Gluten-Free Events

Sep
27
Tue
Kids Under 8 Eat Free @ Pirate Chips Nanaimo
Sep 27 all-day

TUESDAYS – KIDS UNDER 8 EAT FREE!

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Pirate Chips doesn’t have just one, but TWO dedicated gluten-free fryers to serve their gluten-free and celiac customers! Not only that,the Buckaneers have the buns to serve us, too! Gluten-free hamburger buns, oyster burger buns and halibut burger buns! Find Pirate Chips at their new location – downtown, near the cenotaph.

ALSO NEW gluten-free Clam Chowder, Fish Tacos, Soups and even New Grist Gluten-Free Beer!

Check out what next week looks like:
WEDNESDAY – All-You-Can-Eat Gluten-Free Cod Fish & Chips $15.95
FRIDAY and SATURDAY – Live Music! Singing!
GLUTEN LOVERS – there’s a menu for you, too! Click here!

See Pirate Chips Feature Page

Glutenull Gluten-Free Tasting @ Broadmead Thrifty Foods
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Holly for a Special Glutenull Gluten-Free Tasting!

Glutenull

Glutenull is a Vancouver based certified gluten & yeast free bakery dedicated to bringing you fresh, premium quality, organic & non-GMO foods that are wholesome and tasty.  We have a large variety of products that are suitable for celiac, gluten intolerant, vegan, and diabetic foodies. Our facility, located in Coquitlam, is certified gluten free under the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) which assures you that it contains no traces of gluten.  We’ve also created a number of raw products that make great snacks for the whole family. Learn more …

Raw • Vegan • Organic Certified • non-GMO Verified • HACCP Certified • Yeast Free • Gluten Free

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Living Gluten Free

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If you are living gluten free,  Thrifty Foods has got you covered! From cooking staples to bakery indulgences, Thrifty Foods offers tasty, gluten-free options in every aisle.  Recipes, support and everything you need to make your gluten-free lifestyle easy, healthy and totally satisfying!

BROWSE ALL Gluten-Free Sales
BROWSE NEW Gluten-Free Products
BROWSE Gluten-Free Vitamins and Supplements
BROWSE SALES Gluten Free Vitamins and Supplements
BROWSE ALL Sales


Thrifty Foods Tasting Panel are experts at innovating. They’ve made substitutions in hundreds of recipes, recreated them in their test kitchen and taste-tested them until they are just right. All we need to do is shop, slice and dice for guaranteed deliciousness! Learn more

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Gluten-Free Recipes! Thrifty Foods shows you how on Pinterest!

• Gluten-Free Menu Planning
• Search by Characteristic i.e. gluten-free, dairy-free, low sodium …
• Search by Type of Dish i.e. appetizer, beverage, breakfast …
• Search by Ingredient i.e. chicken, avocado, fish, salad and even prep times and themes …


Gluten Free Living Classes

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Learn How to Be Gluten Free! Two-hour information sessions are open to anyone adversely affected by gluten: celiacs, gluten sensitive, and the wheat allergic. No diagnosis needed. Learn how to eat and live gluten free from the experts: the Victoria Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association. Receive information, optimism and plenty of gluten-free goodies to go from The Celiac Scene.


Registered Dietitian

Meet Jessalyn

Thrifty Foods is proud to have been one of the first grocery companies to offer customers personalized, in-store support from a Registered Dietitian. Jessalyn O’Donnell loves introducing people to great food choices, delicious recipe ideas and useful tips for living a gluten-free lifestyle. Contact Jessalyn.


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Is there is a specific product you are looking to locate that is not listed? Pease call your local Thrifty’s or get in touch with Thrifty Foods by email.

If you’d like to be first to know about great new products, contact Jessalyn. She’ll make sure you will be among the first to know!

Tours Gluten Free Living

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As Manager  of Nutrition Services, Jessalyn loves  to introduce people to great food choices. Join her in-store for a stroll through the aisles where she’ll show you how to connect the dots between great gluten-free food products and good health.  Jessalyn is an expert at managing complex nutritional needs, food sensitivities or allergies.


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Sep
28
Wed
All You Can Eat Fish & Chips @ Pirate Chips
Sep 28 all-day

WEDNESDAYS! ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH & CHIPS $15.95fish and chips all you can eat

Pirate Chips doesn’t have just one, but TWO dedicated gluten-free fryers to serve their gluten-free and celiac customers! Not only that,the Buckaneers have the buns to serve us, too! Gluten-free hamburger buns, oyster burger buns and halibut burger buns! Find Pirate Chips at their new location – downtown, near the cenotaph.

