San Diego Gluten-Free and Allergen-Friendly Expo Wrap-Up

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I spent the weekend at the San Diego Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo in San Diego at the Del Mar Fairgrounds! The Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo is the largest in the U.S.  The next expo is in Atlanta, Georgia on April 2-3, 2016.  Be sure to visit the event if you live in the area!

I had such a great time learning about and tasting the latest gluten-free products on the market and I learned some health tips from some amazing speakers on How to Convert Your Recipes to Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free, Getting Gut Healthy Again Naturally with Aloe!, Why Paleo Might Just be the Perfect Diet, My Journey to Health by Understanding Food Allergies, Stop Poisoning Your Child at Home- How to Avoid Cross Contamination, and Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Desserts.

Here is a wrap up of the expo in photos.

I visited with several exhibitors who have products ranging from gluten-free, dairy-free, soy free, and/or even egg-free baked goods, nut butters, frozen pizza and other frozen entrees,  gluten-free beer, and snacks to organic skin care and massagers.

BFree – Be Wheat and Gluten Free

Alex of BFree was so nice to give me these samples of their products.  Their breads are delicious and healthy.  They are suitable for those with Celiac and those who are Vegans! The breads are made in Ireland and will soon be available in Ralphs. Website:


Nuttzo Organic Nut and Seed Butter

These nut butters are delicious! I love the Chocolate nut and seed butter! Yummy! One of my faves! Visit their website at




Sauce Goddess

If you love spicy seasonings/spice rubs, you will love Sauce Goddess! Website:

Sauce Goddess Products

Smart Flour Foods

Smart Flour Foods frozen pizza.  This is the Tuscan-Inspired two meat pizza. It comes with the following toppings: pepperoni, salami, and pepperocinis.  Smart Flour Foods pizzas are made with ancient grains (sorghum, amaranth, and teff.)

Their pizzas are available at Sprouts.



Potapas Potato Tortillas

These tortillas are delicious.  I sampled both the regular potato and sweet potato.  Potapas gave quesadillas samples. I made turkey tacos last night with the sweet potato tortillas! Yum! The tortillas are non-GMO verified. Garbanzo bean flour added for protein, and are dairy free, soy free, nut free, corn free.

They are available at Jimbo’s and Sprouts in San Diego and Mother’s Market in Orange County.


Asian Gluten-Free Frozen Entrees

Finally, gluten-free Asian frozen egg rolls and dumplings!  These are delicious and the boxes contain a packette of sauce.

Feel Good Foods

Garden Lites – premade foods with veggies!


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Wawona Frozen Foods- Sweet Gems


Coronado’s Gluten-Free Pantry

These sweet treats where made from the recipes in Amy Fothergill’s book, The Warm Kitchen.

Gluten Free Pantry Samples

Green Tea Oatmeal

Green Tea Oatmeal’s products have oatmeal with matcha.




Enjoy Life – Love their stuff!


Quinoa Snacks

Keenwah booth use

Health Warrior Chia Protein Bars

Are you a fitness guru?  Try these healthy chia protein bars before or after your next workout! Visit their website at

Health Warrior Chia Bars

Aloe Life -Aloe Vera juice for gut health




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IG Bakery – Delicious bread!


Yum Butter – Almond Butter

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Taspens Organics

Taspens Organics is based in Conifer, Colorado.

I spent so much time having a good time sampling their products that I forgot to take some photos of the line of products. Skin care should be healthy enough for you to eat but as we know most contain chemicals.



Some of their popular items!

Lavender/Peppermint body butter – Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Raw Shea Butter, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Distilled Water, Pure Beeswax, Silver Sol, & Vitamin E, and Organic Lavender Essential Oil & Organic Peppermint Essential Oil

Eye Cream with Sweet Almond Oil* Infused with Calendula Flowers*,  Apricot Kernel Oil*, Coconut Oil*,  Mango Butter*, Aloe Vera*, Rose Hydrosol*, Spring Water, Jojoba Oil*, Tamanu Oil*, Argan Oil*, Rosehip Seed Oil*, Pomegranate Seed Oil*, Silver Sol, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils Of: Geranium*, Frankincense*, Carrot Seed*,Fennel*,Rose Bulgaria*, Chamomile*, Vitamin E Oil. (*Organic)

Wrinkle Serum with Sweet Almond Oil,  Avocado Oil,  Apricot Kernel Oil,  Rose hip Seed Oil,  Pomegranate Seed Oil,  Tamanu Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil  Geranium Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil,  Blue Yarrow Essential Oil,  Palma Rosa Essential Oil,  Clary Sage Essential Oil,  Fennel Essential Oil,  Carrot Seed Oil,  Borage Seed Oil,  Rose Bulgaria Essential Oil,  & Pure Vitamin E Oil.


Gluten-Free Beer

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Earth Balance


Thank you Amy Fothergill, Tiffany Hinton, Karen Masterson Koch, Freddi Pakier, CHC, AADP, Diana Benedek, PhD, and Alessandra Wall, Ph.D.



Tiffany and Me


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Expo exhibitors

Expo exhibitors

A big thank you to the awesome sponsors of the event.

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Blogger goodies we received:

Blogger Goodies

Some goodies from the exhibitors

Vendor goodies use

Baked chips

Cookbooks and more!

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GF cookbks

Awesome event!  Can’t wait until the next one!










I did it! I completed my 21-Day Sugar Detox!

It was one of my goals to post regularly on my progress but as you know life happens.  I initially kept a food journal but that lasted for a week.

Here is my sugar story.

I love sugar and it is my biggest weakness.  I didn’t have a problem giving up dairy products or red meat. I don’t eat a lot of sugar; meaning I don’t typically eat items like cake, chocolate candy, ice cream, etc, however, I love white chocolate macademia nut cookies and a few months ago, I had a weakness for Nothing Bundt Cakes.

