Free to Be Gluten-Free

April 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm 2 comments

[As you know, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness staff members are big Phillies fans. So when one of our newest volunteers, Nadina Fraimow, told us she shared the same passion for sports, wellness and all things Phillies, we had to get her on board. Nadina will be sharing her gluten-free experience throughout the 2011 Phillies season.]

Phightin’ to Be Gluten Free

As Cliff Lee throws his first pitch of the 2011 baseball season, I think about the 162 games and long journey ahead to the playoffs. The Phillies, with players like Roy Halladay and Chase Utley, succeed because of their true grit.  Collectively, they are our Phightin’ Phills.

As I watch the team, I can’t help but reflect upon my personal 162 day plus gluten-free journey, and the fight for a healthy, happy gluten-free life. Much like the Phillies 2010 season, my journey contains highs, lows and – my favorite – the breakthroughs.

I am not a gluten-free expert, but after 9 months of a full food diary, 3 GI consultations, 3 nutrition consultations, 3 probiotics, 28+ bottles of myralax, 1 digestive enzyme, 4 self help books and 1 supportive family, I feel passionate about sharing my season highlights with other fans fighting to be gluten-free.

Hypothetically, if ESPN were to compile the top plays from my season thus far, the highlights would feature:

  • Enjoying a Flyers game with my family (the stadium has gluten-free concession stands!)
  • Finding a GI doctor who recommended an alternative to Myralax
  • Getting involved with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
  • Establishing my voice in the gluten-free community with this first blog entry

Over the course of the next 162 games to the playoffs, I will share with Phillies fans and the celiac & gluten intolerant community alike, why it’s time to Be-LEE-ve!

– Nadina

*Get your tickets to NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Night at the Phillies and Celiac Awareness Night at the Mets (vs. the Phillies!) by visiting »

About Nadina:

Nadina Fraimow began volunteering with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in April 2011, and will be happy to answer messages sent to the email account. Nadina learned that she has a gluten sensitivity in February 2011, and is grateful for having been diagnosed promptly and correctly by a knowledgeable gastroenterologist. She enjoys running, shopping for gluten-free sweets and creating recipes that are both tasty and healthy. Nadina is a Marketing and Communications professional living and working in Philadelphia. Nadina is also a proud Penn State alumna and an avid fan of the Phillies.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Matthew Friedman  |  July 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    This is quite interesting – do you get a lot of diarrhea – sometimes I get explosive diarrhea when I ingest bread. It’s very hard being the only boy in class who still has to wear a diaper.

  • 2. Cheryl  |  July 26, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Hi Matthew. Diarrhea is a symptom of celiac disease. I encourage you to complete the Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist at Make an appointment with your doctor and bring the checklist along so you can discuss your symptoms and request a blood test for celiac disease.


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