Gluten Dude

Dude note: To help celebrate and promote Celiac Awareness Month, I will be writing 30 blog posts over 30 consecutive days (weekends excluded) with the theme “30 Days of Helping 30 Celiacs”. Each post will be aimed toward helping one specific person or group of people. If you or someone you know needs help, guidance, advice or a shoulder to cry on, please contact me and I will do what I can to help. On the 31st day, you’re on your own. Totally kidding.

Today’s 30 for 30 blog post is for: Monica (not her real name) whose fellow employees may have good gluten-free intentions but she’s unsure how to approach them.

We’ve all been there. People with good intentions insist that the food they made is totally safe for us to eat. And if guilt overcomes our good senses, we could be in for a world of...

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Dude note: To help celebrate and promote Celiac Awareness Month, I will be writing 30 blog posts over 30 consecutive days (weekends excluded) with the theme “30 Days of Helping 30 Celiacs”. Each post will be aimed toward helping one specific person or group of people. If you or someone you know needs help, guidance, advice or a shoulder to cry on, please contact me and I will do what I can to help. On the 31st day, you’re on your own. Totally kidding.

Today’s 30 for 30 blog post is for: The entire celiac community.

It’s been a great first week of helping my fellow celiacs. I’d like to end the week on an up-note. And this is a serious up-note.

I know we (or maybe I should say I) complain about the lack of support and understanding from the general population about celiac. I’ve gotten email...

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Dude note: To help celebrate and promote Celiac Awareness Month, I will be writing 30 blog posts over 30 consecutive days (weekends excluded) with the theme “30 Days of Helping 30 Celiacs”. Each post will be aimed toward helping one specific person or group of people. If you or someone you know needs help, guidance, advice or a shoulder to cry on, please contact me and I will do what I can to help. On the 31st day, you’re on your own. Totally kidding.

Today’s 30 for 30 blog post is for: Celiac newbies who make mistakes.

Are you crying? Are you crying? There’s no crying. There is NO CRYING IN CELIAC DISEASE.

I just love that scene.

Anyway, we were all newly diagnosed at one time or another. And we all messed up. Every single one of us.

It’s a brand new world when you’re diagnosed and...

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Dude note: To help celebrate and promote Celiac Awareness Month, I will be writing 30 blog posts over 30 consecutive days (weekends excluded) with the theme “30 Days of Helping 30 Celiacs”. Each post will be aimed toward helping one specific person or group of people. If you or someone you know needs help, guidance, advice or a shoulder to cry on, please contact me and I will do what I can to help. On the 31st day, you’re on your own. Totally kidding.

Today’s 30 for 30 blog post is for: Those celiacs with little or no symptoms.

The year before my diagnosis, I lost 15 pounds and had incessant stomach aches. Those were pretty much the extent of my symptoms.

Now granted, I had tons of other health issues that may indeed be connected to celiac disease, but as far as direct symptoms go, I...

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Dude note: To help celebrate and promote Celiac Awareness Month, I will be writing 30 blog posts over 30 consecutive days (weekends excluded) with the theme “30 Days of Helping 30 Celiacs”. Each post will be aimed toward helping one specific person or group of people. If you or someone you know needs help, guidance, advice or a shoulder to cry on, please contact me and I will do what I can to help. On the 31st day, you’re on your own. Totally kidding.

Today’s 30 for 30 blog post is for: All parents standing up for their celiac child.

Here we are on Day 2 of my Celiac Awareness journey and as I look through my backlog of emails, I realize that while many do ask me specific questions (which I’ll get to in the next 28 days), others simply want to vent.

And while some in...

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Dude note: To help celebrate and promote Celiac Awareness Month, I will be writing 30 blog posts over 30 consecutive days (weekends excluded) with the theme “30 Days of Helping 30 Celiacs”. Each post will be aimed toward helping one specific person or group of people. If you or someone you know needs help, guidance, advice or a shoulder to cry on, please contact me and I will do what I can to help. On the 31st day, you’re on your own. Totally kidding.

Today’s 30 for 30 blog post is for: Jules Shepard…aka Jules Gluten Free.

I had the pleasure and the privilege of hanging with our very own Jules Gluten Free last weekend at the Orlando Gluten Free Living conference. I had spoken to her on the phone a few times and did a couiple of her radio shows,...

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First, a quick Dude note: May is Celiac Awareness Month but I’ll be kicking things off a bit early. After much agonizing debate (said simply for dramatic effect), I’ve decided to go with the theme “30 Days of Helping 30 Fellow Celiacs”. The official start date of this will be Monday, April 14th.

Why so early? Well, after much agonizing debate (see what I did there), two things hit me: 1) Why wait an extra two weeks when I can begin helping people now and 2) I’ll be taking weekends off from blogging so the 30 days will actually be 30 posts over six weeks, concluding at the end of May.

So Lord knows, I’ve got a backlog of emails that I need to respond to but if you’ve got a question you would like answered and you’re in need of some help, contact me and hopefully...

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You know when you’re looking forward to a new trip but you just don’t know how it’s going to go? There’s a lot of excitement and a bit of trepidation? You’re meeting some people you’ve looked up to for some time and you just don’t know what they’re going to be like? And if they’ll like you? You get yourself pretty worked up and then when you get there…it’s a total letdown? The trip becomes a disaster?

Well that TOTALLY DIDN’T HAPPEN TO ME.

I just spent three days in Orlando at the Gluten Free Living Conference and it was awesome. And it was so much more than a room full of gluten-free vendors. Actually, I spent maybe a grand total of 60 minutes inside the exhibition room where the vendors were.

The rest of the time was spent relaxing, learning, socializing, exercising and overall just having a grand...

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