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Natural Products Expo West 2016

7 Mar

Has it really already been a year since my last Expo West? And I barely can recall Expo East. I could blame it on some type of brain fog from living in a house with hidden mold for nearly a year. Or perhaps time just flies once you are in your 40s.

I am so incredibly excited to be able to find balance, with my cohort in all of these adventures, so that I can still travel, and avoid flares and exhaustion.

I am happily anticipating crossing paths with favorite folks who I only see at events like this, and meeting new people and brands who will hopefully become among my favorites as well.

This is my first big trip (more than 24 hours, and sans a car and cooler) while following my version of the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). I have reintroduced a few items successfully. But my go to snacks that I used to put in my purse are not compliant with where I am at currently. So this is still going to be a challenge. But it is definitely a challenge I am up for. And I armed with the resources I need to ensure that I am nourished during our visit to Anaheim for Expo West.

I have been just busy enough with work and trying to not overdo things, that I have not embarked upon the same level of research that I typically would have accomplished by now, leading up to an event. But I am OK with it because it ensured the balance that I desperately need to keep my immune system in check.

With the small amount of Expo prep I have done, I thus far only have a short list of brands to check out. Some are new to me, and others are old favorites that I will be thrilled to cross paths with, and maybe check out their latest & greatest offerings. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Once I in full Expo mode, this list will have at least quadrupled in length. So much to see. This does not even cover the other attendees that I will be meeting up with during the course of the event. With daily yoga, tastings, sessions, and happy hours on the floor there is already so much to do. Then at the end of the day, there are still more opportunities to learn, socialize, and explore with like minded people. I will close with the beginning of my what will soon likely be a much longer list. Onward to Expo West 2016 . . .

Wild Mountain Paleo Market who has launched Pure Traditions Brand

Vixen Kitchen Vegan & Paleo Gelato

Gemini Tigernut Horchata

Farmhouse Culture (I would like to try the Beet Ginger Gut Shot)

The Mochi Mill (these were some of my favorite people from Expo West 2015)

Love Grace Foods I  could live on their juice, and adore the people behind the product

Pascha Chocolate


Pure 7 Chocolate

Tipu’s Chai

Bhakti Chai

Hu Kitchen

Clearly Kombucha

Living Intentions

Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss

Kite Hill


Hugger Mugger

Gaiam, Inc.

Synergy Organic Clothing

Pact Organic

Humm Kombucha






Brrrr it’s cold. Time to head west. . . to Natural Products Expo West

3 Mar

We simply cannot wait to de-plane in California, and hopefully walk into a more mild weather situation. I don’t need for it to be perfect and sunny.  I just need for it not to be below zero wind chills, and single digit temperatures, coupled with ice pellets falling from the sky.

So the time has come for us to embark upon our first year at the industry only event that has been on my to do list for years.  The Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA.

We will be consulting the usual resources such as Yelp, and all of the amazing bloggers I follow for any outside of the event food adventures.  But during the expo, I sense that I will do just fine.  I could be wrong.  But if I am in a convention center full of representatives from nearly every company that I adore and support (those companies who actually create food that is safe for me to eat), I can’t imagine not being able to find nourishment.

Either way, my bag will be full of the usual snacks, and “emergency” protein/fat/carb options (like Kit Bars, Larabars, and my special grain-free granola).

WHO ELSE IS HEADED TO ANAHEIM to immerse themselves in the world of Natural Products at the Expo West 2015?  I can’t wait to meet you, whoever you are.  I plan to be dressed in yoga attire nearly the entire trip, comfy shoes, and wearing a huge smile.  I hope to do a decent job of documenting this adventure.  I will be gathering information and knowledge to take back to my yoga/holistic beauty job at the amazing Hagoyah in Kansas City, MO.   I am so grateful for this opportunity.

Hooray for #ExpoWest #NaturalProductsExpo !