April 12th, 2011
06:30 PM ET
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Fame Bites - Russell Simmons
April 12th, 2011
06:00 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

Hip hop impresario Russell Simmons has just come out with a new book called "Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All." The book's message is just as it sounds: you can have it all, but "all" isn't necessarily what you think it is - it's a state of enlightenment.

Part of that spiritual richness includes treating your body as a temple, Simmons says - which is why the self-made multi-millionaire and co-founder of Def Jam Records is a devoted vegan.

Going gluten-free and better for it?
April 12th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
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(Health.com) - Sarah Cooper was a new mom in her mid-20s, busily juggling her family and a career as an electrical engineer, when everything came to a halt.

She lost all her energy. She developed acne. And she began experiencing gastrointestinal problems: bloating, diarrhea, cramping, constipation. Her doctors, thinking something must be missing from her diet, put her on various vitamins, none of which helped.

"It was all I could do to go to work," she says.

After years of failed treatments, Cooper's luck changed. She saw a doctor who suspected she might have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can appear at any age and is caused by an intolerance to gluten.

A protein found in wheat, barley, and rye (and countless food products - like bread and pasta - that contain those grains), gluten gradually damages the intestines of people with celiac disease, preventing the absorption of vitamins and minerals and setting off a slew of related health problems, which can include fatigue and bad skin.

Read the rest of "Will a gluten-free diet improve your health?" on CNN Health.

Previously – Gluten defined and When did G-free get all...sexy?

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Lunchtime poll – should schools rule kids' lunches?
April 12th, 2011
12:45 PM ET
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Any e-mail tip from Ali Velshi tends to be the most interesting thing in my inbox, and today was no exception. As he'll be discussing on today's CNN Newsroom, Monica Eng and Joel Hood of the Chicago Tribune report that a school on the city's West Side is prohibiting its students from bringing home-prepared lunches to school, unless they have a medical excuse or an allergy.

Instead, the children at Little Village Academy, must either purchase lunch from the school's cafeteria, or opt to skip lunch entirely. Unsurprisingly, students and parents alike are unhappy with the blanket policy, and are speaking out.

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