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Dairy-Free Fudge (and a Giveaway) for 12 Days of Christmas Cookies!

Welcome to the second day of 12 Days of Christmas Cookies, being hosted by the fabulous Maggie of She Let Them Eat Cake.  In the event you missed the kickoff yesterday, Amy Green of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free, shared a recipe for Pistachio Cranberry Biscotti.  Amy is also hosting a giveaway for FREE baking supplies, so be sure to stop by and enter.

Tomorrow, December 3rd, be sure to visit Gluten Free Life with Jen for the third installment of 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.

Before I go any further, I would like to send a big Thank You! shout out to my friend Alisa Fleming for saving me this holiday season.  Alisa is the Founder and Chief Editor of, and the author of not one, but TWO great dairy-free blogs: Alisa Cooks and Dairy Free and Fit.  As many of you know, the past couple of months have thrown me a few curve balls and I now find myself on the path of re-learning how to bake without the use of dairy and eggs.  I have been relying heavily on Alisa’s websites and her magnificent book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, while I get my new sea legs on.

It was on the Go Dairy Free website that I found this exceptional 5-minute Coconut Fudge recipe by Hannah Kaminsky, author of My Sweet Vegan.

I followed Hannah’s quick and simple recipe to the tee.  I think.  Okay, I wasn’t sure if “Regular” Coconut Milk meant the full fat canned coconut milk or So Delicious Original Coconut Milk but I decided to go with So Delicious because it doesn’t have a detectable coconut-y flavor.

I know, I know.  Lots of folks love the flavor of coconut, but for me, it makes me think I’m eating suntan lotion.  Hawaiian Tropic Fudge.  Panama Jack Fudge.  Banana Boat Fudge.  You remember all those great suntan lotions baking oils from the 1980’s, don’t ya?  😀

Apparently, Alisa anticipated this about me ahead of time, so she suggested I also leave off the shredded coconut topping.  Instead, I folded in 1 cup of chopped walnuts before I poured the mixture into the prepared pan, which is how my little chocolate monster loves his “buuudge” anyway.

Alisa also shares several other variations for this recipe, including one with crushed candy canes, so be sure to stop by for this vegan fudge recipe and a few great ideas to inspire your own creation!

I love Alisa’s book Go Dairy Free so much that I would like to personally share a copy with TWO of my fabulous readers!

But wait, there’s more.

I will also be giving both winners a FREE Oxo Good Grips Potato Ricer! This is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets of all time and I shared my affinity for it in my post on “Eventually Instant” Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes.

**This Giveaway is now closed**

I am going to try something new for this giveaway…a scavenger hunt!

Oh come on, it will be fun, I promise!  😉

To enter for a chance to win one of two copies of Go Dairy Free, plus an OXO Good Grips Potato Ricer:

Read any one of the following 3 posts on The Gluten is the blog of HealthNOW Medical Center and Dr. Vikki Petersen) then leave a comment to this post telling me one thing you learned regarding dairy:

Why Do Some Celiacs Never Heal?

Dairy Creates Intestinal Damage

Components of a Healthy Diet When Gluten Sensitive

Bonus Entry Opportunities do one or all of the following (participation is strictly optional), then leave a comment to this post telling me which task(s) you completed (you will receive one bonus entry per completed task). **Please be sure to leave a separate comment for each completed task, as this is how I keep track of entries.

  • Share the link to this giveaway on your Facebook Page
  • Share the link to this giveaway on Twitter (be sure to include @adventuresgfmom in your tweet)
  • Mention this giveaway in a blog post and include a link back

Using the Random Number Generator, I will pick the two winners on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010.

Good Luck! 😀


  1. I read "Why Some Celiacs Never Heal" and learned that dairy is a known inflammatory agent and results are better when patients exclude it from their diet.

