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Posted on June 1, 2013
Kanye West has been a politically minded rapper very literally since day 1. It’s why we fell in love with him to begin with. That backpack label? It wasn’t accidental. This bizarre claim that he’s only now talking about politics in the intensely political “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead” is really telling. The subjects of Kanye’s raps haven’t changed much [at least not in ways unpredictable]. Apparently, we haven’t been listening, have we?
The College Dropout addresses institutional racism, tokenism, educational inequity, consumerism, and the hypocritical tendencies of people on the road to riches and diamond rings—should I continue?
No. Ye isn’t new to politics or to social criticism. He’s a lot of things. But this is not new.
I guess the money shoulda changed him…
I can’t help but notice that as much as Ye has changed, his fans’ attitude towards him has warped as well. It looks like the money might have changed us a bit, too. The advent of Kanye’s super-fame has brought with it flash and excess—all the earmarks of a successful rap career and the very vices he has spent much of his time criticizing. People seem to want to be mad at him because he flaunts his wealth, as if he hadn’t warned us that’s where he was headed eons ago.
“for that paper, look how low we’ll stoop…”
“but I ain’t even gon’ act holier than thou,
‘cause fuck it, I went to Jacob’s with 25 thou,
before I had a house,
and I’ll do it again…”
“When i got my deal I was back in the ring,
Fighting my urges, strip club splurges
Never had money, so I feel like a virgin and I’m tryna break the bank’s cherry
Tryna see can I afford canaries, and a Ferrari, and a dinner date with Halle Berry
Went from 15k to 1500 in a week…”
Kanye West is a lot of things, but he has always been very conscious of his vices. He hasn’t always been successful in combating them, but he knows they’re there and he’s always been willing to talk about them. I’m not sure I understand why people seem so bent on criticizing him for criticizing the prison industrial complex and hyper-consumerism, as though he hasn’t touched on similar issues before. As though many of us don’t participate in systems that we despise (women who love rappers who degrade women?).
As for criticism regarding Ye’s perceived lack of responsibility for solving institutional ills via his mostly non-Black audience (HuffPost):
While his lyrics have not changed thematically (though they have changed in tense—he used to talk about chasing a lifestyle that is now his reality), the demographic of his audience has changed drastically. The Polo clad, backpack toting Mr. West appealed primarily to black folk, initially. Maybe it’s the wealth or the exposure that his wealth has afforded him, but white people are now Ye stans too. A white Kanye fan is different than a black fan, though; white fans can love the production, the catchy choruses, the adrenaline surge of one of his insane performances, the flash and the exuberance with which he delivers messages about women and cars and the come up and ignore the social messages woven in between all of that. He’s effectively taken parts of the black experience and, somehow, commodified them. White people who can never get it, feel like they do, and so the messages that we [black people in America] relate so hard to [the experiences that for us, are much more than just a three minute song or a good hook ] fall on deaf, white ears. And we hate him for that. We hate that white people can listen to lyrics about being followed in stores and about after-school programs in black neighborhoods being cut and about claiming other people’s kids on your tax return and about dress codes that only apply to brown skin and about the DEA and the CCA without regard to the real-life consequences and implications associated with each of those actions. And such is the larger dilemma of so called ‘socially conscious’ hip-hop music in the mainstream. The appropriation conundrum and the disconnect that materializes when an audience no longer empathizes with its artist.
Maybe Ye is part of [many] problems now, but no one [black] man, despite his power, was going to break unjust systems through lyrics being repeated by folks who can’t ever truly understand them.
But their heads are nodding.
Posted on May 11, 2013
It would not be a spontaneous need or want; something would have to have happened in order for him to step up. Let’s say, for lack of a better opponent, we use today’s news. North Korea elects a Super Hero as their leader and the U.S. goes into panic mode and starts talks about seeing if they can maneuver a super democrat or republican into office. W
ith this stage set, our president is assassinated by super villains. Fingers automatically point to N. Korea, however it is proven that this was not the case. A campaign is pushed to continue the thought process that it is North Korea. The vice president is then elected and is subsequently assassinated as well. It should be noted that this time it is done in front of Superman. Most likely as a statement that the United States is a declining power.
