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May 03 2016

I Tried Out a Gluten-Free Resort and Here’s What I Thought…

Written by GlutenfreeSingles Co-owner Marcella Romaya

sandals and hat on a beach

I was so excited to take my first trip to a gluten-free resort.

Living the gluten-free lifestyle can be a challenge even on your home turf; now imagine how hard it is when you’re in a strange place, don’t know any of the local restaurants, and may not even be able to translate the menu! For someone like me who lives with celiac disease, going on vacation is like skinny dipping with sharks!

That’s why I was so thrilled when Lesley Hock, an amazing travel agent, invited me on a five-day trip to an all-inclusive, gluten-free resort in Cancun, Mexico. Imagine, a vacation where I didn’t have to worry about accidentally eating gluten and spending my time abroad curled in the fetal position on the bathroom floor. Plus, Cancun! I told Leslie to sign me up.

My Trip to a Gluten-Free Resort

My destination was the El Dorado Royale Resort, which was every bit as beautiful as

Gluten-free meal at El Dorado Royale Resort

Just one of the amazing meals I got to enjoy at the El Dorado Royale Resort in Cancun.

you would imagine a Cancun destination to be. The resort sits right on the beach, so you can catch a tan next to the crashing waves. Unfortunately there are concrete barriers next to shore, which makes swimming difficult. They are building the world’s largest artificial reef in Mexico to restore valuable habitat for marine life. I didn’t let that stop me from having fun! You can also enjoy a dip in the pool and swim your way up to a poolside bar and ask for a gluten-free cocktail.

My favorite amenities, however, were the meals, amazing presentations from all eleven restaurants, and excellent service from the staff. On the very first morning of our trip, the gluten-free group met at the Santa Fe Restaurant, where the entire staff and the chef greeted us. All I can say about that incredible breakfast is – Yum!

Leslie kept our group busy throughout the days with a long list of activities. Some of them were typical of a Cancun vacation, like pool volleyball, garden tours, and my personal favorite – pool-side yoga. Other activities were tailored to our group, including private gluten-free cooking demonstrations and gluten-free cocktail events.

I got to work on my tan and learn some nifty new gluten-free recipes. Pretty cool!

Meeting a Gluten-Free Superstar

Marcella Romaya and Dr. Alessio Fasano

Me and one of my gluten-free heroes, Dr. Alessio Fasano.

The very best part of my trip was the opportunity to meet Dr. Alessio Fasano, MD, Founder and Director of the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also the author of the book, Gluten Freedom. I attended a private dinner event where Dr. Fasano spoke and then met with him one-on-one for a consultation about my gluten-free lifestyle. I learned a lot!

Ready For Your Gluten-Free Trip?

If you are like me and often feel so worried about traveling that you wonder if it’s even worth doing, then consider taking a gluten-free vacation at El Dorado Resort. Shoot an email to my friend Lesley Hock at Travel Leaders at, and she will give you some great trip ideas.

Donate to find a cure

Finally, if you are interested in supporting Dr. Fasano’s efforts at the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, you can make a donation at:

*Please be cautious when traveling to Mexico; always go with a group when leaving the resort.

*Please read El Dorado Resort reviews before booking a vacation at the resort.

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Apr 19 2016

Michael Pollan Thinks That Gluten Might be a “Social Contagion”

Published by under Diet,Gluten Free

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Is gluten really a social contagion? Photo credit: jasleen_kaur via VisualHunt / CC BY-SA

Michael Pollan, the well-known food journalist, author, and activist once surmised that the gluten-free craze might be a “social contagion” in a free-wheeling interview on HuffPost Live in 2014. You may know Pollan from his blockbuster book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma or his strong advocacy of the slow food movement. He has studied food and the American diet long and hard, and he isn’t exactly sold on the gluten-free trend.

In the interview with Josh Zepps, Pollan casts doubt on the value of a gluten-free diet, though he does make an exception for people with celiac disease. “There are people who feel better when they get off gluten,” he tells Zepps. “It may have to do with the fact that maybe they’re getting off carbs.”

