How Do I Completely Avoid Gluten?

How Do I Completely Avoid Gluten?

2022-12-14


If you’re one who eats at restaurants and buys food at the grocery store, you’ve probably noticed that the “GF” symbol is becoming more and more common on menus and products.

If you’re one who eats at restaurants and buys food at the grocery store, you’ve probably noticed that the “GF” symbol is becoming more and more common on menus and products. Gluten - a protein found in grains such as barley, rye, and wheat - has some properties that make it great for cooking and baking, plus the foods that contain it are undoubtedly comforting and delicious. That’s why you see gluten pretty much everywhere!

If you’re part of the 1% of the population who has celiac disease, or 6% (or more) of the population who is gluten sensitive or intolerant, this could be challenging. People with celiac disease absolutely must avoid gluten as their bodies quite simply reject it and it is considered an autoimmune disease. A gluten intolerance is less severe and can create a myriad of symptoms such as bloating, headaches, irritable bowel, and skin rashes.

If you have celiac disease, you absolutely must follow a gluten free diet but for those who seem to be gluten-sensitive, going gluten free helps manage digestive problems and can achieve higher energy levels, better mood, and an overall improved wellbeing. 

If you are thinking about trying a gluten free diet based on the symptoms that you are experiencing, it is very important to go “all-in” for (at least) the first month. This will give you a clear picture on how you felt before and it gives your body enough time to “clear out” if you will. 

Good news! Although gluten seems to be everywhere (e.g. baked goods, pasta dishes, soy sauce, crackers, bread, etc.), it’s quite simple to get around it. Especially with restaurants like Festal Café! The first thing to look out for when purchasing food products is for certain types of grains. Wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. These absolutely must be avoided, but can be replaced with many gluten free options such as tapioca, quinoa, and other ingredients. At Festal Cafe, we have gluten free breads made with cassava, almond, and coconut flour!

Like we mentioned before, gluten free products have been getting more and more common, which is wonderful news for someone who is trying to remove it from their diet. It should not be difficult for you to find gluten free products as they are now very clearly marked on their packaging. 

More good news is that many foods are naturally gluten free. Vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, meat, fish, eggs and dairy can be consumed and enjoyed without worry. This gives you lots of room to explore the kitchen and perhaps improve your cooking skills. Plus, when you consume more natural foods rather than processed and packaged foods, you’ll be getting so many more nutrients and health benefits from your food!

There’s always gluten free alternatives for your favourite foods. All you have to do is add gluten free to the end of your Google search and you’ll find a swarm of recipes. If you’re a big fan of pizza, there’s a ton of gluten free pizza doughs you can either buy at the store or try making for yourself. Your options are limitless!

The times when eating gluten free can be a bit tricky are when you are eating out at a restaurant. This requires you to be a little more diligent when it comes to reading the menu and double checking the ingredients with the wait staff as there may be some hidden ingredients that could sabotage your efforts. You may be forced to eat out less, or to try different gluten free restaurants who clearly show the ingredients they use in their menu. Restaurants like Festal Café, which is 100% gluten free!

Going gluten free can be quite challenging at first as it can require more time to research, prepare, and purchase your food, however if you’ve been dealing with questionable symptoms, the time and effort is definitely worth it! To completely avoid gluten, stick to foods that are naturally free from gluten, only purchase certified gluten free products, and be very careful when eating out at restaurants. Remember that you’ll (most likely) be able to make your favourite recipes gluten free, and that gluten free restaurants are popping up more and more! 

A 100% gluten free restaurant in Vancouver, Festal Café serves all the classic comforts such as pizza, sandwiches, baked goods, pastas, and more! Even if you’re not gluten free, you’ll be sure to enjoy the food. 

What Are The Common Signs Of Gluten Intolerance?

What Are The Common Signs Of Gluten Intolerance?

2022-11-16


At Festal Cafe, we serve a menu that is made with delicious, natural whole foods that are 100% free of gluten.

At Festal Cafe, we serve a menu that is made with delicious, natural whole foods that are 100% free of gluten.

What is gluten you ask? Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten acts as the “glue” that holds the grain together and allows it to keep its shape. As such, common foods that contain gluten are breads, cereals, pasta, baked goods, crackers, salad dressings, candy, alcohol and more!

