Today is a new day. I am finally feeling better and looking forward to the future, again. I’m learning to take everything one day at a time, and one hour at a time. However, I am getting really excited about the Plano, TX GFAF Expo!
The thing about the GFAF Expo that I love, is the “me too.” I cannot remember saying “me too” more times than I did last year at the Dallas GFAF Expo. I was working for an energy/vitamin drink company and was super excited to meet Jay and Andrea from Red Apple Lipstick (seriously, I got goosebumps when I saw their booth set-up in the back corner of the expo hall), nervous to meet Jen (event organizer/founder/all-around awesome lady), and I was so grateful to have met Naomi (and Mom and Dad) from Better Batter, and all of our “me too” conversations. Taylor and Anne from Unrefined Bakery in Dallas, TX pretty much changed my life around the holidays (safe, healthy bars, cupcakes, bread, and cookies) with Paleo bread and sweet pumpkin bread that I had shipped to me in San Antonio, and to my family in Orange County, CA.
Just before last year’s Dallas expo, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. I was still recovering from the shock of that diagnosis when I met Naomi, Taylor, and Anne who knew so much more about other foods to watch out for (I was reacting to corn and didn’t know it). These three ladies were a great support for me when I had nobody else to ask questions and turn to for inspiration and advice. I had never met anyone with so much knowledge about food allergies, intolerances, and safely living gluten free with Hashimoto’s. They gave me hope for a better food-filled life.
Since the Dallas GFAF Expo last year, I have had to cut out even more foods due to reactions and scratch test allergies. Luckily, there was another GFAF Expo in San Francisco soon after I learned of all my new intolerances and allergies! I was armed with an epi-pen and gained a whole new group of blogger friends including: my GF blogger heroes, a reality TV star, nutritionists, a real-life beauty queen, and a super cool couple with a growing family who believes in gluten free and organic living, and so many people who are aware of this “lifestyle” that I did not choose, but who accept it and struggle with its challenges too.
Even with all the changes to my diet and to my life over the last year, I am so happy that I have made great friendships and I hope they will be life-long relationships, no matter what happens in our futures.
Please let me know if you will be attending this year’s GFAF Expo in Plano, TX!