Why is Pollan so suspicious of the gluten-free movement? “The number of people that are genuinely gluten-sensitive cannot be growing as fast as the market niche is growing,” he proclaims.

Instead of focusing on cutting gluten, Pollan advocates for a diet that avoids as many processed foods as possible. He points to the fact that many gluten-free eaters turn to highly processed gluten alternatives. “Some people get off gluten and then they get onto this highly processed gluten-free category,” he says in his interview. “Look at the ingredients in those gluten-free products. I mean, it’s a lot of xanthan gum and a lot of food additives that, I don’t know, I wouldn’t want to eat.”

Is Gluten Really a Social Contagion?

Pollan brings up some interesting points in his interview. Certainly the number of people who claim to be gluten sensitive has skyrocketed over the past few years, and food producers have rushed to keep up. In many ways, the social contagion accusation might be accurate. Hearing about a close friend who discovered she had a gluten sensitivity may make you begin to wonder if your own gastrointestinal symptoms are related to gluten. More awareness of a condition usually results in more diagnosis.

Could the same thing be happening with gluten sensitivity?

Pollan also makes another good point, which is that processed gluten-free food is not necessarily a healthy alternative to its gluten counterpart. Gluten-free cookies are still cookies, after all. Even on a gluten-free diet, you need to pay close attention to what’s in your food. If you want to eat healthy, the best way is to consume fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. Perhaps you might even want to try more fermented foods, which Pollan raves about in his interview! “I really fell in love with fermentation and working with these microbes, which are just so miraculous,” Pollan admits.

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Apr 05 2016

Dating Red Flags – How Does He Treat Other People?

Published by under Dating,Relationships

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Is your boyfriend a jerk to waiters? Consider that a big red flag! Photo credit: Steve Parker via / <a

Surely you’ve heard at least one horror story from a friend who seemingly found the perfect guy only to discover a few weeks, months, or even years into the relationship that he was actually a complete and utter jerk. Don’t let this happen to you! (Or don’t let it happen again if you’ve been down that ugly road before.) We all put our best face forward when we start dating someone new, so how do you know if the great new guy you’re dating is really as awesome as he seems? He probably won’t come out and just tell you all of his character flaws. (That’d be pretty interesting though, right?) Instead, you need to keep your eye out for red flags, those little flashes of personality that show his true self. One of the best ways to find out if your new hottie has a heart of gold or is just giving you the smarmy smile of a politician is to see how he treats others.

Waiters, Grocery Clerks, and Parking Attendants

Observe how your guy treats the service people around him. Does he bark orders at your waitress and then switch to his puppy dog eyes when he looks back to you? Does he mock the grocery clerk’s hairstyle, ignoring the fact that she might be a single mom trying to stretch a tight budget? Does the parking attendant get a warm thank you or a complete brush off?

It’s easy to ignore or abuse people in low-end customer service positions. The way your date treats these individuals can go a long way toward showing if he’ll step on people when he knows he can, or if he is truly a considerate person.

If your dude turns into a minor despot if there’s a smudge on his fork, you can bet he’ll eventually turn his Napoleon complex on you after the ardent obsession phase has worn off.

Should he Stay or Should he Go?

If your date treats other people like crap, seriously consider cutting the cord right now. Soon enough you could be on the other end of his tirade or hurtful comments! is full of other cuties who are sure to be authentic and more respectful than that poser!

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Mar 22 2016

When Should You Tell Your Child That She has Celiac Disease? …Right Away, Duh!

Published by under Celiac,Gluten Free

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Did a mother do the right thing by hiding her daughter’s celiac disease diagnosis? Photo via

In the first paragraph of her article published in the Washington Post on Feb 8, Susan Stillman explains, “…there are times when I feel like a little less knowledge never hurt anybody.” Sure, I’ll give her that. I really don’t want to know the full details of my dad’s colonoscopy or how many calories are in the meal I just ate at the Cheesecake Factory. However, certain knowledge is kind of important to know, such as the fact that you have a serious medical condition that could eventually kill you if you stick with your current diet.

