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Gluten Free Products EP048

The increasing number of gluten-free products on the market can be both a blessing and a curse. Yes, it gives us more options, but are those options truly safe and healthy?

Today the Gluten Free RN goes over the important questions to ask about the products you consume, explaining how the foods promoted by some gluten-free groups may be influenced by their corporate sponsors. She reminds us why we can’t simply trust the products labeled ‘gluten-free’ or ‘gluten removed,’ discussing the lack of oversight and standardization around classification and the cumulative effect of consuming a number of products that are just under the 20 ppm cutoff.

Nadine also shares a list of companies she trusts to consistently produce gluten-free products and offers suggestions around new food options we might explore. Listen in and learn to choose the nutrient-dense foods that will help your body heal!

What’s Discussed:

The importance of questioning the source of your information

  • Gluten-free groups take money from sponsors (corporations, pharmaceutical companies)

Why Nadine avoids the ‘gluten removed’ label

The questions to ask about gluten-free products

  • Is it manufactured in a designated facility?
  • From where do they source the ingredients?
  • Do they batch test those ingredients?

The cumulative effect of eating many products just under 20 ppm

Reliable companies that consistently produce truly gluten-free products

The challenges faced by newly diagnosed celiac patients

  • Feeling different
  • Loss of convenience

Why Nadine avoids gluten-free breads

New food options to explore as a celiac patient

Why Nadine recommends reevaluating the foods you consume

  • Ensure they are nutrient dense, don’t cause inflammation

Why you can’t trust product labels

  • Corporations given six months to update after ingredients change
  • Not required to test products labeled gluten-free (no oversight, standardization)

Nadine’s rules around choosing products

  • Five ingredients or less
  • Must be able to picture ingredients


Canadian Celiac Association

The Gluten Dude on Facebook

Ground Breaker Brewing

The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America

Enjoy Life Foods


Namaste Foods

Pamela’s Products

Jilz Crackers

Lundberg Family Farms

Mary’s Gone Crackers

Casabi Crackers & Flatbread

Jackson’s Honest

Kettle Brand

Nima Sensor

EZ Gluten Test Strips


Beeler’s Pure Pork


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Contact via Email

‘Your Skin on Gluten’ on YouTube

Books by Nadine:

Dough Nation: A Nurse’s Memoir of Celiac Disease from Missed Diagnosis to Food and Health Activism

food on the table

Where Gluten Hides EP046

Never assume. It makes an ass of u and me!

Not only do assumptions make you feel foolish, they can be dangerous. If you suffer from celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, assuming that a product is safe and gluten-free can be hazardous to your health! Gluten is hiding is some surprising places, from cashews to PlayDoh, and it is in your best interest to remember that anything processed in the same facility with wheat is at risk for contamination.

Today the Gluten Free RN shares the many places she has discovered gluten ‘hiding in plain sight,’ including personal care products, olive oil and communion wafers. She offers advice around supporting companies that are 100% gluten-free, alternatives to gluten-containing products, and choosing nutrient-dense foods that will help you heal.

Nadine also covers labels, discussing why you can’t necessarily trust the information you find there, the many different names for wheat to look out for, and why you should take a look even when the product should be naturally gluten-free. She reveals some of her favorite gluten-free products as well as several companies that are committed to maintaining gluten-zero production facilities. Listen in and learn how to make good choices—without giving up the activities you love. Eating gluten-free doesn’t have to be a punishment, and the Gluten Free RN can’t wait to share!

What’s Discussed:

Why Nadine sticks with clearly marked gluten-free products

Some of the surprising places gluten hides

  • Olive oil, kombucha, hard ciders, smoothies and other drinks
  • Alcohol and malted beverages
  • Lipsticks, lip balms and gloss
  • Communion wafers
  • Supplements and medications
  • Play-Doh

Why you can never assume a product is naturally gluten-free

  • Anything processed in same facility with wheat is at-risk for contamination

Why Nadine encourages the support of companies striving to be 100% gluten-free

  • Don’t have to worry about safety
  • Sends message to companies with unclear labels

