Gluten-Free Events

Feb
23
Fri
Today’s Specials @ Rawthentic Eatery in Victoria • Courtenay
Feb 23 all-day

Rawthentic Specials from Thursday, February 17th to Tuesday, February 27th. Always gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and raw!

Feature Specials

  • Hemp Hearts 1lb – Regular  $15 on for $7.99 + Buy 5 get 1 Free.
  • Thai Salad Rolls with a Large Smoothie of your choice – Regular  $18 on for $13.99.
  • All ‘certified gluten free’ Oat Cookies 6-pack – Regular $6 On for $3.99.

Check out our Bulk Order Desserts on special … an in-store order sheet is available near the till.


Rawthentic Eatery Skip the Dishes

Click for more information

Rawthentic Eatery is pleased to announce a partnership with ‘Skip the Dishes!’ If you you live in the Victoria area you can order food and have it deliver to your work place, home or even while you are waiting in a line up just about anywhere in their delivery radius!

Rawthentic has created a CLEANSE GUIDE BOOK and is making it available for FREE. 10 pages of exclusive information will help you make transitional changes with your diet.  Tips on how to detoxify comfortably, how to snack properly, and how to heal (lose weight) without compromise.

Email [email protected] with ‘Please Send the Guide Book’ in the subject line and it will be emailed to you.


Online Shopping!  

At Both of our locations, Courtenay and Victoria, we are introducing our new website, and with that we are beginning an excellent online grocery shopping experience.

How it works:

  • STEP 1 – You Pre-order and pre-pay
  • STEP 2 – We add your request to our next order.
  • STEP 3 – We contact you once it has arrived and pass on substantial savings.

Follow Rawthentic’s Facebook Page to be the first to know about their weekly specials!

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm • Sat 9:30am-8pm • Sunday 9am-7pm

Rawthentic Eatery Victoria & Courtenay

Rawthentic Eateries in Victoria and Courtenay are raw, vegan, gluten & dairy free. Fuel up with delicious nutrient-dense juices or smoothies. Enjoy mouth-watering salads, wraps and bowls that leave you healthier than when you came in, then finish off with one of their guilt-free desserts! Rawthentic is dedicated to meeting our allergic, gluten-free and food-intolerant needs. All dried fruit, seeds and nuts are sourced to be gluten free. Only gluten-free oat flour is used in baking.

VIEW RAWTHENTIC’S MENU HERE or scroll down.

  • ON THE RUN? Choose from a variety of dishes made fresh daily ready-to-go to make your trip into Rawthentic faster. REAL! FOOD! FAST!

Click here to learn about Rawthentic Eatery’s Bulk Grocery Program (scroll down for poster)
Shop Rawthentic’s Online Store for Victoria • Shop Rawthentic’s Online Store for Courtenay
Visit Rawthentic in Courtenay • Visit Rawthentic in Victoria
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Rawthentic Facts

Rawthentic Smoothie Boosters

  • Everything is made fresh in house with real food … no fillers, preservatives or refined food.
  • Sauces are made fresh every day using nuts, seeds, cold pressed olive oil and hemp as their base.
  • Wraps are made in-house, dehydrated at 115˚ to keep enzymes alive and made with only ground flax and vegetables.
  • Rawthentic’s  almond mylk is made fresh every day.
  • Most of the to-go containers, straws, cutlery are made with corn so they are biodegradable.
  • Apple juice is cold pressed and unpasteurized – in other words, juiced right off the tree.
  • Rawthentic smoothie boosters are real, unprocessed super foods: chia (perfect anti-oxidant and intestinal cleanser), hemp hearts (big protein boost), goji (anti-oxidant and high in protein), acai (high anti-oxidant and energy boost), maca (energy boost)

Rawthentic Catering

Rawthentic caters …. click to learn more

Rawthentic Caters

  •  Count on Rawthentic’s raw food catering service for your important occasion – social or business – for up to 200 guests for weddings, birthdays, dinner parties and corporate events. See what our inspiring, healthy, eye-catching raw food can bring to your event from wedding and birthday cakes or any other raw delight that you can think of!  Get in touch with their knowledgeable raw food experts. Learn more …

About the Owner

  • Not only is Bill Hadikin the owner of Rawthentic – he’s their best customer. He has been enjoying vegan raw food since 2004 when he went through a personal journey discovering health in his life. He lost over 50lbs of weight in the process while feeling amazing. “Don’t just eat it ‘cause it tastes good … learn why it is good for you at the same time.” Learn more …

Rawthentic Smoothies

Rawthentic Smoothies

  • ANTI-OXIDANT
    • Coconut Water, Acai, Goji, Chia, Dates, Spinach, Blueberries, Lemon
  • GLOWING GODDESS
    • Apple Juice, Hemp, Dates, Banana, Vanilla, Sour Cherry, Raspberries
  • KALE’licious
    • Apple Juice, Dates, Pear, Kale, Ginger,Raspberry
  • ZENERGY
    • Coconut Water, Spirulina, Chia, Hemp, Dates, Spinach, Blueberries
  • BERRY BUNNY
    • Carrot Juice Blackberry, Hemp, Vanilla, Dates, Banana
  • MANGO LIME ZINGER
    • Apple Juice, Dates, Banana, Mango, Spinach, Lime, Ginger
  • HAWAIIAN SUNSET
    • Apple Juice, Coconut, Chia, Dates, Strawberries & Pineapple

Rawthentic Juices

Rawthentic Juices

  • BEET TREAT
    • Beets, Carrot, Apple, Ginger, Lemon
    • LOVE & LIGHT
    • Orange, Lemon, Apple, Ginger, Turmeric
  • GREEN & CLEAN
    • Kale, Cukes, Celery, Ginger, Apple, Lemon

Rawthentic Juices 2

  • SKINNY DIP
    • Apple, Pear, Lemon, Ginger
  • WHEATGRASS COCKTAIL
    • Apple, Carrot, Wheatgrass
    • Add Kambucha to any juice for free!
  • KAMBUCHA-ON-TAP

