• Ep 57 Selena De Vries Explains the New Food Guide

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    This episode is a look at the new Canada’s Food Guide with Registered Dietitian Selena De Vries.  The new food guide is a dramatic change from the recommendations we have known for years.  We have always been told to eat so many servings from different food groups.  The new guide takes a different approach and Selena does a great job breaking that down for us.

    Selena was a past guest on Episode 14 of the podcast discussing the challenges of losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight on a strict gluten free diet. 

    Selena has written about the new food guide on her website at –

    The Canadian Food Guide and Celiac Disease

    The new Canadian Food Guide was released and it is quite a drastic change from the old 2007 edition. Overall, it’s a very welcomed step in the right direction. The first thing to emphasize is that this a population health guide.

    Selena can be found online at – www.healthbean.ca

    on Facebook at Healthbean Nutrition and on Instagram at celiac_dietitian

    Sue’s Websites and Social Media

    Podcast https://acanadianceliacpodcast.libsyn.com

    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

    Facebook – @acanadianceliacpodcast

    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA

    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

         (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Other Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

    My Thoughts

    A year ago, I thought I knew almost everything there was to know about living a healthy gluten free lifestyle with celiac disease.  I was wrong.  I’ve learned so much this past year producing the podcast and talking with different experts and celiacs from across the country. 

    After speaking with Selena DeVries on Episode 14 of the podcast, I was inspired to develop another podcast that looked at how individuals are coping with losing weight and maintaining it on a gluten free diet.  I have always been overweight, and it took weight-loss surgery to get me on track.  I started the second podcast in the summer of 2018.

    When I look at what I’ve learned about the gluten free diet, from both A Canadian Celiac Podcast and the Gluten Free Weigh In podcast, I can safely say that using the structure of a gluten free diet to eat healthy, eat more single ingredient foods, eat mindfully and enjoy food have been the common themes I’ve spoken about in both podcasts. 

    Fast forward to January 2019 and the release of Canada’s New Food Guide.  It took me a while to connect the dots.  The mindful eating of mostly unprocessed foods; efforts to make more food at home; and enjoy it more were there in the new recommendations.  I’m doing something right on my gluten free journey, and I have to credit much of my enlightenment to the various people I’ve spoken with for research and interviews over the past year.  I love when a plan comes together.

  • Ep 56 Melissa Secord of the CCA – One Year On

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    The podcast is celebrating one year of episodes!! Melissa Secord, Executive Director of the Canadian Celiac Association was the first guest on the first episode and since the CCA has so much on the go, I thought I’d check back with Melissa one year on.

    Melissa mentioned the campaign to fund peer counselling services at the CCA offices for people who call in needing assistance.  A funding page has been set up, so supporters of the CCA can become Peer Support Champions.  It may or may not be difficult to remember back to realizing you needed to eat gluten free, but we all remember how tricky it was. You can become a Peer Support Champion with a single donation, or with monthly support.  Go to http://bit.ly/CCAPeerSupportChampion.  Otherwise you can find more information under the donate button on the CCA website at www.celiac.ca.

    Sue’s Websites and Social Media

    Podcast https://acanadianceliacpodcast.libsyn.com

    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

    Facebook – @acanadianceliacpodcast

    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA

    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

         (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Other Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

    My Thoughts

    It’s been a great year.  Before I started the podcast, I approached the CCA so they would be aware of what I was doing, and to work with them to help get their valuable message out in a format they had not used before.  The CCA encouraged me, but was not sure if their resources could be stretched to assist with a podcast.  I assured them that I would do the heavy lifting.  I just wanted us to be on the same page. 

    I hoped to promote their efforts and gain access to some impressive experts in the field of celiac disease and the gluten free diet.  That’s just what I got.  I have interviewed Shelley Case, Dr. Duerksen, Selena De Vries, Mark Johnson, most of the Chapter Presidents and the list goes on.

    Truth be told, when I started my podcast, I really didn’t know what it would be like.  Would I run out guests or material after a few months?  Would I get bored with the interview format?  Would I get frustrated with the technology?  Would I get discouraged because no one was listening?

