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...