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Hi! My name is Melissa, and I'm part of the gluten free blogger community on Instagram! I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2009 and IBSc in 2020, and have been on a mission to make my stomach happy ever since!

One of my favorite things in the world is finding new gluten free products, and I love promoting them with my followers! I have a number of favorite brands (Schar, Feel Good Foods, Ian's, Udi's, Glutino, Goodie Girl. and Canyon Bakehouse to name a few), and I have proudly participated in collaborations with a number of other restaurants and brands! I also like to create my own recipes, and am always trying to create something new and fun to have for dinner! I am lucky to call Central Massachusetts home, and even luckier to call London my second home, as I travel there quite a bit to see family and friends!

I like to use my Instagram account to teach others how to adjust and adapt to the gluten free lifestyle, while also recommending great products, accommodating restaurants, and yummy recipes along the way!

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✨𝙈𝙔 𝙁𝘼𝙑𝙊𝙍𝙄𝙏𝙀 𝙎𝙉𝘼𝘾𝙆 𝙎𝙒𝘼𝙋𝙎 ✨ Today’s snack swap is another huge favorite of mine, especially considering Ritz Crackers were a HUGE part of my life all the way up until the day I was diagnosed with #CeliacDisease. First, let’s talk about Schär. Not only does Schär create delicious, safe gluten free products, but they even make products that are Low FODMAP certified! While this isn’t a worry for everyone with Celiac, it’s great to know Schär understands it is for some. 🇺🇸 friends: look for @scharglutenfree ‘Entertainment Crackers’ 🇬🇧 friends: look for @scharglutenfreeuk ‘Salti’ crackers Next, let’s chat Lance! These amazing crackers disappeared from the shelves for awhile, as the team at @lancesnacks were working behind the scenes to make a new recipe to perfect them even more. While the new recipe now includes milk, they are just as yummy as before and they’re Certified GF. They’re buttery, stackable, and perfect with cheese, peanut butter, or whatever you love to put on your crackers! Fun fact: these have been dubbed ‘my puke crackers’ because they soothe my stomach like nothing else, and they were my sidekicks while I was verrrrrry seasick a few years ago. Who remembers that story? 🦈⛴🤢😂 If you haven’t tried either of these yummy products yet but were a big Ritz fan like me, I highly recommend! #onehappystomach #glutenfreelife #glutenfreesnackswaps #celiacawarenessmonth

✨ G I V E A W A Y ✨ It’s time for another #CeliacAwarenessMonth giveaway!!!! @aldiusa is one of the greatest spots for gluten free goodies — especially during the month of May!! From General Tso’s chicken, to lasagna roll ups, to pasta, Aldi has alllllll the yummy GF things!! That’s why I’m giving ONE lucky winner this $25 GIFT CARD!! 🛒💙 ✨ E N T R Y D E T A I L S ✨ 🛒 Follow me! @onehappystomach 🛒 Tag a friend you’d love to bring shopping for GF goodies with you! (1 tag = 1 entry; unlimited entries) Entries will be accepted until 5/17 at 11:59pm EST, and the winner will be announced via stories on 5/18! ✨ G O O D L U C K!! ✨ Available for use in the US only. Entrants must be located within the US, and 18+. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Instagram. #onehappystomach #ALDI #glutenfree #glutenfreelive #celiacdisease

