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So what's with gluten anyway?
If you're reading this, you probably already know that many experience relief from chronic health problems [i.e. back pain, brain fog, bloating, fatigue, etc. etc.] and CHOOSE to go gluten free. Others unfortunately are abruptly forced to abstain from gluten because of Celiac Disease or other major health conditions. Whichever the case, GFHLX is an amazing way to connect with like-minded people, products, and services in our community and beyond! You'll learn how to live a healthier lifestyle - whether that's through nutrition, sleep, exercise or stress relief.

Sarasota Municipal Auditorium

Saturday, April 21st, 2018 from 10 AM to 5 PM (9:30 AM for VIPs)
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
801 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Join us for informative classes & demos, sample products, get coupons and get the motivation needed to start or continue living a healthier lifestyle. GFHLX is a fun, family-friendly, educational event with over 50 exhibitors and respected guest speakers. Download the Program Booklet to see the floor plan for the Resource Fair, schedules for the Presentations & Demos, and more!

Sample Program Guide


What do you get with your General Admission Ticket?

What do you get with your VIP Ticket?

Guest Speakers

Physicians, thought-leaders, and researchers will present information-packed demonstrations & presentations, all centered around promoting healthy lifestyles. Check back often for more information about these presentations.

Sample Presentation Schedule

(Main Stage)

Time Details
10:30 AM ▸ Welcome & Announcements
11 AM ▸ Nutritionist Bonni London —
"Deconstructing the Ketogenic Diet"
12 PM ▸ Dr. Sean Stringer —
"Your Gut, Your Brain and Your Health"
1 PM ▸ Acupuncturist Cynthia Clark —
"3 Reasons Gluten Sensitivities Are Affecting Your Health"
2 PM ▸ Tom Bohager of Autism Hope Alliance —
"Caring for the Caregiver - Recognizing Burnout & How to Cope"
3 PM ▸ Dr. Maggie Ruiz-Paedae, OMD, AP, MT, CCT —
"Unlocking Your Genetics & Healing Leaky Gut for Good"
4 PM ▸ Psychologist Patricia Jo Ryan —
"Overcoming Chronic Stress"
5 PM ▸ Closing Comments including Art Contest Awards

Demo Area Schedule

(Main Floor)

Time Details
11:30 AM ▸ GF Blogger GF Jules —
"Gluten Free Food Labeling & Food Safety"
12:30 PM ▸ Carolyn Waygood, ND, CNHP —
"Transforming Your Health with Bioenergetics"
1:30 PM ▸ GF Blogger GF Mom Certified (Tiffany Hinton) —
"5 Steps to Healing Your Inflammation"
2:30 PM ▸ Real Life Nutrition Coach Bryan Mudge —
"You Are What You Think"
3:30 PM ▸ Ancient Nutrition Demo

Have a question or topic that you would like information on? Please send us an email or leave a comment on one of our social media accounts.

Resource Fair

Sample products, get coupons & interact with our guest speakers at the Resource Fair. Be sure to check out the schedule for demos & other informative talks below.

Presenting Sponsors

Event Sponsors



NEW! 2018 GFHLX Art Contest

2018 GFHLX Art Contest

Community Events in cooperation with Art & Frame of Sarasota sponsors its first Art Contest for local artists - over $500 in prizes!

Artwork will be displayed at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium during the 2nd Annual GFHLX on Saturday May 13th. Awards will be given at the conclusion of the event at 5PM. Details on Art Contest Rules here.

"I have always loved art - as a form of self-expression & stress relief. Living in an area rich with local artists, I want to give them a platform to show off their work and make a statement about the changes they want to see happen in our community concerning healthcare," remarks AnGela Reinhard. "I hope this opens the way for a conversation on how we can all work together for a healthier future."

Submissions acceptance dates to be announced. The contest will be judged both by the attendees of GFHLX as well as a panelist of judges. Winners will be chosen on April 21st at GFHLX.

Details on Art Contest Rules here.

Previous Speaker

Doctor Lauren Grace"Healing Digestive Disorders for Good" by Dr. Lauren Grace
Learn the underlying causes of all digestive diseases and disorders. Discover simple ways you can treat these disorders AND get rid of them for good.

About Dr. Grace
Lauren Grace is a licensed Acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. After opening her Acupuncture practice Lauren continued to study Naturopathic Medicine to learn the latest in diagnostic testing and functional medicine.

Today she runs an integrative medicine practice combining the ancient healing principles of Chinese Medicine with the latest in medical science discoveries. Lauren also educates and certifies other practitioners and health coaches on the principles of functional medicine and advanced diagnostic testing. She is currently co-authoring and publishing a number of health related books. Lauren frequently lectures locally in Sarasota and New York City.

For more information on Lauren and her practice visit www.sarasotaintegrativehealth.com

Previous Speaker

Michael Tamez"Listen to Your Body" by Michael Tamez
Real life success story & certified Holistic Health Coach Michael Tamez will discuss how our bodies all have innate wisdom and intelligence. We'll discover how to transform all areas of our lives by learning to listen to our bodies.

