Living Gluten-Free Class in San Francisco January 24th

Posted on January 18th, 2012 by Alison | Posted in Upcoming Events | ADD A COMMENT »

Have you or has someone you know been diagnosed with celiac disease?
Do you or does someone you know have gluten intolerance?
Are you looking for possible answers to your health problems?
Would you like to find out more about the gluten-free diet?

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, please come to a class I am giving called “Living Gluten-Free” on January 24th in San Francisco. I will be speaking at California Pacific Medical Center from 6-7:30 pm. This class will provide you with invaluable information about the gluten-free diet. Topics include symptoms, diagnosis, shopping, cooking, labeling, product information and more!

Living Gluten-Free
Speaker: Alison St. Sure
When: January 24th, 2012, 6-7:30pm
Where:
California Pacific Medical Center (Pacific Campus)
2333 Buchanan St., San Francisco
Enright Room

To register, call 415-923-3155
or email cpmcchrc@sutterhealth.org

Directions


Rudi’s BBQ in northern California May 21st

Posted on May 17th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | ADD A COMMENT »

Come out for some free gluten-free BBQ sponsored by Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery! The Rudi’s van will be parked at Town Park in Corte Madera, CA on May 21st from 11am to 5pm and will be serving their new gluten-free hamburger and hot dog buns as part of their Buns on the Run tour.

Bring the family to enjoy the food, socialize and play! RSVP to ahanifin@rudisbakery.com (Rsvps are not necessary, but it helps them know how much food to have on hand.)

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For other Rudi’s tour dates and locations, visit their Facebook page.


Camp Celiac registration starts February 1, 2011

Posted on January 4th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Celiac Disease, SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | Read 3 Comments - Add Your Own »

campceliacYou might not be thinking about summer while it’s still winter, but if you are considering sending your child to Camp Celiac, a wonderful gluten-free camp in northern California, mark your calendars now! Registration begins February 1 and fills up fast. Thanks to the Taylor Family Foundation, and other donations and volunteers, Camp Celiac will offer two weeks this year instead of one to allow more kids the opportunity to eat delicious gluten-free food and do camp activities such as a ropes course, rock climbing, zip line, boating, swimming, and outdoor sports.

**For 2011 there will be TWO separate weeks of camp (each with a different group of campers):
Week 1:  Thurs, July 21st- Monday, July 25th, 2011
Week 2:  Monday, July 25th – Friday, July 29th, 2011
Vendor Fair for both groups to be held on Monday, July 25th.

Campers can indicate which of the two weeks they prefer to attend.  For 2011, the second week is tentatively designated for campers who attended in prior years (to help maintain prior contacts and friendships), although campers can express a preference for either week.

Priority is given to campers from Northern California. All campers from Northern California who register between Feb 1st and Feb 14th will be given equal priority if a completed registration is received; i.e. there is no advantage to registering on February 1st rather than February 14th. For more information about how to sign up for this camp, visit the registration page at CeliacCamp.com.

To read a short interview with my relative who attends the camp every year, you can read my post about the camp from last year.


GIG of Marin December meeting and special guest

Posted on November 10th, 2010 by Alison | Posted in GIG of Marin, Holidays/Special Events, SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | ADD A COMMENT »

gigofmarinlogo21Our next meeting of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin will take place on Tuesday, December 7th at 6:30.

For our holiday meeting, we will welcome special guest Pamela of Pamela’s Products who will share fun stories and great baking tips! We are starting earlier than usual, at 6:30pm, with a potluck — bring your favorite savory or sweet dish to share (and you might want to bring an extra container to take home leftovers!).  Samples of Pamela’s cheesecake and other goodies will be offered.

pamelaPlease let your gluten free friends and family know about this special chance to meet Pamela and experience GIG of Marin. The meeting is free; however, please consider a donation of $5 or more to cover the costs of renting the meeting room, printing the handouts, etc.

Whether you have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or are learning more about gluten free living for yourself, family or friends, we welcome you to the GIG of Marin. New members, friends, and loved ones are always welcome.

As always, we request that you RSVP to this event by emailing us at: glutenfreemarin@yahoo.com.

The Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin will meet:

  • Tuesday, December 7th
  • 6:30 to 9:00pm
  • Community Room at Corte Madera Town Center (upstairs at PF Chang’s end) 770 Tamalpais Dr. Suite 201, Corte Madera, CA, 94925

We look forward to seeing you!