  2. I liked Go Dairy Free on Facebook.

  3. I liked HealthNow Medical Center on Facebook.

  4. I liked Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on Facebook. Can't wait to follow your blog!

  5. I learned "Dairy Creates Intestinal Damage" that other mammals should not drink the milk of other mammals because its too high in protein and prosphorus which helps destroy the gut lining.

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  6. ‘Like’ Go Dairy Free on Facebook-Sable S

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  7. ‘Like’ HealthNOW Medical Center on Facebook-Sable S

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  8. ‘Like’ Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on Facebook-Sable S

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  9. I read the article "Why Celiacs Never Heal" and I was not aware that being latose intolerant actually causes internal damage and may prevent fully healing from the effects of celiac. I have known I can't drink milk but I am slowly coming to the conclusion my dairy problem is getting worse – but I LOVE cheese and can't imagine not eating it. Thank you for sharing the articles, Heidi.

  10. Wow! Awesome looking fudge Heidi! Did you make your own icing sugar? You rock girl! Great prizes too – thanks so much for doing this with your usual flair!

  11. I learned that dairy could damage your intestines and that can actually lead to the gluten problem. I don't know which came first in my body, but it does help me clarify why I need my kids off dairy. Thank you both for the education and the opportunity to win the book!

  12. I did not realize that butter has very few milk solids.

  13. I "liked" you on fb

  14. I shared you on fb too

  15. I also emailed a link to a specific friend who is new to dairy free

  16. I read why to some celiac's never heal and learned that dairy is a known inflammatory agent.

  17. Like’ Go Dairy Free on Facebook

  18. ■‘Like’ HealthNOW Medical Center on Facebook

  19. ■‘Like’ Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on Facebook

  20. ■Share the link to this giveaway on your Facebook Page

  21. Don't you just love Dr. Vikki? She has been my doctor for years and is the medical expert opinion on my blog with her series Answers from a Gluten Doctor.

    Going to have to try that coconut milk as I, like you am not crazy about coconut taste even though everyone in my family LOVES coconut!

    No need to enter me in the giveaway just wanted to tell you how much I love what you are doing to increase awareness and there is no better place for that than with Dr. Vikki's blog!



    • Hi Carol!

      I LOVE Dr. Vikki! I have learned so much from her blog and videos that none of my MD's ever told me about. I am really excited to go to HealthNOW in January and I really feel as though I will finally get the answers for my continued health woes and *hopefully* be able to stop the progression, if I can just figure out how to heal my leaky gut. 😀

      My family loves coconut too, but they're weird LOL!



  22. I read the article "Dairy creates intestinal Damage" I learned that dairy stops the formation of glucosamine in the gut and that this is a bad thing because glucosamine repairs the mucosal lining of the samll intestine.

  23. I read Components of a Healthy Diet When Gluten Sensitive and found out that dairy can actually harm the intestine because our bodies are not equipped to digest it.

  24. I "like" you on facebook.

  25. I "liked" Go Dairy Free on Facebook.

  26. I've read that we Americans love our fast food, but we GF Americans need to remember that eating at home is the way to go because as Dr. Vikki says, "But may I point out that the “American way” is not really working? Witness the statistic of dropping form 11th in the world for life expectancy down to our current ranking of 42nd." If that's not a red flag for eating to our wellness at home, I'm not sure how much more of a brick wall we have to hit full force to get the picture!!! I'm brand new to the GF world (NOV 5, 2010), I'm overwhelmed with literature to read, I'm liking your blog content for it's overall view of my new lifestyle. I am a survivor, not a victim!!

  27. Twitter. Bah! Humbug! Come here little birdie I want to eat you… you caught me my real name is Sylvester and I'm skinny, black and walk on four feet.

    Oh yeah, I read all three articles. I didn't know, mostly because hope springs eternal, that the dairy allergy extended to sheep's and goat's milk products as well. There goes my once a month indulgence in feta cheese, rats!

    I've made the peppermint and almond versions (I may have made up the almond version) of Hannah's wonderful fudge. My husband said it was the best, smoothest fudge he'd EVER eaten. I didn't even tell him it was dairy free. Now I need to make some powdered sugar in my vitamix for fudge and layered peppermint brownies.

