EAS 073: Listener Story – Overcoming Mother’s Guilt with Allergy Mum Helena Gould

EAS 073: Listener Story – Overcoming Mother’s Guilt with Allergy Mum Helena Gould

Allergy Mum Helena shares her relatively new but very involved journey in today’s episode. She talks about figuring out what what was making her children ill, her experiences at the doctors, adapting to an allergy safe lifestyle and mother’s guilt.  Helena’s 3 small children (the twins are 4 years old, youngest is 2 years old) have between them environmental allergies, (potentially) asthma, and multiple food allergies (egg, dairy and soya).  The twins were premature babies so that had its complications too.  It was and still is a journey to maintain health and a full diagnosis, but Helena has grown so much. I ask Helena about how she dealt with the emotions and anxiety for her sick babies. What she looked out for, her instincts as a Mum and then how she communicated that to the doctors. 27:00 I offer some of my experiences as a grown up allergy kid on how to think differently about mother’s guilt. How, although your child has to be in and out of hospital, your child will probably have a different idea of it because their association is where they get better.  As an adult we have so much more awareness of the world and the connotations of allergy and asthma management and the worse case scenario, but children getting involved, wanting to put together their spacer or take their medication themselves is just like wanting to push the button at the pedestrian crossing. They want to be involved in their world, they want to take ownership and be grown up. That’s a good thing when they have allergies.

Top 3 Tips For Food Allergy Parents

1. Keep a food and health diary to find triggers

2. “We can’t control the wind, but we can control the sales” – Tap into the resources out there

3. Trust your gut instincts

Resources

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Allergy Free Baking Kit FLASH Giveaway!! Ends Tuesday at 5pm with Bakeit FreeFrom

Allergy Free Baking Kit FLASH Giveaway!! Ends Tuesday at 5pm with Bakeit FreeFrom

Bakeit FreeFrom Baking Kit Giveaway & Review

Giveaway Entry Details

It’s giveaway time! I have teamed up with Bakeit FreeFrom for a baking kit giveaway! All you need to do is answer this simple question and leave your answer in a comment below!

The question is: What would you be willing pay for 6 cupcakes?

Deadline: Tuesday 17th July at 5pm 

*only for UK residents.

Make sure you keep an eye on your email inbox! I’ll be emailing the winner on Tuesday night to get your address so your prize can be posted to you on Wednesday!!

Bakeit Free From Cupcakes Review

A couple weeks ago the lovely team at Bakeit FreeFrom asked if I would be the subject for their cupcakes in the post trial. My first thought was just so long as the cupcakes are not free and gluten free, if they were, I was absolutely ok with being a test subject!

Unfortunately the weather was against us! The vegan chocolate butter cream couldn’t stand the heat.

I feel for Bakeit FreeFrom. When I first started Eat Allergy Safe (nee NM Cakes) I made allergy free cakes and fresh food. Posting cakes was something I did a huge amount of research into. How do you get the cupcakes to arrive in the condition they were finished in?? As we see from this experiment, Royal Mail and the heat didn’t help matters. However although presentation is important to a point, the taste is the deciding factor:

Below is a little video my boyfriend and I made while we were trying them for the first time:

The texture of the sponge was brilliant. It is so difficult to make gluten free, egg free and dairy free cakes that have a sponge exactly like ‘normal’ cakes as those of you will know who have my recipe book. However, these chocolate orange cupcakes I was sent were brilliant; the sponge was light, held together well and wasn’t stodgy.

The taste of the sponge was also good. One thing I hate about some allergy free cupcakes is how sweet they and usually leave a clawing after taste, but these didn’t. I would prefer more orange flavour in the sponge personally, but if you are making at home, you can add as much or as little as you like. 

However I think my favourite part of the cupcake was the chocolate vegan buttercream. It reminded me of the Betty Crocker frosting you can get at the supermarket. Bakeit FreeFrom buttercream was pure indulgence and SO chocolate! I loved it 🙂

ALLERGY INFORMATION: the cupcakes are top 14 allergen free!! wahey!

Remember to Enter!

