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Thriving With Gluten-Free Living (Wellness Expo) – 14 October 2023

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I am thrilled to be a speaker at Cape Town’s very first Wellness Expo aimed at those suffering from autoimmune diseases, gluten intolerance, Celiac disease or simply choosing to live gluten-free.

The expo, “Thriving With Gluten-Free Living”, is scheduled to take place on 14 October 2023 from 08:30 – 13:00, and will bring together experts, advocates, and enthusiasts in the field, offering a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing, networking, and promoting awareness about gluten-free living.

The event will be held at Unit 202, Masons Press, 7 Ravenscraig Str, Woodstock, Cape Town.

Tickets are R200 and are available on Quicket.

Join us as we spend a morning delving into topics such as nutrition and allergies, get a behind the scenes glimpse of commercial gluten-free practices and take a practical look at how to navigate gluten-free menus.

The Agenda

08:30 -08:59


09:00 – 09:10  

Introduction and Overview – Kehli Howarth

09:15 – 09:40

From Production to Palate: Navigating the Gluten free Journey

Hitesh S Patel – Strategic New BusinessDirector Vida e Caffe

Imitayaaz Hart – Chef & Content Creator

Liza Wappenaar – GM Kwikspar Alphen Park

Bronwyn Philipps – Founder Off the GlutenPath”

Moderator Kehli Howarth

10:31 – 10:45


10:46 – 11:15

Nutritional Strategies for a Strong Immune System: Navigating Anti-Nutrients, Including GlutenChristoph Lenz, Health Coach, Food Detective, Pharmacist( BPharm)

11:16 – 11:45

Eliminating Toxins from our Daily LivesDot Van Lear, Health Coach (Health Coaches Academy of SA)

11:46 – 12:00


12:01 – 12:30

Making gluten free living easy and practical: understanding food labelsSonja Mostert Registered Dietitian (B. Dietetics)

12:31 – 13:00

Practical application of the Mediterranean Lifestyle – Wilna Eksteen Registered Dietician

13:01 – 13:20

Raising “Free-From” KidsCatherine Barnhoorn, Author (Mila’s Meals) and certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach”

13:21 – 13:30

Wrap up and thanks – Melanie Mohamed

The Speakers

Dr Thulja Trikamjee

Specialist Paediatrician and Allergologist


She holds a sub-specialty Certificate in Paediatric Allergy, Diploma in Allergy, and the Union of European Medical Specialists Allergy and ImmunologyCertificate. She is currently a consultant at the University of Cape Town LungInstitute, where she is actively involved in research in the field of paediatrics, allergy, and immunology and has co-authored several publications in international peer review journals.

Thulja is currently the Secretary of the EAACI Epidemiology Board, and serves on the EAACI Exam Committee, MentorshipProgramme Committee, World Allergy Organization Allergy Prevention Committee, and is also involved in several international Task Force Groups.

Panel discussion: From Production to Palate: Navigating the Gluten-Free Journey

Understanding the journey of manufacturing gluten-free products and the challenges faced when selling and serving them in retail and eating establishments.

  1. Why launch a gluten-free range?
  2. What has the participation been like?
  3. Have there been any operational challenges occasioned by this inclusion?
  4. Was additional staff training required in order to successfully launch the products?
  5. Has anyone complained or felt ill as a result of the gluten free products that may be contaminated within your environment?
  6. Do you envisage the category growing?

Hitesh S Patel – Strategic New Business Director Vida e Caffe

Gary Jackson – Founder and Owner Operator at Jackson’s Real Food Market and Eatery (Former Franchisee at Woolworth & Former Franchisee Partner at McDonalds)

Liza Wappenaar – GM Kwikspar Alphen Park

Bronwyn Philipps – Founder Off the GlutenPath

Christoph Lenz

Health Coach, Food Detective, Pharmacist (BPharm)


With a background in therapeutic nutrition, food analysis, and pharmacy, Christoph offers practical insights that attendees can immediately apply to their dietary decisions. This presentation explores the key role of nutrition in bolstering your immune system’s strength. We’ll delve into the significance of a well-balanced diet rich in immune-boosting nutrients. Additionally, we’ll discuss the potential impact of anti-nutrients, such as gluten and others, on immune health. Discover how making informed dietary choices and understanding the role of these substances can contribute to a resilient and vibrant immune system.

Dot Fraser
Health Coach (Health Coaches Academy of SA)

As a certified health coach my focus is on the body as a whole.  Holistic health includes diet, exercise, stress, social life and relationships as all these aspects are interconnected and contribute to overall health.  

The foods we eat, the chemicals in our homes and the self care products  we use on a daily basis all contribute to toxic buildup in our bodies and are detrimental to our health.

Avoiding and eliminating these toxins is essential for good overall health.

Sonja Mostert
Registered Dietitian (B. dietetics)

Sonja with 11 years of experience in hospital dietetics and 10 years in private practice (Restore 2 Health) specialising in autoimmune and gut disorders, making it as easy and practical for patients to follow a lifestyle of healing the gut and treating autoimmune disorders.

Wilna Eksteen
Registered Dietician

Wilna Is passionate about the practical applications of evidence-based nutritional practices and healthy eating habits. She has written3 recipe books and has experience in developing numerous products. She loves tasty food. Everything healthy needs to be yummy too.

  1. What is the Mediterranean diet.
  2. Health Benefits of the MD according to evidence-based research.
  3. Is it a current superior diet trend to follow?
  4. Why would it appeal to the modern working individual?
  5. Tips on how to practically implement it into your life.

Catherine Barnhoorn
Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Founder of Mila’s Meals, Award-winning Author of Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics.

Her engaging presentations draw from her personal experience in raising a fussy eater with food intolerances, her own health journey and her training as an integrative nutrition health coach.Her knowledge and insights inspire and empower her audience to take ownership of their children’s (and their own) health & well-being by using food as medicine.

Catherine and her daughter Mila have been gluten-free for 11 years. Come learn how she’s raising a gluten-free kid and discover Mila’s favourite “free-from” foods.

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