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PSA: Here Is A Complete Guide On How To Be Gluten-Free (And A Bonus Brownie Recipe, Too)

One woman's journey to food freedom resulted in a SUPREMELY handy resource to living your best (gluten-free) life.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a fan of all things health and wellness, like me! I love platforms like Kale.Life, where like-minded people can come together and relate to each other over a common bond. If you’re following a gluten-free diet, have a dietary restriction(s), or just love finding good recipes, products, and restaurants, I’m here to help you out!

A little bit about me: My name is Jackie, and I’m the founder of Gluten Free Follow Me, the guide to living gluten-free. Five years ago, I learned I had celiac disease. I had just graduated from Georgetown University and moved to New York City for my finance job. I had to figure out what gluten was, what foods I could eat, what foods I had to avoid, and all the nuances in between. It was incredibly overwhelming, and I wished I had a go-to guide to tell me all I needed to know about following a gluten-free diet. This manual did not yet exist, so I did a ton of research and learned how to maneuver being gluten-free at restaurants and in my own kitchen.

I’m so happy that I can now share what I’ve learned, and have others benefit from my experiences and research. I want everyone to feel comfortable when eating. Whether you have to be gluten-free, choose to be gluten-free, or have a family member or friend that follows a gluten-free diet, we all deserve to eat well, gluten or not!

I recently re-launched Gluten Free Follow Me, and it’s finally now the complete guide I wanted when I first became gluten-free! GFFM has customized searches and filters for 2,000+ gluten-free friendly restaurants, products, and recipes I’ve personally reviewed. There are an overwhelming amount of options, all clearly categorized for you. Here, a bit more about what you can expect to find.

Restaurants: I love eating out and traveling, but it can be challenging to do so when you have celiac disease or a food intolerance/allergy. I get that, so I want to make it easy for you to uncover restaurants near you and your travels. GFFM features nearly 1,500 gluten-free friendly restaurants across the world, with a majority in NYC and Los Angeles. You have endless dining choices.

You can customize your own searches and filter the restaurants by type of restaurant, location, type of cuisine, rating, and dietary restrictions such as 100% gluten free, 100% dairy free, & 100% vegan. Each restaurant’s profile includes a map with its location(s), website, phone number, hours, rating, and a link to make a table reservation if applicable. On each individual restaurant profile, I also indicate if the restaurant has a gluten-free menu, gluten-free bread, gluten-free pizza, and gluten-free pasta, and then share the gluten-free menu options. And, of course, pictures!

Products: There are 550+ gluten-free friendly products detailed and ranked on GFFM. Even if you don’t live in a gluten-free friendly area, you can still purchase products online. Craving baked goods? Or looking for a new supplement? Just use the filters to uncover the newest and best products.

Each brand has its own individual product page which includes a detailed listing of product(s), along with its dietary restrictions and more details. You can filter the products by categories such as food, drink, vitamins & supplements, beauty/bath/body, books, packages, stores, and gadgets, in addition to dozens of product types. The Products page is incredibly helpful if you’re gluten-free and/or need to avoid something else. You can filter the products by dietary restrictions such as paleo, vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, peanut-free, rice-free, potato-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, organic, non-GMO, no refined sugars, plus certifications for certain dietary restrictions.

Recipes: I share 200+ recipes on GFFM, from desserts to breakfasts to appetizers to entrees. Each recipe has its own recipe card with ingredients, preparation instructions, and timing. You can filter the recipes by type of food, occasion, along with paleo and vegan filters.

One of my favorite guilt-free desserts is paleo flourless zucchini chocolate brownies! (Say that ten times fast!) These brownies really do taste like freshly baked sugar-filled brownies but are purer and better for you. And I promise, you won’t be able to taste the zucchini! Make these brownies, and “trick” your family and friends with how decadent yet healthy they are.

how to be gluten free



  • 1 cup creamy almond butter (or any nut butter you desire)
  • 1 large zucchini shredded & unpeeled
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup paleo chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.
  3. Pour batter into 8×8 pan.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes.

Happy Eating!
xx Jackie

(Follow GFFM on Instagram: @glutenfree.followme, Twitter: @glutenfreeFM and Facebook: Gluten Free Follow Me.)


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