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How to Choose the Best Gluten Free Products for an Allergy Free, Yet Delicious Life

How to Choose the Best Gluten Free Products for an Allergy Free, Yet Delicious Life

July 8, 2020




Michel Tierney, the Founder and CEO of Mikey’s LLC, a company dedicated to delivering wholesome and healthy products that contain a short list of identifiable ingredients joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Gluten Free Channels. At Mikey’s they only use the best, simplest ingredients to deliver products you can love at trust. The portfolio of baked goods ranges from English Muffins and Tortilla’s to Pizza Crusts and handheld Pizza Pockets.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Michel Tierney discuss the following:

  1. Tell me why you founded Mikey’s?
  2. I understand you are a chef – how did that impact you creating a Paleo friendly, Gluten free and sometimes Keto friendly line of products?
  3. You recently launched two new products in the Pockets line – tell me about those and why you fell the Mikey’s pockets fill a need?
  4. Do most people who follow a gluten free diet have Celiac Disease or do you think it is more for lifestyle and health reasons?
  5. What do people need to know or be aware of when choosing gluten free products

Tip: Not all gluten free products are made equal – just because they are gluten free –does not mean they are healthy. Read labels carefully and choose products that are not only gluten and allergy free but all have clean ingredients and taste good.




Michel Tierney is the Founder and CEO of Mikey’s LLC, a company dedicated to delivering wholesome and healthy products that contain a short list of identifiable ingredients. Michael foundered the company in October of 2015. At Mikey’s we only use the best, simplest ingredients to deliver products you can love at trust. Our portfolio of baked goods ranges from English Muffins and Tortilla’s to Pizza Crusts and handheld Pizza Pockets. To date, Mikey’s has 17 SKUs that are sold in more than 8,000 retail locations in North America. Mikey’s is currently carried at retailers ranging from Sprouts Farmers Market and Whole Foods Market to Kroger and Target.

Tierney is also the Founder and CEO of Stuffed Puffs, LLC. Founded in 2019, Tierney created the first commercially viable chocolate-filled marshmallow confection. Stuffed Puffs are perfect for s’mores as they melt from the inside out when roasted over a fire. Stuffed Puffs launched at retail in May of 2019 at more than 2,100 Walmart locations throughout the Untied States. Since launching, Stuffed Puffs has garnered mass media attention for the likes of Good Morning America, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Delish, PopSugar and many more. Stuffed Puffs have rapidly grown at Walmart expanding to over 4,000 storefronts and have become the number one selling marshmallow in aa number of markets. Tierney has also brought DJ Marshmello and his Manager, Moe Shalizi, into the company as an equity partners who will help the company build brand awareness on a global scale.

Prior to these two ventures, Tierney’s background lies in the world of fine dinning. Tierney worked though the kitchens of both The French Laundry in Napa Valley, CA and Eleven Madison Park in New York, NY. Both restaurants hold the coveted acclaim of being awarded three Michelin stars. The French Laundry and Eleven Madison Park are both riddled with other accolades and have both spent time on the 50 Best List as Best Restaurant in the World and Best Restaurant in North America, respectively.

Tierney graduated with honors from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY with his Bachelors degree in Culinary Arts Management in 2010 but his culinary journey started long before that. At the age of thirteen, Tierney began volunteering his time washing dishes at a Sur La Table teaching kitchen in exchange for a chance to learn from the guest chefs the school brought in, ranging from Food Network stars to Martha Stewart. By fourteen he was assistant teaching the classes. During his tenure at Manhasset High School, Tierney spent his evenings and weekends assistant teaching culinary classes at a local Viking Range Cooking School. Tierney is a native to Long Island, New York and now resides in Bethlehem, PA.





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3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living by Melinda Arcara

3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living by Melinda Arcara

May 13, 2016

Melinda Arcara who is known as Gluten-Free Bebe joins eHealth Radio and the Health and Nutrition Channels.  She is a Certified Health Coach and Healthy Gluten-Free Food Advocate. She’s discusses her new book titled "3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living that she self-published in September of last year.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Melinda Arcara discuss the following:

  • When you search the Words “Gluten-Free Books” on you get 21,000 results.  What makes this book different than all the other books on the market?
  • The book is titled 3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living.  Why 3 steps? 
  • Isn’t eating gluten-free all about what to eliminate?  For example, couldn’t you just say “Eliminate anything that contain wheat, barley and rye” and the chapter would be over?
  • The back cover of the book calls it a guidebook.  People go on diets all the time, what makes eating gluten-free so different that it needs a manual?
  • Why would someone want this book rather than searching on the internet?
  • If someone was diagnosed with Celiac today what would you tell them to get them started?

Duration: 14:47

As the baby of ten children, Melinda or “the Bebe” as her dad nicknamed her, went through the first forty years of her life with lots of family love & support but she never felt healthy. Suffering from unexplained symptoms including migraines, stomach pains, anemia, anxiety, weight fluctuations, and joint pain, she was finally diagnosed with a gluten intolerance in 2010.  For Melinda, this diagnosis was as a blessing, not a curse as she learned how to be gluten-free and to finally feel better.  After much trial and error and significant expense, she has written a new book available on Amazon, 3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living that wants to save newly diagnosed gluten-intolerant and celiac sufferers time, money, and energy to getting on a path to better health and to 100 percent gluten-free living for life!

3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living is a practical, step-by-step guide for anyone who has recently been diagnosed with Celiac or supporting someone with a gluten-related disorder and is left with difficult question “where do I start?”

br/>Sorting through all the information about becoming gluten-free can be frustrating and time-consuming—and purchasing everything labeled “gluten-free” can be expensive.  “My first 4 years of being gluten-free were stressful and expensive.  I wrote the book to help others become compliant to the diet quicker and easier than I did” says Arcara.

This book is written to be a practical, step-by-step guide to the elimination of gluten from your diet, the transition of your heart and your home (including your pantry), and the substitution of products and ingredients for your recipes and meals. Over 100 products and brands are referenced in the book.

The book emphasizes a holistic approach including eating whole, clean, local, and healthy, which is important when starting your gluten free journey and for being truly compliant to a gluten-free diet. 

In a friendly tone that incorporates humor and inspiring enthusiasm, 3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living teaches that gluten-free eating can be healthy—if you do it the right way.

Topics covered include:

  • Alternative gluten-free grains
  • Reading labels
  • Substitutable ingredients & products
  • Shopping & brands
  • Eating-out & social situations
  • Traveling
  • Positive attitude & family support

Helping you get organized with thought-provoking exercises, recipes, tips, facts, and plenty of space for notes, 3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living has everything you need to quickly feel the benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle.

Author Melinda Lawer Arcara, a.k.a. Gluten-Free Bebe, is a blogger ( and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a certified health coach with a focus on incorporating healthy gluten-free living into daily routines.  She speaks to groups frequently about her 3 Step approach and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and children.



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