Monday, September 5, 2016

Hartford GFAFEvent FREE Webcast ~ Food Labeling, Living Happy with Food Restrictions, Gluten-Free Ghouls, & More!

We are gearing up for the Hartford Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event already. It is the last show of the 2016 season, which makes me sad but ready for a great ending, kind of like anticipating a huge firework grand finale. To have that ending in a beautiful Fall New England town is perfect. We love going to the Hartford event because it gives us Southerners so many exciting cultures to experience.

The event will take place at West Hartford Meeting Center, 50 S Main St, West Hartford CT on October 1 from 10 am - 3 pm. The speakers on this edition of the web cast will all be present at the event and giving their knowledge and tools to help attendees navigate their journey to health and wellness. But as always, we are going to offer a web cast right here as a preview. This web cast we will be discussing Food Labeling, Living Happy with Food Restrictions, Gluten-Free Ghouls, & More!

730 pm EST

Heather Jacobsen is an author, researcher and founder of the online magazine, Stuffed Pepper. She has an MSc in Ethnobotany, and worked at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, as well as the National Academy of Sciences. Always fascinated by the endless ways that plants are incorporated into every day life, she dreamt of roaming jungle forests with indigenous tribal leaders, in search of native flora with untold healing properties. Instead, she found herself taming the wilds of nutritional science as she dealt with health issues that no conventional doctor seemed to be able to solve. As she worked to unravel the true science behind diet, lifestyle and chronic disease, it turns out that maybe Heather is the modern ethnobotanist… not exploring plants in the wilderness, but exploring how removed we have become from the wild, and how that has adversely affected our health in so many ways.

Bruce Homstead MS, RDN, LDN, AFMCP
President, Board of Directors, Celiac Support Association
Graduate of Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, minor in Food Facility Engineering. Chef, baker, manager of several large and small restaurants, Director of Food and Nutrition Services for hospitals and nursing homes.
Areas of interest include gluten sensitivity/celiac disease, thyroid disease, weight management, sports nutrition, nutrition for seniors, gender issues, autism spectrum disorders, wellness issues.
Clients include: Restaurants, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, pre-school facilities, groups and teams, professional and world class athletes, individual clients.
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Dr Kendra Becker
Tara Hood
The Practical Practitioners are the Co-Hosts of the Holistic Health Hour TV program. Kendra Becker- Musante ND, APRN is an author, and blogger with a thriving practice. She has been gluten free for 10 years. Tara Hood APRN is a dynamic Functional medicine practitioner focusing on autism recovery. Together the "practitioners" educate and heal with diet, as well as discuss these and other pertinent issues on their TV program weekly. Both ladies lecture locally and nationally on healing diets, autism recovery and MTHFR (and gluten sensitivity).

Calvin Eaton is an educator, chef, and writer who launched his blog, the Gluten Free Chef Blog, in 2012 after years of living with the effects of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and celiac disease – conditions that are exacerbated by the presence of wheat, gluten, and dairy products in foods.
His goal has always been to make gluten free living accessible to everyone. His blog features fool proof recipes and meal plans, ensuring that everyone could and would eat wonderful gluten free meals - and never tell the difference. Mr. Eaton intends to continue to raise awareness for gluten intolerance by offering a variety of workshops, classes, networking events, and private lessons all tailored to those who are living gluten free at the new event and education center 540WMain (

Stefanie Freeman is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She focuses on helping people achieve optimal wellness through a whole body approach that emphasizes the importance of not only diet, but an entire lifestyle. Physical activity, personal relationships, career, emotional wellness, lifestyle and the use of natural remedies are important for a health lifestyle.

Rustie MacDonald - a single mother, Author, Celiac, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker & International Radio Talk Show Host. Rustie is a lover of life who continues to challenge herself by sharing her abilities with the International Community in efforts to help others “Live and Thrive” in the ever changing world we live in. Humor, Grace, and Compassion fills each show with a welcomed lightness.

CJ Williams is a content marketer and author, who fell into wheatlnessness one May six years ago when she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. She is now a nutrition consultant as well, and is the founder and author of Tumbling Gluten Free, both a nutrition business and blog. She has worked with schools and community co-ops, as well as restaurants and bed and breakfast establishments to teach and instate safe food preparation practices as a consultant.
CJ is constantly curious about the opportunities gained by the tumble with a disease that affects nutrition and digestion. Through her blog Tumbling Gluten Free, and freelance writing, she explores the psychological impact of food on community, loves supporting sustainable living and local farms, and offers her readers and clients inspiration, quirky and multi-cultural recipes, and a flexible approach to living that leads to whole foods fueling a whole life.
CJ Williams Tumbling Gluten Free ( ) @TumblingGF