Remember to enter the flash giveaway by saying how much you would be willing to pay for 6 cupcakes in the comments below. Write your email in the box provided (it will stay hidden, only I can see it!!) and the winner will be emailed on Tuesday night!

Deadline to enter: Tuesday 17th July, 5pm


This giveaway was organised by Free From Comms Collective.

Ask The Allergy Coach Q6: What can you do when your in-laws only serve pizza and you’re allergic to dairy?!

Ask The Allergy Coach Q6: What can you do when your in-laws only serve pizza and you’re allergic to dairy?!

Q: What do you do when your allergic to dairy, and pizza is for dinner at your mother in laws house? There is nothing else to eat….Just pizza

If you want to ask a question, send an email using the contact form here.

If you are interested in having 1-on-1 coaching, find out more on my Allergy Coaching page.

 

5 Precautions To Take With Your Diet Whilst Travelling

5 Precautions To Take With Your Diet Whilst Travelling

Having travel insurance is incredibly important when you are off on an adventure, it’s kind of like your safety net just incase you need medical help while away from home. But just because you have insurance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be sensible. Here is some sensible brought to you from my friends at insurancewith.com.

5 Precautions To Take With Your Diet Whilst Travelling

Food is inarguably a major part of travelling, with so many delectable dishes to be discovered around the world. With that being said, it’s crucial to consider your diet and what you’re putting into your body. Here are five precautions to take with your diet whilst travelling.

Be cautious when you first arrive

One of the most important things to bear in mind when travelling is that many dishes are very spicy, especially in hotspots throughout South America and Southeast Asia—so much so, that if you chow down on a particularly hot dish as soon as you arrive, you could find yourself falling ill and ruining the rest of your trip.

Be sure to be sensible with your choice of food when you first arrive at your destination, if they’re known for their particularly spicy cuisine. Work your way up, as your stomach may not be as tolerant to the hotter, more daring dishes as you think it is.

Eat from reputable sources

Although following the crowds isn’t always recommended, it’s worth doing so when it comes to finding the right place to eat. Street food, despite being consistently popular with travelers in nearly every hotspot, is a risky choice if you’re unsure of the safety of certain vendors. 

With the risk of cross-contamination, it’s important to be extra careful in case an allergy flares up—or, if you suffer from a condition such as coeliac disease, it could worsen your health if you aren’t careful.

Make sure you ask around and find out the best places to grab a bite to eat. It’s not worth gambling on a spot you’re unsure of if it leads to illness further down the line.

Check what ingredients are in your food

If you suffer from an illness that could be affected by what you eat—diabetes, for example—be careful with your choice of cuisine. Make sure you know exactly what is in each dish, and ensure you aren’t consuming anything that’ll cause any illness or allergy to flare up.

Alcohol and drugs can also affect what you eat, so be sure to remain vigilant of your intake. For allergies, if you’re unsure of the ingredients in a certain dish, be sure to ask the vendor or waiter/waitress. If they’re unable to help you, choose an option you’re sure is safe.

Know your limits

Don’t overindulge on food whilst you travel. Sure, you want to try a bit of everything, but going overboard will have a negative effect on your health and leave you with a lot of work to do once you’re home. This is especially true if you’re prone to heart problems or any other serious illness—things such as drinking alcohol should be avoided as outlined by Insurancewith in order to stay healthy on your travels.

Although it’s a holiday and you likely want to make the most of the newly-found cuisine, eating too much is a common issue with travelers, effectively leaving them with an extra souvenir they may not have planned on bringing home.

Broaden your horizons

Of course, self-restraint is important—but be sure to test your tastebuds and broaden your horizons with the weird and wonderful dishes you’re bound to encounter during your travels.

From tarantulas in Cambodia to balut in the Philippines, all the way through to the rocky mountain oysters of the USA, each and every country around the world has a local delicacy that might test the strength of your stomach. However, it’s all part of the experience, so don’t be afraid to dive in.

Ask The Allergy Coach Q5: Can you cure IgE allergies through abstinence and then reintroduction?

Ask The Allergy Coach Q5: Can you cure IgE allergies through abstinence and then reintroduction?

