Gluten-Free Trip to Ireland! PRESS RELEASE

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MEDIA RELEASE – Ireland Gluten Free

Ireland gluten free?! North America’s Gluten-Free Expert Kathy Smart of Live The Smart Way and Cancer-Thriver Deborah Peniuk of AYA LIFE are excited to announce their collaboration on a truly unique Gluten-Free Culinary experience “Gluten Free on Emerald Green” this October 2016 to one of their favourite destinations, Ireland.

Join Kathy and Deborah on a nine-day trip, to experience Ireland like you’ve never seen it before – Gluten-Free and Worry Free! It’s a full itinerary, one that’s very rich and varied in the experiences it offers. This tour includes everything from 5 star dining to grass roots producer visits, from capital cities to rural West Cork, from ciders to whiskeys, from trout to chocolates, from kayaking to taxi-ing, from castles to monasteries, from food trails to cookery classes! Locals and ex-pats will share some of their town’s and city’s best-kept secrets with ample free time to explore museums and galleries, and indulge in a little retail therapy!

This unique package offers participants the opportunity to:
Experience historical Dromoland and Hillsborough Castles
Visit the Titanic Museum Belfast paired with a Black Taxi City Tour
Participate in a Ballyknocken Cookery School Class
Tour Powerscourt House & Gardens.
Enjoy the Fabulous Food Trail & Highbank’s Orchard
Have tastings at Goatsbridge Trout Farm & Jameson Distillery
Gather some of nature’s bounty with Atlantic Seaweed Kayaking
Savour some sweet handmade Hazel Mt.Chocolates
Visit artisanal dairy producers at St Tola Goat Farm
Be amazed by the vista of the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry … along with many more inclusive tours and activities.

For complete trip details, visit the AYA LIFE website:
http://aya-life.com/events/culinary-adventures-ireland/gluten-free-on-emerald-green/
Single and Double Occupancy options are available for those wanting to travel alone or with a friend or family member or be paired up with a fellow foodie. Packages start with a deposit of $500.00 Canadian to reserve a spot on this adventure and a total cost of just over $3700.00 Canadian for double/shared room accommodations.

About AYA LIFE/Deborah Peniuk
AYA Life is a Toronto-based travel company, niched in wellness travel and culinary adventures. Cancer-Thriver Deborah is an almost 20 year veteran of the hospitality industry and a food and travel writer who has always had a taste for travel and all things culinary and wellness. For the past 5 years she has been creating experiential journeys for individuals and small groups with her company, AYA LIFE and working directly with niche artisanal food producers and wellness practitioners. Most recently she has endeavoured to craft wellness workshops and adventures for those thriving and surviving from cancer, and even more specifically Breast Cancer. Originally from Vancouver, she has lived in Canada, the Caribbean and the UK and currently resides in Toronto. She has contributed to many health and wellness publications and travel magazines both online and in print and also has a lifestyle blog – Life, Bliss and All of This, The Musings of a 40 Something.

About Kathy Smart
Kathy Smart certainly lives up to her reputation as a triple threat in the health and wellness space. She is a registered holistic nutritionist who wrote the best-selling cook-book Live The Smart Way; a Cordon Blue approved cookbook and Canada’s 2015 Fitness Presenter of the Year (along side her American Counterpart Jillian Michaels). Best known as North America’s Gluten-Free expert she is a popular speaker, health and fitness presenter and the go-to media expert in all things health and wellness.
In 2015, Kathy launched the much-anticipated Live The Smart Way Expo, her personally branded Canada-wide consumer Expo to a rousing success and is now Canada’s Largest Health and Wellness Trade Show. She was recently awarded the Leading Women Award by the Canadian Government for raising health awareness across the country and was also named a 2015 Winner of the Top 40 Under 40 Business Achievement Award (Ottawa Business Journal). Kathy has been featured around the world as the leading expert in Healthy Gluten-Free living and is a Chatelaine Magazine recipe developer. She has been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show, CTV Morning Show, CTV News at Noon, Breakfast Television, Global Morning Show, The Social, CH Morning Live, Canada AM, The Weather Network, Sirius XM, Newstalk 1010, The Toronto Star, Media Planet and countless other media across North America.

