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I never thought I’d be writing about how cool it is that there’s an entire expo dedicated to gluten free and allergy free food. In fact, I don’t have any allergies to food. So a lot of you might be thinking, why in the world does Nicole want to go all the way to Secaucus for the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo?
Fair question. I get it. What could I possibly have to add to this conversation?
Well, you guys know I’m all about helping you become the best versions of yourselves here at Uninspired, and that means focusing a lot on mental health and self-care. In fact, every week I have guest bloggers share how they’ve come out of their low points stronger than ever. Do you want to know the one, seriously touching thing all of their stories have in common?
Support from their loved ones.
Support from your friends and family can get you through the worst lows in life. You can see it plainly by reading all the Mental Health Monday posts. Some people’s lows are depression or anxiety. But for some, it might be a huge life adjustment. Like, say, finding out you have an allergy to something super common, like gluten.
One of my besties had to go through this kind of life adjustment. She found out that she was gluten intolerant when we were first starting college. So for the first eighteen years of her life, she never had to worry about eating all the pasta and bread she wanted. She never had to worry that going to a restaurant might make her sick. Or that using the same toaster as me would make her sick. Until the day it did.
I can’t even begin to comprehend how difficult it must have been to make the necessary lifestyle changes.
To suddenly have to start paying attention to things she never noticed at the expense of her health. To suddenly need to put immense trust in people to take her allergies seriously, and go through horrible trial-and-error processes, again at the expense of her health. So I’m gonna support my girl all day erryday. I never want her to feel like a burden because it’s harder for her to get the food she needs. I never want her to miss out on events like this just because her friends aren’t gluten free. And I never ever want her to feel like she doesn’t have support, because I know how important support is to getting through the hard parts of life.
So, going to the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo as someone without allergies might come across weird. Being excited about it might seem even weirder. But getting to see one of my best friends finally in an environment where she feels safe and wholly accepted is exciting for me. I’ll try all the samples, offer my email address to all the aggressive salespeople, and whatever else it takes for her to enjoy her day. Because I wanna support her.
I want to support you guys too, my faithful readers.
That’s why I’ve actually partnered with the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo to get you all a little gift. I’m giving away five free tickets to the event at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ on October 14-15th, 2017.
They’re adult, one-day passes, and you can choose to go on whichever day is more convenient for you! If you’re one of the lucky winners, you’ll receive an email from me with a promo code for the purchase page. Punch that baby in and voila! You’re in for free. Just make sure you’re able to go to the Secaucus location. This ticket can’t get you into other Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo events around the country. JUST the Secaucus one.
So, what do you have to do to win? Just be one of the first five people to comment and tell me: who has been your biggest supporter in your gluten-free journey and why? It’s that simple!
“Nicole, I’m pretty unlucky. Got anything for the sixth commenter?”
I sure do! Until 9/13, you can get 30% off the ticket price with the code EARLYBIRD. After that, you can still get 20% off with the code ADVANCE until the day before the event, 10/13! On the day of the event though, I can’t help ya, so make sure to click here and get those tickets!