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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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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