This past weekend I attended the BlogHer conference in San Diego. It was my second year attending and my first time in San Diego (which is beautiful, seriously – go!) and overall i had a fantastic time. I met some people I have been dying to meet, had the best roommates a lady could ask for and was introduced to a lot of really amazing new friends.
Last year i was disappointed when i got to BlogHer and saw the food for the entire conference was all buffet style. Makes total sense but before attending i was told that there would be safe options for people with celiac disease. Buffet is not a good thing for people with celiac disease = cross contamination would be insane. I didnt have high hopes for this year but was surprised to see they had separate buffet tables for vegans and gluten free.
I was going to stay away from the food any way. fearing cross contamination and traveling i felt it would be easier for me and smarter to just not eat. But there was a gluten free buffet – and i was hungry and so for lunch the first day i grabbed myself a plate of salad – thinking that would be the safest option.
i was wrong
i got sick.
from the salad on the gluten free labeled buffet line.
I kicked myself the entire time because i should have KNOWN not to touch it. Most dont know that if you visited the regular buffet then came over to the gluten free and grabbed our food – contaminating the gluten free buffet with even just a few particles of gluten — that will get me sick. It was out in the open in a non dedicated kitchen not too far from the regular buffet and no sign that warns people of cross contaminating.
I should have known better.
Thankfully I was attending the conference being sponsored by Kinnikinnick Foods and they had sent a box to my hotel in San Diego full of safe food for me to eat. No more needing to worry.
The next morning i went into the food hall to have some coffee and breakfast with my besties. I took a look at what they had to offer at the gluten free buffet and i had to take a second look.
Then i had to remind myself that i am no longer in Canada – where we have safe labeling laws and a clear definition of what is gluten free … oats NOT being considered gluten free in Canada, but is in the US… i wondered then if i had been contaminated with oats somehow & that sold me … not eating the food.
I ended up having to take a few breaks to the hotel room because of the effects of the cross contamination the day before. i got very tired, stomach pains and my joints hurt like whoa. I was happy to be able to rest & escape to the room to enjoy gluten & casein free cereal, donuts, bagels and more from Kinnikinnick.
I was happy that the gluten free buffet was there because many were able to eat and i was able to talk with some others who are on the diet. It was a definite improvement from the year before when there were no options available. I was also thrilled that in the conversations I had with many who ate a gluten free diet were familiar with Kinnikinnick Foods & loved their products. That made me smile because I am such a huge fan of the Canadian company, their mission and their products.
:: Two questions for you today. 1. Did you attend the conference? what was your favourite part? 2. If you eat gluten free are you noticing a trend of better understanding or just more confusion? ::Share This Post: Tweet