Our Story

Alternative Food Network (“AFN”) is a specialty multi-media resource at the intersection of food and personal best health. AFN’s mission is to foster a ‘can do’ approach to eating for health and wellness, including those with food limitations and sensitivities.

Why “alternative”? Sometimes people must substitute ingredients and create alternative dishes because of dietary needs. Everyone is unique. There is no one diet that is right for everyone. At AFN, we know that. We have organized edutaining videos on this website into different categories to help you find recipes that meet your requirements based on your individual needs. If you’re looking for a meal that’s low in carbohydrates, we have a section for that. If you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative, we’ve got recipes for you.

For those who like to listen rather than watch, AFN is also proud to offer informative podcasts with experts in the fields of medicine, science and nutrition.

AFN is much more than a content producer. It is media with a mission; a socially conscious venture with a goal of alleviating the fear and stress associated with food restrictions and helping people live a healthy and energetic life.

Give us your feedback, join our community, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and let’s help each other enjoy food again by focusing on what we can eat, not what we can’t.

Alternative Food Network…helping you one show at a time.

Our Story

Alternative Food Network (“AFN”) is a specialty multi-media resource at the intersection of food and personal best health. AFN’s mission is to foster a ‘can do’ approach to eating for health and wellness, including those with food limitations and sensitivities.

Why “alternative”? Sometimes people must substitute ingredients and create alternative dishes because of dietary needs. Everyone is unique. There is no one diet that is right for everyone. At AFN, we know that. We have organized edutaining videos on this website into different categories to help you find recipes that meet your requirements based on your individual needs. If you’re looking for a meal that’s low in carbohydrates, we have a section for that. If you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative, we’ve got recipes for you.

For those who like to listen rather than watch, AFN is also proud to offer informative podcasts with experts in the fields of medicine, science and nutrition.

AFN is much more than a content producer. It is media with a mission; a socially conscious venture with a goal of alleviating the fear and stress associated with food restrictions and helping people live a healthy and energetic life.

Give us your feedback, join our community, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and let’s help each other enjoy food again by focusing on what we can eat, not what we can’t.

Alternative Food Network…helping you one show at a time.

Our Story

Alternative Food Network (“AFN”) is a specialty multi-media resource at the intersection of food and personal best health. AFN’s mission is to foster a ‘can do’ approach to eating for health and wellness, including those with food limitations and sensitivities.

Why “alternative”? Sometimes people must substitute ingredients and create alternative dishes because of dietary needs. Everyone is unique. There is no one diet that is right for everyone. At AFN, we know that. We have organized edutaining videos on this website into different categories to help you find recipes that meet your requirements based on your individual needs. If you’re looking for a meal that’s low in carbohydrates, we have a section for that. If you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative, we’ve got recipes for you.

For those who like to listen rather than watch, AFN is also proud to offer informative podcasts with experts in the fields of medicine, science and nutrition.

AFN is much more than a content producer. It is media with a mission; a socially conscious venture with a goal of alleviating the fear and stress associated with food restrictions and helping people live a healthy and energetic life.

Give us your feedback, join our community, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and let’s help each other enjoy food again by focusing on what we can eat, not what we can’t.

Alternative Food Network…helping you one show at a time.

A Message from Esther Garfin, Founder of Alternative Food Network

Since childhood, I have been allergic to certain nuts, sesame and poppy seeds. In my thirties, I developed some eczema. I was told I was an allergic person and that there wasn’t much I could do about it. But it wasn’t until I had to change the diet of one of my kids that the connection between food, health and wellness really struck a chord.

I spent way too much time walking up and down supermarket aisles and searching online trying to figure out what to buy and cook for my family. Not to mention the stress of feeding guests with various food limitations, meal prep became a real hassle for this unseasoned cook. There had to be a more efficient way to find credible, organized information and easy recipes and substitution ideas for particular food restrictions. And thus, the idea for Alternative Food Network was conceived.

A Message from Esther Garfin, Founder of Alternative Food Network

Since childhood, I have been allergic to certain nuts, sesame and poppy seeds. In my thirties, I developed some eczema. I was told I was an allergic person and that there wasn’t much I could do about it. But it wasn’t until I had to change the diet of one of my kids that the connection between food, health and wellness really struck a chord.

I spent way too much time walking up and down supermarket aisles and searching online trying to figure out what to buy and cook for my family. Not to mention the stress of feeding guests with various food limitations, meal prep became a real hassle for this unseasoned cook. There had to be a more efficient way to find credible, organized information and easy recipes and substitution ideas for particular food restrictions. And thus, the idea for Alternative Food Network was conceived.

Tapping into my professional experience as an entertainment lawyer, I decided to use media to help others struggling nutritionally and emotionally with food preparation. I categorize AFN's video offerings as “edutainment”; both educational and light. The podcasts are much like talk radio covering the latest in science and medical research, helpful tips and time-saving tricks.

I invite you to be a part of the AFN community and welcome you to send in your recipe videos in the Submit Your Video section. Here’s to us helping each other one show at a time.

Tapping into my professional experience as an entertainment lawyer, I decided to use media to help others struggling nutritionally and emotionally with food preparation. I categorize AFN's video offerings as “edutainment”; both educational and light. The podcasts are much like talk radio covering the latest in science and medical research, helpful tips and time-saving tricks.

I invite you to be a part of the AFN community and welcome you to send in your recipe videos in the Submit Your Video section. Here’s to us helping each other one show at a time.