You may be wondering why having a gluten-free menu is important to us. After experiencing some health problems of our own, we began studying the effects of nutrition and learned a great deal about how gluten can potentially be a common allergen and how that can cause an array of symptoms within our bodies. It was very surprising information to encounter, seeing as so many of us are consuming gluten on a daily basis and may not be aware of its detrimental effects.

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Gluten sensitivity is a disorder in which the body cannot tolerate gluten. It is not life-threatening; however, it can be uncomfortable and can affect your daily life. There is a wide variety of symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity. Here are some of the most common ones:

·         Abdominal Pain

·         Bloating

·         Diarrhoea

·         Constipation

·         Nausea

·         Headaches

·         Brain fog

·         Joint pain

·         Fatigue

·         Neuropathy

·         Depression

·         Skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis and acne

·         Anxiety

·         Anaemia

As you can see, this is a long list of symptoms. These signs and symptoms may or may not show up immediately following gluten consumption and some symptoms may be more severe for some people than others.

The reason gluten can have such a profound effect on the body is that it is an extremely processed grain in North America. This makes it difficult for our bodies to digest. Since some digestive tracts are not able to break down the gluten-containing grains, it can create a lot of damage to the digestive tract, which can cause the intestinal wall to become damaged and inflamed. This condition is sometimes called Leaky Gut Syndrome and can lead to the inability to absorb nutrients from the diet.

You may be wondering, “well should everyone go gluten-free”? Good question! Some critics consider going gluten-free to be a fad-diet, however for people with Celiac Disease, going gluten-free is an absolute must. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition triggered by gluten. People with celiac disease have intestinal damage when they eat gluten. People who are gluten intolerant - while they may experience symptoms similar to those with celiac disease, do not have the intestinal damage or antibodies found in those with celiac disease.

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If you are experiencing any of the above common symptoms of gluten intolerance, it could benefit you to try a gluten-free diet. You may be surprised by how much better you feel! Luckily for you, there are a ton of resources available with tons of information and recipes so that will help you get started on your journey.

At Festal Cafe, the best gluten free restaurant in Vancouver, it is our joy to educate and encourage our customers to try a new way of eating in a way that supports their health and wellness. It is our goal that all customers alike - whether Celiac, gluten sensitive, or just a regular old foodie enjoy the freshness and flavours of our nutritious and delicious food!

Is Gluten Free Food More Costly Than Normal Food? : Festal Café Blog

Is Gluten Free Food More Costly Than Normal Food? : Festal Café Blog

2022-10-11


As you may or may not know, Festal Cafe is a paleo-inspired restaurant that features a delicious menu created with 100% gluten-free ingredients.

As you may or may not know, Festal Cafe is a paleo-inspired restaurant that features a delicious menu created with 100% gluten-free ingredients. What does this even mean, and why have we chosen to adhere to these standards?

First of all, gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. Since it’s found in grains, gluten is in a lot of go-to processed foods such as cereals, granola bars, condiments, pastas, baked goods, and even some processed meats.

Some people avoid gluten to help manage symptoms of celiac disease. People with celiac disease have an immune reaction to eating gluten, which leaves their body unable to absorb nutrients that are necessary for health. Plus, it can be very painful.

Other reasons to avoid gluten would be because you are sensitive to gluten. This causes symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, brain fog, rash, or headache, even though there’s less damage to the tissues of the small intestine than what celiac disease creates.

Some scientists believe that the majority of the population is sensitive to gluten and that this is because of the heavy use of pesticides on grain crops. Not only that, but our population relies so much more on processed foods than our bodies can naturally handle. Because of this, our digestive tissues receive a lot of damage, which can create inflammation and eventually turn into disease down the road.

Suffice to say, this is why we have a gluten-free menu at Festal Cafe. Our goal is to support a healthy digestive system for the long-term health of our community - while still serving delicious and enjoyable foods.

A lot of people ask us if gluten-free food is more costly than “normal” food. The answer is that it depends! There are a couple ways to approach a gluten-free diet, and this usually depends on your lifestyle and goals.

If you have a very busy schedule, chances are you will have less time to make your meals, which means you would rely on eating out more and buying pre-made items such as gluten-free packaged foods. These items can definitely add up quickly and tend to cost more than conventional packaged foods because their ingredients are less common and are usually higher quality.

Yes, gluten-free food can be more costly than normal food, but there are some ways to get around this! For example, instead of always buying gluten-free packaged foods, you can start pre-planning and making your own delicious meals using natural ingredients! There are truly so many options that aren’t difficult to make. Plus, you can make lots so that you have leftovers to enjoy throughout the week.

