Recap of 2016 CDF National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo!

IMG_2575 2Last weekend, mom and I attended the 2016 CDF (Celiac Disease Foundation) National Conference and Gluten-Free Expo in Pasadena, CA…what an incredible experience! I honestly don’t even know where to begin? The conference itself featured dozens of speakers throughout the morning and afternoon (I swear, just about every single one of them had either an MD or PhD at the end of their names!!), and the topics addressed by these experts included everything from “The Science Behind the HYPE” of Celiac Disease and the possible links between Celiac and “Depression, Anxiety and ADHD,” to the current “Trends in Gluten-Free Nutrition” and whether “Strict Adherence to a Gluten-Free Diet is Enough.” My head was literally spinning (and my brain was completely exhausted) by the end of the day! It was a lot of information to process, but it also made me realize how much we truly DON’T know yet. One of the biggest, and most recurring messages of the day was that there is still a huge need for much more research to be done. We are only beginning to understand this disease and everything that it means for us.

icc-goal1Which is precisely the reason that CDF is launching iCureCeliac, “a patient-powered research network dedicated to enhancing and accelerating research efforts to better understand and ultimately cure celiac disease.” If you have Celiac Disease, I HIGHLY recommend you take a moment to read about this incredible study, and make the decision to participate in the online survey. It takes a bit of time to answer all the questions, but it is SO worth it.

As for the Gluten-Free Expo that accompanied the conference, all I can say is, WOW!!! So much gluten-free goodness in one place! More than 100 GF products were featured at the expo (many of which are brand new and haven’t even hit the shelves yet), and I think we brought home samples of just about ALL of them…plus, I’m pretty sure I gained at least 5 pounds just from all the free tastings we got during the expo!

PictureOne company that really stood out is a gluten-free bread company called Bread Srsly out of San Fancisco, CA. I seriously wanted to CRY when I tasted their sourdough dinner rolls. Honestly, they tasted just like the dinner rolls I LOVED as a kid…before I was diagnosed. So, so good!! And could these ladies be any cuter?!?!? I know, right? 😉 Oh, yeah, I almost forgot the best part…ALL of their products are free of not only gluten, but also dairy, egg, soy, nut, potato, tapioca, and garbanzo. HOW do they do it? I have no idea. But I don’t really care, just as long as they keep doing it. 😉 As of right now, they don’t have a location here in Las Vegas that carries their bread, but you can order online with just a $5 flat-rate shipping fee. Woohoo!! Seriously (SRSLY…get it???), you just GOTTA check out this company!! http://www.breadsrsly.com

 

IMG_2614 copyOh, there was one more super-awesome-totally-cool thing that happened this weekend…mom and I were invited to attend the Bloggers’ Dinner hosted by Enjoy Life Foods at Real Food Daily. We arrived on Saturday evening, shortly after the conference ended, and knew immediately we were in for a great night. First of all, the restaurant was incredible. Real Food Daily features an amazing organic, plant-based menu that you would never know is also healthy, because everything tastes so dang yummy! LOL There are tons of gluten-free options to choose from. Mom and I enjoyed the Not-Chos, Seaside Fries, and Mexico City Tacos…all completely vegan, gluten-free and super delish. We even got to have a big ‘ol slice of GF chocolate fudge cake for dessert! But the best part is that we got to spend the evening with Scott Mandell, the CEO/founder of Enjoy Life Foods! I have LONG been a fan of Enjoy Life Foods, with their huge array of delicious GF products, and it was truly an honor to meet the man behind it all and hear his story. A big thank you to Scott, Jamie Siegel & Kathleen Shannon of Enjoy Life Foods, and to Gillian Entin from CDF, for organizing such a fantastic event!!!!

This blog post first appeared on our companion website, Gluten Free In Las Vegas, HERE!

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MAY is Celiac Awareness Month!

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Celiac disease affects an estimated 1 in 100 people worldwide. The majority (83%) of those individuals are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. That means only 17% of people with celiac disease are correctly diagnosed. Get the FACTS here: https://celiac.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/fast-factsv1.pdf

2016 CDF National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo!

 

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Hi everyone!

“Gluten Free In Las Vegas” is super excited to be among the Official Bloggers for the 2016 Celiac Disease Foundation National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo!! The Conference will be Saturday, April 30th (7:30am-3:30pm) and the 2-Day Expo will be held both Saturday (April 30) and Sunday (May 1) in Pasadena, CA (from 10am-4pm). A few years back, mom and I went to one of these gluten-free conference/expos in CA and had such a GREAT time. So we are completely psyched to make the road trip from Vegas again this year!!! Hey, maybe we can even organize a whole group to go down from Las Vegas together…who’s up for it?!?!? 😉

The Celiac Disease Foundation is a non- profit, public benefit organization dedicated to providing services and support regarding celiac disease and gluten sensitivity through programs of awareness, education, advocacy and research. And if you’ve never been to one of their conference/expos before, it really is worth the trip!

This annual event attracts nearly 3,000 people each year and comes complete with educational seminars, gluten-free cooking demonstrations, book signings, food tastings, lectures with top researchers, and a HUGE EXPO featuring more than 100 gluten-free companies with tons of FREE, yummy samples (including a bunch of NEW gluten-free products that haven’t even hit the shelves yet)!!! Plus, if you register for the Conference, you get breakfast and lunch provided on Saturday…imagine, eating 2 meals away from home and not even having to THINK about whether it’s safe to eat or not? That’s worth the price of admission right there!! LOL

CLICK HERE to find out more about the 2016 CDF National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo, and HERE TO REGISTER for this incredible event…we hope to see you there!

May Is Celiac Awareness Month!

It is estimated that 83% of Americans with Celiac disease don’t even know they have it! Find out the facts…someone you love may be suffering from undiagnosed Celiac disease, which left undiagnosed and untreated can lead to any number of other Celiac related issues (infertility, depression, intestinal cancer, thyroid problems, chronic anxiety, delayed growth, osteoporosis, dermatitis herpetiformis, neurological disorders, chronic migraines, etc.). The good news is Celiac disease is 100% treatable with a strict gluten-free diet. Learn the facts. You can find out more information about Celiac disease at The Foundation for Celiac Awareness @ http://www.CeliacCentral.org

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Win Free Tickets to the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event!

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Welcome to the Gluten-Free In Las Vegas Blog!

Screenshot 2015-04-04 12Welcome to the OFFICIAL Gluten Free In Las Vegas BLOG! We are the companion WordPress blog for the http://www.GlutenFreeInLasVegas.com website, your one-stop resource for everything Gluten-Free in Las Vegas!

On our WEBSITE you will find a full listing of restaurants here in Las Vegas that have earned our official “seal of approval” for being a safe place for Celiacs to eat. You will also find GF recipes, stores where you can shop for gluten-free baked goods and other products here in Las Vegas, and many other resources you may find helpful.

On this BLOG, you will find the latest reviews for many of the GF restaurants we recommend, reviews of new gluten-free products I have tried recently, and the latest news and events affecting our Las Vegas gluten-free community. If you are on FACEBOOK, please follow our page HERE and feel free to join our online Las Vegas Celiac Support Group HERE. You can also follow the latest reviews and news via our Twitter feed @GFInLasVegas.

And feel free to drop us a comment or suggestion at glutenfreeinlasvegas@gmail.com…we look forward to hearing from you!

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