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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Why gluten free?

December 5, 2011 | 4 Comments

Gluten free is all the rage these days. Hollywood has embraced it (gag). Companies are plastering “gluten free” all over their products, even if they have always been gluten free. So called “experts” are comparing it to the South Beach Diet. As somebody with […]

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The best gluten free meal EVER

December 2, 2011 | 9 Comments

I love surprises. There are so few of them now in life. When the phone rings, you know who it is already. When a movie comes out, you’ve already seen half of it in trailers. I remember when Mrs. Dude was pregnant with my […]

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celiac-support

7 ways to support someone just diagnosed with celiac disease

November 30, 2011 | 9 Comments

I just received an email from a follower (don’t laugh…I have followers!) that reinforces why I started this blog. Here is part of what he said: My wife is a celiac diagnosed about 2.5 months now. She really truly feels better reading your entries […]

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Dear last night’s waiter: I’m gluten free. You’re an a**hole.

November 27, 2011 | 34 Comments

Dear last night’s waiter: I’m gluten-free…but with all due respect, you’re an asshole. I understand you were busy last night. And i understand it was a Saturday night. And I understand that you want to turn as many tables as possible in the course […]

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The problem with gluten-free food

November 25, 2011 | 10 Comments

So just how sad is the above picture? On the left is a “normal” dessert. A chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. Healthy? On Planet Fat perhaps. But still, looks disgustingly amazing. On the right is my gluten-free dessert. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I’m not complaining mind you. […]

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5 quick (gluten-free) tips for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Just a quick and easy post today. We’re all busy prepping for the kickoff of the holiday season tomorrow. Just don’t get too caught up in the festivities, especially if you’ve got celiac disease. Dangers lurk everywhere. 1. Don’t overeat. I don’t care if […]

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13 Reasons to be Thankful You Have Celiac Disease

November 22, 2011 | 98 Comments

I’m a glass half-full kind of guy. While I may bitch and moan about celiac disease, there are many reasons to be thankful. As the holiday approaches, this is as good a time as any to mention them. It is a treatable disease. No […]

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Think having celiac disease is easy? Watch.

November 18, 2011 | 22 Comments

Somebody posted this video on Twitter yesterday and I must have watched it 10 times already. It speaks volumes not only to the difficulty of having celiac disease, but to the stigmatism sometimes attached to it. (If you can’t see the above video, here […]

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“I can’t have that???”>>>”I don’t want that”

November 17, 2011 | 4 Comments

“I can’t have that??” has now been replaced in my vocabulary with “I don’t want that” and man does it feel good. I heard these phrases written by one of my fellow tweeters (@Paleo_Nosh) and it really resonated with me. It is a complete […]

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celiac spouse support

No spousal support for celiac? Find another spouse.

November 15, 2011 | 42 Comments

In honor of today being Mrs. Gluten Dude’s birthday, I thought I’d write about the importance of spousal support for those with celiac disease. I belong to several celiac forums and help people out where I can. I cannot tell you the number of […]

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In a word, what is celiac disease?

November 14, 2011 | 5 Comments

Celiac Disease is Frustrating Just when you start to feel better, something seems to inevitably happen to bring you back down. And most of the time, you have no idea what it was. Celiac Disease is Healthy Because you can’t eat gluten, it removes […]

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What is Gluten Free?

November 8, 2011 | 5 Comments

It’s such a simple question, isn’t it? You would think that something either has gluten or it doesn’t have gluten and people with celiac disease wouldn’t need to jump through hoops every time they want to eat something…or drink something…or use a new toothpaste…or […]

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one-percent celiac disease

We are the 1%!

November 7, 2011 | 25 Comments

No…it’s not what you think. There will be no OCS (occupy celiac street???). But with celiac disease affecting just a little less than 1% of the population, I think it’s time to give a little love and attention to our plight. We are not […]

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What’s it Like to be Glutened?

November 3, 2011 | 42 Comments

In a word? UGLY. A little background first for those new to the blog. I got diagnosed about four years ago with severe celiac disease. On day 1 of my diagnosis, I went gluten-free and never looked back. Actually, that’s not true. I looked […]

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exhaustion

Due to extreme exhaustion, Wednesday has been canceled

November 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

One of those celiac days where keeping my chin off my chest takes herculean strength. Trying…to…stay…awake…to…complete…this…post. This type of day goes like this: Wake up, coffee and ipad, two hour nap, one hour of work, one hour nap, lunch, two hour nap, stare at […]

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Overeating, exercise and Celiac disease

November 1, 2011 | 8 Comments

As I’ve discovered over the years since I was diagnosed with celiac disease, it is not just what I eat that affects me, but also HOW I eat. I’ve always been somewhat of a shoveler when it comes to eating. Perhaps it comes from […]

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Is Amy’s pizza really gluten free?

October 31, 2011 | 46 Comments

Update on 11/22/11: Amy’s Kitchen has graciously responded to the following post. See the comments section below the post. This is not going to be an anti-Amy’s post. Honestly, it’s not. This is really more about the FDA than anything else, but I am […]

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Keeping a gluten-free kitchen in a gluten-filled world

October 26, 2011 | 15 Comments

It’s pretty easy to keep gluten out of most of the rooms in your house. The bedroom? Unless you’re doing some kinky things in there, I’d say it’s pretty safe. Bathroom? Should be good. Family room? Iffy if you’ve got kids, but not too […]

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9 signs you may have celiac disease

October 24, 2011 | 118 Comments

1. You spend half your day in the bathroom and the other half making sure you are near a bathroom. 2. People ask you when the baby is due…and you’re a guy. 3. After eating Thanksgiving stuffing, you don’t make it out of bed […]

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Gluten free at a party? This is how it’s done.

October 24, 2011 | 7 Comments

When I go to other people’s houses for dinner or a party, I expect nothing. I hate the extra attention paid to me and I certainly do not expect anybody to cater to my celiac needs when they have enough on their plate. I’m five […]

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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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