Differences between celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and a wheat allergy

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Dietitian, I’ve been experiencing a lot of digestive problems like stomach cramping and bloating. My friend has celiac disease, and she thinks I may have it, too. I have an appointment with my doctor and have been reading up on celiac disease. I don’t understand the differences in gluten…

North to Alaska

I recently made my first trip to Alaska. I will say right now that it will not be my last. I loved it! We started in Anchorage visiting my cousin Justin and his family. Justin moved to Alaska about 30 years ago and never looked back. His wife Evelyn is from there and they are…

Fresh on 55/Eden Valley Wagyu

By Nancy McNab, Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce We met with Steve and Jamie Ries at the Fresh on 55 farm and, when Steve showed up with a box of freshly picked strawberries, I knew it was going to be a great interview. And the strawberries were amazing. It’s hard to ask questions and eat,…

Strawberry fields

By Sandy Holthaus Two years ago, I decided that our local farmers market had a far better product than I could grow in my garden boxes. The farmers were experts, and I was just winging it. By the time I bought all the seeds and plants, weeded and watered, I had spent more time and…

Nutrition and cancer

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Readers, Today I am writing about a topic near and dear to my heart: nutrition and cancer or, more pointedly, nutrition myths and cancer. My clinical experience included 12 years of oncology nutrition in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Good nutrition can help prevent some types of cancer and,…

Summer fun!

Summer is almost here, and I love it! Beautiful, warm weather. School is out so kids can relax and be kids again for about 90 days. I have three children of my own, so I know the challenges of keeping young ones occupied. I like to write a column at this time of year to…

Sweet casual conversations

By Sandy Holthaus Last Saturday, I went to the All-City Garage Sale. The weather was gorgeous! It was a perfect day. It was as if everyone wanted to be outside in the sunshine enjoying our “new normal.” All these phrases that we never spoke of just over a year ago. I have to say I…

Dear Dietitian: Sugar consumption

Dear Readers, We Americans eat a lot of sugar. Why? Because it tastes good. The American Heart Association recommends six added teaspoons a day for women and eight teaspoons per day for men. While most Americans’ sugar consumption comes from soda pop, there is also hidden sugar in many foods. To be clear, we are…

Functional fiber

Dear Dietitian, I am health conscious and try to get enough fiber in my diet, but sometimes I miss the mark. I noticed some protein bars have 10 grams of fiber. Are these good for you? Jim Dear Jim, The Dietary Guidelines recommend Americans consume 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day. Fiber is…

Our connection to each other

I recently heard the word Ubuntu. If you are not familiar with this term, it means “I am, because we are.” The story I read was about a group of children playing outside. A person had a beautiful basket of fruit that they placed under a tree across the meadow. They told the children that…