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from the mouth of a gf babe

This is Lily.

 

A few things about her:

She likes to read, draw and swim.

She takes dance lessons (hip hop) and plays on a basketball team.

She speaks French.

She has a younger sister who is the bomb.

She loves her tiny dog Chiquita.

Her favourite food is rice (brown and white)—in sushi, fried or just plain steamed.

Her favourite subject in school is math.

She has celiac disease. She was diagnosed when she was three.

On the morning of her 11th birthday, Lily woke up with a stuffy nose. When asked what she thinks it means to have a cold on her birthday, she replied, without missing a beat: “It’s going to be a SICK year!”

That’s Lily, always making lemonade out of lemons. See for yourself.

What is celiac disease?
It’s a disease that affects your gut [specifically your small intestine]. What happens is when you eat gluten, it doesn’t sit well with your gut and your body gets angry and tries to get it out. Some people have symptoms and there are many different kinds of symptoms—I throw up, get bloated and get bad stomach aches. Some people don’t get symptoms, but it’s still doing damage inside of them.

[For a more complete definition of celiac disease, go to www.celiac.ca]

What is gluten?
It’s a protein that’s in found in certain grains, like wheat, rye, spelt, kamut and barley. When I was younger my mom and I made a sign out of stickers with these words and taped it up in the kitchen to help me learn how to read them. It’s really important to read ingredients and not just assume something is safe to eat, unless it’s a fruit or vegetable of course.

 

 

Do you remember when you found out you had celiac?
I was only three, so I didn’t really know what was happening to me. I was getting sick (barfing) every night and I had lots of stomach pain. Then I remember one day we were at the doctor’s office and I was getting my blood taken. That’s how we found out I have celiac disease. After I stopped eating gluten I felt much better. My hair started to grow and I started to grow.

Was it hard when you first went gluten free?
I don’t think I really noticed a change in my diet, except I remember asking my mom for the Puffins cereal I loved and she said “no more Puffins” and I got really upset with her. But I don’t remember my parents having to say “no” a lot. I just remember them giving me food to eat and I was happy.

How do you feel now, after being gluten free for eight years?
I feel fine.

Your hair is really long now.
Yeah! It keeps growing!

What’s it like to eat gluten free all the time?
I don’t really notice. I don’t really remember eating gluten. Sure, I see my friends eating it, but I feel like I have food that tastes better, I bet, and it looks better. You can always find something that is gluten free, so I can eat just about anything. Basically I don’t think that my diet defines me. It’s part of me, but it’s not me.

Are there ever times when you wish you didn’t have to be gluten free?
Not really, because I can basically have the same foods as everyone else, except they’re gluten free. There’s always a replacement. Sometimes I do feel sorry for myself. Sometimes I want to eat something with gluten, but then I remind myself that somewhere in the world there is a gluten-free version of the same thing. I just have to find it. Plus, I just think about how sick I’ll get if I eat it. It’s not worth it.

When was the last time you got glutened?
I was in Florida at a hotel and they said that there was a gluten-free buffet table and that everything would be safe. There was even a dedicated gluten-free toaster! I ate a bagel, muffin and fruit. At the beach, my stomach starting hurting but I sort of ignored it and didn’t think much about it. And then I started feeling really nauseous and told my mom. My stomach started to really hurt so we went back to our hotel room and I started barfing all over the place. Then I took a nap.

Do you prefer eating in or going out?
Eating at home is so easy. Our house is totally gluten free because we don’t want me getting cross-contaminated or eating something with gluten by accident.

I love going to restaurants and I have my favourites. But sometimes when we eat out my parents make a big fuss about things. I know they’re just trying to make sure the food is safe for me, but it embarrasses me.

What would you tell a friend who finds out that they have celiac disease?
That it’s not that big of a deal. You can always adapt to it. In a few weeks, you’ll think it’s natural.

I’d also recommend some bakeries. Almond Butterfly has the best bagels and cupcakes. Bunner’s has the best cinnamon buns. Cock-A-Doodle-Doo has the best muffins. Sorelle and Co. has the best donuts. And I love Tori’s cupcake with a donut on top.

Do you have any friends who also have celiac disease?
I have a few friends who have celiac disease. We tell each other about great restaurants we’ve been to.

What are your top 3 restaurants?
I can’t name just three. There’s Pukka for Indian. Edo for sushi (they have gluten-free tamari!). Mad Mexican for nachos and tacos. Live has the best burritos. For brunch I love to go to Cocoalatte, Public Kitchen and Hibiscus (best crepes!). And we recently discovered Basil Box, Asian food that is totally gluten free and so yummy!

 

 

What do you love about Gluten Free Garage?
I can go to all the different vendors and eat whatever I want without having to ask if their food is gluten free—I know it’s all safe! But the day is not just about finding yummy food that’s gluten free, it’s also about letting gluten-free people know that they’re part of a larger community and they’re not alone. I feel very proud of my mom and happy that she did this for me and for all the gluten-free people in the world.

What are you doing this year at Gluten Free Garage?
I’m very excited to be a guest speaker! And even more excited that Almond Butterfly Bakeshop is partnering with me to do cupcake decorating! I’ve wanted to be a speaker for a few years and my mom kept saying wait until you’re older. This year I finally convinced her that I can do it. I’m older now and a lot more responsible. Every month at school I have to present a book report to my class and it’s made me a better public speaker and more confident to share my ideas.