In the chaos that ensues, there are two attacks on the U.S. outer territories. There are numerous civilian causalities in the Virgin Islands and Hawaii. It is at this point that Mr. Kent is approached about running for president. He immediately declines and the turmoil continues. As the chaos spreads through the U.S., Batman approaches Superman and tells him that it may be prudent to run for office. He explains to Superman how it would hold steady the powers that be and prevent further military action from being necessary.
Here Superman starts to consider it as a means of getting control of the global climate with regards to the U.S. Superman returns to Batman for guidance and a plan to do this not to be elected by to calm things globally.
Batman then outlines how Bruce Wayne will jump at the chance to back his presidency which will bring his ‘friends’ along for the ride making it the most money raised ever for a presidential race.
He tells Superman how he needs to elect a human as a vice president or someone that would be his anchor. He then asks Batman and he quickly declines. Batman reminds him, that running for president is full disclosure of yourself and he would need to get rid of Clark Kent as an alter ego and use that as a staple to the lengths he is willing to go in order to ensure the safety of those around him.
Superman then approaches Wonder Woman with his intentions. He asks her to run with him in this, initially fake, campaign. She agrees reluctantly but is enticed by the idea of running for vice president. Superman then requests a meeting with the politician that approached him initially about running and states that he would run for the greater good of the country. An amendment to the constitution is issued and passed unanimously that a president that is not born of this earth could be elected to be president and that if of this earth they would need to be born on U.S. soil. The arguments initially went back and forth over this and because his existence started by landing on U.S. soil it would automatically qualify him as a U.S. born citizen. Some references were made to the bible with regards to Jesus being the son of God yet declared a Jew because he was born.
The amendment is passed and the campaign begins. Lex Luther, in the meantime, has been raising his own group of individuals apposing Superman and Lex Luther declares that he was running against Superman for the presidency. He is able to raise staggering funds in what is known as the most epic smear campaign ever witnessed on earth. It is a long waged war of words and to everyone surprise Superman seams to develop a tougher skins than he already has and seems to get with the campaign program. There are several televised debates where there were no clear victory on a few occasions and on one occasion Lex Luther had a Kryptonite, which is not an illegal substance, ring removed by Superman’s head of security, Batman. In a race as tighter than the Obama Romney campaign, it came down to the final votes. At this point Superman is interested in whether he won or not, to the slight concern of Batman. In the end he loses but demands a recount which turns up more votes in his favor that turns the initial declaration of victory by Lex Luther.
He then demands recounts across the U.S. which does the opposite affect by widening the margin of victory for Superman. Superman is elected president in the first campaign not driven by parties. Superman appoints Batman as head of secret service which he makes no speech or public appearance in his acceptance. Superman then creates a cabinet never seen before that includes more superheroes, Captian marvel, Green Arrow, Dick Grayson, Zatanna Zatara, former President Barack Obama, Senator Mitt Romney, former secretary of state Hilary Clinton. Finally he appoints Captain marvel as the Secretary of state and his term is set, and it’s the beginning of the end for Superman as we know him today…
Posted on May 7, 2013
- The lecture is free more can be found here at EdX
- John Locke: Wikipedia page
- (01:20) “Fundamental individual rights can not be over written by governments.”
- (03:05) “The state of nature is a state of liberty. Human beings are free and equal beings. There is no natural hierarchy. “
- (03:51) “under the law of nature, I am not free to take someone’s life, liberty or property.”
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Sometime ago, back when I was a wee little man with a mighty big afro, I picked up my very first video game controller. After that initial contact, I became hooked. It has since then become a personal mission of mine to find the best of the best and the worst of the rest when it comes to video games. Whether it is the horrid nature of Mary Kate and Ashley’s Magical Mystery Mall to the wonder that is Final Fantasy X all the way to the ball’s out, fast paced nature of Melty Blood; I have decided to help you learn what the good, the bad and the utterly batshit look like. It’s time to GET YOUR GAME ON.
