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St. Louis Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event

May 16, 2015
10 am - 3 pm

10709 Watson Rd
St Louis MO 63127

$10 per Adult 
Children under 13 are FREE to enter
$8 Military or Senior with ID (only at door)


Debbie has been involved in celiac awareness since 2000, when she was the first to test positive in a celiac/osteoporosis study through Washington University, St. Louis. She has been involved in support and awareness ever since. She was the founder of the Belleville, IL Celiac Support Group and co-founder of the St. Louis and metro east Bi-State Celiac Support Group, (both no longer active). Her current support is through her blog, Gluten Free Respect.

Debbie is the author of Adam’sGluten Free Surprise: Helping Others Understand Gluten Free (and the girls’ version, Hailey’s Gluten Free Surprise). While this is a children’s book, she actually wrote it with the adult in mind; to help teachers, grandparents, and family understand the importance of reading labels, communicating with parents, and the fact that a crumb does make a difference, through an easy to read children's book. She also hopes to increase celiac awareness through school nurse education programs, such as Gabriel's Journey, helping to direct more children to proper testing.

Director Event Coordination GF/AF Wellness Events & Chapter Leader of R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids). Nikki uses her vast knowledge as an advocate for the gluten/allergen free community on behalf of her daughter who was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2008. She recognized her daughter's grief process through her support group background as a teenager.

Nikki's mother became a regional leader for Compassionate Friends, a national support group for bereaved families, when Nikki was only 11 years old. She went on to become a youth peer support group leader by 14 years of age. Her presentation to the NC State Board of Education helped open the door for peer support groups throughout Middle and High Schools across the state. Nikki carried on this legacy as an adult by chartering R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids) for Charlotte, NC in 2009.

Sema is only 17, articulate, artistic, and passionate about raising awareness. She lives in St. Louis and is a National Foundation of Celiac Awareness featured Gluten Free blogger. ‘Eat Without Gluten’ is featured on the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness’ webpage, and her gluten free cartoon movie ‘Draw my life’ on YouTube has been featured in many countries, from Ireland to Australia. The blog is written to provide positive, practical, educational and insightful information on the gluten-free diet. Sema is one of the first gluten-free teen bloggers both in the United States and worldwide.

Sema's Video: My Gluten Free Life

The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet supports delicious eating that is gluten, grain, soy, and poultry free. Jen Cuevas experienced her own journey to wellness by eating this way, and desires to share the message that life can still be delicious!
Just a few short years ago, Jen was ill with a multitude of issues (although not typical “Celiac” symptoms), including high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, sudden weight gain [over 60 pounds], Hashimoto’s, and arthritis (read more of her story here). After more than seven frustrating visits with various doctors, she finally learned about her gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease. In becoming well, she found that life without gluten was really great from a health perspective, but affected everything else that had a social factor.

In the time since her diagnosis, Jen has spent a lot of time learning. She was treated by Dr. Glen Aukerman (author: Better Health in 120 days) and attended all of his classes to understand the medical aspect of how various foods affect gluten sensitivity. After further health issues inspired her to do more research, Jen went completely grain and soy free in 2012, and became a certified coach under the direction of Gluten Free Society. She uses her own health journey to coach and inspire others to consider dietary changes as a way to achieve optimum health. In 2013 she established a support group, and found that food availability continued to be the biggest barrier to success. She began developing food products that support a grain-free, soy-free and even dairy-free lifestyle; many items are allergy-friendly and are free of refined sugars. She also offers allergen-free Communion to churches, raising awareness about the effects of gluten exposure.

Brynne Cramer

Brynne is a gluten-free blogger, Gluten-Free Hungry Gal, with celiac disease based out of St. Louis, Mo. At the time of her diagnosis, she was a Division I college swimmer. All those workouts caused her to develop a major love affair with carbs. She never thought it'd be possible to give up gluten. She started blogging as an outlet to share her experiences during her transition to gluten-free eating, but ended up falling in love with the gluten-free blogging community and has been posting ever since.

Her mission is to celebrate gluten-free living with recipes, product and restaurant reviews and giveaways. Gluten-Free Hungry Gal has been named Gluten-Free Frenzy's Tell All Tuesday Gluten-Free Blogger of the Week and Delight Gluten-Free Blogger of the Week. She has been featured in Gluten-Free Living Magazine,, and is a G-Free Foodie Advocate Expert contributor. Brynne is also a member of The Gluten-Free Global Community and Missouri Women Bloggers.

Andrea Kosinski

Andrea started Andrea's Fine Foods in 2005 as a gourmet candy company. After hiring a woman with celiac disease and learning about the needs of the Gluten Free community,the focus of Andrea's changed in 2007 to produce delicious baked goods for those with celiac disease and food sensitivities.

As a wholesale manufacturer, Andrea's provides delicious Gluten Free foods that are made with wholesome ingredients. Predominately in St. Louis grocery stores at this time, Andrea's focus is to expand distribution of our superior products to grocery stores and food service establishments nationally. Andrea’s goal is to make the lives of those with celiac disease and food sensitivities as easy and enjoyable as possible.

It has been Andrea's mission to educate the public and food service professionals about celiac disease, food allergies and food intolerances. Part of that education is to help consumers understand good manufacturing processes to help them make safe buying decisions. Andrea will present "Allergen Free Manufacturing" at the St. Louis Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness event in May.
Stop in to learn, ask questions, share your experiences and taste great food!

Rachel and her husband farm a small homestead in southern Missouri, Family Friendly Farm. They sell our eggs from pastured hens, chicken raised in the pasture and grass fed milk direct to consumers, grocery stores and restaurants. She loves to share their farm with everybody as they learn how the farming methods effect the nutrients in the food and how that can bring about changes in health.

Executive Director and Founding Partner ID LifeSusan is a strong advocate of Celiac Disease as she has family and friends with this condition. She, herself, has an autoimmune disease and understands the issues of nutritional deficiencies, malabsorption issues of nutrients (B12, Vitamin D, C, Iron) gluten intolerance and cross contamination issues.

All IDLife Products are Organic, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, GMO-Free,Casein Free and Natural. IDLife’s core product is customized, pharmaceutical grade nutrition, specifically designed for you and delivered to your body at the right dose, at the right time of the day) for maximum absorption. We are all unique and your nutrition should be too.
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