The Fruitful Life

Gluten Freedom

Gluten Freedom

All of us have probably enjoyed a delicious gluten-free cookie at some point, or maybe you’ve even decided to go gluten-free in favor of a less grain-based diet. In recent years, a low gluten diet has become almost synonymous with healthy living. However, for some with gluten-related illness, gluten – storage proteins found in common grains – can cause serious problems.

To learn more about gluten-free living, we had the honor of speaking with the bubbly Juli Galle, an account executive at WCIU Chicago, a dedicated Fruitful Yield fan, and a genuine super mom, to discuss her and her daughter’s gluten-free lifestyle.

FY: “Hello Juli, it’s great to talk to you today. Can you explain your food story and how you found the Fruitful Yield?”

Juli: “Four years ago, we moved here from Michigan. As a family with multiple eating restrictions, there are a lot of things we can’t eat. We try to be healthy. Although we could go to Whole Foods and other big label stores to get good foods, there was something missing: the advice and expertise. One day, I walked into Fruitful Yield in Naperville just by chance. The products were phenomenal, and the staff was so supportive. They weren’t pushy sales people; in fact, they focused on asking me a lot of questions to help me get what I needed.”

FY: “That’s really great to hear! Can you tell me more about your daughter?”

Juli: “Nicki is the most fun and inspiring 22 year old. She’s had 17 different surgeries, but people can never tell because she doesn’t wear it on her sleeve. Her personality is fun, bright, and outgoing. It was hard watching her go through dietary struggles. Food is a big part of social life as a college student, like ordering pizza at a study party, but she can’t participate. Gluten-free is a trend now, but Nic’s food must be certified gluten-free and free of cross-contamination, otherwise she gets sick.”

FY: “How did you find out your daughter has so many eating restrictions?”

Juli: “There’s always a coping process. Nicki would love to eat a hotdog at the ballpark, but she can’t. Sometimes she’ll come home and vent her frustrations, but she never lets her restrictions define her. She just does what she can to eat right and feel good.

Second, expect to spend more time at the grocery store and restaurants asking questions and reading ingredients. It’s a lot of trial and error, so keep a list of the foods that do and don’t work. There are apps you can use to scan food’s barcodes, to help you determine if you can eat them. Fruitful Yield has also helped us because we trust their gluten-free product lines, which takes out the guess work. We rarely use the app there.

We also focus on relaxing, because stress is a huge trigger with Celiac. My daughter loves your essential oils and diffusers to relax during study time. We chill and watch movies, but also get out to walk the fruit and veggie markets in Chicago, and we love to bike!”

FY:  “Amazing! I bet you love the bike trail on Lakeshore drive. What are some of your daughter’s favorite gluten-free snacks?”

Juli: “She likes organic chicken, Ian’s Chicken Nuggets from Fruitful Yield and kale burgers from Dr. Praeger. The multi-grain crackers are good. Bread is the biggest challenge, because you think of toast for breakfast, and a sandwich for lunch. We like Udi’s multi-grain bread and their English muffins. Her favorite is the NOW line’s gluten-free cupcakes for a splurge.

FY: “That sounds pretty yummy. We’re about wrapping up here, but before we go, what keeps you going as a mom?”

Juli: “Knowing I have the ability to make a difference helps me get through it. I spent a lot of time researching gluten and finding the best medical team to take care of my daughter. Sometimes I can even be a helicopter mom and ask all the questions at the restaurant, and Nicki will just smile and roll her eyes, like, “Mom, I got this!” I remember she’s an adult, and she can handle it. You deal with what you’re given, and you make it work!

*Content contained in this article is not intended to provide or to constitute medical or healthcare advice. Nor can it be relied upon as preventative care, cure, or treatment for any disease or medical condition. You should consult a qualified healthcare professional for advice regarding the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and before starting any supplementation, nutritional, exercise, or other medical programs.


  • Estevan December 22, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Great Blog!

    • Fruitful Yield January 9, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks Estevan! Glad you enjoy.

  • Kaitlyn May 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    She's really lucky to have someone who understands and people around that have the same issues. What I mean by that is is so she doesn't feel alone with this. That part is a good thing and has a mom that understands it and doesn't make her feel bad because of it or tell her to get over it.

    I have celiac disease and can't have wheat or gluten. I also have several other foods I can't eat. I can't eat anything soy or corn, or fish/shellfish, no peanuts, no coconut, no meat, no dairy, no eggs, no aniseed, no caraway among many others. I have several food allergies and I also have PKU as well and because of that no peas, lentils, beans, seeds, or quinoa and many other foods. I can't have any foods that would have possible cross-contact with these either.

    Since I am the only one in the family that has these issues not a whole lot of people understand it. I live with those types of people that think just eat the wheat and beans it isn't going to affect you that badly. They just don't understand how they can damage my body. It truly sucks.

    So Nicki is truly really lucky to have a mom that understands and doesn't make her feel bad because she has to avoid certain foods. I have a whole family and my brother and teachers at school that just don't get it.

    • Fruitful Yield May 23, 2018 at 9:31 am

      Hello Kaityln, Yes she is really lucky! Nicki and her mom have a really special bond. You can't choose your family, but you can choose your friends. Online, there are lots of communities for people with things like Celiac in common. If you're a kid, look online for Celiac Disease camps. If you're an adult, they may have group retreats. We hope you're able to find people who are encouraging and like-minded. We also hope your family comes around. Stay well!

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