 

Lily Eklove is the Gluten Free Garage muse and taste tester. Diagnosed with celiac at age 3, she has grown up with the autoimmune disease and has learned to be her own advocate when it comes to the foods she can and cannot eat. A fifth-grader in French immersion, Lily dreams of going to Paris one day to eat gluten-free croissants. In the meantime she’s pretty happy with the cupcakes from Almond Butterfly.

 

 

winter essentials

 

WINTER ESSENTIALS

Our list of 11 must-have products to keep you going all winter long. All are GF, of course! And all except for one are made in Canada.

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READ IT
GFF (Gluten-Free Forever) Magazine
. The gorgeous winter 2017 issue has six delish soup recipes to warm you up. We could eat up every issue of this quarterly magazine. gffmag.com (get $9 off the $35 subscription price with code winter17)

SAVOUR IT
Chocosol Traders
Luscious Coconut (70% cacao). Because chocolate and coconut. This stuff is the real deal. chocosoltraders.com

 HEAT IT UP
No.7 Mexican Hot Sauce.
Spice up your food and clear your sinuses with habanero or a variety of other hot numbers. no7hotsauce.com

 DRINK IT
Chaiwala Chai
Original Masala Chai. Boost your immune system and ease indigestion with this 100% natural chai blend of fresh ginger root, ground spices and organic honey. Learn how to make a hot chai latte at chaiwalachai.com

 SHOOT IT
Greenhouse Juice Company
Flu Shot Booster. This mini cocktail of immunity-supporting plants (oil of oregano, lemon, echinacea) and tinctures packs a flu-fighting punch. greenhousejuice.com

 RUB IT IN
Giddy Yoyo
Raw Love Butter. Slather on this body butter from head to toe to keep your skin soft and supple. Oh, and it’s edible and tastes like chocolate. shop.giddyyoyo.com

SEAL IT WITH A KISS
Sudsatorium
Great White North Lip Balm. Kiss cracked lips goodbye because this balm is the bomb. As per the packaging: “Heal lips the Canadian way with maple syrup, eh!” sudsatorium.com

 SPRAY IT
Beekeeper’s Naturals
Propolis Spray. A few spritzes a day keeps the doctor away—for colds, coughs, sore throats and inflammation. I swear by this stuff. beekeepersnaturals.com

 EAT IT
Bunner’s Bakeshop
Supersonic Cookies. The cookies that helped launch Bunner’s! Loaded with chocolate chips, cranberries, pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds, these GF vegan wonders are a must-eat any time of year. My fave mid-day treat with a cup of hot tea. bunners.ca

FACE IT
Aromacentric
Face It Oil. Just a few drops of this liquid gold hydrates and nourishes your skin so you shine. With essential oils neroli and jasmine, you’ll also smell divine. aromacentric.com

SIP IT
The Honest Leaf
Serene Tea. Make way for sweet dreams with this caffeine-free mint tea that takes the chill off and calms your mind and body. honestleaf.com

 

 

Ashley Wittig, baker boss

Ashley

Ashley literally lets them eat cake (and so much more)!

 

5 QUESTIONS for Bunner’s Ashley Wittig

What’s your motto?
I don’t really subscribe to any hard-and-fast motto. I just try to be mindful and optimistic every day.

3 things you’d bring to the desert island.
Now, if this was a dessert island, I wouldn’t need to bring anything! But for a desert island I would bring my favourite oversized hoodie, my running shoes so I don’t lose my mind, and my imaginary solar-powered Vitamix so I could whip up smoothies with all those tropical fruits lying around.

Why gluten free?
Simply, Bunner’s is gluten free because my business partner Kevin is (along with being vegan). But, broadly, when we opened over five years ago, there wasn’t anything available that was delicious and gluten free in Toronto. We were really set on making vegan and gluten-free baked goods that were traditional and tasted as great—if not better—than their gluten, egg and dairy-ful counterparts.

What’s your go-to gluten-free breakfast?
I love a good old-fashioned smoothie. My favourite of all time is frozen banana, frozen watermelon, vanilla almond milk, a handful of baby spinach, and matcha. It’s so out of control, and especially perfect on summer mornings.

Tell us a little-known fun fact about you.
I can do this thing with my tongue that only one in a thousand people can do, apparently. Come find me at the Gluten Free Garage and I’ll show you!

 

Ashley smoothie

Ashley will show you how “Bunner’s Does It Savoury Style” at 2 pm in The Stop at Gluten Free Garage!

Come and get it!

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Here’s a sneak preview of some of the products you can score at Gluten Free Garage. We’re handing out free tote bags for your gluten-free loot!

  For the first 1,000 people who come through the doors of Wychwood Barns on Sunday May 1st.

Entrance is on Christie Street. Doors open at 10 am.

Our new bags for #GFG16 will also feature the logos of our Gold sponsors Italpasta and Fiesta Farms, the official grocer of GFG.

Photo by Franco Deleo

my insta week

The cold snap couldn't stop me. Lunch at Hotel Gelato with my girlfriends. #justbecause

Lunch at Hotel Gelato with my girlfriends #wheninRome

 

Throwback to the time Bunner's came out with the delectable fauxstess cupcake #retrotreat

Throwback to the time Bunner’s debuted the fauxstess cupcake #retrotreat

 

Garlic love, naturally #glutenfree

Garlic love, naturally #glutenfree

 

Baked apples before shot #comfortfood

Baked apples before shot #comfortfood

 

Can't. Stop. Roasting. #sweetpotatoes

Can’t. Stop. Roasting. #sweetpotatoes

 

My hubby is the best wing man #Superbowl

My hubby is the best wing man #Superbowl

 

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