Get Your Game On:
REVIEW #1: DmC: Devil May Cry
By: Avery Krushall
For the purposes of this particular series, we will adopt a grading scale worthy of the hack-n-slash goodness that is DmC. So, for your viewing pleasure:
Dirty- You are probably better off watching paint dry if I score something this way. Avoid it and, if you own it, claw out your own eyes as penance. Sheesh. Ex. Bomberman: Act Zero (X-Box 360)
Cruel- It is better than being dirty, and may have some entertainment value, but all in all, it still isn’t a very good game. Ex. Rising Zan: Samurai Gunman (PS)
Brutal- You’re run of the mil good time. Nothing spectacular about it but you won’t want to light yourself on fire while playing it either. Ex. Megaman Battle Network (GBA)
Anarchic- Now things are getting fun. Everything about the game is coming together: controls, sound, graphics, artwork and story but it is still missing that one thing that is going to push it over the edge. ex. Dead Island (PS3)
Stylish!- If I rank a game as stylish, go buy it, make sweet sweet love to it and keep it so that your children may, one day, enjoy it as well. It is the perfect game worthy of a 5 out of 5. ex. Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core (PSP)
Now that all of that is out of the way, let’s get to the game.
The Story- Hell meets Heaven in One Bloody Good Time
If you have never played a game in the Devil May Cry series, you wouldn’t know that this game is actually a reboot of the series. Prefaced by four previous games, DmC: Devil May Cry tells the story of Dante, a young twenty something with a chip the size of Texas on his shoulder, who has a habit of getting drug into a twisted version of our reality called Limbo where all the things your mom warned you about exist. When the game begins, Dante is just coming off of a bender that took him all across his quaint little town with two girls dressed like naughty angels, who, apparently from the deep scarring scratches on Dante’s back, like to play rough. Dante heals the wounds through a form of magic and is awakened by a sleazy Fox News like report about a terrorist organization that has been rampaging across the city.
It doesn’t take long however for Dante’s day to go from hangover to hell under. If you know anything about Dante, you know that Dante has a penchant of attracting the nastiest of customers, who, by no fault of his, trash his home. And that is exactly what happens as Dante meets Kat, a beautiful psychic girl who warns him about a demon called the Hunter that is chasing him. No sooner do the words leave her mouth that you get to take your first trip into Limbo. From there, the story takes a dose of bath salts and sends you on one wild ride of Shakespearean proportions that has Dante discover his mixed heritage as a Nephilim- a child of an Angel and Demon. His dad was the demonic general, Sparta, who fought to stop the demons from attempting to slaughter human kind as we know it. This is very similar to the previous games but, in earlier installments, Dante was the child of a human woman and Sparta but hey, I wasn’t complaining. Because of that, you also get to meet some of the baddest dudes on the planet including Mundus (the main antagonist of the very first game in the original Devil May Cry series) and, my personal favorite character, Virgil, Dante’s older twin brother who is leading the charge as the leader of the terrorist organization that the news broadcast was bashing.
I don’t want to spoil too much about the story but I will tell you that it is on crack. Fighting living television broadcasts, a play out of the Futurama playbook with a vile creatures bile being used as a carbonated beverage and gigantic fetus monsters that rip their way out of a Joan Rivers look alike is what you are in store for. You are also in store for a great story with some amazing action and a reason behind everything, including the weapons and power ups you receive. All of it has its place in the story, especially the Devil Trigger, the tool used to activate Dante’s demon blood, which is absolutely necessary to defeat the final boss.
Furthermore, for you literature types like me, if you pay attention you will notice that his story is inspired by a very famous comedy that is simply divine. Get it?
If you were expecting something special from DmC: Devil May Cry in terms of gameplay, you probably will either be really happy or really let down. This game follows in the foot steps of its predecessors and is a hack-n-slash for your life type of game. Your main mode of combat will follow the same pattern: melee combat. Is that a bad thing? In the words of Dante, “Hell no.”
