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.



17 Gluten/Celiac Headlines I'd Love to See

February 1, 2012 | 19 Comments

“All Beer Now Gluten Free” “Rafael Nadal Eats Five Loaves of Bread: Wins Wimbledon” “Gluten-Free Groceries No Longer Double the Price of Normal Groceries” “B-list Celebrity Goes on Gluten-Free Diet. Gains 70 Pounds.” “John Doe has Stomach Ache. Does Not Blame Gluten.” “Gluten Declared […]

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The Fog of Celiac Disease

January 30, 2012 | 47 Comments

Celiac disease is tough. And I don’t just mean it’s tough to have…which it is. But the diagnosis itself can be really tough because the symptoms of celiac disease for one person can be totally different than the symptoms for the next person. I […]

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Do I Still Have Celiac Disease??

January 27, 2012 | 14 Comments

For all you celiacs out there, have you ever gone through a long stretch where you feel totally fine? Totally fine as in normal. Healthy. Not sick. No brain fog. No stomach aches. No hourly trips to the library. You get the point. And […]

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The Gluten Controversy

January 20, 2012 | 9 Comments

Extremes are bad. In pretty much any situation, they’re bad. Extreme religion? The cause of too many wars and unnecessary deaths. Extreme politics? The cause of a dysfunctional congress. Extreme weather? The cause of much global destruction. Which brings us to today’s post. Everybody […]

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Why do people go gluten free?

January 17, 2012 | 82 Comments

Why do people go gluten free? It’s a simple question that I always assumed had a simple answer. People go gluten free because they have celiac disease or a gluten allergy/intolerance. But, as Felix Unger so eloquently stated, one should never assume anything. Udi’s […]

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8 Great Gluten Free Blogs

January 12, 2012 | 16 Comments

As much as I’d like to think that my gluten-free blog is all you need if you want to learn about celiac disease and living gluten free (and for those who think that…I love you!), there are many voices out there who do a […]

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What is Gluten?

January 6, 2012 | 6 Comments

Well, from a scientific perspective, “gluten is a protein found in foods processed from wheat and other related grain species, including barley and rye. It gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and to keep its shape, and often giving the final product […]

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Is Mr. & Mrs. T Bloody Mary Mix Gluten-Free?

January 4, 2012 | 25 Comments

For the most part, it doesn’t exactly take a rocket scientist to find out if something is gluten free or not. A scan of the ingredients usually will give you the answer. If there are some unknown chemicals or additives or colorings or flavorings […]

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how to go gluten free

Part 1: In the Head

January 1, 2012 | 37 Comments

Part 1: How to go gluten free? It all starts upstairs! So you just got the word you have to go gluten free for life. I assume you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease or a severe gluten allergy. My condolences. As if your life […]

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Part 2: In the Heart

December 29, 2011 | 21 Comments

Part 2: Guess what? You have to WANT to go gluten free. I know. It sounds so obvious, doesn’t it? I mean, of course you want to go gluten-free. You have celiac disease. You want to feel better. You want to stop taking 3 […]

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Part 3: In the House

December 26, 2011 | 22 Comments

Part 3: Be the master of your domain. It’s pretty easy to keep gluten out of most of the rooms in your house. The bedroom? Unless you’re into some unusual practices (none of my business), I’d say it’s pretty safe. Bathroom? Should be good. Family room? […]

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Part 4: In the Restaurant

December 23, 2011 | 23 Comments

Part 4: Out to eat? Play it safe. Really, really safe. When you’ve got celiac disease, going out to eat sucks. I wish I could sugarcoat it for you a little bit, but there are just no two ways around it. Why does a […]

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Part 5: Now What?

December 21, 2011 | 23 Comments

Part 5: Ok…now what happens? Am I mentally prepared to go gluten free? Check. Am I emotionally committed to a gluten free life? Check. Is my house a gluten free sanctuary? Check. Will I be my own best advocate when going out to eat? Check. […]

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Chef Kate: A Celiac’s Best Friend

December 19, 2011 | 5 Comments

I’m back. Back to reality. Back to routine. Back to the daily grind that life sometimes presents. And most sadly of all, back to making my own meals. I was blessed enough to take a vacation this past week at The Golden Pavilion in […]

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Gluten Free Vacation: Day 4: Moving Day

December 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

It’s real easy to get fat and lazy on vacation. You’ve got nothing to do and all day to do it. Throw in a bunch of meals and cocktails starting at noon and before you know it, you need a whole new outfit for […]

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Gluten Free Vacation: Day 3: Missing the Boat

December 14, 2011 | 1 Comment

Day 3 posed the first true celiac challenge. The gang was going on an all day charter boat ride to explore the islands, snorkel, water ski and (gulp) eat at Foxy’s, a popular joint in the caribbean that has been around for about 50 […]

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Gluten Free Vacation: Day 2: Ground Control

December 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Day 2 went off without a hitch… No chef today (I know…poor me) so we were on our own as far as food/meals were concerned. This actually put me at ease a bit. Since I had full control over what was being cooked, I knew […]

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Gluten Free Vacation: Day 1: Smooth Landing

December 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Bubble wrap is my new best friend.  You will all be happy to know that both me and my New Grist beer survived a van ride, a plane ride, a cab ride and a ferry ride. By the way, many thanks to the Continental […]

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Planning a gluten free vacation (hint: it ain’t easy)

December 9, 2011 | 4 Comments

That’s right. The Gluten Dude is taking a vacation! (Put away your tears…I’ll still be posting while I’m away.) That’s the good news. The other side of the coin is that it’s my first real vacation since I was diagnosed with celiac disease. And […]

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The lies about gluten and celiac disease

December 7, 2011 | 14 Comments

The good thing about the internet is that anybody can have a voice. The really bad thing about the internet is that anybody can have a voice. There’s an old axiom that says “I read it on the internet, so it must be true.” […]

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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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