Vancouver’s popular Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery aims to deliver gluten-free delicious food while at the same time educating people about gluten intolerance.
Diagnosed with a gluten allergy that forced her to leave her job as a pastry chef after 18 years, Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery owner, Tracy Kadonoff, became determined to develop gluten-free recipes that tasted as good as regular recipes did.
“When I became gluten-free I decided I had to figure these things out,” she says. “Just because life throws you a curve ball doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. You can always find something good to eat!”
Because of her own battles with her allergy, Kadonoff wanted customers to know more about gluten intolerance. She knows firsthand that trying to live with a gluten allergy without making healthier choices with your diet can be harmful.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains, including rye, barley and oats, and it gives elasticity to dough in baking. Gluten-related disorders include celiac disease, non-celiac gluten insensitivity, gluten ataxia, dermatitis herpetiformus and wheat allergy.
Wondering if you might have a wheat sensitivity? Here are the most common signs of gluten intolerance:
- Digestive problems such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation can indicate a problem, the latter is a particular issue for children.
- Fatigue, dizziness and exhaustion after eating food containing gluten.
- Chicken skin, or keratosis pilaris, is a result of fatty acid and vitamin A deficiencies causing damage to the gut through lack of gluten absorption.
- Hormone imbalances, even infertility.
- Migraine headaches.
- Inflammation, swelling or joint pain in fingers, knees or hips.
- Mood problems such as anxiety, depression and ADD.
Kadonoff says she was “a little” aware of the symptoms and allergies before her diagnosis and would try out gluten-free products with family members occasionally, but the taste was not to her liking. That’s what led her to open Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery- and to help teach others understand a healthy enjoyable approach to being gluten-free.
Fortunately, events like Vancouver’s annual Gluten-Free Expo helped spread the word.
“In the past four years the bakery has grown exponentially,” she says proudly. “We sell a lot of product at the Gluten-Free Expo, as well, and many of the people we met there have become regular customers.”