  28. I "liked" HealthNow on Facebook. Maybe someone will give me a free scholarship?

  29. I liked GoDairyFree on Facebook.

  30. I "liked" you on Facebook but I already like you everywhere else so I double liked you in reality. Is that like double dutch?

  31. I learnt that to get to the route of your problem you need to discover why, not simply remove the food thinking that it is the problem!

  32. I follow you on twitter @cherylcasperson

  33. Liked Dairy Free on Facebook

  34. Heidi-Don't enter me in the giveaway. I bought Alisa's book at BlogHer and had her sign it for me. She is just the smartest and sweetest and I'm so glad she is helping you deal with the latest twist in your healing journey. It's so fantastic that you are getting people to read Dr. Vikki's work and spreading the word. You are an inspiration yourself.

  35. Uh, is that a goldfish shaped piece of fudge I see? You are too much!

  36. Wow, I had no idea so few celiacs achieve intestinal healing! That's fascinating and terrifying. Cripes. I had no idea.

    Also, followed three of the above-listed Twitter accounts. 🙂

  37. I read the dairy article because giving up dairy has been my struggle of late, but I like the reinforcement on butter being healthy and, of less of an issue for many. When I first went gf, I also gave up all dairy except butter. That was doable for me and I still felt great without the other dairy products in my diet. Now I'm trying to not eat butter either and that's tough. I know … I know … lots more folks, like you, my dear Heidi, have given up much more. I'm a work in progress! Don't enter me in the giveaway, but I wanted to lend my support. You are truly educating people! Now if you could just get some doctors over here to read these articles! Not kidding though. And, I couldn't agree more on Alisa, her book, and her site–invaluable resources! She did a telecon with my group over a year ago and we all learned so much from her. 🙂



    • Shirley,

      Don't beat yourself up, I am right there with ya sister! I cook and bake all things dairy-free because of Luke, but I still sneak myself some cheese when no one is looking, LOL! It is not an easy transition to make and I do much better taking baby steps…I'm a weaner! 😉

      I will probably continue consuming some dairy products until I go see Dr. Vikki next month because I really want to be tested (accurately) and from what I understand, you need to be eating the offending food for accurate test results (like gluten).

      I will say that I am very encouraged about the butter too and I have since switched back to real butter for myself (Pasture Butter from grass-fed cattle) because Earth Balance contains corn, which I now need to get off of too…OYE! I will hold off on giving Luke butter though, at least until I talk to Dr. Vikki, but geez, it would be awesome to be able to have that!

      I think we need to get Alisa on "our team" and write an equally informative book called Go Gluten Free, what do you think? 🙂


  38. What a sweet post, thank you so much Heidi!

    That So Delicious stuff is causing confusion these days! I meant the full fat canned coconut milk (that recipe is actually pre-So Delicious), but I hope it turned out well for you anyway! Hmm, maybe that's what I should do is start adding the word "canned" to clear it up 🙂

    • Alisa,

      You're welcome! As a relative newbie to the dairy-free world (at least in terms of now cooking and baking dairy-free full-time for my son), I get a bit confused when I try new recipes calling for coconut milk! 😉

      The So Delicious worked great, but after it set for a while, I thought it still needed to firm up bit and the refrigerator did the trick!

      You're awesome and again, thank you for your book, it is such a phenomenal resource and I read almost all of it in one afternoon. I especially appreciated your breakdown of the alpha and beta casein proteins, as well as the casein in all the different mammal milks (really, camel and mare milk? Huh!) 😀

      My youngest son, who has had a lot of digestive issues and skin problems since birth (but every visit to the pediatrician and dermatologist produced nothing more than a steroid prescription…treating the symptoms, not the underlying cause). The pediatric gastroenterologist tested him for celiac disease (negative) and ran the celiac gene test (negative), then told me I was making a big deal out of "nothing." His former allergist did the skin prick and RAST tests for multiple foods, including dairy, when he was about 1 or so, and everything was negative.

