EAS 045: What’s it Like Being An Allergy Kid?

In today’s episode I’m going to be talking about what it’s like to be an allergy kid. Is it really as stressful as you think? I go through how I thought about my allergy at different ages in my life, how my parents influenced my views and if allergies have influenced my life for the better. This episode is an introduction to the Allergy Kids Series which will run over September and October.

What You’ll Learn:

  • I talk about having allergies in primary school.
  • What it was like transitioning to Secondary School.
  • How my Mum taught me to stay allergy safe as a teenager.
  • How I told my boyfriend about my allergies.
  • What it was like going to university with allergies.
  • How I told my housemates about my allergies.
  • I reflect on how having an allergy has influenced my life.
  • I talk about some of my allergy wins.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING

To get more EAS content sent directly to your device as they become available, you can subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher Radio!

One of our little goals we would love to achieve for is to get into the iTunes “New & Noteworthy” Section, it means we get free front page advertising on iTunes, how great for allergy awareness! But we can’t do it without you. Please subscribe, rate and review on iTunes so that the people at Apple will take notice of our podcast

And lastly, if you have any questions, thoughts, or guests you want to see on the show, please contact me via the contact page.

Chocolate Recipe Book: want the first chapter free??

For those of you who have been following my blog and podcast for a little while you’ll know I’m writing a Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy & Egg Free Chocolate Recipe Book. It is the ultimate guide to working with dairy free chocolate with an amazing array of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, biscuits, sweet morsels and other delights.

I am hoping to have this e-book published at the end April. But don’t worry, if you can’t wait until then you can get your hands on the first chapter including 2 recipes. (There are also 2 bonus recipes you get sent later….)

To get your free copy and get the latest info on my recipe book launch, sign up with your email address below.

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#allergywins at The Allergy & Free From Show London 2017 (with pictures)

#allergywins at The Allergy & Free From Show London 2017 (with pictures)

What a wonderful weekend! It was my first time going to and exhibiting at the Allergy and Free From Show in London. I didn’t know what to expect of the weekend. I only knew it would be long, working an exhibition stand 3 days in a row is basically 3 days of standing up 10am to 5pm. But you know what the aching limbs, the tired voice and the work of putting the stand together was SO worth it!

Parents, kids, adults and businesses all in the business of allergies! I loved getting to meet all of you! And I know my parents did as well!

We loved all the allergy kids sharing their allergy wins and decorating the stand with their drawings! You allergy kids made the Eat Allergy Safe stand stand-out more than everyone else! So thank you!!

For those of you who are regular listeners of the podcast, you may remember that at the beginning of this year I made announcement on the podcast. I announced that this was make or break year for me. It was the year I really tried to make Eat Allergy Safe my profession. 

When you are trying to make a startup work there are so many times that you can feel completely unmotivated and at a loss with how to move forward. I had been feeling like this before the show, to tell you the truth. It’s sad but true.

Since the end of the first day of the show I have been feeling SO motivated and bursting with ideas. Ideas you have suggested, ideas from comments you’ve made, motivated by all your feedback! I have so many ideas that I now have the opposite problem of needing to get organised to put all these ideas into action! 😀

So to everyone of you who came and said hello, thank you! You made my weekend, you have motivated me and I hope you will get involved and enjoy all the great things I have planned over the rest of 2017 and into 2018!

And to give you a little teaser of what’s to come, check out below!

Coming soon in 2017:

The Eat Allergy Safe Podcast is getting sponsored!!

“The Real Cause of Allergies, Eczema and Asthma” Book Giveaway August to September!

Eat Allergy Safe Chocolate Recipe Book launch + Giveaway in September/October!

Allergy Kids Podcast Mini Series: hear what allergy kids think about having allergies

I’m going to start teaching allergy education in schools!

and more!!

