Travel Gluten Free Podcast Interviews Victoria’s The Celiac Scene

Gluten Free TravelA 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.

Listen to The Celiac Scene podcast here!

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!

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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
Rawthentic
Royal Spice Restaurant
Six Mile Pub
Route 14

Besides listing amazing gluten-free restaurants, Ellen has a listing of local retailers that offer gluten-free foods as well as specials on her social media pages FacebookTwitterInstagram.

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 Gluten Free TravelAbout Elikqitie, Gluten Free Travel

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!”

Elikqitie