Dear Gluten Dude

I get emails. Lots and lots of emails. People looking for answers. People sharing their stories. People asking if I’m single. Just kidding about that last one. I do my best to reply to every email and I post ones that may ring a chord with the community.

celiac bed wetting

Dear Gluten Dude: My 13-Year-Old Son Wets His Bed When He Eats Gluten. Is This Common?

January 29, 2014 | 51 Comments

Just when I think this crappy disease can’t get any crappier…I get an email like the one below. This mom reached out to me because her soon to be 14-year-old son is depressed. You see…he has celiac disease and whenever he gets glutened, he […]

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celiac mailbag

It's a Gluten Dude / Irish Heart Mother of All Mailbags

January 20, 2014 | 55 Comments

Holy crap am I behind on emails. I’ve got emails from my fellow celiacs sitting in my inbox dating back to October. Yes…October of 2013 wise-ass. Between work, the blog, life, holidays, etc., I’m not always finding the time to keep up with my […]

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self diagnosed celiac

Dear Gluten Dude: I Hate Being that Crazy Girl who is Self-Diagnosing Herself as a Celiac

January 16, 2014 | 108 Comments

I feel lucky to have celiac disease. Let me rephrase that. I feel lucky to actually have the diagnosis of celiac disease. I get emails like the one below all the time. They come from people who have all of the celiac symptoms, but […]

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food with gluten

What Food Do You Miss the Most?

January 10, 2014 | 130 Comments

Yeah…yeah…I know. We’re healthier now so we don’t miss those evil gluten-filled foods. Blah, blah, blah. Just play the game. 🙂 I received the following email recently (actually October but who’s counting…yes I’m that backlogged) and it just got me thinking. Hmmmm…what would my […]

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celiac legal advice

What are the Legal Options When a Divorced Father Intentionally Feeds His Celiac Child Gluten?

November 22, 2013 | 39 Comments

Divorce is ugly. I get it. But I never understood why any parent would ever, and I mean EVER, take it out on his or her own children. When you become a parent, your number one job is to protect that child. Period. Which […]

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celiac advice

A Fellow Celiac Needs a Group Hug & Some Advice. Let's Bring It.

November 14, 2013 | 53 Comments

I received the following message yesterday. She is in a place that most of us have been at one time or another. Celiac can be a frustrating, isolating, never-ending disease. And when it’s got you by the throat, it can seem like there is […]

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cheat on a gluten free diet

Dear Gluten Dude: My 18-Year-Old Celiac Cheats. How Do I Help Him?

November 2, 2013 | 63 Comments

Yes…a rare weekend post from the Gluten Dude. But when I received the following message on Facebook, I felt an urgency to try to get some advice for this troubled mom as soon as humanly possible. So if you happen to be online today […]

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celiac cycle

Celiac Disease: A Vicious Cycle With No Rule Book

October 29, 2013 | 77 Comments

Celiac is such a strange disease. You can go stretches where you feel totally fine and you find yourself thinking that you’ve got it all figured out. But then you get hit by god knows what and you become a prime candidate for the […]

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bruce springsteen mailbag

It's Mailbag Time…Springsteen-Style

October 2, 2013 | 25 Comments

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m a big Bruce fan. Grew up in the same town, followed him since I was in diapers (age 10…don’t tell anyone). The man’s music just speaks to me. And if you’ve been following my blog, […]

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celiac disease is a fad

Dear Gluten Dude: My Family Members Call Celiac a Fad Disease. Oh…and They're Doctors.

September 13, 2013 | 44 Comments

Did you know that today is Celiac Awareness Day? That’s right…our disease is so big that we get our own special day to try to spread awareness. Heck, we even get our own month, which happens to be the month of May. (And yes…there […]

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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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