Celiac and the Beast Copper Anniversary Giveaway

In late March 2012, I decided to change my life. No, that’s not when I was gluten-free, it’s when I launched my blog – Celiac and the Beast. This is back when restaurants were just starting to understand the phrase “gluten free” and when I was still calling celiac – Celiac disease (it’s lowercase – it’s not named for anyone). I just started to understand the intricacies of dining out – like no shared fryers, no use of regular oats, and other tips that sometimes takes learning directly from experience. Boy, did I have a lot to learn about the gluten-free world then, and I’m happy that you’ve come along with me for the journey!

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What a Huge 7 Years!

Since 2012, I’ve travelled across this country visiting small and large cities talking about living gluten-free. I even wrote a book about celiac disease called Celiac and the Beast and you can buy it on Kindle or Paperback on Amazon right now!

Since 2012 I’ve:

So happy blogging anniversary to me!And for those of you that have been around since the first post – THANK YOU! 

Celebrate With Me


Let’s celebrate together! I’m giving away a copper KitchenAid stand mixer so say thanks! I’ll also be giving away lots of amazing yummies from sponsors Enjoy Life Foods and Schar! They’ve been such big supporters over the past years and I’m happy to be celebrating with them!

Stay tuned to more blog posts featuring Enjoy Life Foods and Schar and each one will have a SWEET giveaway! And stay tuned to my Instagram, that will also feature tasty gluten-free giveaways!

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This promotion is sponsored by Schar and Enjoy Life Foods, along with Celiac and the Beast

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Comments: 119

  1. Chris March 29, 2019 at 7:42 am Reply

    Awesome congrats on the 7th year!!!!

  2. Brianna March 29, 2019 at 10:09 am Reply

    7 years is a long time— big congratulations! The celiac world has changed a lot— some for better, some for worse— but I’m happy we’ve all been holding onto the strong advocates like you.

  3. Samantha March 29, 2019 at 10:43 am Reply

    Congratulations on 7 years!

  4. Kelly Kaminski March 29, 2019 at 10:49 am Reply

    I found out I had celiacs disease 1.5 years ago and it has been very difficult to explain to restaurants and friends/family, and I live in Los Angeles! I can’t imagine people who live outside of big cities where there are more options. THANK YOU for your blog and creating resources to us celiacs and spreading awareness to those who work in the food industry yet don’t know what gluten is!!

  5. Gail D March 29, 2019 at 11:33 am Reply

    Congrats on your anniversary!! My journey has been interesting. In 2001 I could only find mixes and other things online. The food has really changed in the last 18 years!! It’s so much easier now.

  6. Sara Zielinski March 29, 2019 at 11:59 am Reply

    My life has changed for the better.

  7. Kelli Schulenberg March 29, 2019 at 12:05 pm Reply

    I’ve gotten more food intolerances in 7 years but the availability is getting better.

  8. Jeannie March 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm Reply

    Congratulations on your 7 year anniversary! I’ve been following you for about 10 months now, ever since I was diagnosed with celiac. Thanks for all that you do!!

  9. Mary B March 29, 2019 at 1:19 pm Reply

    So much in 7 years, and so much more to come! Looking forward to following your journey and hopefully seeing you again sometime soon!

  10. Kaitlin March 29, 2019 at 2:13 pm Reply

    SEVEN YEARS. Holy cow. 7 years ago I had just started my GF lifestyle and was so naive about it all. I was eating the originals Udi’s bread that crumbled apart as soon as you looked at it because that’s all that was available. I was surviving off of meat because nothing else seemed safe. I was accidentally glutening myself because I didn’t understand cross contamination. So much can change in seven years!

  11. Johanna Lasker March 29, 2019 at 2:27 pm Reply

    Congrats & thanks for sharing with us! You have been so helpful with my gf journey

  12. Raquel De La Cruz March 29, 2019 at 2:33 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing! You are such an inspiration

  13. AmandaonMaui March 29, 2019 at 4:26 pm Reply

    Congratulations on seven years! I’ve been gluten free for 10 years. I had to figure it out on my own because doctors never suggested it. Though they did test me for parasites! It’s been a big journey, but with people like you out there the journey is easier.

  14. Calvin March 29, 2019 at 5:59 pm Reply

    Great, definitely changes lives of many friends

  15. Monica I. March 29, 2019 at 6:25 pm Reply

    Loved following along! Congrats on the milestone!