Rawthentic Salads

Rawthentic Salads 2

  • MEDITERANEAN QUINOA SALAD
    • Quinoa, spinach, tomatoes, Kalamata olives beets, peppers, balsamic vinaigrette
  • CHIC’UN CAEZAR SALAD
    • Romaine, Chic`un` patty, caezar dressing, brazil nut parm and garlic bread
  • RAWTHENTIC SALAD
    • Spring Mix, carrots, beets, tomatoes, cukes, peppers, sprouts, hemp, Balsamic dressing
  • PAD THAI SALAD
    • Zucchini and kelp noodles, almonds, greens cashews, peppers, almond Thai dressing
  • FIESTA  SALAD
    • Romaine, mixed hemp dressing, tomato, pepper, falafel, nacho nut cheese, olives
  • BUILD YOUR OWN BASIC SALAD
    • Base, 3 toppings and dressing of choice

Rawthentic Wraps
Rawthentic Wraps

  • WARRIOR WRAP
    • Falafel, beet, carrot, sprout, spring mix, cashew hummus, mixed dressing
  • AVOCADO SANDWICH WRAP
    • Creamy cashew dill dressing, cucumbers, tomato, sprout, spring mix, avocado, salt, pepper, cayenne
  • CHIPOTLE BURRITO WRAP
    • Romaine, Chipotle veggies, peppers, brown basmati rice tomato, and pumpkin taco meat spread
  • PESTO CHIC’UN WRAP
    • Pesto, sundried tomato, chic’un’ patty, cucumbers, spring mix, Caesar dressing
  • GREEK WRAP
    • Wrap, Tzatziki, quinoa, falafel, tomato, spinach, olives, cucumbers, peppers
  • CURRY WRAP
    • Creamy dill, brown basmati rice, falafel ball, spinach, marinated veggies, curry sauce, tomatoes

Rawthentic Bowls
Rawthentic Bowls 2

  • GODDESS BOWL
    • Basmati, spring mix, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, beets, sprouts, sesame dressing
  • NAMASTE BOWL
    • Basmati rice, spring mix, curry veggies, tomatoes, carrots, curry sauce, Creamy Dill Kale chip crumble
  • CLEANSE SALAD
    • Spring Mix, carrots, beets, tomatoes, cukes, peppers, sprouts, hemp, Balsamic dressing
  • TSAMURAI BOWL
    • Basmati rice, Chic’un patty, spring mix, teriyaki veggies, teriyaki dressing, carrots, red peppers, sesame seeds
  • CARRIBA BOWL
    • Basmati rice, romaine, chipotle veggies, Chipotle sauce, avocado, tomatoes, carrots, kale chip crumble
  • PORTABELLA PESTO PASTA BOWL
    • Zucchini noodles, walnut meatballs, tomatoes walnut pesto, spinach, brazil nut parm, chives

Rawthentic Desserts! Let the pictures speak for themselves! 

Rawthentic Desserts

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Feb
24
Sat
Today’s Specials @ Rawthentic Eatery in Victoria • Courtenay
Feb 24 all-day

Rawthentic Specials from Thursday, February 17th to Tuesday, February 27th. Always gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and raw!

Feature Specials

  • Hemp Hearts 1lb – Regular  $15 on for $7.99 + Buy 5 get 1 Free.
  • Thai Salad Rolls with a Large Smoothie of your choice – Regular  $18 on for $13.99.
  • All ‘certified gluten free’ Oat Cookies 6-pack – Regular $6 On for $3.99.

Check out our Bulk Order Desserts on special … an in-store order sheet is available near the till.


Rawthentic Eatery Skip the Dishes

Click for more information

Rawthentic Eatery is pleased to announce a partnership with ‘Skip the Dishes!’ If you you live in the Victoria area you can order food and have it deliver to your work place, home or even while you are waiting in a line up just about anywhere in their delivery radius!

Rawthentic has created a CLEANSE GUIDE BOOK and is making it available for FREE. 10 pages of exclusive information will help you make transitional changes with your diet.  Tips on how to detoxify comfortably, how to snack properly, and how to heal (lose weight) without compromise.

Email [email protected] with ‘Please Send the Guide Book’ in the subject line and it will be emailed to you.


Online Shopping!  

At Both of our locations, Courtenay and Victoria, we are introducing our new website, and with that we are beginning an excellent online grocery shopping experience.

How it works:

  • STEP 1 – You Pre-order and pre-pay
  • STEP 2 – We add your request to our next order.
  • STEP 3 – We contact you once it has arrived and pass on substantial savings.

Follow Rawthentic’s Facebook Page to be the first to know about their weekly specials!

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm • Sat 9:30am-8pm • Sunday 9am-7pm

Rawthentic Eatery Victoria & Courtenay

Rawthentic Eateries in Victoria and Courtenay are raw, vegan, gluten & dairy free. Fuel up with delicious nutrient-dense juices or smoothies. Enjoy mouth-watering salads, wraps and bowls that leave you healthier than when you came in, then finish off with one of their guilt-free desserts! Rawthentic is dedicated to meeting our allergic, gluten-free and food-intolerant needs. All dried fruit, seeds and nuts are sourced to be gluten free. Only gluten-free oat flour is used in baking.

VIEW RAWTHENTIC’S MENU HERE or scroll down.

  • ON THE RUN? Choose from a variety of dishes made fresh daily ready-to-go to make your trip into Rawthentic faster. REAL! FOOD! FAST!

Click here to learn about Rawthentic Eatery’s Bulk Grocery Program (scroll down for poster)
Shop Rawthentic’s Online Store for Victoria • Shop Rawthentic’s Online Store for Courtenay
Visit Rawthentic in Courtenay • Visit Rawthentic in Victoria
Instagram • Facebook • Website


Rawthentic Facts

Rawthentic Smoothie Boosters

  • Everything is made fresh in house with real food … no fillers, preservatives or refined food.
  • Sauces are made fresh every day using nuts, seeds, cold pressed olive oil and hemp as their base.
  • Wraps are made in-house, dehydrated at 115˚ to keep enzymes alive and made with only ground flax and vegetables.
  • Rawthentic’s  almond mylk is made fresh every day.
  • Most of the to-go containers, straws, cutlery are made with corn so they are biodegradable.
  • Apple juice is cold pressed and unpasteurized – in other words, juiced right off the tree.
  • Rawthentic smoothie boosters are real, unprocessed super foods: chia (perfect anti-oxidant and intestinal cleanser), hemp hearts (big protein boost), goji (anti-oxidant and high in protein), acai (high anti-oxidant and energy boost), maca (energy boost)

