“One of the secrets in life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” – Jack Penn
As a Food Allergy Consultant, I try to bridge the gap between the time that someone is diagnosed with a food allergy and how to begin their new journey into the world of allergy-friendly foods. Often times, even the best Doctors do not have the time or resources to help their food allergic patients with simple beginning steps, such as finding safe, wholesome foods to supplement their allergenic foods, where to shop, which items to purchase that are safe and how to maximize their budget while adjusting to this dietary change. I do not give out medical advice, I simply discuss the specific food allergies and guide them as they start. I have been referred several clients from area Doctors as well as having my information available in their offices as well.
I began doing this when my son was diagnosed with severe food allergies to eggs, peanuts, uncooked dairy, watermelon, shellfish and an intolerance to gluten. I had a wonderful Doctor who diagnosed him but when I went to the store to food shop, I quickly realized that food allergies does not leave much of a selection in the way of pre made, pre boxed food items. I felt scared, overwhelmed and I was afraid I would not be able to feed my son adequately to keep him nourished. This is a feeling that nobody should have to go through by themselves.
Today, my family and I are embracing the world of food allergies as a an unforeseen gift. Although having food allergies can sometimes be time-consuming, aggravating and challenging, we believe that this has happened to us for a specific reason. Food allergies have made us realize that we needed to look at our lifestyle and our eating habits a bit more closely. Too often, many of us are in such a rush that preparing a meal will consist of whatever we can grab from the freezer. We do the same thing but our frozen foods are just that- food. The journey may be more difficult than what we expected but it’s never been for the worse.
I can offer information and support as a professional, as a mom and as a person who has over 10 years experience in dealing with food allergies. Whether it be how to take precautions for school with your child or which foods to use in place of what you are currently not able to eat, I can get you started. I look forward to beginning the journey with you.