Jen Fitzpatrick

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I'm Jen! I share gluten-free recipes, travel guides, & 1:1 services to help you eat well and exlore with confidence #glutenfree.

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Gluten-Free Folks 👏🏼 Need 👏🏼 Time 👏🏼 To 👏🏼 Recharge 👏🏼 After 👏🏼 Social Events! Social/mental burnout on the gluten-free diet is real. Let’s talk about it! 👇🏼 If you’re someone who enjoys going out with friends, getting dinner at a restaurant, or just enjoys parties/celebrations - I’m with you! I’m an extrovert at heart. But whether you’re an extrovert like me, or an introvert that prefers spending time with a few close friends, there’s 1️⃣ thing all gluten-free people have in common: WE NEED TIME TO RECHARGE! Because when you eat gluten-free for health reasons: 👉🏼You’re using a lot of mental energy to protect yourself at all times. 👉🏼You’re always on alert watching out for gluten‘s sneaky self. 👉🏼You need to be even MORE careful during social events or times when you’re away from home! All of that constant attention and speaking up can be exhausting, uncomfortable, and stressful. For many, it’s even anxiety-inducing. That’s why it’s crucial that you make time for yourself after social events. While having choice over the activity and supportive people are both helpful.. My #1 tip to prevent burnout when you’re gluten-free is to BALANCE it out. We were away all weekend at an Oktoberfest celebration with friends. It was a blast, BUT I AM TIRED! Prioritizing rest & doing something that recharges my batteries are how I prevent social burnout on the gluten-free diet. So I slept in today. I’m working on my website, which doesn’t require me to talk to anyone. It’s quiet! I’m also adding a reminder in my phone to grab food from a dedicated GF spot later this week. After having to explain my needs a lot last weekend, it’s refreshing to go somewhere and NOT have to do that at all! 👉🏼I think it’s time to normalize resting & recharging as an important social need for gluten-free folks. What do you think? Like 💚 if you agree! Looking for ways to recharge your batteries after socializing? Tap the link in my profile to get 20+ ideas to do just that in the Gluten-Free Guide to Social Events! 🎉

Attending an Oktoberfest party: gluten-free! Oktoberfest is known for beer and pretzels. That’s a lot of gluten! Here’s how I stayed safe, avoided stress, and enjoyed myself: 👉🏼Talked to the hosts beforehand. Our friends hosting the party told me everything about each dish in detail and how it was prepared. These sausages were GF and prepared separately from others that were grilled (shared surface; so not safe). And I helped make the potato salad, so I knew exactly what went into it! 👉🏼 Brought a loaf of GF bread. Like I shared in my latest reel, I seriously do bring a loaf of #glutenfreebread when traveling! So while everyone ate pretzels with their lunch, I had my own bread to snack on. 👉🏼Enjoyed gluten-free beer. Oktoberfest is all about the beer! While I brought some cider from home, our friends actually bought @glutenbergbeer for me. This was a wonderful gesture and so inclusive too! It’s nice to not be the “odd” person out. 👉🏼Had a backup plan for food. The party went all day, so around dinner, I heated up some leftovers of chicken and rice from the night before. As we all sat around the bonfire in the evening, I was able to relax and not feel hangry! Want to feel prepared, avoid overwhelm, and enjoy your next social event on the gluten-free diet? Grab the Gluten-Free Guide to Social Events to learn my exact strategy for success! You’ll also get a list of 20+ ideas to recharge from self-advocacy burnout, which can be common after parties/potlucks. Link is in my bio! Have you ever been to Oktoberfest, or Germany? I visited in 2006 pre-celiac. Let me know in the comments! 🇩🇪👇🏼

Who’s ready for some weekend baking? Gluten-Free Pumpkin Scones with Maple Icing hit the spot! Pumpkin spice flavors, soft pastry, and real Vermont maple syrup make these scones the perfect fall treat. AND they are super easy to make dairy-free, too! You can find this recipe via the link in my bio with lots of other gluten-free fall treats! Are you baking this weekend? @cup4cup @allthingsglutenfree #glutenfreeeats #glutenfreetreats #glutenfreebaking #scones #cup4cup #allthingsgf #pumpkinspiceseason #pumpkinscones #maplesyrup #glutenfreerecipes #pumpkinseason #pumpkinscones #glutenfree #glutenfreetreats #thenomadicfitzpatricks

New on the blog: Gluten-Free Breweries 🍺 & Cideries in New England! Did you know there are only about 20 dedicated gluten-free breweries in the entire US? New England is lucky to have two of them, plus TONS of great cider places. If you’re planning any weekend getaways or leaf peeping adventures this fall, a dedicated brewery or cidery can be a fun stop on your itinerary. Click the link in my bio to read the full post! What do you prefer - gluten-free beer, or cider? Or maybe a glass of wine? 🤓