The title of Susan’s article is, “How I told my happy, healthy daughter about her medical diagnosis.” This title is mostly a lie, because Susan spends a majority of the article explaining how she actually didn’t want to deal with telling her 11-year-old daughter about the diagnosis. What did her daughter have? Celiac disease, a condition where the consumption of gluten slowly destroys the lining of the small intestine.

Just to be perfectly clear, if Susan had done even minimal research on the disease, she would have discovered that gluten can seriously harm the small intestine of a person with celiac disease even if they are asymptomatic, like her daughter. Perhaps she may have also run across the countless stories of adults who suffered for years with horrifying symptoms, like terrible stomach cramps, constant diarrhea, severe anemia, exhaustion, and malnutrition before FINALLY getting a diagnosis of celiac disease.

Anyone who has had to suffer the symptoms of celiac disease and struggled for years before receiving a diagnosis would have considered it a blessing to learn their diagnosis as a child. Susan, on the other hand, only considers it to be an inconvenience, mostly for herself. She writes, “Countless well meaning people tried to console me…I appreciate people’s kindness, but the truth was, I didn’t want to deal with it.”

Ignorance is NOT Bliss

It may have been easier for me to feel sympathy for Susan if she could reasonably claim ignorance, but then she had to go and write this:

“My husband runs an association of gastroenterologists and I told him, ‘I want you to search far and wide and find me a doctor who says we can blow this off. Our child is perfectly healthy and asymptomatic.’ I had no such luck. They told us that while children with celiac who eat gluten can appear to be fine, doing so continuously can cause damage in the longer-term…”

Susan has no excuse for keeping this diagnosis from her daughter (who is not healthy, by the way, if she is celiac and eating a gluten-rich diet). Yet, defying all wisdom, professional medical advice, and her duty as a parent, she withholds the information while her daughter is at summer camp and then during a subsequent family vacation. Only several weeks after the diagnosis when her daughter actually asks her about the results of all the tests, Susan finally fesses up.

Don’t Withhold Vital Medical Information From Your Children!

This should really go without saying, but less knowledge CAN hurt somebody if that knowledge is the diagnosis of a serious condition. As a parent, it is your duty and obligation to care for your children, and that includes steering them away from harmful behavior even if they aren’t showing severe symptoms right away. After all, I bet Susan wouldn’t let her 11-year-old daughter take up smoking, right?

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Mar 08 2016

Dating Red Flags – Is Your Girlfriend Moving Too Fast?

Published by under Dating,Relationships


Is she already planning the names of your future babies?

Girls certainly have a reputation for wanting to move a relationship forward a lot faster than their male companions. (Or is it just that guys like to drag their feet?) However, we’ve all heard the horror stories of girls slamming down the accelerator and horrifying her date with talk of marriage, kids, and shared retirement plans on the first date. Certain girls fall in love quickly and want to lock it down as fast as possible. If you aren’t the type for love at first sight and a Vegas marriage in front of Elvis the next day, keep your eyes open for these five red flags that your girl is moving too fast.

  1. She lets it slip how much she wants to have kids

At a certain point in their lives, some women simply go baby crazy. They want to have a baby. The need to have a baby, and these overwhelming maternal instincts can lead to a desperate round of dating in search of good father material. If you were hoping to travel the world and spend the next ten years playing video games in your boxers on the weekend, steer clear of any girl who drops the B-word a dozen times on the first date.

  1. She wants you to meet her parents right away

Meeting the parents is an important rite of passage and usually comes around the time you start letting lose with the boyfriend/girlfriend descriptors. If she invites you to meet her parents after the second or third date, especially if this involves a flight to another state, you’d better believe that she thinks things are serious between you two and that you are potential husband material. If you don’t feel the same way, it’s time to have a talk.

