Hesitations & Hurdles: Embarking on a New Endeavor

Mary Shulman is the founder and executive vice president of marketing for Snikiddy, the line of all-natural snacks made from simple, wholesome, real-food ingredients.  Mary started Snikiddy in 2007 with her mother, Janet Owings, and has created a line of leading snacks that pair nutrition with great taste the whole family can enjoy!  Snikiddy’s family … Continue reading

Listening to Your Inner Truth

By Mary Waldner, Founder of Mary’s Gone Crackers As founder and chairman of Mary’s Gone Crackers, Mary Waldner leads product development and brand strategy for the company. Inspired by her own struggles with celiac disease, Waldner created Mary’s Gone Crackers to provide a delicious gluten-free snack option for consumers.  Her handcrafted cracker recipe became a … Continue reading

Celiac Center at BIDMC: Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN

Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN, is the Nutrition Coordinator and a celiac researcher at the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. She has co-authored the book, Real Life with Celiac Disease and offers gluten-free classes and counseling through DeletetheWheat.com. Melinda is the Founder and current Nutrition Advisor to the Healthy Villi … Continue reading

Glow Gluten Free: Jill Brack

Jill Brack is the founder and owner of Glow Gluten Free, a brand of gluten-free cookies. Jill is often seen at food industry trade shows and celiac awareness events. Like most women, I do it all: I’m a mom, a wife, a gluten-free baker, a crazed entrepreneur and the owner/founder of Glow Gluten Free, a … Continue reading

The Healthy Apple: Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP

Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP, is Editor-in-Chief of The Healthy Apple and Publisher and Marketing Director of Easy Eatsonline gluten-free magazine.  Amie is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Whole Living Expert, Professional Recipe Developer and Food Writer specializing in simple Gluten-Free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook. It was six years ago this month that my … Continue reading

Chapter 2: Our First Fundraiser

Every non-profit organization seems to have a “signature” event. After starting the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), I realized that I needed to figure out what NFCA’s main event would be. I called upon my right hand woman, Nancy Ginter, and we had the bright idea that we should hold a healthy event… a … Continue reading

The Gluten-Free RD: Rachel Begun

Rachel Begun, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and accomplished food and nutrition communications professional. She is a member of NFCA’s Scientific/Medical Advisory Board and an expert for NFCA’s Ask the Registered Dietitian. Learn more at The Gluten-Free RD. July 2000: Simultaneously completing my graduate degree in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and … Continue reading

Sweet Freedom Bakery: Heather Esposito

Sweet Freedom Bakery is a gluten-free, vegan and allergy-friendly bakery based in Philadelphia. Co-owner Heather Esposito shared the story of she and Allison Lubert brought a dream to life. Imagine you are gluten-intolerant, pre-diabetic and lactose intolerant with an intense sweet tooth and want to eat a piece of cake. What would you do?  Well, … Continue reading

Chapter 1: Getting Started

Did you ever wake up one morning and think, I am going to change my life. I want it to be more meaningful?   Well, that happened to me in 2003. And, I began my journey. Let me rewind a minute.  My mother died from pancreatic cancer when I was 20 years old. My father died … Continue reading

What’s With the Pantyhose?

You’re probably wondering what inspired my blog title. Well, when I started my organization, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, there were quite a few times that I found myself ‘winging it.’ Office? I’d cram into a cubicle in another company’s office space. Employees? I’d ask my friends to help until I could hire someone … Continue reading