The Gift of Good Friends

14.11.2016 | 23:39

I’ve talked before about attending live events, networking and belonging to small Mastermind groups.

The importance of all of these has been made quite clear to Debra and me this past year.

When we were putting together our gluten program – Gluten-Free … Easy as 1, 2, 3 – earlier this year, we knew we wanted to include some expert interviews.  And we had some particular experts in mind….

If you still don’t believe how important the idea of a solid network is, let me tell you – it matters.

Can you imagine how good it feels to be able to present a slate of experts to your clients, and know that they really are experts?


Debra and I have been so thrilled to be able to introduce some amazing people to those who signed up for this first live version of the program, and those who decide to take it as a self-study course starting in early 2017.

And all of these people are our dear friends and colleagues, with whom we’ve worked together in professional groups for some time now.

I met Brad and Bree Rudner at an event two years ago, and knew I wanted their perspective on dealing with food allergies and autoimmune conditions as a family.  Their modified version of the Paleo diet works for them and their two daughters, and Bree’s recipes are amazing.  (And easily adaptable, if there’s an ingredient or two you can’t include.)

I met Steph Jackson at a different event, about a year and a half ago, and Debra met her about six months later.  I’ve been working with Steph personally for the past year, and I’m also taking her practitioner program – she knows more about probiotics and the microbiome than anyone I know….


I’ve been writing articles and contributing recipes to Bernadine Otto’s online magazine “Live, Love and Eat” – now featured on Amazon, and looking lovely on my Kindle Fire – since she started it up several months ago.  But she also teaches the Emotional Freedom Technique, commonly referred to as “tapping.”  Tapping is a wonderful way to deal with food cravings – perfect for a program helping people to give up some very addictive comfort foods….

I only got to meet Andrea Caprio recently, but I’ve been interacting with her online for quite some time.  As a matter of fact, it was Andrea who was crucial to putting our little Mastermind group together.  She specializes in Adrenal Fatigue and helping over-stressed executives, but she’s had her fair share of experience dealing with gluten and its problems.

And Catarina Catarino, whom I’ve not yet met in person, is someone whose blog articles I’ve been reading for quite some time.  And knowing that she’s certified in Eating Psychology … we had to include her voice.  Again – guiding people away from those addictive comfort foods….

All of these people are part of my network, and when Debra and I started thinking about what sort of “extras” we wanted to include in our program, they were among the first names that sprang to mind.  Each one of them adds something special to the course, even though not one of them specializes in the subject of gluten per se.

They’ve been supportive of our work from the beginning, sharing our blog posts and recipes, or asking one or both of us to be part of their projects.


Some of them even offered to help us promote the program before they even knew what would be included in it!!  They believed in our knowledge and skills that much….

All of them stepped up right away, asking how they could contribute.

I know it’s a bit early for Thanksgiving, but I am so thankful for having these amazing people in my life.

I can promise you that our program wouldn’t be nearly as rich without their contributions.  It would still be a damn good program, mind you – we’ve put a lot of work, and several years of experience, into it – but it wouldn’t be the same.

So I just wanted to take some time out to share my gratitude for the gift of such very good friends.

Because I can’t just call them “colleagues” any more – they are so much more than that.

I’ve contributed to some of their programs, I’ve taken some of their courses, and I’ve shared personal and professional successes and challenges with them.

And they’ve been there for me.

And if that isn’t the best gift a person could receive, I don’t know what is.

I will have so much to give thanks for this year, and these phenomenal folks are at the top of the list….



  1. Jenn Krusinski
    November 17, 2016 | 3:26 pm

    Lovely! I mean, it’s great business sense to align with the right people, but your perspective and appreciation for them…it just made me think “lovely!”. One day, at some future ITN event maybe, I’d love to meet you, too, Diane!

  2. Cherie
    November 18, 2016 | 7:38 am

    This made me so happy when I read it. You’re all amazing and I hope some day I’ll get an opportunity to meet and work with ya’ll too. I wish you and Debra tons of success with your new program!

    • daletchworth
      November 19, 2016 | 1:35 am

      Thank you so much, Cherie — we also hope to meet you sometime. Debra

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