  1. She already has a drawer at your place

Staking out a drawer is an important symbolic step in a relationship. It demonstrates a sharing of your space and the expectation of regular visits. It is also, in many ways, a warm-up to moving in. If she starts leaving her things over your house, this is her attempt to move the relationship up a rung on the serious ladder.

  1. She’s hinting that she wants to move in

Is she asking for a key to your place, or does she regularly mention how convenient it would be if the two of you lived together? She may even make the argument about how much money you’d save if you both lived together. No matter how much she wants to move in, you have to be on board too. Don’t give way if you don’t feel completely comfortable with your relationship. Breaking up becomes much harder and messier when her clothes are hanging in your closet and your towels are all mixed in together.

  1. She talks like marriage is a sure thing  

The number one clue that your girl is trying to lock you down is that she regularly talks about your married future like it is a sure thing. Listen to the way she talks to friends or how she discusses the future. Are you always the assumed husband by her side, and is she already making plans for you both several years into the future? This means she is on the marriage path. If you aren’t on that path too, then don’t let her keep this fantasy alive. If she isn’t willing to slow things down, then it might be better to end the relationship before her fantasies of future marital bliss become so entrenched that you risk real heartbreak if the relationship doesn’t work out.

Always, communication is the foundation of a healthy relationship. You each have to know where the other person is in the relationship and what their expectations are. Simply asking your partner if she is happy with the relationship as it is, or if she wants things to be more serious can help you both work through the issue together and get on the same page. This way, you don’t have to get the shock of your life when you open a drawer looking for your socks and find her huge wedding plan binder!

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Jan 15 2016

Gluten-Free Singles Featured on

Published by under Dating,Online Dating

Gluten-Free Singles Featured on DatingAdvice.comThe purpose of is all in the name. This constantly updated site is jam packed with great advice for visitors as they navigate the confusing maze known as “The Single Life,” in search of that rare creature, “The One.”

Recently, featured Gluten-Free Singles in a wonderful write-up about our site and our special mission to connect people who have embraced the gluten-free life. Writer Hayley Matthews interviewed our own Sheri Grande for the inside scoop on how her friendship with co-founder Marcella Romaya led the two ladies to create

Read the full article and then stick around to get some other great advice to make you a better, more confident dater!

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Jan 14 2016

Four Reasons You Are Better Than Tinder

Published by under Dating,Online Dating

coupleTinder has been blowing up in the dating industry since its apps first landed on Android and iPhones. There’s no denying that Tinder is the essence of convenience, allowing users to see singles in their area and choose to connect with them with a single swipe. However, beneath the glossy veneer is an app that encourages users to simply judge potential mates on their appearances. It’s no wonder that Tinder has developed a reputation as the go-to place for fast, shallow hook-ups. If that’s your thing, then keep swiping to your heart’s desire. However, if you’re looking for a real relationship, then it’s time to put on your big boy and big girl pants and ditch your Tinder app. You are better than Tinder, and here’s why:

1. You deserve to be judged by more than your appearance

You don’t have to live in a world where you doll yourself up and then hang out at a bar, hoping to attract cute singles based only on your appearance. You are so much more that your eye color, body shape, and how you look in those skinny jeans. Physical attraction is a big part of the romance equation, but it’s not the only ingredient. Tinder is all about making instant judgments based on appearance. That might have been alright in middle school, but you know better now.

2. Shallow hook-ups get old, fast

Shallow hook-ups are perfect for college kids who can’t even decide on their major, much less a life partner. As you grow older and mature, you’ll start to appreciate that real connections are more than just physical. Getting to know someone and developing a friendship with your romantic partner will fulfill you in a way that your bedroom sessions never will. It’s time to graduate from being a booty call.

