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You guys, I missed my own (blog) birthday. On January 4, 2007, Gluten-Free Fun was born. 

I am not really sure how it happened, but January 4th came and went and I didn't acknowledge a HUGE milestone for this blog. My blog is celebrating it's 11th year!

My good friend David encouraged me to start my blog way back in 2006 and I made it a resolution to start writing in January 2007. I could never have imagined that my very first post way back in 2007 would lead to the celiac life I lead today. I have literally traveled the world sharing my celiac disease story with friends and strangers.

I've written a whopping 1,200+ posts over the past 11 years! I've been left thousands of blog comments from readers across the globe. I've connected with even more of you via social media which didn't even exist when I launched this blog back in the day. I have connected with so many of you at gluten-free conferences across North America and I am always so humbled when you come and say hello.

While my writing isn't as frequent as it used to be and the blog looks a little bit dated (the longest redesign in the history of the interwebs is still happening), I'm still here being the best celiac advocate I know how to be. I write this blog for YOU. If it weren't for my dear readers and friends, Gluten-Free Fun would never have lasted 11 years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Really, truly, THANK YOU!

Even if my blog goes quiet from time to time, you can always connect with me via , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Don't know what to get your favorite gluten-free gal or guy? Worried about buying them something they can't eat? Buy them a book! Whether it is a cookbook or a how-to live gluten-free for your newly diagnosed friend or family, you can't go wrong with books!

I am very lucky to have some talented friends and colleagues as well as appear in many of these books! I personally own them all and some are well-used in my kitchen. I hope your favorite gluten-free person enjoys these books as much as I do! Don't delay, order now to receive these books in time for Christmas!

Note: These are Amazon affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation if you buy a book.



by Kim McCosker



by Sloane Miller 



by Nadine Grzeskowiak 



by Beth Hillson


 


by Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri

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by Jax Peters Lowell


 


by Shelley Case




by Annalise Roberts
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GF Alphabet t-shirts on sale now for $15 plus S/H*
Buy two get one free! 
Email gfreefun@gmail.com with your sizes.

*Shipping and handling is only $1.99 per t-shirt; US orders! 
Sale ends December 1, 2017
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We are less than two weeks away from the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo in San Mateo, California. This is the first Northern California expo in more than three years and my first time attending this event on the West Coast. I've been the GFAF Expo in New Jersey many times and it is always a great show.

If you've never been to a gluten-free expo before, now is your chance. It is a great chance to try gluten-free products before you buy them and connect with other gluten-free friends. You will not be disappointed.

If you are looking for more of an educational experience, I highly suggest you attend on Saturday. The Stanford Education Day is being hosted by the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California in partnership with Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. There will be top celiac doctors sharing a variety of topics including myths about celiac disease, gluten-related disorders, and more.

I am an official blogger for the GFAF Expo which means I get to host a giveaway! Enter to win two tickets to the GFAF Expo on the day of your choice. Each winner will get two tickets so you can bring a friend! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Winners will be notified on November 11, 2017.

If you see me there, please say hello! 





Saturday, November 18, 2017; 10am-4pm
Sunday, November 19, 2017; 10am-3pm

San Mateo County Event Center Fiesta Hall
1346 Saratogo Dra
San Mateo, CA 94403

Buy your tickets today
20% off w/ code ADVANCE (thru 11/17)


If you would like to volunteer for the show, fill out this form if interested. Volunteers get free entry and a t-shirt in exchange for working a shift of the show.


ENTER TO WIN!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Register today for the Strike for Celiac fundraiser on Sunday, December 3rd in Syosset, New York. This fundraiser for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University includes unlimited bowling, gluten-free food, a silent auction, and guest speakers Dr. Peter Green and Dr. Amy DeFelice both the Celiac Disease Center.

For additional information and to register, please contact Cynthia Beckman at the Celiac Disease Center.



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When I was in Indianapolis for the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest last month, I FINALLY got to meet Michel and Cam from the Celiac Project Podcast in person. I say finally because I've spoken to these guys both on the phone and over Skype but we never met face to face. These guys are the best and I felt like I was meeting my long-lost celiac brothers. Both Michael and Cam are truly genuine, friendly people and amazing celiac advocates. Their mission to spread information about living with celiac disease, eating gluten-free, and everything th. If you aren't already listening to their podcast, you should be.

Michael, Cam, and I at the Indianapolis GFFA Fest


Join Mike and Cam for their first podcast recorded live on location with their special guests, Erin Smith (Gluten-Free Globetrotter and Gluten-Free Fun) and Margaret Clegg (MI Gluten Free Gal). We have a spirited round-table discussion about all things celiac and gluten free. This is part 1 of our exciting, interactive presentation in Indianapolis. We answer great questions from the audience as well.

Take a listen to part one of the "Live from Indy" Celiac Podcast here:


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The National Celiac Association is hosting it's fall meeting on Sunday, October 29, 2017 in Norwood, Ma. It will feature presentations by nutritionist Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN and endocrinologist Partha Sinha, MD and Emma Clerx, an intern living with celiac disease.


