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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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

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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whats it like to be glutened

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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celiac exercise

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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amys-pizza-gluten

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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gluten-free-kitchen

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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celiac-disease-signs

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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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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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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