Host Spotlight - Helping Others Live the Gluten-free Lifestyle
One Degree Gluten Free with Karen Horan and Tabitha Millington
1.Can you introduce yourself and tell us more about the experiences that you offer through Verlocal?
One Degree Gluten Free (1°GF) is the hub for gluten-free living in Singapore. As a business, we aim to provide useful information about eating, shopping, and living gluten-free. We also offer classes, talks and social events for anyone who is interested in learning more about living a gluten-free lifestyle.
The concept of 1°GF started as the directors -Tabitha Millington and myself – both have children who were diagnosed with celiac disease. For those who are less familiar with gluten, celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where the body reacts to gluten and damages itself. The only effective treatment is a strictly gluten-free diet.
With over 15 years of combined experience running gluten-free households, we have a wealth of information about the practical aspects of a strictly followed, medically necessary gluten-free diet and we hope to be able to bring together the gluten-free community in Singapore.
2.Tell us about your background: When did you first become inspired to do what you love?
Singapore Celiac and Gluten Intolerance Support Group formed in 2012 to help people following a gluten-free diet find dietary and emotional support and information. The group continues to host monthly coffee mornings that are open to anyone wishing to join.
1°GF grew out the request to teach classes and as a way to fund the all volunteer support group. Both Tabitha and I both wish to share our extensive knowledge and skills to help other families who are just starting their gluten-free journey.
3. How has 1°GF impacted your community and the people who support it?
The response to reliable up-to-date gluten-free information and classes has been overwhelming. The proceeds from 1°GF help to fund and Singapore Celiac and Gluten Intolerance Support Group help provide resources that improve the lives of both expats and Singaporeans alike.
4. What made you want to pursue your passion and become a host?
1°GF wants to reach a larger audience and help more people master gluten-free living without having the feeling that they are restrained.
5. Tell us about your biggest achievement since you started 1°GF?
One of the most satisfying accomplishments so far was the development and teaching gluten-free bread and potsticker classes. For people who have not been able to enjoy eating certain food in years due to dietary restrictions, the opportunity to have a delicious gluten-free version is life-changing.
6. What inspires you to continue building and improving your business?
Our inspiration comes from helping people become more confident and proud of their homemade gluten-free creations, especially good bread. There is great satisfaction in seeing people master the techniques in class as well as seeing them make new gluten-free friends and connections.
7. What are your goals for the future?
The ultimate goal of 1°GF is to leave a lasting legacy in Singapore by raising awareness of celiac disease and gluten intolerance, creating a lasting gluten-free community, support structure and information to lean on. We want to see Singapore be the first truly gluten-free accommodating country in Southeast Asia.
8.What advice can you give to people who want create a business from doing what they love?
Be sure you are doing something you love and believe in. The payback in friendship, satisfaction and changing lives (one gluten-free meal at a time) is worth all the hard work.
Interested in learning more about living the gluten-free life or create gluten-free products that look and taste good? Sign up for Karen's class below!