Announcing The Rochester Gluten Free Health & Wellness Expo

There aren’t enough words to begin to describe the level of excitement I have in announcing The Rochester Gluten Free Health & Wellness Expo. All week I’ve been bursting at the seams with anticipation. I’ve been plotting, planning, and collaborating for months to unveil this latest venture. This expo is the first gluten free themed major health fair to be held in Upstate New York. It is surreal that this announcement is happening since it has been on my heart for well over two years. Two years ago I wrote “plan a gluten free expo” in my dream book and now two years later it is well on its way to becoming a reality.

This expo is a unique collaboration with the Pieter’s Family Life Center which has a mission to strengthen the community and nurture relationships through recreational, educational, social, spiritual, health and wellness programs that are inclusive to all people.

We  will host dozens of vendors and small business owners that are committed to holistic wellness. Workshops, demonstrations, and keynote speakers will address all aspects of life impacted by celiac disease and and other chronic illnesses. It will truly be a day of fun, education, and awareness.  The expo will connect the region’s gluten free community with national and local gluten free brands, services, small businesses, and people who have a similar mission of raising awareness for celiac disease, health, and wellness.

It continues to be my goal to connect and educate everyone on the simplicity and diversity of living a gluten free lifestyle. The expo is just another way to raise awareness and make positive connections in the gluten free community.

To learn more about the expo and to register visit or email

Special Announcement|Introducing Alicia…New Featured Contributor

When I started this space on the world wide web, I never could’ve imagined all the places I would go and people I would meet because of it. Nearly three years later and this blog has a reach well into the 10’s of thousands and is read in more than thirty (>30) countries including:

  • Phillipines
  • Quatar
  • Germany
  • New Zealand
  • Italy
  • Canada and more…

“Oh the places you’ll go”

I remain honored and humbled that anyone, anywhere takes the time to visit this site and read my ramblings. So, it is with an open heart and mind that I continue to grow, push, and develop more engaging content and recipes for all of you (Dear Readers). I am happy to announce the very first regular contributor to the blog: Alicia Alvarez. Alicia is a celiac survivor and all around A+mazing mother, writer, foodie, competitive athlete (WHOA), cool person, and budding friend. I’ll save the musings on how we connected {for a later time :)} and let you jump right into her first feature; where she details her celiac journey. Take a moment to read and welcome Alicia to the gluten free blog family…We’re glad you are here. Continue reading

BE. Campaign

If you follow me on follow social media, then you probably noticed a visual trend throughout the last week. Every day I featured an inspirational message embedded in a photo from my photography archive. Each message and photo was simultaneously loaded as each one one of my social media cover photos. A different message and image was rolled out each day of the week. Each image and it’s accompanying message was related to my brand new BE. Campaign. What is this BE. campaign you ask? Continue reading

Food About Town|Podcast Interview w/Chris Lindstrom

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I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some amazing food enthusiasts who have dedicated themselves to cooking, baking, reviewing, blogging about, and eating good food. By happenstance I stumbled upon an amazing individual who shares these qualities and many more. His name is  Chris Lindstrom and he is the writer of the Rochester based food blog Food About Town. Continue reading

Second Annual Celiac Strong Camp|July 26-29, 2015

It is with great pleasure that I feature Sabrina Devos and her now annual Celiac Strong Camp 2015. Last year’s camp was a roaring success so it’s no surprise that Sabrina and her team have decided to hold year two of this amazing camp. Continue reading

Gluten free spotlight: Kelly Klein & Natural Awakenings

kelly klein Gluten Free Spotlight is a brand new monthly blog feature where we’ll promote and feature A+mazing local, regional, and national individuals/organizations that are doing wonderful work in promoting awareness for an around celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and natural and homeopathic living. I am so excited to have the wonderful Kelly Klein as this month’s spotlight. Kelly is the founder of the Rochester edition of Natural Awakenings magazine. Natural Awakenings is a free a monthly periodical that highlights practical news, views and tips on the latest natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living. With a self drive and entrepreneurial spirit Kelly is embarking on an amazing journey to increase awareness about sustainable and clean living in the Rochester community. We are over the moon to be working with Kelly and bringing you her inspiring and motivational life story. Check out her bio below and stay tuned for another super festive announcement later in the week.

Kelly Klein’s Personal Biography

I grew up in Rochester and now live in Penfield with my husband Matt, our 3 children and our pug puppy Baxter. Natural Awakenings Magazine was first introduced to me 6 years ago in Raleigh NC, I was coming out of a Whole Foods store and discovered this gem of a publication. I was immediately taken by it and all the holistic health and wellness information Natural Awakenings had to offer. At the time my husband and I were growing our family, therefore it was not something I was prepared to take on. Fast forward 6 years later…my aunt sent me a copy of Natural Awakenings from Myrtle beach as it had an article that related to me. The light bulb went off in my head. I spent the fall and winter doing my research and in the early spring purchased my franchise! Natural Awakenings of Rochester NY will debut this fall!

I am passionate about living holistically and in alignment with nature and feel this magazine will give Rochester an amazing resource to all things green, natural and healthy!

Natural Awakenings