Rawthentic Catering

Rawthentic caters …. click to learn more

Rawthentic Caters

  •  Count on Rawthentic’s raw food catering service for your important occasion – social or business – for up to 200 guests for weddings, birthdays, dinner parties and corporate events. See what our inspiring, healthy, eye-catching raw food can bring to your event from wedding and birthday cakes or any other raw delight that you can think of!  Get in touch with their knowledgeable raw food experts. Learn more …

About the Owner

  • Not only is Bill Hadikin the owner of Rawthentic – he’s their best customer. He has been enjoying vegan raw food since 2004 when he went through a personal journey discovering health in his life. He lost over 50lbs of weight in the process while feeling amazing. “Don’t just eat it ‘cause it tastes good … learn why it is good for you at the same time.” Learn more …

Rawthentic Smoothies

Rawthentic Smoothies

  • ANTI-OXIDANT
    • Coconut Water, Acai, Goji, Chia, Dates, Spinach, Blueberries, Lemon
  • GLOWING GODDESS
    • Apple Juice, Hemp, Dates, Banana, Vanilla, Sour Cherry, Raspberries
  • KALE’licious
    • Apple Juice, Dates, Pear, Kale, Ginger,Raspberry
  • ZENERGY
    • Coconut Water, Spirulina, Chia, Hemp, Dates, Spinach, Blueberries
  • BERRY BUNNY
    • Carrot Juice Blackberry, Hemp, Vanilla, Dates, Banana
  • MANGO LIME ZINGER
    • Apple Juice, Dates, Banana, Mango, Spinach, Lime, Ginger
  • HAWAIIAN SUNSET
    • Apple Juice, Coconut, Chia, Dates, Strawberries & Pineapple

Rawthentic Juices

Rawthentic Juices

  • BEET TREAT
    • Beets, Carrot, Apple, Ginger, Lemon
    • LOVE & LIGHT
    • Orange, Lemon, Apple, Ginger, Turmeric
  • GREEN & CLEAN
    • Kale, Cukes, Celery, Ginger, Apple, Lemon

Rawthentic Juices 2

  • SKINNY DIP
    • Apple, Pear, Lemon, Ginger
  • WHEATGRASS COCKTAIL
    • Apple, Carrot, Wheatgrass
    • Add Kambucha to any juice for free!
  • KAMBUCHA-ON-TAP

Rawthentic Salads

Rawthentic Salads 2

  • MEDITERANEAN QUINOA SALAD
    • Quinoa, spinach, tomatoes, Kalamata olives beets, peppers, balsamic vinaigrette
  • CHIC’UN CAEZAR SALAD
    • Romaine, Chic`un` patty, caezar dressing, brazil nut parm and garlic bread
  • RAWTHENTIC SALAD
    • Spring Mix, carrots, beets, tomatoes, cukes, peppers, sprouts, hemp, Balsamic dressing
  • PAD THAI SALAD
    • Zucchini and kelp noodles, almonds, greens cashews, peppers, almond Thai dressing
  • FIESTA  SALAD
    • Romaine, mixed hemp dressing, tomato, pepper, falafel, nacho nut cheese, olives
  • BUILD YOUR OWN BASIC SALAD
    • Base, 3 toppings and dressing of choice

Rawthentic Wraps
Rawthentic Wraps

  • WARRIOR WRAP
    • Falafel, beet, carrot, sprout, spring mix, cashew hummus, mixed dressing
  • AVOCADO SANDWICH WRAP
    • Creamy cashew dill dressing, cucumbers, tomato, sprout, spring mix, avocado, salt, pepper, cayenne
  • CHIPOTLE BURRITO WRAP
    • Romaine, Chipotle veggies, peppers, brown basmati rice tomato, and pumpkin taco meat spread
  • PESTO CHIC’UN WRAP
    • Pesto, sundried tomato, chic’un’ patty, cucumbers, spring mix, Caesar dressing
  • GREEK WRAP
    • Wrap, Tzatziki, quinoa, falafel, tomato, spinach, olives, cucumbers, peppers
  • CURRY WRAP
    • Creamy dill, brown basmati rice, falafel ball, spinach, marinated veggies, curry sauce, tomatoes

Rawthentic Bowls
Rawthentic Bowls 2

  • GODDESS BOWL
    • Basmati, spring mix, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, beets, sprouts, sesame dressing
  • NAMASTE BOWL
    • Basmati rice, spring mix, curry veggies, tomatoes, carrots, curry sauce, Creamy Dill Kale chip crumble
  • CLEANSE SALAD
    • Spring Mix, carrots, beets, tomatoes, cukes, peppers, sprouts, hemp, Balsamic dressing
  • TSAMURAI BOWL
    • Basmati rice, Chic’un patty, spring mix, teriyaki veggies, teriyaki dressing, carrots, red peppers, sesame seeds
  • CARRIBA BOWL
    • Basmati rice, romaine, chipotle veggies, Chipotle sauce, avocado, tomatoes, carrots, kale chip crumble
  • PORTABELLA PESTO PASTA BOWL
    • Zucchini noodles, walnut meatballs, tomatoes walnut pesto, spinach, brazil nut parm, chives

Rawthentic Desserts! Let the pictures speak for themselves! 

Rawthentic Desserts

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Gluten-Free Brunch @ Crows Restaurant
Feb 24 @ 7:00 am – 2:30 pm
Crows Restaurant

Crows Restaurant serves quality gluten-free food, properly prepared at reasonable prices. They look forward to treating you right!

Crows Restaurant isa family-style casual diner that offers a mostly gluten-free menu. Just ask your server! Crows’ deep fryer is dedicated gluten-free so you can have your way with their fries, poutine, hearty breakfasts to sumptuous dinners. Find Crows Restaurant right next door to the Ramada Inn at 123 Gorge Road East at Albany Street. Plenty of free parking. Accessible.

Gluten-free brunch is served from 7am to 2:30pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  • Breakfast Menu – served Monday to Thursday 7 am – 11 am and Friday to Sunday 7 am – 2:30 pm
  • Includes Gluten-Free French Toast & Pancakes to order. Please allow for additional prep time.
  • Lunch Menu – served Monday to Thursday 11 am – 1:30 pm and Friday to Sunday 7 am – 2:30 pm
  • Dinner Menu – served between 5 pm and 9:30 pm  – 7 Days a week

Open 7 days per week 7am to 9:30 pm

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Crows Restaurant Sunday Brunch

More than great gluten-free food, Crows Restaurant offers entertainment, arts and even date nights!

