After taking a week to complete my taxes and catching up on the treatment of the many patients that came into the clinic from the EXPO I find that there is so much more to discuss. The EXPO was not only very well attended but was attended, in my opinion, by very knowledgeable individuals. It was a definite surprise to see and be able to communicate with people that were seriously interested in the many negative physical responses that occur from ingesting gluten products. The EXPO also involved ALLERGENS that has continued this past weekend in another educational forum in Phoenix.
When patients take it upon themselves to obtain valuable information on there health conditions it does make their treatment a team approach with the doctor. Of course not all physicians are excited about their patients wanting to be part of team. There are pro’s and con’s to this approach. I remember a relation of mine that every time she read a certain woman’s magazine she came up with a new disease. I find that a patient that is truly interested in gaining their health back will obtain knowledge that can be discussed with her physician in an intelligent fashion. I must say as a doctor you’d be surprised what you can learn if you only listen to what the patient has to say.
Back to the EXPO and the many excellent companies that participated. I did not have the opportunity to enjoy as many of the wonderful foods that were presented as I wished due to the number of people that were stopping by my booth to ask questions about my book on FIBROMYALGIA and the Protocol we use and signing up for our free seminar. I was able to sneak out for a few minutes to sample some gluten free products that were not anything like the cardboard products of 10 years ago.
Some of the best that I was fortunate to taste included:
Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe, local and family owned, located on 4041 East Thomas Rd. in Phoenix
The Brown Bag Cookie Company, excellent cookies and breads can be contacted at Debbie@thebrownbagcookiecompany.com
Brittle Bliss located at 2887 East Flower St. , Gilbert, AZ
Spinato’s Pizzaria f you really need a pizza fix, They can be found throughout Phoenix and Scottsdale
Gluten Free Creations Bakery has a number of gluten and allergen free food products with locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale
WAY BETTER Snacks in Minneapolis, Mn have a number of different flavored chips that were tasty. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also many gluten and allergen free products can find at SPROUTS and WHOLE FOODS such as Pamela’s, Udi’s and many more.
There are other products that I am still sampling. I’m sure I missed some that I have not mentioned or that I did not have the opportunity to sample.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention the authors of Gluten Free Recipe Books that also were at the EXPO. They included “Delightfully Free” by Tracy Hill, “Your Gluten Free KITCHEN” by Kathy Addis and “The Holy Grail of Gluten Free” by Dawn Schlosser.
All of these recipe books have delicious and often easy to prepare meals that are healthy for you and your family.
As in all of these and the many other gluten and allergen free products always READ THE INGREDIENTS. Be a knowledgeable patient.