• 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.

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    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

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

  • 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

  • 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.

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

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    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

  • 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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  • Ep 47 Kitchen Tips Gluten Free

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

    I often get asked about how to manage a gluten free home kitchen.  Having had a commercial gluten free bakery, I have some tips that I was able to apply to my home kitchen.  During the episode I also reference a YouTube video called 5 Things Everyone Should Know About Gluten Free – you can find it at

    http://bit.ly/5ThingsAboutGlutenFree

    The website for my gluten free baking show can be found at https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.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

    Again, this is one of those episodes where I talked through my thoughts on the podcast, so I don’t have very much to add.

    It does make me remember how difficult it was to both switch my kitchen over to a safe gluten free environment and then to educate my family to help me keep it safe.  So much to learn, and in such a short time.  If you are in that situation, just make one change at a time, involve your family as you switch over to a safe gluten free space.  Maybe you have kids, who can help you decide on what colour container to use for gluten free and where to store things.  Getting my family on board from the beginning was a huge help for me.

    It is hard to look back on those early days, partly because they were not easy, and partly because I can truly appreciate how much my family has rallied behind me and changed everything they do in the kitchen to meet the needs of the gluten free family members.  Way to go folks – couldn’t have done it without you!

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  • Ep 46 Food Blogger Cinde Little

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

    During the summer I had a very interesting chat with Cinde Little of Everyday Gluten Free Gourmet.  Cinde is first a foodie, and she brings that love of food and curiosity of new flavours and combinations to the gluten free experience.  I made some of her recipes and thoroughly enjoyed them.  You can find Cinde’s blog at https://www.everydayglutenfreegourmet.ca

    Twitter – @LittleCinde

    Instagram – everyday.gf.gourmet.ca

    Facebook – Everyday Gluten Free Gourmet

    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

    It’s hard for me to remember back before gluten free – it’s been more than 20 years, but one thing I do remember was a curiosity surrounding new foods and new recipes.  I am an accomplished gluten free baker, but as I’ve said before on the podcast, I’m not a great cook – good enough for my family and to tackle the odd dinner party, but nothing extraordinary.

    Before gluten free, I tried everything, not only to eat, but to make.  I remember once having a Japanese dinner party, inviting friends and even buying a sake set to enjoy the authentic wine.  Once I required a gluten free diet, that all changed.  Like you, I struggled just to get nutritious meals on the table that were safe for me and my family.  The fancy stuff and extra effort got left behind.

    It’s refreshing to speak with Cinde, to see her approach to gluten free, maybe it’s because she doesn’t have to eat gluten free, or maybe she’s just a true foodie.  Regardless, the recipes and perspective she brings to bolstering our day to day eating the same old thing is like a breath of fresh air.

    Thanks Cinde for taking the time and putting in the effort that many of us on a gluten free diet, can’t seem to achieve – approaching the diet with a curiosity and wonder that can expand horizons.  I’ll still make my same old recipes, tried and true, but now with some new recipes, I can sprinkle a little bit of new taste and magic into my meals and my diet.

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  • Ep 45 Ellen’s Gluten Free Favourites

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

    This episode is a conversation with Ellen Bayens of The Celiac Scene about our favourite Gluten Free things.  Here’s our list –

    Ellen – Duinkerken Multi-Grain Bread Mix, Little Northern Bakehouse Bread, Schar Chocolate Covered Graham Wafers, Cloud 9 Pancake/Waffle Mix, Red Robin Restaurant, 6 Mile Pub in Victoria, Floating Fish Store in Victoria, Rizopia Pasta, Tinkyada Pasta, Royal Spice Restaurant, Rawthentic Eatery, Real Food Corn Thins, Wendel’s True Foods Gluten Free in Langley BC, Wild Poppy Bakery in Ladysmith BC, chocolate mousse, M&M Meats Too Tall Chocolate Cake GF, salted licorice

    Sue – Tutti Biscotti Orange & Dark Chocolate, Pamela’s Pancake & Baking Mix, New York Fries, salads at MacDonalds, Boston Pizza chicken wings, The Junction Restaurant in Seeley’s Bay Ontario, Go-Go Quinoa pasta, Wow Desserts cheesecakes as restaurant desserts, grilled cheese sandwich, Chapman’s Ice Cream and PaneRiso ice cream cones, M&M’s, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups

    You can find Ellen at www.theceliacscene.com.