      I didn't get it!

      Flash forward to early this summer when we did the Enterolab stool testing and gene test; he was positive for stool anti-gliadin antibodies (despite being on what I believed to be a strict GF diet!) and stool anti-casein antibodies, plus he we found out he has a double copy of the genes for gluten sensitivity. I decided to push a little further so we went to a new allergist to repeat the allergy testing and while dairy still showed up negative on the skin prick and RAST tests, I asked the Dr. to run an anti-casein antibody blood test to see if Enterolab's findings held true in his blood, which would indicate a leaky gut.

      The day I got the test results back, I literally sat in my car and cried. Not because the test results we off the charts high (the normal level was <5.7 mcg/mL and Luke's results were an astounding 39.8 mcg/mL!), but because I was the one who had to ask for the test! Had I never began reading all the research, I would never have known and my little guy would have continued to suffer needlessly and put himself at increased risk for numerous other health issues, just like what happened to his mom.

      I really cannot stress this enough, we all MUST do our own research regarding our health issues because many medical doctors are frighteningly FAR BEHIND the current medical research, at least in regards to gluten sensitivity. In fact, I "fired" my own board-certified gastroenterologist after meeting with him on Monday and he told me that celiac is NOT an autoimmune disease (are you KIDDING ME?) then when I asked him if he could order a zonulin level blood test for me, he responded with "What is Zonulin?"

      That was when it became painfully clear to me that he does not read his medical journals.

      Here are a just few links on Zonulin, and seriously, I cannot encourage everyone enough to take the time and read them. Not only are they fascinating, but several articles also clearly state the difference between celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, both very serious (and valid) conditions (it's true, my former GI also refuses to accept that there IS a separate condition called non-celiac gluten sensitivity):

      Simple Definition of Zonulin from the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research

      Gliadin, Intestinal Permeability, and Celiac Disease: From Innate Immunity to Autoimmunity (Slide Presentation by Dr. Alessio Fasano, see pages 28, 29, & 30 for information on Zonulin)

      Gliadin Induces an Increase in Intestinal Permeability and Zonulin Release by Binding to the Chemokine Receptor doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2008.03.023

      Gliadin, zonulin and gut permeability: Effects on celiac and non-celiac intestinal mucosa and intestinal cell lines. PMID: 16635908

      Gliadin Stimulation of Murine Macrophage Inflammatory Gene Expression and Intestinal Permeability Are MyD88-Dependent: Role of the Innate Immune Response in Celiac Disease

      The Journal of Immunology, 2006, 176: 2512-2521

      Zonulin Upregulation Is Associated With Increased Gut Permeability in Subjects With Type 1 Diabetes and Their Relatives doi: 10.2337/db05-1593 Diabetes May 2006 vol. 55 no. 5 1443-1449

      Tight Junctions, Intestinal Permeability and Autoimmunity: Celiac Disease and Type 1 Diabetes Paradigms PMID: 19538307

      Mechanisms of Disease: The Role of Intestinal Barrier Function in the Pathogenesis of Gastrointestinal Autoimmune Diseases Article by Alessio Fasano and Terez Shea-Donohue (PDF)

      Differential Mucosal IL-17 Expression in Two Gliadin-Induced Disorders: Gluten Sensitivity and the Autoimmune Enteropathy Celiac Disease Int Arch Allergy Immunol 2010;152:75-80 DOI: 10.1159/000260087

      • Wow! Thanks for all of the information. I was diagnosed with Lupus in July of 2009. This past Spring I ate at a restaurant with some friends and we all ended up very sick. Ever since then I I had extreme stomach pain every time I ate. No doctors would run tests they just told me to take antacids. They never worked. After my last doctors appointment, 11/9/10, I decided on my own to eliminate Gluten and dairy from my diet. With in a week the stomach pains stopped! I am feeling so much better now. I have also decided to go off my medication and rely on holistic remedies to help with my Lupus Symptoms. So far so good on that front. I made the fudge recipe last night. It's really wonderful! I have a party to go to next week and I have to bring something. I am making this fudge and Vegan stuffed mushrooms! I don't plan to tell anyone that they are both Gluten free and Vegan. Will let you know what everyone thinks!