The many different names for wheat to watch out for on labels

Alternatives to gluten-containing products like bread, crackers and chocolate

Why you can’t trust labels

  • Companies have six months to change a label after ingredients, info has changed
  • Must read label every time buy product, refill prescription medication

The cumulative effect of consuming products that contain just under 20 ppm of gluten

Why Nadine urges you to be picky

  • Don’t settle for cheap filler foods
  • Only nutrient-dense foods will help you heal


Desert Essence


Schmidt’s Naturals

Mary’s Gone Crackers

Jilz Crackers


PASCHA Chocolate

Enjoy Life Foods

Ground Breaker Brewing

Red Apple Lipstick

Connect with Nadine:



Contact via Email

‘Your Skin on Gluten’ on YouTube

Books by Nadine:

Dough Nation: A Nurse’s Memoir of Celiac Disease from Missed Diagnosis to Food and Health Activism

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What in the World Do I Eat? EP017

“Cheap food is an illusion. There is no such thing as cheap food. The real cost of the food is paid somewhere. And if it isn’t paid at the cash register, it’s charged to the environment or to the public purse in the form of subsidies. And it’s charged to your health.”

–Michael Pollan

Adopting a gluten-free lifestyle can be incredibly overwhelming, and many are resistant to the idea. Maybe you don’t want to give up the foods you love, or you don’t think you can do without pizza and beer. But the truth is that in order to heal, coping is your only option.

Nadine is here to tell you that going gluten-free is not as difficult as you think. In fact, if it’s hard – you’re doing it wrong! She recommends a number of healthy gluten-free and Paleo-friendly food options, explains how your taste buds will change as you rid your body of addictive proteins, and discusses how to approach your grocer to request gluten-free alternatives. It’s time to stop eating for convenience and begin eating to enjoy high-quality food!

 What’s Discussed:

Why going gluten-free can be challenging

  • Emotional attachment to food
  • Function as reward/comfort

How to change your mindset to embrace the gluten-free lifestyle

  • Remember that there is plenty of other food to eat
  • Create a new ‘country’

Why celiac patients should avoid eating meat from cattle fed on grass treated with glyphosate

  • Celiac patients are trying to heal increased permeability of the intestinal wall
  • Chemical in Roundup can cause ‘leaky gut’

Nadine’s tips for realizing a healthy gluten-free diet

  • Don’t simply replace gluten-containing with gluten-free products
  • Focus on nutrient dense, whole foods high in good fat
  • Choose organic fruits and vegetables
  • Select 100% grass-fed, antibiotic free meat
  • Avoid dairy (proteins are molecularly similar to gluten)
  • Use almond, coconut or hemp milk and Kite Hill cheese/yogurt
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth with molasses, honey and occasionally maple syrup
  • Pick foods that have been processed very little or not at all
  • Explore new vegetables
  • Try bars when you are on the go (e.g.: Lärabar, EPIC, KIND)
  • Freeze fruits and vegetables to savor year round
  • Consider going Paleo (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, meat, fish and eggs)

The benefits of turning your lawn into a garden

  • ‘Growing food is like planting money’
  • Allows you to enjoy kale, tomatoes, beans, peas, peppers, squash, etc.

How to tailgate on a gluten-free diet

  • Explore gluten-free alcohol options (i.e.: Ground Breaker, 2 Towns, honey mead)
  • Try gluten free snack foods like Kettle Brand or Jackson’s Honest chips and Jilz Crackers
  • Enjoy guacamole, salsa, hummus and pesto dips
  • Sample desserts like Hail Merry Miracle Tarts

Nadine’s guidelines for selecting healthy foods

  • No more than five ingredients
  • Should be able to picture each ingredient

Quality sources of fat

  • Bacon
  • Pumpkin seed and nut butters
  • Olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Eggs

 Resources Mentioned:

 Kite Hill

Ground Breaker Brewing

2 Towns Ciderhouse

Kettle Brand Chips

Jackson’s Honest Chips

Jilz Crackers

 Hail Merry Miracle Tarts



KIND Snacks

 Connect with Nadine: 



Contact via Email

Books by Nadine:

Dough Nation: A Nurse’s Memoir of Celiac Disease from Missed Diagnosis to Food and Health Activism