The hack-n-slash nature of Devil May Cry is one of the main reasons to play it. Combat revolves around a set of weapons: the big fucking sword (Rebellion), the big fucking axe (Arbiter), the angelic scythe (Osiris), the tribute to street fighter gauntlets (Eryx) and the yo-yos of death (Aquilla). The cool thing here though is how you decide to use these weapons. Weapons can be switched on the fly using different button combinations and the more combinations you use and the more you hit and juggle your opponents, the more style points you get. And trust me, you want a lot of style points. Style points allow you to power up your weapons so that you can get new techniques and the like. On top of your melee weapons, there is some long range combat, courtesy of your hand guns, Ebony and Ivory, your sawed off shotgun and a weird, sci fi needle gun called Kablooey that causes demons to explode after your detonate them. However, the most of your fun will come from combo’ing your enemies into a fine paste into the air where you proceed to juggle them for over one hundred plus hits. Believe me, it is enjoyable.
Outside of your combat, the game plays as your typical action adventure game. You navigate the cracked out world of Limbo and use your skills and items to get you through the stages while fighting waves of seemingly, at times, endless enemies.
A downside to this is that some of the stages, by virtue of their crack out-ness will make you want to stab your own eyes out with how beautiful, and how frustrating they are. One moment a platform will only be a step away and the next you are tumbling through the air to your untimely death. Luckily enough, DmC is pretty forgiving and will put you right back to where you came from. Unless you run out of life, in which case, a full stock of Yellow Orbs will become your best friends.
Boss battles is where this game shines. Remember when I said that all weapons in this game have a point? Unlike Megaman, where you use the boss’ weakness to defeat them, in this game, you have to use all the weapons you can to defeat the boss. Exposing a boss’ weak spot is also important as it often leads to a gory cut scene and a measure of their health bar going down. And when you kill an enemy…oh boy, you are in for a show. Dante has always, and will always, be a show-off. And goodness does he put on a show.
Plain and simple, DmC is beautiful looking. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the look of Dante, Virgil, the demons of Limbo and even Mundus are right on point. And can I mention Limbo again? That place would give MC Escher a fever dream.
Devil May Cry has always been noted for its amazing use of metal scores and DmC: Devil May Cry doesn’t disappoint. Adding in some house and bits of hip hop and you have a soundtrack that will make you want to fight more Stygians and Witch’s than you can shake a stick at. Naw, scratch that, throw an Arbiter at them instead. You’ll thank me later.
Overall, DmC: Devil May Cry is a near perfect game. It allows the player to do what they want, when they want and always makes sure that they are having fun while they are doing it. No matter if you are a fan of the originals or a newbie to the series, the easy pick up and play nature of the game, the engrossing story and the rocking musical score to accompany the copious amounts of blood being spilled make for a good investment. I give this game a rocking, and honest…
Posted on December 11, 2012
The number one question on every Gluten Free intolerant College students mind is “How the hell am I going to eat?” ” How the fuck am I going to have a social life?” But remember you aren’t allergic to artificial light or water. Sure Gluten Intolerance sucks but it could be worse. So suck it up and lets survive college dining like champs.
The aim of this article is to not only answer that question but also answer any other concern you have about being gluten free in college. The article below will serve as the ultimate complete comprehensive guide to being gluten free in college. If you have any additional tips links or corrects we really hope you’ll share them in the comments below so that we can help out our gluten free comrades.
So Without Further Ado I Bring To You: The Ultimate Guide To Being Gluten Free In College
What is Gluten Intolerance?
Most of you all know what Gluten Intolerance but in the event that you just stumbled onto this article by chance I”ll give you the skinny on Gluten Intolerance. Individuals with Gluten Intolerance must consume a diet that excludes foods containing gluten.
What The Fuck Is Gluten and Why Does It Hate You?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, malts, and triticale. It is used as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing, or thickening agent. It is often appears on labels as dextrin.
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What Happens If I Eat Gluten Anyway?
While there are people who avoid eating gluten due to adverse reactions, gluten is not an inherent “toxin” as many would have us believe. In other words Gluten Will Not Kill You! People with an immune-mediated wheat allergy and those with Celiac disease must follow a strict gluten-free diet, as gluten triggers harmful reactions. According to emedicinehealth.com adverse reactions of eating gluten for those who are intolerant to it include
- Gas, abdominal swelling, and bloating.
