May is just around the corner—our favourite month of the year! Why? Well, May is #CeliacAwarenessMonth. Celiacs are a big part of our gluten-free community and it’s terrific to bring some awareness to Celiac Disease and the importance of a gluten-free diet. We have a lot of things planned this month and we don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun!

But first up…

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease a very misunderstood disease. A lot of people think it’s all a fad and aren’t sure about the science behind it. But there certainly is! Simply put: For Celiacs, when gluten is present in their system, their immune system attacks their own body and wears down the villi in their small intestine making it harder for them to absorb the nutrients their body requires to be healthy. This can lead to an array of other illnesses and deficiencies.
Those with Celiac disease must maintain a strict gluten-free diet. They need to be especially concerned with cross-contimation as any particles containing gluten can severely damage their system.
We break down all the various reasons for eating gluten-free for you in the upcoming edition of the Amber Approved Magazine (make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss a beat).
Now, what have we got in store for you this month?


Starting May 1, we, in partnership with the Canadian Celiac Association, we will be giving away gift cards to local restaurants and delicious gluten-free products (all generously donated) via social media every day! Follow along at @CalgaryCeliac and @GFYYC on Twitter, as well as on both of our Facebook pages to participate! (Find them here: Canadian Celiac Association & Gluten Free Calgary)


Everyone in this community is dedicating to ensuring we do our part to provide education, so this month we are happy to see the CCA hosting webinars! Register now for any or all of the below. They’re absolutely FREE to attend! (Restaurants, why not register your whole team?) Can’t make it this date and time? That’s okay. All registrants will receive a copy of the webinar afterwards that you can watch later or refer back to.
May 26 12PM MST: An Open Mind For A New Way Of Eating – Amber Romaniuk

Gluten Free Events

Sometimes its great (and incredibly useful) to get up close and personal and LIVE. There are some terrific events going on around Calgary this month, so mark your calendars and get your tickets!
May 2/3Gluten Free Expo: Thousands of booths set up offering gluten-free products and services… all in one place! Find new brands, enjoy discounts, snack on samples, and listen to fantastic speakers all for a bargain price.
May 4 – “Ask A Dietician” and “Celiac 101 Information Meeting”: Free information evening hosted by the Canadian Celiac Association, Calgary Chapter for newly diagnosed celiacs and their families.
May 6Gluten Free Baking for Beginners: Wellness Kitchen, South Calgary Campus (6 – 6-8:30pm) – Calgary CCA members receive $10 discount with code
May 20Gluten Free Whole Foods Cooking Demo: Wellness Kitchen, South Calgary Campus – Calgary CCA members receive $10 discount with code
May 25Love Chocolate Workshop: Great for the chocolate lover who is gluten-free, dairy free and refined sugar free, and are looking for ways to excite your tastebuds for new choclately ideas. Spring is in the air and with that comes a new and exciting love chocolate workshop! Included are brand new chocolate creations, all guilt-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free, which will leave you feeling good about giving into that sweet tooth. Amber is running 2 additional webinars in early June. Find more details at the above link!
May 26GF Brewmaster’s Dinner: Craft hosts brewmasters dinners monthly, where they pair course after course with a different brew to wash it down with. Every May, they do a gluten-free version, partnering with Care Bakery’s own Kerry Bennett who brings her culinary talent creating some gluten-free eats for all to enjoy! And of course, there’s a variety of gluten-free beers for attendees to sample. Get your tickets early! This one tends to sell out. (And watch GFYYC for a giveaway!)
That’s it, that’s all, folks! Hope you’re as excited for May as we are. Tell us, what are you looking forward to the most?
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