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
January 20th:
Speaker: Caleb Brantly
next meeting: Feb. 17th
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We 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 GF foods you would like to share with the group.
Drug Emporium kindly donates GF food for us to try at our meetings.
* Thank you Whole Foods for your generous donations to our group.  The Thanksgiving Dinner was delicious!
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For more information, contact:
Sherri Clay, President
(501) 821-0111
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
Sherri Clay
(501) 821-0111
Hot Springs Area
LaDonna Brock
(501) 733-9026
 In This Issue:
   ~ Thoughts from Our President, Sherri Clay
   ~ Upcoming Meeting Info
   ~ New GF Product: Brazilian Cheese Rolls
   ~ YOUR Opinions
   ~ Other GIG Groups in Arkansas
Thoughts from Our President,
Sherri Clay
As our board reflected on 2013, it was a great year. We distributed 2,000 of our informative brochures, admitted hundreds to our Facebook page, sent out over a thousand newsletters, in addition to meeting with people face to face at our monthly meetings!  Of course it's not about numbers, it's about people. Like the lady who contacted the national GIG headquarters desperately needing help with the gluten-free diet.  They passed her information to us and within 24 hours, she had an appointment for a GF-101 class!  We call it blessed to be a blessing!
 Upcoming Meeting Info
Monday, January 20th, 6pm:
Caleb Brantly will share with us some information about some new drugs that are on the market, specifically for ADD and celiac disease.
Next Meeting: February 17th 
 New GF Product
Sherri Clay was able to sample a new GF product from a company in Florida that is just getting started.  She said the Brazilian Cheese Rolls from Say CheezZ were delicious.  The Cheese Rolls come in three varieties and must be ordered from their website.  Perhaps one day, we will see them offered in our local grocery stores!
The husband/wife owners of the small company were both diagnosed with gluten intolerance approximately six years ago. The wife's past ocurrences of chronic migraines were finally extinguished with a radical change of saying goodbye to gluten.
All of the ingredients are organic and gluten-free, prepared in a dedicated, gluten-free facility with no risk of cross contamination.
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 $25 or more?
You can bring your donation (cash or checks made out to GIGCA) to the next meeting or mail it to:
     Craig Cooney
     GIGCA Treasurer
     14400 Jerome Dr.
     Little Rock, AR 72223
(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 Craig at:
YOUR Opinions
From Darlene: Anne Luther told me that IHOP traditionally adds their pancake batter to their omelets.* I guess to make them fluffy? Anne also mentioned that you can request "batter free" omelets.
I ate a while back at the IHOP on University knowing that they could withhold the pancake batter from making an omelet. I asked my waitress 3 times to make sure the cook knew that I had this serious problem. I was polite and she seemed very accommodating. Well, something went badly astray because I was very sick with EXTREME lower intestional persistent and repetitive "action" for 3 very long days. Beware of this IHOP!!!!  I mentioned what happened at the last meeting and was told that eating out anytime is risky.
*From IHOP's website: "Our pancakes are famous for being light and fluffy. So we make our omelettes extra fluffy by adding a splash of our buttermilk and wheat pancake batter to the mix."
From Patricia: Smart Flour Foods was at the GF Expo in Dallas. Their pizza crusts were SO good!  (Mellow Mushroom uses the Smart Food crust.)  I asked Drug Emporium if they could get them, along with a box of Freedom cereal that was extremely good.  Both are now at Drug Emporium; they had them in stock within 8 days!
From Sherri on Facebook: My friend and I had a delectable lunch at A.W.Lin's. I ordered mango chicken, coconut chicken, and spring rolls. The only GF soup was too spicy, so they brought me extra spring rolls. Since I was wet and cold, I tried the jasmine tea and enjoyed it as well. The menu is clearly marked with several GF options.
From Hope on Facebook: Found this after listening to more of my Gluten Summit download:
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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).
Other GIG Groups in Arkansas
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)