Every Tuesday – Music Night – 7-9:30pm

  • Open Mike Night for Singer Songwriters

First Saturday Night & Third Thursdays – Paint Nite  – starting 6:30 pm

  • Discover a different nite out! Paint and party with friends at Crows Restaurant

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Abuelo’s Foods @ Comox Valley Farmer's Market
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Authentically Mexican, locally-produced, Abuelo’s Foods!
Hand-made right here on Vancouver Island from organic, non-GMO corn!

Find them from 10am to 1pm at the Native Son’s Hall. Starting January 13, 2018, market hours will change to 9am to 1pm.

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Abuelo's Tortillas

Specialty flavors and salsa verdes only available at market appearances or at Abuelo’s Factory Outlet in Courtenay

There is only one way to make the perfect tortilla … by hand!” Abuelo’s corn tortillas are produced with pride in the Comox Valley from carefully selected, organic, non-GMO corn flour and tested well water, in a 100% gluten-free facility.  Hand-cut and flavored with real beets, garlic or habenaro chilies for a taste experience like no other. Find Abuelo’s year round at the Comox Valley Farmer’s Market and at Abuelo’s Factory Outlet where you can purchase specialty flavors (cinnamon) or salsa verdes so fresh – and without preservatives – that no retailer can stock them! Check Abuelo’s Foods Demo Schedule here.

Abuelo’s Foods are available at the following Island retailers:

Abuelos Corn Tortillas

NEW! Now at all Quality Foods!
Powell River, BC:
        Ecossentials
Gold River, BC:
        Strathcona Park Lodge
Campbell River, BC:
        Healthyway Natural Foods
        Discovery Foods Willow Point
        Socal Restaurant & Bar
        Discovery Foods Oyster River
 Cortes Island, BC:
        Cortes Natural Food Co-Op
 Courtenay. BC:
        Edible Island
        Atlas Café
        Union St. Grill
        The White Whale Restaurant
        Quality Foods
        Sweet Surprise
        Hen & Hog café
        Marine Harvest
Comox, BC:
        Avenue Bistro
Cumberland, BC:
        Seeds Foods Market
        The Waverly Hotel
        Sunshine Organics
Hornby Island, BC:
        Hornby Island Co-Op
Qualicum Beach, BC:
        Village Bulk Foods
        Tidal Tacos
        Heaven on Earth
Port Alberni, BC:
        Healthy Habits
Nanaimo, BC:
        Island Natural
Ladysmith, BC:
        Wild Poppy Bistro
Duncan, BC:
        Communty Farm Store
Victoria, BC:
        Sante Gluten-free Café
        Red Barn-Latoria
        Red Barn-Mattick’s Farm
        Red Barn-West Saanich
        Red Barn-Vanalman
        The Market on Millstream
        The Market on Yates
        Lifestyles Markets
        Peppers Grocery
        Niagara Grocery
        SPUD.CA
        Local General Store
Bake My Day @ Duncan Farmer's Market
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

NEW for BC and Alberta! Order Bake My Day Online – Delivered to your Door!

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Find Bake My Day every week at Duncan’s Farmer’s Market, in front of the Green Door on Ingram Street, Duncan. Enjoy fresh, ready-to-eat gluten-free tarts, pies, turnovers, spanokopita and sausage rolls! Created in a dedicated gluten-free facility in Duncan, BC from documented to be gluten-free ingredients, these pastries are trusted to be safe for celiacs – and guaranteed to be delicious!

Learn more about Duncan Farmer’s Market HERE

When to Pre-Order for Pick Up on Saturday? contact 250-478-8450 by noon, the day ahead of market. Special pies require 4 days’ notice.

• Ready-to-Eat Pies, Tarts & Turnovers
• Ready-to-Bake Fruit Pies, Fruit Turnovers, Pork Sausage Rolls and Spanakopita
• Ready-to-Bake Pie Shells and Tart Shells
• Ready-To-Roll Puff Pastry Dough*
• All Purpose Flour Mixes**

Carrying retailers, restaurants and cafés … 
Complete Market & Craft Fair Schedule …
Order Online for Delivery or Pickup …
Follow Bake My Day on Facebook 
Outlet Store 3030 Dogwood Rd in Duncan, Tues – Sat 7am to 3pm

* See Dale’s Tips for Puff Pastry
** Visit happyditty! Confections by Melissa to see how well Bake My Day’s All Purpose Flour Mix works!

Follow Bake My Day on Facebook  • Catch Bake My Day on Twitter • Instagram


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Care Bakery Tasting @ Peninsula Coop Keating
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Gluten-free, dairy-free products with ingredients you can pronounce!

Calgary’s Kerry Bennett of Care Bakery was the ‘Belle of The Ball’ as the wrap-up speaker at the Canadian Celiac Association Conference. Now her fabulous gluten-free, dairy-free sliced bread, sandwich, hamburger and hot dog buns, dinner rolls and pizza crusts are available on Vancouver Island!

Meet Kerry in Person!
Red Barn Market James  – Friday, February 23rd 10am to 2pm
Peninsula Coop Keating – Saturday, February 24 10am to 2pm
Western Foods Langford – Sunday, February 25 10am to 2pm

Fairway Markets • Market on Millstream • Market on Yates • Peninsula Coop Keating • Red Barn Markets • Tru Value Pender • Wellburn’s • Western Foods Langford • Western Foods Sooke • Village Food Markets Sooke

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care bakery sliced breadCare Bakery Sliced Bread

  • Classic use: Our white loaf is the perfect canvas for all of your sandwich needs.
  • Creative uses: Don’t toss those bread ends; they can be cubed and used for delicious holiday stuffing, bread crumbs, or bread pudding!

care bakery sandwich bunsCare Bakery Sandwich Buns

  • Classic use: Sandwiches in all of their glory. Choose the fillings, condiments, and spreads of your choice!
  • Creative uses: Broaden your horizons beyond the traditional ham and cheese: Mexican tortas, Cuban sandwiches, Croque Monsieurs, and meatball subs all fit the bill too. You can even use them for stuffed French toast filled with peanut butter and jelly, or bananas and chocolate.

 care bakery hamburger bunsCare Bakery Hamburger Buns

  • Classic use: You guessed it, burgers! Beef, lamb, pork, or veggie will all do!
  • Creative uses: Whip up a terrific open-faced turkey or old school tuna melt. You’ll love them as the vessel for Sloppy Joes or pulled pork, or simply starting your day off with a gluten free breakfast sandwich!

care bakery dinner rollsCare Bakery Dinner Rolls

  • Classic use: Served along side dinner, slathered with plenty of butter!
  • Creative uses: BBQ sliders, kid-sized sandwiches, tea sandwiches, or anything else you want to eat in a convenient, snackable format!

care bakery hotdog bunsCare Bakery Hot Dog Buns

  • Classic use: Whether you like your hot dogs simply dressed with ketchup and mustard, or loaded with all the toppings, our buns are the ideal vessel to get you started.
  • Creative uses: Butter and toast them for decadent garlic bread. Don’t forget you can transform them into crostini for cheese and charcuterie boards! Simply slice and toast.

