Exactly one month ago today, I attended the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event in Raleigh, NC. For those of you who have never been to one of these events, it’s a room chock full of gluten free items as well as great local businesses in the area. The event spans across nine different cities and each event includes oodles and oodles of samples, take-home items and products, lectures, giveaways and simply put, is a great way to spend the day with your family. They even give you your own reusable tote bag when you arrive to carry all of these wonderful goodies.
Reviews of my latest book:
Tonya A. Winders, President (AANMA) Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics “Tracy Bush and I share the same passion—to help others live more freely with food allergies! “The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies” is a refreshing book about Tracy’s journey and how you can enjoy many of your favorite foods with allergen-free substitutes. I highly recommend the book and look forward to trying out many of the recipes with my own family!”
Rozelyn – The Frugalista Mom’s Allergy Friendly Home “Unlike most food allergy books which are highly scientific in nature, Stepping Stones to FA is easy for anyone to understand. It is very direct to the point and does not contain jargons that add stress.” Click here to read the complete review.
Wake Forest Baptist Health Center for Integrative Medicine shares “If you or someone in your household is dealing with a food allergy, you’re not alone. A new book titled The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies by Nutrimom blogger Tracy Bush can help you navigate the often confusing waters of food allergies. Containing common-sense advice and friendly “mom-to-mom” tips, the book provides suggestions on what to buy at the supermarket, recipes and even a food allergy action plan for parents to use when working with schools and other caregivers.”
Debbie Adler of Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats Bakery states“I highly recommend this book to any family living with food allergies as it is a great guide and reference to have on hand.”
Winona Pure Oils comments “Don’t forget to take a look at Nutrimom- Food Allergy Liason’s new e-book! It’s perfect for those struggling with finding allergy friendly foods.”
Brothers-All-Natural raves “The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies is a must-have resource for living with food allergies.”
“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.
I had locally-made gluten free bread and butter (yes, that was my appetizer because I truly miss bread!), I had a perfectly cooked Grass-Fed Tri Tip Steak with tomato & cucumber salad and a gluten free chocolate dessert that I was too full to eat but I just had too. What I found hilarious was how Heather Angell (EatPlayWin) and so many others were making sure we all took pictures before we dug into our foods. But in-between, there was plenty of conversation and happy people.
I was happy to see my friends from Lowes Foods there as well. I have become an fan of Lowes Foods in the past few months – I am loving the fact that I can shop and pick up a ton of allergy-friendly items right at the same store! (Keep up the good work, guys!) Me tending to take a more proactive approach to food allergies means that when I see the same being done elsewhere, I can’t help but feel the need to do even more to spread the word.
|Folks from Delight Gluten Free Magazine|
I left with full hands for sure! I had product reviews to write, people to email, research to do and did I mention the wonderful swag bag that I got in addition to my other full bags? And coupons, lots and lots and lots of coupons (you all know I love coupons!).
If you were not able to attend this event, please check their website at http://gfafwellnessevent.com to see where the other locations and dates are. This is an event that you will want to make a yearly outing to visit.