Happy Celiac Awareness Month!
May is Celiac Awareness Month, and we'd like to highlight a few of the great resources of local support from our Community Health Network page!
All PURPOSE RESOURCE: The Canadian Celiac Association
If you need to find anything out about celiac life or gluten-free living, these guys will either have an answer or will be able to point you in the right direction.
LOCAL SHOPPING FOR CELIACS: Anti-Panic Sessions
If you're a newly diagnosed celiac, you might need a crash course about transitioning to a gluten-free diet. This two hour class covers what to eat and what not to, where to shop, where to dine and generally how to live your new gluten-free life in Victoria BC. Classes are lead by knowledgeable local volunteers who have been through the same experience and will help you survive this transition too! Class held at the Admiral's Walk Thrifty Foods.
GLUTEN-FREE DINING: The Celiac Scene
We met Ellen Bayens when we first started our bakery in Victoria, and she has proven to be a valuable resource for celiacs looking to find safe places to dine. She is rigorous in making sure restaurants who offer 'gluten-free' choices are in fact following proper procedures and are aware of ways to provide safe gluten-free dishes.
GLUTEN-FREE DIET HELP: Eat it Up! Nutrition Counselling + Consulting
Lisa Diamond is a registered dietitian in Victoria who can "help you become your healthiest self" whether you just have some nutrition questions, need help with gluten-free shopping and cooking, or require a comprehensive gluten-free meal plan.
She also wrote a great book on "demystifying gluten-free baking" called The New Gluten-Free.
CUSTOM BAKING: Good For You Gourmet
We know a lot of you require products that aren't just gluten-free. We do offer many allergen friendly items, but we do not offer custom baking. For those of you with many dietary restrictions, we like to recommend a couple local custom chefs, including Laura Moore, who has had much experience catering for specialized diets.
We have many more listings, and if you can think of some other helpful resources we could list, feel free to let us know or tell them to contact us!
If you're curious, here's a bit of a breakdown of the history of celiac disease awareness:
Everybody should travel, but if you're celiac that can be intimidating.
Carrie's site is a free resource to 100% GF places around the globe!