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 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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app for those with celiac disease

Last Call for Suggested Mobile App Features

July 26, 2019 | 27 Comments

Hey everyone…it’s Scott. Who???? Sorry…that’s my stage name. It’s Gluten Dude. As many of you know, I am building a mobile app for the gluten-free/celiac community. And for those that don’t know, I am building a mobile app for the gluten-free/celiac community. I’ve come […]

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gluten free jokes

Did I Overreact to this ‘Gluten-Free Insurance’ Press Release?

July 23, 2019 | 20 Comments

So I was on Twitter last week when I came across a post by my friends at Celiac.com. (Note: They’re not my friends. And yes…I know Twitter is a cesspool, but it allows me to stay in touch with the celiac community.) The post […]

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gluten-free-influencers

Pizza, GF Influencers & the Celiac Community

June 28, 2019 | 9 Comments

Two quick notes regarding the title of this post: 1) It took me way to long to come up with it…and I still think it stinks. 2) The word “influencers” makes my skin crawl. Can we proceed now? Great. Today we are talking about […]

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cheerios and weed killer

Cheerios, Weed Killer and Putting the Customer First

June 13, 2019 | 5 Comments

Update on the below post. Perhaps I should have done more research before posting it. I believe in science. Dinosaurs: real. Climate change: real. Vaccines needed: real. You get the point. I try my best never to be swayed by public opinion. I’m also […]

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restaurant lies about gluten free meal

What Recourse Do We Have When a Restaurant Lies to Us?

June 6, 2019 | 11 Comments

Maybe it’s just me…or perhaps it’s today’s political culture…but I just don’t find it difficult to tell the truth. More than that, I find it almost impossible to lie. Here’s an example: Dude, how old are you? I’m 43. Really? I’m 53. See? That […]

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Why Celiac Awareness Matters

May 31, 2019 | 2 Comments

To summarize the end of Celiac Awareness Month (the good, the bad, the ugly – and as always, there was all three), I was going to write a poem. Why? I like writing poems. I wrote one to summarize CAW a few years back […]

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celiac afraid to eat

Is this Celiac Awareness or Fear-Mongering?

May 10, 2019 | 26 Comments

I’m warning you ahead of time…this post may be a bit sloppy and all over the place (kinda like my sex life when I was younger) as I’m still trying to grapple with my thoughts behind it. Ok…here we go. As most of you […]

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dedicated gluten free restaurants in US and Canada

Looking for All Dedicated Gluten Free Restaurants

May 3, 2019 | 327 Comments

Hey everyone. Happy Friday. Unless of course you aren’t reading this on a Friday…then happy [day of the week]. Need a favor from you. We all know it can be a pain in the ass eating out as a celiac or someone with NCGS. […]

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is there gluten in medication

Need Your Help Passing the Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act 2019

April 25, 2019 | 5 Comments

They say that common etiquette means not talking about sex, religion or politics. Hmmm…I’ve already talked about sex drive, if sperm is gluten free, and gluten-free sex for only $27. I’ve also discussed if you can pray your celiac away and if a church […]

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sued for serving gluten

$100,000 Lawsuit for Getting Glutened? C’mon!

April 19, 2019 | 45 Comments

There is a Twitter account called Endless Screaming. Every time he or she tweets, it’s simply: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! That’s exactly my reaction to a fellow celiac suing a Las Vegas restaurant $100,000 for causing “permanent injury” after getting glutened. I’ll say it again: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Here’s […]

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celiac beet digestion

And the Beet Goes On…For 4 Days!

March 29, 2019 | 28 Comments

This post may contain a little bit TMI for some folks out there. No…I won’t be talking about Sonny and Cher, but about digestion and my…wait for it…poop. And more specifically how long it takes my body to process food, between the time I […]

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gwyneth takes credit for gluten free craze

Dear Gwyneth…Please Shut Up…Again!

March 7, 2019 | 10 Comments

Dear Gwyneth, I ordered your vaginal egg from Goop but I’m not sure how to use it. Is there a how-to video for guys? Just kidding. Hey there Ms. Paltrow. It’s me again. Gluten Dude. I wrote you way back in 2012 respectfully asking […]

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celiac disease

It’s Time for Some Celiac Rants

March 1, 2019 | 5 Comments

Dude note 1: This is my 700th blog post. Crazy how time flies. I started my blog 89 months ago, so I’m averaging 7.865168539325843 blog posts per month. And yes I did that math in my head. I figure each blog post takes me […]

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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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