the gluten dude blog

I started this blog in October of 2011. Why? I had a lot to say about living with celiac disease. And what I was mostly finding online did not align with my feelings and experiences of being gluten-free and dealing with the trials and tribulations of our fun little autoimmune disease. And while it took me a bit of time, I found my voice and an awesome community.

Over 700 blog posts and 35,000 comments later, while I may have slowed down my pace a bit, the journey continues. You can select a category or month below, use the search icon above or just browse around. Either way...enjoy and I hope it helps you in your journey.

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Gluten Dude is feeling grateful

November 24, 2021 | 4 Comments

A little change-up here as I give thanks to the people in my life. Yeah…it’s corny. But yeah…it’s important. I also touch on my trip cross-country with my Dudette and my complete lack of preparation. Happy Thanksgiving folks!! Podcast Transcription Hello, everybody. I hope […]

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Lessons learned driving cross-country gluten-free

November 16, 2021 | 5 Comments

My younger Dudette (for this article and for the sake of privacy, I will call her Madison; that’s also her real name) spent the last 10 months working for Under Canvas in Utah. She bought a Subaru Outback while she was out there and […]

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celiac gluten free junk food

How do I wean my teenager off gluten-free junk food?

November 10, 2021 | 2 Comments

Boy did I eat like crap when I was young. My mom changed things up (to my horror) and I cleaned up my diet. Yet when I was diagnosed with celiac disease, for some reason I just had to have gluten-free cookies, cakes, brownies, […]

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celiac and nutrition

New! Get your questions answered by a dietitian with celiac disease.

November 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

When I was diagnosed, my doc told me I had celiac disease (I had what???) and then politely showed me the door with the advice of “don’t eat gluten” (don’t eat what???). No literature. No guidance. No follow up. And mind you…I liked my […]

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How do I explain my celiac disease at work?

November 3, 2021 | 6 Comments

I was diagnosed with celiac disease after I already began working from myself and working from home. So those days where celiac just got the best of me, I was able to shut it down. But what about if you work at an office? […]

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celiac not healing

Dude…why do I feel like crap if I’m eating 100% gluten-free?

October 29, 2021 | 1 Comment

The biggest lie in the world of celiac disease is that you’ll feel better immediately once you begin your gluten-free diet. It sure as hell didn’t happen to me and my guess is you also did not have those results. And it did not […]

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celiac support groups

Dude…how do I find the right celiac support group for me?

October 26, 2021 | 4 Comments

On today’s Dear Gluten Dude podcast, we’re talking about celiac support groups and how to know which ones to trust and which ones to stay away from. Podcast Transcription (Dude note: I had some mic issues with this podcast. It still sounds fine but […]

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celiac inconvenience

My spouse is inconvenienced by my new celiac diagnosis

October 22, 2021 | 2 Comments

On today’s Dear Gluten Dude podcast, we’re talking about the frustration of a new celiac diagnosis, well meaning friends who say the wrong things and a future spouse who feels inconvenienced by his wife-to-be’s new disease. Podcast Transcription Welcome to Episode 4 of Dear […]

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paranoid of gluten

Is it possible to be TOO afraid of gluten?

October 19, 2021 | 6 Comments

On today’s Dear Gluten Dude podcast, we are discussing gluten paranoia and how afraid of gluten we really need to be when newly diagnosed. Podcast Transcription Welcome to Episode 3 of Dear Gluten Dude where I answer emails sent to me from the gluten-free […]

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Which doctor should I listen to??

October 14, 2021 | 3 Comments

On today’s Dear Gluten Dude podcast, we’re talking about getting conflicting information from various doctors and who to trust and who to listen to when you are newly diagnosed with celiac disease. Podcast Transcription Welcome to Episode 2 of Dear Gluten Dude where I […]

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wheat starch and celiac disease

Is wheat starch safe for those with celiac disease?