    I can now answer those questions.  Every time, I start brainstorming for new topics or guests, they seem to appear before me like magic, my friends and connections are more than generous to me.  Interviewing does take practice, but I love to talk, and I think, over time, I have become more comfortable with using questions to make an informative, natural conversation.  Just when I think I have a handle on the technology, something changes.  I have been sideswiped a couple of times by posting my Gluten Free Weigh In podcast on the wrong site.  Technology will always be a challenge, but one that feels so good when you actually figure it out.

    About anyone listening – I have been so blessed by my many friends in the celiac and gluten free world for helping me to grow my audience.  I remember being told, if only 30 people listen to an episode, it’s like talking to an entire classroom of people.  To date I’ve had almost 11,000 downloads.  We started slow, but now the podcast is receiving hundreds of downloads each week.  So yes, people are listening.

    One last thing, I didn’t consider when I started the podcast – the kind words, thoughts and feedback I get from my listeners.  When someone listens, the effort is worth it, when YOU listen, it’s a relationship, one I am enjoying greatly.  Thanks for listening.  I’ll keep going if you’ll keep listening.

  • Ep 55 Why Kathy Smart is so Positive about the Gluten Free Diet

    My chat this week is with internationally known lifestyle expert, Kathy Smart.  Kathy has appeared on dozens of TV shows talking about the gluten free lifestyle and how to make it healthy.  She runs Live The Smart Way which offers a self-improvement program to both lose weigh and get healthier and it’s all based around a gluten free diet.  Kathy presents an annual health fair in Ottawa with the majority of businesses represented offering gluten free. 

    You can check out Kathy’s website at https://livethesmartway.com

    Twitter – @KathyLynnSmart

    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/livingthesmartway

    Instagram – @livethesmartway

    Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.ca/livethesmartway/

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Rfwlqksb_u362iUGCfQag

    Sue’s Websites and Social Media –

    Podcast https://acanadianceliacpodcast.libsyn.com

    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

    Facebook – @acanadianceliacpodcast

    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA

    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?

    list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

         (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Other Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

    My Thoughts

    In anticipation of talking with Kathy Smart, I was hoping to get the opportunity to ask her about how she was “treated” when she was a guest on different TV shows.  What I wanted to know was did they have gluten free snacks prepared for her, and were they expecting her to need them?  Her answer was enlightening, but not unexpected.  The better the management of the production, the better she was “cared for”.

    It is now estimated that 20% of the world’s population identifies with some type of food sensitivity or intolerance.  I remember years ago, at a CCA conference, one of the presenters was a chef who had worked at many large by-invitation-only banquets.  He told us a similar statistic at that time – If asked, one in five people will respond to an invitation with some sort of food intolerance or allergy.  At the time, this number seemed very high to me, but now, I realize it’s actually quite accurate.

    Maybe that’s why I am always surprised when I register for a conference or presentation with my affiliations – “Sue’s Gluten Free Baking”, or “A Canadian Celiac Podcast”, or “Gluten Free Weigh In” – they don’t automatically assume or ask if I require a gluten free snack or meal.  I have to tell them.  I have long since given up expecting even the most “foodie” groups to figure it out.

    The key here might be – “if asked”, the terminology used by the chef who worked those large banquets.  We should be asking, and in a way that people won’t feel embarrassed, or ashamed to admit their food issues.  Yes, the chef had it correct – when you invite someone somewhere there is going to be food, it should be accompanied by a request to identify any special food requirements they have.

    For years now, I have tried to do this.  It doesn’t come naturally at first, and I remember sounding very awkward when I asked, but of late, it just slides off my tongue.  Who knew one family member was vegan, or another didn’t eat red meat? Well I found out by asking, and I was prepared for both of them.  It’s a lesson we can all learn – ask about food allergies and intolerances and nowadays, expect to be told.

  • Ep 54 All-Inclusive Resort Travel with Tarryn & Lisa

    The topic for this week’s episode is staying at an all-inclusive resort.  This poses many problems, but also opportunity for someone on a special diet, if you research and plan ahead.  I spoke with Tarryn of My Celiac Life who travels frequently and Lisa from my Gluten Free Weigh In podcast.  Tarryn walks us through the process she uses and Lisa chats about her recent vacation in Cuba.

