MPHERGHGHGHG!!! I had such high hopes going into this expo! Five hours of gluten free talks, venders, give-aways, samples...I was STOKED! A little concerned that it was all going to be junk food, but generally optimistic.
Well, the expo was a smashing success, with on the order of a thousand people showing up - more than the organizers were expecting! And I did get a goodie bag of free stuff, and I listened to some talks, and I checked out the venders and their samples. But I am so very annoyed, because it lived up to all of my worst expectations!
Here, have some gluten-free salad dressing (made with soybean oil and a long list of chemicals)! Here, try our gluten-free soy chicken nuggets! Here, try cookies made with our gluten-free almond blend all purpose flour (which is mostly rice, potato, and soy flour with just enough almond meal to make the label legitimate). Cookies! Pies! Pizza! Bread! Junk food for everyone!
Oh, and while we're at it, our keynote speaker is happy to announce that progress is being made on developing pills and enzymes so that you can go back to eating all the gluten-things that you have been giving up. Yay, pills! But remember - it is Very Important to have your doctor make a diagnosis before you try anything crazy like not eating gluten. You wouldn't tell a potential diabetic to "just try a little insulin", would you?
(And there's me thinking, no, but I sure as hell would tell them to cut back on the sugar, starch, and processed crap that you all are selling to try to heal their body naturally and avoid needing pills!!!!!!)
Man, I am ALL riled up! Phew. Deep breaths. I'm most annoyed because this expo was such a wasted opportunity to teach people about real health! I guess selling or teaching how to cook wholesome nutritious meals without grains doesn't bring in sponsors the way that pitching pills and processed foods does, but man! Just shaking my head.
All right, I'm 'a drink a cup of tea and get dinner in the oven. Chicken breast, butternut squash, and kale tonight. Not much of a profit margin for the retailer, I'm afraid, but somehow I think my gluten-resistant self is going to be ok all the same.
Grumble grumble grumble.