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Expert Dietitian Offers Gluten-Free Educational Retreats

Melinda Dennis, a registered dietitian with 15 years experience in nutritional counseling, offers weekend-long workshops focused on maintaining a healthy gluten-free lifestyle.

Increasing numbers of people are reporting uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating symptoms when they eat gluten, sometimes leading to a diagnosis of either celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. The gluten-free diet which is devoid of wheat, barley, and rye can take years to fully master, is typically too low in several key nutrients, and, when celiac disease is present, can lead to other considerable health concerns without dietetic guidance. A chance to learn the A to Z of thriving gluten-free from a leading expert in one weekend sounds too good to be true.

Now in its seventh successful year, expert celiac dietitian Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN, will offer individuals following the gluten-free diet an in-depth weekend-long nutrition workshop on restoring their short and long-term gluten-free health. Participants will be treated to gluten-free gourmet food prepared to meet their dietary needs, lots of personal Q&A time, cooking demos, product recommendations and carefully selected gluten-free samples. Optional hiking, yoga, and professional massage will also be offered. Eight hours of continuing education credits will be available for participating registered dietitians.

Costs for either the October 23-25, 2015 gluten-free retreat at the Riverside Bed and Breakfast in Intervale, New Hampshire, or the January 29-31, 2016, retreat at the Center for Spiritual Renewal in Santa Barbara, CA average ~$550. Former Bon Appétit magazine’s Food Editor for 20 years, chef, and cookbook author Kristine Kidd participated in one of Dennis’ Santa Barbara retreats.

“Part of the magic of the weekend was being cloistered with about 20 people who cannot eat gluten or who counsel clients on a gluten-free diet. We learned from Melinda and each other, as we shared our stories, asked questions, and enjoyed the lively presentations. Our days were broken up by lovely meals designed to introduce healthful approaches to eating,” said Kidd.

Supporting the gluten-free educational retreats are Dennis’s hand-selected sponsors, 2Good2B, Schar, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Gerbs, Pioneer Nutritional Formulas, Growing Naturals, and Andean Dream. Dennis organizes every detail of these retreats over the course of several months. “Retreats allow the participants to focus on themselves and their health away from all the distractions of life’s responsibilities. Lessons can sink in more deeply. And it's a safe place to eat without worry and to learn with like-minded people,” she stated.

About Delete the Wheat, LLC
Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN, is a registered dietitian, specialized educator of dietitians, author, nationally acclaimed speaker, and the Nutrition Coordinator at the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She offers gluten-free consulting through her private firm, Delete the Wheat, LLC, and has 15 years of experience in nutritional counseling on celiac disease and gluten-related disorders.

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