    You can find the restaurant cards Lisa speaks about at http://www.celiactravel.com/cards/ and also at https://www.selectwisely.com/catalog/Gluten-Free?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI89WF5frb3wIVxh6tBh1fngHrEAAYASACEgIzlPD_BwE

    Tarryn can be found online at https://www.myceliaclife.ca/ on Instagram at myceliaclife.

    Lisa is on Instagram at gf_ketogirl.

     

    Sue’s Websites and Social Media –

    Podcast https://acanadianceliacpodcast.libsyn.com

    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

    Facebook – @acanadianceliacpodcast

    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA

    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

    (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Other Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

    My Thoughts

    I love to travel.  I must admit, I was one of those people who thought my days of travelling were over when I was diagnosed.  I remember travelling with violent stomach issues.  Now that I knew what caused my discomfort (to put it mildly), I really didn’t feel that I could enjoy travelling anywhere because of my restrictions.

    My problem was that I worked as a freelance travel agent and was expected to travel, which in the long run was a good thing.  I did learn to travel.  My favorite vacation is on a cruise.  My second favorite is at an all-inclusive.  The all-inclusive was often not of my choice, but dictated from a supplier.

    I faithfully used the restaurant cards and learned to ask and question everything.  I became a keen observer of the routines of the restaurant staff and was very pro-active in any situation.  I have to say, I have never been sick at an all-inclusive.

    Cruising is my other go-to option.  I have a cruise booked over the winter and will look at how to eat safely on a cruise on a future podcast.

    Travel is fun and rewarding, don’t let your special diet stand in your way.  Work with your diet to travel safely – it will be worth the effort.

  • Ep 53 Gluten Free Basics

    My interview this week is with Amy Horrock a Registered Dietitian who specializes in Celiac Disease.  You can find Amy’s website at https://clearfocusnutrition.ca/

    on facebook at clearfocusnutrition and on Instagram at gluten_free_dietitian.  You can find more information about celiac disease on the website for the Canadian Celiac Association at www.celiac.caand diet information at

    Celiac Disease Diagnosis-Newly Diagnosed-Canadian Celiac Association

    This is a brief introduction to the gluten-free diet (GFD) to help you get started on your journey to better health. See a registered dietitian for detailed dietary information, needs assessment and education. The gluten-free diet is a diet for life and should never be started before a small intestinal biopsy is positive for celiac disease.

    Sue’s Websites and Social Media –

    Podcast https://acanadianceliacpodcast.libsyn.com

    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

    Facebook – @acanadianceliacpodcast

    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA

    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

         (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Other Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

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  • Ep 52 The High Cost of Gluten Free Food

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode.

    This week I spoke about an article I wrote for the Winter 2018 Issue of Gluten-free Canada.  This magazine can be read online at –

    Magazine Issues

    Enjoy a free electronic copy of Gluten-Free Canada by selecting the issue you’d like to read below: Winter 2018 Issue

    I chat about the article, read some excerpts and add some extra thoughts. 

    Sue’s Websites and Social Media

    Podcast https://acanadianceliacpodcast.libsyn.com

    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

    Facebook – @acanadianceliacpodcast

    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA

    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

         (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

    My Thoughts

    I often see posts on social media about the cost of gluten free foods.  Yes, some prices seem outrageous, but we do have to realize that ours is specialty food.  It might just take a shift in our priorities to get the cost of gluten free food for our families under control.

    My solution has always been to make as much as I can myself.  I realize this approach is not going to work for everyone, time is a precious commodity.  It also depends how many people are eating gluten free, if it’s just for one person, the effort doesn’t seem worth it.  Our family essentially went gluten free in our home (sometimes a gluten option is available, but for the most part it’s gluten free).  Feeding a family is a very good reason to make and bake from scratch, or at least from mixes.

    I can attest that the results will be fresher and far more pleasing than the fat and sugar laden baked goods bought in the supermarket.  Many of the products on those shelves arrive at the store frozen, thaw on the shelf and then you re-freeze them once you get them home.  No wonder so much gluten free food gets a “thumbs down”.