NEW! Gluten-Free Clam Chowder, Fish Tacos, Soups and even New Grist Gluten-Free Beer! Check out what next week looks like:

TUESDAY: Kids <8 Eat Free
FRIDAY and SATURDAY: Live Music! Singing!
GLUTEN LOVERS – there’s a menu for you, too! Click here!

Visit Pirate Chips Feature Page

Taco Revolution Food Truck @ Cobble Hill
Sep 28 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm

Vancouver Island’s First & Only 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck is Coming to Cobble Hill!

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PJ and Michell will be parked at 3541 Cobble Hill Rd (at Fisher Road in front of Second Hanger) Stop by, say hello and enjoy the very best in Mexican Street Food – all gluten free! Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location!

Tacos once found only under a hot Mexican sun can now be enjoyed along the gorgeous shores of Vancouver Island. Every item is handmade from scratch … and sourced to be gluten free! Tacos so good you will want them every day, and that’s okay! It’s okay to eat tacos every day!

Every taco served has been pulled from Mexico City’s street culture, spiced with authentic Mexican peppers – Guajillo, Ancho, Achiote, Chipotle  – to be shared with us. It is time to taste a taco as it was meant to be – gluten free – and from a Food Truck! A true north Taco Revolution!

Taco Revolution Website • Instagram • Facebook • Twitter • Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location!


Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor – The King of the Mexico City street taco: Pork loin cut thin and slowly marinated with Guajillo and Ancho peppers, Achiote paste and a slew of herbs and spices; cooked on a vertical spit and served with roasted pineapple, onion and fresh cilantro and salsa.


Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas – Taco Revolution’s very own Chorizo fried up crispy and delicious with potato and onion. Finished with cilantro and salsa.


Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana – The cabbage, carrot, onion trio allowed to simmer along with tomato, chipotle and garlic. Topped with lettuce, feta cheese, and crema


Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco – Fresh cod lovingly marinated in lime and spices then seared up on grill. Placed on a tortilla along with fresh cabbage, crema, and chipotle.

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location

Sep
29
Thu
Taco Revolution Food Truck @ Cobble Hill
Sep 29 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm

Vancouver Island’s First & Only 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck is Coming to Cobble Hill!

Taco Revolution Craig

PJ and Michell will be parked at 3541 Cobble Hill Rd (at Fisher Road in front of Second Hanger) Stop by, say hello and enjoy the very best in Mexican Street Food – all gluten free! Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location!

Tacos once found only under a hot Mexican sun can now be enjoyed along the gorgeous shores of Vancouver Island. Every item is handmade from scratch … and sourced to be gluten free! Tacos so good you will want them every day, and that’s okay! It’s okay to eat tacos every day!

Every taco served has been pulled from Mexico City’s street culture, spiced with authentic Mexican peppers – Guajillo, Ancho, Achiote, Chipotle  – to be shared with us. It is time to taste a taco as it was meant to be – gluten free – and from a Food Truck! A true north Taco Revolution!

Taco Revolution Website • Instagram • Facebook • Twitter • Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location!


Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor – The King of the Mexico City street taco: Pork loin cut thin and slowly marinated with Guajillo and Ancho peppers, Achiote paste and a slew of herbs and spices; cooked on a vertical spit and served with roasted pineapple, onion and fresh cilantro and salsa.


Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas – Taco Revolution’s very own Chorizo fried up crispy and delicious with potato and onion. Finished with cilantro and salsa.


Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana – The cabbage, carrot, onion trio allowed to simmer along with tomato, chipotle and garlic. Topped with lettuce, feta cheese, and crema


Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco – Fresh cod lovingly marinated in lime and spices then seared up on grill. Placed on a tortilla along with fresh cabbage, crema, and chipotle.

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location

Sep
30
Fri
Taco Revolution Food Truck @ Red Arrow Brewing
Sep 30 @ 11:30 am – 7:30 pm

Vancouver Island’s First and Only 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck Has Arrived

Taco Revolution Red Arrow Beer
From Mexico City to a street near you – the Taco Revolution is here, there and everywhere! Catch them in Duncan at Red Arrow Brewing and enjoy the very best in Mexican Street Food – all gluten free!

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location! See also Vancouver Island has a 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck

Tacos once found only under a hot Mexican sun can now be enjoyed along the gorgeous shores of Vancouver Island. Every item is handmade from scratch … and sourced to be gluten free! Tacos so good you will want them every day, and that’s okay! It’s okay to eat tacos every day!

Every taco served has been pulled from Mexico City’s street culture, spiced with authentic Mexican peppers – Guajillo, Ancho, Achiote, Chipotle  – to be shared with us. It is time to taste a taco as it was meant to be – gluten free – and from a Food Truck! A true north Taco Revolution!

