Follow up to Recap of the Nourished Festival

A couple other vendors of the Festival worth mentioning:

Snackin’ Free – The founder of Snack’ Free, Laura Savinovich, created a dedicated gluten, grain, dairy, soy, and peanut free bakery. They are paleo certified. She started on this path in search of a non-invasive way to improve her own health and now she is helping others through food to live a healthier lifestyle.

Their address is 41539 Kalmia Street, Suite 102, Murrieta, CA



Pamper Me Pantry – A quarterly subscription box. With your purchase of a quarterly subscription box, you will help raise dollars for families in need. It also provides new options for families looking to live a healthier lifestyle by providing trial and full-size gluten free and dairy free products from the natural products community.

100% of the proceeds benefit children with Autism. Boxes are sent quarterly, $34.99 per box. Each box has a minimum retail value of $125.


Recap of the Nourished Festival

I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to be a blogger at the Nourished Festival last weekend, February 9 and 10th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Nourished Festival, formerly known as the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo, also covers specialty diets such as paleo, keto, and plant-based products.

I love the opportunity I had as a blogger to interact with the the exhibitors, sample and learn about their products. The speakers’ lectures were very informative.



Nourished Festival Class Schedule

Dr. Peter Kan of Integrated Wellness Center, is a Functional Medicine practitioner. Dr. Kan spoke about the Ultimate Autoimmune Road Map. He mentioned that there are three foundations: 1) Fuel delivery, 2) Immune System, and 3) Detoxification.

Fuel delivery system consists of oxygen, glucose, and digestion. Fuel delivery is the most important foundation. Some symptoms include low blood pressure, circulation problems, and low blood sugar.

Immune system – Dr. Kan mentioned that leaky gut, due to inflammation, is an example of an immune system problem and indicates an underlying digestive problem such as candida, bacteria, or parasite.

Detoxification – Dr. Kan mentioned that detoxification includes detoxing the liver and gall bladder. Toxins are eliminated through the kidney and skin.

Note: Inflammation is the root cause of disease. You want to ask yourself: what is causing my inflammation?

Nourished Festival Ultimate Autoimmune Roadmap

If you’re interested in information on your thyroid, pick up the book, “Why do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?”

Nourished Festival Integrative Wellness Center


Desiree Nielsen is a Registered Dietician from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Desiree’s lecture was about Your Gut and You. She spoke about the gut-brain connection, supplements – omega 3, vitamin D, and a few others; fermented foods, and probiotics. She suggested eating anti-inflammatory foods i.e. using Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid.

Desiree recommended taking an integrated holistic approach: 1) Eat plant-based foods, 2) Take a quality probiotic, 3) Don’t just manage stress, take steps to neutralize it.

Nourished Festival Lecture Gut Health


Elizabeth Gronert – Your Comfort for Life

Nourished Festival Elizabeth Gronet

Elizabeth lectures on bone broth meals, toxic-free chemicals for your home, and Survival for Sensitive and Autoimmune Skin.


Karen Masterson Koch, CN, Founder of Aloe Life

Nourished Festival Aloe Life founder and me 2019

Aloe Life’s aloe vera juice is very good for digestive health. A must read is Beyond Gluten! Karen’s Face & Body Lotion is a must-have for your skin!

Nourished Festival Aloe Life literature




Rise Buddy

Nourished Festival Rise Buddy Kids Snacks

Rise Buddy are healthy snacks for kids. They are available on Amazon. Rise Buddy will be at Natural Expo West.


Nourished Festival Soozys muffins

Soozy’s muffins are soy free, grain free, dairy free, gluten free, peanut free, has no hydrogenated oil, no fillers, and no sugar. The muffins have coconut sugar or maple syrup in their muffins. The muffins are already baked and very moist. The muffins are also paleo friendly. Some flavors are wild blueberry, double chocolate, and sweet potato. Soozys is available at Ralphs in the frozen section or buy online on their website.


The Real Coconut

Nourished Festival The Real Coconut Coconut flr chips

The Real Coconut by Daniella Hunter are grain, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and corn free. Their products are vegan and paleo.


Superfood Bowls

Nourished Festival Superfoods Roots

Their products are perfect for your smoothies and smoothie bowls.



Nourished Festival Jovial pastas

You have to check out Jovial’s pastas!  They are gluten free and made with brown rice.


