April 22, 2015

Hello again! (Plus the 2015 Chicago Gluten Free Expo is Coming!!)

Oh hello there! Did you miss me? I haven't blogged in the longest time. So many things have happened since I posted my last update. I got a new job that is the best! I discovered the best gluten free bread in the world. And not one, not two, but THREE of my favorite gluten free bloggers gave birth to the cutest babies ever.

While there have been times I've been itching to whip up a quick post, I just can't find the time to do so. Maybe I should stick to Facebook updates or Twitter? I'd probably be better at microblogging these day.

I couldn't let this year go by without keeping you informed about the annual Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo though. Once again, the expo will be held at the Schaumburg Convention Center in lovely Schaumburg, IL. Here's all the details:

Chicago Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo

Saturday May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd
10am - 4pm


Schaumburg Convention Center
1551 Thoreau Drive North
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(free parking!)

Purchase tickets in advance online or at the door.

The big draw to the expo is all of the amazing vendors with their samples galore. I'm tellin' ya, I might just camp out at the Kiki's Gluten Free booth.  And I hope to God the little wooden sauna boxes are there again, because I'm soooooo tempted to leave Sunday afternoon with one. (I've kinda been saving up all year for one)

Don't forget to pop into one of the many classes in the Euphoria Room. Speakers include gluten free experts like Kim Koeller from Gluten Free Passport, Carol Kicinski from Simply Gluten free, and Vanessa Maltin Weisbrod from Delight Gluten Free magazine.

Besides all the goodies you'll taste at the expo, everyone who buys their ticket online leaves with a one year subscription to Delight Gluten Free magazine. Woo hoo!!

Wanna get in on all this for F-R-E-E?! 
Comment below on which vendors or speakers you are most excited to see at the expo and you may just win free tickets! Contest closes April 29th! Winner will be notified April 30th. 

See you there in a couple weeks!

The giveaway is now closed! Thanks to all who entered, you're all winners! 

November 22, 2014

Give the Gift of Beauty with Red Apple Lipstick!

There are just a couple days left of Red Apple Lipstick's HUGE Christmas Collection 2014 sale! Everything is 5% off and if you are on their mailing list, you'll have another coupon for an additional 10% off! (psst...use Celiac in the City's super duper code, CITC, you'll get 22% off instead of 10%!)

The new collection is gorgeous!! There are six new lipsticks, two minty glosses, and five eye-shadows. Last week I was checking out the annual Christmas Look Book and loving everything. I couldn't decide which colors to pick, they looked great on all of their models. Click on the book below to flip through and see the colors in action!

Much to my surprise, Jay and Andrea from Red Apple Lipstick sent me the ENTIRE collection to review and share with you! I didn't get this until just this week because it was sent to my old work address. (Oh, did I tell you I got a new job?! More on that in a future post!) Jay and Andrea are sweet and generous they are with their bloggers. They truly are amazing!

Naturally I had to try on everything. Some of the colors I loved but didn't think would work with my coloring actually look great! Hollype├▒o really popped! Oh Schnapp! glimmered on my eyes. I'm really looking forward to all of the holiday parties and events so I can get all dolled up with these new colors. 

Just like the all the other Red Apple lipsticks, they are paraben free and gluten free and go on smoothly and stay on long. 

If you love Red Apple Lipstick makeup as much as I do, you have to take advantage of this sale! This is the very last sale of 2014. If you order by 10pm on November 24th, you'll get your order in time for Christmas. The busy Red Apple team will be taking two weeks off to spend the holidays with their friends and family, so you have to shop soon!

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Planning on buying beauty products for yourself or others?

October 14, 2014

Gluten Free Week at Wildfire Returns!

The 5th Annual Gluten Free Week at Wildfire Restaurants returns this November 3rd through the 7th. This annual event is a delicious way to support the University of Chicago Celiac Center, as a portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales is donated to the Celiac Center.

Throughout the week of November 3rd, each Illinois Wildfire location will be hosting a five-course Gluten Free Dinner with optional cider and wine pairings.  The menu includes Mini Crab Cakes, Classic Bacon Wrapped Horseradish Crusted Filet Mignon served with truffle macaroni & cheese, Door County Cherry Hand Pie with vanilla ice cream, and more.