Here are some delicious go-tos that are also easy to make!

·         Bacon Frittatas with your favourite veggies

·         Salads with protein

·         Turkey Chili

·         Roasted Vegetables with protein

·         Salmon and asparagus

·         Taco salad

The more you can incorporate tasty whole foods into your diet, you will start to feel better - plus your monthly costs will go down! We call that a win-win.

If you still feel overwhelmed with the idea of making all your own gluten-free meals, Festal Café, the best gluten free restaurant in Vancouver, is here to help. We offer an array of classics such as pizza, sandwiches, baked goods, lasagne, pasta dishes, salads, and more at very competitive prices! Most people can’t believe that our menu is 100% gluten-free because the food is that good!

Is The Gluten Free Diet Healthy?

Is The Gluten Free Diet Healthy?

2022-06-09


You may have heard of the gluten-free diet and have noticed a growing number of gluten-free foods in grocery stores and restaurants. It seems that the gluten-free diet is becoming more popular, but is this a good thing? Is a gluten-free diet healthy?

You may have heard of the gluten-free diet and have noticed a growing number of gluten-free foods in grocery stores and restaurants. It seems that the gluten-free diet is becoming more popular, but is this a good thing? Is a gluten-free diet healthy?

Gluten refers to the protein found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Common foods that contain gluten include bread, pizza, pasta, cereal, condiments, crackers, baked goods, and more.

Why would people want to follow a gluten-free diet in the first place? Some individuals have a hard time digesting it. Humans have digestive enzymes that help break down the food we eat, however some people’s bodies have a difficult time digesting some modern foods such as gluten. The grains that are being grown in North America today are processed, hybridized, and heavily sprayed with pesticides.

For some people, when undigested gluten enters their bloodstream and small intestine, it can trigger an autoimmune response or other unpleasant symptoms such as rashes, bloating, diarrhoea, headaches, brain fog, and more.

Following a gluten-free diet allows for the small intestine to heal so that undigested gluten, bacteria, or other substances no longer go through the gut lining and into the bloodstream.

Because gluten is found in grains, following a gluten-free diet would require you to replace the common foods such as cereals, granola bars, breads, and more. In this day and age, we are very lucky to have access to a ton of brands that make gluten-free products. This makes the transition less difficult and intimidating.

Although there are lots of products that are available, following a gluten-free diet creates a great opportunity to replace foods such as bread, pasta, and cereals with more nutrient-rich whole foods.

Here are some examples:

Breakfast: Swap your toast with an avocado and tomato slices with your eggs

Lunch: Swap your sandwich with a stir fry full of vegetables and protein

Dinner: Swap your spaghetti with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles

Following a gluten-free diet can be challenging at first, but the health benefits make it worthwhile. The benefits of incorporating more nutrient-rich whole foods include lower rates of heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.

Because whole foods are full of nutrients and fibre and are minimally processed, you can feel fuller for longer, your moods and energy levels can stabilize, and you can get in way more variety in your diet. Win-win-win!

These are all reasons that Festal Café, the gluten free restaurant in Vancouver, designed their menu with gluten-free ingredients. Although not everyone is sensitive to gluten, we believe that everyone can benefit from the gluten-free diet. Whether you’re currently following a gluten-free diet, are interested in trying it, or you just want to enjoy fun and tasty food, Festal Café has something for you!

We created all the classics with alternative nutrient-rich ingredients and the best part is that they taste just as good, if not better, than the “original”! Our most popular items include our gluten-free Hawaiian pizza, Spicy Chicken & Waffle Sandwich, Butternut Lasagne, and all of our baked good items including donuts, cookies, cakes, and more. Yes - they are all 100% gluten-free!

Come feast with us the Festal way at 433 Granville St. We’re available for Dine In, Takeout and Delivery.

How Are Gluten Free Foods Made?

How Are Gluten Free Foods Made?

2022-01-18


So you are thinking about going gluten free, or perhaps you had been advised to go gluten free or perhaps you are just wondering what all the hype is about?

So you are thinking about going gluten free, or perhaps you had been advised to go gluten free or perhaps you are just wondering what all the hype is about? 
 
Gluten free food is any food that is made without gluten, but note, it is not food that has gluten removed from it. There are so many foods that are naturally gluten free, fruits, vegetables, many meats, nuts, seeds etc, however gluten can sneak into some of these foods in processing. 
 