✨ 𝙈𝙔 𝙁𝘼𝙑𝙊𝙍𝙄𝙏𝙀 𝙎𝙉𝘼𝘾𝙆 𝙎𝙒𝘼𝙋𝙎 ✨ When I was first diagnosed with Celiac, I found that it was such a struggle to find gluten products that were comparable to snacks and food items I loved pre-diagnosis. Every so often — and especially during #CeliacAwarenessMonth — I find myself reflecting on the first week of my diagnosis, and just how overwhelming and confusing it all was. I remember being SO sad I couldn’t have grinders from my favorite sandwich shop, homemade waffle cones at hometown ice cream shops, and of course, the majority of my go-to snacks. I also remember standing in front of the gluten free “section” of the grocery store — which, wasn’t so much a section as it was a few miscellaneous items 13 years ago — and wondering what would taste like cardboard and what wouldn’t. Thankfully, the last 13 years have brought lots of incredible changes, and so many amazing companies who work hard everyday to bring those of us with #CeliacDisease yummy treats! Through lots of buying and tasting alternatives, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find my favorite GF products — which is why I’ve decided to share my favorite swaps with you guys!! Today’s swap is ANIMAL CRACKERS!!! When I learned I couldn’t have animal crackers anymore, I was devastated to say the least. Thankfully, @goodiegirlcookies swooped in and created a FABULOUS alternative that brings me joy every single day. If you haven’t tried them yet, I highly recommend!! #glutenfree #glutenfreesnackswaps #onehappystomach #glutenfreetips

𝙂𝙍𝙊𝙐𝙉𝘿 𝘽𝙍𝙀𝘼𝙆𝙀𝙍 𝘽𝙍𝙀𝙒𝙄𝙉𝙂 🍻 My friends at @groundbreakerbrewing have totally spoiled me with even more of the yummiest 100% GLUTEN FREE BEER I have EVER had, and I just HAVE to rave about it to you all again!! This is not your ordinary gluten free beer. It’s not “gluten-removed” or “gluten-reduced,” it is ONE HUNDRED PERCENT GLUTEN FREE! Seriously!! I want to shout it loudly from the rooftops because I’m so stinkin excited I can enjoy CRAFT beers again!! And S’MORES STOUT!? Are you KIDDING me?? 🍫🔥 How does Ground Breaker make 100% gluten free and CERTIFIED GLUTEN FREE beer, you ask?? Here are the details straight from the source: “We use malted rice, malted millet, flaked quinoa, lentils, cane sugar, sorghum syrup, rice syrup, tapioca syrup, and Belgian-style candi syrup. None of our packaged beers contain corn-derived sugars or soy-based products. All of our year-round and seasonal gluten free beers are vegan. We don’t ever use barley, wheat, or rye and then attempt to chemically or enzymatically remove the gluten. We only produce 100% gluten free craft beer, we do not produce gluten-reduced or gluten-removed beer. All of our products are 100% naturally gluten free.” Do you want to know something even cooler?? Ground Breaker Brewing is a real-live, you-can-go-there-in-person Brewery and Gastropub in Portland, OR!! They were the very first dedicated 100% gluten free craft brewery in the US!! EVEN COOLER?? Every. single. thing. on their menu is 100% GLUTEN FREE. I truly can’t think of anything better. 🤩 If you need me, I’ll be out in the sun drinking these little yummies! Cheers! 🍻 #glutenfreebeer #certifiedglutenfree #onehappystomach #celiacawarenessmonth

𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙢𝙮 𝘾𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙖𝙘 𝙁𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙨 💙 Today, for part 3 of the ‘Chats with My Celiac Friends’ series, I’m sharing words from my friend Ellyce / @theceliacjourney! Her prompt was: “what’s something you wish people knew about Celiac Disease?” To see her full quote, read the comments below 💙💙 #celiacawarenessmonth #chatswithmyceliacfriends #glutenfreelife #onehappystomach

𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙢𝙮 𝘾𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙖𝙘 𝙁𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙨 💙 When I decided to create the ‘Chats with my Celiac Friends’ series, I wanted to help share the perspective and thoughts of others about all things Celiac — from diagnosis stories, to tips for living your best life, to lessons learned along the way, etc. So, I reached out to some friends I’ve met in this community and provided them with prompts / questions — and now here we are! Today I’m sharing words from my friend Leta / @celiac_in_mn! Her prompt was: “what’s something good from being diagnosed with Celiac Disease?” 💙💙 Read her full quote here: “For me, it solved so many unknowns. For years, I experienced so many issues without an explanation until my celiac diagnosis. Some included: Aching bones, sore joints, random rashes, anxiety, acid reflux, unexplained diarrhea, headaches, and fatigue. I distinctly remember saying to the allergist (my 2nd visit because I wouldn’t give up), can you please just run any test you can think of? I feel like I’m 80, and I’m only 30. I don’t want to feel this way anymore.” #onehappystomach #chatswithmyceliacfriends #celiacawarenessmonth #celiacdisease

𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙢𝙮 𝘾𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙖𝙘 𝙁𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙨 💚 My favorite little series in honor of #CeliacAwarenessMonth — ‘Chats with my Celiac Friends’— is back again this year! I wanted to help share the perspective and thoughts of others, so I sent some prompts/questions to some friends I’ve met in this community… and it led to this! Today I’m sharing words from my friend Morgan / @howtocoeliac! Her prompt was: “what’s one thing you would tell someone who was newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease?” 💚 See her full quote here: “Something I would like to tell a new coeliac is that moving to a gluten free diet is a huge lifestyle change and it can be a pain in the a** but it’s so worth the benefits of letting your gut heal and being able to digest food properly. Finding a community of coeliacs, whether that’s in real life or online can also be a really big help too, especially when you find yourself in those awkward moments that coeliac life brings and you just want someone to talk to that understands. Stay positive and stay away from shared fryers and anything that says ‘low gluten.’” #onehappystomach #glutenfree #livingwithceliac #chatswithmyceliacfriends

Brb, planning my next trip back to Trader Joe’s for their GF pizza dough so I can make these DELICIOUS pretzel bites again!! I topped them with salt and dipped them in honey mustard, and boy oh boy, were they G O O D 🔥 The lovely @mollys.gf.plate was my inspo! Head on over to her page for the full recipe! 🥨💚 #glutenfree #celiacawarenessmonth #glutenfreepretzelbites

❕❕❕ C L O S E D ❕❕❕ ✨ G I V E A W A Y ✨ You guyssss!! Remember when I said there would be an exciting announcement coming your way?? Well — HERE IT IS!!! I’ve teamed up with two of my absolute FAVORITE brands to bring you the giveaway of giveaways! GET READY!! 👇🏽 T H R E E (yep three) lucky winners will win: 🥞 1 Variety Pack from @josiesbestgf (which includes: the waffle, the pancake, the crepe, and the muffin & more mixes) 🥥 1 Vanilla Coconut Palm Sugar from @singingdogvanilla 👩🏻‍🍳 1 bottle of Vanilla from @singingdogvanilla ✨ A B O U T T H E B R A N D S ✨ If you haven’t heard of these brands, your life is about to change!! @josiesbestgf is honestly UNREAL — they make THE YUMMIEST mixes that are Top 8 Allergen free, and are a crowd pleaser even for non-allergic humans! @singingdogvanilla makes the most incredible vanilla (safe, all natural, and gluten free), and even creates other incredible products with vanilla (think: vanilla coconut palm sugar, vanilla salt, etc.) just, YUM! ✨ E N T R Y D E T A I L S ✨ • Follow me @onehappystomach • Follow @josiesbestgf • Follow @singingdogvanilla • Tag a friend you’d like to make some yummy creations with! (1 tag = 1 entry; unlimited entries) • Bonus entry: comment what you’re excited to make!! Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm (EST) on 5/13. Winners will be notified via stories and DM! ✨ G O O D L U C K ✨ The finer details: Entrants must be 18 or older and located within the US. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Instagram. #onehappystomach #allergenfree #celiacawarenessmonth

If you need me, I’ll just be over here dreaming about these fried pickles from @taverninthesquare 🥒 I remember when the realization hit after my Celiac Disease diagnosis that I’d no longer be able to eat my favorite foods. I was devastated to say the least, and was just so angry at my body for not working “the same as everyone else’s.” Fast forward to today, where I am living, loving, and thriving post diagnosis. Every single day is an opportunity to love the body I’m in, discover new products, create new recipes, and most importantly — embrace this celiac lifestyle in all the ways I can. PLUS, when you have incredible restaurants like @taverninthesquare, you sometimes forget you even have a major food-related issue because they create the yummiest, SAFE foods!! Thankful for this celiac life every single day 💚 #celiacdisease #onehappystomach #celiacawarenessmonth

honey sriracha tendies > everything 🌶 @taverninthesquare #onehappystomach #glutenfree #celiacawarenessmonth