Who’s ready for fall recipes?! 🙋🏻‍♀️ I know I am! Here’s a mix of both savory & sweet fall recipes on the blog right now: (swipe 👈🏽 to see!) 🍁Gnocchi, Sausage & Vegetable Bake 🍁Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread (dairy-free!) 🍁Beef Stew (crockpot option!) 🍁Cinnamon Raisin Stuffed French Toast Casserole 🍁Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Bacon (😋) 🍁Homemade Apple Pie 🥧 🍁Potato Leek Soup (dairy-free!) 🍁30-Minute Coffee Cake 🍰 🍁CBR (chicken, bacon, ranch) pizza! Click the link in my bio to access all of these tasty gluten-free fall dishes & many more! I’ll be in the kitchen/on my computer today doing lots of recipe work. Stay tuned! What fall recipes are you craving right now? 🎃🍎

Thoughts only a gluten-free traveler would understand… That’s the thing about traveling with a dietary restriction. It comes with a totally new set of thoughts that can be very overwhelming. Previously, you may never have thought about if you have enough snacks or what your next meal might be. You just didn’t worry about it! But now, your gluten-free diet has taken over your brain - especially when you’re away from home! Here’s the truth, friend: If you keep traveling the same way you did before you went gluten-free, you will always be consumed by stress. And travel will always feel like a challenge! Traveling on the Gluten-free diet requires a DIFFERENT approach. Otherwise traveling will become more and more difficult over time and you’ll never be able to enjoy yourself! You want a travel strategy that: 👉🏼shows you how to self-advocate for your needs when dining out anywhere 👉🏼gives you as much control over your food as possible so you can relax 👉🏼teaches you a plan for success that’s applicable to any destination! If you saw my posts last week about my trip to NYC.. Or you remember I spent 6 months backpacking around the world in 2019… And you’re wondering how I travel safely with celiac disease without going hungry or getting sick all the time… I can teach you! Using my background as a teacher, I created a course that shares my exact strategy for traveling on the gluten-free diet that keeps me safe AND allows me to enjoy my travels completely. DM me the ✈️ emoji if you’re interested or click the link in my bio for the details on this course! Have you ever had thoughts like this while traveling gluten-free? Graphic inspired by @celiacdietitian

It’s Celiac Disease Awareness Day! 12+ years ago I began my gluten-free diet with gusto after getting the news I had celiac. Spreading awareness is so important! Facts About Celiac (source: @beyondceliac) 👉🏼There is no cure. The only treatment for celiac disease is a 100% gluten-free diet. 👉🏼About 1 in 133 Americans has celiac disease, and up to 83% of those who have it are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions. 👉🏼The average time to be correctly diagnosed is 6-10 years. YEARS! Teaching others about celiac disease can feel like a burden, but it’s honestly one of the best ways to help this community. Each person that learns about celiac can help make life a little easier for the next person diagnosed. More awareness = more understanding that our diet isn’t a fad. Here’s to MORE support, like: 🎉”Oh, my ____ has celiac! I understand.” 🎉”We have a dedicated kitchen space.” 🎉”This gluten-free meal tastes amazing!” 🎉”Where would you feel safe eating?” How will you help spread awareness today? Tank Top: @got_celiac Photo Credit: @carolinethephotographer #celiacdiseaseawareness #celiac #celiacdisease #celiacwarrior #invisibleillness #autoimmunedisease #celiacdiseaseliving #celiacblogger #glutenfreeisnotafad #glutenfreelife #glutenfreeliving #glutenfreecoach #thenomadicfitzpatricks

These are what #glutenfreebagel 🥯 dreams are made of! Cue the Lizzie MacGuire soundtrack because I finally got to visit @modernbreadandbagel in person and it was incredible. I’ve had their bagels shipped to me in Boston twice so far but nothing compares to fresh bagels with cream cheese! The first bagel was so delicious I decided I needed another. (Thank you all for your support 😆). So after the Everything Bagel I got this Cinnamon Raisin. For those of you that don’t know, Modern is a 100% gluten-free facility! I’ve got lots of stuff to share about NYC #glutenfree food on the blog soon! Make sure you’re subscribed to my email list so you don’t miss it! Link is in my bio to join. Have you had @modernbreadandbagel ?! #glutenfreeeats #glutenfreefood #modernbreadandbagel #bagels #nybagels #nycglutenfree #glutenfreenewyork #glutenfreenyc #newyorkcityfood #baegoals #nogluten #glutenfreetravel #celiactravel #celiac #bagelsandcreamcheese #glutenfreefoodie #thenomadicfitzpatricks

Successful (and sweaty 😆) day yesterday exploring my beloved NYC for gluten-free food! Finished with this gluten-free margherita pizza from @kestepizza and it was INCREDIBLE! Growing up outside the city, pizza was a staple food for me. Being able to enjoy pizza again in gluten-free form AND in a celiac safe place was even better! Peep my stories if you missed yesterday’s adventure, and follow along today to see what I discover next! ❤️🗽🏙 #glutenfreeeats #glutenfreenyc #glutenfreefood #glutenfreepizza #kestepizza #findmeglutenfree #allthingsgf #nogluten #celiac #glutenfreenewyork #celiactravel #glutenfreetravel #pizza #pizzalover #glutenfreelife #eeeeeats #glutenfreetraveler #thenomadicfitzpatricks