  39. Dairy Creates Intestinal Damage was very interesting. I am curious about having my 3-year old daughter tested for Celiac (her younger brother was just diagnosed) since she has multiple food allergies and came down with another autoimmune disease last summer (Kawasaki). Thanks for the insightful articles!

  40. Oh, and a big thank you for the vegan fudge recipe! I'll definitely be making that this Christmas!

  41. From the first article I was surprised to learn that removing dairy was the first step listed, so now I'm especially interested in reading the next two articles. I'm going to try dairy-free now.

    • Hi Pat!

      That is where I am heading too, I am almost completely dairy-free now because I cook that way for Luke (but I'm still a bit hung up on cheese, LOL!). Don't feel bad, I knew none of this before we found out about Luke's intolerance to casein (read my comment response to "Alisa Cooks" for more about how I came to start researching dairy/casein. When I was dx'd with celiac 5 1/2 years ago, the only thing I was told about in regards to dairy is that I might be lactose intolerant until my villi healed.

      My youngest son only ate gluten for a few short months of his life (he's 3 now) and he does not have celiac or even the known genes for it (but he does have a double couple of the genes for non-celiac gluten sensitivity). So, since he has been gluten-free for the past 2 years, HOW is it that a high level of anti-casein antibodies were found in his blood, unless casein, in and of itself, does in fact damage the lining of the small intestine?

      Food for thought huh? 😀

  42. I read "Components of a Healthy Diet When Gluten Sensitive" and learned that our bodies stop producing the enzymes that we have available to digest milk around the age of 3 and that the protein in cow's milk may actually be damaging the lining to our guts.

  43. I "like" Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on Facebook.

  44. I "like" Go Dairy Free on Facebook

  45. I like Advantures of Gluten- free Mom . I like especilly when you show us the different things you dream up for you childen. Can't wait to see what is in store for Christman.

    I also like Health Now Center and Go Dairy Free on facebook.

  46. I like Advantures of Gluten- free Mom . I like especilly when you show us the different things you dream up for your childen. Can't wait to see what is in store for Christmas.

    I also like Health Now Center and Go Dairy Free on facebook.

  47. What a great post, Heidi! I am so glad that you are raising these issues and bringing these problems to awareness. There are so many grey areas in all of this and unfortunately doctors too often only see the black and white. The grey areas go by the wayside and too many people remain sick. It is so scary that it is hard to achieve intestinal healing with Celiac Disease. So often I wish there was some magic drink that just re-coated the intestines to perfection again. Of course this magic drink would be Dairy free, gluten free, egg free, nut free, soy free, and everything else free. How can we invent this?

  48. Heidi–I went back and read the Dr. Vikki article on not healing. I think her points are excellent on why many folks do not heal. Dr. Peter Green has also stated before that he doesn't think any of those diagnosed with celiacs as adults fully heal. BUT, I also think there are two other important factors. First and foremost, I don't believe that the products with less than 20 ppm gluten are safe for us. I think people are eating these products left and right and continuing to have issues and not putting 2 and 2 together to get 4. I think those of us who react to those products, including myself, are the canaries in the coal mine. We are the early warning system that needs to be heeded. That's why I stick with real food that's naturally gluten free as much as possible. Second thing, Dr. Vikki didn't mention that diets high in processed foods continue to cause issues such as inflammation and high glucose levels and those prevent healing in general. Just my two cents.

    I think it's awesome that you are going to Dr. Vikki in January. All of us will be hoping this will be another turning point for you. And, bravo on firing the GI guy who said celiac is not an autoimmune disease! We have a crazy system in our country. We close down restaurants for serious cleanliness issues immediately (and rightly so), but we let idiot doctors doing much more harm to multitudes of individuals keep practicing.