What Celiacs Need to Know!
How bone health, nutrition, and self-management affects celiac disease


Sheraton Four Points Norwood, MA
1125 Boston Providence Turnpike 
Norwood, MA 02062 

Sunday, October 29 1-4pm

Here is the meeting agenda:

  • 1:00 – 1:30 Check-in
  • 1:00 – 1:30 Visit with vendors
  • 1:30 Lee Graham: Introduction
  • 1:40 Dr. Sinha: Maintaining a healthy skeleton in celiac disease
  • 2:10 Endocrinology questions & answers
  • 2:20 Emma Clerx: How long until truly gluten-free?
  • 2:40 Questions & answers
  • 2:50 – 3:10 Break, visit with vendors
  • 3:10 Melinda Dennis MS, RD, LDN: A summary of current topics (arsenic, probiotics and non-responsive celiac disease)
  • 3:40 Nutrition questions & answers
  • 3:50 – 4:00 closing
Tickets start at $20 for the whole day. Visit the National Celiac Association website for more information and to buy your tickets today. 
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The Gluten-Free & Allergen-Friendly Expo is coming back to California for the first time in more than three years. In addition to this weekend-long expo, a key component of this year's event is a Stanford Health Education Day. This information-packed day will include topics such as celiac disease symptoms, treatments, follow-up, and future therapies. These speakers are presented by Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health in partnership with the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California

To attend these wonderful lectures, you must purchase a ticket to the GFAF Expo. Today is the last day for 30% off with code EARLYBIRD (thru 10/17). If you buy your tickets after today, use code ADVANCE for 20% off your ticket prices.

When: November 18 & 19, 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday the 18th
10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday the 19th

Where: San Mateo County Event Center-Fiesta Hall
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 574-3247


BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY! 

Stanford Health Education Day at the Gluten-Free & Allergen-Friendly Expo
Saturday Speakers and Topics

“Demystifying Celiac Disease – From Symptoms to Diagnosis”10:30AM-11:30AM
Presenters: Nasim Khavari, MD, MPH & Nielsen Fernandez-Becker, MD, PhD
Overall classic celiac “diagnosis and treatment,” presented by the directors of the Stanford Celiac Disease Program, Dr. Nasim Khavai and Nielsen Fernandez-Becker. The presentations will include discussion specific to celiac vs. NCGS/NCWS/FODMAPs, highlighting all the services available within the Stanford Celiac Disease Program.

“Gluten-Related Disorders: Follow-Up Treatment & Future Therapies”
12:00PM – 1:00PM
Presenter: Peter H.R. Green, MD
After a diagnosis of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity – what’s next? Dr. Green will discuss clinical management of gluten-related disorders (celiac and non-celiac gluten or wheat sensitivity), including follow-up visits, vaccinations, and poorly responsive and refractory celiac disease. He will also review the exciting array of non-dietary therapies that are under development.

“Debunking the Myths Around Celiac Disease and Food Allergies”
1:30PM – 2:30PM
Presenters: Dr. Nasim Khavari, MD, MPH, Dr. Nielsen Fernandez-Becker, MD, PhD, Sayantani (Tina) Sindher, MD, Andrea Gilbaugh, RD, Neha Shah, MPH, RD
The expert panel will discuss gluten-related disorders (celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, non-celiac wheat sensitivity, low FODMAPS), allergy and immunology responses in both pediatric and adults patients, while inviting audience questions and participation!

“Food Allergy Facts – What Helps to Improve or Worsen Your Food Allergy Symptoms”
3:00PM – 4:00PM
Presenter: Sayantani (Tina) Sindher, MD
A focused discussion around nut and overall food allergies (including gluten), including interesting facts around the science of immunology.


BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY! 

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My friend Craig is at it again organizing an awesome event for the celiac community. Join Craig and the Celiac Disease Foundation on Saturday, November 4th in Oyster Bay, NY for the 2nd Annual New York 5K Turkey Trot. Read on for more details.



Celiac Disease Foundation is excited to host its 2nd Annual New York 5K Turkey Trot run/walk on Saturday, November 4, 2017, in Oyster Bay, New York. This year's 5K event will again take place at Theodore Roosevelt Park. 
The 2nd Annual Turkey Trot is sponsored by Namaste Foods
Registration will begin at 8am, and each participant will receive a Team Gluten-Free t-shirt, enjoy music, and take home post-race gluten-free snacks to enjoy. The 5K run/walk will start at 9am, rain or shine, and medals given out to the top finishers in four different age brackets. 
Proceeds from this event go directly toward driving diagnosis, treatment, and a cure for celiac disease. 
We have partnered with Island Harvest Food Bank and are asking that participants please bring canned or non-perishable food to donate to families in need. 
Early Bird Registration is now available through October 13th.  
For more information, contact Craig Pinto at craig.pinto@celiac.org.

If you cannot attend in person, you can always donate online at:
http://tgfturkeytrot.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1175597 
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Many of my readers often tell me that the celiac events are too far or too expensive to attend. Now is your chance to participate in real time!

On November 9, 2017, join Beyond Celiac in person or via webcast for The Bold Beyond Research Symposium. They are calling this the "premier event for celiac research!" It is free to participate, but registration is required. Click here to register today.



The Bold Beyond Research Symposium
November 9, 2017
5:00PM — 6:30PM EST

Drexel University 
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building 
Chestnut St & S 33rd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

Moderated by Alice Bast, Beyond Celiac CEO, with panelists:

Ciaran P. Kelly, MD, Director, Celiac Center and Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Training, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Anthony J. DiMarino, Jr., MD, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Ritu Verma, MD, Section Chief, Gastroenterology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Assoicate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The symposium will also be webcast, offering viewers nationwide the opportunity learn about the most current celiac disease research developments. Local and national corporate sponsors, including media sponsor CBS Radio Philadelphia, will support the event.

Click here to register today.
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