it in an aluminium pan and cook it apart from the other pizzas. On their website they have listed the ingredients for the gluten free pizza dough (water, rice flour, modified rice starch, potato starch, olive oil, evaporated cane sugar, tapioca flour, fresh yeast, salt, xanthan gum, calcium sulfate). We ate there twice!! And the pizza is delicious. Oh, and they have franchises available...someone open one in Little Rock please!!!!!!!!!
From Donna on Facebook: Bath and Body Works anti-bacterial hand gels have wheat in them. Guess I missed the memo.   :)  
(The ingredient is wheat amino acids.) 
From Sherri on Facebook: I have also found that hair products that add volume have wheat protein in them.
From Pete on Facebook: Park Island Market and Cafe in Hot Springs is a great place to find a gluten-free meal. They offer a great variety of sandwichs, Bison burger, salads, and some great soups. Most items are offered in a gluten-free version where possible. Lots of gluten-free items on the store shelves along with fresh local and organic produce. One of my favorite places in Hot Springs.
From Beaura: I decided to take a gamble and tried out a GF bread-in-a-box mix called Kinni-Kwik Bread & Bun Mix by Kinnikinnick. I get so nervous about making bread!  When the box said "just add water" I was especially doubtful.  After substituting almond milk for the water, and following the super easy baking directions, I am happy to say the results were delicious!  I opted to make the buns by scooping the batter in oiled muffin pans.  Next time I am in Drug Emporium, I am going to buy another mix (or two).  Each box is around $4.80 and makes about 16 buns, or one loaf of bread.
From Sherry on Facebook: Just had a gluten-free taco pizza from Larry's Pizza. It was wonderful, have also tried the supreme gluten-free pizza.  And it was almost as good as Pizza Hut.
From Whitney on Facebook: Cross contamination is not really addressed at Larry's. I went to the one near Sam Peck. Clean gloves, clean pan, common oven, common kitchen. Not a big issue if your sensitivity is not too high.
From Hope on Facebook: Mellow Mushroom has dairy-free cheese (Daiya brand), but the GF pizza crust currently contains egg. My waiter is great- very knowledgable. He said they are working on an egg-free crust.
From Christie on Facebook: Went to Lilly's Dim Sum yesterday for lunch. I ordered a grilled salmon salad off the gluten free menu. It arrived piled high with "crunchies," which set off alarm bells. I asked what they were, and the server/hostess (apparently the only person there besides the cook) said, "Ohhhhh! I forgot," and carried it away. I got the plate back quickly. I wondered if the "crunchies" had just been lifted off, but the fish and salad looked pretty clean, as if new, so I dove in. Then I saw some crumbs from the crunchies on the plate... I have to say the fish was cooked perfectly and the salad, especially the dressing, was divine. I just wish I had a good feeling as to whether it was truly GF or not.  From Anne on Facebook: I have found that even when ordering off a GF menu, I have to be very specific about the food. I found I cannot assume that the person taking the order has any idea how the food has to be modified.
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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).
Dempsey Bakery
Hurray!  Dempsey Bakery can now make beautiful Iced Sugar Free Birthday Cakes (in addition to also being gluten-, nut-, and soy-free).  They use a new all natural sugar substitute called Swerve.  Be prepared to pay a little more because the sugar is very expensive, but it is worth it because it has no aftertaste!  The cakes are special order and need to be ordered a week ahead of time.  They have to be baked fresh that day and eaten within two days.  Fridays have been designated "Sugar Free Fridays" and there will be small Sugar Free Hot Milk Cake versions to sample or buy.
Also, Dempsey Bakery has launched its first mix…a delicious gluten-free Cheese Straw Mix!  These cheese straw crackers are great to make ahead and put in school lunches or use for parties.  You can have fun making them in different shapes depending on the occasion.  They freeze beautifully.  The mix will be for sale in the bakery and they hope to sell the mix at Drug Emporium as well.
Be sure to "like" Dempsey Bakery on Facebook to stay up to date on new items.
Dempsey Bakery webpage: www.dempseybakery.com
Kid's Corner
This has been a great month to find kid-friendly gluten free products locally.  I bought some gluten-free (GF) Applegate Chicken Tenders in the frozen section of Wal-Mart in Maumelle.  (FYI - There are only about eight tenders in the box.)  At Wal-Mart on Highway 10, I picked up a box of individual bags of Van's Say Cheese (GF) baked crackers. (I love small bags because no one in our house ever re-seals things!) They would be great for trips, lunch boxes, or even diaper bags. That Wal-Mart also had the Glutino toaster pastries, which weren't immediately gobbled up. They also had some gluten-free South Beach Chewy Nut Bars, but they are full of soy.  Last, but not least, I finally found the GF Pillsbury cookie dough I've read so much about.  It lived up to the reviews, though the container was MUCH smaller than I envisioned it!  My daughter-in-law said it best, life is getting easier and easier for us!          ~ Sherri Clay
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)