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Gluten-intolerance group has annual picnic

The King George Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Group plans its annual picnic on Sunday June 10 at farm in King George County.

For the third year, the Padovan–Hickman family of Steve, DeLaura, Tara and Maren, will host the event at Biota Farm, starting at 2 p.m.

“There’s not much that beats being on the farm, whether enjoying all the wonders of nature outside or visiting with each other in their wonderful log cabin,” said Shirley Braden, who leads the group.

Special guests will be Stacy Toth and Matt McCarry, otherwise known as the “Paleo parents,” and their three sons.

The couple, who has a paleo blog, recently wrote a cookbook, “Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe and Guidebook for Gluten-Free Kids.” The book, commonly referred to as “ELaD,” is intended for children and families and presents eating healthy food—like what a dinosaur would have eaten—in a friendly, approachable way.

Together, the parents lost more than 200 pounds in roughly a year and resolved all types of health problems for themselves and their boys, Braden said.

“Their story is very compelling and their recipes are simple to make and delicious,” she said.

Braden, whose blog Gluten Free Easily is known nationwide, is hosting several fellow bloggers that same weekend. Their food theme will be “paleo picnic food.”

For more information or directions, contact Braden at