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shrugs about the joint pain and recurring cankers. With growing awareness, I believe the tides are changing, but it’s still an overlooked condition. There are a lot of other “James’” out there. I feel we just got lucky. What is gluten-sensitive? Is that a thing? Non-Celiac Gluten-Sensitivity (the current official term), is still one of those hotly debated topics. Someone is said to be gluten-sensitive if their symptoms improve on a gluten-free diet, yet they test negative for Celiac disease (blood test and biopsy come back negative). Our understanding of this condition is still in early phases. Is gluten-sensitivity “a thing”? In my professional opinion, yes, I believe it is. Having said that, I don’t necessarily believe everyone eating gluten-free needs to, nor do I believe going gluten-free is healthy “just because”. But something is going on in our environment that we know is changing our health. Rates of allergies, asthma, Celiac disease and other immune disorders are on a dramatic rise. Food sensitivities, as we all seem to be hearing about, are definitely also on the rise. Could this include a sensitivity to gluten? I believe it could. Here’s what people need to know about gluten-sensitivity: It could be real for you, or it could be something else causing your symptoms. I encourage people to “clean up” their diets before trying a gluten-free change, since sometimes it’s just poor diet quality that is making you feel unwell (lots of processed food, not enough fruit, veg, etc.). New research is pointing to another culprit – FODMAPS – for some people who seem to be sensitive to gluten-containing foods. FODMAPS are a special category of carbohydrates, and going on a low-FODMAP diet seems to be helping some people that 46 WWW.EATINEATOUT.CA initially thought they were gluten-sensitive. Most important is that if you feel you are truly experiencing symptoms when you eat gluten, go see your doctor and get tested before going gluten-free. The test won’t work if you are not eating gluten. And missing a diagnosis of Celiac disease is not in your favour. How did the idea of Gluten-Free Boutique begin? I had a couple of personal acquaintances in my life who came to see me to get some help. They were going through similar health struggles with their children and looking to me for nutrition guidance as well as perspective based on my own personal experience. What struck me was their sense of desperation – not knowing where to start, having so many questions, not knowing who to ask, being completely overwhelmed. These were all feelings I could completely relate to having felt the exact same way five years ago. I realized people were looking for help and it was so easy for me to help them. My own experience, combined with my professional background, made me realize I could really do something helpful for people. That is how the idea was born. My business name just came to me. I loved the idea of a ‘boutique’ because I believe everyone’s story is unique and individual, and I wanted to convey the idea of my services being akin to a boutique experience – personalized, customized and catering to your special set of circumstances. What services does Gluten-Free Boutique offer? Gluten-Free Boutique specializes in serving all gluten-free patients, both Celiac and gluten-sensitive. I provide in-depth personalized education and support either in person or by phone/skype. My preferred way to help you is to do an in-home consultation. Gluten-free is more than just a diet, it’s an overhaul of your life, including