GFAF EXPO SAN DIEGO

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I hope to see you soon at the GFAF Expo and don’t forget you get a free one-year subscription per household to Delight Gluten Free Magazine ($24 value) with all purchased tickets.
BUY TICKETS, CLICK HERE! Use Promo Code: BLOGSD to help support my blog, or, before 2/6/15 CLICK HERE and use Promo Code: ADVANCE for 15% off tickets.
(PS: You might get to see me and my family checking your tickets at the doors!)

Here’s the details of the expo:
February 7, 2015: 10:00am-4:00pm
Parking-$10
Del Mar Fairgrounds-Wyland Center
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014-2216
858-755-1161
www.delmarfairgrounds.com

My favorite things and tips & tricks of going to the GFAF Expo are:

1. Bring Cash because a lot of companies have “better than store prices” on things you normally buy anyway, and sometimes the wifi doesn’t work for people who use Square for credit card purchases.
2. Bring an extra bag for keeping freebies and swag (one will be given to everyone in attendance at the doors)
3. Bring a hungry belly! There are ALWAYS lots of treats to eat and some adult beverages to drink, with proper ID.
4. Prepare to take notes: on your tablet, phone, or the old fashioned pen and paper method. Most vendors will be able to educate you with info about their company, and there’s classes to attend too!
5. Plan on attending at least one of the classes. A lot can be learned at these lectures, even for those of us who are “old pros” at living the gluten free life.
6. Have enough memory on your phone or tablet to take photos of products that may be new to you, and maybe one of you with ME!
7. Bring a water bottle. It’s going to be a long day; you may need to take a few breaks by the water cooler to rehydrate.
8. Review the website for the GFAF EXPO SAN DIEGO
9. Check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @gfafexo and use the hashtag #GFAFEXPO for all your posts at and about the event.
10. Prepare to Have Fun! I am always so happy to meet people who are just like me in my need to be gluten free.

Back to Cali, And Expo Season Begins!

If you don’t know me on Instagram or in real life, then you probably don’t know I’m back in So. Cal. Hopefully, this time, it’s for good! My fur-kiddos and I are very happy now that we have family and friends all within walking distance (and more just miles away via freeway and side streets).

Anyway, this post is really all about Expo Season!

The GFAF Expo is just around the corner in San Diego and I will be there. I’ll be there everywhere! As a volunteer, as a worker-bee with my family’s favorite brands, and as a blogger/Instagrammer too! I cannot wait to try some new brands, and partake in a few “Gluten Free Classics” like Enjoy Life, Udi’s & Glutino, Freedom Foods (link is to the USA site, AUS site is freedomfoods.com.au)and of course Sunbutter!
Oh, and guess what? There’s going to be a company coming all the way from Japan called Bears/Kumamoto Flour Milling Co! Their website is all in Japanese, but I promise you the photos on this version, all remind me of my Japanese summer exchange program where I learned to bake in the metric system in my high school’s baking classroom where we may have actually used this very flour when we baked traditional Welsh scones! I’m super excited to connect with this Japanese company, and hopefully take a “peace” shashin (✌️

Pictures and things from the GFAF Wellness Event!

Theses are my favorite things from the GFAF Wellness Event last weekend in Austin, TX.
To recap from my Instagram feed: It was awesome! I always enjoy working with Red Apple Lipstick at the gluten free expos and events, this time I even got a cool shirt to wear! I became an official Rep for Red Apple Lipstick! I was star-struck when I met Peter from New Planet Beer (P.S.: He is also very awesome, generous, and who doesn’t love the Aussie accent?!). Freedom Foods is always awesome with my favorite cereals on tap (I love those Aussies and their non-GMO, dye-free cereal!). Leprechaun Cider is my new favorite local beverage: it’s local to Austin, TX and Oregon at the same time! (I think it was Pam from I’m a Celiac‘s favorite drink too.) Tito’s Vodka was there too… The original Austin gluten free vodka was served with fresh pressed juice from a local juice store: this was not your average Southern Sunday morning, for sure! And, one reason I cannot yet be 100% vegan is Noosa yogurt; Noosa has the best kept cows making the healthiest milk and delicious fruits in every cup!

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OMGluten Free!!!

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I’m ba-a-ack!

I have been working on BIG plans for 2014 and I am already feeling better than pretty much all of 2013, and super stoked to announce my first expo appearance for 2014!

I can tell you more in person at the GFAF Wellness Event in Austin, TX next Sunday, February 2, 2014:
10 AM to 3 PM
Travis County Expo Center: Banquet Hall
7311 Decker Lane, Austin, TX 78724

Come meet me, along with my Instagram and real-life friends:
Gluten Free Austin, I’m a Celiac, and MindfulPeaceOm.

I will be hanging out with my buddies, Jay and Andrea at the Red Apple Lipstick booth, and trying out their new eyeliner! I cannot wait to get a mini lip makeover too!

I am doing a ticket giveaway on my Instagram… So please follow me before I pick winners on Friday: CeliacHashiGirl!

Tickets are only $10 for adults (13 and up)! And yes, Free Parking!

For more information, please check out: Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event

Time to start preparing…

It is almost October, 2013. This October might be the best one so far (in my life). In the past, October has been my least favorite month: as a child it meant getting bronchitis and ear infections, in high school it meant my sister staying home from school with pneumonia while I still had to attend classes, my first senior year of high school marked the first month of constant pain from my 12-week long migraine, in undergrad I had to start classes, in adulthood it meant getting comfortable with a new job, new dog, or new boyfriend. No matter what, October meant change, usually for the worse!
I have hope and faith that this October will begin to mean a change for the better. I am looking forward to the GFAF Expo in Plano, TX at the end of the month. Along with working in a fabulously healthy, gluten free, vegan kitchen, I hope to make many memories with old and new work-friends. It’s always nice to have like-minded and health conscious friends! My landlord/housemate comes back to Texas in October too! I have missed her and her big dog so much! Friends like her are hard to find, and I am so thankful to have her in my life! My parents will arrive back from their European vacation as well, in October. I cannot wait to be able to FaceTime them every night!

**** Some things I learned this week:
1. Chopping onions without wearing gloves will make your hands stink like onions for at least a full 24 hours. 🙁
2. Most of my coworkers think I have a nice butt. 😉
3. Adding chia seeds to my protein and vitamin drink blends was a great idea. 🙂
4. Not drinking my chia-infused drinks quickly was not a good idea as it led to a giant clump of chia on the bottom of my water bottle. 🙁
5. I make a lot of faces throughout the day. Most of them make my boss and friends laugh. 🙂
6. I need to pay more attention to the amount of gas in my car so I do t run out of gas again. 🙁
7. My adrenals seem to finally be functioning! 🙂
8. My guts are also happily functioning, with almost no inflammation, thanks to liquid grape seed extract! 🙂
9. The best way to make a veggie mix is to “smash the love” into the potatoes. 🙂
10. “Smashing the love into” food makes it look and taste better than “mashing the crap out of” food, especially sweet potatoes and white potatoes. (It also builds more arm strength and muscle.) 🙂 🙂

Have a great week!

Looking forward to the future

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!

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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!