Q: So our naturopath path thinks my daughter has leaky gut causing food intolerances. He believes when we remove the foods that are bothering her and heal the gut, we will be able to re-introduce these foods eventually. Is this also true of IgE TRUE allergies?

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If you are interested in having 1-on-1 coaching, find out more on my Allergy Coaching page.

EAS 072: How to Breastfeed When Your Child Has a Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy with Lauren Gordan (Dilan & Me)

EAS 072: How to Breastfeed When Your Child Has a Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy with Lauren Gordan (Dilan & Me)

Allergy mum Lauren has come on the podcast to talk to me all about breastfeeding and Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA). She shares her journey breastfeeding her son and discovering that what was supposed to feed him was actually making him sick. She has since made it her mission to help other mums through her facebook group and blog Dilan & Me.

In today’s episode Lauren shares her journey, navigating the doctors visits, advocating for her sick baby and adjusting her lifestyle.

Top 3 Tips For Breastfeeding with CMPA

  1. Relax and try not to feel overwhelmed because you will get the hang of it
  2. Take some time to find a safe version of that one thing that you can’t live without
  3. Have a support system (i.e. family, friends, online support group)

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Ask The Allergy Coach Q4: What can I use as dairy and refined sugar substitutions? 

Ask The Allergy Coach Q4: What can I use as dairy and refined sugar substitutions? 

Q: Hi I have a 7 year old who can’t have dairy or sugar, can you give me any advice as to substitutes or recipes. He is eating the same foods every day and a lot of fruit. He can have natural sugar in fruit but not refined sugar in chocolate or sweets etc. Thank you.

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If you are interested in having 1-on-1 coaching, find out more on my Allergy Coaching page.

One Thing All Exhibitors at the Allergy & Free From Show NEED to Know

One Thing All Exhibitors at the Allergy & Free From Show NEED to Know

Over the last 4 years I have been to the Allergy & Free From Show as a visitor, exhibitor and speaker. As an allergic person I am personally interested & invested in the show and rooting for its continued success and expansion. However there is one thing I’ve noticed that many exhibitors forget. They have forgotten the most important thing about their customers: they have severe food allergies and or coeliac disease.

You might think “that’s ridiculous, how can we forget about our target audience?” Well from personal experience, many businesses do. 

The Problem

As an allergy sufferer I know a business is not catering to my demographic (supposedly your target audience) when they cannot confidently tell me what ingredients are included in the food they are serving or the allergen information. Basically they have forgotten one of the most important parts of allergic living, not to mention not following EU rules.

Why The Allergy & Free From Show is Brilliant

For businesses, exhibitions are a brilliant place to interact with your target audience. If free from customers are your audience, the Allergy & Free From Show gather your ideal customers in one place. That’s why you as a business go to exhibitions after all. 

You can not only reach potential new customers but also connect and build a stronger relationship with your current customers. You can also do market research. Many allergy parents and allergy sufferers want  to tell you about themselves, their allergies and their needs. Most of the time companies will pay huge amounts of money for focus groups. The information you can gather at the show is a bonus!

Just listen to when I interviewed Elizabeth D Bakes, she confirms that as someone with no allergies herself the Allergy & Free From Shows were invaluable for her business to get to know their customers better!

Nina Modak (Eat Allergy Safe) Talking to customer at Allergy and Free From Show London 2017

Why You Are Shooting Yourself in the Foot

As someone with a life threatening allergy, when caterers or businesses “umm” and “ahh” about whether there are nuts in the food or a may contain, my automatic answer is “no, thanks” and  I move on to the next place. (And this has happened pretty much every year I have visited the show unfortunately.)

The problem for you as a business is, I will tell my other allergy friends and my customers that your business has no idea what you are talking about and don’t bother trying. In that short interaction you have lost 1 customer for sure, and potentially whoever else I talk to…That could be a lot of customers in a day or a weekend. 

I acknowledge I may not be your target audience, but if you are a advertising to be allergy friendly in some way, you need to know the facts of your product. 

Even if I cannot eat your product, if you know your product ingredients and allergen information, I will thank you! If it’s not safe I would rather you tell me it’s not safe rather than bend the truth and I end up in hospital. (This is what I tell my coaching clients too.)

