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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Delight, New Gluten-Free Magazine Debuts

For all the millions of us in the country who try to follow special diets, there's a definite paucity of magazines that cater to our needs.

One magazine caters to people with multiple allergies. Living Without: the magazine for people with allergies and food sensitivities provides recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free. I did a post about it a couple of months ago.

There's also Gluten-Free Living, "the only national, full-color magazine completely devoted to helping you lead a happy, healthy gluten-free life."

Gluten-Free Living is a leader in providing practical, reliable information about the gluten-free diet.

Editor/publisher Ann Whelan brings together first-hand knowledge of celiac disease and extensive experience in journalism and publishing. She has worked for health-related magazines, helping to launch five publications before she founded Gluten-Free Living. Ann, who was diagnosed with celiac disease 15 years ago, received a Master's in journalism from Temple University and a BA in English literature from Hunter College. A voracious reader and yoga enthusiast, she has two grown children, Andrew and Caryn, and five of the world's most perfect grandchildren.

Associate editor Amy Ratner was a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and freelance writer before joining GFL. She received her BA in journalism from Pennsylvania State University and has won several newspaper writing awards. Her daughter, Amanda, was diagnosed with celiac disease 15 years ago. Amy and her husband Andrew also have two sons, Alexander and Austin. Yes, it's a family of five A's.

Marketing Manager Kendall Egan brings previous sales and marketing experience with CBS and Liz Claiborne, Inc. She received her MBA in finance from New York University and her BA in political science from Boston College. Kendall was diagnosed with celiac disease 10 years ago, followed by her son, Brett, five years later. She and her husband Ken also have a son Troy, and two daughters, Dana and Rachel. Ken is known to make a mean loaf of gluten-free bread - a good thing because Kendall's mother and two nieces also have celiac disease.

GFL has a medical advisory board made up of physicians who are experts in treating those with celiac disease, and cutting edge researchers. The dietitian advisory board includes nutritionists specializing in the gluten-free diet.

GFL, published for more than a decade, is known for extensive and reliable research into ingredients and the gluten-free diet. The editors use their journalism experience to investigate and clear-up misinformation about the gluten-free diet.

Now a third contender bravely enters the circulation race at a time when magazines are dying in droves. Delight Gluten-Free positions itself somewhere between the other two, with gluten-free in the name but doing a variety of recipes aimed at the general allergy audience. Here's what Julie Ann Luse, Editor & Publisher has to say.
Years after my husband and son were diagnosed, I became discouraged with all the negativity surrounding Celiac Disease and the struggles of people with food allergies. A researching journalist at heart, I began meeting with lots of other people struggling with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance and other food allergies. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one who was discouraged. The common complaints were, "There is nothing for me to eat," "I’ll never enjoy food again," and “This lifestyle is just too hard!” After committing to the gluten-free lifestyle myself, I began to see it from a new perspective.

It became my quest to seek out the most delicious food recipes and take amazing recipes already out there and tweak them for the right person. I found a passion for showing others dealing with food allergies and intolerances that it could be a beautiful thing. I was delighted that a simple diagnosis could cause people to take charge of their health; to look closer at the foods they eat and to read labels for their own safety. These are the attributes severely lacking in the mainstream American diet today.

After eliminating other food allergies, I found the gluten-free diet to give me energy, clarity, migraine-free, better mood, healthier days, and I want the whole world to experience just how delicious a gluten-free diet can be.

In our issues you will find gourmet, scrumptious, easy SemiHomemade, GF on a budget, Healthy and Fresh, fully illustrated recipes that will suite [sic] the gluten-free, casein-free dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, soy-free and rice-free diets. I hope you enjoy!

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