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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newly diagnosed celiac

Which doctor should I listen to??

October 14, 2021 | 4 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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matt tebutt celiac

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 | 34 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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bad celiac doctors

Celiac Disease: Doctor Horror Stories

May 13, 2021 | 17 Comments

In 2007, after a year of constant stomach pain and losing 15 pounds on an already pretty slim fit, I finally listened to Mrs. Dude and went to see a GI. (The lesson as usual? Mrs. Dude is always right and me…not so much.) After speaking […]

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not eating out as a celiac

Eating Out with Celiac? It’s ok NOT TO EAT. Really.

May 10, 2021 | 33 Comments

First of all, a belated Happy Celiac Awareness month. I do believe we’ve made progress in the past years of 1) getting our disease out in the open more; and 2) reducing the number of idiotic gluten-free jokes. I had a friend come visit […]

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who are the top gluten free influencers

An Ode to Gluten-free Influencers

April 8, 2021 | 23 Comments

Influencers, influencers Just the word makes me wretch To say that I abhor them Isn’t a stretch What is my problem? Why do they put me in a tizzy? They’re in it for themselves And have zero authenticity There’s no product they won’t push […]

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is wawa celiac safe?

Kudos to Wawa for their gluten free honesty. Just a few questions…

March 30, 2021 | 14 Comments

If you are on Twitter, you know there are a number of ads placed within your feed. It’s crazy (and when I say crazy, I mean scary) how tailored the ads are to their audiences. Must be the chip implanted in me when I […]

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vicious celiac cycle

Celiac Disease: The Cycle from Hell

March 25, 2021 | 14 Comments

Celiac is such a strange little disease. You can go stretches where you feel totally fine and you find yourself thinking that you’ve got it all figured out. You’re like “Finally!” But then you get hit by god knows what and you become a […]

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celiac and the coronavirus vaccine

I have celiac disease. I got the COVID vaccine. Here’s my story.

March 2, 2021 | 40 Comments

Can you believe it’s been a year with this f***ing pandemic? It’s been long. It’s been tough. It’s been depressing. And it’s been politicized. What a year. But I do believe there is hope on the horizon. And tell me Andy Dufresne, what is […]

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celiac cross contamination

Tell Your Family ‘All it Takes is ONE Crumb’

February 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

This post is about a family’s insistence on not being careful around a celiac family member. It seems I get these types of emails once a month. It is so maddening/depressing that here we are in 2021 and people in our community are still […]

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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 | 27 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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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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