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    Where can a woman turn to cope with her crippling mayonnaise phobia? Poor Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Mama June. The woman cannot abide mayonnaise. She can barely stand even being in the same room with the stuff. And yet! Mama June is determined to overcome the fear that grips her digestive system. That or the producers thought this would be a fun idea to try out on the show: Mama June saw a hypnotherapist for her mayonnaise aversion.

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    Well, this is a first as far as "I had no clue I was preggo" stories go. When a woman named Teresa Howard started experiencing horrible stomach cramps last weekend, her partner rushed her to the hospital for what she was sure had to be a case of "acute wheat intolerance."

    You see, apparently her sister is a gluten-free gal, so she figured maybe she was experiencing the same kind of problems due to the pain she was in. But after being checked out by doctors, Teresa was told she was expecting -- and wound up giving birth to a baby boy she never knew she was pregnant with just two hours later.

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    Being that it's an uber-successful, nationwide grocery chain many Americans swear by, there's no feeling bad for Whole Foods. But it is an easy target -- and one that's quickly becoming the punchline to jokes about #WhitePeopleProblems. Where do spoiled, self-obsessed, phony greenies shop? Whole Foods. Where do people go when they have "rich, white person problems" ... you know, like gluten intolerance or Candida overgrowth! I'd venture to guess heavy metal toxicity (from too much sushi, obvs), nut allergies, or lactose intolerance all fall under that category, too, right?

    That seems to be the thought of comedian Kelly MacLean, who made quite the impression on the web this week with her HuffPo story "Surviving Whole Foods," making fun of the store she sees as "a microcosm of everything I hate about our new green culture." Uh huh ...

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    Ok ok, so it's not technically fall quite yet, but it is mid-September. The kids are back in school. There's football on TV. New television shows are premiering. It's time to put away the flip-flops. The leaves are changing. And the temperatures are cooling. So time to celebrate the coming of a new season with an easy, time-saving, delicious, savory beef stew made in a slow cooker. Sounds pretty awesome right about now, huh? And you can indulge a little since you don't have to worry about rocking that bikini until next summer (thank goodness).

    Not only is fall a gorgeous time of year, it's the best to come home to the warm, inviting scents of classic comfort food. Of course, the best part of any beef stew is how versatile it is. Throw in any kind of vegetables you want, but after a day's worth of slow cooking, they're sure to taste amazing and perfectly complement the tender, juicy beef. Enjoy!

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    It's been about a decade since my college roommate, my future brother-in-law, and my now-husband's grandmother were diagnosed with Celiac disease. Docs were just getting a grasp on gluten intolerance and gluten-free foods were just taking off. For the most part, people who had to go gluten-free were miserable about it, and who could blame 'em being that they were pretty much living on rice cakes and veggies?!

    Now, it's a whole new world out there. So much so that a new dating site called launched last month and already has 3,000 members in search of a soul mate with a compatible diet ... and lifestyle. The site has been the butt of plenty of jokes, but I feel like the people making fun of it kinda have no clue what they're talking about.

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    Trying to avoid gluten when dining out can be a pain in the ass -- literally. (Ooh, sorry!) But it's getting better. Five years from now, maybe it won't be such a gamble or hassle. But for now? Celiacs and others avoiding gluten must dine with caution. Some restaurants are making efforts to put special gluten-free items on the menu. And just as important, some have started new kitchen protocols to avoid cross-contamination.

    Meanwhile, there's a few things you can do. April Pevetaux's handy new book, Gluten Is My Bitch, has some great tips for gluten-free dining.

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    The thought of going gluten-free used to conjure up images of an all-meat diet. Or, if you were a vegetarian, nothing but salads all day, every day. That's just not the case anymore. With so many people swearing off wheat, food companies have come up with more and more options. Problem is, not all of these gluten-free goodies are created equally tasty. And nothing's worse than buying something and realizing you can't bear to take another bite. So we took the risk for you. We sampled the most popular gluten-free breads, crackers, and cookies to find out which ones were worth adding to your shopping list.

    What are your favorite gluten-free brands?

    Image via Life Mental Health/Flickr

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    Here comes the holiday gorge! For those of us who are either trying to be healthy or on a restrictive diet, this is the most challenging time of the year. Albeit wonderful, joyful, and fat-full. If you're on a gluten-free diet, you may think that means skipping the stuffing. But oh no, my fellow wheat-avoiding foodies. There are ways of indulging in all the goodies without all of those things that are bad for you. Many, many, delicious ways.

    Let's start with the most amazing stuffing you'll ever eat -- the gluten-free part is simply a bonus. While chorizo is basically the best sausage ever, I used an andouille to give mine a Cajun kick. Choose the sausage the love, and enjoy this original, super yum, gluten-free stuffing on Thanksgiving.

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    Celiac disease, gluten allergy and gluten sensitivity are hard enough without missing out on the fun of trick-or-treating. The good news is, if you have people who avoid gluten in your house or on your party invite list, you can pass out the candy with a free hand. Some of the best Halloween treats out there are gluten-free!

    It's still important to read labels; some manufacturers have plants in different places, so one might be completely gluten-safe while another might process wheat or other grain products in the same plant, which means it could be contaminated with traces of gluten.

    Here are some Halloween favorites that are gluten-free for your holiday soiree:

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    If you're at all concerned about your baby possibly having allergies or asthma, then you may want to pay close attention to a specific food you either aren't eating or are maybe even avoiding during your pregnancy.

    According to new research, (believe it or not) eating nuts while pregnant can actually reduce your baby's chance of developing allergies. Danish researchers followed the cases of over 60,000 mothers and their children from the time they were pregnant until the kids were 7 years old. And what they found was pretty surprising, to say the least.

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