Care Bakery Pizza Crustscare bakery pizza crusts

  • Classic use: Want pizza but don’t want to make your own crust? We’ve got you covered.
  • Creative uses: Our 12-inch crusts are a great accompaniment to appetizers and dips! Reheat until soft and enjoy with Middle Eastern dips like hummus and baba ganoush.

Care Bakery FAQs:
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What’s the best way to reheat your products?

  • In the microwave. Times differ depending on product size and the microwave you are using. Industrial strength microwaves are faster and take 20-25 seconds. For home microwaves reheating should take 50-60 seconds.

What ingredients are in your products?

  • We have the shortest list of ingredients of any gluten free products on the market. We pride ourselves on not using ingredients you can’t pronounce. Our products are made from: water, white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, eggs, sugar, canola oil, cider vinegar, yeast, xanthan gum, and salt. There are no chemicals or preservatives (other than salt), period. All of our products are dairy free as well as gluten free!

About Kerry Bennett

Kerry Bennett, Care Bakery

Kerry Bennett, Care Bakery

ALL I WANTED WAS A SANDWICH! Maybe I can’t change Chicago or Paris, but I can change the way we eat out locally as Canadians. My goal is to create delicious products that are not a default for celiacs, but a choice for everyone, one bun at a time. Learn more

I moved to Calgary to pursue my dream of opening a restaurant. I thought that as a restaurateur I could create a special place where people could appreciate good food and enjoy being together. I decided to round out my previous experience by taking the culinary program at SAIT.

Not long before the program started, I realized that I couldn’t eat gluten, which led to many tearful nights. It may seem dramatic, but the thought of never getting to experience real Chicago deep dish pizza or crepes on the streets of Paris was devastating.

I took the program despite my restrictions and modified the recipes to work for me. It didn’t take long to realize that delicious gluten free baking was possible, even when the finished product wasn’t

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always what we intended! We made dinner rolls that turned out to be the best Yorkshire puddings ever, and a strudel dough that actually made beautiful bread. Regardless, we were learning.

With my friends’ help, the research continued and the dream grew. I thought, why not change the way we dine out? Even though I had the recipes to make delicious gluten free bread, I couldn’t enjoy it in restaurants and thus my purse was full of crumbs from carrying buns around.

Maybe I can’t change Chicago or Paris, but I can change the way we eat out locally as Canadians. My goal is to create delicious products that are not a default for celiacs, but a choice for everyone, one bun at a time.

Paradise Found Food & Habibi’s Cashew Dips @ Lifestyle Markets
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Wish you could try before you buy pricey gluten free food?  This is your chance! Join Ellen Bayens of  The Celiac Scene for a fun and informative taste extravaganza! Second and fourth Saturday of every month Lifestyle Markets on Douglas Street between 12 and 2 pm. Look for Ellen’s smile in the fabulous Bulk Food Department. No diagnosis or RSVP required.

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Paradise Found Food on Vancouver Island

Healthy seed and vegetable crackers hand-made with love in small batches on Salt Spring Island, BC.

Jam packed with real goodness, Paradise Found Super-Seed Crackers are a savoury, high-protein, high-fibre and nutrient-rich, dehydrated vegetable & seed cracker. Raw, organic, mostly-local, no gluten and vegan, they’re delicious, nutritious and convenient.

Paradise Found Foods uses certified gluten-free seeds, flours and other ingredients and creates their crackers in Laughing Daughters Bakery’s dedicated gluten-free kitchen.

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Beet & Kale Cracker All Organic Ingredients

  • Soaked flax, beets, sprouted sunflower seeds, kale, sprouted buckwheat groats, sprouted pumpkin seeds, lemon, nutritional yeast, salt.

Cabbage & Zucchini Cracker All Organic Ingredients

  • Soaked flax, red cabbage, zucchini, sprouted sunflower seeds, sprouted buckwheat groats, sprouted pumpkin seeds, lemon, nutritional yeast, salt.

Granola Crisps (On Salt Spring Island Only)

  • Using the same Super Seeds in our crackers as a base, we’ve added the yummy goodness of chia, amaranth, sorghum and blue berries. Another high-protein, nutrient-dense food that’s perfect to start your day off with – a live, gluten-free, quick and easy meal to take on the run or add to your yogurt at home.

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The Back Story

Founder, Nomi Davis

Our crackers first made their appearance when I realized that I had a physical reaction whenever I ingested bread. Looking for a substitute. I use quotations here for “gluten-intolerance” because: with more research over the years into the rashes, wheat in general and GMO food, I’m  inclined to believe it more to be, for me, a reaction to the pesticide glyphosate in our food systems.

As a Natural Health Consultant with over 3 decades in the field, I have some knowledge into these subjects and in the creation of these crackers, health was the number one priority. We are what we eat after all and our conscious cracker are a perfect addition to our healing retreats here at Paradise Found.

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Gluten-Free Products have taken over at Lifestyle Markets!

 Lifestyle Markets Gluten-Free Shelf Tags

Now EVERY AISLE is ‘safe for celiacs,’ thanks to their ‘Wee Gluten-Free’ shelf tags. Look for the orange labels that shout out EACH and EVERY gluten-free item in throughout the store! Same goes for Lifestyle Markets’ sister store on Cook Street and Lifestyle Select in Sidney!

View their complete Gluten-Free Product List

For more than 20 years, Lifestyle Markets on Douglas Street in Victoria, BC was known as the ‘first-stop-one-shop’ for anyone new to the diet or new to town. Lifestyle Markets offers the most comprehensive selection of gluten-free flours and baking ingredients in British Columbia.

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Today’s Specials @ Rawthentic Eatery in Victoria • Courtenay
Feb 25 all-day

Rawthentic Specials from Thursday, February 17th to Tuesday, February 27th. Always gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and raw!