  16. Caitie March 29, 2019 at 7:59 pm Reply

    Congrats on 7 years! That’s exactly how long I’ve been on my GF journey. I can’t believe I lived my life that miserable for so long. Thanks for all your wisdom. I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR BLOG!

  17. Georgette Coan March 30, 2019 at 5:18 am Reply

    Keep on rocking, Erica! I am so glad I found the blog and the book. You have helped me more than you know

  18. Edye March 30, 2019 at 6:13 am Reply

    I’m not gluten free, but my friend is! She has felt so much better.

  19. nickie March 30, 2019 at 9:46 am Reply

    Congratulations on 7 years!

  20. ThomasP March 30, 2019 at 11:29 am Reply

    Much easier to find gluten-free substitutes over the past 7 years, so I can keep eating my favorite things without too much struggle

  21. Dionne March 30, 2019 at 12:29 pm Reply

    It was so great meeting you at the GF teen summit! I learn so much from your blogs. What you share is greatly appreciated. My teen daughter (who has Celiac) and I thank you. 🙂

  22. donna porter March 30, 2019 at 1:17 pm Reply

    Congrats on 7 years and going strong! I am doing fairly well with gluten free.

  23. Steve Weber March 30, 2019 at 2:33 pm Reply

    7 years? I did it for about 7 months and I couldn’t take it anymore!

  24. Shauna March 30, 2019 at 3:32 pm Reply

    I was diagnosed almost 7 years ago and there are so many more resources now. You helped me a lot at the beginning of my journey and I will always be grateful.

  25. Joanne March 30, 2019 at 3:34 pm Reply

    Awesome! Congrats on 7 years.

  26. Carrie March 30, 2019 at 7:08 pm Reply

    Just keep on sharing and learning and breaking into the World one GFBreadcrumb at a time! <3

  27. Sandy Mardis Locke March 30, 2019 at 7:10 pm Reply

    Congrats! I was diagnosed with Celiac disease 7 years ago. Been gluten free since then. It was very hard at first, but it’s getting a bit easier. Restraunts still have problems. Wish someone would start some strictly GF restaurant chains so we wouldn’t have to worry so much about being cross contaminated.

  28. Marisela Zuniga March 30, 2019 at 9:38 pm Reply

    congratulations on 7 years!

  29. Deborah Smith March 31, 2019 at 4:49 am Reply

    I have a plethora of auto immune issues and went gluten free years ago. I do feel better and know immediately when I get glutened. Digestion for one is much much much better since going gluten free as is overall inflammation

  30. Lynn E Estep March 31, 2019 at 5:13 am Reply

    i’m not gluten-free but my granddaughter is. She is dealing with it so much better since following your book and your blog. Bless you.

  31. JENNIFER L STEWART March 31, 2019 at 5:29 am Reply


  32. RLR March 31, 2019 at 6:00 am Reply

    I started eating GF about 5 years ago. I don’t have celiac, but am definitely gluten intolerant. The difference in how I feel from pre-GF days is remarkable. It’s exciting to see so many more GF and allergy-friendly products on the market.
    Congratulations on 7 years!

  33. Joy Marish March 31, 2019 at 6:04 am Reply

    I would really love to win this !

  34. Alicia Hewitt March 31, 2019 at 6:08 am Reply

    Wow, congrats on 7 years!! I’m only a year in, but I’ve noticed how much healthier I’m becoming. Thank you for sharing all of your experiences, and advice.

  35. Dana Matthews March 31, 2019 at 6:44 am Reply

    Congratulations! I am still learning. We are new to this It’s learning a new way of doing things after so long. I do have to say I am seeing and feeling improvement Misery is not an everyday constant in my life anymore.

  36. Ronald Ash March 31, 2019 at 8:25 am Reply

    Thank You.

  37. Shaylene Tucker March 31, 2019 at 8:52 am Reply

    7 years is a long time. I found out I had celiac when I was 15. Since then its been a struggle to get my family on board and understanding that i have had to make changes to what i eat, so family dinners like Thanksgiving get to be loads of fun. Congrats on making it 7 years as a blogger.

  38. Abigail Gibson March 31, 2019 at 11:00 am Reply


  39. Margaret Smith March 31, 2019 at 12:56 pm Reply

    Congrats on 7 years! I find that I feel more energetic.