Taco Revolution Website • Instagram • Facebook • Twitter • Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location!


Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor – The King of the Mexico City street taco: Pork loin cut thin and slowly marinated with Guajillo and Ancho peppers, Achiote paste and a slew of herbs and spices; cooked on a vertical spit and served with roasted pineapple, onion and fresh cilantro and salsa.


Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas – Taco Revolution’s very own Chorizo fried up crispy and delicious with potato and onion. Finished with cilantro and salsa.


Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana – The cabbage, carrot, onion trio allowed to simmer along with tomato, chipotle and garlic. Topped with lettuce, feta cheese, and crema


Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco – Fresh cod lovingly marinated in lime and spices then seared up on grill. Placed on a tortilla along with fresh cabbage, crema, and chipotle.

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location

Oct
1
Sat
Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas @ Comox Valley Farmer's Market
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

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 Corn Tortilla’s Demo Schedule here.

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Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas and Tortilla Chips are available at the following Island retailers:

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
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Find Bake My Day every week at Duncan’s Farmer’s Market with fresh, ready-to-eat gluten-free tarts, pies, turnovers, spanokopita and now 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!

NOTE: Market start time changes to 10 am on November 5th.

When to Pre-Order for Pick Up on the Saturday? contact 250-478-8450 by noon day ahead of market. 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

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Outlet Store 3030 Dogwood Rd in Duncan, Tues – Sat 7am to 3pm


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Taco Revolution Food Truck @ Red Arrow Brewing
Oct 1 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

Taco Revolution Red Arrow BeerVancouver Island’s First and Only 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck Has Arrived
From Mexico City to a street near you – the Taco Revolution is here, there and everywhere! Catch them in Duncan at Red Arrow Brewing and enjoy the very best in Mexican Street Food – all gluten free!

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location! See also Vancouver Island has a 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck

Tacos once found only under a hot Mexican sun can now be enjoyed along the gorgeous shores of Vancouver Island. Every item is handmade from scratch … and sourced to be gluten free! Tacos so good you will want them every day, and that’s okay! It’s okay to eat tacos every day!

Every taco served has been pulled from Mexico City’s street culture, spiced with authentic Mexican peppers – Guajillo, Ancho, Achiote, Chipotle  – to be shared with us. It is time to taste a taco as it was meant to be – gluten free – and from a Food Truck! A true north Taco Revolution!

Taco Revolution Website • Instagram • Facebook • Twitter • Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location!


Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor – The King of the Mexico City street taco: Pork loin cut thin and slowly marinated with Guajillo and Ancho peppers, Achiote paste and a slew of herbs and spices; cooked on a vertical spit and served with roasted pineapple, onion and fresh cilantro and salsa.


Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas – Taco Revolution’s very own Chorizo fried up crispy and delicious with potato and onion. Finished with cilantro and salsa.


Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana – The cabbage, carrot, onion trio allowed to simmer along with tomato, chipotle and garlic. Topped with lettuce, feta cheese, and crema


Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco – Fresh cod lovingly marinated in lime and spices then seared up on grill. Placed on a tortilla along with fresh cabbage, crema, and chipotle.

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location

Okanagan Rawsome Beet Crisps @ Planet Organic
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Ellen Bayens of The Celiac Scene on the First Saturday of Every Month from 12 – 2pm for  fun and informative gluten-free taste extravaganzas! Partake of POM’s gluten-free offerings and receive tips and strategies on how to embrace your very best gluten-free life! Past Vice-President of the Victoria Chapter, Canadian Celiac Association, Ellen is eager to answer questions and offer support to anyone wanting or needing to go ‘gluten free!’ No diagnosis or RSVP required. Arrive early – stay late!

Introducing Okanagan Rawsome’s NEW! Onion-Herb Beet Crisps

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100% Non-GMO • Soaked & Sprouted Seeds • Dehydrated at Low Temperatures
No Refined Sugars • Low-Glycemic 

Okanagan Rawsome’s mission is to awaken your taste buds with delicious raw, sprouted, gluten free, vegan crisps – now in five fabulous flavours! 

Beets x 3

Onion-Herb Beet Crisps

Onion-Herb BEET CRISPS are packed with local organic beets, carrots and onions combined with sprouted seeds and a yummy blend of spices.

  • LOCAL Organic Veggies
  • 99% ORGANIC Ingredients

Onion-Herb Beet Crisps are delicious with your favourite cheese, hummus, or pesto. Make an open-faced sandwich using a Beet Crisp as a base!