In prepared food, gluten containing ingredients such as wheat, barley, and farro are replaced with non-gluten containing grains such as oats, rice or millet or using ground nuts and seeds or vegetable starches as flour instead.
 
Here at Festal we stick to grain-free replacements for gluten flours, such as cassava flour for our savoury grain-free waffles and focaccia bread, and almond/coconut flour for our sugar-free desserts. 
 
Cassava, otherwise known as tapioca, manioc or yucca is a root vegetable native to South America, its flour can actually function quite similarly to a white flour due to its neutral flavour but because it’s made from a root vegetable it will contain more fiber. It is also a low-calorie density option for those that do not tolerate nuts.
 
We use almond and coconut flour in many of our desserts for their higher fat content, and rich flavour. Gluten free baked goods are often denser in nature, and more crumbly than gluten-containing desserts, this is because gluten as a protein gives that elasticity to gluten-containing batter and dough. 
 
The flours will also increase satiety from our desserts, their high fiber and fat content means that you will be more than satisfied from just one (or two) rather than craving the whole box of gluten-filled cookies. Almond flour in particular is a keto favourite as it lends itself well to both sweet and savoury baking, you will also find it as the base for our keto bread options and for most of our keto pizza bases.
 
Check your labels, gluten can show up in surprising places. Especially if you have celiac disease it is important to familiarize yourself with its many different names. In processing gluten is added as a binding agent, in flavourings, as a filler as well as many factories process gluten-contain and non-gluten-containing products together so there is a high risk of cross contamination. 
 
 
This is why you will see labels such as “gluten free oats'', because even though oats themselves do not contain gluten they are more often than not processed in the same facilities as wheat products. Knowing your tolerance is important, as many know, getting “gluten-ed” is not a fun experience. Like some nut allergies, there is a range of sensitivity so we hope to arm you with a little bit more knowledge so that you can ask the right questions when making food choices.
 
And for the days you want an easy choice pop by Festal for a delicious gluten free meal or dessert, we have got you covered! We offer a lot of choices when it comes to gluten free restaurant in Vancouver.
 
Visit Festal Cafe, the best gluten free restaurant in Vancouver.

What Conditions May Benefit from Gluten Free Food?

What Conditions May Benefit from Gluten Free Food?

2021-09-25


Did you know our cafe offers 100% gluten free food in Vancouver? It’s true! We’re thrilled that our whole menu is made with whole foods that are naturally free from gluten.

Did you know our cafe offers 100% gluten free food in Vancouver? It’s true! We’re thrilled that our whole menu is made with whole foods that are naturally free from gluten. Many of you may be familiar with the term and what gluten is, but we’ve found that it can still stir up a little confusion. 
 
The gluten free food phenomenon is so much more than a fad diet. Gluten refers to the protein portion of grains such as wheat, rye, barley and more. Common foods and food products containing gluten include beer, bread, cakes, cereal, condiments, granola, fast food, pastries and more. In the past few decades there’s been an influx of conditions linked to the consumption of gluten such as Celiac’s Disease, and a host of autoimmune conditions that can attach different systems in the body and cause a wide range of symptoms.
 
Wheat and grains have been consumed for centuries, so what seems to be causing the spike of the above-mentioned conditions? Simply put, the wheat and other grains we’re growing and consuming today aren’t the same as what our ancestors ate and grew. Modern grains (especially wheat) have been processed to create larger yields. Another newly adopted 20th century practice is that the crops are being heavily sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. Taking all of this into account, it’s easy to understand why our bodies could be reacting to consuming such products.
 
With a quick Google search you can find many disorders that are connected to the consumption of gluten. They generally fall into the autoimmune, allergic and non-autoimmune/sensitivities disorders, which are umbrella terms for all of the diseases that are triggered by gluten. There are about 200 medical conditions that gluten is known to cause, contribute to, or worsen. For those with such medical conditions, gluten free food is a great option.
 
One of gluten’s major attacks to our health is through our gut. Our gut plays a HUGE role in our health as it helps properly nourish our bodies and protects us from foreign invaders that can make us sick. Processed grains and gluten can penetrate the gut lining creating what’s called “loose junctions”. 
 
