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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most common symptoms of celiac disease

Celiac disease uncovered: A look at the most common symptoms

January 22, 2024 | 5 Comments

Back in April of 2013, I asked my growing celiac community to share with me their celiac disease symptoms that led to a diagnosis. Based on almost 200 responses, I created this infographic, which has been shared (and stolen) thousands of times over the […]

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most common celiac symptoms in 2024

What were your celiac disease symptoms (2024 version)?

January 11, 2024 | 51 Comments

Dude Note Jan. 23, 2024: Based on over 2,000 responses, we have created the new celiac infographic. ——- 10 years ago (my how time flies when you have celiac disease), I asked the community what their main symptoms were pre-diagnosis. Cause we all know […]

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Christmas Wish List 2023

December 21, 2023 | 5 Comments

Ah…another holiday season is upon us. Yeah…I know it’s late to be making a Christmas wish list. But I Facetimed Santa yesterday and he said if I get my list in by the end of today, we’re cool. He also said I’ve been a […]

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truth about living gluten free

How do you cut through the celiac bullsh*t & know who to trust

October 11, 2023 | 11 Comments

I’m aware that the following post may come across as petty to some of you. No…not Lori Petty. And no…not Richard Petty either. But written out of jealousy or to get a pat on the back. I assure you this is absolutely true. Just […]

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gluten dude app update

Gluten Dude App: Major upgrades and lower prices!

September 7, 2023 | 4 Comments

Big things happening at team Gluten Dude and our mobile app that I’d like to share with you. We’ve added some awesome benefits and dropped the price! First, let’s take a step back. A few months ago, I sent out an email to everyone […]

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campbells gluten free soup and celiac disease

Is Campbell’s gluten-free soup ‘celiac safe’?

July 20, 2023 | 10 Comments

A door-to-door salesman rings the bell in a new suburban home and when the door opens, the salesman looks down and sees a four-year-old boy puffing on a long, black cigar. The salesman is taken aback momentarily at the situation and trying to cover […]

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celiac disease

Don’t let hunger cloud your judgment (like I recently did)

May 3, 2023 | 2 Comments

I’ve had celiac disease for over 14 years and I am still susceptible to bad judgment. I don’t know if that says a lot about the disease, or a lot about me. But let me set the stage for what happened this past weekend. […]

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celiac disease

Selling gluten-free diet water and telling us to lighten up? F*ck off.

April 21, 2023 | 1 Comment

I know. I know. I can already hear the comments I’ll be getting on this post. So I’ll save some of you the time and energy and say them myself: “Dude…lighten up. It’s a joke.” “You are what’s wrong with this country.” “You’re so […]

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glory days celiac

Glory Days Grill…Part 2

March 21, 2023 | 3 Comments

I posted about Glory Days Grill last week and how they have changed some things in their kitchen to the possible detriment to the celiac community. You can read that post HERE. But here is a quick summary. In the past few weeks, I […]

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can people with celiac disease trust Glory Days Grill?

Can gluten-free food at Glory Days Grill still be trusted?

March 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

True Story: I had a friend was a big baseball player back in high school. He could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool boy. Saw him the other night at this roadside bar I was walking in, he was […]

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real good foods no longer gluten free

Real Good Foods sells out to big box stores

February 28, 2023 | 0 Comments

Another story of a “gluten-free” company putting profit over people. Color me surprised. This time it is Real Good Foods. Who is Real Good Foods you say? Let’s start with their mission statement, taken directly from their website: “Founded in 2016, Real Good Foods […]

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Get lifetime access to the Gluten Dude app for only $49 (and help us improve the app at the same time)

February 21, 2023 | 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, I reached out to my Facebook and Instagram communities and asked for honest feedback on my app. While I certainly received a lot of positive responses, I was made aware of a few minor issues that needed fixing and I […]

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how can i support my friend with celiac disease?

Dude…how do I support my best friend who was just diagnosed with celiac disease?

February 16, 2023 | 6 Comments

I have had celiac disease for (…counting fingers and toes…) over 14 years and the support I have received from family, friends, and of course this community has been incredible. And for that I am grateful. But after I received the following email, I […]

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enough about gluten free

We need more focus on the disease and less on the diet

January 13, 2023 | 16 Comments

Did you know that today is National Gluten-Free Day? No really…it’s a thing. So what is on my FB and IG feeds, where I follow a lot of folks/groups with celiac disease? Same as every other day: food, food, food and more food. Except […]

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not eating with celiac

I went home starving…and that was fine with me

January 5, 2023 | 10 Comments

Here’s the situation last night: My good friend is home after nine years in Hong Kong. So I took a 3:30 train from Asbury Park up to Manhattan to grab dinner and a few drinks. While it’s not a long trip, NJ Transit has […]

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no cure for celiac disease

Repeat after me: ‘There is no cure for celiac disease.’

December 29, 2022 | 2 Comments

Remember Elissa Goodman? Elissa is a well-known nutritionist who (supposedly) has celiac disease. She was on a podcast with Maria Menounos in August and stated emphatically that you can indeed eat gluten again even if you have celiac disease. All you need to do […]

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My gluten-free Christmas wish list

December 21, 2022 | 12 Comments

Ah…another holiday season is upon us. Yeah…I know it’s late to be making a Christmas wish list. But I spoke to Santa directly (via Skype actually) and he said if I get my list in by the 24th, we’re cool. He also said I’ve […]

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is a shared toaster gluten free?

Is a shared toaster safe for those with celiac disease?

December 15, 2022 | 7 Comments

What? A Gluten Dude blog post??? Yeah…sarcasm duly noted and warranted. While I have still been an active advocate on social media, my blogging has been sh*t. Time and focus have been an issue the past year for various reasons. But I’m back…and hopefully […]

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Gluten Dude app

The deal of a lifetime…literally!

November 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

Every restaurant. Every airport. Every coupon. Every conversation. Every feature. Every benefit. Now and forever. Happy holidays everyone. Hope you had a safe and enjoyable one. I’m running a special on my app. Purchase Gluten Dude today…and use it forever. On sale for only […]

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find gluten free food at airports

Find gluten-free options at airports around the world

November 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

It’s heeeeeeeere! After 3 months of research and a few sleepless nights, the new Let’s Fly section of the Gluten Dude app is live. Thanks to those who helped me and thanks to everyone else for your patience. So what is Let’s Fly? What […]

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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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