October 11, 2021 | 4 Comments

On today’s Dear Gluten Dude podcast, we’re talking about pizza. And more specifically, if wheat starch is really safe for someone with celiac disease. Transcription can be found below the podcast recording. Podcast Transcription Hey everyone, welcome to Episode One of Dear Gluten Dude […]

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Saturday Kitchen cooking show trivializes coeliac disease. We deserve an apology.

September 30, 2021 | 6 Comments

Saturday Kitchen is (yet another) cooking show based in the UK where viewers get to vote on which recipe will be prepared for the guest at the end of the episode. It ‘stars” chef Matt Tebbutt (I so wanted to call him Matt Tebbutthead, […]

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questions about the gluten dude app

Why the #$@!% isn’t the Gluten Dude app free? (and 3 more of your app questions answered)

September 29, 2021 | 9 Comments

So the Gluten Dude App has officially been live for 11 weeks. And over the course of these 77 days (don’t worry…I did the math), I’ve gotten some amazing feedback, some fantastic suggestions, and lots and lots of questions. And as I always taught […]

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banquet and cross contamination

Dear Gluten Dude: How do I keep 500 guests as safe as possible?

September 23, 2021 | 12 Comments

Early in my celiac days, when I was still in my gluten-free diapers, I was invited to golf-outing charity. I figured with transportation time included, I’d be gone max 6 hours. So I did what most celiacs do: I panicked. Just kidding. I ate […]

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son will not take celiac disease seriously

Dear Gluten Dude: How do I convince my son to take his celiac disease seriously?

August 9, 2021 | 14 Comments

I had an interesting relationship with my dad. He was my little league coach. He was my golfing partner. He called me his little buddy. He was all around just a great, great guy. I was the fourth out of 4 boys and as […]

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facebook and gluten

The Potential Danger of Celiac Facebook Groups (not mine of course)

July 29, 2021 | 7 Comments

Yes…a rare late afternoon blog post. Two cups of coffee and an espresso and I’m UP! I’ll make it a quick one. So on my mobile app for the celiac community, we have a restaurant directory of over 2,600 restaurants (with more added every […]

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food deliver service and celiac disease

Which meal delivery services offer gluten-free food? And are they Celiac-Safe?

July 23, 2021 | 26 Comments

I use to love dinner time as a kid. I’d come home from school wondering what my mom had planned (this is before she got a job when I was 13). If I smelled spaghetti sauce, I was in high heaven. If I smelled […]

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The Gluten Dude Mobile App

The Gluten Dude App has Officially Launched!

July 1, 2021 | 4 Comments

After 18 months, 2 development teams, a 15 month pandemic, 6 pounds, and 87 new gray hairs, I am beyond happy to announce that the Gluten Dude app has officially launched. It’s actually been in the app stores for a few months now but […]

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cant cure celiac

More celiac snake oil…from a ‘Longevity Coach’ (seriously)

June 30, 2021 | 2 Comments

I’m going to start this rare night-time post with a disclaimer: I’m in a beyond pissy mood. Nothing seems to be going my way lately, and today I hit peak frustration. So my post may be more “colorful” than usual. You’ve been warned. I […]

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a film about celiac disease

‘Glutened’: A short film about celiac disease (that I love!)

May 21, 2021 | 21 Comments

This is cool. Like really, really cool. Not only do we have a film that gives a realistic look at celiac (coeliac) disease, but it’s done in a creative, artistic way. The name of the film is Glutened and it is described by Hayley […]

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Who I am. And who I'm not.

Who I am. And who I'm not.

I AM someone who's been gluten-free since 2007 due to a diagnosis of severe celiac disease. I'm someone who can steer you in the right direction when it comes to going gluten-free. And I'm someone who will always give you the naked truth about going gluten free.

I AM NOT someone who embraces this gluten-free craziness. I didn’t find freedom, a better life or any of that other crap when I got diagnosed. With all due respect to Hunter S. Thompson, I found fear and loathing of an unknown world. But if I can share my wisdom, tell my stories and make the transition easier on you, I’ve done my job.

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