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I'm Jen! I'm a celiac coach, recipe creator, and world traveler with celiac disease. I offer gluten-free recipes, travel guides, & 1:1 services to help others eat well and explore confidently with celiac. My webiste, is a top-rated resource in the gluten-free community.

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The REAL WORK with celiac disease that no one is talking about… It’s calling the restaurant before you get there. It’s asking the server questions about cross-contact. It’s talking to your Aunt Polly about how she’s making the chicken for the family barbecue. It’s telling your boss you need to bring a meal from home for an upcoming conference. It’s silently cursing your friend as they double dip into the Mayo jar. SPEAKING UP is the real work with celiac disease. Those social situations where we’re conditioned to be accommodating and not cause a problem (especially as women). The times when you suffer in silence instead of saying what is on your mind. It’s time to take back your power with celiac. To learn exactly what to say in these situations that involve food. To hold strong boundaries around others with food. To be able to dine out in a restaurant, attend a holiday, grab a drink, go to a friend’s house, a work conference - and know what to do to stay celiac safe. This is the time to speak UP and become an empowered celiac advocate. It WILL make you stronger! You CAN do hard things! The Speak Up With Celiac Program is gearing up for a 2nd round the end of August. And with this 6-week group coaching program, you’ll have other celiacs right there with you to cheer you on. Oh, and me too! I’ve got your back and I can’t wait to see what amazing things you can do when you become your own best advocate! 🔥 Are you in?! DM me to save your spot & get $100 off with the early bird discount, but hurry! The price goes up Wednesday 8/17! 🎉🎉🎉 #celiac #celiacdisease #nogluten #celiaclife #celiacawareness #invisibleillness #celiacwarrior #celiacstrong #glutenfreecoach #celiacdiseaselife #celiaccoach #celiacconfidence #celiacadvocacy #speakingupwithceliac #thenomadicfitzpatricks

Can I share an embarrassing secret? 5 years ago I was struggling with anxiety, crippling IBS, and perfectionist tendencies. Every day I'd write lesson plans and look outside my classroom, thinking I should be doing something different (like traveling). Deeply frustrated, one day I had the guts to say something to my colleague about it. She said, “So, take a sabbatical for a year and see what happens.” My immediate reaction was…laughable. Stuck in my mindset, afraid to say anything against the “norm", and not even believing it could be real, I quickly got defensive.   “There aren't sabbaticals in the contract!” “What about health insurance?” “That's impossible!” I was terrified to speak up and ask a question. But you know what? The only way I could ever find out was to try.   And after lots of nerves and anxiety, that's exactly what I did. I mustered up the courage to ask my boss about an unpaid sabbatical for the following school year (2018-2019).   A few weeks, later, my request was approved. I was absolutely floored. How?! How did this happen?! What was I so afraid of? And that all came from just speaking up and asking a question! I felt empowered, strong, and capable. And that confidence just kept building.   And in 2019, with my husband by my side, I backpacked abroad for six months with celiac disease. And that trip led to my side hustle as a blogger and coach, which eventually became my full time job. Now, in 2022, I am no longer teaching. I run my own gluten-free coaching business & website. I take vacations when I want. I love myself and am so much more calm. My health is stable and I’m filled with gratitude for where I am now. …and that all came from that one decision to speak up. 🤯🤯🤯 My fear of speaking up, doing something “different” and speaking my truth kept me stressed and “stuck” for many years. But we never know what we are capable of until we try. 🎉

I mean, is there anything like NYC? 🍎 It’s one of my top recommendations for gluten-free & celiac safe food! Am I biased because I’m a native New Yorker? Probably. But I think most people would agree - there’s just so MANY amazing gluten-free eats to be had! A few places I recommend: @modernbreadandbagel @senzaglutennyc @poshpopbakeshop @eatlittlebeet @nogluny @kestepizza There are SO many places in NYC, these are just a few! Full celiac dining guide is linked in my bio @thenomadicfitz ! Also check out my fellow celiacs @tastymeditation @glutenfreeglobetrotter @glutenfreelivingbk as they live in NYC! Have another favorite spot? Add it in the comments! ☺️ #glutenfreenewyork #glutenfreenewyorkcity #celiacsafe #glutenfreenyc #nyceats #celiacfood #glutenfreeeats #glutenfreefood #celiaceats #glutenfreetravel #celiactravel #celiacdisease #thenomadicfitzpatricks

My take on NIMA Sensors… If you choose to use a NIMA Sensor that is completely up to you and your celiac needs. Everyone’s experience with celiac is different. These are my reasons for why I choose not to. And I live a very full life of safe gluten-free food, travel & confidence without one. If you want more celiac food & travel content, tap the link in my bio @thenomadicfitz for celiac travel guides, recipes, & tips! #celiac #celiacdisease #nogluten #celiaclife #invisibleillness #celiacdiseaselife #celiaclife #celiacblogger #celiacfoodie #thenomadicfitzpatricks