With this, bigger fragments of food (and other foreign substances) can leak through the gut lining into the body, which then alerts the immune system that foreign invaders are present. These foreign invaders are identified as allergens to the body, so the immune system starts attacking them. Unfortunately, the immune system can start to get confused and over attack, which can start to negatively affect other systems throughout the body. 
 
Removing gluten can be profound for people struggling with diagnosed autoimmune conditions. Since the consumption of modern grains can strongly affect the gut lining, removing gluten and consuming gluten free food could also be beneficial for people who haven’t been diagnosed with a specific condition, yet struggle with normalized symptoms. These include symptoms such as skin rashes, acne, headaches, stomach aches, dandruff, bloating, heartburn, diarrhea, and more.
 
It’s information like this that fuels us to keep developing new and delicious recipes to serve to our customers at Festal Café with gluten free food in Vancouver! Although the glutenfree diet has been viewed as one of the latest fads, we think it can benefit everyone's digestive systems. 
 
Health is of course one of our main focuses, along with TASTE and convenience. So many of our customers can’t believe how tasty our menu is, being that it's made from all wholesome ingredients and zero processed sugar. 
 
Come visit Festal Café, the best gluten free restaurant in Vancouver, on 433 Granville St for a deliciously nourishing meal or snack! We’re open from Monday-Saturday and are available on delivery apps such as UberEats and Door Dash.
 

What Can You Eat on a Gluten Free Diet?

What Can You Eat on a Gluten Free Diet?

2021-09-25


Who thinks that eating healthy is boring? Not us! At Festal Cafe you can find a myriad of delicious foods made from healthy, high-quality ingredients. In fact, it’s our MISSION to get people excited about eating healthy food again!

Who thinks that eating healthy is boring? Not us! At Festal Cafe you can find a myriad of delicious foods made from healthy, high-quality ingredients. In fact, it’s our MISSION to get people excited about eating healthy food again! A lot of people are shocked to find out that we offer 100% gluten free food in Vancouver, but it’s true. Eating healthy and gluten free can be delicious!
 
Although gluten doesn’t negatively impact everyone, we believe everyone can enjoy something from this diet. Gluten refers to the protein portion of grains such as wheat, barley and rye. The way we grow grains has dramatically changed in the last century. 
 
Because of this, the structure of the grains has changed, and more chemicals have been penetrating our bodies from the increased use of pesticides and herbicides. All in all, these new practices have negatively impacted our digestive systems, which have created a host of autoimmune disorders and other conditions for some individuals.
 
You’d be surprised at how many foods contain gluten. Bread, beer, candy, chocolate, fast food, condiments, crackers, granola, cereal, flour, pasta, and more! Foods containing gluten quite literally fill our groceries stores, however since more information is coming out regarding its negative effects on the digestive system, more and more companies are producing alternative gluten free products such as crackers, cookies, pastas, and more. Although it’s great to have these products as an alternative, a lot of the products have other not-so-great ingredients such as processed sugars, food colourings, additives, preservatives and more.
 
The best gluten free foods are those that you find in nature! These include fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, poultry, seafood and red meat. Also known as whole foods or superfoods, these foods haven’t been processed so they’re full of bioavailable nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that fuel and nourish our beautifully complex bodies. They’re also much easier to digest and therefore can protect and nourish our gut lining rather than harming them. 
 
At Festal Cafe we’ve utilized these nourishing foods as ingredients to make our diverse and delicious menu of gluten free food. We have all the classic comforts such as sandwiches, pizza, pasta dishes, desserts and more that are made with alternative ingredients. 
 
For example, we’ve swapped wheat flour for coconut and cassava flour to make waffle dough for sandwiches as well as pizza dough and our mouth-watering desserts (cookies, muffins, cupcakes, cakes, croissants, and MORE). We also make our pasta with zucchini noodles! People who can’t consume gluten are overjoyed when they walk into our restaurant and try our food. We hear a lot that our food tastes as good as “conventional” food - if not, better! 
 
We love showing people that eating gluten free food can be fun, delicious and totally not limiting. It may take a little extra effort, but if you’re in Vancouver, we’re honoured to be taking some of the burden off you by having your favourite foods available for you! Whether you can’t eat gluten or you simply enjoy eating fresh and delicious food, Festal Cafe definitely has something for you. Check out our menu today and find the different options of gluten free food in Vancouver!
 
We are the best gluten free restaurant in Vancouver, and we invite you to 433 Granville St.

Who Should Eat Gluten Free Food?

Who Should Eat Gluten Free Food?