Mikey’s Healthy Hot Pockets

Nourished Festival Mikeys Healthy Hot Pockets

If you are a hot pocket lover, you will love Mikey’s hot pockets! They are available in three flavors:  plant-based cheese alternative, uncured pepperoni, and cauliflower. Their cheese alternative is their most popular flavor. They are paleo friendly and gluten-free. Mikey’s is available at Target, Ralphs, Whole Foods, and Sprouts.



Nourished Festival Aleias Gluten Free Cookies

Aleias’ products are gluten-free, dairy-free, and non-gmo.

Nourished Festival Aleias Stuffing coatings


Urban Remedy

Nourished Festival Urban Remedy cacao chip

Urban Remedy has bars, snacks, cold pressed juices, meal plans, cleanses, and more. Their Cacao Chip bars are very good and vegan! Their cold pressed juices are amazing!

Nourished Festival Urban Remedy


Brazi Bites

Nourished Festival Brazi Bites

If you love cheese, you will love Brazi Bites! Their little cheese balls are delicious and make the perfect snack! You can find them at your local grocer.



Nourished Festival Briannas Salad Dressings

Brianna’s has tasty, healthy salad dressings!


Hearthy Foods

Nourished Festival gluten free specialty flours


Nourished Festival Hearthy Specialty Flours

Hearthy Foods is known for the collagen and gelatin.


Explore Cuisine

Nourished Festival Explore Cuisine Red Lentil Pasta



Nourished Festival Healthy Ramen

If you are a ramen lover, you will love this healthy alternative! This ramen or instant rice noodle by Kobayashi (Gluten Free Meister Kobayashi Noodle) is the perfect healthy substitute. Their ramen is available in three flavors: Tonkotsu, Shoyu, and Miso. The ramen has no msg and is vegetarian. It is available on Amazon and sells out fast!


On the Go

Nourished Festival On the Go Fusion Snack

On the Go is just like it’s name implies: You can take their products on the go i.e. smoothies and snacks.


Simply Delish

Nourished Festival Keto Friendly

Simply Delish has sugar free, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and GMO free desserts.


Here is the complete festival exhibitor list.

Nourished Festival Exhibitors 2019




Nourished Festival Miltons


Nourished Festival Enjoy Life 2019


Nourished Festival Path of Life frozen foods


Nourished Festival Sponsors 2019


The Blogger Zone

Bloggers getting the red carpet treatment!

Nourished Festival Blogger Zone red carpet


Nourished Festival Blogger Zone


Nourished Festival me in blogger booth 2019

Thank you #NourishedFestival!  It was awesome being able to meet other bloggers and networking with the exhibitors and speakers! And thank you sponsors for the blogger goodies and breakfast! Looking forward to seeing you at next year’s festival!





The Nourish Festival is next weekend!

I can’t wait for the Nourished Festival next weekend in Del Mar, California! The Nourished Festival was formerly the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo. It not only focuses on gluten free and allergen friendly, it focuses not on keto, paleo, and plant-based diets.

The festival is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.

I have three FREE tickets!! If you would like to join us and live in Southern California and want to go, be the first 3 people to either follow my blog or follow me on Instagram,

Hope to see you there!






The Nourished Festival is almost here!

It’s almost that time of year again!  For all you foodies…The Nourished Festival is almost here!  The Nourished Festival, formerly known as The Gluten-Free and Allergen-Friendly Expo now caters to not only those people who have gluten/nut/food allergies, it will also be geared to people who have special diets such as keto, paleo, and plant-based.

I’ve been a GFAF Expo blogger for the past four years. I love attending the expo to sample the lastest gluten-free and allergen-friendly products, to hear the current information on wellness from industry leaders, and to form new relationships with others who are in wellness.

the nourished festival pic


The Nourished Festival is February 9 and 10th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, CA . Enter code EARLY BIRD to receive a 30% discount on your admission ticket.


Your name will go into a drawing to receive a free ticket when you follow my blog!

Hope to see you there!


Why giving up gluten may be doing you more harm than good

Gluten is controversial these days. Most sources claim that it is safe for everyone except those who have Celiac disease. On the other hand, some health experts believe that gluten is harmful for most people.

According to a recent survey, more than 30% of Americans actively try to avoid eating gluten.

What is gluten?

Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains like wheat, rye, spelt and barley. Of the gluten-containing grains, wheat is by far the most commonly consumed.

The two main proteins in gluten are glutenin and gliadin. Gliadin is responsible for a majority of the negative health effects.

Per Nathan Myhrvold of Modernist Bread, gluten is a protein that is sold for the bread making process. When water is added to flour, gluten is formed. When you look at a gluten under a microscope, it looks like a network of strains with the elasticity of bread.  You can’t see gluten in dough because it is hidden.

