Month: December 2011


Part 2: In the Heart

December 29, 2011 | 21 Comments

Part 2: Guess what? You have to WANT to go gluten free. I know. It sounds so obvious, doesn’t it? I mean, of course you want to go gluten-free. You have celiac disease. You want to feel better. You want to stop taking 3 […]

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Part 3: In the House

December 26, 2011 | 23 Comments

Part 3: Be the master of your domain. It’s pretty easy to keep gluten out of most of the rooms in your house. The bedroom? Unless you’re into some unusual practices (none of my business), I’d say it’s pretty safe. Bathroom? Should be good. Family room? […]

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Part 4: In the Restaurant

December 23, 2011 | 24 Comments

Part 4: Out to eat? Play it safe. Really, really safe. When you’ve got celiac disease, going out to eat sucks. I wish I could sugarcoat it for you a little bit, but there are just no two ways around it. Why does a […]

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Part 5: Now What?

December 21, 2011 | 23 Comments

Part 5: Ok…now what happens? Am I mentally prepared to go gluten free? Check. Am I emotionally committed to a gluten free life? Check. Is my house a gluten free sanctuary? Check. Will I be my own best advocate when going out to eat? Check. […]

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Chef Kate: A Celiac’s Best Friend

December 19, 2011 | 5 Comments

I’m back. Back to reality. Back to routine. Back to the daily grind that life sometimes presents. And most sadly of all, back to making my own meals. I was blessed enough to take a vacation this past week at The Golden Pavilion in […]

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Gluten Free Vacation: Day 4: Moving Day

December 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

It’s real easy to get fat and lazy on vacation. You’ve got nothing to do and all day to do it. Throw in a bunch of meals and cocktails starting at noon and before you know it, you need a whole new outfit for […]

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Gluten Free Vacation: Day 3: Missing the Boat

December 14, 2011 | 2 Comments

Day 3 posed the first true celiac challenge. The gang was going on an all day charter boat ride to explore the islands, snorkel, water ski and (gulp) eat at Foxy’s, a popular joint in the caribbean that has been around for about 50 […]

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Gluten Free Vacation: Day 2: Ground Control

December 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Day 2 went off without a hitch… No chef today (I know…poor me) so we were on our own as far as food/meals were concerned. This actually put me at ease a bit. Since I had full control over what was being cooked, I knew […]

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Gluten Free Vacation: Day 1: Smooth Landing

December 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Bubble wrap is my new best friend.  You will all be happy to know that both me and my New Grist beer survived a van ride, a plane ride, a cab ride and a ferry ride. By the way, many thanks to the Continental […]

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Planning a gluten free vacation (hint: it ain’t easy)

December 9, 2011 | 4 Comments

That’s right. The Gluten Dude is taking a vacation! (Put away your tears…I’ll still be posting while I’m away.) That’s the good news. The other side of the coin is that it’s my first real vacation since I was diagnosed with celiac disease. And […]

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