Feature Specials

  • Hemp Hearts 1lb – Regular  $15 on for $7.99 + Buy 5 get 1 Free.
  • Thai Salad Rolls with a Large Smoothie of your choice – Regular  $18 on for $13.99.
  • All ‘certified gluten free’ Oat Cookies 6-pack – Regular $6 On for $3.99.

Check out our Bulk Order Desserts on special … an in-store order sheet is available near the till.


Rawthentic Eatery Skip the Dishes

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Rawthentic Eatery is pleased to announce a partnership with ‘Skip the Dishes!’ If you you live in the Victoria area you can order food and have it deliver to your work place, home or even while you are waiting in a line up just about anywhere in their delivery radius!

Rawthentic has created a CLEANSE GUIDE BOOK and is making it available for FREE. 10 pages of exclusive information will help you make transitional changes with your diet.  Tips on how to detoxify comfortably, how to snack properly, and how to heal (lose weight) without compromise.

Email [email protected] with ‘Please Send the Guide Book’ in the subject line and it will be emailed to you.


Online Shopping!  

At Both of our locations, Courtenay and Victoria, we are introducing our new website, and with that we are beginning an excellent online grocery shopping experience.

How it works:

  • STEP 1 – You Pre-order and pre-pay
  • STEP 2 – We add your request to our next order.
  • STEP 3 – We contact you once it has arrived and pass on substantial savings.

Follow Rawthentic’s Facebook Page to be the first to know about their weekly specials!

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm • Sat 9:30am-8pm • Sunday 9am-7pm

Rawthentic Eatery Victoria & Courtenay

Rawthentic Eateries in Victoria and Courtenay are raw, vegan, gluten & dairy free. Fuel up with delicious nutrient-dense juices or smoothies. Enjoy mouth-watering salads, wraps and bowls that leave you healthier than when you came in, then finish off with one of their guilt-free desserts! Rawthentic is dedicated to meeting our allergic, gluten-free and food-intolerant needs. All dried fruit, seeds and nuts are sourced to be gluten free. Only gluten-free oat flour is used in baking.

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  • ON THE RUN? Choose from a variety of dishes made fresh daily ready-to-go to make your trip into Rawthentic faster. REAL! FOOD! FAST!

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Rawthentic Facts

Rawthentic Smoothie Boosters

  • Everything is made fresh in house with real food … no fillers, preservatives or refined food.
  • Sauces are made fresh every day using nuts, seeds, cold pressed olive oil and hemp as their base.
  • Wraps are made in-house, dehydrated at 115˚ to keep enzymes alive and made with only ground flax and vegetables.
  • Rawthentic’s  almond mylk is made fresh every day.
  • Most of the to-go containers, straws, cutlery are made with corn so they are biodegradable.
  • Apple juice is cold pressed and unpasteurized – in other words, juiced right off the tree.
  • Rawthentic smoothie boosters are real, unprocessed super foods: chia (perfect anti-oxidant and intestinal cleanser), hemp hearts (big protein boost), goji (anti-oxidant and high in protein), acai (high anti-oxidant and energy boost), maca (energy boost)

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Rawthentic Caters

  •  Count on Rawthentic’s raw food catering service for your important occasion – social or business – for up to 200 guests for weddings, birthdays, dinner parties and corporate events. See what our inspiring, healthy, eye-catching raw food can bring to your event from wedding and birthday cakes or any other raw delight that you can think of!  Get in touch with their knowledgeable raw food experts. Learn more …

About the Owner

  • Not only is Bill Hadikin the owner of Rawthentic – he’s their best customer. He has been enjoying vegan raw food since 2004 when he went through a personal journey discovering health in his life. He lost over 50lbs of weight in the process while feeling amazing. “Don’t just eat it ‘cause it tastes good … learn why it is good for you at the same time.” Learn more …

Rawthentic Smoothies

Rawthentic Smoothies

  • ANTI-OXIDANT
    • Coconut Water, Acai, Goji, Chia, Dates, Spinach, Blueberries, Lemon
  • GLOWING GODDESS
    • Apple Juice, Hemp, Dates, Banana, Vanilla, Sour Cherry, Raspberries
  • KALE’licious
    • Apple Juice, Dates, Pear, Kale, Ginger,Raspberry
  • ZENERGY
    • Coconut Water, Spirulina, Chia, Hemp, Dates, Spinach, Blueberries
  • BERRY BUNNY
    • Carrot Juice Blackberry, Hemp, Vanilla, Dates, Banana
  • MANGO LIME ZINGER
    • Apple Juice, Dates, Banana, Mango, Spinach, Lime, Ginger
  • HAWAIIAN SUNSET
    • Apple Juice, Coconut, Chia, Dates, Strawberries & Pineapple

Rawthentic Juices

Rawthentic Juices

  • BEET TREAT
    • Beets, Carrot, Apple, Ginger, Lemon
    • LOVE & LIGHT
    • Orange, Lemon, Apple, Ginger, Turmeric
  • GREEN & CLEAN
    • Kale, Cukes, Celery, Ginger, Apple, Lemon

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  • SKINNY DIP
    • Apple, Pear, Lemon, Ginger
  • WHEATGRASS COCKTAIL
    • Apple, Carrot, Wheatgrass
    • Add Kambucha to any juice for free!
  • KAMBUCHA-ON-TAP

Rawthentic Salads

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  • MEDITERANEAN QUINOA SALAD
    • Quinoa, spinach, tomatoes, Kalamata olives beets, peppers, balsamic vinaigrette
  • CHIC’UN CAEZAR SALAD
    • Romaine, Chic`un` patty, caezar dressing, brazil nut parm and garlic bread
  • RAWTHENTIC SALAD
    • Spring Mix, carrots, beets, tomatoes, cukes, peppers, sprouts, hemp, Balsamic dressing
  • PAD THAI SALAD
    • Zucchini and kelp noodles, almonds, greens cashews, peppers, almond Thai dressing
  • FIESTA  SALAD
    • Romaine, mixed hemp dressing, tomato, pepper, falafel, nacho nut cheese, olives
  • BUILD YOUR OWN BASIC SALAD
    • Base, 3 toppings and dressing of choice

