A great foodie day out – the Love Natural Love You show
If you enjoyed my post about the Goodroots Festival and you’re after more foodie event insights, this post should be a winner.
The 2016 Love Natural Love You show was co-located with the Allergy and Free From show and the Just V show – a really exciting opportunity for some face stuffing. And mingling of course. But mostly the former.
What’s the main appeal of this event?
The Can Eat Attitude food and lifestyle journey began with my gluten free need and TC’s nut allergy before shuttling us into the natural living space [watch this space for a post on reasons to go organic]. Add to that our transition into a plant based lifestyle and this event firmly hits the Can Eat Attitude sweet-spot; a show that combines all of our health needs and fitness interests under one roof.
This show brings the “norm” on Instagram into “real life,” combining numerous people with a shared lifestyle. In “real life” it can feel really difficult (despite the growing popularity of the wellness scene) to chat to people that “get it.”
Having that space to meet more like minded people as well as sampling lots of treats (and buying tonnes to take home for “later”) is really exciting.
What’s in it for the gluten free amongst us?
The “Free-From” market has developed dramatically since 2010 (the subject for a later post) and the offering has improved somewhat in terms of taste and variety. Even if you don’t buy a lot of specifically free from products, preferring instead to stick to foods that are naturally gluten free, it’ still interesting to see what’s new to the market, especially given the growing trend towards much more healthy options.
I had previously last been to the ‘Allergy and Free-From’ show a few years ago, shortly after I first found out I was a coeliac (something I’d strongly recommend people to investigate), and there were heaps of yummy gluten free treats to try; co-locating with these other two shows provides even more sampling opportunities and was an improvement for sure.
What’s in it for the veggies/vegans?
If a plant based lifestyle is your thing, this is a great opportunity to check out the extensive range on offer and a great reminder that your lifestyle changes don’t have to mean self-denial. Opportunities for tips, tricks and a different perspective on your eating choices is also available.
Learning opportunities on the day:
The speakers were fantastic and offered a variety of different views across a multitude of different topics. All of the talks below were very well received and instead of being one way lectures, were thought provoking and discussion like; they certainly inspired further research and self-education elsewhere in their respective and linked fields of expertise.
- Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD – Natural Alternatives to Sugar
- Jodie, Nutritional Therapist and founder of Sweetly Simple – Health Begins in the Gut: Why Looking After your Microbiome is Key
- Plant based Pixie, Blogger – Choosing Balance over Labels
- Mick Walker, The Vegan Cyclist – Health benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Diet
Do you agree or have you experienced the struggle of connecting with people that “get it”? Where do you go for that sense of community and what has your journey been like?