  40. Andrea M. March 31, 2019 at 1:19 pm Reply

    Congratulations! How exciting!

  41. Natalie March 31, 2019 at 1:58 pm Reply

    Congrats on 7 years! I have discovered better tasting gluten free recipes in the past few years.

  42. Lanie March 31, 2019 at 3:08 pm Reply

    My life has changed for the better. Less stomach issues and just feel better.

  43. RICHARD SKUSE March 31, 2019 at 3:41 pm Reply

    HAS NOT changed

  44. charlotte Hagfors March 31, 2019 at 4:13 pm Reply

    Seven years is a long time! Congrats on your 7 years! I watch what I eat and It is tricky!

  45. Gloria Luongo March 31, 2019 at 6:30 pm Reply

    This is the beginng of my journey. I’m hoping for 7 years at least.

  46. Daniela Weiner April 1, 2019 at 4:08 am Reply

    Congratulations! How exciting!

  47. Anne S April 1, 2019 at 4:23 am Reply

    There are so many delicious and accessible products now and more people understand about this problem.

  48. Brenda A April 1, 2019 at 8:41 am Reply

    would love to win

  49. Amanda April 1, 2019 at 11:23 am Reply

    Congratulations on your 7 years and all your awesome achievements! You have done so much to further the awareness of Celiac disease.

  50. Jon Heil April 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Didnt need to be, but congrats to others!

  51. William Lucas April 1, 2019 at 1:16 pm Reply

    7 years ago I stepped down as the head of a local celiac support group. The person that took over is now ready to step down.

  52. Derrick Johnson April 2, 2019 at 9:41 am Reply

    Seven years is an amazing accomplishment! Keep up the great work!

  53. Cheryl April 2, 2019 at 10:06 am Reply

    My gluten-free life is making me and my tummy feel better every day.

  54. minta boggs April 2, 2019 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Congrats on your huge accomplishment! My husband has celiac and we do good if we eat at home but going out to eat is really hard.

  55. jberry April 2, 2019 at 7:44 pm Reply

    A couple of years in and mine is still a work in progress. I know, I know, persistence is the key…

  56. R. Vail April 2, 2019 at 9:11 pm Reply

    The root problem may not actually be a gluten allergy problem. Instead, the glyphosate (Roundup) weed killer is also commonly used by farmers as a dessicant in order to harvest wheat with a low moisture content. Thus the glyphosate is being consumed along with whatever wheat product.

    • Erica Dermer April 3, 2019 at 8:51 am Reply

      Or not. Not at all. Celiac disease is a genetic disease and has appeared in medical history far before glyphosate. Also, gluten allergy isn’t a thing.

  57. Alliz M April 3, 2019 at 1:27 am Reply

    Congratulations on your 7th year! What a way to celebrate! Celiac’s disease is so important. I honestly didn’t realize the importance until one of my best friends realized she had it. She was in such bad health, lost so much weight, and was very very depressed. It all came down to Celiacs!Thank you for your awareness and sharing with others!

  58. Lauren Becker April 3, 2019 at 5:22 am Reply

    Congrats on seven years! I’m new to being gluten-free, but I have noticed a difference in how I feel so that’s good!


  59. jenna urben April 3, 2019 at 9:14 am Reply

    Happy blogging anniversary!! So exciting 🙂 I love that you kept track of all your accomplishments. I should start doing that!

  60. Rozelyn DeSagun April 3, 2019 at 1:06 pm Reply

    Congratulations!!! I can’t believe it has been that long. I remembered following you in September 2012. Cheers to many more years.

  61. Alice F April 4, 2019 at 3:37 pm Reply

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! Seven years is a long time, indeed. By eating a gluten free diet, I have found my joint inflammation has been greatly reduced. Also, it is a great way to eat fewer carbs and manage weight.

  62. crystle tellerday April 4, 2019 at 5:29 pm Reply

    congrats I don’t live a glutan free life

  63. ELIZABETH J BALDYGA April 5, 2019 at 9:39 am Reply

    Congratulations!! I have been gluten free for almost 3 years now since diagnosed Celiac. I have been following you ever since! Thank you for all you do!!

