Welcome Hardworking Food Allergy Moms!
Have you or someone in your family been diagnosed with a food allergy or celiac? I make life easier for moms of kids with any of the following conditions: anaphylactic food allergy(ies), food intolerance(s), celiac, EoE, and other medically necessary diets.
Living with food allergies is hard. Maybe you...
- Spend hours you don't have scouring the internet for the information you need to keep your child or family member safe.
- Are finding it difficult to navigate everyday tasks like meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking.
- Are overwhelmed and feel paralyzed at times.
- Want your family and friends, teachers and others to understand food allergies, but you don't know how to explain it.
- Feel anxious when it comes to cooking safely for the new allergy.
- Know your child has a disease that is real and serious, but others in your family or friend groups think you are overreacting.
- Don't know how to handle social situations such as birthday parties, school, and family celebrations.
- Want to try doing what others take for granted; eating out and travelling, but you are not sure if it can be done.
Whether your child is newly diagnosed or you've had food allergies in your family for years, I'm here to decrease overwhelm and make the diagnosis less scary!
Here's what I know and believe:
- Living with food allergies and celiac is hard and can be isolating.
- Living with food allergies and celiac affects more than just the person diagnosed. It affects the whole family, friend groups and schools (aka communities).
- There is a lot of misinformation about food allergies and celiac which can divide people instead of bringing them together.
- Food allergic and celiac people and their communities need support and education to navigate this life.
- Each person has value and they were made for one or several purposes. I believe that weaknesses (including food allergies and celiac) can become strengths to be used to live out that purpose.
- Teaching others and kids about food allergies and celiac (whether they have it or not) can make this world a better place.
I'm committed to:
- Creating services that help overwhelmed, stressed and sometimes paralyzed moms.
- Educating through blog posts and one-on-one meetings about food allergies and celiac.
- Building family, school and friend communities for those with food allergies & celiac.
- Creating a community of food allergic moms who are positive, helpful and empathetic (to other allergies and non-food allergic).
- Improving the community between food allergy moms and non-food allergy moms.
- Certified AllerCoach
- Allergen Training for the Foodservice and Food Retail Industry by TrainCan, Inc
- Anaphylaxis in ChildCare Settings: What Staff/Caregivers Need to Know by Allergy Aware
- Anaphylaxis in the Community by Allergy Aware
- Anaphylaxis in Schools by Allergy Aware
- University of Calgary Bachelor of Commerce Degree
- Ten years personal experience safely managing several severe food allergies.
I have ten years personal experience managing several severe food allergies and I'm a certified AllerCoach, but I was once in your situation too. I want to share what I've learned through experience and certification to help you successfully navigate the food allergic life.
A Little About Me:
Lived in Canada most of my life, except for a year-long adventure in New Zealand.
Netflix? Nope. I'm obsessed with Cooking Channel & HGTV.
Spend more time on social media than I'd like to admit!
Struggle to find time (or maybe motivation?) to exercise, but LOVE it once I do it.
Photo Credit: Let There Be Light Photography
As a mom of two kids with severe food allergies, I can relate!
How did I get to where I am?
Breastfeeding didn’t come easily for me. As beautiful as it was, my babies and I were usually awkward and uncomfortable. I was not that mom who could effortlessly feed her baby while visiting with another mom AND holding a diaper bag. I was completely opposite since I needed a special pillow and my baby needed to be held “just right”. This led to a lot of isolation since I needed to be home most of the time so I could properly feed my babies.
Needless to say, when it was time to start solids, I was ready to move to the next feeding stage. I was looking forward to effortlessly feeding my kids just like everyone else! Unfortunately for me, the next feeding stage soon revealed severe food allergies for both of my kids. We went from the frying pan into the fire, so to speak. Not what I was looking forward to! And so our journey with severe food allergies began.
Now looking back, I remember the first days after diagnosis being filled with overwhelm, uncertainty, and fear. I spent hours and hours on the internet looking for answers and teaching myself everything I needed to know to keep my kids safe (each of my kids were diagnosed with different allergies). I kept thinking: If only there was someone that could help me understand exactly what I needed to know. And wouldn’t it be great to have someone that could answer all my questions in a one-on-one scenario?
Well, by the skin of my teeth, and with a lot of help from my husband I got through those early days. As my kids have grown, I've become more confident and I'm now known at school as a food allergy advocate. I enjoy teaching parents, teachers, and other kids about food allergies. Last fall, I started asking some deep questions:
Why not help people in a more formal way?
Why not be that person I was wishing I had in the early days of our diagnosis?
Why not be the time saver, and one-on-one helper that every food allergy or celiac mom wishes they had?
And so after taking as many reputable courses I could find to make sure I know everything there is to know about food allergies and how best to manage them, here I am.
I hope to help your family with your struggles and look forward to meeting you soon!
Contact me now to see how I can make food allergy or celiac less scary.