Do this experiment – take a ball of raw dough.  The gluten is hidden by the starch. Put it under water and rinse the dough, you’ll see that you are rinsing off all the starch.  You will be left with almost pure gluten. Gluten is very elastic and gives the stretchy texture of bread.

So, is it time to end the war on gluten?

According to a brand new study out by Harvard and Columbia, it says: “Yes.”

Unless you have Celiac disease, giving up gluten can do you more harm than good.

We were told that gluten is a toxin that causes inflammation. Studies between gluten and heart disease show that there is no difference between people who eat gluten and those who do not eat gluten. We know that whole grains are heart healthy.

People with Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or wheat allergy need to stay away from gluten. And some people who are gluten intolerant may need to as well.  However, this intolerance can be caused by other ingredients.

Note: Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. If you have celiac, your body treats gluten as a foreign invader. Your immune system will attack the gluten, as well as your gut lining.

There is a gluten-free trend because some people think they will lose weight by giving up gluten. And some celebrities are giving up gluten too.  So, others want to hop on the bandwagon.

According to Mark Schatzker, author of The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor, some people who give up gluten will lose weight because they are giving up processed carbs.  He also mentions that gluten-free products contain refined carbs so it doesn’t mean gluten-free items are necessarily healthier for you.

Think of this protein analogy with meat. Both gluten and meat are proteins.  Your body breaks down these proteins into amino acids.

Foods high in gluten

The most common sources of gluten are:

  • Wheat
  • Spelt
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Cereals
  • Beer
  • Cakes, cookies and pastries




It is that time of year!

I’ve been a blogger for the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo for the past few years and I love it!  I love meeting the exhibitors, learning the latest gluten free information, and sampling that most recent gluten free products!  Yum!

Join us for the largest Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo in San Diego on Saturday, February 10th and Sunday, February  11th.

Earn discount tickets by simply responding to my blog.  The first five people are eligible!


Looking for the classes?


Hope to see you there!


Highlights of the Gluten-Free/Allergen Friendly Expo in San Diego

I was invited to be a blogger for the Gluten Free/Allergen Friendly Expo in Del Mar, California at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Expo was awesome!  It was great getting to know other bloggers, exhibitors, and listening to some of the speakers.  Topics covered were the Paleo Diet, gut health, FODMAP, and more.

Do you know someone who has an allergy to gluten?  The Expo has specialty products that you can sample, taste great, and you can learn how to cook and bake with some of these products to meet your or your families’ dietary needs!

What is gluten?

Gluten is a general name for proteins found what such as wheatberries, durum, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, einkorn, barley, and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape acting as a glue that holds them together.

Gluten can be found in many types of foods.

There is so much to share from the Expo!  Where to begin?! Here is a recap of the expo with photos!

First stop, the BFree booth for the bloggers’ breakfast. BFree supplied breakfast and goodie bags for the bloggers. We also received a goodie bag full of items from some of the exhibitors.




Stopped by the NIMA booth…The NIMA tests food if it contains gluten

and how much it contains



Next stop was the HealthAde Kombucha booth. I love kombucha.  Kombucha is fermented tea, that naturally contains probiotics and healthy organic acids. It has been enjoyed across countless countries for thousands of years as a delicious and refreshing beverage that makes you feel good especially your gut.






Betsy’s Best has nut and seed butters. Yummy, nut butter with cinnamon and chia seeds. Visit



SunButter is a healthy alternative to peanut butter for those especially kids with food allergies. Visit


Love Grown


I tried a sample of the Love Grown oatmeal. Delicious.

Gluten Free Pantry

I have a bad sweet tooth so I stopped by the Gluten Free Pantry booth.



The German Chocolate Cake was simply delicious!

Healthy Breakfast/Snack Alternatives



I first tried a go macro bar at Whole Foods.  These bars have organic, gluten free ingredients. Love them! Here is a link to their website:






These sweet potato snacks can be used to scoop hummus, salsas. etc. Sweetpotato Awesome is a brand new business! Visit


I loved going through the Enjoy Life booth which was set up like a maze. The Enjoy Life chocolate chips are the perfect alternative to the popular store brands.  The chocolate chips are dairy-free, soy-free, nut free, and gluten-free. The Plentils are also very good.  I am eager to try their other products.



At the Namaste booth, sampling their gluten free chocolate cake.



Do you love to bake? Try Ryze Gluten Free Flour Mix.