What a TIME! Do you remember it? How long have you had celiac disease? I was diagnosed in 2009 when I was in college! #celiac #celiacdisease #glutenfree #nogluten #celiaclife #celiacawareness #coeliac #invisibleillness #celiacwarrior #celiacstrong #glutenistheworst #glutenfreehumor #glutenfreecoach #celiacdiseaselife #celiacdiseaseawareness #nocrumbsplease #byegluten #thenomadicfitzpatricks

THIS is what gluten-free food looks like! Not bland, boring, or gross. Taking the gluten out of food doesn’t mean it tastes bad. You can make scrumptious croissants, pastas, stews, soups, muffins, cookies, and so much more - without that pesky gluten! These recipes (including a recipe for homemade gluten-free croissants 🥐 😱) & many more can be found via the link in my bio @thenomadicfitz ! Just click “Recipe Index” ! #glutenfree #whatceliacseat #glutenfreeeats #celiac #celiacdisease #glutenfreefoodie #glutenfreefood #glutenfreefoods #damnthatsdelish #allthingsgf #glutenfreerecipe #celiacdiet #glutenfreefood #glutenfreefoodblog #eeeeeat #thenomadicfitzpatricks

My favorite gluten-free things with celiac disease! @cup4cup - my go to for baking and the #1 in my book! I’ve made croissants, empanadas, bagels, pies, pop tarts, & more all with success thanks to Cup4Cup @canyonglutenfree - the best gluten-free bread! Normal sizes, great texture, and reminds me the most of regular bread @jovialfoods - brown rice & cassava pastas are delish and hold up well! Their tagliatelle is also phenomenal with sauce @feelgoodfoods - umm, obviously. You can’t go wrong with their products but I’m a big mozzarella sticks girl @enjoylifefoods - perfect for baking & allergen free! I use them in cookies, muffins, quickbreads, PNB cups, & even chocolate covered strawberries @aleiasgf - my go to for breadcrumbs for meatballs, breading chicken cutlets, or baked macaroni and cheese. Their panko breadcrumbs are great too, I just like the Italian seasoning! @uglysglutenfree - sourdough gluten-free pizza crust local to here in New England. No other crust compares! @snyders_hanover - these are my go-to snack! And the honey mustard ones are BOMB! @oreo - Saved the best for last! Gluten-free Oreos are just, perfection in my book. Do you like any of these too? Let me know in the comments! #celiac #celiacdisease #glutenfree #nogluten #celiaclife #celiacawareness #glutenfreecoach #celiacdiseaselife #celiacdiseaseawareness #glutenfreefoodie #glutenfreeproducts #glutenfreefood #celiacfoodie #thenomadicfitzpatricks

If there’s one thing I’ve learned with celiac disease, it’s that confidence compounds over time. Every experience shapes you. ⚡️It pushes you out of your comfort zone (in a celiac safe way!) ⚡️It motivates you to tell a restaurant server about your needs. ⚡️It compels you to speak your mind when someone says gluten-free is a “fad”. ⚡️It strengthens your boundaries when you tell someone “I’m sorry, I can’t eat that.” Every. Experience. Shapes. You. Every uncomfortable conversation.. Every SECOND you have to take to THINK before eating (because that’s just how life is now…) It’s all adding up and making you STRONGER. People ask me a LOT how I’m so confident with celiac disease. And while a big part of this is my mindset and self-compassion… But really it comes down how MUCH time you’re willing to practice it. I look back at myself even a few years ago and see SO much growth and progress - even 10+ years into this diagnosis! But it’s because I was willing to do the work. And the more you practice, the more you improve. Empowerment. Confidence. Fun. Celebration. Forgiveness. Growth. Change. Momentum. That’s what we can do together. To move forward on that path so that you start practicing & feeling confident eating gluten-free, so much faster. And then with time? It’s only gonna get better. And you’re only gonna get stronger. You in? DM me to start today. 🔥🎉💅🏼 #celiac #celiacdisease #celiaclife #celiacawareness #invisibleillness #celiacwarrior #celiacstrong #celiaccoach #glutenfreecoach #celiacdiseaseawareness #celiacblogger #celiacfoodie #byegluten #thenomadicfitzpatricks

