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The Celiac Project Podcast

The Celiac Project Podcast: 2 Guys Talking Gluten Free--hosted by Michael Frolichstein (Director of The Celiac Project Documentary) and Cam Weiner. Join Mike and Cam as they discuss living with celiac disease and navigating a safe gluten free lifestyle. They will feature special guests in the gluten free community, discuss current events and topics of interest.
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Aug 3, 2016

It is summertime and a perfect opportunity to talk about Cam's latest trip to Michigan. He talks about the ritual and preparation that helps him most enjoy his family's vacations. Mike and Cam also share many of their top travel tips to stay safe on the road including an app (and website) that no celiac or gluten-free eater should be without.

Jul 25, 2016

This week's podcast takes a look at a Buzzfeed video, in which four of their employees agree to go gluten free for a month. Mike and Cam share their many thoughts on this kind of "not so scientific" testing (including one woman who continues eating her veggie bacon not knowing it contains gluten #readtheingredientspeople!) You might be surprised by some of the outcomes of this experiment and some of our opinions of it.

Jul 20, 2016

In Part 2 of our special restaurant series, Ashley Mazur, Marketing & Media Director of the world famous Berghoff restaurant in Chicago shares some of the amazing history of the restaurant (including the fact that they were the first in Chicago to receive a liquor license after prohibition ended)! We go in depth from the restaurant's point of view as well as how they became one of the very first restaurants to go through Beyond Celiac's "Great Kitchens" program. You won't want to miss this informative, eye-opening episode as we hear some of the biggest challenges that a restaurant faces in order to keep its celiac and allergic guests safe.

Jul 12, 2016

We all have learned by now that not all gluten free restaurants and kitchens are created equally. On this week's podcast, Beckee Moreland talks about her mission to change that one kitchen at a time. Beckee helped start the GREAT Kitchens program, assisting restaurants, colleges and camps to have safe gluten free kitchens including the education of cooks and servers through an accreditation program.

Jul 5, 2016

This week Mike and Cam are joined by special guest Erin Smith, the Gluten Free Globetrotter. We talk to Erin about all things gluten free travel. Erin shares with us many of her top travel tips, thoughts and negotiating the world safely as a celiac. She has a unique perspective as she has traveled extensively and been diagnosed with celiac at a very young age.  Erin shares her thoughts on which countries, in her eyes, are most gluten free friendly.

Jun 28, 2016

Mike and Cam take a closer look at the Elle Cartoon as they discuss the blog post from the Huffington Post, "Gluten-Free Shaming is not OK" by chef and food writer Jackie Ourman. They share their thoughts on people's attempts at gluten-free humor and why it usually falls flat.

Jun 20, 2016

Mike tells Cam about a recent visit to a local pizza place that goes very wrong. Three pizzas are purchased, but which ones are gluten-free, and which is not? Are there ways that these types of restaurant "horror stories" can be avoided?  Or at the very least, what should restaurants do to improve safety for their gluten free diners?

Jun 15, 2016

We have be receiving so many great emails and comments from our listeners that we decided to do a podcast completely dedicated to talking about some of them. This podcast covers great topics and fascinating personal stories. Thanks to all who have shared with us and keep those emails coming--you might be mentioned on a future show!

Jun 6, 2016

Thanks to a fan recommendation (thanks Sara), this week's podcast is devoted to talking about dating with celiac disease. In this illuminating discussion, Mike and Cam are joined by Mike's nephew Sam and they look at some of the challenges to dating with celiac. They give many shout outs to Jessica Hanson (Tasty Meditation) who has been good enough to share here past dating experiences. They look at everything from the awkwardness of asking a date to brush their teeth to online dating. You won't want to miss Sam's prom "horror" story.

May 31, 2016

This week's podcast is an exploration of an article from US News and World Report titled: 5 Myths About Celiac Disease, written by Stacy Colino. Mike and Cam have a fascinating discussion on such topics as, "should everyone be screened for celiac disease?" and "is celiac disease serious?" spoiler alert...it is. Along the way we find out strange things including how Cam found out he is allergic to cock roaches. Seriously we can't make this stuff up!

May 23, 2016

In their last podcast of Celiac Awareness Month 2016, Mike and Cam discuss an article that was published in the Atlantic Magazine online that talks about the idea that the gluten-free diet should not be attempted without medical assistance. They also reflect back on the true meaning of Celiac Awareness month.

