Come Enjoy Every Delicious Bite...
Hartford Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event

October 1, 2016 

10 am - 3 pm 

50 S Main St 

West Hartford, CT 06107

$10 per adult
Children under 13 are FREE to enter

FREE Parking


Heather K. 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. 

Contact information: homsteadhealth@live.com

Tara Hood & Dr Kendra Becker

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). 


Mr. 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 www.theglutenfreechefblog.com 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 (www.540westmain.org)

Stefanie Freeman

Stefanie 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.

As 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 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 ( http://tumblingglutenfree.blogspot.com ) @TumblingGF

Paige Lawrence

Paige is a local author of GLUTEN-FREE GHOULS which is a FUN, COLORFUL children’s book that will be a DELIGHT TO ALL READERS young and old while sharing a valuable lesson on why it’s important to eat healthy! The six Gluten-Free Ghoul characters Gloppy, Bogey, Teaky, Oafie, Pops, and Bonkers live in a giant treehouse and love to play baseball and golf - and they even skateboard! But their favorite thing to do is eat! Join them as they scramble through town gobbling up leftover pizza, spaghetti, and their favorite pies. The only trouble is that their not-so-healthy eating habits begin to create some frustrating and itchy symptoms. Their doctor tells them to eat a gluten-free diet. Gluten-Free Ghouls is a great rhyming book that is sure to bring about some giggles as children enjoy the silly characters while the story builds awareness of the importance of eating well. Food sensitivities like gluten or allergies such as peanuts, dairy, etc. are so prevalent these days and children need to be aware of what can happen even if they don’t have celiac disease (a severe innate autoimmune disorder) or aren’t allergic to certain foods themselves. It also helps children without gluten sensitivities or allergies to better understand what their friends go through who do have to follow specific diets. As for friends who have celiac disease, gluten sensitivities or food allergies, Gluten-Free Ghouls will show them that others deal with the same issues even six hungry green ghouls. 


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