A big shout out to Elikqitie of Travel Gluten Free for shining the spotlight on Victoria’s happening gluten-free scene. She celebrated her birthday in ‘Gluten-Free Paradise’ in July of this year, and followed up with an interview with The Celiac Scene.
Dining gives people who lead the gluten-free lifestyle a better way to live. Travel Gluten Free’s host Elikqitie gives insights into how to easily lead a gluten-free lifestyle at home, at work, and during travel. Learn the ins and outs of how to successfully be gluten-free with less hassle and more fun and enjoyment!
Show Notes – Episode #21 Interview with Ellen Bayens of the Celiac Scene
In this episode, we are going to explore the gluten-free scene in Victoria, British Columbia with Ellen Bayens, who founded The Celiac Scene and started the gluten-free revolution in Victoria a decade ago. Here is just a taste of what we’ll cover!
• The restaurants you will love in this city and why Victoria is the place you want to be when you’re gluten-free!
• How the Gluten-Free Revolution started in Victoria, British Columbia
• Do you love eating out at restaurants that are safe, friendly and have knowledgeable wait staff, that serve FRIED FOOD from dedicated fryers?
• Do you want the best (and most) gluten-free food you could eat while traveling?
My friend, Victoria, British Columbia is the next place which should be on your vacation hit list! Ellen and I jump into how she started the gluten-free movement in the restaurant scene in Victoria, British Columbia and how that is reflected in the gluten-free culture the city celebrates today.
The following restaurants are fabulous! You can easily have a food coma on a daily basis eating at these fine establishments:
• Fish on Fifth
• The Joint Pizzeria
• Crow’s Restaurant
• Waffle Beast
• The Fish Store at Fisherman’s Wharf
• Big Wheel Burger
• Noodle Box
• Royal Spice Restaurant
• Six Mile Pub
• Route 14
Check out Ellen’s Events Page to find out what is happening in the gluten-free scene, who has the best gluten-free offerings at local farmer’s markets and where you can get the best gluten-free foods.
Also check out Ellen’s fast food restaurant listing in Canada and in the United States, which she personally researched and set up herself! Ellen also shares a gluten-free listing of companies which sell quality gluten-free products.
Elikqitie found her calling for health and wellness after having her first daughter 22 years ago. She entered the health and wellness field as a Breastfeeding Counselor with La Leche League, working with other moms to give them support to successfully breastfeed their children.
“From this beginning, I started using supplements, researching alternative health practices and using massage and acupuncture. I was inspired by these findings and opened up my health food store Emerald Forest Health Foods in 1998 – I even added a smoothie bar – well before smoothies were popular. I have to say, from all this smoothie making, I can make a mean smoothie in my sleep!”
“After over 2 years and another newborn, I decided to be at home with my girls for a few years, still researching and practicing alternative health and nursing both my daughters. In these years, I had experienced a couple of health issues, using natural remedies to resolve my health imbalances.”
“About 3 years ago, while practicing an elimination diet, I discovered I was gluten intolerant. I hadn’t realized how much this intolerance had affected me until one day when I looked into my pantry and discovered I hadn’t drunk ginger tea in over 2 months (this when I had to drink it at least once a day because of stomach issues). I noticed my stomach wasn’t hurting or feeling bloated and I overall felt better.”
“While looking into the gluten-free diet and lifestyle, I came across symptoms for celiacs. When I did, I noticed one of the cancers a person who has untreated celiacs can have is adenocarcinoma (cancer of the small intestine). This is the cancer my dad passed away from over 10 years prior and as I looked at the list of symptoms of celiacs, they read like a memory from my childhood of the issues my father had while I was growing up. He had been misdiagnosed with IBS, but realistically, I believe my dad had celiacs and did not know he was ill with this disease. We were an Italian family, the staples of bread and pasta were almost a daily event for our dinners. Had my dad known he had celiacs, he would have modified his diet and I would still be with him today.”
“This is my background and what led me to publish my podcast Travel Gluten Free. I noticed the difficulties of living a gluten-free lifestyle and how isolating this can be. I wanted to give others the information I had learned after years of trial and error and provide a community of support for others like me who cannot eat gluten (or others who choose not to eat gluten as well!)”
“Being gluten-free can be a challenging way of life – even on good days! Let me be your guide and support to an easier and enjoyable gluten-free life!”
“Enjoy Food, Enjoy Travel, Enjoy Life!”