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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20 Emails in 4 Days: Part IV (the final act)

March 30, 2018 | 8 Comments

Dude note: Five emails per day for four days. Here’s part 4. ——- I sit crying from cross contamination again. Hershey syrup made me sick. Most my co-workers don’t get it. My husband is dairy intolerant, he doesn’t fully get it. I have celiac, […]

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20 Emails in 4 Days: Part III

March 29, 2018 | 25 Comments

Dude note: Five emails per day for four days. Here’s part 3. ——- Soooooooooooooooooooo, I was diagnosed with celiac in late October 2016. I spent the next 6 months receiving treatment from a naturopath. I went and had my colonoscopy/endoscopy and the internist didn’t […]

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20 Emails in 4 Days: Part II

March 28, 2018 | 11 Comments

Dude note: Five emails per day for four days. Here’s part 2. ——- Dude…I am freaking out. I was diagnosed with celiac 3 years ago. My 14 yr old daughter is traveling to Atlanta from Washington state for a school competition. I am going […]

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20 Emails in 4 Days: Part I

March 27, 2018 | 20 Comments

Dude note: I’m overwhelmed with all of your emails asking for support. I mean that in both a good way and a bad way. I’m overwhelmed that you would feel comfortable reaching out to me. But I’m overwhelmed in the sense that I now […]

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Why the Celiac Hate Jessica Jones? Just…Why??

March 13, 2018 | 44 Comments

This is not a rant. Since the gluten-free bashing has been going on for years and years, I’ve sadly become pretty numb to it. So as you read this, picture me using my quiet voice; the one where I’m just out of words to […]

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I Tried Udi’s New Bread (so you don’t have to)

March 6, 2018 | 60 Comments

Before I dig into my review of Udi’s new gluten-free bread, a few disclaimers. Disclaimer: This is not an Udi’s hit piece. I have (deservedly) slammed them a number of times over the years. This is an actual honest review. Disclaimer: I don’t eat […]

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Any of My Fellow Celiacs Deal with Sleep Disorders?

February 20, 2018 | 30 Comments

Scenario 1: It’s overtime and I’m taking the faceoff in a playoff hockey game in front of a full crowd. I win the draw and there is nobody in front of me as I rush to the net, but I push the puck too […]

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Mailbag: 3 Young Celiacs Disease Need Some Advice

February 2, 2018 | 14 Comments

Hey everyone. Happy Friday. I took about an hour this morning responding to as many of your emails as possible. Yeah…I’m ridiculously backlogged. I can’t respond to every email but I do indeed read them all. It’s absolutely eye-opening how this disease affects us […]

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An Ode to Party City

January 23, 2018 | 26 Comments

Party City has had a rough day. You know…with the whole ‘celiacs are gross’ thing. So I thought I’d write a poem to cheer them up. —— Hey Party City How was your day? Like the Southwest Airlines ad I’m sure you just want […]

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Party City Calls Celiacs ‘GROSS’

January 22, 2018 | 34 Comments

Just when you think we’ve hit rock bottom…the bar keeps getting lowered. I thought it was bad when The Today Show called celiac a new trendy disease. I thought it was bad when The Today Show said we were picky eaters. I thought it […]

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When Celiacs Sell Out

January 12, 2018 | 116 Comments

I’m writing this post with a swirl of emotions (swirl? really Dude??). I’m gonna try to make it quick. Not sure how it’s gonna play out. I know I’ll get some hate (I mean…more hate) but here goes. Oh…first let me say this is […]

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Eat Smart. The Life You Save May be Your Own.

January 5, 2018 | 9 Comments

This is a post about attempted suicide and how our amazing community helped. But first… I try my best not to preach here. I share what works and doesn’t work for me, I share stories from others in the community, and from that I […]

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Celiac Rant: There’s No Such Thing as “a Little Celiac”

December 19, 2017 | 23 Comments

Forgive me community for I have sinned. It has been 4 months since posting my last “celiac rant”. There are 55 of them currently in my inbox. My goal is to post one per year for the next 55 years. And yes…I plan on […]

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The Current State of Gluten Free

November 27, 2017 | 13 Comments

(Dude note: The following appears in the current issue of Simply Gluten-Free magazine, a magazine that will not take Cheerios’ advertising dollars. Please check them out.) When I was diagnosed will celiac disease in 2007, I had never heard of the word “gluten” before. […]

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It’s Mailbag Time!

November 10, 2017 | 17 Comments

What does an envelope say when you lick it? Nothing. It just shuts up. Did you hear the one about the letter without any stamps? You wouldn’t get it. What starts with a P, ends with an E, and has a million letters in […]

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I’m Sorry…Is My Celiac Disease Bothering You?

November 7, 2017 | 34 Comments

Back in 2014, there was an article on Huffington Post titled “Why Do Your Kid’s Allergies Mean My Kid Can’t Have a Birthday?” It was a pathetic display of journalism and I gave the author the beat down she deserved. Oddly enough, the Huff […]

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is sourdough bread safe for celiac disease

Is Sourdough Bread Gluten-Free?

November 2, 2017 | 80 Comments

I got hit with the following question yesterday: I have been hearing a lot of buzz lately about sourdough bread being safe on a GF diet. WHAT?! Yes, I’d kill for a grilled cheese on real sourdough but wondered what you know about it. […]

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The Professional Celiac – How to Deal with Work Related Issues

October 11, 2017 | 25 Comments

I’m blessed in a lot of ways when it comes to my celiac disease. I’ve got an amazing partner in Mrs. Dude who goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to keeping me safe. The Dudettes are so understanding and […]

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When a Gluten-Free Label Doesn’t Mean a Damn Thing

October 5, 2017 | 43 Comments

Quick Dude note: For anyone who has sent me an email looking for guidance in the past few months, I am way behind on emails right now. Hundreds in my inbox. I’ll do my best to get back to you…promise. ——- Here are today’s […]

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Would You Eat Genetically Modified Wheat?

September 29, 2017 | 56 Comments

This is going to be a quick post. I’ve got about 20 hours of work to do and 7 hours to do it. So let’s get right to it. A few days ago, it was announced that the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture in Cordoba, […]

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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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