    You can find Cinde Little at – https://www.everydayglutenfreegourmet.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

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

     

    My Thoughts

    Funny thing, if someone heard a couple of celiacs chatting, they would assume they were both “foodies” as the conversation will inevitably turn to food and restaurant choices and favourites.  Sharing our finds, our successes and our creations is the best way to help others who may be struggling.

    I can remember back to a time when everything gluten free was new and I didn’t know where to turn just to feed myself, let alone enjoy it, or appreciate it.  Even though gluten free is more known now and every grocery store has something to feed us, there are still many at the beginning of this journey, and yes, they still struggle.

    Do you ever see someone in the gluten free section at your local supermarket pondering over the choices like they were reading Greek?  I have, and if it’s not too intrusive, I’ll introduce myself as a celiac and help them make some choices, maybe not for them, but for a loved one.

    We all have our favourite foods, the list is honed from the many times we have tried and been disappointed, as well as those times we have been pleasantly surprised.  I encourage you to share your lists, as Ellen and I have done.  Who knows, your favourites are likely shared by others.  I think I’ll have an ice cream cone now.

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  • Ep 44 – 5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Gluten Free Diet

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

    This week was a bit different – I spoke about a video I felt compelled to make about the

    5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Gluten Free Diet.  Here’s the link –

    http://bit.ly/5ThingsAboutGlutenFree

    I was quizzed so many times while I had the bakery about the diet and questions surrounding those on it, I felt that maybe a video might answer those top 5 questions as follows:

    Who needs to eat a gluten free diet?

    How much gluten is too much? – A tiny bit of gluten makes a huge difference.

    What happens when someone who shouldn’t eat gluten eats some?

    How can anyone be sure they’re eating gluten free?

    How can I prepare a meal for someone eating gluten free?

    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

    Not too much to add to about my thoughts on the 5 questions – I did that in the podcast.  What I can share was the difficulty in translating the answers to simple video segments.

    I love M&M’s (almost too much) and I remember sitting around the kitchen table with my girls when they were young playing simple math games with a small bag of M&M’s. How many of each colour, add colours together and the ever-popular subtraction (in our mouths).  I thought this might work, so after counting out 94 M&M’s without red or yellow, I added 1 red and 5 yellow.  I dropped them a few times onto the white surface before I got all of them to stay together.  Afterwards – you guessed it, I played subtraction.

    Parts per million as a concept is tricky to illustrate in video.  I didn’t even want to estimate a million of anything.  Crumbs were the answer, and everyone has them in their toasters.  In our house we have two matching toasters one black for wheat products and one white for only gluten free.  It wasn’t hard to find or show crumbs on a white background.

    Even more difficult than parts per million was to show what happens when someone eats gluten.  I didn’t want to get graphic, and everyone’s pain and discomfort is different.  My main goal with this segment was to show the effects lasted for days and that ingesting gluten is nothing one gets over quickly.

    How can anyone eat gluten free – this one was easy – Labels, Labels and Labels.  We all, over time, get used to it.  Odd to watch others in a grocery store, never reading a label.  It’s second nature to me now.

    Lastly, I wanted to illustrate eating simply.  I normally have a big salad or some homemade soup for lunch.  Often on a restaurant menu the only thing we can eat is a salad (to be safe), but the truth is most of us (celiacs) love salads.  I noticed this when feeding a summer camp of celiac kids – I could never make enough salad.  That’s a good thing.

    The challenge I’m left with after uploading the video is to have people watch it.  You can help me by sharing it, especially with those around you who either need some education on the subject or just some reinforcement of what you’ve already told them.  Then my job will be done!

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