Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How I'm Enjoying Life While On The Anti-Inflammatory Diet {Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo} {Sponsored}

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

You can read my 2016 post here 

So, it's been 17 months since I changed the foods that I consume so that they don't contribute to inflammation in my body.  Which, in turn, causes constant pain and swelling that effects my ability to do simple things, like walk.

There are some days that are easier than others.  I have to own up to that. Some days, oh man, I just really want a cheeseburger.  But, I know that it's gong to hurt.  Like, physically hurt me and cause me pain if I consume it.  So, I don't and I know that there are better options for me out there.  I still subscribe to the belief that food is meant to nourish and sustain.    

I continue to abstain from all forms of gluten, dairy, red meat and caffeine.  I sill do not choose to 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 on a quest to find ways to become better informed about food choices as I walk this path, though.  There is so much information out there! 

I learned a lot at last years Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo.  I attended the classes that they offered, talked to the exhibitors and sponsors who were on site, and gathered tons of great information and samples to try out, not only for me, but also my family.  

I'm excited about attending the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo again this year.  I get to surround myself with other like-minded individuals, learn about possible food options that may be out there for me to try, to get as much valuable information as possible so that I can make informed food buying 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 April 22 or 23, 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), one day ticket codes to one lucky winner so that you can attend the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo at the Schaumburg Convention Center on EITHER APRIL 22 or 23, 2017.  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 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 6th by 11:59pm
          3) One winner will be selected and notified on FRIDAY, APRIL 7th

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


  1. While I'm not happy for the r asons that brought you to GF living. I sure appreciate your camaraderie on this path!

    If we went to the GF show (we haven't yet been!) it would benefit our family two-fold:
    (1) as the parent of a Celiac kid the fair provides ideas and education. I plan to gather tips for both nutrition as well for navigating the Celiac world.
    (2) to give my kid a YES day of trying samples of food. Might seem silly but being in a place where he can try new foods without fear is awesome!

    1. Yes! I SOOOooooo understand both of these. Good luck Shelly!

  2. My infant have allergies. I hope to learn tips and strategies on how to manage it.

    1. I'm so sorry to hear that. A little one with allergies is so tough. I hope that you'll be able to leave the Expo equipped with the resources that you need to help you navigate living with it. Best of luck to you Linda.

  3. My nine year old is both gluten and lactose intolerant, and I've been meaning to attend the Gluten Free expo for a while because it is great to learn about new products he might enjoy. As you say, having food intolerances is difficult enough as an adult, but for a child I think it is especially trying. I do everything I can to make his diet as fun and varied as I can, but it is hard sometimes.
    Also, I was reading about the different conferences and in particular, the ones on Sunday sound so appealing! In particular, I'd love to learn more about anti inflammatory diets, because I feel that would help him a lot too. Thanks for the chance!

    1. I totally agree, it is very hard with a child. My 12yo son is gluten free, dairy free (lactose and casein) as well as soy free and has a pretty extensive list of foods that he is highly sensitive to. I found a lot of really great resources last year when I attended to help add variety to my son's diet.
      Best of luck to you, Silvia!

  4. Attending the expo will give us the opportunity to connect with and learn from others with similar experiences and to personally connect with and learn from the many brands that help to support our specialized diets and nutritional needs.

    1. purplepassion126 you are the winner, congratulations! I will be emailing you the information for your tickets.

  5. I would love to go this year. Granny (who I take care of) has been switched to a gf diet by other family members and I need to know what to feed her!
    I used to feed my middle child gf, df, sf when she was younger - before so many of these new products were on the market and I've forgotten a lot since I haven't done it in 10 years, so it will be good to see what's new and what's the same and figure out to juggle all the dietary needs in our family!


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