2021-08-23


There is no denying that gluten free labels have been appearing on more and more foods and restaurants these days. To some it seems like a fad, yet to others it’s actually required for their health. Gluten free foods appear to be a healthier alternative, but is this really the case? Plus, who should eat gluten free food?

There is no denying that gluten free labels have been appearing on more and more foods and restaurants these days. To some it seems like a fad, yet to others it’s actually required for their health. Gluten free foods appear to be a healthier alternative, but is this really the case? Plus, who should eat gluten free food?
 
Firstly, gluten is the protein portion in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. It basically holds things together and gives food products desirable consistencies. Common foods that contain gluten are breads, pasta, pizza, cookies, candy, beer, condiments, crackers, granola, tortillas, soy sauce, and more.
 
A gluten-free diet is essential for the roughly 2 percent of the population diagnosed with celiac disease. Their body is unable to digest gluten so it causes them extreme intestinal inflammation that can be very painful. 
 
Some people have a “lesser” condition called non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and they report feeling better on a gluten-free diet, although they don’t have a diagnosed condition. For normal people eating gluten free can have many health benefits including easing digestive symptoms, reducing chronic inflammation, boosting energy and promoting weight loss. 
 
Here's why:In the past decade digestion has been studied more, which has shown us the importance of maintaining a healthy digestion and how to do so. With these studies came the understanding that modern grains (and gluten) may be responsible for a lot of digestive problems. 
 
This is because our consumption of processed foods has dramatically increased and one of the main ingredients of these foods is processed grains. Since there is a higher demand for processed foods, we’re needed to increase the yield of grains. Cue: massive monocrops of grains across the country where pesticides and chemicals are being used so that grains grow more quickly and efficiently. 
 
Not only is this terrible for our environment, but it can wreak havoc on our health and more specifically our digestive systems as these chemicals are entering our bodies and triggering our immune system.
 
Although some people are more sensitive to gluten than others, there is a strong argument that eating gluten free foods can benefit everyone. Some people argue that grains are mandatory for certain nutrients such as fibre, protein and vitamins, however these are all nutrients that you can get from other sources that don’t contain gluten.
 
Gluten free foods include fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry, fish and seafood, dairy, beans, legumes and nuts. To some people the idea of eating gluten free foods seems intimidating as you have to cut out a lot of convenient and tasty foods such as pizza, sandwiches, donuts, hamburgers, and more. But nowadays there are SO many recipes and alternative food products that make following the diet quite easy.
 
Festal Cafe’s menu is made completely with gluten free foods. We felt the benefits of this diet firsthand and wanted to help people on their health journey, or inspire new people to consider this lifestyle. We want to spread the wealth of good health through nutrition. Although our menu is gluten free, we are constantly hearing how the taste of our food is not impacted and that no matter what diet you follow, there is something for you to enjoy. 
 
Whether you are craving comfort foods like sandwiches, pizza, lasagna, pasta, desserts, or more - we’ve got you covered. ALL of our food is made with naturally sourced ingredients that are free of gluten and full of nutrients and taste.
 
Like we said, whether you’re gluten free, are thinking about going gluten-free, or you just simply enjoy eating delicious foods, Festal Café, the best gluten free restaurant in Vancouver, has something for you.
 

Are Gluten Free Foods Good For Diabetics?

Are Gluten Free Foods Good For Diabetics?

2021-08-23


The glutenfree diet can offer many health benefits for an array of different symptoms and diseases. Oftentimes people with diabetes will come into Festal Cafe asking if gluten free foods are good for them, and we say yes – gluten free foods are great for diabetics!

The glutenfree diet can offer many health benefits for an array of different symptoms and diseases. Oftentimes people with diabetes will come into Festal Cafe asking if gluten free foods are good for them, and we say yes – gluten free foods are great for diabetics! 
 
Although gluten is not necessarily harmful to people with diabetes, it can offer many benefits as many foods that contain gluten can raise a person’s blood sugar levels. If you’re not familiar with diabetes, it is a condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. 
 
Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, which is what our bodies use for energy (unless you’re keto). The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies, but this process is disturbed for people with diabetes.
 
According to the WHO, over 400 million people suffer from diabetes. Over time, diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves. It can increase risk of heart attacks and strokes, among other unfortunate things. 
 
Although type 1 diabetes is not preventable, simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Probably one of the most effective lifestyle measures is to eat a healthy diet and to avoid processed carbohydrates and sugar. 
 
