Alex found out he had celiac disease at age four after his father was diagnosed after years of being misdiagnosed with other conditions.
Alex’s mother Mary Lou converted the entire household to gluten-free and relearned to cook from scratch because in the 1990s GF products were not easily available. Alex’s family advocated for his safety dining outside his home, fighting for accommodations at schools he attended growing up. Alex attended Southern Illinois University where he worked with staff to create a food and allergy committee. Student ambassadors including Alex helped implement measures like allergy labels on dishes being served and storage separation of ingredients in the kitchen to avoid cross contamination. SIU dedicated a portion of their kitchens to be celiac-safe, where Alex had access to his own utensils, frozen foods and smaller appliances like a toaster and microwave. The overall goal was to make every student feel safe with their eating habits and to help market SIU as a safe place to eat. Today, Alex helps others living gluten-free by running Recipe Revolution, an iOS app (Android coming soon!) with the mission to provide an easy transition to a gluten-free diet using intuitive recipe conversion – “all thanks to the sacrifices and endurance my family and I went through over the past 22 years!”
When asked, Alex said, “What I appreciate most about GIG is their Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), which certifies GF food products with a stamp of approval loud and clear. This was the first benchmark my family could truly trust when grocery shopping. Their reputation throughout the years confirms their commitment to a higher standard, and holds manufacturers accountable to their ingredients and their marketing. When consumers with celiac disease see GIG’s universal logo, they breathe a sigh of relief. Thank you GIG!”