Resident gluten free expert, Ruth Hayden, will be on hand to share her insight into our extensive gluten free menu and training. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with passed appetizers, followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m. and is priced at $60.00 without wine pairings and $80.00 with wine pairings, plus tax (gratuity not included).

The schedule of dinners is as follows:

Reservations are required. Please contact the restaurant you'd like to attend for reservations.

September 10, 2014

Luna Bar Giveaway Winner and Tips from Coach Terra Castro!

Thanks to everyone who chimed in on my 5K post and entered the giveaway. Our winner is #3, Tarin Olding! Congratulations, Tarin!

Tips from Coach Terra Castro

As I mentioned several times before, I had the best coach throughout my training process. Terra Castro offered me tons of great advice to help me get back into my fitness game. I picked Terra's brain to get some health and fitness tips I thought might help my readers.

Gluten Free Betsy: What advice do you have for someone who is just getting back into fitness, has a lot of weight to lose, or has trouble with joint pain, etc.?

Terra Castro: Set a realistic GOAL; define what motivates and inspires you. POST THAT GOAL and make an inspiration board that has key words, cool pictures, etc. that you can put somewhere you will see daily to remind you of what you are working for.  BREAK THE GOAL INTO SMALL PIECES - FOCUS ON PROCESS not end result and you will get there. Tackle one day at a time.

GFB:  I know we chatted about this in my sessions, but what foods do you recommend for pre and post workout fuel? (gluten free, of course)  

TC: An hour before a workout I love peanut butter on a gluten free bagel. I'll have Clif Shot BLOKS if it's right before a workout. Post workout, a LUNA protein bar or smoothie with protein in it.

GFB:  What tips or advice to you have for staying active in the fall/winter when all we want to do is stay in and hit up our Netflix queue?

TC: Join a gym with fun classes, group up with friends and hit up a Zumba class or spin class.  Get out of your comfort zone and have fun!  It will help erase the weary snow blues.

GFB:  You told me you don't do gluten, dairy, and a bunch of other allergens, do you want to share your story?  

TC: I found out I was allergic to gluten, dairy, eggs, etc. when I was away at ITU Triathlon World Championship 2000 in Perth Australia. I was getting really sick on that trip from the hotel food and had a poor race. Something wasn't right in my gut.  I went to get blood work and the doctor found my allergies. Six weeks after eliminating those foods, I was back to feeling rested, strong and focused. The allergens affect my fatigue levels and cause extreme bloating and weight gain.  My immune system had to rebuild, but I am grateful to have found out early in my career what was going on. It is common in endurance racing due to the stress we put on our gut/body.

GFB:  What are some good ways to stay motivated?  

TC: GOALS!  Have accountability partners or hire a coach to help you lay out a plan. Sign up for a race so it gets you out the door to run when you don't feel up to it.

GFB:  What fitness tools are essential in your life? (This could be anything from a website, heart rate monitor, shoe, app, etc.)  

TC: I use trainingpeaks.com to coach my athletes or Google docs, my Garmin Forerunner 220 in purple for my training, Saucony Kinvara 5 and Saucony A6.

Such great advice, eh? The advantage of setting a fitness goal is that is seriously works. If I didn't commit to the race she helped me train for, I wouldn't have done the work that got me in slightly better shape. I still have a long way to go, so it looks like I need to set another goal. To keep these legs runnin', I decided to get totally Chicago and sign up for the 2014 Ditka Dash. Let's do this!

Have a question for Terra that I didn't ask? Hit her up on Twitter @terracastro 

Have you set a fall fitness goal? Share it below and let's motivate each other!

September 9, 2014

Free Breakfast Recipes eBook from Abe's Market!

Just wanted to share this wonderful free ebook with everyone. If you're like me and never know what to do for breakfast, Abe's Market is offering a FREE downloadable breakfast recipes ebook. (Affiliate link)

It's packed with ten recipes using superfoods that are gluten free and vegan. Enjoy!