Meet Debra Hope-Riedesel RD, LD


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Debra is our newest member and wins the prize for living the furthest away (Iowa). I first met Debra in 2007 when she started posting on the discussion boards at and

I was very impressed with her knowledge of Celiac Disease/Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and the gluten-free diet. Not all registered dietitians are that knowledgeable. Thankfully, the word is getting around about this condition and other RDs getting up to speed.

Peg and I got to meet Debra face-to-face at the Gluten Intolerance Group Annual Conference in June 2010.

When Debra asked if she could become a long distance member, I was thrilled! Squee! She has graciously volunteered to write some articles to help keep us better informed. We are also working on a way for her to "telecommute" to our meetings.

Welcome aboard Debra and thank you!

Here is Debra's Bio...

Debra Hope-Riedesel RD, LD
Has been a private practice registered dietitian in West Des Moines, IA for the past 7 years, specializing in women’s health, food allergies, food intolerance and the gluten-free diet. Debra is the creator and author of The Cycle website, a specialty woman’s health website consulting with women all over the country as well as internationally.

Debra earned her Dietetics degree at Iowa State University in 2003 and fulfilled her required internship with both Iowa Health Systems and Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. Debra also consulted on special projects with the Center for Health and Wellbeing starting their dietary program for Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. Debra speaks on the gluten-free diet and women’s health.

Prior to going back to school in mid-life Debra spent 16 years in advertising and marketing (Newspaper, radio and Television). Debra also holds a bachelors degree from Drake University.

Warm Fuzzies

When I came home for lunch today I found a Christmas card in our mailbox. What was written inside totally made may day! It's notes like this that make all the hard work of running a support group, answering people's questions, gathering information, writing emails, making phone calls, etc - worth every second. "This is what running a support group is all about Charlie Brown!"

Back in 2001/2002/2003 when I was struggling to figure out why I was so sick, I was so very thankful for the people (Cara & Anne just to name a couple) that helped me get my life back. That experience lead me to the philosophy of "making a difference". Through their kindness - they made a difference in my life, I wanted to do the same for others. I'm a huge fan
"Paying it Forward". I've not seen the movie or read the book, but love the concept!

Thank you for the kind words and for making my day. It helps keep me motivated. I also want to thank all those in my life that allow me to help others. Without you, I couldn't do what I love to do.



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