Rawthentic Wraps
Rawthentic Wraps

  • WARRIOR WRAP
    • Falafel, beet, carrot, sprout, spring mix, cashew hummus, mixed dressing
  • AVOCADO SANDWICH WRAP
    • Creamy cashew dill dressing, cucumbers, tomato, sprout, spring mix, avocado, salt, pepper, cayenne
  • CHIPOTLE BURRITO WRAP
    • Romaine, Chipotle veggies, peppers, brown basmati rice tomato, and pumpkin taco meat spread
  • PESTO CHIC’UN WRAP
    • Pesto, sundried tomato, chic’un’ patty, cucumbers, spring mix, Caesar dressing
  • GREEK WRAP
    • Wrap, Tzatziki, quinoa, falafel, tomato, spinach, olives, cucumbers, peppers
  • CURRY WRAP
    • Creamy dill, brown basmati rice, falafel ball, spinach, marinated veggies, curry sauce, tomatoes

Rawthentic Bowls
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  • GODDESS BOWL
    • Basmati, spring mix, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, beets, sprouts, sesame dressing
  • NAMASTE BOWL
    • Basmati rice, spring mix, curry veggies, tomatoes, carrots, curry sauce, Creamy Dill Kale chip crumble
  • CLEANSE SALAD
    • Spring Mix, carrots, beets, tomatoes, cukes, peppers, sprouts, hemp, Balsamic dressing
  • TSAMURAI BOWL
    • Basmati rice, Chic’un patty, spring mix, teriyaki veggies, teriyaki dressing, carrots, red peppers, sesame seeds
  • CARRIBA BOWL
    • Basmati rice, romaine, chipotle veggies, Chipotle sauce, avocado, tomatoes, carrots, kale chip crumble
  • PORTABELLA PESTO PASTA BOWL
    • Zucchini noodles, walnut meatballs, tomatoes walnut pesto, spinach, brazil nut parm, chives

Rawthentic Desserts! Let the pictures speak for themselves! 

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Gluten-Free Brunch @ Crows Restaurant
Feb 25 @ 7:00 am – 2:30 pm
Crows Restaurant

Crows Restaurant serves quality gluten-free food, properly prepared at reasonable prices. They look forward to treating you right!

Crows Restaurant isa family-style casual diner that offers a mostly gluten-free menu. Just ask your server! Crows’ deep fryer is dedicated gluten-free so you can have your way with their fries, poutine, hearty breakfasts to sumptuous dinners. Find Crows Restaurant right next door to the Ramada Inn at 123 Gorge Road East at Albany Street. Plenty of free parking. Accessible.

Gluten-free brunch is served from 7am to 2:30pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  • Breakfast Menu – served Monday to Thursday 7 am – 11 am and Friday to Sunday 7 am – 2:30 pm
  • Includes Gluten-Free French Toast & Pancakes to order. Please allow for additional prep time.
  • Lunch Menu – served Monday to Thursday 11 am – 1:30 pm and Friday to Sunday 7 am – 2:30 pm
  • Dinner Menu – served between 5 pm and 9:30 pm  – 7 Days a week

Open 7 days per week 7am to 9:30 pm

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Crows Restaurant Sunday Brunch

More than great gluten-free food, Crows Restaurant offers entertainment, arts and even date nights!

Every Tuesday – Music Night – 7-9:30pm

  • Open Mike Night for Singer Songwriters

First Saturday Night & Third Thursdays – Paint Nite  – starting 6:30 pm

  • Discover a different nite out! Paint and party with friends at Crows Restaurant

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A la Carte Sunday Breakfast @ Six Mile Pub
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunday Breakfast at Six Mile Pub! ‘GF’ means ‘Great Food that is Gluten Free!’

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Six Mile Pub pulls out all the gluten-free stops – every Sunday! Gluten-free hotcake stack, eggs benedict, omelettes, hash browns and amazing desserts! Gear up with a Mimosa, a Caesar or even a gluten-free Bard’s Beer! Gots Kids? Ask to be seated in the Family Room and order from the Kids Menu!

  • TESTIMONIAL:  Just had dinner last night at the 6 Mile Pub on Old Island Highway. Wow! I have eaten here before but was amazed again at the GF menu selection, presentation, deliciousness, and the feeling of safety eating there. We went with another family and it was so awesome that I could share food with others who easily ordered GF even though they aren’t Celiac because there is just so many good things to choose from. The calamari is the best I have had anywhere. All the deserts were gluten free. How is this possible I wondered? I asked the waitress and she told me the chef is Celiac! We need more Celiac chefs that are this creative!! I this has got to be best restaurant for dinner for Celiacs in the Victoria area.

Six Mile Pub a la carte Sunday Breakfast

Kids Menu Six Mile Pub

Kids Menu available in the Family Room until 9 pm

Find Six Mile Pub at 494 Old Island Highway in View Royal, British Columbia • 250-478-3121 • Free Parking • Accessible • Six Mile PubFacebookTwitter


Six Mile Pub Believes in Great Food that Happens to be Gluten Free! 

Six Mile Pub Gluten-Free Guarantee

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The 160 year-old View Royal pub that served the Gold Rush has set the gold standard for gluten free! Pub fare created with culinary flare, Six Mile is proud to serve ‘SIX-Nature’ chicken wings, deep-fried fish and – wait for it –  safe french fries & yam fries cooked in a dedicated deep fryer!

Six Mile Pub’s Red Seal Chefs and their protégées pride themselves on meeting the needs of celiac diners and  anyone with sensitivities i.e. dairy, soy, nuts or shellfish.

The kudos continue  – it is not necessary to call ahead to announce a gluten-free diner, but those with additional sensitivities will be treated like royalty if you let the chefs know at 250-478-3121. They’ve yet to meet an allergy they have not been able to accommodate.

There’s a cozy corner,  a sun-drenched patio or a pool table just right for you. Families are welcome with a menu made with the celiac child in mind. The family room, open daily until 9pm also makes a great space for group functions.


Six Mile Pizza.

Gluten-free pizza is a Happy Hour feature everyday from 3 – 5pm made with Six Mile’s Signature Sourdough Crust.

Six Mile Pub Gluten-Free Bun

Six Mile produces its own light and fluffy gluten-free buns with a Celiac Scene Approved Secret Ingredient!


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DID YOU KNOW?