Also check out Episode 39 of the podcast for my chat with Alessandra Bester (Functional Food Company founder) about our thoughts on the Allergy and Free From Show London 2017. Click here to listen>>

 

EAS 037: The Male Perspective on Living with Allergies From Kyle Dine

EAS 037: The Male Perspective on Living with Allergies From Kyle Dine

Today’s Guest:

Kyle Dine

WEBSITE: http://www.kyledine.com

FACEBOOK: @Kyle Dine Music

Today I welcome Kyle Dine, allergy musician, advocate and multiple severe allergy sufferer. As he is the first allergy man to come on the show, I ask him to share his experiences of growing up with allergies. He shares the moment that changed him and how he is now living life to the full the allergy safe way.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Kyle Dine is an allergy musician and allergy advocate
  • He has multiple severe allergies to: peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish, egg, mustard
  • He tells me the story of managing his allergies
  • He tells me he wasn’t good at managing his allergies as a kid
  • He tells me about his severe anaphylactic reaction at 21
  • He tells me about his wake up call, when he knew he needed to start taking his allergies more seriously
  • This started his journey to start empowering himself and others who have allergies
  • Kyle tells me how he started writing allergy songs
  • We chat about the transitions in the life of an allergy kid and how these can affect them
  • We talk about how to prepare for these transitions how parents can make a difference in their children’s lives
  • We chat about the importance of allergy kids taking ownership of their allergies
  • We talk about the male perspective on having allergies
  • Kyle tells me how social pressure affected him as a young man and advocating for his allergies
  • We talk about travelling with allergies and Kyle’s experiences both as a young man and what he learned
  • Kyle tells me about the time he travelled to China!
  • We talk about taking ownership of our decisions in looking after our allergies, the good and the bad

My Skillshare Courses

As mentioned at the end of the episode, along with writing some recipe books (“Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Treats” & “30 Days, 30 Dinners”) I have started teaching allergy safe baking and cooking! To find out what you like to learn about, I’ve started putting them up on Skillshare.

I’d love for you to take a look, so I have created some FREE enrolment links. Simply click on the titles below and it will take you straight to the class. You will NOT need to pay anything or sign up with a card. You will be able to watch the tutorial straight away 🙂

Enjoy!

P.S. I’d love to know what you thought. Leave me a review on Skillshare or a note in the comment section below of this post.

FREE Enrolment Links:

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING

To get more EAS content sent directly to your device as they become available, you can subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher Radio!

One of our little goals we would love to achieve for is to get into the iTunes “New & Noteworthy” Section, it means we get free front page advertising on iTunes, how great for allergy awareness! But we can’t do it without you. Please subscribe, rate and review on iTunes so that the people at Apple will take notice of our podcast

And lastly, if you have any questions, thoughts, or guests you want to see on the show, please contact me via the contact page.

Chocolate Recipe Book: want the first chapter free??

For those of you who have been following my blog and podcast for a little while you’ll know I’m writing a Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy & Egg Free Chocolate Recipe Book. It is the ultimate guide to working with dairy free chocolate with an amazing array of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, biscuits, sweet morsels and other delights.

I am hoping to have this e-book published at the end April. But don’t worry, if you can’t wait until then you can get your hands on the first chapter including 2 recipes. (There are also 2 bonus recipes you get sent later….)

To get your free copy and get the latest info on my recipe book launch, sign up with your email address below.

Eczema Survival Guide: 9 Things That Make the WORLD of a Difference

Eczema Survival Guide: 9 Things That Make the WORLD of a Difference

The second instalment of the Eczema Survival Guide. In this article Ali White from allergymums.co.uk shares the 9 things she’s discovered over the years of dealing with urticaria that makes such a huge difference in her day to day life. 

1

Apply any steroid cream you have BEFORE moisturising.

2

Always moisturise after a bath and shower to lock the water in. If the moisturiser feels tacky just let in sink in.

3

Always moisturise before bed, night time is a good repair time.

4

Use the PALM of your hand to moisturise, in a downward movement. Don’t rub, or go up and down as that can irritate the hair follicles and make things worse. I’ve bolded this as it’s really important. You don’t want to further irritate your skin.

5

If your hands are bad then buy a pair of cotton gloves. Slather emolliate on your hands and wear the gloves overnight. This can make a big difference.

