Eating Out

Eating out with celiac disease can be an adventure in fear and trepidation. And many restaurants don’t make it any easier. Is this section, I cover who does it right, who does it wrong and everything in between.

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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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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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I Got My Nima Sensor! Now What Should I Test??

October 18, 2016 | 54 Comments

Not sure what the Nima Sensor is and how it works? Here you go: Sounds too good to be true? Have your doubts? I hear ya. I’m a skeptic by nature too. The product is the real deal and the people behind it (including […]

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Moo Cluck Booooooooooooo!

August 17, 2016 | 11 Comments

Ok…lots of thoughts spinning in my empty head about this. Some you’ll agree with and some…not too sure. Let’s start with the facts. Fact: Moo Cluck Moo is a popular burger/chicken joint in Michigan that specializes in food with less hormones, preservatives and other […]

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What is Gluten-Free at Starbucks?

July 26, 2016 | 64 Comments

I like Starbucks. I like the vibe. I like the service. And yeah…I like the coffee. I didn’t always. Thought it was too strong. But back then, I didn’t exactly drink coffee. Warning: Coffee-snob sentence coming up! I’d have coffee with a flavored creamer […]

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I Will NOT Say Thank You (a letter to a waitress who mocked my disease)

June 15, 2016 | 38 Comments

Dude note: Sometimes emails sent to me need no introduction. Just read, absorb and share. Thank you. ———————— To the waitress(es) who mocked me for ordering gluten free: This is not a thank you letter. You know the kind. The social media posts that […]

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What to do if You’ve Been Glutened at a Restaurant

June 8, 2016 | 37 Comments

Now as most of you celiacs know, going to a restaurant can be an adventure in fear and anxiety. Really takes about half the fun out of eating out. Now let’s assume you get glutened from a restaurant. What do you do? What are […]

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Calling All Gluten-Free Summer Camps

April 6, 2016 | 31 Comments

Dude note: If you have not seen the classic movie Meatballs, 1) shame on you and 2) some of the references in the post will make absolutely no sense to you. Summer is around the corner and that means parents are scrambling, looking for […]

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How Do You Deal With Office Parties?

December 2, 2015 | 41 Comments

Dude note: The holidays are all about giving. So I thought I’d take the 14 days after Thanksgiving and answer 14 emails I’ve received from my fellow celiacs asking for guidance. And I’d like this to be a communal effort. My advice, shocking as […]

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If You Could Test Your Food for Gluten in 2 Minutes, Would You?

November 3, 2015 | 46 Comments

So celiac kicked my ass last week (hence the unusual delay between blog posts). It’s the hardest I’ve been hit in some time. Crazy exhaustion, a few nights of insomnia, in a mental haze (not to be confused with a purple haze), and of […]

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The Gluten Dude App: For a Better Gluten-free Life

Eating out with celiac disease is stressful. The Gluten Dude app lists only restaurants that have been personally vetted, so you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying yourself.

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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