Kathy was named 2014 Most Amazing Person – CTV Ottawa and Winner of a Top 40 Under 40 Business Achievement Award (Ottawa Business Journal); 2013’s Most Powerful Woman (Next Best Thing Magazine – Sister Publication to Time Magazine); National Health Activist for 2012. She was recently named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Social Media Tweeters according to the Huffington Post. Active in the community, Kathy has also been a fitness trainer for Special Olympics Canada, sits on the panel for Media Action Represent (an organization for healthy women’s images in the media) and sits on the UOBMRI External Board of Directors. She was recently named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Social Media Tweeters according to the Huffington Post.

For more information please contact:

Deborah Peniuk, owner and culinary curator of AYA LIFE
Website: www.aya-life.com Phone: 647-932-7764 Email: deborah.peniuk@aya-life.com Twitter:@traveliciousdee /@AYALIFECo Instagram: traveliciousdee Facebook: AYALIFE

Kathy Smart
Website: www.livethesmartway.com Email: info@livethesmartway.com Twitter:@Smart_Kitchen Instagram: livethesmartway Facebook:Facebook.com/LiveTheSmartWay

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SkinnyPasta Interview!

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Have you tried SkinnyPasta? We recently sampled Skinny Pasta’s products at the Gluten-Free Garage pop-up in Toronto and were impressed by the nutritional value, taste and texture. It’s far lighter than traditional carby-type pastas (hence the name!). We interviewed Michelle McIvor, PR and Communications Manager for the Skinny Pasta brand.

Read on to learn more about this exciting new pasta hitting store shelves!

Q: Tell us about SkinnyPasta and how it was established.

A: Italian sisters Gabriella and Margot Micallef founded the company now known as Gabriella’s Kitchen to create nutritious and delicious foods that everyone could enjoy, regardless of their dietary preferences or restrictions. Naturally, they started with pasta! Using fresh, high-quality ingredients and an original artisanal Italian pasta machine, they created our high protein skinnypasta, allowing everyone to Love Pasta Again™. In 2009, the sisters began commercializing their non-traditional pasta and, in 2015, the company was renamed Gabriella’s Kitchen in honor of Margot’s late sister, who remains the inspiration behind the company.  A few years later we acquired a producer of high quality gluten free prepared meals and just recently launched our latest innovation – skinnypasta SUPERFOOD TEFF fresh pastas.

Q: What makes SkinnyPasta unique?

A: skinnypasta is unique because we solve a problem for all those foodies out there who have given up eating pasta – and there are a lot of them. That’s because skinnypasta provides a superior level of nutrition, compared to its traditional counterpart, without compromising the taste and texture we love in traditional pasta. Our gluten free products have an authentic Italian taste and texture to satisfy those who must and/or want to eat gluten free pasta (we don’t use rice or corn in our pasta). Also, all skinnypasta products are created with fresh, natural, high-quality ingredients and are handmade with an artisanal Italian pasta machine. skinnypasta contains no GMO, no additives and no preservatives. And did we mention our fresh pastas cook in just one to two minutes? No need to wait for delicious and nutritious meals.

Q: What kinds of products does SkinnyPasta offer?

A: We currently offer three types of skinnypasta: 

HIGH PROTEIN fresh pasta –  satisfies consumers’ desire for delicious pasta but replaces empty calories with a powerful nutritional punch. With one third of the calories (110 calories), one fifth of the carbs (10 grams), three times the protein (13 grams) and more than twice the fiber (5 grams) of traditional pasta, our skinnypasta HIGH PROTEIN spaghetti, linguine or fettuccine is a great choice for anyone who wants or needs to follow a low carb eating plan (with the added benefit of a high protein rating)

GLUTEN FREE prepared entrees – six delicious varieties of Italian-style meals that are made WITHOUT wheat, corn and soy.  Dairy-free and vegan options available.

SUPERFOOD TEFF fresh pasta – available in Penne and Macaroni, this is a highly nutritious pasta made from teff – an ancient ethiopian seed that is high in protein, fibre, iron, zinc, copper and manganese.  It’s also vegan!

Q: What are SkinnyPasta’s most popular products? 