Guys — I am about to draft a letter and submit it to my friends Merriam & Webster because “glutened” STILL isn’t an official word yet!! Getting glutened is just the absolute worst, and 99% of the time it is accidental / unintentional. It’s always something those us of living with Celiac Disease always need to be prepared for, since sneaky bits of gluten can wreak absolute havoc on our bodies. My tried & true treatments after getting glutened: • snuggles with my pup • LOTS of water • sodium free chicken (or veggie) broth • a hot water bottle • a cozy blanket • a good series I can binge What are your go-to tricks for feeling better after being glutened?? Pop them below to help some glutened friends! ALSO! If you use this word a lot, please let me know below! It’ll be helpful when I contact my dictionary writing friends 💚💚 #onehappystomach #glutened #celiacawarenessmonth #lifewithceliac

ᴛᴇǫᴜɪʟᴀ ɪs ɢʟᴜᴛᴇɴ ғʀᴇᴇ🍹 I only post this photo once a year, and I’m so excited the day is finally here again! This is one of my all time favorite shirts, and this picture was taken while having the yummiest tacos & margs at @mezcaltequilacantina after the 2019 @nourishedfestival! 💙 It’s the P E R F E C T photo to share today — especially since it’s Cinco de Mayo, #throwbackthursday, AND #celiacawarenessmonth! #glutenfree #tequilaisglutenfree #onehappystomach

“ʏᴇᴀʜ ʙᴜᴛ ʟɪᴋᴇ, ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴇᴠᴇɴ ɪs ɢʟᴜᴛᴇɴ?” I have heard this question on so many different occasions, and to be honest, I definitely didn’t know what it was until I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease! But, if you’re anything like me, you’ve fallen down a few too many research rabbit holes to learn more about gluten 😂 One of the things I struggled with the most after my diagnosis was explaining to people what gluten was, and why it was such a challenge to find foods that would properly suit my new lifestyle. Sometimes it became frustrating to answer questions like: “Wait, so can you eat potatoes?” “OMG! Can you still have rice then?!” “Ew, HOW can you even live like that?” “YOU CAN’T EAT BIRTHDAY CAKE!?” …but I’ve learned to adjust my thinking, and have come to realize that not everyone understands gluten the way I do — mostly because they don’t have to. Since those of us with Celiac need to understand it perfectly in order to live full, healthy lives, we make sure to learn all the ins, outs, and tricks about gluten. AND, since we’re the pros around here, it makes sense that it’s our job to educate those around us — right? 😉 So, for any of you who have friends / family who still aren’t sure what gluten is, feel free to share this with tile them! Use Celiac Disease Awareness Month as your time to shine, and spread allllll the info you’ve learned since your diagnosis!! 📋💚 #onehappystomach #celiacdiseaseawareness #gluten #celiacawarenessmonth

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE 🌶 Any other Spice Girls fans here? Because this song has seriously been stuck in my head since I was in the kitchen making this beauty of a pizza 😂 If you’re obsessed with all things buffalo chicken like I am, you NEED this pizza recipe in your life!! Check it out! 👇🏽 🌶 On medium heat, warm 1/2c. @franksredhot in a pan for ~5 min 🌶 Add small cuts of boneless chicken breast; cook through 🌶 Remove from heat & add 1/8c. @franksredhot to chicken; let sit 🌶 Roll out @traderjoes GF pizza dough 🌶 Spread a thin layer of @boursincheese onto crust 🌶 Add two spoonfuls of sour cream and spread onto crust 🌶 Add shredded mozzarella cheese 🌶 Add cooked buffalo chicken pieces 🌶 Add a couple shakes of @franksredhot for good measure 🌶 Bake in oven at 450°F for 12 minutes or until edges are light brown and cheese is bubbly E N J O Y! 🌶♥️ #onehappystomach #glutenfreepizza #livingwithceliac #celiacsafe #celiacdiseaseawareness #celiac

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