Learning that a member of your family has been diagnosed with a food or environmental allergy can be confusing - you’re in new situation and there’s so much to learn: first and foremost, “How do I feed my kid?”
I know that feeling, because I’ve been there, three times. Two of my sons almost died of anaphylactic reactions to food as babies – one when he was ten months old, the other when he was six months -- and my third son had a rare condition caused by chronic, ongoing food allergies that made his esophagus close to 1/10th the normal size.
The list of foods my sons couldn’t eat, taken together, had thirty-plus items on it. And all of my sons also had extensive environmental allergies.
I worked for over 20 years to find answers, and am now the proud mom of three healthy, active young men who are able, in spite of their allergies, to live full and satisfying lives.
As your health counselor, I will share everything I’ve learned with you, including how to help your child feel “normal” in the cafeteria from pre-school through high school and college; how to manage sleepovers and school trips; and how to cook a Thanksgiving meal that no one will notice is wheat-, gluten- and dairy-free.
Our work together might be “simple,” it might be “complex,” but there’s a place to start and way of thinking about any allergy situation that I call my “Three Rs”:
Your task after a food allergy diagnosis can be stated in one simple phrase: learning how to live with the allergy, rather than fearing what you’ll end up living without.
Yes, you have to reconceive your life and rebuild, but if you think of this as a chance for a fresh start it can be a great adventure, and my clients often end up feeling better and more in control than they did before the diagnosis.
We’ll take a good, hard look at how you’re stocking your kitchen, how and where you shop, and how to work with your child’s school system, in both the administrative offices and cafeterias. I’ll help your family meet the challenges of parties, restaurants, adolescence, and the college scene.
My recipes have been tested over the years by family, friends and clients, and I can offer options you might not even imagine exist: replacement products and ingredients, weekly menus, and “reverse engineering”- bring me your family’s favorite recipes, and we’ll figure out to make them work with new ingredients and processes that work within the needs of the allergy realities.
I’ve been there, I’ve done it, and I’d love to share my experience with you.