Thursday, April 14, 2016

Enjoying Life While Eating An Anti-Inflammatory Diet {sponsored}

I am attending GFAF Expo as a Blogger. I was offered this giveaway for my blog.  All opinions are mine.

Since November of 2015 I've changed the way I consume and enjoy food.  Having adopted an anti-inflammatory diet as a suggested way to help manage my Stage 4 Endometriosis diagnosis, I've scoured the interwebs & library for help in finding appetizing and appealing food options that I can eat.  

It's been a tough road to travel for me.  Had it not been for the vast information I've received and changes I have made over the years as I've recovered from an eating disorder, I'm pretty sure that I would have been in the fetal position crying when the words "anti-inflammatory diet" were uttered in September of 2015.  

I know that food is to be used to nourish and sustain.  But, come on!  

Bread does both of those.  So does red meat, dairy and, well okay, coffee doesn't necessarily do either, but give me a break.  

That attitude right there, that defiance, it lead me on a good month long two-year old like tantrum about changing my food plan, again. I had changed it already, some 12 years prior, to gain mental, spiritual and physical well-being.  

I knew, though, by the end of October that I needed to make changes, again.  I had to shift my mind set from "don't mess with my food", to a more positive outlook of "I want to be healthy, I want to be able to walk, I don't want to be in constant pain".  What did I need to do to achieve that?  Look at the food that I was eating with new eyes as how it was going to nourish and sustain me in the long run.   

My Endometriosis diagnosis was so severe that in addition to the abdominal pain associated with it, it effected my ability to walk, stand and sit due to the inflammation and edometriosis deposits on m
ureteral sacral ligament.

I kind of want to be able to walk, ya know?

I gave up all forms of gluten, dairy, red meat and 
caffeine.  I no longer eat processed foods of any kind.  I do eat whole soy (tofu) sparingly, but the use of soy sauce and soy additives are avoided. 

I'm still looking for ways to become better informed about food choices as I walk this path, though. 
My hope in attending the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo is to not only surround myself with other like-minded individuals, but to learn about possible food options that may be out there for me to try, to get as much valuable information as possible and to be able to make an informed decision. 

The Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo "is dedicated to meeting the needs of the celiac community, those with gluten and food sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases, and autism. The public is helped through vendor expositions, educational sessions, and online resources. The manufacturers are serviced through vendor expositions, marketing programs, and consultative services."

If you are interested in attending the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo on either May 14 or 15, I have 2 ticket codes to give away at this time.  Here is how this is going to work:

I am giving away 2 (TWO) separate, one day ticket codes to attend the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo at the Schaumburg Convention Center on EITHER May 14 or 15, 2016.  You will have the opportunity to attend classes, and visit with exhibitors and sponsors of the event to see how they support the gluten free and allergen free lifestyle.  

For your chance to win ONE of TWO, one day passes (you get to choose which day)

          1) Comment below on how attending the conference would help you
          2) Deadline for submissions is THURSDAY, APRIL 21st by 11:59pm
          3) The two separate winners will be selected and notified on FRIDAY, APRIL 22nd

Interested in attending the event?  You can purchase your tickets here.