Is Vodka Gluten-Free? ~ Michelle Berman Marchildon

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on Jan 22, 2012
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We have another chance this year to be who we were meant to be—that is at least until the world ends in December. So it’s time to get on those resolutions.

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My To Be list:

* I am going to be a better vegetarian, or vegan, and I’m definitely going to be gluten-free as long as I can still eat a little chicken and have a shot of vodka every now and then.

* I will talk less and listen more. Seriously.

* I will say the “F” word less. But not when I’m in the car, or at the soccer fields or when doing Hanumanasana (a yoga pose).  And I’ll definitely try to give up the “M-F” word, except in handstand.

* I will be a better friend to the ones I have, and not care so much about the ones I don’t have, which takes a whole lot of people off my mind.

* I will make dinner for my family. But not lunch. Everyone is on their own for lunch.

* I won’t care if my kids make their beds. But we will work on being better people.

* I will make dinner for my five favorite friends, even if it is just spaghetti. And if they are already vegans and gluten-free, I’ll offer them peanut butter and a shot of vodka.

* I want to find five friends I’d like to have for dinner.

* Not one more practical thing will come into my life. I will buy high heels, a white car and never again a dark coat that won’t show the dirt.

* I will say “I Love You” more often, maybe every single day, but not in an inappropriate way (unless I really do get to meet George Clooney).

* I will repair those pesky family relationships instead of counting the miles between us.

* But mostly, I am going to slow down. I want to wonder at a beautiful day, the faces of my children, the blessings I have and be in awe of life.  Really, I will.


Michelle Berman Marchildon is an award-winning journalist, a former corporate executive and a survivor of 50+ years of life. She’s the author of “Finding More on the Mat,” a yoga memoir available from She teaches Anusara-Inspired and Vinyasa Yoga in Denver, Colorado. You can find her blog at


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11 Responses to “Is Vodka Gluten-Free? ~ Michelle Berman Marchildon”

  1. Good news–vodka is gluten free! Love it Michelle!

  2. Michelle Marchildon says:

    Awesome. Now if only chicken was a vegan food.

  3. Lorin says:

    Posted to Elephant Food Facebook and Twitter and Elephant Family on Facebook and twitter.

    Lorin Arnold
    Blogger at The VeganAsana
    Associate Editor for Elephant Food
    Editor for Elephant Family

  4. Get the Absolut in the freezer, and add Kate and I to your Fab Five list…we're comin' after you….:)

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  7. guest says:

    why would you want to go gluten free? Is jumping on the latest diet fad band waggon really something you want to do if the world ends?

  8. Jen says:

    Potato vodka is gluten free, but not all others are. The one with the little black hat for a cap is.

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