3. Who needs to go on more terrible first dates?

Tinder is all about quantity over quality. It encourages you to cast a wide net and then to slog through the masses of singles to try and find someone who really rings true to you. This means endless meaningless conversations and often finding yourself on terrible dates. Funny how someone who looked so attractive in their pic can instantly become hideous when they open their mouth and start spouting ignorant opinions. If you’d been on a real dating website that allows you to carefully cultivate the type of people you want to meet, you could have avoided that date altogether.

4. It’s time to be a grown up

If you want to be in a real relationship, then you’re going to have to start acting like a grownup. That means looking for people who share interests with you and demonstrate the qualities you want in a best friend and lover. It means taking the time to represent yourself well and develop a meaningful conversation. It means looking for more than a hookup that might accidentally turn into a relationship. Tinder is not the place for this. Consider using a traditional dating website that allows you to curate your searches and provides full profiles of potential dates or niche dating sites like GlutenfreeSingles that gives you a pre-screened pool of singles.

Don’t let anyone swipe left on you again!

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Dec 23 2015

Five Gluten-Free Cookies That Will Wow Your Holiday Party

Published by under Holidays

Winter  HolidaysIt’s December, which means the holiday invites are pouring in. You’ve got your office party next weekend, a get-together at the neighbors this week, and then your siblings are flying in and your parents are insisting on a big family dinner. Time to power up with some delicious, gluten-free cookies that everyone (even the gluten eaters in your circle) will love.

Here are five of our very favorite gluten-free cookie recipes offered by Betty Crocker. (Note: each recipe includes a recommendation to use a Betty Crocker product, but you can easily use a different brand to make it just as good.)

1. Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

These little guys and girls aren’t only adorable and delicious, they’re also gluten free! This recipe relies on gluten-free rice flour to keep the gluten out as well as sugar, butter, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla baking chips to add some sweet flavor. Go to town with the decorative icing to give your cookies happy smiles and big personalities.

2. Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut butter and chocolate; was there ever a better combination of flavors? We think not! That’s why these peanut butter blossoms are so dang tasty. They’re also easy to make. You’ll just need white sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, some chocolates, and a gluten-free cookie mix.

3. Holiday Toffee Bars

This is a quick-to-make recipe, perfect if you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen beating eggs and measuring cups of sugar. (Though you will need an hour to let these guys bake in the oven). This recipe calls for Bisquick Gluten Free mix, but you can substitute any gluten-free cookie mix. These tasty bars will go fast at your party. No one has to know that they are gluten free.

4. Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies

If you are an unrepentant choco-holic, this is most definitely the recipe for you. It takes a while to prep, but it’s worth the wait to pull this chocolate, pecan delight out of the oven. These amazing cookies will certainly earn you another invite to the party next year!

5. Christmas Sugar Cookies

We’re finishing off our list with a classic. Simple and sweet, sugar cookies are a must for any holiday event. This is also your chance to add a touch of your creativity. Use your favorite cookie cutter or shape them yourself, and then go all out with the sprinkles and icing to make these gluten-free babies all your own.

Now it’s time to share with us some of your favorite gluten-free cookie recipes. Share your baking secrets in the comments below.

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Dec 14 2015

It’s Not Too Late to Find Love in 2015

Gluten Free Singles holiday specialBeing single over Christmas and New Years can be a drag. Somehow it seems like everyone else in the world is in a relationship, kissing under the mistletoe or locking lips at midnight at New Years. You don’t have to give up on finding love in 2015 just yet. There is still a little time left, and it only takes one smoldering look to strike the spark of romance.

At GlutenfreeSingles, we want you to keep your hope alive. That’s why we’re offering a special holiday promotion:

Sign up for a three-month membership by 01/05/16, and get 50% off your membership fee!

That’s right, we’re cutting our membership price IN HALF, but only if you sign up by Jan. 5th. A three month membership will give you access to our full database of gluten-free singles all throughout January and February, our biggest and most active months. We always see a lot of sign-ups in January when singles are ready to start the new year with a fresh mindset and a fresh relationship. February brings Valentine’s Day, and no one wants to be single over the most romantic month of the year!

