Last week I was named
Babble's Top 100 Food Mom Blogs in 2013. I really don't want to
call myself this self-proclaimed "foodie" but I am.
I guess you can even say I am a "picky" eater too. This means I
rarely touch foods that are bad for me. I am an "everything in
moderation" kind of gal. I do eat some form of chocolate daily and
my choice of fast food is my green smoothie that I whip in my
Guten free has becoming a new food "trend" but I've been eating
this way for over seven years now. I suffered from weekly
migraines, acid-reflux, fatigue, digestive issues, bloating,
moodiness, and my libido was not there as it should have
been. I was just tired of feeling tired and I wasn't even 30 years
Someone suggested I go see this naturopathic medical doctor. I
was approaching 30 and I wanted to get healthy before starting my
family. After running her scan on me, she suggested a gluten, soy
and dairy free diet. I followed her orders and began to feel better
within a month. Migraines, gone. Acid-reflux meds, done. Energy
levels up and yes even got my mojo back. She told me not to start
trying for my family yet but when I went back 10 months later she
said things were looking good and she gave me her blessing. Nine
months later I had my daughter.
Being gluten-free seven years ago was not very exciting. I felt
like I was starving when I first went on the "diet." Bread was like
cardboard and pastries were dry. There were a few good things out
there, but I didn't feel like eating cookies each time I wanted a
sweet treat. So I ate real food all of the time and reinvented
myself in the kitchen.
Five years ago, local mom Jen
Cafferty felt the same way. She and her family were diagnosed
with gluten allergies. She didn't mind cooking differently, but it
was finding treats for her kids that was challenging. As any food
allergy mom knows all too well, it is to help your kids feel
But what if there was an expo where you can sample all of the
gluten free foods first before you bought them? I can't tell you
how many times I bought something only to throw it out.
Jen began the Gluten Free and
Allergen Free Expo recognizing this need to bring gluten free
and allergy free treats into the mouths of families. It also gives
companies an opportunity to showcase their products. She has the
largest gluten free expo in the nation, with almost 200 vendors,
many of which will sell their products right on the spot. This year
I am an official blogger for the expo, so be sure to follow me for the
latest and greatest in gluten and allergy free foods.
I have sampled so much that I have my favorites and
recommendations that I make to families I work with who are looking
to make a transition for health reasons. Whether their child falls
on the spectrum or someone is struggling with infertility it is
great knowing which products are going to suit their needs, budgets
and health program personally.
This year the expo is in Schaumburg on April 20-21. Please be
warned if you decide to go, NO strollers are allowed on Saturday.
The crowds are that big, yes they are!
Wondering if the expo is for you? Check out
my 5 reasons you should attend the Gluten Free and Allergen
Free Expo for more info. This is a must-attend if you or
your loved ones suffers from food allergies or food sensitivities.
My best advice, take one bite of the sample and toss it. If you
can't make up your mind in that first bite, then it is probably not
For more health, food, fitness and cooking tips head on over to
Jasmine blogs to inspire you to make positive, healthy changes.
See more of Jasmine's stories here.
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