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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life of a celiac

The Hard Truth: This is the Life of a Celiac

August 11, 2017 | 48 Comments

Ugh. What a week!! And the worst part? I’ve been going through probably the best stretch I’ve had since my celiac diagnosis in 2007. So what happened? I have no idea but let’s go through my week. Saturday Ate a loaf of wonder bread […]

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celiac mailbag

5 Questions. 5 Answers. (Part One)

July 31, 2017 | 17 Comments

I currently have 4,203 emails in my Gluten Dude inbox. No…these are not all reader emails (but a lot of them are!). I also get an email whenever someone leaves a comment on my site. And oddly enough, my inbox also includes one from […]

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celiac forced to eat outside

An 11-year-old Celiac is Forced to Eat Outside…in the Rain

July 27, 2017 | 41 Comments

When I was in grade school, we went to Colonial Williamsburg every year for a class trip. Perhaps I was too young to appreciate the history and the culture of the times, or perhaps it’s because I had the emotional maturity of a small […]

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should I trust gluten-free Cheerios?

Should Celiac ‘Leaders’ be Promoting Gluten-Free(ish) Cheerios?

July 20, 2017 | 35 Comments

Two things you need to know up front: This may be a long post, but it’s important so please stick with me. (Even if you’re not interested, it took me about 5 hours to write so just humor me.) The Celiac Disease Foundation is […]

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new to celiac. where do I begin?

Dear Dude: Long Road. Just Diagnosed? Where Do I Begin?

July 12, 2017 | 6 Comments

Oh my…I am so behind on emails…it’s mortifying. I’m going to have to do a big, great, huge, sizable, substantial, immense, enormous, colossal, massive, mammoth, vast, gigantic, monumental, stupendous, gargantuan, elephantine, titanic, mountainous, monstrous mailbag soon. It may take you days to read it […]

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Living with Celiac Disease book

My New Book: The Naked Truth About Living With Celiac Disease

July 7, 2017 | 22 Comments

Are you frustrated that your body has not completely healed yet? You WILL heal. Are you struggling with the fact that you can never eat gluten again? You WILL come to terms with it. Do you dread going out to eat because of fear? […]

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drugs for celiac symptoms

Celiac Rant: After Being on 14 Drugs A DAY, Finally a Celiac Diagnosis

June 28, 2017 | 10 Comments

Here are two pretty disturbing facts regarding celiac disease and the medical community (source: CDC): 85%-95% of celiacs in the US are either undiagnosed or misdiagosed The average length of time it takes from symptoms to diagnosis is 4 years, in which time the […]

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why celiac

52 Questions “Why” for My Birthday

June 22, 2017 | 16 Comments

I am inquisitive guy. I ask people a lot of questions; sometimes Mrs. Dude thinks it’s a bit much. But the other side is not asking any questions. And what do we learn from that? (See…there’s another question.) So today, for my birthday, I’m […]

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Should We Have a ‘Celiac Safe’ Label?

June 21, 2017 | 46 Comments

Gluten-removed. Gluten-friendly. Gluten-conscious. All ridiculous terms made up by lazy companies that want to cash in on the gluten-free market without going the extra mile to keep those who can’t have any gluten from getting ill. But “gluten-free” is supposed to mean something. If […]

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Can I drink gluten removed beers with celiac

And THIS is Why You Should NEVER Drink Gluten-Removed Beer!

June 9, 2017 | 33 Comments

I’ve written about beer on this site. A lot. I’ve written about it here. And here. Oh…and here too. Look over here. Wait…it’s here also. And finally…yeah it’s here. Yes…I have a writing about drinking problem. But this one is a biggie. There has […]

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celiac-book-titles

Rejected Titles for My Upcoming eBook on Celiac Disease

June 6, 2017 | 34 Comments

First things first. If the above picture makes absolutely no sense, stop reading this immediately and go watch History of the World: Part 1. You’re welcome. So for those unaware, I’ve been working on an eBook for a few months now. The hope is […]

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thankful

Feeling Thankful

June 2, 2017 | 13 Comments

Many studies have shown that being thankful leads to a happier life. And heck…who doesn’t want to be happier?? So I’ve recently started a new habit. Every day, I name three things I’m thankful for. Yes…they should be said out loud. No…they don’t all […]

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celiac mailbag

It’s the May Mailbag

May 18, 2017 | 11 Comments

Forgive me community for I have sinned. It has been 15 days since my last blog post. Definitely my longest stretch between posts. I even got this email yesterday: Gluten Dude. Did you get bored with your blog? Is it discontinued? Nothing recent has […]

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stop supporting udi's

102 Reasons to Stop Supporting Udi’s

May 3, 2017 | 99 Comments

Let me just clarify what this is about right away. This is not about who makes the best gluten-free bread. It’s not just about the “horror” of the holes in Udi’s bread. That’s been discussed here and here. Yeah…I know there are much worse […]

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what is celiac disease

Explaining Celiac Disease to Others

April 28, 2017 | 19 Comments

So May 1 kicks off another celiac awareness month. I always get a little torn about this month. Too many in the community use it as a month to promote shitty gluten-free foods, which not only doesn’t help raise awareness, but also is not […]

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Gluten free at a restaurant

Ordering Gluten-Free at a Restaurant? Listen Up.

April 18, 2017 | 17 Comments

Back in the day, I worked in the restaurant industry for many years; mostly behind the bar but sometimes waiting tables as well. In all the years I worked, I cannot remember one time where someone had a food allergy and certainly nobody ever […]

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celiac nothing to eat

I’m a Celiac Idiot

April 12, 2017 | 20 Comments

For the past few years, we’ve gone to our friend’s house to celebrate Passover. It’s always a blast. Lots of food. Lots of wine. And lots of laughter. Just a great tradition. Even though I’m a (non-practicing) Catholic, it is still one of my […]

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is papa johns gluten free pizza safe?

Papa John’s and Starbucks Go Gluten-Free. Or Do They??

April 6, 2017 | 30 Comments

It ain’t easy being a celiac. And for restaurants, it ain’t easy to feed us. I get that. And I also get that any time we eat out, unless the restaurant is 100% gluten-free, we take a risk. It’s a risk I’m willing to […]

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what a week

My Week from Hell…With a Happy Ending

April 4, 2017 | 20 Comments

For those of you who follow me on Facebook (bless your little hearts), you knew I was having a procedure yesterday. For the rest of you…ummm…I was having a procedure yesterday. Now that we’re all on the same page, here’s how it all went […]

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celiac boyfriend

New Boyfriend. New Celiac Problems. Help!!

March 27, 2017 | 19 Comments

I’ve been happily married to the one and only Mrs. Dude for 23 years now. We were already 15 years in when I got the dreaded celiac diagnosis. While obviously the diagnosis itself pretty much sucked, at least Mrs. Dude and I were able […]

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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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