May 17, 2016

We are pleased to be joined by yet another fantastic guest for Celiac Awareness Month. Melinda Arcara (who also goes by Gluten-Free Bebe) shares her personal story which eventually led to her writing her fantastic new book: 3 Steps To Gluten-Free Living. In this helpful guide, she shares her practical step-by-step method to a happy and healthy gluten free life.

May 10, 2016

In our second episode of Celiac Awareness Month, we are joined by guest Lisa Cantkier (pronounced: Cont' e yay). Lisa is a holistic nutritionist in the Toronto area. She has an amazing amount of information on celiac disease and you won't believe her own incredible story of getting diagnosed -- at only 18 months old!

May 3, 2016

We are kicking off Celiac Awareness Month in style with special guest, Alice Bast. Alice is the founder, CEO and President of Beyond Celiac (formerly the NFCA). Our fascinating discussion with Alice includes everything from her group’s recent name change to how their mission has evolved over the years. We also get into many of the struggles faced by the celiac community including social isolation and the continued challenges to insure that we get safe gluten free options.

Apr 26, 2016

We are joined again by Alexandra "Lexie" Van Den Heuvel and talk about the growing, and very troubling trend of food allergy bullying. We also learn that the issues of peer pressure and bullying reach far beyond just school aged kids.

Apr 19, 2016

Alexandra Van Den Heuvel is one busy and impressive young woman. Seeing a need to help low income families affected by celiac disease to afford the increased grocery bills that accompany the gluten free diet, Lexie successfully started a non-profit. Oh, and did we mention that she began this group before she even set foot in High School? Amazing!

Apr 12, 2016

Mike and Cam have a casual discussion of Mike's spring break trip with his family to Mazatlan, Mexico. They talk about some of the challenges traveling abroad and some of the unexpected issues that popped up.

Apr 6, 2016

Mike and Cam are happy to be joined by celiac blogger Jessica Hanson. They discuss with Jessica what inspired her to become a blogger and talk about some of her great blog posts. We also find out what it's like to run the largest celiac and gluten free meetup in the world!

Mar 30, 2016

Mike and Cam look at a quintessential uninformed blog post that we feel hits all of the stereotypical wrong notes about women living gluten free. The post is from The Cat's Pajamas, written by Brian Huba and is published online in the Albany Times Union. Also, we look at a petition in our community that was able to get an astounding 50,000+ signatures in order to get a shirt pulled off the market.  You have our attention!

Mar 23, 2016

Beyond Celiac survey yields some surprising results! Also, “11 Confessions from people with celiac disease will make you realize that going gluten-free is more than just a ‘craze’”, an article compiled from a popular app called Whisper that provides an anonymous platform for people to share their thoughts. We found some fascinating take-aways from this story.

Mar 16, 2016

Co-host and millennial snowboarder extraordinaire, Cam, opens up about his love of the outdoors, not letting his gluten free lifestyle curb the excitement of the adventure, and his newfound appreciation for the sporting life post-diagnosis. Cam reveals his personal tricks that help him succeed.

Mar 9, 2016

Mike and Cam welcome Cathy Sloan in our first phone interview. She shares her journey to diagnosis including the challenges she has faced before and after finding out that she has celiac disease. She also talks about some of the obstacles she faces finding good gluten free food and medical assistance in North Carolina.

Mar 2, 2016

Mike and Cam talk about the controversial comments of presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Also, a conversation about jobs besides the military that might be challenging to get for people with celiac and gluten issues. Plus, we discuss NHL hockey player, Max Domi, who manages both celiac and type 1 diabetes.

Feb 24, 2016

This week's topic is The Washington Post article: How I told my happy, healthy daughter about her medical diagnosis, about the celiac diagnosis of an 11 year old girl, sending her mother into a state of panic and denial, and wondering whether to even tell her the news!  Mike and Cam talk it out.

Feb 17, 2016

Mike and Cam are joined by their guest Ellen Frolichstein. Ellen shares her very unique insights of being both the wife and mother of two individuals with celiac disease. In addition, Ellen talks in depth about her own struggles with gluten and eventual diagnosis of gluten intolerance.

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