At, you can connect with someone who is gluten free just like you. Our members understand how difficult it can be to try and date someone who is not gluten free. They know the difficulties you face ordering at restaurants or trying to decode the ingredient lists on products in the grocery store.

Imagine yourself cooking home-made gluten-free meals together with your new partner. It can happen, but only if you take action. You have to make the decision to go searching for your future partner. They won’t just stroll through the door and profess their undying love for you.

Take advantage of this offer today, and you may have someone to kiss at midnight on New Years!

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Nov 26 2015

How to Be Amazing, Incredible, and Unflappable When You Meet His/Her Family

Published by under Relationships

Family_jumpSince the holiday season is now upon us, there’s no better time to talk about families. Let’s be honest here, every family has a little bit of crazy in it. (Some, more than their fair share.) Each family is built on layers of history, old conflicts that never got resolved, new conflicts, personality clashes, and maybe a few skeletons in the closet.

And now, your new flame has suggested that it’s time to meet his or her family. Maybe for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah. That means you get to walk right into another family’s pile of crazy, all without a cheat sheet.

Are horrible visions of Ben Stiller strapped into a lie detector machine from Meet the Parents flashing in your head? Worry not! You can survive this meeting and maybe even make a good impression while you’re at it. The truth is that most families aren’t that bad, and if you try to be good, chances are that they will be good too.

Here are a few tricks that will help you ace a meeting with your partner’s family:

Study Up

You don’t have to feel like a lamb thrown into a den of wolves when you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner with a group of strangers. Ask your partner about his/her parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, grandparents, and anyone else you are likely to meet. Find out what they do, what their hobbies are, and sensitive areas that may need to be avoided. If any particular family member has an issue, like a mental illness, or a penchant for political rants, be prepared so you won’t get surprised. When you meet your partner’s family for the first time, they shouldn’t feel like strangers at all.

Be Polite

Go out of your way to try and make a first good impression. After all, these people may become a permanent part of your life if you and your partner stick together. That means dressing appropriately, using the manners your mother taught you, and generally trying to play nice. Your behavior also reflects on your partner. In the future, you can let your hair down a little more, but for now, focus on reassuring the family that their son/daughter/sibling/grandchild made a good choice.

Be Flexible

No two families are alike, so be prepared to see different family dynamics in action. Maybe your partner’s family is much more rigid and formal than your own, or it could be the opposite. You may be surprised to be pulled into warm hugs and asked personal questions. You may see conflicts between family members, even fights or loud arguments. Whatever you find, try to go with the flow of the existing family dynamic and stay out of conflicts. If your partner’s father has opposite political views than you own, or you get served a meal full of gluten, stay polite. Avoid arguments and remember that your partner couldn’t pick his/her family. If they truly are horrible, focus on surviving and appreciate the fact that your partner didn’t turn out like his/her parents!

Listen and Ask Questions

One easy way to get into anyone’s good graces is to ask them questions about themselves. This is where all your homework comes in. You should have asked your partner to tell you about his/her family members. Now is the time to use that information. If your partner’s father loves fishing, compliment the fishing trophy on the mantel, and get ready to listen to his last great fishing adventures. The more questions you ask and the more you listen, the more you’ll get to know each family member. They’ll also start opening up to you, which is a great way to establish trust.

Be Yourself

When you meet your partner’s family, you want to be polite and to stay out of conflicts, but that doesn’t mean hiding your true self. The reason your partner wants you to meet his/her family is to introduce them to you! Don’t be afraid to talk about yourself and let your personality shine through. If you don’t agree with a political point or need to request a gluten-free alternative, do so, but in a respectful manner. Debate is good. Polite requests are good. Angry arguments or accusations are not. Remember, if your partner is confident enough to bring you to family Christmas or Hanukkah, he/she wants to show you off! Try to relax and be yourself.

Don’t forget that you can turn the tables at any time and invite your partner to one of your next upcoming family events!

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