    I am certainly not faulting anyone who can’t manage to prepare gluten free from scratch, we are all so busy these days, this is certainly an extra burden.  The takeaway message here is to give it some thought – you don’t go out and spend your money in fancy restaurants all the time because you can make something that suits you fine at home, so maybe, just maybe, it might work that way with gluten free as well.  You may be surprised how successful you are at making some of the basics.  I know, from experience and from my friends, that once you can make a bread you enjoy, that’s what you’ll get used to and want all the time.  If you’re looking for a simple bread recipe, try the baguette recipe from my baking show.  Here’s the link – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com/small-breads-4

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  • Ep 51 Becoming a Gluten Free Entrepreneur

    My chat this week was with Melissa, owner-operator of Happyditty Bakery.  The bakery recently relocated from Victoria, BC to Kingston, Ontario.  Melissa and I speak of our shared experiences in operating a gluten free bakery, many things you would never consider you might have to be concerned with when starting a business.  If it was only all about the baking.  You can find more about Happyditty Bakery online at https://happyditty/squarespace.com or on Facebook and Instagram at Happyditty.

    Thanks Ellen Bayens of Theceliacscene.com for introducing me to such a nice, interesting person as Melissa.

    Sue’s Websites and Social Media

    Podcast https://acanadianceliacpodcast.libsyn.com

    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

    Facebook – @acanadianceliacpodcast

    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA

    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

         (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

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  • Ep 50 Holiday Survival Guide with Ellen

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    This week I spoke with Ellen Bayens of theceliacscene.com to discuss the Holiday Survival Guide issued by the Canadian Celiac Association. We chat about our own experiences with relation to the tips and recipes given in the guide. Thanks to Udi’s and Schar for sponsoring the guide, and thanks to the contributors for their articles and recipes. I mentioned Lisa, a co-host on my other podcast Gluten Free Weigh In, is on a ketogenic gluten free diet, as this was of interest to Ellen.  Lisa’s Instagram is gf_ketogirl. You can find the Holiday guide at https://www.celiac.ca/living-gluten-free/holiday-survival-guide/

    Sue’s Websites and Social Media

    Podcast https://acanadianceliacpodcast.libsyn.com

    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

    Facebook – @acanadianceliacpodcast

    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA

    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

         (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

    My Thoughts

    The holiday season is always very busy and stressful foreveryone.  Those of us with celiac disease must not only learn to function in our own lives on a gluten free diet, which is no easy feat, but at this time of year, we must learn to function in an environment that includes other friends and family members.

    I’m sure most of us can remember back to a time when we had never heard of celiac disease or the gluten free diet.  Once we were faced with it as our only treatment, it was a steep learning curve, all in an effort to become healthy.  Now, it’s difficult to imagine knowing nothing about the gluten free diet, or its importance, but that’s the reality for many people we come into contact with.

    I remember, it was December many years ago, when I had my endoscopy and the doctor told me to keep eating gluten until I had another blood test, then to go on the diet.  It wouldn’t be till after the holidays that I would be able to meet with a dietician.  After doing some research into gluten, I distinctly remember saying to my mother – “It can’t mean all gluten, it must be something where I have to limit it, or keep track of the amount, how can anyone live completely without gluten?”  We all know how that turned out.

    As frustrating as it can be for us to encounter those who don’t understand celiac or the gluten free diet, remember – we’re the lucky ones.  We’ve had a diagnosis and we know how important it is to be on a strict gluten free diet.  The Holiday Survival Guide gives great tips to help us through some difficult situations. Hopefully it won’t happen often, and I’m glad to say awareness now is better than ever.  Ellen said it best in the podcast – this time of year is not the time to educate –  but it is the time to be vigilant.  Enjoy the holidays gluten free and hopefully stress free  – it’s the healthiest thing you can do for yourself.