- Abnormal stools.
- Weight loss.
- Fatigue and weakness.
- Celiac disease may also lead to:
- Osteoporosis and other bone problems related to a lack of calcium absorption.
- Anemia caused by iron deficiency and/or folic acid deficiency.
- Infertility or having more than one miscarriage.
- Delayed onset of puberty.
- Frequent respiratory infections.
- Problems with memory and concentration.
- Irritability in children. And adults may show signs of depression.
Nerdy Scientific Breakdown: Those who experience gas and bloating in particular after eating wheat may actually be reacting to a form of carbohydrate in the wheat called fructans, rather than the gluten protein itself. For these latter groups, avoiding wheat and gluten may alleviate uncomfortable side effects
Take Notes: Eating wheat/gluten does not cause damage to any bodies cells nor trigger dangerous allergic reactions. This applies to both Gluten tolerant and intolerant. For those who can eat gluten, gluten is just one of many food proteins encountered in the course of a mixed diet, neither detrimental nor essential to good health.
Is There A Reason To Avoid Gluten If I Am Not Allergic?
If you tolerate gluten and enjoy it, there’s no compelling reason to avoid it. If you don’t tolerate it or just prefer not to eat it, there’s no compelling reason for you to keep it in your diet (other than, perhaps, convenience or self hatred).
A lot of Gluten Free advocates will tell you eliminating Gluten from your diet is beneficial to your health. This isn’t necessarily true. Many people however find that cutting out gluten helps them avoid the temptation of the numerous empty-calorie, high-glycemic, processed snack foods that they want to eliminate. Others, however, find that cutting out gluten only to replace it with gluten-free versions of these same empty-calorie, high-glycemic, processed snack foods is of no benefit for weight loss, energy levels, or improved health.
Take Notes: A “gluten-free” claim is by no means an indication that a food is more natural, healthful, or lower in calories.
What Food Is Actually Gluten Free?
The term gluten-free generally is used to indicate a supposedly harmless level of gluten rather than a complete absence. The exact level at which gluten is harmless for people with celiac disease is uncertain and controversial.
- Nerdiness: A 2008 systematic review tentatively concluded that consumption of less than 10 mg of gluten per day for celiac disease patients is unlikely to cause histological abnormalities, although it noted that few reliable studies had been conducted.
Regulation of the label, gluten-free, varies widely by country. In the United States, the FDA issued proposed regulations in 2007 limiting the use of “gluten-free” in food products to those with less than 20 parts per million of gluten.
Can I Drink Alcohol If I’m Gluten Free?
The short answer is Yes. The long answer is Not like everyone else. People diagnosed with celiac disease may experience symptoms when drinking distilled alcoholic beverages. Therefore, if you are Gluten Free and interested in drinking check with a manufacturer about the ingredients that have been used in a hard liquor, and to proceed with caution if choosing to drink a liquor that is made with wheat, barley, oats, or rye.
Can I Drink Beer?
College and beer go together like love and gay marriage or perhaps I should say donuts and coffee : P However, nearly all beers are brewed with malted barley or wheat and will contain gluten. There are sorghum and buckwheat-based gluten-free beers on the market but I seriously doubt they will be playing with these types of beer at your local beer pong championship.
There are also beers known for their low-gluten levels; however there is disagreement over the use of gluten products in brewed beverages.
List of Alcohols The Are Consider Gluten Free
- Wine – check out this excellent article by Rachel Begun, MS, RD from The Gluten Free RD about how there is a slight chance of your wine actually being contaminated and the questions you need to ask about your wine to make sure it’s safe.
- GF Beers – generally made from Sorghum and should be clearly marked gluten-free.
- Hard Cider – made from apples, here’s a list you could check out and verify that these companies definitely offer gluten-free hard cider before making your purchase.
