In this episode Jeanne is talking with functional nutritionist, celiac guide and expat living in Florence, Italy, Catalin Varela. As the founder of The Celiac in Italy, Catalin teaches online Italian cooking classes (all gluten free, of course), consults clients on traveling safely in Italy as a celiac, and is an English+Italian speaking resource for all things gluten free Italy.
Catalin Varela is a 20-something American living in Florence. She was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2016 and has since become a Certified IIN Health Coach with a degree in Health Arts & Sciences. As the founder of The Celiac in Italy, Catalin teaches online Italian cooking classes (all gluten free, of course), consults clients on traveling safely in Italy as a celiac, and is an English+Italian speaking resource for all things gluten free Italy. Learn more and follow her adventures on Instagram.
Airbnb gluten free pasta class: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/3128006
Airbnb celiac travel consulting: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/3253930
Podcast 050| A Celiac in Italy with Catalin Varela
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