Avoiding processed carbohydrates and sugar is important for diabetics because it helps them control their insulin levels. Processed carbohydrates and sugar are full of glucose so after eating them, it can send your body on a roller coaster of blood sugar levels that are hard to manage.
 
While gluten is not necessarily harmful to diabetics, many foods that contain gluten can raise a person’s blood sugar levels. Common foods such as bread, pasta, crackers, granola, condiments, cookies, and more. 
 
A lot of glutenfree foods do not contain grains, which are processed carbohydrates, so they would be great for diabetics. These foods would be considered whole foods and include foods like leafy greens, avocado, cassava, fruits, nuts, meat and poultry, seafood, beans and legumes.
 
Unfortunately, a lot of people believe that glutenfree and healthy foods are boring and lack flavour, but we’re here to prove them wrong! We’ve received so many reviews saying how flavourful our food is and how they couldn’t believe how healthy the ingredients are. 
 
One of our top-selling items is the Butternut Lasagna: a lasagna made from butternut squash, coconut tomato sauce, grass-fed beef, spinach, cashew cheese and herbs! This gluten free dish would be perfect for someone with diabetes!
 
Festal Cafe is 100% glutenfree and we use a lot of the above-mentioned foods, which makes our restaurant a wonderful place for diabetics to eat. This is because our food is full of healthy nutrients that are not processed, so it could help stabilize a diabetic’s blood sugar levels. It is our goal to change people’s perspective on healthy food and to motivate people to make healthier decisions that can improve their quality of life.
 
Whether diabetic, glutenfree or not, we hope that you come join our movement and enjoy the food at Festal Cafe. We are so thrilled to be serving the city of Vancouver and hope to see you soon!
 
Take a look at our menu and enjoy your gluten free food from the best gluten free restaurant in Vancouver.
 

Does Gluten Free Food Help You Lose Weight?: Festal Café Blog

Does Gluten Free Food Help You Lose Weight?: Festal Café Blog

2021-07-28


The gluten free diet is one of the most recent diets to become popular and it’s for good reason! Although a gluten free diet is the primary treatment for people with celiac disease, many people avoid gluten for other symptoms that are also related to gluten sensitivity.

Does Gluten Free Food Help You Lose Weight?
 
The gluten free diet is one of the most recent diets to become popular and it’s for good reason! Although a gluten free diet is the primary treatment for people with celiac disease, many people avoid gluten for other symptoms that are also related to gluten sensitivity. Many people wonder if gluten free foods help you lose weight, and we are here to say that it can! Here’s how.
 
Firstly, it’s important to understand what gluten is. Simply put, gluten refers to the protein portion of grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and spelt. It’s responsible for the glue-like texture in foods like bread and packaged foods and basically holds things together and/or gives food products desirable consistencies. 
 
The most common food products containing gluten are beer, bread, cakes, cereal, cookies, granola, pasta, rice milk, condiments, soy sauce, candy, bars, crackers, fast food, processed meats, and more. 
 
A large problem with gluten is that it can create a lot of digestive problems. This is important because a functioning digestion is essential for your body to properly utilize nutrients in order to function and thrive. Since the modern grains that we consume today are so heavily processed and sprayed with harmful chemicals like Glyphosate it can disrupt our natural gut lining. 
 
This allows undigested fragments of food to pass through our intestinal lining, which alerts our immune system of what’s considered to be foreign invaders. These fragments are identified as allergens to the body so the autoimmune system goes into overdrive when these are present. When the autoimmune system is in overdrive it can create an array of symptoms. These can include rashes, lack of energy, migraines, inflammation, thyroid conditions, weight gain and more.
 
With this being said, it’s important to understand that the reason for weight gain can be more complex than just eating too much. Although that can be a reason, there can be lots more like the above-mentioned autoimmune reactions created from intestinal damage by gluten. By eating gluten free foods, you are allowing your digestive system to heal, which can result in weight loss.
 
Eating gluten free foods can also help you lose weight through balancing blood sugar levels. Grains, therefore foods containing gluten, are a carbohydrate. When we ingest carbohydrates, our body breaks it down into particles called glucose. When glucose is present the pancreas releases insulin, a hormone that signals our cells to suck up the glucose out of our blood and into our cells so that we’re fuelled and energized. 
 