A: Our new skinnypasta SUPERFOOD TEFF Penne has been a hit with customers, which is why we’re so excited to launch skinnypasta SUPERFOOD TEFF Macaroni – a favourite with families! In addition to being gluten-free and providing good protein, teff is an excellent source of fiber, iron, zinc, copper and manganese. Also, approximately 20 percent of the fiber in our teff pastas is a resistant starch, which may help with weight loss. Perhaps most importantly, the pasta is delicious, so it’s a win-win!

Q: What are SkinnyPasta’s plans for the future?

A: Aside from launching new pasta products – we’re working on launching sauces!  Stay tuned for news on development of prepared meals using our SUPERFOOD TEFF pasta, and delicious and nutritious KIDS MEALS.  You’ll also be able to find us in more stores and will be able to order from our new online Canadian store soon. ♦

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Canada’s Gluten-Free Market Ticket Giveaway

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Hello Canada! If you follow a gluten-free diet, you won’t want to miss these exciting gluten-free events traveling across Ontario. Featuring a variety of gluten-free vendors offering safe and delicious gluten-free food, it’s a show not to be missed. We have been attending the shows since their inception and they’re always great fun. Did you know that Canada’s Gluten-Free Market (CGFM) has returned for another exciting year?!

Read on to find out how you can easily ENTER OUR GIVEAWAY to WIN FREE TICKETS! Continue reading

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What is the Paleo Diet and Can it Treat Celiac Disease?

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For celiac awareness month, we interviewed Tina Turbin from PaleOmazing.com about the Paleo diet, a diet that many celiacs are finding helpful in treating celiac disease. A celiac herself, Tina simplified the diet for newbies and explains how it has worked for her.

Q: Can you describe the benefits of the Paleo diet (for those with and without celiac disease)?

A: The paleo diet is naturally a gluten- and grain-free diet in its very basics.

Studies show that 1% of the population has celiac disease, an autoimmune condition triggered by the ingestion of gluten. Gluten is harmful for celiacs, actually it is the gliadin- the protein! It causes the immune system to attack the lining of the digestive tract and inhibits the proper absorption of nutrients from your food. The big question is; does it do this ONLY to celiacs?

Finally experts are admitting a large proportion of NON-celiac individuals are suffering from gluten intake as well. This is important for us all to learn about. So now even it is confirmed if you do not have celiac disease, the gluten ingested and digested in grains could be hurting your body! Some researchers estimate that as much as 40% of the population is also sensitive or intolerant to gluten, which can lead to many of the same symptoms and conditions of those with celiac disease and in some cases even more. These conditions are terribly underdiagnosed, and I’m quite passionate about getting this word out.

The removal of all grains can dramatically change one’s life – the Paleo diet in its basic essence. Simply put, the paleo diet is the optimum way of eating based on extensive studies of the eating habits and health of hunter-gatherers before agricultural and animal husbandry came around. Our bodies were more aligned to eat this way.

Q: Can you explain the basics of the Paleo diet for newbies?

A: Simply put, the paleo diet comprises plenty of good fats, moderate amounts of animal protein, and a low to moderate amount of carbohydrates (you can call that the paleo food pyramid—easy!). And, of course, the paleo diet leaves out the foods that came from agriculture and animal husbandry such as dairy products, grains, beans, legumes, potatoes, sugar and processed foods (no more packaged foods!). Of course each of our bodies reacts differently to various foods, and some do “ok” on dairy for example. There are many versions of the paleo diet, and you’ll find different protocols in each one, but the general agreement is that you should eat the foods that are best for you. The paleo diet is not really a “diet” and should actually be named the “paleo lifestyle.”

Q: How did the Paleo diet help you?

I had digestion issues, joint aches and pain that went on for many years, and it escalated after my second child was born. There were doctor appointments, X-rays, ultrasounds and more, with no answers which led me to my own research. One magical evening I came across the word “celiac disease”—which gave me a light of hope. Three days after requesting it myself, I was tested for this autoimmune disease: “celiac.” Shortly thereafter: “Tina, your tests came back positive. You have celiac disease.”

I delved in to the topic business-wise and soon became a major advocate in this field and was helping others by the hundreds then the thousands, yet I knew in my heart there was still something wrong.  I had less pain, but still had digestion issues and the pain would come and go. My teeth were falling apart (literally losing enamel) and my bones were thinning (proven by blood tests and scans). I was not at all better on the “standard” gluten free diet.

