The Gluten & Allergy-Free expo in San Francisco is just 2 weeks away!

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in News, Nutrition | 1 comment

I’ll be there! Will you? If you’re planning on going, get your tickets now, because they’re selling like gluten-free hot cakes! For tickets, click the link to your right! ——> I’m very excited to be an official blogger for the event, and will be there on Saturday February 9th and Sunday February 10th. I’m particularly happy that it’s not simply a gluten-free event, but an allergy-free event as well. The expo will be a great resource for anyone suffering from food allergies, autoimmune disease, arthritis, or any inflammatory condition. Of course I’m especially looking forward to seeing what interesting foods they have there. There will be over 100 vendors selling and sampling. There are sure to be some good finds! I’ll be sure to share my favorites with you. For instant gratification, follow me on Twitter. I’ll be taking lots of pictures, as always. Here is some more information from the press release for the event: The Gluten & Allergen-Free Expo Vendor Fair will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the San Francisco Marriott Airport Waterfront Hotel. The cost to attend the Vendor Fair is $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 – 12. Early admission tickets (9 a.m.) are available for an additional fee online. General tickets are available online or at the door.  The ticket price also includes an allergen-free arts and crafts area for kids, as well as staged presentations related to gluten-free living and cooking. The Gluten and Allergen-Free Expo is the premier gluten and allergen free event in the United States. The GFAF Expo serves over 20,000 people with celiac disease, gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/anti-inflammatory diseases and autism as well as athletes and the health conscious community each year. As founder of the Gluten & Allergen-Free Expo and President of Gluten Free Classes, Jen Cafferty is a nationally recognized expert on cooking and living gluten & allergen-free.  She considers it her personal mission to help others who follow a restricted diet learn delicious, nutritious and convenient ways to live a happy and healthy life. A variety of experts will give presentations on topics including: -Pie Crust 101 -The Science Behind Gluten-Free Baking -Safely Eat Out & Travel Gluten & Allergen-Free I hope to see you there. Please come say hi if you see me! All of the links on are for information purposes, however some are affiliate links to books, products or services. Any sponsored posts are clearly labelled as being sponsored content. Some ads on this site are served by ad networks and the advertised products are not necessarily recommended by Zenbelly...

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Book Review: Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Book Reviews, Nutrition | 7 comments

I’m not always the best at explaining stuff. I have a very solid understanding of what makes sense to me, nutritionally speaking- a combination of what I learned at Bauman College, further studies I’ve taken upon myself, and what’s in my gut (no pun intended). So when I try and explain the Paleo way of life to people who assume the worst, I have the tendency to get emotional, and fail at getting the point across. People launch their “reasons” for not being able to go paleo, most of which sound nothing short of ridiculous to me, and I go on the defensive, to avoid swearing at them. It’s not until later, at home with my boyfriend, that it has all settled in, and I can elequoently state what I was trying to say earlier on. He’s heard it all about a million times, and the poor guy doesn’t even need convincing. Enter Practical Paleo by Diane San Sanfilippo. This book is a godsend to people like me, who are better off handing someone a book and saying, “HERE. Read this and we can talk about it later.” If I were to rename this book, I would call it “What’s your excuse? NOPE” (Or if there were sound effects, it would be the X buzzer type sound) because Diane essentially takes any excuse you may have and squashes it like a bug. Let me be clear here: Not in a holier-than-thou perfection is the only option kind of way. She simply presents the information, gives you all the tools you could possibly need to succeed, and let’s you decide how far you take it. Let’s review the excuses us advocates of the Paleo way of life know so well, and how Diane blasts them to heck. Shall we? 1. “I can’t cook” In Practical Paleo, Diane takes the mystery out of cooking by clearly illustrating the basics, right down to how to hold a knife properly. Not knowing how to cook is usually nothing more than a lack of confidence in the kitchen, and once you read the pages of Practical Paleo, your confidence should skyrocket. It’s like learning anything new: Once you’re got the basics under your belt, everything that comes after that is a piece of grain-free honey sweetened cake. And the basics are all in here, along with recipes that you will be able to execute with ease and feel like a pro in no time. 2. (Queue doomsday music) “What will I EAT?!” Does the mere thought of bread and pasta leaving your life make you feel like you’re suddenly in the middle of a desert, with no food or diet Coke? Is your stomach rumbling in desperation at the idea of no more microwaveable mac n cheese? When thinking of a typical paleo friendly meal is there an empty cartoon thought bubble floating over your head? BOOM. 30 day Meal plans. Lots of them. Meal plans for the Paleo novice, for the over achiever, for specific nutritional concerns. For fat loss. Heart Health. And more. This translates into a whole lotta food to eat. Days and days upon days of food. You will have to give up that Diet Coke. But I promise you’ll be OK. You will probably even find that once you start feeding your body the food that it should be eating, you will crave that junk less and less. 3. “I travel and eat away from home a lot”  Guess what? So does the author of this book. Inside the pages of Practical Paleo, you will find helpful tips regarding eating at restaurants and...

