Relationships

When it comes to celiac disease, you need a support system. I am stunned of all of the emails I get from people who just don’t have it. Spouses not caring, parents not taking precautions; friends intentionally glutening people cause they don’t “believe” in celiac disease. It makes me sad.

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Removing Toxins from Your Life (and I’m Not Talking About Food)

September 27, 2016 | 15 Comments

Dude Note: The following article, written by yours truly, appears in the latest issue of Simply Gluten-Free magazine. It’s a good publication run by good people. You can subscribe here. Since you are reading this magazine, you most likely have celiac disease or gluten […]

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Dear Gluten Dude: Help! How Do I Explain Celiac to my Husband?

May 2, 2016 | 23 Comments

Happy Celiac Awareness Month folks. In years past, I’ve always tried to do something unique for this month. One year I wrote 30 blog posts in 30 days (boy…was everyone sick of me by the time THAT month was over); another year I tried […]

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Dear Gluten Dude: Is it Normal to Still Feel Sick After Going Gluten-Free?

April 8, 2016 | 43 Comments

After being sick for more than a year and ignoring Mrs. Dude’s plea to go see a doctor, I was finally diagnosed with celiac disease in September of 2007. You know…back in the days when nobody knew what gluten was and I was actually […]

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A Mom ‘Protects’ Her Celiac Daughter by Hiding Her Diagnosis

February 9, 2016 | 102 Comments

Wow. Just wow. There was an article in the Washington Post the other day written by a mom whose daughter had just been diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy. And because the mom wanted her daughter to be happy for as long as possible, […]

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Surround Yourself With Good People. You Deserve It.

January 6, 2016 | 41 Comments

I’m blessed. I’m more than blessed. The people I surround myself with are friggin’ awesome. My wife and daughters? Simply the best. My brothers? Very cool. My friends? So much fun. My in-laws? Amazing. But sadly I hear story after story of people who […]

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What Do You Do When Your Husband is Pretty Much an A**wipe?

November 30, 2015 | 21 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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Why Does Celiac Disease Turn Some People Into Heartless Jerks?

September 15, 2015 | 27 Comments

Compassion: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Jerk: a contemptibly naive, fatuous, foolish, or inconsequential person. Given the two options above, would you rather be considered a) […]

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Back to School: A Letter From a Mom to a Daughter with Celiac

August 24, 2015 | 4 Comments

When I was kid, oh how I hated September. It meant my summer at Long Beach Island was coming to a close. It meant shorter days. It meant cooler nights. And it meant…EGADS…back to school!! I wish I could say I had pleasant memories […]

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An Extra Special Anniversary for Mrs. Dude and I

August 21, 2015 | 16 Comments

Once or twice a year, I write a blog post that has nothing to do with celiac or gluten. It happens when I want to call out something, or in this case someone, special. Today is a double anniversary. First, it is Mrs. Dude […]

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My Letter to the Parents of a Depressed Girl with Celiac Disease

July 31, 2015 | 41 Comments

Dear Mom & Dad, You don’t know me, but I know your daughter. She’s not in a good place and you don’t seem to care. How do I know this? Because she reached out to me a few days ago privately. You see…I’m a […]

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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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