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July 2013 GF/DF at WDW Blog Newsletter

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Welcome...

to the very first issue of the GF/DF at WDW Blog Newsletter!

It’s amazing to think that just four years ago, I was writing my first entries in the blog hoping that someone else would find the information useful. And now after fours of blogging, here we are. Just like Spaceship Earth, the GF/DF at WDW Blog is truly a global community networked online, poised to shape the future of this, our spaceship earth.

This newsletter will help us shape that future one step at a time. So let’s have some fun, shall we? Each month, you’ll be treated to all sorts of great info. From Disney Parks news from our friend Krista at Disneyways to allergy-friendly baking from Laurie at the Allergy-Free Cook (send your ideas and she’ll recreate your favorite Disney baked goods and make them safe and healthy!). We’ll feature our Disney GF/DF food photo of the month, updates on special events and meetups, and even guest articles from you the readers. Of course, you’ll always find the latest reviews, tips, and tricks on the Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Blog! If you have a great idea for a series or feature you'd like to see in the newsletter, let us know by emailing: gfdf.wdw@gmail.com

Well, I think the future we've created looks very promising, don't you? So here's to the next four years on the GF/DF at WDW Blog. While no one knows for sure what we'll see or do, I do know it will be quite an adventure. An adventure we'll take and make--together. See you in the future!

Sarah, Blog Author
Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Blog
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Photo of the Month
Parrillada De Mer (Seafood Platter) from La Hacienda de San Angel at Epcot

Submit your GF/DF food photos to gfdf.wdw@gmail.com

Don't forget to get your tickets
for the 2nd Annual Special Diets Dessert Party held on 10/13/2013!
Eventbrite - 2nd Annual Special Diets IllumiNations Dessert Party


Check out Sarah on Episode 54 of the Disney Parks Podcast!


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Laurie Sadowski


The Allergy-Free Cook


Laurie is a certified Personal Trainer Specialist and Nutrition and Wellness Specialist. She's also an active food writer, recipe developer, and has two degrees in music (education and musicology). She spends the majority of her time spreading awareness about balanced living, cooking, and baking, and continuing research in modern music and art. She is also a huge Walt Disney World fan!

It’s an understatement to say that I love Disney World, and combined with that, I love food – as long as it is gluten-free. In my case, this is because I have celiac disease, and compliance to a strict gluten-free diet is mandatory… so thank goodness Disney exists!
 
Food and recipe development are a mainstay in my thoughts. I’m the author of a cookbook series dedicated to gluten, dairy, egg, and soy-free baked goods. After being diagnosed with celiac disease, discovering dairy serious exacerbated my symptoms, and later becoming a vegan, I began to dedicate (an awful lot of) time to creating baked goods that tasted “just like the real thing”. After competing in (and successfully winning the vegetarian category of) a national food competition, I was further fueled to help others through this. I began doing a lot of food writing and recipe developing, and penned a collection of published cookbooks. The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread (BookPubCo., 2011) was the first in the series, followed by The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes and Cookies (BookPubCo., 2013). Later this year, The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Pies and Desserts (BookPubCo.) will launch. For more info on me and what I’m currently doing, you can read about that here.
 
I’ll be contributing to the newsletter regularly in a variety of ways! From sharing recipes and baking/cooking tips (for special diets) to re-creating your favourite Disney (and nonDisney!) recipes to answering any questions you might have, I’ll be covering all of the ins and outs of living on a special diet—without any barriers. Let’s get started by telling me your answer to this: what is your favourite baked good that, since becoming gluten-free and/or adopting a special diet, you’ve been missing? Whether it is a specific recipe, memory, or just a flavor and taste you remember, send me your thoughts, and I’ll tackle one of your selections.
 
You can learn more and check out my blog here, get the details on my books here, and contact me with questions, comments, and answers to the question of the month here!
 
Have a magical month!
Laurie
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The Allergy-Free Cook at the Walt Disney World Resort. Can you guess what restaurant she is in?

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Krista Joy is a former Disney cast member and current head author at Disneyways.com. Krista was born and raised in the heart of Orlando Florida – where she still lives – with her husband Chris and to two wonderful teenage sons, Bradley and Scott. Never knowing what it’s like to be away from Disney for very long – the magic has truly become a part of who she is.


Quick tips for keeping cool during your summer Disney vacation!

 

Stay at a Disney Resort if it's in your budget.


Doing so means you can get to the parks in air-conditioned comfort via complimentary bus, monorail or water transportation. Another reason this one made the list is that you will get to advantage of Extra Magic Hours. Knowing that you have extra time to enjoy the parks will help you feel better about taking an afternoon break for a swim or a nap. As a bonus, some of the resorts have water activities that are perfect on a hot day, and some offer free tours! ALL of your Disney Resorts have dining venues that are much less crowded midday.

Stay hydrated.


You can get free ice water at any quick service dining location. Ask for a big cup! If you don't want to take a chance that you might have to wait in line, get one of these holders at any kiosk that sells key chains inside the parks. You can clip it to your bag and go - hands free! Refill your bottle all day long at the water fountains throughout the parks.   

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Put sunscreen on before you head out and reapply all day long.


Sunblock can actually make your skin feel cooler. Despite being native to Orlando, my skin is very fair. Yet, I can spend a week park hopping and never get burned. My secret is stepping outside and dousing in Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Spray an hour before I get to the parks. Then I bring along my Coppertone Water Babies Stick in SPF 55 and apply it to my face all day long. It is the only thing I have found that doesn't sting my eyes, stays put, and keeps me protected. You may find something that works better for you, but the important thing is to use it - and use it often!

Bring a water-misting fan.


Most stores sell them at a good price - or you can order them from Amazon without even laving your house. If you have kids, buy one for each, and be sure to pack extra batteries. I recommend getting your water-misting fan ahead of time, because if you wait until you're at Walt Disney World, you'll be paying around $20 for one.

Wear a hat.


On a bald head - this is a given - but the Florida sun can still burn your scalp if you have lots of hair and choose to part it down the middle or on the side. I know it sounds crazy but I have seen it happen.

Take time to play in the water!


The Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station makes for a fun and refreshing break in the Magic Kingdom. You can find water fountains inside Epcot and Downtown Disney as well, that are designated for the purpose. Kali River Rapids in Animal Kingdom is a ride that definitely gets everyone soaked! Each person in your group can wear a bathing suit under their clothes or bring a change of clothing with you. Personally, I have never found this to be necessary, because if you are wearing lighter fabrics you will dry off in the sun rather quickly. Sneakers will hold moisture though, so you may want to have a back up plan for that.

Consider alternatives.


Disney Water Parks are very popular, and a great option during the summer months. You will want to arrive early, stake out a great spot and enjoy the day. Another alternate venue to consider is Disney Quest - where you can spend the entire day in air conditioned comfort. You can also swim in your resort pool, and make dining arrangements in an air conditioned restaurant. Why not schedule a spa treatment?

Pace yourself...


and take breaks indoors for drinks or snacks. Take time to research the park hours and arrive as early as you can. I hope these tips will help you beat the heat and stay cool for your magical summer vacation at Disney World!






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Do you have a question for the newsletter? Want to see a new feature? Interested in submitting your own guest dining review? Send all your comments, questions, and suggestions to Sarah at gfdf.wdw@gmail.com!

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