    • Shirley,

      Excellent points!

      When I was dx'd, the maximum amount of gluten a GF product could contain was 200 ppm, then it dropped to 20 ppm.

      I had always wondered exactly what that meant exactly.

      If a gluten-free product tests in at 19 ppm of gluten (therefore being able to be labeled "gluten-free" under the current FDA proposed standard), is that 19 ppm of gluten per serving of the product or 19 ppm of gluten in the entire package?

      Also, what is the maximum threshold of gluten consumption that is considered "safe?"

      I just did a little digging and found a Medscape article that stated:

      “It can therefore be argued that if the concentration is set at, say, 20 ppm, patients will be consuming around 6 mg per day of gluten which may be less likely to induce mucosal changes.” (

      *I didn't see a date on the article, but it was obviously written back when the codex standard was still 200 ppm.

      So, if a person eats several servings of "gluten-free" prepackaged foods per day, isn't it safe to assume that they are probably going well above the 20 ppm or 6mg of gluten per day limit as mentioned in that article?

      Here's another question…WHY is this issue not discussed more frequently and obviously on national celiac websites? I do realize it's because they still don't "officially" know the answer, but unless you have reason to start digging for the answers yourself (like I now have), why would it even occur to a newly diagnosed person to ask this question to begin with, especially if they are getting diagnosed today with the abundance of products on the market that are now labeled gluten-free (but not necessarily by GFCO's standards)?


      Do you have any idea how thankful I am that I began blogging? Had I not, I would never have started asking these questions, especially if I still assumed my *former* GI knew all the answers and I followed him blindly because of his credentials.

      I think you are spot on Shirley, and I think people who are really sensitive should share their stories frequently and their warnings should be heeded by people like me, who do not physically react immediately. No physical pain does not equal no systemic damage, and I am living proof of that.



  49. Oh, and yes, Go Gluten Free! When do you want to get started on that? 😉



  50. TheGoddessAtPlay says

    What I learned today:

    "The enzymes that we have available to digest milk (and that’s human milk) stop getting produced after about the age of 3."

    I've been gluten-free and nearly dairy-free for about seven weeks now. Feeling great! It's really hard to get away from the dairy totally … I love my one cup of coffee (decaf of course) with a little half-and-half. It's my single indulgence.

  51. TheGoddessAtPlay says

    I "Like" Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom!

  52. TheGoddessAtPlay says

    I also "like" HealthNOW Medical Center!

  53. Heidi,

    I have to thank you for introducing me to Dr. Petersen’s videos and blog, I have learned so much and must say I almost feel like I have an edge because I have read all three articles previously. I will say that through Dr. Peterson’s open and honest blogging, regardless of information received previously from our personal medical professionals, I have pulled both my dairy free daughter (who was previously consuming goat and sheep’s milk cheese in lieu of cow’s milk products), as well as myself off animal milk products all together. Additionally, instead of waiting for the doctors to decide for certain that this same daughter needs to be eating 100% gluten free, we made the decision to pull her off gluten all together while we await certain results-thanks in large part to the strong connection between milk allergies and celiac disease Dr. Petersen often speaks of.

    I have also “liked” Go Dairy Fee on Facebook, HealthNOW Medical Center on Facebook, have shared the link to this giveaway on my Facebook Page, and shared the link to this giveaway on Twitter.

    As I said in my Facebook post, I swear there are times you read my mind! With holiday gifts coming up, I made the decision to finally perfect a diary free version of my favorite fudge recipe. Now that I see an easy recipe can be accomplished, I know exactly what to do for teacher gifts this year!

    Thank you Heidi!



  54. Interesting, I never really understood why milk bothers me and so many other people. In the third article, she talks about how it is believed that the protein in milk is what damages the gut! Fascinating. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  55. 34 percent of the celiac population does not follow their diet, and thus we can assume have poor intestinal healing. And of the remaining “good” gluten-free followers, 57 percent still do not achieve the goal of intestinal healing and recovery.