About Michael Tamez
Michael Tamez is a certified Holistic Health Coach who has experienced a 15 year health transformation. On his adventure, he lost 105 pounds, lowered his blood pressure, and reversed sleep apnea and advanced gum disease. This was all accomplished naturally, without drugs or surgery. Michael's journey was intensified when he lost 5 family members in the course of 18 months.

All of these experiences combined led Michael to discover his true passion in life. Today he is dedicated to guiding, empowering, and sharing the knowledge and wisdom he has acquired over the course of his lifetime. Michael published his debut book, Transformative Nutrition: The Ultimate Guide to Healthy and Balanced Living.

To find out more, please visit his website www.michaeltamez.com

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Nora Clemens"Bringing Back {Gluten Free} Ancient Grains" by Nora Clemens
Move over wheat, barley, and rye, HELLO ANCIENT GRAINS! Learn how to incorporate new grains into your GF lifestyle with ease.

About Nora Clemens
Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Food Sensitivities Therapist Nora Clemens has helped countless people to achieve optimal health through nutrition for over 30 years. She is the owner of Nutrition and Wellness Solutions, a nutrition private practice, focusing on helping people use food as medicine.

Nora has a passion for helping people achieve optimal health with their nutrition, specializing in weight management and medical conditions impacted by nutrition such as diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory conditions, autoimmune disorders, digestives issues and other related disorders. She helps her clients make informed choices by translating nutritional science into practical, useful information that can be applied to daily life.

She received her degree in Food and Nutrition from Florida State University and completed her internship at Emory University. She completed the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Adult Weight Management Certification program and is a Certified LEAP Therapist (food sensitivities specialty) with Oxford Biomedical Technologies.

For more information about Nora and her practice visit www.nutritionandwellnesssolutions.com

Previous Speaker

Dr. John Monhollon"The Importance of Integrative Medicine" by Dr. John Monhollon
Hypothyroid? Adrenal Fatigue? Hormone Imbalance? Dr. Monhollon will answer all of your questions and explain how integrative medicine helps in treating each individual, not just a disease.

About Dr. John Monhollon

Board Certified Family Physician Dr. John Monhollon, MD practices primary care from a holistic perspective. His first choice is natural medicine, then he also integrates the best modern medicine has to offer, including intravenous infusion therapies.

While some patients see Dr. Monhollon for the specialty services provided by Florida Integrative Medical Center, many others consider him their primary care physician. He provides patients with individualized caring medicine, emphasizing the whole person. For those with chronic illnesses, he creates the opportunity for patients to walk with him along a path from disease to health. Because the elimination of the underlying causes of disease can be complicated, he listens attentively and takes time with each patient.

Dr. Monhollon is a specialist in hormone replacement by pellet implantation and is experienced in the treatment of metabolic syndrome and chronic fatigue-fibromyalgia syndrome, among many other chronic conditions. To gain a better understanding of disease after his residency, he completed a year's internship in pathology. He is a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM).

For more information about Dr. Monhollon or Florida Integrative Medical Center please visit www.floridaintegrative.com.

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Dr. Jordan Maeson"Dining Out with Special Dietary Needs" by Dr. Jordan Maeson
In this informative talk on June 25th, you'll learn the latest information on staying safer when dining out with special dietary requests. Educating consumers is as important as educating our dining establishments. Discover easy ways to ensure your safer dining experience through collaborative efforts on both sides.

About Dr. Jordan Maeson

Jordan Maeson, MD is the founder and President of Safer Dining, a Food Allergy Consulting and Education firm located in St. Petersburg, FL. Dr. Maeson received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Sports Medicine from Lees-McRae College and continued her education with the University of Florida, College of Medicine, specializing in Nuclear Cardiology.

Upon being diagnosed with adult onset of deadly food allergies, bringing awareness of food allergies became her research focus. Jordan's diverse background has allowed her to leverage her training as a physician, researcher and subject matter expert in the field of food allergies.

Dr. Maeson has been selected by numerous companies as an SME to develop content, such as the National Restaurant Association, Davidson's Pasteurized Eggs, and Food Allergy Research and Education. She recently began a project as an SME for the International Food Protection Training Institute to participate in the development of the Integrated Food Safety System National Curriculum.

Safer Dining is excited to announce their most recent partnership as the Exclusive Food Allergy Training Company for Regulatory Compliance Services, a subsidiary of Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association!

For more information about Dr. Jordan Maeson or Safer Dining please visit www.saferdining.com.

Previous Speaker

Cricket Plunkett"Social Aspects of Living Gluten Free" by Cricket Plunkett
Discover how to overcome the every day challenges of living gluten free with pastry chef turned gluten free blogger Cricket Plunkett.

About Cricket Plunkett

Before learning she could no longer eat gluten, Cricket Plunkett graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with a degree in Baking and Pastry. After working in several restaurants, she decided to focus her talents on creating healthy recipes at Cricket's Confections.

For more information about Cricket and her amazing confections, recipes and adventures please visit www.cricketsconfections.com

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