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Getting Started on a Gluten-Free Diet EP013

On this episode of the ‘Gluten Free RN,’ Nadine helps you get on the road to recovery with a gluten-free, casein-free diet. She walks you through what to expect and offers tactics that will support your success.

Nadine breaks down the steps you should take to make your home a gluten-free space and ensure your comfort and health when you are on the go. She also talks you through how to carefully select food that is not just gluten-free, but also nutrient dense.

Nadine explains the significance building a support system that includes a knowledgeable healthcare team and peers who’ve adopted a gluten-free lifestyle. Listen and learn how to get better, faster as you get started on a gluten-free diet!

 What’s Discussed:

Why it is necessary to eliminate both gluten and casein

  • Microvilli that break down sucrose and lactase are first destroyed, last to grow back
  • The gluten and casein proteins are molecularly very similar
  • The body reads casein as a threat and triggers the immune system

The particulars of taking a daily liquid multivitamin

  • Consider twice a day, morning and night (when your body heals)
  • Take with food and high-quality fat
  • Make sure it doesn’t contain wheat grass or barley grass

How to clean your home thoroughly to remove all gluten

  • Meticulously clean out kitchens and cupboards
  • Give away wooden utensils, cutting boards, pastry cloths, rolling pins and colanders
  • Eliminate personal care products and pet supplies containing gluten
  • Wash your hands before you eat
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before eating

Why it’s important to carry snacks with you

The challenges of eating out on a gluten-free, casein-free diet

  • Staff may not have a clear understanding of a gluten-free diet
  • Cross-contamination risk can be very high

How to rebuild your microbiome

  • Eat things that are alive, i.e.: sauerkraut, fermented food, kombucha
  • Especially important if you’ve ever taken antibiotics

What to expect in the first days of going gluten-free

  • The feeling you can’t get enough to eat
  • Cravings for gluten and dairy products
  • Symptoms of illness as your body detoxes (headaches, fatigue, diarrhea)

How to read labels to ensure gluten-free food is high-quality

  • Look for certified gluten-free labels
  • Make sure it’s also nutrient-dense
  • Nadine suggests only buying products with a maximum of five ingredients
  • Only buy products if you can picture each of the ingredients listed

The importance of joining a support group

  • Share experiences, resources
  • People to shop and eat with

The necessity of building healthcare team to assist with your lifestyle transition

  • Understand the baseline and follow-up labs needed
  • Might include Nurse Practitioner, MD, DO, Naturopath, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor and Massage Therapist

The benefits of keeping a diary or food log

  • Allows practitioners to offer feedback
  • Could include pictures of any painful areas
  • Track your progress with new photos every three months

Resources Mentioned: 

Nadine’s Getting Started One-Pager

EZ Gluten Food Testing

Nima Sensor Test Kit

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Contact via Email

Books by Nadine:

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

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Celiac Disease and How Gluten Affects Your Skin EP011

On this episode of the ‘Gluten Free RN,’ Nadine explains how gluten affects your skin. If you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, you may also suffer from dermatitis herpetiformis, a painful rash that is often misdiagnosed.

Nadine shares her struggle with DH and offers advice about eliminating gluten from both your diet and personal care regime in order to heal your skin. The only treatment for this issue is a 100% gluten-free diet.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so listen and learn how to keep it looking and feeling good!

What’s Discussed: 

The definition of Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH)

  • Blistering, vesicular rash that is typically round
  • Itchy, very painful and distracting
  • Caused by IgA deposits under the skin
  • May appear on hands, legs, back, armpits, buttocks, elbows, knees, scalp, torso and even eyes
  • Not contagious
  • The only treatment is a 100% gluten-free diet

 Nadine’s struggle with DH

  • Blisters, itchy and painful hands as a child
  • Irritated by latex gloves as a nurse, hands developed rash
  • Misdiagnosed by several dermatologists
  • DH finally identified by Dr. Abigail Haberman
  • Rash had exploded all over Nadine’s body and she was near death
  • Most of the rash resolved quickly after adopting a gluten-free diet

 Why steroid creams, long-term antibiotics and dapsone aren’t the answer

  • DH is an external expression of what’s happening internally
  • Topical creams don’t treat the underlying cause
  • Long-term antibiotics disrupt the microbiome and put you at risk for developing other infections
  • Dapsone is associated with serious side effects for the blood and liver
  • Removing gluten from your diet and personal care products is the only cure

 The importance of eliminating gluten from personal care products

  • Anything you put on your skin can travel through to your bloodstream
  • Discontinue the use of products that contain wheat, barley, rye or oats
  • Nadine also recommends eliminating products that contain chemicals such as lauryl sulfates and paraffins

 Resources Mentioned: 

YouTube: Your Skin on Gluten

Primal Pit Paste

ZuZu Luxe Cosmetics

Red Apple Lipstick

Desert Essence Organics

Gluten-Free Danube Cruise

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