The Prescott Area Celiac and Gluten Free Support organization met for its' first meeting of 2015 on tuesday, January 20th. The meeting was well-attended. Many group members had attended the GF & AF Expo in Glendale, Arizona on January 17th. Those that did attend the event were able to learn about many new GF products in the marketplace, taste samples and come away with a big bag of complimentary goodies. And some vendors even sold their dry goods at a very reduced price.
At the expo this year there were several lectures and informative speakers scheduled throughout the day of the event. One lecture that Renee R. attended was about "GF Belly Blasters". The speaker was a very dynamic woman from Canada named Kathy Smart. She was not only very educated but very entertaining. Check out her website www.livethesmartway.com. Kathy discussed the need to stop weighing yourself and to focus on eating to build muscle. She also mentioned being wary of all the gluten free packaged/processed foods, because their nutritional value is not always in the best interest of the health of those who are on a gluten free diet. Kathy suggested focusing on what she refers to as "super foods" such as kale & green veggies; chia or ground flax; coconut oil; fish oil; salmon; hemp seeds and protein.
One additional take away from Smart's lecture is that if you have had a medical diagnosis of Celiac that is concrete. She was diagnosed when she was 12 years old. However, if you didn't have any tests done, did not have an informed physician and chose to go gluten free on your own and YOU FEEL BETTER, move on and don't worry that you did not have "tests performed on you". As Dr. Tom O'Bryan often quotes: " You cannot be a little pregnant, and you cannot have just a little gluten". Once you know you feel better eliminating gluten from your diet; don't eat it!
It was really great to hear again from members about how their lives have been changed by going gluten free and sharing the journeys of those that have been Celiac for over 20 years and those that have been recently diagnosed.
The next meeting of the Prescott Area Celiac and Gluten Free Support organization will be held on Tuesday, February 17th from 12-2PM at Prescott Public Library's Founder's Room A on the lower level.