  • That all the Pastas, Breads and Corn Tortilla Chips we serve are made fresh, right here in our own kitchen.
  • That we keep our own Honey Bees in our Riverside Culinary Garden and Apiary to produce pure, unpasteurised honey for our Bar syrups and desserts.
  • That one of our goals is to foster a healthier community by serving only wild Ocean-Wise seafood, “Drug-Free” meats and Organic produce wherever possible and practical.
  • That it is important to us to help sustain the Local Economy by providing local employment and purchasing from Local farms such as Parry Bay Sheep Farm, Laughing Ducks Farm and Saanich Organics.
  • That because of the purity of our food, many of our guests with Food Allergies and Sensitivities are now able to enjoy a proper “restaurant” meal.
  • That we long for the day when ALL our Guests will already know that EVERYTHING we serve is made from scratch, on-site, and that we will no longer need to use terms like “house-made” and “fresh” to describe our food.

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Welcome to Gluten-Free Paradise!

ellen-baynesThe Celiac Scene™ is your premier resource for fabulous gluten-free living in Victoria, Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands. Owned & operated by celiacs, we guide you to restaurants we trust and  local gluten-free products we love! We even tell you where to purchase them, at the very best prices. Enjoy national ‘celiac’ news, local reviews and non-stop gluten-free event notices. The Celiac Scene is your gateway to Gluten-Free Paradise!

Gluten-Free FAQs

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease occurs in individuals with a genetic predisposition for making antibodies to gluten. When gluten protein – found in wheat, barley and rye – is ingested, autoimmune antibodies not only attack the gluten, they also damage the lining of the small intestine. Symptoms may include digestive pain, constipation, diarrhea and fatigue. The resulting malabsortion of nutrients can lead to slowed growth and development in children and anemia, osteoporosis and fertility issues in adults. Untreated celiacs are also at an increased risk of developing digestive cancers and other autoimmune diseases. The only treatment is a strict gluten-free diet for life. The world-wide incidence of Celiac disease is estimated at 1 in 100. Of the number of people with Celiac disease in Canada, less than 5% will be properly diagnosed in their lifetimes despite the existence of a simple, prescreening blood test. Learn more …

Is there a test for Celiac disease?

Yes! There are two pre-screening blood tests that can determine whether your body makes the antibodies that are associated with Celiac disease:

  • tTg: IgA anti-transglutaminase antibody test
  • Total Serum IgA

While these blood tests are very sensitive, they are not 100% accurate. If the tTg test is positive or the IgA test shows a deficiency, a duodenal biopsy is required to make a diagnosis. Collected under mild sedation, evidence of damage to the lining of the small intestine is definitive proof of Celiac disease.

*Blood tests and intestinal biopsies are diagnostic services that are provided at no charge to residents of British Columbia. See Medical Services Plan.

Ask to be tested if you have unexplained iron deficiency, osteoporosis, brittle type 1 DM, a family history of Celiac disease, have experienced 3 months of frequent diarrhea, weight loss, dairy intolerance or exceptional gas and bloating. Learn more …

Can I be diagnosed if I’ve already gone gluten free?

It is essential that prescreening blood tests and the biopsy be performed while a person is consuming gluten in order to measure the antibodies associated with the disease and observe associated damage to the small intestine. Test results may appear falsely negative if gluten has already been removed from the diet.

Adults should consume 10 grams of gluten (4 slices of bread or equivalent) for at least 1 month prior to testing. Children should consume 5 grams of gluten (2 slices of bread or equivalent).

It may take 2-3 months on a gluten challenge to turn the tTg and biopsy positive. Because it can be very uncomfortable to reintroduce gluten to one’s diet – the gluten challenge is truly a challenge – consult your medical care provider about being prescreened for CD BEFORE choosing to go gluten free. Learn more …

Can I view my test results online?

Yes! My e-health  offers a fast and secure method for patients to receive their results electronically. As soon as results are released from the performing lab, they’re available online in my ehealth. A variety of secure technologies and procedures to help protect your information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. My ehealth is a free service available to residents of British Columbia registered with the Medical Services Plan and is available in 4 languages. Learn more …

What is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?

Individuals with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) experience digestive symptoms that are similar to those experienced by individuals with Celiac disease. Like celiacs, their symptoms improve when gluten is eliminated from their diet. Unlike celiacs, their bodies do not create antibodies to gluten, nor do they exhibit the damage to the small intestine that is the hallmark of Celiac disease. People with NCGS are at no greater risk of developing additional autoimmune conditions or digestive cancers. At the moment, there are no tests that can prove whether one has NCGS. A diagnosis of NCGS can be made when tests for Celiac disease are negative. It is estimated NCGS affects 6-10% of the population. Learn more …

Dermatitis Herpetiformis – Little Sister to Celiac Disease

Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is an inherited autoimmune disease of the skin marked by groups of watery, itchy blisters. Like Celiac disease, ingesting gluten triggers an immune system response that deposits inflammatory lgA antibodies under the top layer of skin.

The lgA deposits result in eruptions similar to the beginning of a pimple. This painfully itchy rash may progress to red, raised patches of skin that develop into small, watery blisters. The itching and burning of the eruptions are severe and the urge to scratch them is intense. Eruptions commonly occur on pressure points – around the elbows, the front of the knees, the buttocks, back, shoulders, face, and scalp and typically occur on both sides of the body. Sixty percent of those diagnosed are men and the most common ages at diagnosis are between 15 and 40 years old.

A small biopsy of unaffected skin, next to an eruption that reveals the presence of IgA deposits confirms a diagnosis of DH. A strict gluten-free diet for life is the only treatment, but the diet should only be started once a diagnosis has been made. The medication Dapsone may be prescribed to ease symptoms until the gluten-free diet reduces the severity and frequency of eruptions. Learn more …

Why can’t I just go gluten free?

Knowing whether or not you have a chronic autoimmune disorder is important to your future health and the health of your family. There may be a price for choosing not to know.

• Screening for Celiac disease is free in British Columbia
• Blood samples can be collected at your local out patient laboratory
• A diagnosis will tell you how strict your diet needs to be
• In conjunction with a lifelong commitment to the diet,  health complications may be reduced
• Your doctor can better monitor your health for other autoimmune disorders
• Celiac disease is genetic. A diagnosis confirms for your family that they may also be at risk
• Familial screening provides an early diagnosis for those with latent (asymptomatic) Celiac disease
• A diagnosis offers eligibility for future therapies that require a definitive diagnosis
• You may qualify for a Medical Expense Tax Credit
• If Celiac disease is ruled out, your doctor can proceed to test you for other disease(s)
• You can save money on gluten-free food if celiac disease is ruled out! Learn more …