  56. liked on fb

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  60. I didn't even know dairy products are inflammatory agents! I'm going back to read the rest now.

    Thanks for sharing your testing story above. I have been soooooo frustrated trying to figure out why my daughter was sick all last fall and winter. We finally moved to a GF/DF diet last April for her, and she is SO much healthier now. The testing we've had done does not support her needing to be on a special diet, but I know my kid, and I know she is MUCH healthier and happier now. Still, it would be really gratifying to see it proven out in black and white.

  61. I had no idea "dairy products are highly chemically laden, the highest per gram of all food, and are thereby toxic to the gut lining"!

  62. Yikes!: "Our FDA has approved 3,200 food additives to be used in our food while the European union only allows 6 different food additives." -Dr Vikki Petersen No wonder it's so hard to find healthy packaged foods in our grocery stores.

  63. CHECK * ‘Like’ Go Dairy Free on Facebook

  64. Done! ‘Like’ HealthNOW Medical Center on Facebook

  65. Did it – * ‘Like’ Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on Facebook

  66. Shared it on facebook!

  67. WOW. I had no idea that dairy is too high in protein and the protein damages the gut lining…scary!

  68. Fudge in 5 min! How many min is it going to take me to work off eating all that fudge? It looks so good I'm going to have to wait until company arrives. If it only takes 5 min than I'm not making it ahead of time.

  69. I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to win the book and a potato ricer! (I never knew what a potato ricer was before now.) I read the article "Dairy Creates Intestinal Damage" (great read, btw), and I've known for a long while how gut-damaging dairy products are, but I never knew that they are also the the most chemically-laden of all foods and are thereby toxic to the gut lining. Thanks for sharing! (Fingers crossed.)

  70. Anita Bennett says

    I read the article "Dairy Creates Intestinal Damage" and I learned more than one new thing! All five points contained facts I was unaware of. And a comment that was left helped me make a connection to my ear infection issue…

  71. Leslie Caplan says

    I read all three articles. I agree with one person who posted a comment on not eating dairy. The author makes a blanket statement that no one should drink milk from any animal. Millions of people have managed to survive over thousands of years, so I'd want to know where she gets her information.

  72. ‘Follow’ Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on Twitter-@gotgiveawayinfo

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  73. I did not know that dairy stops the formation of glucosamine in the gut lining. I guess that could be reason why some people take glucosamine supplements.


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  75. I "liked" Go Dairy Free on Facebook.

  76. shared on facebook

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  77. Liked Adventures of Gluten Free Mom on FB

  78. Liked Health Now Medical Center on FB

  79. Liked Go Dairy Free on FB

  80. I read Dairy Creates Intestinal Damage and re-learned that Dairy has a high chemical count

  81. I already like Go Dairy Free on facebook!

    This is an awesome giveaway. I have a child who cannot have dairy and have read wonders about this book. So exciting, crossing my fingers here that I can be one of the lucky winners of the book!


  82. I like healthnow medical center on facebook!

  83. I already like Adventures of a gluten free mom on facebook!!



  84. I shared your link for the giveaway on my facebook page!


  85. I follow Alissa on twitter!


  86. I follow you on twitter!!

    (I am @KitchenspaceAna)


  87. I tweeted about your giveaway!


  88. LOVE LOVE LOVE that you included the goldfish fudge 🙂

    • Alithea,

      Good eye, LOL!

      I've gone mad over those $@*% goldfish and I'm DETERMINED to have more flavor options than Pepperidge Farms!!!

      Waiting for the straight jacket to arrive any day…

      Yours Truly,

      Chief Glutadoodle 😀

  89. Like Go Dairy Free on Facebook

  90. I liked Health Now Medical on facebook

  91. Read the first article…Why…never heal? Dr. Joseph Murray is my doctor. I have seen him for 13 years now and am one of his refractive patients. There are lots of accompanying conditions and factors contributing to this. YET I remain hopeful that thhis will change. every year I get alittle closer to 100% healed. Fun site you have!