Chocolate chip cookie and shortbread samples


At the Keli’s Gluten Free Sauces booth.  I had a chance to speak with Keli and sample all of her flavors…they all were very good.  The Polynesian Sweet ‘n Sour Gluten Free sauce reminds me of being in Hawaii! Try using it to flavor sweet and sour ground turkey balls!

Visit her website:



Some gluten-free pastas and pizzas



RP Pasta

Pasta was very good…seasoned with sea salt and olive oil



Sampled pasta with the tomato basil sauce!  Delicious!



The gluten free tomato, basil and garlic was the best pizza I’ve tasted!  Yummy!

Here is the link to order Spinato’s pizzas, tomato sauces, and salad dressings!

Smart Flour Foods



Gluten-Free Snacks





SuperSeedz carries other flavors including Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Seeds


Expo Goodies the bloggers received




Chef Amy Fothergill is referred to as the family chef. Check out her cookbook: The Warm Kitchen. Her website:



Dr Ed Madrid, Functional Medicine



Dr. Madrid spoke about gluten and the effects of gluten on gut health.

gluten = inflammation =dysfunction in the intestinal tract = damage to the mucosal lining = Leaky Gut


Tiffany Hinton, the Gluten Free Mom – Her website:





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Come join us next year!  The Gluten-Free/Allergen Friendly Expo has expos throughout the US.  The next one is in Illinois. Stay tuned for expos in Georgia, Arizona, and Massachusetts in 2017!




Save the date for next year’s San Diego Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo!

gfafexpo112015-dthdrHey all,

I am excited that I am an official blogger for the San Diego Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo again next year! @GFAFExpo  I had such a blast earlier this year meeting the exhibitors, sampling new gluten-free products/allergen friendly products, and learning from the awesome speakers!

At this year’s San Diego GFAF expo, speakers discussed: How to convert recipes to gluten-free and dairy-free, Stop Poisoning Your Child at Home- How to Avoid Cross Contamination, Why Paleo Might Just be the Perfect Diet, and Getting Gut Healthy Again Naturally with Aloe.

Would you like to go for FREE?!!!  I am offering a ticket giveaway!  Just like my post and share on social media, you will be entered into a drawing.  Once you win, I will give you info on how to get your complimentary ticket!

Save the date and join us February 11 and 12, 2017 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds!

See you soon!


Shaline, CHHC

Some Quick ‘n Easy Dishes

Here are my recipes:

Purple cabbage, green cabbage, kale, carrots, fuji apple, orange zest, orange, and lemon juice. I made this healthy coleslaw using my Saladmaster machine. #vegan #raw #organic

Healthy Coleslaw

Brown rice pasta mixed with basil spinach pesto.  Top with your choice of veggies: broccoli, kale, zucchini, etc. and your choice of protein. #gluten-free #organic #vegan


Spiralized zucchini cooked at medium to low heat with basil spinach pesto.  Topped with turkey meatballs. #gluten-free

Spiralized zucchini with meatballs and pesto


Recap of the Healthy Living Festival in Photos

Here is a recap of the Annual Healthy Living Festival that takes place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County.  I am a little late, the event was a couple weeks ago, but I finally finished downloading all of my photos.  There were lots of vendors with great products, cooking demos, speakers, and yoga and qigong classes.  I even learned qigong.  Arctic Zero was one of the vendors.  I don’t have a photo of their booth: however, their products are awesome.  Their booth was always busy since they were giving away free samples of gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free, and low glycemic frozen desserts!

Enjoy browsing through the photos.






Products by Chosen Foods

Chia Seeds, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, and even an avocado oil mayo!

Chosen Foods



Delightfully Free Cookbooks – The author, Tracy Hill has two editions.  They both have recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free,

sugar-free, soy-free, corn, yeast, peanuts, and artificial sweeteners.







Farm Fresh Produce


Brian Clement of Hippocrate’s Health Institute’s Books



SupplementsExposed by Brian Clement


Millie’s Vegan Gelato


Krave Gluten-Free Jerky



One of the speakers

chakra system


Healthy Cooking Demo by Cooking 4 Life

Cooking 4 Life showed how to prepare a tasty vegetarian lasagna in 5 minutes and cook it in 20 minutes plus a 5-veggie salad with citrus dressing. She showed you how to get in and out of the kitchen in 2/3 less time with 2 to 3 times the nutrition.  No more overcooking the nutrients out of your food!



Entertainment on Sunday afternoon by Nouveau Cabaret Belly Dancers



Del Mar Fairgrounds



It was a fantastic event and I am looking forward to next year’s!