I went to the San Francisco Gluten-Allergen Free Expo yesterday (day 2 of the weekend long event). I love how there are resources out there for people living with celiac, dairy and gluten intolerances, nut allergies, etc. The event was well-organized and they integrated as many events, speakers, cooking demos and booths that they could handle in the space. They had booths representing support groups, a kids camp for celiacs – so awesome! However, I do have to get on my soap box for a sec, and preempt this speech with the fact that I didn’t attend any of the cooking demos, and was too late for some of the lectures: where was the healthy food? The booth landscape was dominated by crackers, cookies, bars, cake mixes, muffin mixes, food products, corn pastas, etc. I did see my friends at Purely Elizabeth (some of the best granola and muffin mixes I have ever had, and a fellow IIN grad), and Mary’s Gone Crackers, one of a handful of food products that I keep around the house. However, I would have loved to see a mock Farmer’s Market stand or something of the sort, showing off healthful fruits, vegetables and perhaps even grains, legumes, etc. Gluten-free shouldn’t mean nutrient-free or obesity-bound. I hope this gap is filled next year, but what a great resource nonetheless.
Unsure if you have food intolerances or allergies? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Do you have dry or itchy skin?
- Asthma, allergies or a hoarse voice?
- Fatigue, chronic fatigue or cravings of salt?
- Do you feel mentally sluggish or do you often have difficulty concentrating?
- Gas, bloating, colitis, constipation or diarrhea often?
- Muscle cramps?
- Do you feel hungry after a large meal?
Email me regarding A SIMPLE CLEANSE, a food cleanse and detox program that I am leading with my colleague, Dr. Jennifer Strider, starting March 1st. If you want to identify for sure if you you can’t digest certain foods, check out the photos of some of the yummy concoctions we will be cooking on the cleanse and ask me more about how to sign up!