    • Hi Sandra,

      You are a lucky gal to be in the hands of Dr. Joseph Murray! My extended family is in Minnesota and every time I visit, I think of heading to the Mayo Clinic. 😀

      Were you refractive when you were originally diagnosed (if you don't mind my asking?). I haven't researched it much yet because it scares me, but I really would like to know more.


  92. 'Followed’ Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on Twitter

  93. I follow you on face book

  94. I was aware of many people's sensitivity to dairy (and the fact that adult humans, in general, aren't 'optimal' biologically for digesting dairy), but I had not heard that consuming dairy had such negative effects for everybody.

    I think it's really interesting and I'd like to read more about it (and see some sources)–if dairy actually inhibits the production of white blood cells, for example, I'd seriously consider trying to cut out dairy further.

  95. I learned that dairy products are highly chemically laden – another reason to embrace veganism!

  96. I read the article- Dairy Creates Intestinal Damage and found it interesting that out of all dairy products that butter is often ok for most people with dairy problems. I'm still navigating my own food allergies and thankful that maybe I will be able to tolerate butter when it is is all figured out. 🙂

  97. I "like" Go Dairy Free on facebook.

  98. I learned in the article about why some celiacs never heal that many celiacs are actually dehydrated since they do not drink enough. Who knew?

  99. Theresa P. says

    I love your site!!!!!!!! i do not drink milk,but eat cheese. no longer want to do any longer. i have been talking with my son for some time about going dairy free. he is a milkaholic it will be difficult. but i think as long as it is white and cold(cashew milk??) i am going to convert him. if it is not in the house!? i didn't know any of those things about dairy except for the antibiotics,growth hormones stuff which is reason enough to stop dairy use. after reading about intestinal damage etc. we are going DAIRY-FREE. Thanks for turning me on to such an informative site. Happy Holidays

  100. I read "Components of a Healthy Diet When Gluten Sensitive." It reminded me of when I first went gluten-free. In my first few weeks, I felt great. Better than I have a in a long time. And then I got back to feeling kinda crummy…just minus the stomach cramps. I was doing exactly what the article said, trying out all the gluten free stuff and not always the healthy stuff…lots of sweets. I'm working on eating better and just having those treats as just what they're called – treats.

  101. I read all three and learned a ton. I do not have celiac, but have been off of dairy and soy because of my nursling's allergic collitis for a couple months now. I've recently realized that I'm feeling better than I have for quite a while. After reading these posts, especially the one about dairy causing intestinal damage, I think I see another piece of the puzzle fall into place. Thanks!

  102. Thank you sooo much for your fantastic (as always) education on CD and other allergies. Because of your education and recomendation I just had my blood done to see where Im at. I have not had my levels checked since I was told I have CD. You trully are fantastic in every way and desurve a "major award" for all you do for our community. I dont know what came of your MRI but wish you and your family health and happiness in the new year!

  103. I liked Why Some Celiacs Never Heal”, I didn't realize dairy was an inflamattory and I found it interesting the author wrote, "Get evaluated for any infectious organisms such as parasites, bacteria, amoeba and yeast." A friend of mine who is an operating room nurse said nearly every appendix they remove in an appendicitis has parasites in it!

  104. After reading the articles what most struck me was it is dairy an inflamitory agent.. I would NEVER had guessed it would cause your body to cause inflammation..

  105. Follow you on Twitter

  106. Hi, just found your website and like all the useful information. I learned that dairy caused inflammation, I had no idea that was true. I like dairy, mostly yogurt, but may need to cut back on it.

  107. Love this website! Just found it this week. I also put that I like you on FB. Would love to win the gluten-free give way: I have two gluten free boys, 4 and 2.

  108. Carole Hegg says


  109. Fudge sounds great!! Looking forward to making it.


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