Gluten Free Food Faire in Tucson, AZ

To watch Bee Green’s YouTube video of our day at The Gluten Free Food Faire in Tucson, AZ last weekend:

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My son and I have been Gluten Free for over eight years now. We enjoyed having our old favorites that we’ve been hooked on … it was also nice to sample new brands. Some got our thumbs up approval and some did not. It’s tricky, especially when it comes to baked goods, to get the right texture and taste. Fortunately for those of us with a sweet tooth, many companies today have it figured out to purr-fection.

We’ve had a lot of fun taste testing these products and will have our favorites listed on next week’s blog. (Many of you have already asked) I’ll also discuss some “pitfalls” of this diet and how to shop and eat smart.

As you’ll see in today’s video, just because a product is Gluten-Free (GF) does NOT mean it is a health food product… even if it is sold in health food stores. They are in health food stores because of special dietary needs. There are various ailments, allergies, intolerance and diseases that suggest/require people to switch to a GF diet. When they do, often life changing relief is experienced. I am walking/breathing proof of this statement.

The most popular GF items sold today are the comfort foods people deeply miss and crave right after diagnosis, or switching diets. Baked items such as breads, muffins, pastries, pastas, pretzels and so on. Clearly, you can see why these items must be used sparingly – even when made with organic, high quality ingredients.

It was actually our need for GF foods that led me to the raw food diet. You’ll find that FRESH IS ALWAYS BEST and making recipes without fillers is not only cheaper but a healthier route as well.

However, with that being said, when the cravings hit or the kids are needing quick substitutions for a birthday party, go for what works! I’ve got TONS of tips to share that will help you add some life force to boxed mixes or pre-packaged foods.

I hope you enjoy our little homemade video — including a sneak peek at my growing belly. I was a whopping 26 weeks pregnant when it was filmed (so I can *really* talk about cravings). Stay tuned for next week’s follow up blog giving our reviews for kid-tested taste testing and tips FROM EXPERIENCE for a successful GF lifestyle.

 

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