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Gluten-Free Living – An American Perspective

I was recently interviewed by Annika Dhariwal, founder of Gluten Free Jio, for her webinar series featuring gluten-free and celiac experts from across the globe. I was very honored to share my experience of growing up with celiac disease with her audience and the history behind Gluten-Free Globetrotter. We talked about celiac disease as a child, traveling the world, and differences between India and the United States. It was a very interesting conversation.

Annika is a celiac teenager from India who is currently studying at boarding school in the United Kingdom. She shares my love of traveling and doesn’t let celiac disease stop her from seeing the world. When I asked Annika the meaning of her website name “Gluten Free Jio,” I just loved her explanation.

Gluten Free Jio means to live gluten free. Jio in Hindi means to live. The idea behind this is to spread awareness about living a gluten free life in India and share my story and experiences of living in a boarding school and traveling as a celiac.”

Annika Dhariwal, founder of Gluten Free Jio

You can read Annika’s moderator notes here and watch the video below. You can also find the interview on YouTube.


Thank you for listening!

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Gluten-Free Globetrotter WEGO Health Awards 2021 Nominee

I am beyond honored to announce I have been nominated for multiple awards in the 10th Annual WEGO Health Awards including “Advocating for Another,” “Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Best Team Performance.” (I have also been nominated for Best in Show: Podcast, but I don’t have a podcast. Maybe this is a hint to start one?!) This is an especially meaningful nomination since I have been involved with WEGO Health for more than 10 years now!

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Forty Years of Living with Celiac Disease

As of today, I have officially been living with celiac disease and eating gluten-free for forty years.

YES, you read that correctly… FORTY YEARS.

“But how, you don’t look a day over 29?” I know, right?

But all joking aside, I use July 9, 1981 as my celiac anniversary because I have the medical records to prove it. When my mother sold my childhood home seven years ago, I came across my pediatric medical records which was basically as thick as a phone book. (Remember those?)

My medical records from 1981

As I flipped through my medical records, two entries that stopped me in my tracks.

7/9/81: Dx celiac
7/17/81: Most likely celiac disease, responding well to gluten free diet

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Celiac Awareness Month 2021: Sharing My Story (part 1)

In honor of Celiac Awareness Month, I thought I would share part of my celiac disease story. (If you follow me on Instagram, you my have read some of this already!)

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Celiac Disease and Food Allergies Under One Roof

Kyle Dine, founder of Equal Eats

Today is a special guest post from my friend Kyle Dine. Though we’ve never met in person, Kyle and I have become friends from across the globe thanks to social media and Skype. I admire how Kyle took his personal experience living with food allergies and turned it into tools to help others through his business. Kyle is trying to make our food allergy world a better place. One day, I hope Kyle and I can share a gluten-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, egg-free, seafood-free, and mustard-free meal together somewhere in this world.

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