I researched more and soon came across the paleo diet and the various “versions.” I read two quite popular books on the paleo diet and soon after tried it out for a week and there was no denying the fact that I was feeling SO MUCH better in only seven days of trying Paleo!

I’m a walking success story of a person with an autoimmune disease which was running and ruining my life and which I’m now very much in control of. I believe in the paleo diet, the paleo lifestyle, with my blood tests proving my health has 100% and stably turned around now for many years.

Q: Can you offer any tips on how to transition to the Paleo diet, especially for people who love their baked goods and sugary treats?

Referring to paleo as a diet has always seemed a bit strange to me. Diets tend to mean restriction, forcing yourself to eat a certain way that’s unnatural to you. That’s not paleo at all! The paleo diet is actually a paleo lifestyle. It’s about eating (and living) in the way that’s most natural for the human body.

These days we see many different “versions” of the paleo diet. This can be a little confusing at first. So I really, really want to get this across to you: The paleo diet is a template. It’s not a strict regimen that you have to follow. If you veer from it, it doesn’t mean you failed or that you’ve “blown yet another diet.” As we are all humans we share the same basic physiology, which is why the paleo diet “template” is a good base for everyone to use. There’s no denying that there are certain foods that are toxic to everybody. Then on the other hand there are some foods that only make some of us feel bad or harm our health.

So, the first thing I always suggest is to get prepared so you can really start, see and feel for yourself the beneficial changes. By getting prepared I simply mean this: REALLY clean out your kitchen of all grains, dairy, sugar and legumes so you are not tempted. Then, go shop for a week’s worth of ingredients for easy meals or healthy snacks you can take on the go.

At this point do not go overboard and get into all the other ramifications, rules and descriptions of paleo. Keep it simple. If you do this for a week (or better yet two) you can feel and see for yourself what the paleo “basics” do for you. This is a terrific starting point!

Please read up and come to a full understanding of the fact that paleo is a LIFESTYLE and not a quick fix, or a weight-loss diet. ♦

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Tina Turbin is an Author, a Celiac and Gluten Free advocate. She researches and writes about the benefits of the Gluten-Free, Paleo-ish, Keto, and Lower Carb inclined diets while also supporting and promoting ethical companies she believes in. Tina’s award-winning site, PaleOmazing, houses many of her multi-award-winning recipes and research articles.

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Have Celiac Disease? Support Your Digestive Health!

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Happy Celiac Awareness Month! If you or a loved one has celiac disease, taking good care of your gut (digestive health) couldn’t be more important. What should you know about your gut and how to protect it? Read on to find out. Continue reading

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Amie Valpone’s New Eating Clean Cookbook

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Our dear friend, Amie Valpone, a talented NYC-based celebrity chef, recipe developer, food photographer and author of TheHealthyApple.com has generously contributed healing and deliciously healthy recipes to GlutenFreeFind.com over the years. We are very excited for Amie as she is releasing her very first cookbook to the world in a matter of days! Continue reading

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Gluten Free Holidays On A Budget

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The extra money we spend on cooking, entertaining and gift-giving around the holiday season can be challenging. Here are a few tips to help you eat gluten free and save money around what can be the most expensive time of the year! Continue reading

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It’s GlutenFreeFind.com’s 4th Anniversary!

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Let’s make a gluten-free wish and blow out 4 candles! We are proud to celebrate GlutenFreeFind.com’s 4th anniversary today. Continue reading

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Canada’s Gluten-Free Market Ticket Giveaway

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Hey Canada! Did you know that Canada’s Gluten-Free Market (CGFM) is returning for another exciting year?! Read on to find out how you can enter our giveaway to
WIN FREE TICKETS! Continue reading

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Toronto’s Bangkok Garden Restaurant offers gluten-free menu

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As part of a gluten-free tasting event held for members of the media, we were recently invited to sample Bangkok Garden’s new (gluten-free) coconut-inspired menu (available to the general public until the end of September). Bangkok Garden is a popular, award-winning, authentic Thai restaurant located in downtown Toronto. Although not a gluten-free restaurant, Bangkok Garden offers a gluten-free menu. Continue reading

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