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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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-party

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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frustration

Four years gluten-free and still struggling…

October 20, 2011 | 21 Comments

So what to make of this thing called celiac? I honestly don’t know anymore. My stomach hurts at this very moment as much as it ever has before. Why now? What did I do? How can I make it stop? Khaaaaaaaaaaan! I can retrace […]

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celiac-new-planet

A celiac can dream…can’t he?

October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

New Planet aims for gluten-free beer that tastes like beer Can you imagine losing the ability to do something that you had enjoyed doing your entire adult life? That happened to Pedro Gonzalez eight years ago when he was diagnosed with celiac disease. He […]

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gwyneth-gluten-free

Dear Gwyneth…please shut up

October 19, 2011 | 31 Comments

Honestly.  I know your intentions are good. But you and your Hollywood friends are really doing those with celiac disease a huge disservice. Going gluten-free is not a “diet choice” for us. It is not “key to losing weight” as you say. It’s not […]

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alcohol-celiac

I have Celiac disease? OMG! Can I still drink??

October 18, 2011 | 31 Comments

I know. I know. It’s such a shallow question. I mean, you’ve just been diagnosed with Celiac disease. Alcohol is the last thing on your mind. Or is it?? I’ve been known to enjoy a cocktail or two and for me, it was front […]

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celiac-life

Celiac disease: A day in the life

October 17, 2011 | 32 Comments

Ever wonder what it’s like to have celiac disease? Of course you do. Let me take you through 24 hours of my life and see what a pain in the ass joy it is to have celiac. The Day: Saturday, October 15, 2011 7:00am: […]

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gluten-free-drug

Is there a celiac drug in our future? And would it matter?

October 11, 2011 | 7 Comments

This just in…as posted on About.com

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celiac-facts

Did you know? Random facts about celiac and gluten

October 11, 2011 | 2 Comments

– The cause of celiac disease is not known. – Celiac disease is an auto-immune disease so you are born with the gene. (When and why it rears its ugly head eventually is unknown.) – About three million Americans suffer from celiac. (And two […]

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celiac-emotions

Celiac and your emotions

October 10, 2011 | 24 Comments

There are two surefire ways I know when I’ve been glutened. One is that I’m ungodly tired. As in multiple naps, in bed at 7, can’t focus, tired. That is a post for another day. The second way I know I’ve been glutened is […]

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gluten free business lunch

The celiac’s business lunch dilemma

October 10, 2011 | 4 Comments

I am not embarrassed to have celiac disease. Frustrated? You have no idea. But embarrassed? Not at all. But when a prospective client wants to meet with you and asks you to meet him at an Italian restaurant, it poses a bit of a […]

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giving up dairy

Dear Dairy…

October 9, 2011 | 6 Comments

See what I did there? Instead of Dear Diary, I cleverly inverted the two letters? I know…you don’t have to say it. Dear Dairy…it’s been a great run. When I was a child, my 3 brothers and I would polish off a gallon of […]

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no-grain-no-pain

No Grain. No Pain. No Deal.

October 8, 2011 | 9 Comments

See the above tattoo?  That’s my left arm.  If you can’t read it, it says “No Grain. No Pain.” I got it about a year after I was diagnosed with this aggravating disease. I figured if I’m going to mar my body for life, […]

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gluten-free-candy

Gluten Free Halloween Candy

October 6, 2011 | 3 Comments

As an adult, celiac disease is hard enough. I can’t even imagine being stuck with this life-long disease as a child. The cupcakes at school. The pizza parties. The freedom of eating whatever you want. Being gluten free is tough now. It must suck […]

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celiac-mistakes

Just diagnosed with Celiac? Avoid these mistakes.

October 5, 2011 | 17 Comments

Buying processed, ready-made gluten free meals. When I first got diagnosed with Celiac, we beelined to Wegmans, found the gluten-free aisle, and pretty much bought out the store. Pizzas, frozen foods, etc. Being overwhelmed, this seemed the simplest thing to do. But guess what? To […]

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gluten-free-beers

Gluten free beer. Is there any hope?

October 4, 2011 | 11 Comments

Before I got diagnosed with Celiac disease, I was an admitted total beer snob. Loved the microbrews. Hated the cheap, mass produced, over advertised, tastes like water…well, you get my point. I still wish I had some inkling of my diagnosis beforehand and I […]

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fda-gluten

Gluten and the FDA. What’s taking so long?

October 3, 2011 | 2 Comments

In 2007, the FDA was given the responsibility to standardize gluten-free labeling. That’s right…2007. Right now, pretty much anybody can stick a “gluten-free” label on their packaging without proving it. For someone like me, who is sick for months from the slightest bit of […]

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good-things-celiac

The bright side of having celiac disease (according to the Dudettes)

October 1, 2011 | 4 Comments

I do not like having celiac disease, but my kids, god bless them, wrote my a list of the bright side of having the disease: 1. You feel better. 2. You eat healthier. 3. You introduce new foods to everyone that we never knew […]

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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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