The Most Wonderful, Expo, Time of the Year!!!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, at least it is for me when we’re talking about the November 18th -19th GFAF Expo in San Mateo.  I haven’t been able to attend an Expo in over two years (due to life getting in the way) and I’m so excited to be going back for this one and being a featured blogger.


If you’ve never been to a GFAF Expo, it’s a must for anyone who is a Celiac, Gluten Intolerant, Dairy and Nut Free, or any other food allergy or just wants to live a gluten free life and feel better.

Trust me when I say all the big names are there: glutino, Udi’s, Enjoy Life, Bob’s Red Mill, Shar, just to name a few and there are always new ones who join the Expo as well.

This event is so great because for people like me it’s 100% Gluten Free.  What does that mean?? It means I can taste EVERYTHING there!!  That is the best part.  Almost every vendor has a sample of some sort there for you to try. Heaven!!!

Tickets are still available and if you click on the box below you can get a 20% discount before 11/17. But don’t wait to buy them at the door because there might not be any left. So use this link and the code ADVANCE to get your ticket now. You won’t regret it.

Use Code: ADVANCE at checkout

For me, this conference is a time to make connections with gluten free companies so that I can bring that information back to my readers and see old friend and make new ones.  I hope to see you there!!

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by GFAF Expo. I will be receiving complementary admission to the event in exchange for my participation on the blogging team.  I also receive monetary compensation for any sales that come through my link listed above.

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My site has gone sideways – literally

Hi friends,
So sorry about the way my site looks right now, apparently I created it during the dinosaur age so all the newbie stuff can’t talk to my dino’s.

All the content on my site is still current and okay, it just shows up on my site a little funky.

I’m currently working on a solution to fix it as I write this.  Who knows, maybe the site will have a whole new look and feel once I’m done.

Thanks for your patience and keep checking in for more and new content.

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“Free” Gluten-Free Allergy Testing for all my Readers

Hello GFG Readers, I’M BACK from my long hiatus and to start my re-launch off right, I have a special treat for you.  I have come across a company HealthLabs.com that does gluten allergy testing. I have worked out an arrangement* with them that if you use this link, HealthLabs you will receive your test for free. Just mention that you received the link on this page (Gluten Free Gabber) and they will test you for free!!! How cool is that. Just go to the site order your test, find a lab location closest to you and get your results.

HealthLabs.com testing

  • Direct-to-consumer lab testing: No doctor referral or insurance necessary
  • 2000+ conveniently located CLIA-certified U.S. labs
  • Comprehensive and easy-to-use website
  • Outstanding customer service
  • Results in 1-3 day

So if you’re unsure if you are a Celiac or Gluten Intolerant you might want to just give this a try.  Why not, it’s FREE!!!

healthlabs

** Please note, I was not compensated monetarily for this post.  I just thought it was a great idea for people who wanted to get tested.**

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Gluten-Free Tips for Eating Out (Guest Post)

Gluten-Free Tips for Eating Out

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease or have a gluten allergy, you need to avoid foods that contain gluten, and possibly wheat and related grains, even if you’re going out to eat. When you’re going gluten-free, it can be difficult to find restaurants to accommodate your needs. Here are some tips on how to eat out while keeping a gluten-free diet.

 

Check The Web

Most restaurants have a website and an online presence at this point, so many of those restaurants have their menus listed online. Even folks without dietary restrictions might check out online menus with a purpose of scouting their dinner ahead of time.

If you know where you’ll be dining, visit the website and see if they have a menu available. Some restaurants may even have a gluten-free menu posted. Restaurants frequently post nutrition facts or a list of menu ingredients as well. You could go as far as contacting the restaurant via email, social media or telephone to see if they have gluten-free options.

 

Ask Questions

After you’re seated, do not be afraid to launch a few inquiries in the direction of your server. You may want to ask whether the French fries are fried in the same oil as the breaded items, or if the grilled chicken, pork or fish is dusted in flour or batter. Many meals may include soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce, so be sure to check if there is wheat in the broth, au jus or sauce. Ask about breading in the menu items you are considering, and be sure to ask which salad dressings contain gluten.

You know your diet and what works best for you, so it may be best to speak directly to the chef or restaurant manager. Even after you’ve received your meal, you should still take steps to ensure that it is free of gluten. Often, a member of the kitchen staff will deliver the gluten-free dishes personally, as a reassurance.


Make Requests

Don’t be afraid to make requests. Ask for a salad without croutons, or ask for gluten-free pasta that was not cooked in water or drained in a strainer that previously held gluten pasta. You can also request that your meat is grilled where bread and buns have not been toasted, and that the cooking utensils used to prepare your dish were not used to prepare any food that contains gluten to make absolutely sure that you don’t get “glutened.”

Ask to see the chef or manager if your server doesn’t seem to be knowledgeable.

 

Bring an Allergen Card

Fill out an “allergen card” — a card you can give to the chef or restaurant manager of the establishment that will let them know you have special requirements. Lisa Cooks Allergen Free, among other possible resources, has an allergen card available that you can print, fill out and present to your server the next time you dine out. It includes items to leave off your dish, citing your allergy or celiac disease, as well as tips for preparation that could avoid trouble.

 

Bring Your Own Sauces, Breads and Crackers

As long as you call ahead and inform the restaurant of your dietary needs, they should have no problem with you bringing your own sauces, breads or crackers. This way, you have something to snack on while everyone else is eating the bread or rolls provided by the restaurant.

When you’re dining out but need to stay gluten-free, just remember: don’t be afraid. Do your homework on the menu, ask as many questions as needed and make whatever requests you see fit. If you call ahead and provide an allergen card, your dining experience should be seamless.

 

About the author:

Chris Bekermeier is Vice President, Sales & Marketing, for PacMoore (http://www.pacmoore.com/), headquartered in Hammond, Indiana. PacMoore is one of the leading certified gluten free food manufacturers focused on processing dry ingredients for the food and pharmaceutical industries. Its capabilities include blending, spray drying, re-packaging, sifting, and consumer packaging.

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FDA Passes Gluten-Free Labeling Rule

FDA Gluten-Free Labeling Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally set a standard definition of “gluten-free,” and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is here to tell you what it’s all about.

Please explore these resources on the FDA’s gluten-free labeling regulations and what they mean for the gluten-free products you buy.

NFCA Press Release about FDA Gluten-Free Labeling Rule

Read the announcement, including comments from NFCA President Alice Bast and other leading celiac disease experts.

Gluten-Free Labeling Fact Sheet (Coming Soon!)

Sign up to receive this free resource, featuring key facts about the FDA’s new standard definition of “gluten-free.”

Free Webinar: Understanding the FDA’s Gluten-Free Labeling Rules (Coming Soon!)

Don’t miss our upcoming free webinar on the topic – Sign up now and we’ll send you the date, time and registration link once it’s up!

Gluten-Free Food Labeling FAQs

View FAQs addressing the 2011 comment period for the gluten-free labeling rule.

FDA Resources

This post was written by National Foundation for Celiac Awareness http://www.celiaccentral.org/FDA/

 

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