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.




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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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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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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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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