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.
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:
As you know the Gluten Free Expo was in Dallas last weekend. For me this is one of the most exciting expos because I get to meet new people and to learn so much about new products. This year’s sponsor was Massel and they were super attentive with all the bloggers and attendees. They gave us the cutest gift full with goodies and even a cup! Their product is amazing. I got to try the bullion, it make great chicken, beef or veggie stock!
Other vendor that I was excited to see and talk to was Freedom Foods. They came out with new flavors and even a delicious chocolate spread!
This year was the year of the Pizza! Yes, Pizza! Every corner I looked there was a new brand of pizza, from flat-breads to regular gluten free pizza crust, each one more delicious than the other! My favorite was Spitano’s. They have a great variety of pizzas, salad dressings and pasta sauces. If you find them on your grocery store, take it home, you won’t regret it.
I also got to meet, and try, the awesomeness of Abundant Love Gluten Free Cake Mixes. They made a mean coffee cake. I was moist, super tasty and unforgettable. So much so, that I bought a mix to make Rum Cake!
Some of the old time favorites were in tha’ house! For example Schar, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Enjoy Life Foods, and many others! Soon I’ll be posting reviews of the products I received and listing my favorites.
If you didn’t make it to the Expo this year, no worries, there is always next year.
Lately eating healthy or attempt portion control, has been a CHALLENGE. I start my day with the right intentions and somewhere along the way all those are gone.
Every week I make plans, I pick the recipes I want make, I buy the ingredients, I prepare the food, I pack my lunch in my portion control bowls… I’m READY, I feel invincible, but then after day one everything goes down the drain. The food I prepared goes without eating. The ingredients I have for my recipes, go unprepared.
Every week I have images in my head of the tasty dishes and how awesome my week is going to be. The sad thing is that stays there in my head. This week I’ll COOK and will EAT what I COOK.
I’m taking back control of my eating habits. I’m going back to basics. To write down what I eat, keep track of my Weight Watchers Points and measure everything. Whenever I feel hungry – if I have eaten – I’ll drink water or eat a fruit. I will not eat at the first signs of hunger, I will wait and see what my body tells me.
This sounds so easy, but boy it is so HARD! I tried to keep my food intake within my range. I even bought portion control plates from Weight Watchers. I’ve been trying for a while and I don’t seem to grasp the concept. In my head something is “X” amount of points, but when I put it in writing is “(X)2” more than what I thought, and by the end of the week I went over my points, sometimes even more than twice. :-S
This stresses me out. Just thinking about it makes me want to throw the towel. But is that attitude that has put me where I’m today – in terms of weight -. If I want to lose weight or kick start my weight loss, I must remain firm in my efforts.
This week I’ll make every bite count! I will take it one day at a time; that’s the only way to reach my goals. So here it is to a new week full with positive thoughts and success.