Jacksonville FL Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event 2015

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Jacksonville Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event

November 14, 2015
10 am - 3 pm
1000 Water St.
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Admission is $10 for Adults
Children under 13 enter for FREE
Military ID & Senior Citizens ID over 55 admission $8


Julia McRae has been in private practice for over twenty years, as a Certified Nutritionist. She herself suffered with Ulcerative Colitis in her youth. She has been colitis free for 30 years. Her passion to see others recover bowel health is one of the primary focuses of her practice. Customized, nutrient dense protocols are designed to bring lasting digestive health. She is a frequent guest speaker at Wellness events and for private businesses. Julia remains true to her belief that bowel health is foundational to a strong, functional immune system. 

Recovering gluten addict, Jen Eccleston, is author of the blog “my BIG FAT grain free life” and owner of Jen Tilly Tea. Using humor and quite frankly, crybaby moments, she seeks to deal with food allergies, bowel health and autoimmune disease while retaining her belief that allergen free food really CAN taste delicious. 

Along the journey, Jen learned the important role probiotics play in overall health. After learning to make water kefir from a health conscious friend, Jen found herself and her family addicted to the delicious drink, and, just to make things weirder, she named her kefir grains. She now operates blue bottle bootlegger, hosting classes on the benefits of water kefir, including demos and tastings and allowing attendees to meet the offspring of "Squishy".

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.

Dana is the daughter of a restaurateur. Growing up in the restaurant business gave her a love for food and people, just like her Dad. She enjoyed being in business with her brother and father, and became more aware of the talent that she had to make people happy with the food they were eating. Knowing that food could hurt or heal, she desired to learn more and pursued a medical career. Only shortly, to find, that the medical career was dominated by pills and unnatural methods.
After her brother and father both died unexpectedly, she lost her love that the restaurant business had to offer, most of all the painful memories. She decided to stay home and help with her husband’s business.
Danas had a long medical journey, several open heart surgeries and multiple heart defects. She learned that food was the root to all health and happiness, and started The Kitchen Angel Project; helping newly diagnosed patients eat healthy and delicious. Being that she was a patient she knew the restrictions placed on many patients with food and wanted to help. 
Kitchen Angel began her love of food and people once again.

As she encountered more and more people with allergies and herself being diagnosed with multiple restrictions, she began to transform all their restaurant recipes to fit the needs of allergic eaters. This began her work in the recipe and product development for many gluten free companies and her cooking show with her family that broadcast LIVE every week around the world. Her desire is to see each person gain optimal health thru their eating, by creating good habits, and a desire to live healthy and delicious. She wants everyone to “Come Taste and See How Good it is to be Gluten Free”

Nikki Everett founded ECHO Event Solutions, LLC in 2011 to oversee educational events and trade shows for the gluten/allergen free community. Her mission to plan events started in Charlotte, NC, her home town, in 2009. 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. After the unfortunate death of her older brother, Nikki's mother became a regional leader for Compassionate Friends, a national support group for bereaved families, when Nikki was only 11 years old. Nikki 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. Her positive approach to the journey of dietary change makes each event a celebration of community wherever they are held.

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  2. How come I can't research the vendors when I click on their name? I'd love to check then out ahead of time and see what they are all about. Thank you!

  3. Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event! That sounds interesting. Attending such events would be very beneficial along with having fun time with loved ones. I wish that I could attend such event at local Chicago event space venue!