I am always impressed/amazed at people who want to sign up with the military to defend our country, putting themselves at risk to serve the greater good. There is no bigger sacrifice.
And with our country’s dubious history of getting involved or starting wars that are questionable at best, it’s even more impressive.
But did you know that if you have celiac disease, you cannot enroll in the military? But if you are already enrolled and THEN you get diagnosed, it’s not an issue. Yeah…I know…it makes no sense.
Read the below email I received from someone whose military dreams were shattered due to a diagnosis of celiac disease. Here’s a guy who busted his ass; who wanted nothing more that to follow in his family’s footsteps. And he got shot down because of our disease.
Part of me gets it. How can they accommodate someone with celiac food-wise especially...
Big things are happening with Jennifer Esposito and her company, Jennifer’s Way. Big things for her and just as importantly, big things for the celiac community.
Many of these things are of the “to be announced” variety, but there is one item I do want to share with you.
She has a new book coming out in May called “Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease — What Doctors Don’t Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again”.
Mrs. Dude and I had the privilege of getting an advanced copy and it is simply an amazing read. She writes with passion. She writes with humor. And boy oh boy does she write with honesty.
If you’re looking for a Hollywood tell-all, this ain’t the book for you.
But man if you want to read about someone who has been to celiac hell and back, you’ll want to...
We don’t owe anybody any explanation of why we eat gluten-free. It’s our life. It’s our body. It’s our health.
It’s what we do to thrive and survive.
Yet with the fad diet in full force, I know some in our community feel the need to say “Hey, I’m not gluten-free cause I WANT to be. I’m gluten-free cause I NEED to be.”
Whether it’s to be taken more seriously, to educate or simply to be heard, I totally get it.
Here’s an email I received recently from a fellow celiac. And when I say recently, I mean 5 months ago. (Yep…a tad behind on emails…I read them all, I promise.)Dear Gluten Dude:
I love your site. After some frustrating discussions with my husband and a co-worker who said I better stop talking about gluten free foods or people will start talking about me (what????) I composed the following....
I’m not gonna rant about this one. (Dude note: If you can’t see the picture above, click here.)
I really try to balance the pulse of this blog so I don’t come across as a complainer; though lord knows there’s enough to kvetch about (yes…I said kvetch, though I have no idea if I spelled it right.)
Why just the other day on Twitter, somebody called me, and I quote, “a whiny little girl”. I was hurt beyond words. I hate being called little.
While erroneously calling Wheat Chex gluten-free make get a guffaw out of some people, I just can’t laugh about these types of mistakes.
Why? Because gluten free is our medicine and getting it wrong just isn’t funny.
Repeat after me: Gluten Free is Our Medicine.
It’s how we thrive. It’s how we survive.
To me, this is akin to a doctor prescribing a medicine...
It never ends. It seriously never ends.
The constant ignorance out there and the constant need to defend ourselves about our disease and other food intolerances.
What set me off this time?
An utterly ridiculous article on Huff Post titled “Why Do Your Kid’s Allergies Mean My Kid Can’t Have a Birthday?” written by one Carina Hoskisson.
Here’s the link. Feel free to leave a comment.
It’s time for a Gluten Dude breakdown.
Let’s start with the title: Right away we have an entitled mom who thinks her child having a piece of birthday cake in school is more important than another child’s health. And who’s saying your kid can’t have a birthday? Won’t you celebrate at home? Isn’t one cake party enough for him?
She says: All over the country parents are being asked to accommodate the specialized needs of other people’s children thanks to the skyrocketing...
Been sick as a dog for a few days now, it’s 3:30am, my mind is racing, and I can’t sleep. Let’s do a stream of consciousness blog.
1. Why do they say “sick as a dog”? My dogs are never sick.
2. It’s snowing outside…again. My kids will have no school…again. As the Dudette said recently…”going to school five days a week is so 2013.”
3. Yesterday was a tough day to be an advocate. Got a lot of sh*t for my blog post. And once in a while I ask myself, is all the time and effort I put in, when I intentionally don’t make a penny off this blog, worth it? Then I go to this page and I simply smile. Yes, it’s worth every damn second.
4. No seriously…this is the year I’m really...
To all restaurants marketing and offering gluten-free dishes:
- Either you offer gluten-free or you do not.
- Either you care about the health of your customers or you do not.
- Either you take the time to truly learn what it means to create gluten-free dishes or you do not.
- Either you do your absolute best to keep us safe or you do not.
There is no middle ground. Not for us and not for you.
And if you can’t do your best to guarantee our safety, that’s totally cool. We don’t expect every restaurant to cater to us. You’re trying to run a business and gluten-free might not fit into your business model.
But if you ARE going to offer gluten-free foods, please watch the above video and you can see how it can be done and should be done. (If you can’t see the video above,...
Dear Gluten Free Food Companies,
I am touched by your desire to have me sample your products. Honestly I am. I think it’s totally cool you want to send me free food. I mean “free” and “food” are two of my favorite things.
And really…who doesn’t like getting packages in the mail? It’s like Christmas morning here when the mail comes.
The thing is, as my audience continues to grow, so does the amount of emails I receive from companies like yours asking me to try your gluten-free goodies. And I am more than able and willing. I’m sure your food is every bit good as you say it is. (Of course, I’ve never received an email that says “Hey Gluten Dude, our food sucks…wanna try some?”)
But let’s face it…we’re all busy people. You’re busy trying to manufacture and sell your product. And lord knows I’m busy trying to...