Dayna Macy's 'Ravenous' book; gluten-free travel in Washington

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 31, 2011; 5:43 PM

Food Fight

Conquering Slim Jims "Ravenous" (Hay House, $24.95)

Food lover and lifelong overeater Dayna Macy wrote her memoir "Ravenous" to heal her relationship with food. In a year-long journey, Macy travels the country to learn about the food industry and, in turn, herself. In an effort to break the hold that her favorite foods have on her, she learns how cheese, chocolate and sausage are made, even revisiting her formerly beloved Slim Jims. But, she writes, "all this knowledge isn't helping me master my craving." After meeting farmers, butchers, a Zen chef, a forager and more, she finally starts to find her own path to balance and freedom, which, for her, means weighing and measuring her food for accountability and portion control.

Celiac Disease

D.C. takes the gluten-free cake celiac-friendly travel awards

The Washington area has been named the "World's Most Celiac-Friendly Destination" of 2010 by The contest recognizes travel destinations that offer a wide range of dining choices for folks who don't, or can't, eat gluten - a protein found in wheat and other grains - such as people with Celiac disease. New York City won the site's first contest in 2008, followed by Orlando in 2009. The winner is determined by tallying the number of user-submitted dining and travel reviews received throughout the year for each location on the site.

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