Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How I'm Still 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 on my blog.  All opinions are mine.

You can read my 2016 post here 
You can read my 2017 post here

I'm so excited to be returning to the GFAF Expo as a Blogger this year.  

So, it's been over 2 years 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 affects my ability to do simple things, like walk.

I still subscribe to the belief that food is meant to nourish and sustain.

But, man!  It’s still hard!  Oh, those cheeseburgers still call to me – actually, I think that they woo me at times.
I continue to abstain from all forms of gluten, dairy, red meat, and caffeine.  I still 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!  And, it’s not just me that I’m thinking about while I’m on this quest.  My middle son Chris has many food sensitivities.    

I learned a lot of really great information at last year’s 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 tips, 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.  And, really, it’s because of the classes.  Don’t get me wrong, I love gathering samples of items to try out and I get to surround myself with other like-minded individuals to learn about possible food options that may be out there for me to try, and to get as much valuable information as possible so that I can make informed food buying decision, but, in the long run it’s the stories that other share that is most impactful.  Whether it’s a doctor sharing advances in medical treatment and diagnosis, a scientist who is sharing the data from their research and how to functionally apply it, or sufferer who is successfully living life while abstaining from certain foods.   

Last year I was so impressed with some of the foods being offered to sample at the expo that I contacted the manager of my local grocery store to expand their product offerings.  Though I am still waiting for the Daiya greek yogurt and pizza’s to make their way to my local Mariano’s, I know that amazing products exist out there.  It’s just a matter of getting them on the shelves.   

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 7 or 8, 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 7 or 8, 2018.  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, MARCH 29th by 11:59pm
          3) One winner will be selected and notified on FRIDAY, MARCH 30th

Interested in attending the event?  You can purchase your tickets here.    
20% off w/ code ADVANCE (through 4/6)