One day, I noticed I was consuming too much sugar and was becoming inflammed.  I regularly check my pH level to determine whether my body is too acidic.  Eating sugar especially refined sugar causes inflammation and acid.  With a history of acid reflux, I need to mindful of my acid levels.

This is when I decided to partake in a 21-Day Sugar Detox.  I did it and I found that after I finished my detox, I did not want sugar.

This excerpt below is taken from Day 19 of my 21-Day Sugar Detox post on my Facebook page.

20 Ways Sugar Can Affect Your Health

1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
2. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
3. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
4. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
5. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.
6. Sugar contributes to obesity.
7. Sugar can cause arthritis.
8. Sugar can cause heart disease and emphysema.
9. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis
10. Sugar can increase cholesterol.
11. Sugar can lead to both prostate and ovarian cancers.
12. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
13. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
14 Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
15. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
16. Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.
17. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
18. Sugar can cause depression.
19. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
20. Sugar is more addicting the cocaine.

If you would like more information on how you can reduce your sugar cravings and have more energy, or you would like to join my next 21-Day Sugar Detox, contact me.

Shopping at the LA Green Festival over the weekend

 My Favorite Raw Organic Snacks and Organic Gluten-Free, Vegan Pasta


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Alive & Radian Organic Kale Chips available in these flavors: Kale Krunch Spicy Superfood, Kale Krunch Superfood, Veggie Krunch, Teriyaki Green, and Chocolate – raw and gluten-free.  Visit

Wonderfully Raw Coco-Roons avaiable in Brownie, Cacaco Nibs, and other flavors  Visit their website at

Living IntentionGone Nuts! – I love their products!  They offer a variety of flavors! Visit

And last but not least Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts – perfect to add to yogurt, smoothies, etc. Visit


2014-09-12 22.15.17I just discovered this company at the Green Festival.  Explore Asian offers organic Asian pasta – Organic Soybean Spaghetti, Organic Black Bean, and Organic Mung Bean Fettuccini. And it’s vegan and gluten-free! Visit

If you live in the Orange County area, these products are available at Mother’s Market and Whole Foods Market.



Is Food Combining the Secret to Healthy Eating?

      Yes, food combinations is the secret to healthy eating.

The discomfort of indigestion is so common in today’s society that it’s almost considered normal. Instead of using medication to suppress symptoms, it be wiser to properly combine foods in order to remove the causes of indigestion.

According to Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and other alternative medicine, if you combine the wrong foods, your body will become acidic and unbalanced, and actually will secrete enzymes that cancel each other out. This causes bloating, gas, weight loss and fluctuations in energy levels. It can also lead to slowed or impaired digestion. It also causes food to ferment in the stomach or toxins to be released in the intestines.

Proper food combinations are based on the idea that there are foods groups that digest well with each other and others that don’t. So what is food combining? What food is a protein and what food is a starch?

Food Combining Categories

• Lean proteins: Lean fish, lean meats and poultry, low-fat dairy, protein powder

• Starches and starchy proteins: Grains (including bread, pasta, etc), potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips, carrots, pumpkin, winter squashes, beans, lentils, peas, tofu, tempeh

• Fats and fatty proteins: Avocados, olives, nuts, seeds, oils, butter, cheese, yogurt, eggs, fatty fish, poultry, meat

• Greens and non-starchy vegetables: leafy greens, sprouts, celery, cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, radish, zucchini, onion, garlic, mushrooms, green beans, fresh corn

• Fruit: lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, pineapples, apples, berries, pears, apricots, peaches, grapes, plums, cherries, mangoes, papayas, figs, bananas, dates, dried fruits, fruit juice, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew

• Sweeteners: sugars, syrups, malt syrups, honey

Proper Food Combinations

• Greens and non-starchy vegetables combine well with pretty much any type of food.
• Lean proteins combine best with greens and non-starchy vegetables.
• Starches and starchy proteins combine best with greens, non-starchy vegetables and fats.
• Fats and fatty proteins combine best with greens, non-starchy vegetables, starches.
• Fruits combine best with greens and should be eaten first as they exit the body most quickly.
• Sweeteners are best eaten on their own (i.e. in tea).


• Acidic fruits (citrus, tomatoes, strawberries, pineapples) combine well with fats or proteins.
• Melons should be eaten alone, since they digest faster than other fruits.
• Bananas can be eaten with starches due to their starchy content. Once bananas are fully ripen, their content turns to sugar.
• One-pot meals cooked slowly with lots of water (like soups and stews) don’t tend to cause as much difficulty in digestion when there are poor combinations.

Poor Food Combinations

Starch and proteins should be eaten separately because they digest differently. Starch begins to break down in the mouth, as all carbohydrates do, whereas protein breaks down in the gastrointestinal tract. If eating a starchy carbohydrate with a protein, such as pasta or rice, the carb will sit in the stomach acid and will ferment and putrefy while the system is digesting the protein and fat. It’s best to eat starches and proteins with vegetables.

Avoid if possible:

• Proteins with other proteins, fats, fruits and sweeteners
• Starches with other starches, proteins, fruits and sweeteners
• Fats with proteins, fruits and sweeteners

To summarize, once the body is balanced, or alkaline, and the digestive system is healthy and active, you will be able to eat more combinations, unless you have digestive issues like IBS, chronic constipation, Crohn’s, candida, bloating, or other chronic issues. The digestive system is designed to digest food and will continue to do so as long as it isn’t overloaded too much or too often.

The most important point to remember is to keep the body alkaline or balanced. Most often, the body will tell you which combinations work and which ones don’t.

Every rule has an exception, and one person’s food is another person’s poison. Listen to your body’s messages and find out what works best for you.