- Hard alcohol – now this varies. Not all hard alcohol is gluten-free. Obviously you’ll need to avoid alcohol made from things like rye or wheat. Some people will tell you that anything distilled, even when made from gluten-baring grains, is gluten-free and yet there are folks who say they’ve gotten sick from them. I really don’t know what to tell you. If I drink hard alcohol, I try to stick to pure
- Tequila pure Rum as both are made from non-gluten ingredients. Spirits made without any grain such as brandy, wine, mead, cider, sherry, port, rum, tequila, and vermouth generally do not contain gluten. But again, you’ll always want to double check that there are no flavors or additives in your choice of alcohol that may contain gluten. Please note: At any point a manufacturer could change their recipe making my list obsolete. So, do your homework.
- Champagne is also an option for you as it’s a type of wine. Again, I’d just double check that your brand of choice is gluten-free.
- Another very low alcohol choice is Kombucha. It’s a fermented tea that is effervescent and is very low in alcohol. It can be purchased at places like Whole Foods or made at home and is actually very good for gut health.
What Can I Eat In The Dining Hall?
Let’s be real for a second. College dining hall food is mediocre at best. So don’t beat yourself up about the fact that the food may or may not be Gluten Free. On another note, the key to eating anywhere and being gluten free is staying safe. If you don’t trust the food DO NOT EAT IT. Feeling like absolute garbage because you decided to eat the garbage served in the dining hall is not worth it.
If the food served doesn’t have an ingredient list then I would avoid it. I’d say stick to the salad bar but I must mention that I’ve heard horror stories about stray croutons.
Take notes: There is one thing I strongly suggest: if the people you talk to do not address your needs to your satisfaction, do not acknowledge the cross contamination issue, do not make it completely safe and feasible for you to eat in their cafeteria – DO NOT DO IT.
What Should I Do If My College Doesn’t Have A Gluten Free Menu?
Unfortunately, school policies and general knowledge and accommodation of Celiac Disease are not really up to the level we’d all like. Many schools have mandatory meal plans that do not consider the needs of Celiac students and do not consider cross contamination to be an issue. If you want to pursue the cafeteria route, try the FAAN College Network.
You can also speak with your schools dietitian, food service manager or other administrator in charge of food.
Your next step should be going to the Dean of the college, explaining the situation in terms of what eating Gluten does to your quality of life and insisting your mandatory meal plan be waived.
Take Notes: Parental assistance can often be helpful in this endeavor as schools often see them as the money bags and the ones to please.
What Should I Tell My Roommates
If your living gluten-free, explaining it to others might be second nature by now. But when it comes to informing a roommate who will share living (and maybe cooking) space, clear communication is especially essential.
I would recommend having an “elevator speech” ready to explain your condition to roommates and other new friends, in a few sentences. Here’s an example of what you might say:
“I follow a gluten-free diet…no, it’s not a weight loss diet. It’s the diet to treat a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. If I eat anything with gluten (which comes from wheat, rye, oats, and barley products) I get really really sick. So I avoid foods that have it in the ingredients or have been touching it.”
What Kind of Gluten Free Snacks Should I Keep In My Dorm?
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Frozen Grapes- Debbie from Words to Eat By convinced me to try them with this post and I have been happily munching on frozen grapes ever since.
- Marinated Carrots- Buy sliced carrot coins and marinate them overnight with your favorite low-sugar vinaigrette
- Natural Peanut Butter on Celery
- Toasted Pumpkin Seeds or Roasted Sunflower Seeds-
- Apple Butter on a Rice Cake- Take notes: Quaker Rice Cakes are NOT gluten-free because of cross-contamination issues.
- Orange Slices-
- KIND bars-
- Gluten Free Cold Cerea
- Chocolate Covered Dried Apricots/Bananas- Microwave 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate in 30 sec. intervals stirring until melted (or use double-boiler). When it is throughly melted, dip the apricots (halfway) or bananas (I do the whole slice). Place the fruit on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper; sprinkle with crushed nuts. Put the cookie sheet in the refrigerator until the chocolate is set.
