Living a 100% gluten-free life has its challenges. Boy…does it have its challenges! Where can I eat and not get sick? How do I save money on GF food? Where do I get answers to my questions about dealing with celiac disease? How do I find other who understand? The Gluten Dude app was created to alleviate those challenges and help you live a better gluten-free life.
CHALLENGE: EATING OUT SAFELY
Eating out is one of the more stressful parts of having celiac disease. Everything that is fun and spontaneous about eating out can be overshadowed by the anxiety of whether you can get through your meal unscathed.
SOLUTION: A directory of 100% gluten-free restaurants, guaranteeing you a safe meal.
The app also includes restaurants that are not 100% GF but 1) have been recommended by someone in the celiac community; 2) have been personally vetted by my team; and 3) take precautions to minimize the possibility of cross-contamination. NEW RESTAURANTS ADDED EVERY DAY.
CHALLENGE: SAVING MONEY ON GLUTEN-FREE FOOD
Quality gluten-free food is expensive and hard to find. Did you know there are over 150 awesome GF companies that will ship right to your doorstep?
SOLUTION: The app has a directory of every one of these online companies, with a description of who they are and what they sell. Over 50 of these companies are offering online coupons just for app users!!!
CHALLENGE: GETTING THE RIGHT INFORMATION ABOUT LIVING WITH CELIAC DISEASE
Getting diagnosed with celiac disease is overwhelming. The internet is littered with falsehoods and dangerous info regarding celiac disease & living gluten-free. People are looking for answers to their problems and they are not sure where to turn.
SOLUTION: The Gluten Dude app has a forum with hundreds of ongoing discussions. Ask a question and get the right answers from people who have been in your shoes.
CHALLENGE: CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE WHO ‘GET IT’
Celiac disease is a very misunderstood disease and can be quite isolating. I’ve received many emails over the years from people whose own friends and family don’t take their disease seriously; who don’t get invited out because they’re “too difficult”; who are bullied at school simply because they can’t eat gluten. And most of the time, there is no one there to turn to, to listen to you, to understand you.
SOLUTION: The Gluten Dude app allows you to privately connect with others who have celiac disease thru private one on one chat
CHALLENGE: FINDING GLUTEN-FREE BEER
Beer is not gluten-free. The most popular “gluten-free” beers on the market today are actually “gluten-removed” and are not safe to drink. There are a handful of amazing 100% gluten-free beers out there, but they can be difficult to find.
SOLUTION: The Gluten Dude app shows thousands of stores, bars and restaurants where people can purchase gluten-free beer. Stay thirsty my friends!
WHO IS GLUTEN DUDE?
My real name is Scott but within the celiac and gluten-free communities, I’m known as Gluten Dude, a passionate and outspoken celiac disease advocate. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2008 and I launched my blog in 2011, which now has over 700 articles and 34,000 comments.