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Life and Work with Arielle Cole

Today we’d like to introduce you to Arielle Cole.

Arielle, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2014. In the beginning of the food blogging craze, I realized that there were not many outlets for those living a gluten free lifestyle. Hence, in 2016, glutenfreegalpal came to life. I am fortunate that I am able to try new brands, eat at restaurants, and meet other bloggers that also have dietary needs. I never would have imagined how big the gluten free community would become and I could not be any happier. The future is bright for those with food allergies!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Aside from the blogging life, I am a paralegal at a law firm in Delray Beach. Because of the time and dedication, it takes, plus the fact that there are so many influencers (food, health, lifestyle, fitness, etc.), it can be tough to find the motivation to continue. However, the payoff is worth it. The brands you connect with, the restaurants you are able to visit, and the people you are able to meet make the influencer lifestyle wonderful. Because I am gluten free, I find that I am an outlet for many people who are struggling to find food that fits their needs. This is what ultimately keeps me going. For young women who are just starting their journey, I encourage you to keep going.

Please tell us about Glutenfreegalpal.
What sets me apart, of course, is my gluten free diet due to Celiac Disease. Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. With the advancement of social media, I have people of all ages that follow me and ultimately reach out to me with questions. If I can help just one person manage their celiac disease, I feel like I have made a difference.

Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well positioned for?
I think with the power of the #MeToo movement, women have more opportunities than ever before. I think women are well positioned everywhere, but particularly in business. Studies show that the more diverse a workforce is, the more innovative and creative that force is.

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