Farmer's Market Response to Gluten-Free Demonstration
- By Wendy Cohan
- Published 09/15/2008
An RN for 14 years, I have been following a strict gluten-free diet for six years of improving health! Now I help others as a Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance Educator. I work one on one with people on meal planning, shopping, cooking and dining out gluten-free. I will also work with children who have behavioral issues related to gluten or other food sensitivities. My book "Gluten-Free PORTLAND" is a comprehensive resource guide to the gluten-free diet and is available on my website www.glutenfreechoice.com. My other websites are: www.WellBladder.com and www.neighborhoodnurse.net.
Then on Thursday, Sept. 11th, I had my second gig at the Multnomah Village Farmer's Market. What a different vibe! It's a much smaller, less crowded, more laid-back place, and I followed my teenage son's advice. Don't talk, don't lecture, just start offering people free food, and when they come up to watch it being made, you can talk to them then. So, I made Thai salad rolls with both peanut sauce, and one made with almond butter. It was quick, easy, and people loved them. Soon I had quite a crowd gathered round, asking questions, talking about how good it felt to eat something cool, crunchy, and flavorful on a hot evening, and all the people they knew who might benefit from a gluten-free diet. I ended up signing up someone for my baking class next week, and inspired someone else to get tested for gluten-intolerance/celiac disease, and many people thanked me for being there. I'll repeat the event Sunday in Hillsdale, and I'll have copies of my newest version of my guidebook, "Gluten-Free PORTLAND' available to buy. They can also be bought on my website now, since I set up the PayPal button.
I am starting to feel for the first time that I'm making headway in my quest to be a full-time Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance Educator, and I truly love my work. I'm also amazed at all the networking involved, and so thankful for all the people who have helped me make valuable connections.
I'll post new developments as they occur, and on my website too, under "classes & events".
The Best in Health,
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