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Nutrition Resources

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Nutrition | 0 comments

The following is a list of links to some recommended reading / viewing.  In no specific order. 10 Reasons to Go Grain Free by Nourished Kitchen This Guide to Fats & Oils from the Real Food Digest is a great easy reference guide to which you should be eating, cooking with, and avoiding altogether. “I Have High Cholesterol & I Don’t Care” is a great set of videos from Chris Kresser. There is an amazing amount of information on his site; definitely spend some time there. People often ask what foods they should always buy organic.  If there is an availability or budget concern, the Dirty Dozen is a great reference to help you decide.  There’s even a wallet guide you can print! I’m not a religious person, but this list of 7 Things You Should Never Eat might as well be my bible.  I was somewhat crushed (pardon the pun) to read about the canned tomatoes, but don’t fret.  There are solutions short of canning your own here This is a great article from the Wall St Journal about the correlation between gut health and bodily functions beyond digestion.  I’ll let you in on a little secret: People in the nutrition field have knows this for a while, and we just love it when mainstream medicine catches up. Just about everything they have to say over at The Weston A Price Foundation is worth reading.  Endless hours of reading about topics such as the dangers of soy, why butter is better, general nutrition and much much more await you. This video is truly remarkable.  In it, Dr Terry Wahls speaks at Ted-X about her journey of living with multiple sclerosis.  While being treated with “the best” that modern medicine had to offer, her disease progressed rapidly.  When she’d had enough, Dr Wahls took matters into her own hands and reversed the symptoms of her MS with diet.  Guess which one. For more about the Paleo lifestyle and more recipes: Balanced Bites Grass Fed Girl Celiac Handbook Primal Docs All of the links on are for information purposes, however some are affiliate links to books, products or services. Any sponsored posts are clearly labelled as being sponsored content. Some ads on this site are served by ad networks and the advertised products are not necessarily recommended by Zenbelly...

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10 Good Reasons To Kill Your Microwave

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in Nutrition | 1 comment

I have been blown away recently about the general acceptance of the use of microwaves among the Paleo community.  It seems 100% counter intuitive that a group of people who put so much emphasis on the value of real food would take that real food and radiate it until it technically is no longer food.  Sound extreme and dramatic?  It’s not.  The microwave is THE worst thing to happen to the kitchen since the TV dinner.  I haven’t owned one since college and haven’t missed it for one second.  Throwing leftovers in a pan often takes no more time than nuking them.  Toaster ovens are more compact, heat quickly, and are less expensive than microwaves. I promise you won’t miss it once it’s gone! 1. Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term or permanent brain damage by “shorting out” electrical impulses in the brain (de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue) 2. The human body cannot metabolize (break down) the unknown by-products created in microwaved food 3. Male and female hormone production is shut down or altered by continually eating microwaved foods. 4. The effects of microwaved food by-products are residual (long lasting, permanent) within the human body 5. Mineral, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down 6. The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicals when “cooked” in a microwave “oven” 7. Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths (tumors) This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in the US. 8. The prolonged eating of microwaved food causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood. 9. Continual eating of microwaved food causes immune deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations 10. Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and loss of intelligence. source: Bauman College, 2009 All of the links on are for information purposes, however some are affiliate links to books, products or services. Any sponsored posts are clearly labelled as being sponsored content. Some ads on this site are served by ad networks and the advertised products are not necessarily recommended by Zenbelly...

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