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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celiac conflicting advice

Dude…I’m getting conflicting advice from doctors. Who’s right?!

February 18, 2021 | 4 Comments

It’s 2021 (or the 14th month of 2020 depending how you look at it) and we still have doctors who have their head up their arse when it comes to celiac disease. How far up you ask? Here’s an email I received the other […]

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gluten free oreos celiac

Are Gluten-Free Oreos Celiac Safe?

January 25, 2021 | 25 Comments

I have gotten A LOT of messages/emails regarding the new Gluten-Free Oreos? I get the excitement, being able to have a taste of your pre-celiac days. I mean…it’s just a cookie…but I do get it. But are they really celiac safe and do I […]

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canyon bakehouse recall

The Canyon Bakehouse recall. What happened & what’s next?

December 4, 2020 | 32 Comments

This one hurt. This one felt personal. They warned me. Never develop an emotional relationship with gluten-free brands. But dang…Canyon Bakehouse. Really?! Sure…we’ve had recalls before. Who can forget the Cheerios sh*tstorm, when 1.8 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios were recalled because of wheat […]

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udis lasagna

It’s 2020 and Yeah…Udi’s Still Sux

October 29, 2020 | 12 Comments

So I used to have a bit of an infatuation with Udi’s. And not in a good way. I wrote about them in 2013 about the god-awful holes in their bread. Their response? “We are aware of the issue and we are fixing it.” […]

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nima sensor scam

What is Going on with the Nima Sensor!?

October 22, 2020 | 13 Comments

Let me take you back in time. The year is 2014 and the month is November. A company called 6 Sensor Labs reached out to me about a product they were developing. At the time, it was simply called the Portable Gluten Sensor. I […]

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celiac safe restaurants

What Non-Gluten-Free Restaurants Do You Trust…and Why?

October 13, 2020 | 97 Comments

As most of you know by now (because I’ve been talking about it for what seems like ages), I am launching a mobile app for the celiac/GF community. The app has multiple sections: Let’s Eat (restaurants), Let’s Discuss (forum), Let’s Learn (videos), Let’s Connect […]

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Little Beet Table no longer gluten free

Little Beet Table’s New ‘Food Philosophy’

August 24, 2020 | 5 Comments

Lots to discuss this week. Some uplifting (my mobile app!), some misleading (the FDA and gluten free labeling) and some downright frustrating. And that’s where we’ll kick things off. First…a little background. Little Beet Table opened as a 100% gluten-free restaurant in 2014. I […]

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advice for the new celiac

Struggling with Celiac? 41 Ways to Live a Better Life.

August 13, 2020 | 15 Comments

Just diagnosed with celiac and struggling with how to cope on your new journey? Eating gluten-free but still feeling like crap? Worried about what the future will bring? We’ve all been there. That’s the main reason I started this blog in 2011. Because I […]

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eating out as a celiac

Not Eating Out has Made a HUGE Difference in my Health

May 19, 2020 | 20 Comments

A few quick Dude Notes before I kick things off here: 1) It’s going to be a short post. Time has not been my friend lately. 2) I got an email this morning, calling me among other things: a** sucking sycophant, name dropper, starry […]

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coronavirus celiac

An Ode to the Coronavirus

April 15, 2020 | 6 Comments

I fell asleep on Wednesday Listening to Adele I woke up on Thursday And it was “Welcome to Hell” Stabbing chest pains And ungodly tired A dry, hacking cough Was it COVID-19 I acquired? First it was cancer Then celiac and clots Did I […]

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100% gluten free restaurants

Completely Gluten-Free Restaurants: US and Canada

March 24, 2020 | 18 Comments

Hey everyone…Gluten Dude here. As you may or may not know, I am building a mobile app for the GF/Celiac community. One of the features will be 100% GF restaurants world-wide (in addition to locating GF beer, finding and connecting with each other, a […]

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not healing eating gluten free

How Long Did it Take You to Heal After Your Celiac Diagnosis?

March 3, 2020 | 10 Comments

Fact: I was diagnosed with celiac disease in (I think) April of 2008. I say “I think” because I was also diagnosed with bladder cancer and a pulmonary embolism (multiple blood clots in both my lungs) in the same time period so sometimes I […]

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what does gluten-friendly mean?

Gluten-FRIENDLY Brownie Mix? Gluten-FRIENDLY Biscuits? No GM. Just No.

February 5, 2020 | 6 Comments

Who can argue with something being friendly, right? If something is user-friendly, it’s easy to use. If something is environmentally-friendly, it can help save our planet. If an apartment complex is dog-friendly, yay…my puppies are allowed! Now let’s take a look at the official […]

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celiac support from partner

Not Getting Celiac Support from Your Partner? Find Another Partner.

January 29, 2020 | 9 Comments

As you know, I get emails. Lots and lots of emails. And I cannot tell you how many I receive from people who do not get support from their partners when they get diagnosed with celiac disease. It drives me batty. Here are some […]

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is buffalo wild wings safe for celiac disease

Celiac.com: A Tragic Tale of Good Intention$ Gone Awry

January 17, 2020 | 9 Comments

I’m going to tell you a story. I take no pleasure in writing this story, but it’s an important story. It’s a sad story. It’s a story of deceit and betrayal. It has villains. It has heroes. And it has a lesson of morality. […]

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celiac disease, but still eating gluten

Dude…My Dad Almost Died from Celiac, but Won’t Stop Eating Gluten. Advice?

January 14, 2020 | 20 Comments

Celiac disease is serious sh*t. I know that. You know that. You know who doesn’t know that? EVERYONE ELSE. And why? Because of Jimmy Kimmel, who made gluten-free people look idiotic. Because of Dr. Oz, who called gluten-free a scam. Because of the ridiculous […]

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european flour not gluten free

No Lisa…European Flour is NOT Celiac-Safe

January 9, 2020 | 9 Comments

Well…2020 is off to a nice start. We have already seen a number of products on the market that are labeled gluten-free…yet contain gluten. The FDA is ignoring everyone’s tweets regarding the situation (blog post to come). And now we have Lisa Ensor, who […]

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gluten dude decade in review

Celiac Disease: A Decade in Review

December 31, 2019 | 2 Comments

The year? 2011 The month? October I told Mrs. Dude (who was just Debbie at the time) I was starting a blog about living with celiac disease. She knew I was struggling with the disease still and had a lot to say about it. […]

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gluten free Christmas cookies

Dude…How do I Handle Holiday (Food) Gifts?

December 20, 2019 | 8 Comments

Q: Why was Santa’s little helper depressed? A: Because he had low elf esteem. Q: Whats the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet? A: The Christmas alphabet has Noel. Q: Why doesn’t Santa have any kids? A: He only comes once […]

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is Sonic safe for those with celiac disease?

Can Something with Wheat be Gluten-Free? Sonic Thinks So.

December 10, 2019 | 3 Comments

Ready for a SONIC BOOM? See that picture above? That is part of the allergen menu for the Sonic Drive-In restaurants. The red check-marks indicate the allergens that are present in each item. Is it possible that Sonic thinks something can be gluten-free even […]

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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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