How to make your dreams a reality (But actually) You have to go for it. Even when you’re scared. Even when you’re nervous about people judging you. Even when you don’t have the evidence that something is working (yet). Fear will keep you stuck and hold you back. This is something I’ve learned with celiac disease and now with my business. You have to show up. Take messy, inspired action. You have to work on your mindset. Think new thoughts if the ones you’re having aren’t serving you. You have to believe in yourself and your dream. Because that’s what will keep you going through the long hours (even though you’ll love every minute). It was a BIG leap of faith to leave my steady job to work for myself. In the beginning I was in the red and not seeing any profit. But 1 year later, that’s all changed. And a large part of my success & now running a profitable business is because I invested in myself. Because I desired RESULTS that much faster and I knew that getting in the room with strong, incredible, empowered women would help me do that. Shoutout to my many mentors this past year of growth: @glographics @cakemoneyconsulting @kellytrach @christy_bartelt @yourbizcoachdemi for helping me move forward, heal, and become the woman I am today. #womensupportingwomen And shoutout to my husband Dylan and my family for believing in me and supporting me every step of the way. Don’t give up on yourself, or your dreams. Keep going. You’ve got this. #celiac #smallbusinessowner #empoweredwomen #celiaccoach #bloggerlife #entrepreneurship #nevergiveup #celiacdisease #smallbusinessowners #followyourdreams #mybusinessjourney #thenomadicfitzpatricks

Why I Became A Coach… As a teacher, my career was focused on fostering independence, skill building, and encouragement for my students. I do the same as a coach. And just like I have a coach who helps me in my own business & mindset (shoutout to 🥳💜)… Sometimes we need that someone in our lives that has been in our shoes and knows our struggle. They can show us the potholes to avoid in the road. They can give us grace and compassion when we lack it ourselves. They can hold us accountable but also encourage us to celebrate our progress along the way. I’m passionate about helping celiacs travel and dine out because I WISH I had someone that did this for me. I learned the hard way how to do it RIGHT. If you’re looking for someone to support the heck out of you, casually drop 90’s references, lead you to trusted resources & research, and motivate you to go after your bucket list with celiac… I’m your girl. Let’s do this thing! 🎉 #celiac #celiacdisease #nogluten #celiaclife #celiacawareness #invisibleillness #celiacwarrior #celiacstrong #glutenfreeandhappy #glutenfreecoach #celiacdiseaselife #celiaccoach #celiacdiseaseawareness #celiacblogger #thenomadicfitzpatricks

I declare that ALL fryers should have one EXCLUSIVELY for fries 🍟! It’s the one thing I miss the most when dining out with celiac disease and it’s such a TREAT when you get to have them! I’m grateful restaurants like @burtons.grill and @red_heat_tavern offer them safely and they have amazing celiac protocols. Do you agree? Should we start a petition for dedicated fryers just for fries?! 🙏 #celiac #celiacdisease #celiacproblems #celiacfood #celiaclife #glutenfreeliving #glutenfreelife #glutenfreeproblems #dedicatedfryer #frieslover #celiacdiet #glutenfreefood #thenomadicfitzpatricks

Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Scones

I previously have developed a basic scones recipe for two eBooks: Gluten-Free Travel at Home, and Gluten-Free Breads Around the World (you can buy them here!). And for you dairy-free or lactose-free folks, don’t worry: you can easily make these scones dairy-free (I’ve tested it!) I’ve also had success making this recipe with Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour which is gluten and dairy-free. You can substitute your favorite gluten-free flour blend, but be mindful you may have to adjust as you go, as one GF flour blend is not the same as the next.

Review: No Gluten, No Problem Pizza Cookbook

Last summer, in the midst of a major gluten-free cooking and baking extravaganza (because it was 2020, and there was nothing else better to do), I decided to learn how to make gluten-free pizza from scratch. About No Gluten, No Problem No Gluten, No Problem is a gluten-free food blog run by Kelli and Peter Bronski. For bulk gluten-free flours, I prefer Anthony’s (batch-tested for gluten-free) and Bob’s Red Mill (also batch-tested for gluten-free). Some gluten-free pizza recipes advocate for using gluten-free wheat starch, which is celiac safe but does pose concern for some people.

Gluten-Free Pop-Tarts

Add the cold, cubed butter, and using a pastry cutter or a fork, combine the butter with the dry ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the egg and buttermilk with a fork and whisk. Slowly add the buttermilk and egg to the well you have created in the flour, gradually whisking the egg with a fork, combining small amounts of flour at a time. Lightly flour a rolling pin, and lightly flour your work surface.

Gluten-Free Pasta Primavera

And now, the word “primavera” is associated with a vegetable medley that’s perfect for spring. If you aren’t sure which brands are the most recommended, I rounded up some of the most popular gluten-free pastas on the market today and compared them in taste, texture, and price right here. You’ll need the following ingredients for pasta primavera: -gluten-free pasta (I prefer Jovial Foods for brown rice pasta, or Barilla for a mixture of gluten-free grains) cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini, red onion, broccoli, carrots, & asparagus are all great options! -extra virgin olive oil

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