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  • Ep 49 Six Positive Aspects of a Celiac Diagnosis

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    This week I spoke about an article I wrote for the Winter 2018 Issue of Gluten-free Canada.  I chat about the article, read some excerpts and add some extra thoughts.  This magazine can be read online at –

    Magazine Issues

    Enjoy a free electronic copy of Gluten-Free Canada by selecting the issue you’d like to read below: Winter 2018 Issue

    Sue’s Websites and Social Media

    Podcast https://acanadianceliacpodcast.libsyn.com

    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

    Facebook – @acanadianceliacpodcast

    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA

    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

         (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

    My Thoughts

    We often hear that stress is dangerous for our health.  Sometimes we can’t avoid stress, and yes, sometimes it does take over our lives in a negative manner.  There are times when stress can be avoided or diminished by a positive attitude.  I admit that at first when I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I didn’t have a good attitude.  Most of us go through a period of mourning for the food experiences we can no longer have.  I felt very alone, and in some way didn’t feel I deserved the extra effort it took to make healthy flavourful gluten free foods.

    That all changed when my daughter was diagnosed 5 months later.  For her, I would go to any length to make the best tasting, most nutritious gluten free foods.  I was on a mission.

    I don’t think my story is uncommon, and I only tell it now, in light of the soul searching I did when I challenged myself to write an article on the positive aspects of a celiac diagnosis.  Most of us, at the time, don’t think of that moment as a high point in our lives, but on reflection, for me, that’s just what it was.  I cope pretty well on my diet, amongst my friends and family, and with the stresses of life.  I rely on my gluten free diet to keep me healthy and nourished.  I work with my diet, not against it.  We do pretty well together – my positive attitude at work.

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  • Ep 48 GFreeWifey Talks About Food Banks

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    This week I spoke with Jessica Danford whose online presence as GFREEWIFEY is well known at least amongst those from the Toronto area.  Over this past year, she has begun a program to donate gluten free food to public food banks.  This may sound simple, but it involves education of both management and volunteers at each food bank as well as mounting campaigns to have safe gluten free food donated to the food banks willing to handle it.

    To this end, Jess has set up a GoFundMe page for donations at www.gofundme.com/gfreewifeyfoodbank

    She can be found online at – www.gfreewifey.com

    To be kept up to date on her projects, including the Community Cook Book sign up for her mailing list at http://eepurl.com/dsgyor

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Gfreewifey/

    Instagram – GFREEWIFEY

    YouTubehttp://bit.ly/GFWifeyYOUTUBE

    You can also email Jess at –

    jess@gfreewifey.com

    Sue’s Websites and Social Media

    Podcast https://acanadianceliacpodcast.libsyn.com

    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

    Facebook – @acanadianceliacpodcast

    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA

    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

    (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

     

    My Thoughts

    I suspect, like me, you receive many letters and personalized “asks” for money and assistance from numerous charitable organizations.  For the most part these organizations are well meaning and use the donated funds in responsible ways to better the cause they are set up for.  Many of us can look on these charities as worthwhile, and at the same time do not donate time or money to them.

    There are many reasons for this, but the simple one is – I haven’t been affected by this situation or condition, so it’s not personal with me.  This is nothing to be ashamed of, all charitable organizations acknowledge that their public “asks” are only successful with those who have been touched by the cause in one way or another.

    Celiac disease is my cause, and I suspect that of most of my listenership.  That’s the easy part.  The harder part is to look at the “forgotten” celiacs.  Those who cannot afford membership in the CCA, or to attend a conference, or who don’t have transportation to attend chapter meetings, or restaurant meetups.  These celiacs are essentially invisible.  We spend a great deal of time investigating new foods that we all hope will “improve our lives” or finding that next favourite restaurant, or that perfect GF picture for Instagram.  It’s very difficult to imagine requiring a gluten free diet, but being in survival mode, not having enough money to buy the basics.  Individuals, families and most heartbreaking of all, children, whose only treatment for a serious autoimmune condition is financially out of reach.

    This is the beginning of the holiday season for many of us.  It’s a season of sharing and giving.  Both the Canadian Celiac Association and the GoFundMe page for GFreeWifey are excellent ways to do something special for our own this year.  If we don’t, who will?  Let’s make it Personal!

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