speakers

Check out this stellar lineup of guest speakers coming to the spring 2016 Gluten Free Garage! (scroll down for speakers’ bios)

11 – ­­11:45 am
POWER UP YOUR SMOOTHIE WITH SUPERFOODS
Joy McCarthy, Joyous Health

Join bestselling author and holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health as she shares her top 10 detox-friendly and energy-boosting superfoods. Though there is no official definition of a superfood, they are generally regarded as foods that have therapeutic benefits due to their nutrient status. Not only are all of Joy’s favourite superfoods naturally gluten free, they also contain a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients that can help prevent cancer, boost your immune system and support digestive health. Many are also high in good fats and protein. In this informative 45-minute seminar, Joy will demonstrate ways incorporate these superfoods into your smoothies to inject a megawatt dose of nutrients into your body.

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12 – 12:45 pm
A HEALTHY AND AWESOME GLUTEN-FREE LIFE
Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis

For the first time live, husband and wife team Josh Gitalis & Meghan Telpner will present in their usual humorous and engaging way as they inspire you to live a healthy and awesome gluten-free life. Meghan was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2006 and is now celebrating 10 years symptom free. Gluten was the first to go on her path to healing. With her contagious passion and grounded in culinary nutrition science, Meghan will empower you with key strategies and everyday habits—including the fundamentals of hydration, movement, food and happiness—that can change the way you live your life. Josh is Canada’s first and only nutritionist to be certified as a Functional Medicine Practitioner. With an evidence-based approach, he will explain the effects that gluten has on our bodies and share tips on how to heal the gut from the damaging effects of gluten. Offering guidance on how to live optimally and with vibrancy, this 45-minute motivational lecture asks: How are you fueling your life?

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1 – 1:45 pm
CELIAC DISEASE IS NOT A BUZZKILL!

Jordan Middlebrook, King Gluten Free

Living with celiac disease doesn’t mean you have to put your life on hold. Join Jordan Middlebrook (aka King Gluten Free) in this 45-minute session as he talks about living with his celiac diagnosis and how it has helped shape him and set him on a path he was destined for, which includes gluten-free blogging, pancakes and television. More than a life story, his talk is an inspiration to other diagnosed celiacs that your disease does not define you as a person or dictate where you’ll end up. Jordan will help you kick-start the celiac conversation to create more awareness for the disease, King Gluten Free–style.

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2 – 2:45 pm
BUNNER’S DOES IT SAVOURY STYLE
Ashley Wittig, Bunner’s Bakeshop

While sweet treats like cinnamon buns and cupcakes are the star of Bunner’s, Toronto’s much-loved gluten-free vegan bakeshop increasingly gets requests for savoury baked goods. Sometimes there is nothing better than curling up with a comforting mac and cheese, savoury pie or pizza! In this 45-minute workshop, Bunner’s co-owner Ashley Wittig will show you how to whip up savoury gluten-free vegan delights to squirrel away for your own enjoyment or show off at potlucks and gatherings!

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3 – 3:45 pm
CLEAN UP YOUR GLUTEN-FREE ACT
Marni Wasserman, Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio & Lifestyle Shop

Healthy gluten-free eating doesn’t have to be about dieting or restricting, it’s about learning to enjoy wholesome, natural and clean foods. At the end of the day, we want to maximize our digestion, de-bloat our bellies and increase our energy. We also want to have simple, no-fuss recipes we can make at home! Join culinary nutritionist Marni Wasserman as she goes into detail on how to put together clean and balanced gluten-free meals—from breakfast to dinner to snacks. This inspiring 45-minute session will serve as a foundation for new gluten-free and plant-based discoveries in your kitchen and on your plate that just happen to be clean and wholesome!

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Certified holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy is founder of the popular healthy living blog JoyousHealth.com. She is the bestselling author of the book Joyous Health and her second book, Joyous Detox, comes out later this year. She is a faculty member at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, an international speaker, featured nutrition expert on Global TV’s Morning Show and her expertise has been featured in hundreds of publications both online and in print, including Chatelaine, FASHION and The Globe and Mail. Joy is also the founder of Eat Well Feel Well, an integrated holistic nutrition and yoga program. She is fiercely committed to clean, toxin-free, affordable personal care products and has a line of natural body care products. You can find Joy on Pinterest/Instagram/Twitter/Periscope/Facebook @joyoushealth

Certified holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy, founder of popular healthy living blog Joyous Health, is the bestselling author of Joyous Health and her second book, Joyous Detox, is coming out in late 2016. She is also a faculty member at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, an international speaker, featured nutrition expert on Global TV’s Morning Show and her expertise has been featured in hundreds of online and print publications, including Chatelaine, FASHION and The Globe and Mail. Joy is the founder of Eat Well Feel Well, an integrated holistic nutrition and yoga program. Fiercely committed to clean, toxin-free, affordable personal care products, she has created a line of natural body care products. @joyoushealth