INGREDIENTS: *ground flaxseeds, *carrots, *sprouted buckwheat, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *beets *zucchini, *sprouted lentils, *onions, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder, *sea salt, cumin (*organic)

A source of pure plant energy, these living whole food snacks are low-glycemic, promote weight loss, reduce inflammation. Loaded with organic ingredients and local produce, Okanagan Rawsome is real food that nourishes your body – and soul! 

  • Can’t make it to the Tasting? Purchase Okanagan Rawsome online and save!
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Meet the Okanagan Rawsome Farmers

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How Okanagan Rawsome Crisps are Made


Gluten-Free Carrot Crisps

Spicy Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps

Spicy Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps

Spicy Chia-Hemp CARROT CRISPS are spicy snacks made with locally grown carrots & zucchini, chia, hemp, and sprouted lentils to enhance nutrient bioavailability. The carrots provide a high-source of Vitamin A.

  • LOCAL Organic Veggies
  • 96% ORGANIC Ingredients

Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps are delicious with your favorite cheese, hummus, and/or a slice of avocado. Make an open faced sandwich using a Carrot Crisp as a base!

INGREDIENTS: *carrots, *ground flax seeds, *sprouted buckwheat, *zucchini, *sprouted lentils, hemp hearts, *chia seeds, *sea salt, cumin, cayenne, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder (*organic)

How Carrot Crisps are Made


Okanagan Rawsome Flax Sesame

Flax Sesame Apple Crisps

Flax Sesame Apple Crisps

Flax Sesame APPLE CRISPS  light, flavour-packed zesty treat made with oranges and lemons. We grind whole flax seeds to preserve valuable Omega-3 fats. Dehydration happens at low temperatures, protecting valuable living enzymes!

  • LOCAL Organic Apples
  • 96% ORGANIC Ingredients

Delicious with a seed or nut butter. Visit the recipe section of our website for other suggested pairings and rawsome recipes!

INGREDIENTS: *apples, *coconut, *ground flax seeds, *sesame seeds, *dates, hemp hearts, *oranges, *lemon juice, cinnamon, ground ginger, *sea salt (*organic)

How Apple Crisps Are Made


Chocolate Ginger Apple Crisps

Chocolate Ginger Apple Crisps

Chocolate Ginger Apple Crisps

Chocolate Ginger APPLE CRISPS offer dark chocolate-coconut decadence in a delicious mixture of organic Okanagan apples, ginger, sprouted seeds, sprouted buckwheat, and dates. 

  • LOCAL Organic Produce
  • 90% ORGANIC Ingredients

Choc-Ginger Apple Crisps are delicious on their own or with a serving of ice cream made with frozen bananas & vegan chocolate pudding.

INGREDIENTS: *apples, *sprouted buckwheat, *ground flax, *dates, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *sprouted pumpkin seeds, ginger slices, dark chocolate (cocao, sugar, non-GMO soya lecithin, vanilla flavour), *coconut, ground ginger, *lemon juice, cinnamon, *sea salt (*organic)

Available in convenient single-sized portions.


Cran Raisin Apple Crisps

Cranberry Raisin Apple Crisps

Cranberry Raisin Apple Crisps

Cran-Raisin APPLE CRISPS combine sprouted buckwheat with delicious organic cranberries, raisins, and organic Okanagan apples to create a naturally sweet and filling snack. Also available in convenient single-sized portions.

  • LOCAL Organic Apples
  • 99% ORGANIC Ingredients

Crumble a few pieces of Cran-Raisin Apple Crisps onto plain yogurt or sprinkle some on top of your morning cereal to add live enzymes and easy to digest protein to kick start your day!

INGREDIENTS: *apples, *sprouted buckwheat, *ground flax, *dates, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *sprouted pumpkin seeds, *raisins, *cranberries, cinnamon, ground ginger, *orange zest, *sea salt (*organic)

Available in convenient single-sized portions.


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Okanagan Rawsome CCA ReviewOkanagan Rawsome is a proud Sponsor of the Canadian Celiac Association’s Classes for the Newly Diagnosed. Details here!

 


Planet Organic Interior

The store dedicated to organic is filled to bursting with gluten-free options!

Nestled in Saanich Shopping Centre at Quadra and McKenzie, you’ll find plenty of free parking above and below ground. Allow time to shop or to enjoy a fresh gluten-free treat at brightly colored tables, inside or out. Great people watching.


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Welcome to Gluten-Free Paradise!

ellen-baynesThe Celiac Scene™ is the premier resource for fabulous gluten-free living in Victoria, Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands. Owned & operated by celiacs, we guide you to the restaurants we trust and the 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 a non-stop gluten-free events page to keep you connected. 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 …