- Dried Fruit with Nuts-
- Salsa/Pico de Gallo and Chips- I buy Muir Glen’s Cilantro Garlic Salsa. You can also make nachos with gluten free Barbecue sauce or salsa (see Mrs. G.F.’s nachos)
- Hard-Boiled Egg-
- Pesto with Almond/Pecan Nut-Thin Crackers- Pesto can be made casein-free very easily with almonds, walnuts, etc (see my Cilantro Pesto recipe). For crackers, try Almond or Pecan Nut Thin Crackers or Mary’s Gone Crackers. If you want to try your hand at making homemade crackers- Ginger Lemon Girl has a recipe for crispy cheddar crackers.
- Apricot Sorbet
- Tomatoes, cucumbers or avocados with Salt and balsamic vinegar
- Waffle Sticks with Natural Peanut/Almond/Cashew Butter
- Larabars- These are expensive like all health bars, but they are wonderful when you are in a pinch and very hungry! I really like them, but my two year old won’t eat them yet. You can buy them at Whole foods or at Amazon.
- Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans- Gluten Free Gobsmacked has a recipe for Fried Chickpeas. Chickpeas are packed with protein and they have a high fiber content, which prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after consuming this yummy snack.
- Corn Tortilla with Pinto Beans/Guacamole- Corn Tortillas are a staple for celiacs and the gluten-intolerant, so they had to make the list! Karina’s Kitchen has a recipe for Joey’s Kicked up Rockin’ Guacamole
- Lettuce Wrap- Bibb Lettuce with tuna (try Cindalou’s recipe); or wrap hummus in lettuce like Vegan Momma.
- Gluten Free Cookies, Muffins, or Breads
- Juice Popsicles- Elise at Simply Recipes has a how-to on making juice popsicles.
- Brown Rice Tortilla Wraps
What Kind Of Gluten Free Gear Should I Keep In My Dorm Dorm-Stocking
According to college students living with celiac disease, it’s much easier to stay gluten-free if you bring the following equipment along. Even if you’re following a meal plan, being able to make some meals at home gives you a lot more flexibility. Since some of the appliances may not be permitted in dormitory rooms, check first with the Residence Life office to find out the school’s policies.
- Microwave Many dorms already have communal microwaves, but these appliances, when shared, can get pretty dirty and thus could be a source of cross-contamination. Having a personal microwave allows your student to prepare his or her own foods safely. If it’s shared with a roommate, be sure to lay down ground rules about keeping it clean.
- A micro-fridge. If the dorm has a communal refrigerator, your student can keep his or her foods separated, in labeled boxes and zip-close bags.
- Toaster or toaster oven These are usually not allowed in dorm rooms but in a shared kitchen, they’re a great asset. Stephanie, a blogger at celiacsatcollege.com, got permission to store her toaster in the dining hall kitchen for safe fallback meals. Hers was bright red and clearly labeled so that no one else would use it.
- Small rice cooker or pasta cooker
- Pots, pans, plates and eating/cooking utensils If your student shares some cooking facilities with others, having a separate supply of these is a big time-saver. Otherwise, they’ll have to wash dishes before and after using them to avoid cross-contamination.
- A big supply of cleaning supplies, dishcloths and dishtowels. These are also life-saving in a shared kitchen, to keep gluten-free cookware and dishes safe. Include enough so that your student won’t have to do laundry frequently.
- Large plastic storage boxes with lids. Having separate storage makes sure gluten-free items don’t “wander” or accidentally get cross-contaminated.
- A small blender: for smoothies
- Brita or Pur Pitcher: Save the planet and space by buying a water filter rather than trying to store 20 bottles of water in your fridge or in my room
If You Are Living On Campus, Have An Emergency Plan.
Make sure you have a plan, if become sick. Visit the school’s health office and the nearest pharmacy and establish an account so that you can get prescription medication. It’s also helpful to have a relationship with a local physician and/or gastroenterologist who can treat you if the need arises.
Take Notes: Under the Health Information Privacy Protection Act3, once you’re 18, you parents are not permitted to access your health information unless you grant them written permission to do so. Make sure these permissions are in place with the health care centers so they can contact your family.
Links & Sorces To Everything You’ll Need To Be Gluten Free And Happy
- Top 10 Cooking Tools for the GF College Student
- GF College Guide
- My Top 10 Ready Made Snack
Places to order Gluten Free and Resources
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