  64. Karen April 5, 2019 at 9:46 am Reply

    I would love to win this. Congratulations on your anniversary. How amazing in this world of social media. Thanks for always being there for me on my journey

  65. Chris Coppenbarger April 5, 2019 at 10:15 am Reply

    I’ve been gluten-free about 7 years when I found out about me having Celiac. Both my sisters have Celiac as well. One of my kids has been tested, but no Celiac, but she may have something going on with Rheumatology. Auto-immune runs in the family. Your site has been helpful in the past 7 years as I navigate this journey.

  66. Kathleen K April 5, 2019 at 2:33 pm Reply

    I’ve been gluten free for over 8 years and I’ve seen the variety of packaged foods expand and also seen the taste/quality improve.

  67. Marieann Marshall April 5, 2019 at 7:46 pm Reply

    Congrats that is wonderful and Thank you for this awesome giveaway. And Thank you for doing this Blog and letting us know what is Good Gluten free and what is not it sure makes my life easier.

  68. Dolores Miranda April 6, 2019 at 1:02 pm Reply

    Congratulations on 7 years!!I know I feel better!

  69. Karen Frye April 7, 2019 at 11:54 am Reply

    Thank you for bringing this helpful information to my attention

  70. Lisa April 8, 2019 at 10:00 am Reply

    Congratulations on 7 years! I’ve found living a gluten free life has become easier the longer I live the life. There is much more information on living gluten free now compared to when I started 6 years ago. Who knows in 7 more years it may be much more mainstream to live a gluten free lifestyle and that would be great for all of us!

  71. patricia April 8, 2019 at 10:16 am Reply

    Congratulations on your 7 years. Doing really well health wise since on the GF diet.

  72. Adrienne April 8, 2019 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Congrats on 7 years! And thank you for helping me feed my husband. He’s been gluten free for 2 years now and feels much better. I get a lot of tips and info from your site.

  73. Joni April 8, 2019 at 6:52 pm Reply

    Thank you for blogging about celiac! I have followed you for 5 years and counting. So many family members and friends have found out they are celiac or sensitive and I send them to your site first. Keep up the good works!

  74. Cindy Padgett April 9, 2019 at 4:13 am Reply

    Love your blog❤️ Congrats on seven years of helping others with gluten issues!

  75. kate t April 9, 2019 at 11:14 am Reply

    I’ve been gluten free for over 15 years. I am so glad its gotten easier and cheaper to find good gluten free food! I remember eating TERRIBLE bread that was basically bird seed. yuck

  76. Julie Bickham April 10, 2019 at 9:09 am Reply

    Wow 7 years! I been dealing with mine for about 8-9 years, so glad they are coming out with my options today then there was back then!

  77. Jenny Ham April 10, 2019 at 10:18 am Reply

    I have changed up my diet a lot in the last few years more and more gluten free foods.

  78. Cassandra D April 10, 2019 at 3:42 pm Reply

    Making more substitutions now.

  79. Christie April 11, 2019 at 5:37 am Reply

    Congratulations! I just found your blog – it’s super helpful, thank you!

  80. Deanna Marissa April 11, 2019 at 10:33 am Reply

    WOW! That’s a long run! Congratulations. I am adding more and more gluten free products in my daily diet.

  81. Nidhi Chauhan April 11, 2019 at 9:09 pm Reply

    Congratulations on your 7 years. I find so many tips from your blog posts. Thanks for being so inspirational.

  82. Karen D April 14, 2019 at 7:44 am Reply

    So many more options!

  83. Michelle L. April 14, 2019 at 4:54 pm Reply

    Seven years IS a long time…one BIG thing is there are so many more options and recipes!

  84. Sonya Allstun April 14, 2019 at 9:00 pm Reply

    Congrats on seven years! I’m new to being gluten-free, but I have noticed a difference in how I feel and much better energy levels

  85. Jeri Bergstrom April 15, 2019 at 10:43 pm Reply

    This is just the first 7 years – so many more to come, and so full of helpful suggestions!

  86. Janice Cooper April 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm Reply

    Wow you are my Shero! Congratulations on 7 years and all of your accomplishments. What has changed in my life is cooking and eating at home a whole lot more instead of dining out.

  87. MichelleG April 21, 2019 at 10:18 am Reply

    I have just become more aware of being aware of what particular foods or ingredients have on me and thus what to avoid when possible.

