Gluten Dude

I’ve been seeing ghosts in my bedroom recently. This has absolutely nothing to do with today’s blog post. Just wanted to share. And for what it’s worth, for the most part, they look happy. Ok…moving on.

There are times in our life when other people should be considerate and work around our dietary restrictions.

And there are other times when we need to be the considerate ones and put our restrictions on the back burner for the benefit of others.

The question is…how do you know which situation calls for which solution?

Funny you should ask because I received the following message the other day from a fellow celiac:

Hi, GD. I have recently had a problem that I’m hoping your followers can help me with.

My son and his girlfriend are getting married soon. Very small wedding, immediately family only. They asked if they could do it in...

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This one falls into the “why the hell can’t we just get a straight answer?” category.

Last week, it was announced that “Mike’s Hard is the first malt liquor to go gluten-free.” And according to the article, now it’s the first malt beverage to use “crafted to remove gluten” on its label — with permission from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which regulates alcoholic beverages in the U.S.

This label will go on ALL of their products.

So the question is…what does it mean? Is Mike’s Hard Lemonade safe for those with celiac disease?

To get an answer, my first visit was to their website.

Here are some blurbs taken directly from their site, with my obligatory reaction to each:

“We created a proprietary and unique filtration process to make the purest, cleanest tasting malt beverage base giving all of our products a clean, natural...

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Hey folks. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. A rare Saturday post from the Gluten Dude. I’ll be quick…promise.

So I’ve been blogging here for three years. Made some great friends. Helped some fellow celiacs. Pissed off some B-list celebrities. No complaints.

But it’s time to raise my game. Looking to take it to the next level. Want to get out of my comfort zone. It’s time to BE THE BALL!!

Too much? I’ll stop.

Here’s where I’m at. Besides the comments, which I know are a huge part of this site, I’ve provided pretty much all of the content. Which means this blog only has one main voice.

Well…I’d like to change that and I’m coming to you for advice.

I’ll still be doing my blog posts on a regular basis. I’ll still be doing what I can to be the best dang advocate I can be. But I want...

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For those of you who don’t read People, US Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, OK, In Touch, Star or follow any of the zillion websites dedicated to our glorious entertainment industry (seriously…how do they all stay in business??), last week Jennifer Lawrence called gluten-free “the new cool eating disorder.”

Was it a stupid thing to say? Of course.

Do I think she meant it literally? I do not.

As a celiac, do I take offense? Not so much.

But do her words matter? Sadly, they do. This is a woman on top of the world right now. People listen to her.

Yahoo actually ran an article about her quote and they titled it “Jennifer Lawrence Says Gluten-Free Is ‘The New Cool Eating Disorder,’ Might Actually Be Onto Something”.

Seriously.

Look…I’m a big boy. I can handle this crap.

But then I think of the children who have celiac and are getting...

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See what I did there? I wrote the headline to make it look like celiac disease isn’t real when I’m really talking about how celiac affects the brain. This way, we’ll see if anybody reacts to just reading the headline. I know…you don’t have to say it.

Anyway, celiac disease and gluten-free have been getting some gluten-free lovin’ this past week from the New York Times. It’s always nice to see the media give it the attention it deserves.

They culminated the week with a great article titled “Can Celiac Disease Affect the Brain?

My response to that question…CAN IT EVER!!

I’ve talked about brain fog here. And I talked about how it turns me into a raging idiot here.

So no one has to tell me that it affects more than just the digestive system. Still, it was nice to see it discussed is...

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My question for you this lovely morning is simple.

Why do companies who have no vested interest in our health keep coming up with products that they think we need and that can possibly harm us?

Do they think we’re that desperate to feel “normal”?

Ok fine. That was two questions and maybe the answer isn’t so simple.

Check out this page about a new gluten-friendly wheat being developed and then come on back.

Tell me what grabs you first. To me…it was the title: ‘Gluten-friendly’ wheat could let celiac sufferers enjoy pasta — and become a big-money innovation.

Let’s break the title down a bit, shall we?

Gluten-friendly wheat: Gluten is thy enemy and there is nothing friendly about it.

Let celiac sufferers enjoy pasta: I enjoy pasta just fine thank you. GLUTEN-FREE PASTA.

Big money innovation: Now THAT speaks volumes.

I actually think Michael Keaton...

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I got an email from a fellow celiac recently. Here’s an excerpt of it.

It has been a year and a half since I was diagnosed and I am struggling. Some things have gotten better, anxiety is improved, migraines less frequent, there are stretches of time with normal bowel movements, much less frequent canker sores and my weight has stabilized.

But I feel unwell, in a way I never did before diagnosis.

I feel like Celiac has stolen a part of me away. The sheer amount of will and brain power managing this disease takes has me exhausted. Analyzing how I feel all the time wondering if the headache, or canker sore, or bad or sad mood is because of gluten. And I don’t think I can do much better; I really can’t be perfect as much as I might try. None of us can. So is this just...

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Ah…where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday my blog was wearing diapers.

And now here we are three years later and my blog is fully potty trained, with still the occasional accident. (You folks are very good at letting me know when I’ve soiled myself.)

Three years ago today, I wrote my very first blog post.

I had no idea what I was doing.

Three years later…and I still have no idea what I’m doing. I will be a work in progress til the day I die.

Let’s take a look back at the past 3 years a bit, shall we?

Number of blog posts written: 446 Number of people who have come to my site: 1,727,503 Number of pages viewed: 2,786,936 Number of comments left: 22,798 (Seriously…thank you!) Number of people who found my site by Googling “gluten free steve”: 90. I have no...

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