Food Allergy Walk 2010 in San Francisco Sept 25

Posted on September 21st, 2010 by Alison | Posted in Food Allergies, SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | Read 2 Comments - Add Your Own »

faan-walkShow your support for food allergy awareness this weekend in San Francisco! I regret that I cannot attend this year, as I have the last two years, and though I have not asked for donations, I will personally be donating to FAAN and encourage you to do so also.

Walk Details:

  • Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010
  • Time: Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.; Walk begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: Golden Gate Park – Music Concourse Bandshell, between the de Young Museum and CA Academy of Sciences
  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Restrictions: No pets, glass bottles, bikes, roller skates, or skate boards. Baby strollers and wagons are welcomed.

To Donate:
Donate to a San Francisco walker or team or to anyone walking for FAAN all over the country.

WHY WALK or DONATE?

  • To find a cure for food allergies
  • To increase awareness of food allergy and the effect it has on a community
  • To provide understanding, hope, and an opportunity for a child with food allergy to simply be a child
  • To save a life!

According to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), more than 12 million Americans, or one in every 25, have food allergies. Included in that number are 3.1 million children. The incidence of peanut allergy doubled in children over a five-year period (1997-2002). For many, food allergy is more than just hives – an allergic reaction can be deadly.

Over the years, FAAN has been at the forefront of progress in food allergy research. Findings from research studies have been used to change federal and state laws, improve school policies, raise public awareness, improve the daily lives of individuals with food allergy, and provide education for patients, caregivers, and health professionals.

Please donate or walk to help raise money to advance FAAN’s mission of education, advocacy, research, and awareness.


Solano County Gluten-Free Fair October 10, 2010

Posted on September 15th, 2010 by Alison | Posted in SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | Read 4 Comments - Add Your Own »

a-gluten-free-fair-beniciaDon’t miss this gluten-free event!

Come join Solano County Celiacs, North Bay Celiacs, and Sacramento Celiacs for A Gluten-Free Fair on October 10th, 2010 in beautiful downtown Benicia, CA.

A Gluten-Free Fair will be from 1PM-5PM, with a 3PM raffle benefiting the Celiac Disease Foundation. There will be approximately 30 gluten-free vendors, live entertainment by Euth and Andrew Beal. Guests will receive goodie bags and the opportunity to participate in the Camp Celiac Silent Auction benefiting Camp Celiac and their goal of expanding to a 2 week camp for Celiac children all over Northern California. Face painting will also be available for kids and brave adults!

Location: The Inn and Spa at Benicia Bay, 145 East D Street, Benicia, CA 94510.

For more info please visit: www.solanocountyceliacs.org
A Gluten-Free Fair is FREE to the public.
Crystal Brown, president of the Solano County Celiacs has been hard at work! If you would like to volunteer for this event, please visit the Volunteer Page.


Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin April Meeting

Posted on April 11th, 2010 by Alison | Posted in SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | Read 2 Comments - Add Your Own »

Our next meeting of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin will take place on Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00. As always, there will be food to taste, samples, and raffle prizes!

The first topic of the night will be “Back to Basics.” This is a great meeting for newcomers to learn the ins and outs of the gluten-free diet, and also for the experienced gluten-free eaters to sharpen their skills and share their knowledge. The second topic of the night will be “What’s for Lunch?” We hope you will participate in offering your suggestions for what can be a challenging meal. Whether you fix it at home, take it to go, or know of some places to grab a quick (and safe) bite, come to share your ideas and get new ones!

Also, we will welcome guests Chad and Marisa North, who are opening a gluten-free grocery store right here in Marin! They are looking forward to gathering your feedback and suggestions for their new venture.

Whether you have Celiac Disease, are gluten-sensitive, or are learning more about gluten free living for yourself, family or friends, we look forward to seeing you at the April 20th meeting of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin! New members are welcome.

To be added to our group email list and/or to RSVP to this event, email us at: glutenfreemarin@yahoo.com.

The Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin will meet:

  • Tuesday, April 20
  • 7:00 to 9:00pm
  • Community Room at Corte Madera Town Center (upstairs at PF Chang’s end) 770 Tamalpais Dr. Suite 201, Corte Madera, CA, 94925

We look forward to seeing you,
Sheila and Alison

Meet the Co-Founders of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin:
Sheila Wagner, PT, CN has been an Orthopedic Physical Therapist for 29 years. Discovering her Non Celiac Gluten Intolerance 12 years ago prompted Sheila to become a Certified Nutritionist and integrate that service with her Physical Therapy private practice. Sheila is known as an expert in evaluating and treating orthopedic conditions and discovering their connections to food incompatibilities and metabolic dysfunctions. www.sheilawagner.com.
Alison St. Sure was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2002 and is the mother of a daughter with multiple food allergies. Alison was inspired to create SureFoodsLiving.com to provide information to others who are living with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity andor other food allergies. Alison’s website and consulting services are known as an exceptional source of information and assistance.


Introducing the Gluten Free Groupies!

Posted on March 7th, 2010 by Alison | Posted in Products, Sure Foods Living News, Upcoming Events | ADD A COMMENT »

glutenfreegroupiesHave you ever wanted to tell someone about the new product you found, the great (or not so good) restaurant experience you had, the book or cookbook you discovered, or a recipe you tried? Now you can share your opinion on anything gluten-free by joining me in a new online community called the Gluten Free Groupies!

As a member of the Gluten Free Groupies, you can write reviews, make lists of your favorite things, add a recipe, rate products and comment on other people’s reviews. It’s a fun and interactive way to give your 2 cents!

To join, go to www.lunch.com/glutenfreegroupies and click Join. Then participate as much as you would like!


Living Gluten-Free Class in San Francisco March 15

Posted on February 21st, 2010 by Alison | Posted in SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | ADD A COMMENT »

Have you or has someone you know been diagnosed with celiac disease?
Do you or does someone you know have gluten intolerance?
Are you looking for possible answers to your health problems?
Would you like to find out more about the gluten-free diet?

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, please come to a class I am giving called “Living Gluten-Free” on March 15 in San Francisco. I will be speaking at California Pacific Medical Center from 6-8 pm. This class will provide you with invaluable information about the gluten-free diet. Topics include symptoms, diagnosis and follow-up, shopping, cooking, product information and more! There will also be food samples and gluten-free pizza donated by Amici’s! I hope to see you there!

Living Gluten-Free
Speaker: Alison St. Sure
When: March 15, 2010, 6-8 pm
Where:
California Pacific Medical Center (Pacific Campus)
2333 Buchanan St., San Francisco
ROOM CHANGE: Level A Conference Room

To register, call 415-923-3155
or email cpmcchrc@sutterhealth.org
or register online

Directions


Sign your child up for gluten-free camp this summer

Posted on January 25th, 2010 by Alison | Posted in Babies & Kids, Celiac Disease, SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | Read 2 Comments - Add Your Own »

campceliacRegistration begins February 1st for Camp Celiac, a gluten-free camp for kids with celiac disease, ages 9 to 17. The camp will run from July 25-30, 2010. The goal of the camp, located in northern California, is to provide children restricted to a gluten-free diet with an opportunity to relax and have fun with kids their age, without having to worry about social acceptance or what foods they can eat.

campceliacreedMy cousin’s son Reed who was 13 years old when he attended the camp last summer, has been gluten-free and dairy-free since age 7. He has been to the camp two times and looks forward to going again. He sat down with me after the camp last summer and told me all about it in an interview:

What were your favorite things about the camp?
The ropes course, the lake and the gluten-free dairy-free grilled cheese sandwiches!

Did you worry about food while you were there?
campceliacreed21I worried a little that the food would be gone, but not about the gluten.

Was the food good?
Really good.

What were your favorite foods?
Pizza, breakfast — bacon, eggs, pancakes (they had a different tray for the dairy-free ones), and of course the grilled cheese sandwiches. The desserts were really good. My favorite was ice cream in a chocolate cone.

What about snacks?
There was a snack basket with individually wrapped samples whenever you wanted. There was also a snow cone machine!

Did you know any of the kids?
I got to see my friends from last year.

Do you want to go to the camp again?
I want to go every year and then when I am old enough, be a counselor at the camp.

So there you have it — a big endorsement from Reed!

To find out more about Camp Celiac, view photos from the camp, and register, visit the Camp Celiac website.