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Thursday, January 29, 2015
10th Annual Evening with the Paul Taylor Dance Company to benefit the Celiac Disease Center

It's that time of year again. This is such a wonderful night and I am proud to be a part of it. The theater is beautiful, the food is gluten-free, and a portion of each ticket sale goes to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.


Join the NYC Celiac Meetup Group for the 10th Annual Evening with the Paul Taylor Dance Company to benefit the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

5:45pm Gluten-Free Light Supper on the theater's 2nd Floor Promenade

7pm Performance: Sunset, Eventide, Piazzolla Caldera

David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street

Tickets: (Prime Orchestra Seating) $350, $128

Special Meetup tickets: $38*

*A portion of each ticket price benefits the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

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Monday, January 26, 2015
WEGO Health Awards 2015 Nominee: Gluten-Free Fun

WEGO Health is an amazing website that works with health advocates to foster relationships with their health communities. It's important to remember that I am not only writing for the gluten-free community, but I am also living with Celiac Disease. WEGO Health helps build these communities, while providing the resources I need to be the best celiac advocate that I can be.

For the fourth year, I have been nominated for WEGO Health Activist Awards. I am completely blown away that this year I have be nominated for three separate awards: Health Activist Hero, Best in Show: Blog, and Lifetime Achievement. It is such a wonderful feeling to be recognized by my readers and peers for the advocacy and activities I coordinate within the gluten-free community.

According to the WEGO Health website, "The WEGO Health Activist Awards were created to embody the mission of WEGO Health: to empower Health Activists. We connect with so many inspiring Health Activists who raise awareness, share information, support their communities, and much more - often without recognition. The WEGO Health network is centered around Health Activists, so we knew it was up to us to tell these leaders how great they are! We wanted to celebrate those who have made a difference and thus, the Awards were born. We've since found that these Awards are one of the best ways to introduce new Health Activists to the online community and have community members say "thank you" to the leaders they love."

Click here to visit my WEGO Health page.
The WEGO Health Awards are accepting endorsements until January 31st, 2015 (This Saturday!) If you are a fan of Gluten-Free Fun, Gluten-Free Globetrotter, or the NYC Celiac Meetup Group, I would love if you could visit my nominee page and submit an endorsement. This can be done anonymously or you can include your name in the submission, this is completely up to you. You can also tweet and share to Facebook once you have submitted your endorsement.

I thank you in advance for helping me continue my advocacy with the gluten-free community. I do what I do for you, my readers, and the entire celiac disease community. Without this disease and this website, we wouldn't be connected. Even if you think celiac disease is an awful diagnosis, you are NOT alone. We are all in this together.

My 2014 WEGO Health Awards nominations

Best in Show: Blog
Whose blog do you absolutely love? Their writing is exceptional, their "voice" admirable, and their writing is just really worth reading. You think anyone wondering why patients or caregivers would blog about health should read this Health Activist's blog - it will make the case crystal clear. They have great info, raise awareness, and do whatever they can to help their community by using their blog. They may be active on numerous social platforms - but the blog is their bread and butter - and they are a great model of how to be a blogger.

Health Activist Hero
Sometimes the connections we make in online communities go above and beyond, truly changing our lives for the better. Is there a Health Activist you know whose content has opened your eyes, whose dedication has ignited the advocate within you, and whose work has accomplished things for their community members? Which Health Activist is nothing short of a hero to those they reach? They are the epitome of a Health Activist because they do whatever it takes to make a real difference – and they are.

Lifetime Achievement (This is the nomination I am most excited about!) 
Year in and year out we come across some Health Activists who continue to rock the health world. Think of it as the Academy Awards of the Health Activist community. What leader needs to be recognized for their overall achievement over the years? Across mediums, with patients and other leaders, who are the true stars who continue to shine and don’t fit into one category because over time, they have done it all. Perhaps they even started their advocacy before Twitter… gasp! Recognize those giants of Health Activism that have stood the test of time.

Don't delay, endorsements end this week! Thank you in advance. 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gluten-Free Fun at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Austin

I am so excited to announce that I am speaking at Living Without's Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Austin, Texas on February 28 and March 1st. This will be my first time in Texas and I cannot wait to see what the Lone Star State has in store for me.

February 28 – March 1, 2015
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701

Wake up early and join me on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:15 am for the first sessions of the day where I will share my Gluten-Free Globetrotter tips all about gluten-free travel.

More details are coming soon including a giveaway for two tickets to this Austin event. If you can't wait to win, tickets are on sale now.

See you in Texas, y'all! 

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Monday, January 19, 2015
Gluten-Free on a Budget

I was thrilled when Chandice Probst of Gluten-Free Frenzy and Gluten-Free Calendar asked if I wanted an advanced copy of her new cookbook, Gluten-Free on a Budget and to be part of her blog tour. Chandice is one of those gluten-free people I feel like I have known forever even though I only met her twice in person. (Um, Chandice, how is this possible?!) Her positive attitude and her tireless efforts within the gluten-free community make her one of the gluten-free superstars in my book. Add on top of her busy gluten-free schedule, three kids and a move to Utah and I swear this woman doesn't sleep!

Gluten-Free on a Budget is a great resource for a hungry family. Chandice and her mom Tana Besendorfer put together a book full of family, budget-friendly recipes that are all 100% gluten-free. Tana's "Take it up a Notch" tips give some great ideas of how to make the most of your recipe and go easy on your wallet. The recipes range from easy, my style of cooking, like the Bacon Spinach Tomato Frittata on page 35 and the Peanut Butter Delights on page 195 to the more complex baking recipes like the Banana Black-Bottom Pie on page 171.

Chandice and Tana are both gluten-free so this cookbook not only comes from the heart but also comes from the experience of living with Celiac Disease. It is great to see a dynamic duo like these two put together this labor of love. You can tell these are all recipes they enjoy in their own homes that they want to share with the gluten-free community. I highly recommend Gluten-Free on a Budget for your gluten-free kitchen.

I was very flattered when Chandice asked me to give a quote for her new book. I love helping out a gluten-free friend but I also not-so-secretly love seeing my name in print. Check it out!

You can buy Gluten-Free on a Budget by Chandice Probst and Tana Besendorfer today on Amazon and at your local bookstore.

You can also enter to win a free copy via Rafflecopter below. A winner will be chosen on Monday, January 26, 2015.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015
Eight Years of Gluten-Free Fun
8 years of Gluten-Free Fun

Today, Gluten-Free Fun is eight years old! Blog years are like dog years so this old blog feels ancient! I started this blog with encouragement and a push from a dearly departed friend. I kept going with this blog after all of your wonderful comments, emails, and in-person hellos over the past eight years. It is not always easy to keep up this website, my Gluten-Free Globetrotter website, and work full-time, but I do it because I love connecting with the gluten-free community. My dear readers keep me going. Thank you all for the past seven years, here's to many more!

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