Got any end of summer peaches to use up? Bake them into a gluten-free peach 🍑 pie! I modified my apple pie recipe for peaches a few weeks ago and it might be my new favorite pastry! Using @cup4cup for the best pie dough which I latticed on top and fresh peaches from our CSA @farmdirectcoop, it’s pure peach perfection. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate slice! This recipe is on the blog and you can find it under “Recipe Index” - via link in my bio ⤴️. Goodness, now I’m hungry! I think it’s time to head out and see what tasty treats I can find in NYC! Check my IG stories all week to see what I’m eating! #glutenfreeeats #glutenfreepastry #glutenfreepie #glutenfreepeachpie #peachdesserts #peachpie #eeeeeats #glutenfreerecipes #glutenfreedessert #sweettooth #allthingsgf #glutenfreefood #glutenfreebaking #cup4cup #thenomadicfitzpatricks

Social events when you’re gluten-free can be exhausting and isolating. Here are 3 things you can do to recharge your batteries and feel better after they happen! Learn exactly how to approach dining out in restaurants, attending a wedding, going to bars, parties, potlucks, & more, with over 25 responses for uncomfortable social situations right here or via the link in my bio: #glutenfree #glutenfreelife #celiacdisease #glutenfreeproblems #glutenfreeliving #glutenfreelifestyle #selfadvocacy #glutenfreeselfcare #celiac #glutenfreechallenges #nogluten #livingglutenfree #glutenfreestruggles #glutenfreeevents #thenomadicfitpatricks

Is there anything better than starting your weekend at a 100% gluten-free bakery? No. No there is not! We are in Maine and had to stop at @wildfloursmaine for some GF baked goods! Pictured: ✨Cranberry Orange Muffin ✨DF Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin ✨Raspberry Chocolate Donut Working on a new gluten-free travel guide to Maine to share with you soon! Have you been to Wildflours? #glutenfree #glutenfreeeats #dedicatedglutenfree #glutenfreebakery #glutenfreemaine #maine #allthingsgf #nogluten #glutenfreenewengland #glutenfreesweets #glutenfreelife #glutenfreemuffins #glutenfreedonut #wildfloursmaine #thenomadicfitzpatricks

Back to school season is upon us! And if you or your child is gluten-free, there’s a lot on your mind. But something that will help heading back to the classroom a little bit easier is having a gluten-free lunch packed and prepared! In my latest blog post, I’m sharing some great ideas for sandwiches, snacks, and supplies for heading back to school when you’re gluten-free. Click the link in my bio to read the full post! @scharglutenfree #Schar #scharglutenfree #scharpartner #glutenfree #nogluten #backtoschool #glutenfreelunch #glutenfreelunchbox #glutenfreelife #glutenfreeliving #glutenfreerecipes #glutenfreediet #glutenfreesandwich #glutenfreeeats

Social events & dining out can be one of the biggest challenges for gluten-free people! I asked this question on my stories recently and there was an overwhelming response (over 125 people) that said social events were the hardest! Because we have to protect ourselves 100% of the time, we are always on alert. It doesn’t matter what the social event or situation is - we are always on guard against gluten. It can be uncomfortable. It can be alienating. And it can be EXHAUSTING AF! If you’ve ever: 👉🏼felt bad refusing food or drink at a party or get together 👉🏼started sweating in a restaurant when all of the attention was focused on you 👉🏼avoided going out with friends because it was just too much to deal with.. I see you. You’re not alone 💛. Social events can be so HARD! And if you’ve already got some anxiety 🥲, having to avoid gluten makes it trickier. That’s why I’ve been working on a resource to help! This new mini guide will give you strategies & scripts for what to say and do in all types of social events, like restaurants, parties, weddings, & barbecues. Plus you’ll have a 4-step method you can apply to any social event that will give you more control, help you stay safe, and provide space to recharge your social batteries. This resource comes out TOMORROW, just in time for Labor Day weekend! Stay tuned so that YOU can feel more confident this weekend & have strategies right in your pocket for whatever events you have planned! Are social events/dining out your biggest challenge on the gluten-free diet? ⬇️

When you find GLUTEN-FREE BEER 🍺 in Jersey City! @departedsoles brewery has an entire dedicated gluten-free draft beer line with multiple flavors year round. They use certified gluten-free ingredients, clean equipment, and have a dedicated canning line set up too! They take gluten-free seriously, and this blueberry crumbcake sour was so tasty! I’ve never been a big beer drinker, but I’m really into gluten-free sours lately. For more information about Departed Soles and their seasonal flavors visit their page @departedsoles or their website. You can also find their canned beers in liquor stores in the northeast. Please note according to their website that only their 12 Oz cans are gluten-free and will say 100% GF with GF ingredients on the can. Can’t wait to come back to the city very soon and try more of their beers! Do you like gluten-free beer? What’s your favorite?! ⬇️

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