Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The GFAF Expo is now called Nourished!

Over the past few years I've been attending the Gluten-Free Allergy Free Expo, which is a great showcase for allergy conscious manufacturers and a great learning tool for allergy-conscious consumers. Although I'm not gluten free, my wife is gluten, dairy, soy sensitive, and so we are super aware of what's in food at our house.

I missed the event last year due to being out of town, and was wondering when or if I would get invited back to it.  (I think the last time it was in April)

Well, I have been invited back, but the name has changed!

It's now called Nourished: The Gluten Free, Allergy & Special Diet Festival. (aka The Nourished Festival).   It's happening June 1-2 in Schaumburg.

While all of the foods at the festival will continue to be gluten free, and in previous incarnations there has also been a nut-free section, this year they are adding a vegan section and a paleo/keto section as well.   The booths will be color coded (Blue booths are gluten free; red booths are nut-free and gluten free; purple booths are paleo or keto and gluten-free; green booths are plant-based and gluten free. )

The festival will take place in Schaumburg at the  Schaumburg Convention Center on June 1 and 2 2019 from 10 am-4pm each day.

In addition to booths with opportunities to try products, there will also be classes, book signings, community building, and lots more.

We are offering a 20% discount on tickets(see below), and also giving away some tickets via #rafflecopter

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tickets for a day pass are typically $5 for kids and $15 for adults (and if you want a Sunday family pass, you can get one for  $35 which includes up to two adults and up to 6 kids!)

And if you purchase your ticket before 5/31/19 using the code ADVANCE, you will get 20% off your order, which is a pretty great deal. BUY TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE


WHEN: April 22 & 23, 2017
10:00-4:00 pm on Saturday the 22nd
10:00-3:00 pm on Sunday the 23rd

WHERE: Schaumburg Convention Center
1551 Thoreau Drive North  Schaumburg, IL 60173
Click HERE for directions.
Free Parking!

Note: If the Convention Center parking lot is full when you arrive, there is additional free parking in the lots of the adjacent office buildings.

COST: Tickets range from $5-$35 depending on age, cost, and how many days you want to attend. You can get an additional 20% off by using the code "ADVANCE" when purchasing between now and MAY 31.  BUY TICKETS NOW.

Concessions will be open for beverages and gluten-free salads.

PLEASE NOTE: The show is not 100% gluten free, or allergy free.  It is in a mixed use environment, and everybody is different.  You know yourself best.  If you can not tolerate certain things, DON'T TRY THEM!
Answers to all your questions about the festival can be found on the Nourished Festival website.

Also, please note, I have received free tickets to promote and attend this event.  I am also an affiliate of Nourished, and if you purchase tickets through the above links, I may make an affiliate credit. My thoughts about the event are my own.

Here's a list of the classes by day:


10:30-11:30 AM

Roadmap to Healing Autoimmune Diseases

Functional medicine and nutrition management of autoimmune diseases is more than just a gluten-free or Autoimmune Protocol diet. The body has a priority list that must be addressed in sequence in order to build a foundation that will lead to fast results and true healing. At this workshop, learn the triggers for autoimmune disease, how leaky gut syndrome leads to loss of immune tolerance and autoimmune disease, and how to use The Ultimate Autoimmune Roadmap to heal autoimmune diseases without frustration.

12:00-1:00 PM

Understanding the Gut-Brain Connection

An integrative approach to health is critical to digestive wellness. Join Desiree Nielsen, RD to learn more about the gut-brain connection and the role of gut bacteria transforming digestive health, fighting inflammation and supporting mental wellbeing. Learn how to create a self-care routine that encompasses anti-inflammatory nutrition, intelligent supplementation, and wellness practices that fit into real life. Desiree will be available at Booth (# coming) after her presentation for nine, free 1-1 one consultations. Come by early to sign up!

1:30-2:30 PM

Restaurant and Travel Essentials for Gluten and Allergy Free Living

Dream of eating safe meals free from gluten and other allergens in restaurants? Want to travel gluten free or with food allergies across the US and the globe? Kim Koeller, world traveler with celiac disease and multiple food allergies, shares her travel insights from visiting all 50 States and flying almost 3 million miles to six continents. Learn tips for ordering safe meals in ethnic restaurants including hidden ingredients, food preparation and cross-contact considerations. Empower yourself with proven tricks for snacks, airlines, hotels, foreign speaking countries and more from Kim Koeller, the award-winning author and creator of the Let's Eat Out Around the World Gluten Free and Allergy Free travel series by GlutenFree Passport.

3:00-4:00 PM

Breaking the Cycle of Stress, Anxiety and Depression

The stress we live with today can be overwhelming. Not only do we have more on our to-do lists than time available, but financial, relational and other concerns compound our stress levels. In addition, our bodies are under a significant amount of stress due to toxins in our environment and food lacking in proper nutrients. Stacey Littlefield will address the problem and present solutions that everyone can follow to restore hope and ultimately a fuller and more vibrant life.


10:30-11:30 AM

Bone Broth - SO Much More Than a Pot of Bones!

A pot of healing soup has been “medicine” for centuries. Learn why a daily dose of Bone Broth may help nourish, heal, reduce inflammation in the gut and body. Many experience healthier skin and shiny hair. Best of all, she will guide you on how to accomplish all this affordably – how to eat healthy AND maintain your budget!

12:00-1:00 PM

How to Shift Your Metabolism on a Gluten Free Diet

Going on a gluten-free diet is very often only the beginning of your healing journey. Discovering what your body needs to heal and balance your systems is a process that requires knowledge, experimentation, and diligence. Chen Ben Asher will present the science behind an elimination diet, removing gluten and other foods, and how it challenges our six bodily systems. With the right direction, you too CAN achieve BALANCE, VITALITY and WEIGHT LOSS.

1:30-2:30 PM

New Flavors and Ideas for Plant-Based, Gluten Free & Vegan Baking

Join Chef Einat Mazor as she teaches us how to make delicious pizza, waffles and breads. These recipes are fast, easy, delicious and plant-based!

3:00-4:00 PM

Gluten Cross-Reactivity: 10 Foods You May Be Eating That Your Body Thinks Is Gluten

You've gone gluten free and follow a strict gluten-free diet. You are beginning to feel better, but not quite what you expected? There are a number of naturally gluten-free foods which contain proteins so similar to gluten that your body confuses them with gluten. Learn more about what gluten cross-reactivity is, how to tell if it’s causing your symptoms, and what you can do about it.

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