Back In Dallas The Gluten Free & Allergen Expo

It’s coming, it’s coming!!

The Gluten Free & Allergen Expo will be back in town in September and I’m really excited. This will be my third time participating as one of the official bloggers for the Expo. For me, this is the opportunity to try new products and share the information with you.

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In case you don’t know what all this is about,: here is some information from their website:

The GFAF Expos are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the US. Started in 2007, the events are professionally managed and have expanded from one to seven cities throughout the United States. In addition to meeting the needs of the Celiac community, the Expo welcomes those with gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases and autism.

This Expo sparked my interest when my doctor told me that I had a gluten allergy and asked me to eat a gluten free diet. This was really hard, because all the great things in life, contain gluten, *cough* French bread *cough*. 😉 But thanks to going to this event, talking to friends and researching online, now it is so natural that I don’t event think about it. Well, that’s not entirely true… Once a month I do miss bread and cakes most than ever, but for the most part, I’m good.

About the Expo

This year, just like last, the Expo will take place at the Dallas Market Hall (North Hall). The list of vendors looks amazing. I’m looking forward to stopping by the following booths:

Besides vendors, this Expo, brings great resources to learn from. This year we will be hearing from:

  •  Tiffany Hinton aka Gluten Free Mom Certified – “Stop Poisoning Your Child at Home- How to Avoid Cross-Contamination”
  • Elizabeth Anthony Gronert – “Gluten is Hidden in More Than Food!”
  • Jenna Drew – “Essential Oils for Digestive Wellness”
  • Juan Martin Prats – “A Celiac Experience Around The World”
  • Others

When & Where

September 10 & 11, 2016
10:00-4:00 pm
Free Parking

Dallas Market Hall-North Hall (public enters off Market Center Blvd.)
2200 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207

I’m really excited about this year’s Expo and I want you to join me and get excited too!

Get your tickets soon!

See you there!
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60 Day Challenge Lifetime Fitness: Results

As you might remember, last June I jumped onto the opportunity to participate in the 60 Day Challenge with Lifetime Fitness – a gym that I had recently joined -. I was really excited about having an incentive to get motivated and into the habit of going to the gym at least 4 times a week. Today I “weigh-out”, to conclude the Challenge.

What Happened?

Like I said, I was really excited. I made workout plans, meal plans, I went shopping, I was ready. In June I went to 3 out 4 “Try It Tuesdays”. These are workshops are designed to give you guidance and support your weight loss efforts during and after the challenge. I really enjoyed these, my favorite was the one about grocery shopping, where we went to Whole Foods and learned how to shop for a successful weight loss.

I also frequent the gym – not as much as I should have – but I did. I made an effort to go during lunch or in the afternoon. I also made an extra effort to cook more at home.

In July, all that went out the window, as it was a really crazy – and exciting month -. Traveled most of the month and to that, add an increase in my workload and that makes for a crazy time. Granted, I could have made more of an effort to go to the gym, but I didn’t. The only major thing in terms of activity that I did was walking a 5K and a half marathon the same weekend.

In August, we are done with the 60 day challenge, and as a participant we needed to “weigh-out”. I didn’t want to go. My performance was poor and I didn’t want to see the number going up and since technically, June was the only month in which I did anything related to the challenge. Regardless, I went…

What? I did not see that coming!

Probably you guessed it… I did lose weight! I was really surprised and excited. It was the push I needed to continue moving forward even when I don’t see the results I want to see.

Here are the results!
Here are the results!

Needless to say, I’m pleased with the results. So much so, that I’m going to sign up for a second round. This time, I will use what I learn to improve my performance and see even more pounds go away!

Yay me!

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July, Thank You!

July is, by far, my favorite month of the year. And it is not only because of my birthday, it also brings great memories of my mom taking time off for vacations while I was out of school. I’m sure by August, she was ready to throw the towel and go back to work LOL. She always made sure my birthday was filled with loved ones, fun, and cake! My most memorable birthdays were at the beach, where we used to eat cake with sand and I DIDNT CARE!!

July in a nutshell!

This year – 2016 -, my last in the 30’s :-O , wasn’ the exception. In July I got to celebrate my 30th (+9) birthday and it was great. I had good friends with me, good wine and a desk full of gifts and balloons – what else does a girl can ask for? -. I also go to travel to Denver – for a friend’s wedding – where I met one of my favorite people and new friend. I also went to Mexico for work and met the amazing team I’ve been working with for a while but didn’t know in person. And finally, I went to Chicago to do Rock n’ Roll Chicago.

My favorite month of the year!
July is my favorite month of the year!

 

While in Denver, I drove to the top of Mount Evans and got to experience God’s magnificence first hand. I was scared to drive with cliffs on one side or the other on the road; I got altitude sickness, but man, oh man it was beautiful. I would do it again! Getting to experience calmness it is something I can’t explain. It was just peaceful, loud and quiet at the same time. I also got to eat at the German bakery Rheinlander Bakery that features lots of pastries, cakes, and coffee. The best part? They had a good choice of delicious gluten free cakes. You should check them out.

Mexico was great, it was a really quick trip and I mostly spent the time in a training but like I said, I had an awesome time learning and getting to know some people I worked with in the past and didn’t know and of course eating some tasting Mexican food.

Finally Chicago!

I have to confess, I was super scared about the half marathon. I wasn’t my first or second half marathon, but I was nervous, however, it was an amazing experience. Seeing the city while walking around it is something not everyone gets to do. Watching the city revealing as I walked towards the finish line, was a rally awesome experienced. Traveling by train and trying new restaurants it is always a plus, especially in a new city. Thanks to my lovely friend Darleen, I tried a place called Carnivale. And although the discarded my barely consumed Perrier water, the food was amazing, and the main room is the kind of place that will drown you with the color and smells, simply beautiful.

To make this trip to Chicago even better, my last season Team In Training Coach, Karen, happened to be in town my last night (and staying in the same hotel I was staying) and invited me to join her for dinner and drinks to celebrate me finishing the half marathon. Thank you Karen!

As I said before, July is one of my favorite months of the year, and this year July was an amazing month. Full with new adventures and experiences, complete with good people and good food. I’m really blessed and fortunate in my life, and the next time I complain about something, I will bring back these memories to remind me how bless I am. I’m looking forward to a great August and rest of the year – for that matter – and see what’s in store for me.

How about you? What’s your favorite month and why?

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