  88. Manda B April 22, 2019 at 4:32 am Reply

    Happy 7! Much easier now to find GF, dairy free, etc. foods BUT it upsets me that I have to pay SO much more for food due to my dietary needs.

  89. Dana Rodriguez April 22, 2019 at 8:35 am Reply

    Congrats on your 7th Anniversary ! That is quite the milestone! I feel so much better now that we eat at home and my energy level has improved.

  90. cyndi br April 22, 2019 at 8:54 am Reply

    Congrats! I make a lot more at home than buy at the store.

  91. Brenda Haines April 22, 2019 at 12:48 pm Reply

    I have an almost 7 year old, that’s what’s changed here. Congrats on 7 years!!

  92. JJ April 22, 2019 at 12:50 pm Reply

    Congrats on 7 years! Thank you for being an incredible resource for us GF folk 🙂

  93. jo.bishop@sbcglobal.net April 22, 2019 at 1:57 pm Reply

    I have learned a lot from you ! Thanks !

  94. denyse April 22, 2019 at 6:49 pm Reply

    It helps with ADHD.

  95. Donna M April 23, 2019 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Congrats on Lucky #7!

  96. Thomas Gibson April 23, 2019 at 11:10 pm Reply

    I cannot imagine. Congrats!

  97. Starla April 24, 2019 at 2:04 am Reply

    A huge happy blogiversary to you, friend! What an amazing milestone! I would say, it has been a tough journey as well, but my body is finally happy.. and I feel happy!

  98. Rose Reeder April 24, 2019 at 5:01 am Reply

    For the better

  99. courtney b April 24, 2019 at 9:38 am Reply

    yes I have changed a lot – in the last 7 years

  100. Julieh April 24, 2019 at 6:26 pm Reply

    I haven’t made it that far yet but you are a huge inspiration.

  101. Richard Hicks April 25, 2019 at 4:44 pm Reply

    I just feel better overall

  102. Geraldlee April 26, 2019 at 4:20 am Reply

    My energy levels retd when i went gluten free

  103. Margo April 26, 2019 at 2:36 pm Reply

    I have kids so I’ve been lax with my diet. That means a lot of pain and I really want to get back to gluten free again. Thanks for giving us have a chance to win! Good luck!

  104. Tara L April 26, 2019 at 5:10 pm Reply

    It deff changes a lot of peoples lives. I think gluten-free helps my stomach somewhat I feel like everything I have ate makes my stomach upset thats why I keep a journal of everything I eat that makes my stomach upset.

  105. kathy pease April 27, 2019 at 8:46 am Reply

    Congrats on seven years. I have been trying to eat healthier with most of my diet consisting of fruits and veggies

  106. sarah conaway April 27, 2019 at 9:24 am Reply

    My sister was just diagnosed with Celiac disease. I can’t wait to share recipes with her and inspire!

  107. Sara Tarver April 27, 2019 at 10:54 am Reply

    I don’t live a gluten free life

  108. Laurie Emerson April 27, 2019 at 7:25 pm Reply

    Congrats on 7 years. What a inspiration! My life has changed so much and I feel healthier than I have ever felt before.

  109. Annette April 28, 2019 at 1:21 am Reply

    Congratulations! My gluten-free life has greatly improved. I went from overwhelmed to very comfortable with it.

  110. Jessica Walker April 28, 2019 at 4:58 am Reply

    Congrats on 7 years. I have not lived celiac free yet I am still learning about it.

  111. Hesper Fry April 28, 2019 at 6:58 am Reply

    I was diagnosed with Celiac’s disease 8 years ago. Eating a 100% gluten free diet has made my tummy feel so much better. I also eat so much better than I used to before being on this diet.

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  113. Buddy Garrett April 28, 2019 at 10:26 am Reply

    The awareness of gluten-free and the availability of gluten-free products has increased.

  114. Misty Rummell April 28, 2019 at 11:00 am Reply

    Congrats on 7 years gluten free in not gluten free but some of my friends are

  115. Brandon Sparks April 28, 2019 at 2:43 pm Reply

    Seems like it has given me a lot more energy..

  116. Shakeia Rieux April 28, 2019 at 4:04 pm Reply

    Congrats on 7 years! I’ve tried gluten free products, but It’s not something I eat daily.

  117. Sade R April 28, 2019 at 4:18 pm Reply

    I’m not living a gluten free life, but I do want to congratulate you on 7 years!

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