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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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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celiac avoid cross contamination

Celiac Disease & Cross-Contamination: Tips and Tricks

December 4, 2019 | 15 Comments

Let’s say you have a 13 year old child. And the DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING, your child gets diagnosed with celiac disease. Let’s say you also have three other children, all under the age of 8. In addition to figuring out this new disease, you […]

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gluten free holidays

How to Survive (and Thrive) the Gluten-Free Holidays

November 26, 2019 | 29 Comments

I loved the holidays growing up. And I mean I LOVED the holidays…everything about them. I loved the anticipation. I loved not having to go to school. I loved watching tons of football. I loved spending time with my family. I loved the presents […]

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pack food for celiac disease

Stop Blaming Others for Your Lack of Preparation

November 22, 2019 | 4 Comments

Hey everyone…it’s me…Gluten Dude. Can’t see me? I’m up here…on my pedestal. There you go! Look…being a celiac can seriously suck sometimes. No need to sugarcoat it. And we’ve all had those “Crap…I didn’t pack any/enough food for the day!” moments. But when that […]

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cannot trust celiac.com

What Happened to Celiac.com?

November 1, 2019 | 23 Comments

How the mighty have fallen. Flashback: I was diagnosed with celiac disease in (…trying to remember the exact date/month…) September of 2007. I was sick as a dog. I was confused. I was angry. And I was lost. No…I wasn’t lost in the flood. […]

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gluten free celebrities

Dear Gluten-Free Famous People…

October 18, 2019 | 3 Comments

Dear Gluten-free Famous People, Hello my fellow celebrities. What? You didn’t know I was once “in the business”? Sure…I may not have reached your stature, but you don’t do 23 episodes of One Life to Live back in the 90’s and not call me […]

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ihop gluten friendly pancakes

IHOP Now has Gluten Fr…………iendly Pancakes

September 27, 2019 | 6 Comments

Remember when Domino’s came out with a gluten-free crust in 2012? Refresh your memory here. They marketed it to the gluten-free/celiac communities, but then added a disclaimer that it may not be safe. But then the National Foundation for Celiac Disease partnered with them […]

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celiac awareness day 2019

It’s Celiac Awareness Day 2019. Are you aware that…?

September 13, 2019 | 10 Comments

Hey everyone. I’m a bad celiac. I just found out that today is Celiac Awareness Day 2019. Where DOES the time go? It seems like it was just a year ago it was Celiac Awareness Day 2018. So what am I aware of today? […]

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growing up with celiac disease

Celiac Rant: Growing Up with Celiac Disease…and Hating It

August 13, 2019 | 3 Comments

I have a laundry list of celiac rants that people have sent me to post still. But I got the below email this morning and it struck a chord with me. It always pains me a bit extra when I hear from young people. […]

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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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