 

Meghan and Josh

MEGHAN BIO: Toronto-based author and nutritionist Meghan Telpner brings her healthy and awesome life inspiration to fans across the globe. As founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition and author of the bestselling UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health and The UnDiet Cookbook, she is fast creating a revolution in health and wellbeing. Follow Meghan’s daily #UndietLife adventures at @meghantelpner. JOSH BIO: Clinical nutritionist Josh Gitalis is a recognized expert in the fields of clinical detoxification and therapeutic supplementation. He runs a Toronto-based private practice with a worldwide client base. As a leader in his field, Josh teaches Clinical Nutrition for several natural health colleges and is the first Canadian nutritionist to earn certification as an Institute of Functional Medicine Practitioner. He now offers The Functional Nutrition Certification Program. Josh is a noted expert for various media outlets, including CTV News and CityTV. @joshgitalis

 

Ever since Jordan Middlebrook was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2008, he has used his voice to bring awareness to his daily lifestyle of eating 100% gluten free and dealing with the lifelong illness of celiac, never letting his diagnosis hinder his choices, voices and dreams. In 2013 Jordan started his popular online media blitz as blogger King Gluten Free. From that position he has reached a broader audience and relates to his readers not just via his website but also Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Over the years, Jordan has been a calendar model, conference speaker and figurehead within the celiac community, and he is currently also a television co-host. @kingglutenfree

Ever since Jordan Middlebrook was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2008, he has used his voice to bring awareness to his daily lifestyle of eating 100% gluten free and dealing with the lifelong illness, never letting his diagnosis hinder his choices, voices and dreams. In 2013 Jordan started his popular online media blitz as King Gluten Free. From that position he has reached a broader audience and relates to his readers via his blog and social media. Over the years, Jordan has been a calendar model, conference speaker and figurehead within the celiac community, and he is currently also a television co-host. @kingglutenfree

 

Ashley Wittig and Kevin MacAllister are the owners of Bunner’s Bake Shop, Toronto’s only vegan and gluten-free bake shop (now with 2 locations!), and authors of the newly published Bunner’s: Simple & delicious gluten-free vegan treats (2014). @BunnersBakeShop

Ashley Wittig is co-owner of Bunner’s Bake Shop, Toronto’s most popular vegan and gluten-free bake shop (with one location in the Junction and another in Kensington Market), and co-author of Bunner’s: Simple & delicious gluten-free vegan treats. @bunner

 

Simply said, Marni Wasserman’s life is rooted in healthy eating. She is a culinary nutritionist, health strategist, co-host of The Ultimate Health Podcast and founder of Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio & Lifestyle Shop in midtown Toronto where she teaches her signature cooking classes and offers collaborative workshops and urban retreats. She is also the author of Fermenting for Dummies and Plant-Based Diet For Dummies. Marni has made several media appearances on Breakfast Television, Global News, CBC, CHCH and Newstalk 1010 and has written articles for the National Post, Toronto Star, Huffington Post and Chatelaine. Marni uses passion and experience to educate people on how to adopt a realistic plant-based diet that is both simple and delicious. @marniwasserman

Simply said, Marni Wasserman’s life is rooted in healthy eating. She is a culinary nutritionist, health strategist, co-host of The Ultimate Health Podcast and founder of Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio & Lifestyle Shop where she teaches her signature cooking classes and offers collaborative workshops and urban retreats. She is also the author of Fermenting for Dummies and Plant-Based Diet For Dummies. Marni has made several media appearances on Breakfast Television, Global News, CBC, CHCH and Newstalk 1010 and has written articles for the National Post, Toronto Star, Huffington Post and Chatelaine. Marni uses passion and experience to educate people on how to adopt a realistic plant-based diet that is both simple and delicious. @marniwasserman

 

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OUR GUEST SPEAKERS DELIVERED THE GOODS ON GLUTEN-FREE LIVING

Gluten Free Garage: Part III (November 2013) was pleased to bring you 3 fantastic speakers and topics for our guest speaker series! Our speakers covered a variety of topics related to healthy gluten-free living. There was something for everyone!

Click on the links below to view the guest speaker sessions.

Ricki Heller
SUPERFOODS TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR GLUTEN-FREE COOKING & BAKING

Joy McCarthy
FROM GLUTEN-FREE JUNKIE TO GLUTEN-FREE GODDESS

Maggie Savage
GLUTEN FREE IS IN THE HOUSE!