The purpose of this app is simple: to better the lives of those living with celiac disease and anyone else who must eat gluten-free; to create a close-knit community where people in the gluten-free community come to discover, to learn, to share, and to connect, all to make their lives easier and healthier.
Living a 100% gluten-free life has it challenges: physically, mentally and socially. Using the Gluten Dude app will help alleviate those challenges. How? Read on.
CHALLENGE: EATING OUT
Eating out is one of the more stressful parts of having celiac disease. One crumb is all it takes to set off the autoimmune response. 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. Each restaurant includes images, a description, reviews, ratings, directions, etc. Eating without fear. What a concept.
The app also includes restaurants that are not 100% GF but 1) have been recommended by others in the celiac community; 2) have been personally vetted by my team; and 3) take certain precautions to minimize the possibility of cross-contamination. A “Dude Vetting Note” is added to each of these listings.
CHALLENGE: DISCOVERING ONLINE GF COMPANIES AND FINDING COUPONS
Did you know there are over 140 awesome gluten-free companies that you can order from online? Everything from pasta to cookies to mixes to breads to cakes to muffins and more! Most of these items cannot be found in your local stores.
SOLUTION: The GD App has a directory of every one of these online companies, with a description of who they are and what they sell, and a direct link to their online store. LOOK FOR THE SPECIAL GLUTEN DUDE COUPONS!!!
CHALLENGE: GETTING ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
The internet is littered with falsehoods and dangerous information regarding celiac disease & living gluten-free. People are looking for answers to their problems, quickly and accurately, and they are not sure where to turn or who to trust, putting their health in jeopardy.
SOLUTION: A forum where discussion is encouraged but fear-mongering and misinformation will not be. You deserve to get honest answers from those who have been in your shoes.
Celiac disease is a very misunderstood disease and can be quite isolating. I've received so many emails over the years from people whose own friends and family don't take their disease seriously; who don't get invited out to eat 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: Live chat. This app will connect you with others in the celiac/GF community, allowing one on one private chats.
CHALLENGE: FINDING GLUTEN-FREE BEER
Beer, sadly, 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!
AND LASTLY...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 posts, 9 million visits and 34,000 comments.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You changed the journey for me."
"You make me smile, you make me cry, and you make me mad. But most of all, you make me grateful that I don’t have to figure this all out on my own."
"Your latest post is why my son wants to be Gluten Dude when he grows up."
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Ratings and Reviews
Got a craving? GD can help!
A few days ago I was dying for a burger and fries, real fries but what is a celiac to do? So many restaurants have shared fryers and I have not enjoyed French fries in ages. I’ve lived in my area for many years and thought I knew all the restaurants I could eat at...boy was I wrong! I pulled up the GD app and looked at restaurants around me and sure enough there was a place I had no idea existed where I could order that much craved burger and fries. This place was amazing! It is not an exclusive GF restaurant but it was certified by GD so I felt confident ordering from there. It turns out they have a whole separate kitchen just for GF orders and they take it very seriously! Thank you GD for helping me satisfy my craving and opening a whole new world of possibilities 🙌 now off to find some tasty beer 🍻
Developer Response ,
That's awesome Danielle!
So glad this app is here!
Finally an app I can use. This app shows me, as someone with Celiac Disease, exactly which place is 100% GF vs the places offering GF options. The option to find GF beer is great too. I am going to use this app all the time, not just for travel, but have already discovered a couple of places nearby that I haven’t tried. It also gives the option to suggest a place to be added to the list, so we as the Celiac Community can help each other. Thank you Gluten Dude for doing this! I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 9 years ago today and already used your book to help navigate my new life. Thank you.
Developer Response ,
Awesome. So glad it's helping. That's why the app was built.
More than a GF Registry
If you’re frustrated trying to find *actual* gluten free restaurants, this is the app you want. Unlike Find Me GF (another popular app) this one highlights GF Restaurants only — and each are individually vetted.
The app also includes a forum to ask questions from other Celiacs, opportunities to interact with Gluten Dude, and helpful videos on how to navigate those first few months with Celiac disease. The app is clearly laid out and has fast navigation. Excellent graphics as well.
If you aren’t familiar with Gluten Dude and you have celiac, hit up his website for excellent information, check out his book, and then get this app. He doesn’t take money or sponsorships from big name GF companies so you can trust his unbiased information (unlike some other GF social influencers).
You can’t beat Gluten Dude’s blend of helpful information, honesty, frustration, and humor of walking through this tough disease called Celiac Disease.
Developer Response ,
I really appreciate your sentiments. And I couldn't agree more ;-)
Data Not Linked to You
The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:
- Contact Info
- User Content
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- Gluten Dude, LLC
- 68.3 MB
- Food & Drink
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- © 2021 Gluten Dude LLC
- In-App Purchases
- Monthly Plan $5.99
- Yearly Plan $49.99
- 6 Month Plan $29.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.