Lily is the reason that Gluten Free Garage exists. Here she is with her fave gluten-free cupcakes from Almond Butterfly Bake Shop.
Ever since the early days of Gluten Free Garage, my daughter Lily has been asking to be a guest speaker. Since Gluten Free Garage is essentially a big party for Lily—and, by extension, other people with celiac disease and those with gluten intolerance—it only makes sense that the guest of honour gets to speak. Now, eight years after she was diagnosed with celiac disease, at 11 years old, Lily is going to take the stage at Gluten Free Garage and share the top 10 things she has learned from having celiac disease.
Come for the talk and stay for the cupcakes! After Lily does her top 10, gluten-free Almond Butterfly Bake Shop will join her to host a Cupcake Decorating Extravaganza! Bring your children to decorate gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with colourful frosting, organic all-natural sprinkles, organic gummy bears, dairy-free chocolate chips, cookie crumbs, brownie bites, and more! Almond Butterfly does not use any artificial colours or sweeteners in any of its baking. The kids are sure to enjoy this yummy hands-on speaker session!
Here are a few of Lily’s favourite things:
Book: Percy Jackson
TV show: Gilmore Girls
Movie: The Wizard of Oz
Song: “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
Hobbies: reading, swimming, dancing, playing basketball, drawing
Lily Eklove will be speaking at #GFG17 on Sunday May 28 at 2:30 pm in The Stop,
followed by a Cupcake Decorating Extravaganza with Almond Butterfly Bake Shop.
Dr. Katherine Kremblewski is a licensed naturopathic doctor with a private practice in Toronto.
You’re in for some serious tummy love at Gluten Free Garage!
Aside from all the delicious gluten-free food you’ll be filling up on, guest speaker Dr. Katherine Kremblewski, ND, is going to talk about gut health in “Love Your Microbiome.” The gut is at the crux of our immune, digestive and even mental/emotional health, which is why we need to ensure that we’re doing all we can to take care of it! Dr. Kat will share tips and tricks to help you maneuver your way through the somewhat-confusing field of digestion, including what to look for in pre- and probiotics.
She will also touch on fermented foods, as they play a huge role in maintaining proper gut health. Fermented foods help to feed the good bacteria in the gut and work to allow the resident bacteria to flourish and the transient flora to survive even longer to do their jobs!
Here are Dr. Kat’s top 5 fave fermented foods (some of which you’ll find at Gluten Free Garage!):
1. Miso: I love miso because it tastes good and it’s easy to add to any recipe.
2. Greek yogurt and/or kefir: Delicious, full of protein, calcium and good fats—this one is a no-brainer. Unless, of course, you’re lactose intolerant, in which case coconut-based yogurt products are great alternatives. Kefir has higher concentrations of bacteria per serving than yogurt so it’s good to mix it up and incorporate both into your diet.
3. Kombucha: Kombucha is a refreshing way to drink your little pets (aka healthy bacteria). Just make sure it’s not loaded with sugar!
4. Sourdough: Although I have trouble personally growing my own, sourdough is a MUST ingredient for me when buying bread. It helps to digest the other grains in the recipe!
5. Sauerkraut: Or, as my husband’s Polish family calls it, kapusta. Fermented cabbage is super easy to make at home and can be incorporated into any recipe without adding an overwhelming taste.
Dr. Katherine Kremblewski, ND, will be speaking at #GFG17 on Sunday May 28 at 1 pm in The Stop.
Her talk is sponsored by Genuine Health.
Kathy Smart—holistic nutritionist and chef, bestselling author, TV personality, founder of Live The Smart Way, and did we mention North America’s gluten-free expert?—is speaking at Gluten Free Garage on Sunday May 28 at 11:30 am! She’s going to reveal the top 5 gluten-free foods you haven’t heard about and why you need to eat them. Then she’ll share some tasty ways to prepare and eat them. Below, she reveals a bit more about herself.
30 Questions for Kathy Smart
1. Three words to describe yourself. Happy/joyful, kind, loving.
2. Do you have a nickname? As a child, Squirt (I was little); to my husband, Sweet Pea; in my band, Rockstar; as a fitness trainer, Killer Kathy.
3. When did you find out you have celiac disease? When I was 12. (I’m turning 39.)
4. What food do you miss the most? Fresh bread rolls.
5. You travel a lot. What three things are always in your bag? Lipstick, gum and a little Strawberry Shortcake doll my best friend’s daughter gave me to look at if I get sad or scared.
6. What’s the last place you traveled to? Nicaragua.
7. What book are you reading right now? I am reading 5: The Optimum Nutrition Bible, All In (for the third time), Kindfullness, A Woman’s Spirit and Dr. Jensen’s Guide To Better Bowel Care.
8. Twitter or Instagram? Both.
9. Who should everyone be following right now? ME!
10. What’s your sign? Gemini
11. What’s your favourite food? Pancakes, and peanut butter. [See Kathy’s recipe for Protein Pancakes, below.]
12. Least favourite food? Caviar and pate (it tastes like cat food to me).
13. What’s the best thing about cooking? It feels like yoga in the kitchen—relaxing, fluid movements, peaceful, joyful and a dance of smells and flavours.
14. What do you love on your gluten-free pizza? Pineapple, bacon and hot peppers (salty, spicy and sweet—like me!).
15. When’s the last time you got glutened? Last year.
16. What was it you ate? Gravy sauce on a steak.
17. What happens to you? I become foggy and exhausted, have frequent bowel movements and typically throw up.
18. What do you do to make yourself feel better? Walk in nature.
19. Do you have a tattoo? If so, what and where? Not yet but I plan to! (It will be one word: peace.)
20. What’s your spirit animal? Wolf.
21. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Make coffee.
22. Who do you want to have coffee with? Ghandi, Mother Teresa, Neil Young or Corrie ten Boom.
23. When do you feel most beautiful? When I am smiling and happy.
24. What’s the worst thing about having celiac disease? People not taking into consideration my dietary restrictions when I’m eating out.
25. What’s the best thing about having celiac disease? Discovering new foods and tastes in different countries.
26. What’s one talent you wish you had? To be able to dance really well! I am a total klutz on the dance floor.
27. Who do you look up to most in life? My mom.
28. What food is always in your fridge? Watermelon and avocados.
29. What’s your go-to gluten-free snack? Gluten-free avocado toast.
30. On a scale of 1 to 10 how excited are you about life right now? 15!!
Click below for Protein Pancake recipe
When our daughter, Lily, was diagnosed with celiac disease at three years old, she had 10 of the symptoms on this chart, plus more. She also wasn’t thriving, her hair wasn’t growing and she was throwing up every day.
When it comes to celiac symptoms, many people think that the digestive system is mostly affected, but this autoimmune disease goes way beyond the gut. The above infographic created by Gluten Dude lists 84 symptoms of celiac disease—”directly from the best source possible: those suffering with this disease.”
Gluten Dude kicked off Celiac Awareness Month with some education about the disease in a recent blog post. “Sadly, our disease is still greatly misunderstood and under-diagnosed. The only way to change that is to continue to educate the masses as much as we can. Not about the food, but about the DISEASE.” And then he goes on to list a bunch of important facts about celiac disease.
As usual, he tells it like it is, with no sugar coating. Which is why I’m a big fan of this dude. He makes me laugh, he makes me mad and he’s even made me cry. He pushes buttons, he challenges the status quo, he questions everything. And, as a true advocate in every sense of the word, he’s got the backs of people with celiac disease.
Gluten Dude’s latest food for thought isn’t about food, it’s about celiac disease. And it’s a must-read.
But, still, the food.