When processed grains hit our system it causes a rapid rise in blood sugar, which can result in an excessive release of insulin. Over time this can damage insulin’s cell walls and generally puts our blood sugar on a roller coaster ride. This can create internal chaos, which manifests as symptoms such as hypoglycemia, diabetes, mood problems, inflammation, obesity, and more.
 
By eating gluten free foods you are asked to eat less packaged and processed foods, which forces you to eat more natural whole foods. These foods are full of fibre and nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that do not put your blood sugar levels on a roller coaster ride like processed foods do. When this is the case, you can feel balanced because there is less internal inflammation and chaos, resulting in healthy weight loss among other things!
 
If you are thinking of following a gluten free diet with the hopes of losing weight and live in Vancouver, Festal Cafe, the best gluten free restaurant in Vancouver, is here to help you! Our menu is entirely gluten free as we wholeheartedly believe in the benefits of consuming a diet rich in nutritious whole foods. We have an array of tasty gluten free comfort foods such as pasta dishes, burgers, breakfasts, pizzas, sandwiches, desserts, smoothies and more. Whether you are following a gluten free diet, trying to lose weight, or not, our food is sure to be tasty AND nutritious. 
 

What Does “Gluten Free” Food Mean: Festal Café Blog

What Does “Gluten Free” Food Mean: Festal Café Blog

2021-07-28


The infamous Gluten free diet. By now you’ve probably heard of it and have seen it labelled on many food products in the grocery store.

The infamous Gluten free diet. By now you’ve probably heard of it and have seen it labelled on many food products in the grocery store. Although the term is thrown around everywhere, you may not know what exactly gluten free food means so let’s get into it!
 
Firstly, it would be very helpful to know what exactly gluten is. Gluten is the protein portion of grains such as wheat, rye and barley. It’s responsible for the glue-like texture in foods like bread and packaged foods and it basically holds things together and/or gives food products desirable consistencies. 
 
Here are the most common food products containing gluten:
  • Beer
  • Bread, Cakes, Cookies and Pastries
  • Candy
  • Cereal and Granola
  • Flour
  • Pasta and Udon (wheat noodles)
  • Processed meats (hot dogs, salami, etc.)
  • Soy sauce
There are a few reasons why people eat gluten free foods. Simply put, North American wheat is heavily processed in order to increase its yield for our ever-growing food system. Since wheat and other grains have been processed it’s believed to contribute to the sudden rise in autoimmune diseases, since our bodies cannot properly break down and digest the gluten. Undigested gluten fragments attach to the gut lining, creating loose junctions in our gut, which allows food to leak into our body and ultimately alert our immune system.
 
Another reason to eat gluten free foods is to avoid the constant roller coaster in blood sugar levels. Gluten is usually found in processed products, which means they are high in carbohydrates and usually lack fiber. 
 
This can cause a rapid spike in blood sugar, which then results in a rapid and excessive release in insulin, leaving you feeling tired, weak, and ravenous for more food. This is a natural bodily reaction, however the consecutive spikes from eating unnatural food products can create problems in the future such as hypoglycemia, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, mood problems, inflammation, obesity, and atherosclerosis - just to name a few.
 
As you can see, the gluten free diet is so much more than a fad diet. By eating gluten free foods, you are essentially giving your body a break from heavily processed foods. This alone can cause wonderful effects including improved digestion, balanced blood sugar levels, lowering of inflammation and weight loss.
 
Choosing gluten free foods can have such a powerful effect on your health as it allows your gut to heal from years of unknowing damage. If you feel like you could benefit from removing gluten from your diet, starting with a 2-week gluten free challenge could be a great first step. You never really know how it’s affecting you until you remove it, plus you can do anything for 2 weeks. 
 
Changing up your diet can be intimidating and nerve wracking, but places like Festal Cafe are here to help you. Although there are a lot of gluten free products available these days, Festal relies more on naturally occurring gluten free foods - AKA whole foods. 
 
These are foods that contain the highest amounts of nutrients like vitamins and minerals, which can help your body heal faster. Festal Cafe has a ton of classic comfort foods such as pizza, sandwiches, pasta, burgers, desserts, and more that are ALL gluten free. This means that if you’d like to try going gluten free and find yourself craving something, we’ve got you covered!
 
Come try us out at 531 Granville St. We’re open for dine-in, takeout and delivery!
 
You have a lot of choices in gluten free food in Festal Café, the best gluten free restaurant in Vancouver.