Nicole Cogan is the founder and CEO of NOBREAD, a guide to gluten-free recipes and restaurants with product features, travels, and wellness tips that was inspired by the discovery nine years ago that she is allergic to all things gluten. Nicole demonstrates daily that you don't have to let such an allergy keep you from enjoying everything the world has to offer.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • How Nicole kept careful track of restaurant meals on a spreadsheet as a personal way to dine out with financial clients on Wall Street without causing a scene when it came time to order—and without getting sick.

  • How this Excel spreadsheet evolved into NOBREAD as a way to help others on a similar path during a time when "gluten-free" wasn't yet a familiar concept in the mainstream.

  • How gluten sneaks into weird places you wouldn't expect—like the vinegar sometimes used to make rice sticky for sushi.

  • How Nicole finally discovered her allergy to gluten after a childhood and young adulthood spent in and out of hospitals.

  • How Nicole recommends you might pinpoint and eliminate gluten and other trouble substances from your diet if you suspect you suffer from an allergy or more severe condition like Celiac disease.

  • And much more!

This podcast is sponsored by my friends at Four Sigmatic (check out my interview with founder Tero Isokauppila in episode 12), who make a wide range of coffees, elixirs, and teas using mushrooms like chaga, reishi, lion's mane, and more. Go to to save 15 percent off of everything!

Resources from this episode:


Nicole at Instagram

Nicole at Twitter


The Genius Life 13: The Power of Time-Restricted Eating aka Intermittent Fasting | Satchin Panda


Celiac Disease: 14 Things You Need to Know by Jessica Migala, Health

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