If you can be honest about what it is and isn’t free from, I would be more likely to recommend you to someone else I know who might enjoy your products even if I’m allergic. That little bit of preparation to know your product and talk to me, your customer, could have gained you customers.

What it All Comes Down To

It all comes down to trust. As I have just said, if an allergy sufferers cannot trust you they will not buy from you. Although you may be targeting the vegan market primarily, which usually has more disposable income to spend than the allergy community, to discount the allergy community completely simply on this point would be wrong. 

The allergy community are the most loyal customers.

1️⃣ For one, allergies are often for life.

2️⃣ Second, when we know a product is safe, we will stick with you. 

eat allergy safe Nina Modak doing allergy coaching consulting with kids and parents at the allergy and free from show

Two Sides to the Story…

Think about your own life. If you or your child likes a certain food, you will probably buy that brand over another when it’s convenient. 

On the other hand, if you are dealing with life threatening allergies, if there is only one brand/product that won’t kill you or your child, you will stick with that product. When your friends, family, colleagues or your child’s school ask what they can buy for you thats safe you will say, “product xyz is safe, buy this one, don’t buy others.” Not only that, for allergy kids people will travel for that safe product, which in business terms means super customer which equals £$€.

This allergy customer could have found your product at the Allergy & Free From Show. They also now trust you because you took that little extra time to prepare and then talk to them. Now they are shouting your praises from the rooftops and tell everyone they know to buy your products. So you can see what a knock on effect just simply being clear on the ingredients and allergen information can do. 

See how some of my customers reacted to my chocolate truffles >>>

How You Can Prepare Your Business for Exhibiting at the Allergy and Free From Show

  1. Know the ingredients of your product.
  2. Know the allergen information and potential cross-contamination.
  3. Know how each product is manufactured and potential cross-contamination risks (including supplier line).
  4. If making fresh food at the exhibition, make sure your staff, after they’ve had a snack break or lunch, do not contaminate the food with allergens!
  5. Train all your staff working at the exhibition on the above 4 points!
  6. Have an allergen information sheet easily visible for people to look at.
  7. Take the time to talk to your customers and answer their questions.
  8. Be honest and truthful!

 

I will be speaking at the Allergy & Free From London 2018  on Friday 6th July 3pm on Travelling with Allergies and Sunday 8th July at 3pm about Beat Allergy Anxiety and Building Confidence. Come and say hi after one of my talks or if you see me walking around please introduce yourself 🙂

Alternatively, for more information or to work with me please send me an email.

Ask The Allergy Coach Q3: How should we react to allergy horror stories?

Ask The Allergy Coach Q3: How should we react to allergy horror stories?

Q: How should we react to allergy horror stories?

If you want to ask a question, send an email using the contact form here.

If you are interested in having 1-on-1 coaching, find out more on my Allergy Coaching page.

EAS 071: How to Track Food, Symptoms and Figure Out What’s Wrong with Laura Mulkerne, Creator of The Food Dairy Co.

EAS 071: How to Track Food, Symptoms and Figure Out What’s Wrong with Laura Mulkerne, Creator of The Food Dairy Co.

Laura is the creator and found of The Food Diary Co, the only diary out there to help you track your food and symptoms with the purpose of figuring out what’s going on with your body!

I found Laura on instagram and thought the diary is a fantastic idea! I knew I had to get her on the podcast to talk about how and why she created it. So that’s exactly what today’s episode is about. 

Laura shares her personal food diagnosis journey, discovering her coeliac disease and some other intolerances along the way. She tells me about what she’s learned, how she adapted her lifestyle, diet and how the diary was instrumental to gaining back control.

Top 3 Tips For Figuring Out What’s Wrong

  1. Keep a food diary, don’t change anything and write everything down
  2. Take the diary to a GP or nutritionist and asked them to help you to figure out what’s going on
  3. Remember, it get’s easier!

Leave a Review

Thank you to all of you who have sent me feedback! I love hearing your ideas and requests for new episodes or to share your story!

If you have 2 minutes spare, please would you leave a review on iTunes? It helps other allergy parents and adult allergy sufferers find it because it boosts its search ability in the iTunes directory. Click here to go to iTunes>>

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