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How to travel to France from the US in September 2021

This post was written as of September 15, 2021. Things are changing very rapidly so I advise you to visit the French government website for the most up to date information.

If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have picked up on some of the clues I have been dropping the past week. Yes, I am going to France soon. This is a trip to see family that is long overdue. My husband hasn’t seen his sister in almost three years. We had many hesitations about traveling due to the pandemic, but I actually feel safer traveling to Europe than I do to many parts of the United States. (ahem, looking at you southern states!) Vaccination rates in France are higher than many states. Plus, there are restrictions about entering the country as well as returning to the US. You cannot even board a flight back to the USA without getting a COVID test.

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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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Online Nourished Festival: Join me LIVE on September 26

Join me Saturday, September 26th at 11am ET for my “Living Life to the Fullest with Celiac Disease” at the first ever online Nourished Festival. Despite COVID cancelling all in-person Nourished Festivals this year, this online event is free to attend and international! Not in the United States? No problem. All you need is an email address. Not in my time zone? No problem either! All of these sessions are being recorded so if you cannot join live, you can watch at your convenience.

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