6

Make sure you have the right antihistamine. I went back to my GP who doubled the dose I was on. I had no idea I was on a low dose of antihistamine…taking the maximum dose has really helped my skin.

7

Cut your nails short. I scratch at night, in my sleep (argh). Do everything you can to limit the damage you’re doing to your skin.

8

Cool showers only, and limit baths to 15 minutes. Don’t soak forever, or use very hot water. It will dry out your skin.

9

Wear breathable clothing. Cotton is your friend, polyester…not so much.

Finally…your skin will always be vulnerable. This is a lifelong regime, not something you do until your eczema calms down. You need to commit to constant moisturising whether you feel you need it or not. Once your skin is dry then you are likely to suffer. Keeping it from getting dry in the first place is the best thing you can do.

Ali White

Ali White

Allergy sufferer, allergy mum and founder of allergy mums.co.uk

The Eczema Survival Guide: How to Deal with Eczema Flares

The Eczema Survival Guide: How to Deal with Eczema Flares

It’s not quite winter anymore, but I wanted to post this great article anyway. After our podcast chat (Episode 4 & Episode 5) Ali White from allergymums.co.uk was very kind to write up her tops tips for dealing with severe eczema and some of the tips and tricks she uses to stay sane amidst the itch. Check it out! I know you’re going to find it useful! – Nina x

Tis the season to be itching…there ought to be a song for Eczema sufferers with those lyrics. It’s winter. So the air is dryer, the temperature colder and those of us with dry skin and eczema suffer more at this time of year.

I’ve been through all sorts with my skin. Eczema that cracks and bleeds, scalp beyond itchy, chronic urticaria due to a chemical allergy which meant my face was covered with a rash for years. Fortunately a dermatologist did patch testing which showed an allergy to Tocopheryl Acetate; which is in shampoo, deodorants, makeup, lipstick, sunscreen plus loads of other stuff. So the Urticaria is gone, but I’m still dealing with cracked, sore hands and legs that flare with such intense itching that they feel hot and impossible to ignore. The rest of the time they are just dry, red and itchy.

Skin conditions are something that remain tricky to treat. The current thinking is that Eczema is caused by a defect in the skin barrier, with the eczema being triggered by allergens such as dust, or foods, or animals. Scratching just releases more histamine, which makes the reaction worse. So you might feel initially better for scratching that itch, but it will be very temporary and you really are making a bad situation worse.

Tis the season to be itching…there ought to be a song for Eczema sufferers with those lyrics. It’s winter. So the air is dryer, the temperature colder and those of us with dry skin and eczema suffer more at this time of year.

I’ve been through all sorts with my skin. Eczema that cracks and bleeds, scalp beyond itchy, chronic urticaria due to a chemical allergy which meant my face was covered with a rash for years. Fortunately a dermatologist did patch testing which showed an allergy to Tocopheryl Acetate; which is in shampoo, deodorants, makeup, lipstick, sunscreen plus loads of other stuff. So the Urticaria is gone, but I’m still dealing with cracked, sore hands and legs that flare with such intense itching that they feel hot and impossible to ignore. The rest of the time they are just dry, red and itchy.

Skin conditions are something that remain tricky to treat. The current thinking is that Eczema is caused by a defect in the skin barrier, with the eczema being triggered by allergens such as dust, or foods, or animals. Scratching just releases more histamine, which makes the reaction worse. So you might feel initially better for scratching that itch, but it will be very temporary and you really are making a bad situation worse.

So…my eczema winter survival guide:

1

Drink loads of water. Really…not tea, coffee or sugary drinks. But water. If you’re well hydrated your skin has a better chance of being well hydrated.

2

Moisturise like crazy. I moisturise 3 times a day. Morning, night and midday. Moisturise morning and night regardless of whether you feel you need it. You need to keep your skin in good condition all the time. Yes…this is a drag but better than being itchy. Really…midday? Yes. Is it easy? No. I have moisturiser with me at all times and I lock myself in the toilet and moisture my arms and legs.

3

Choosing your moisturiser: The higher the oil content the better at locking in moisture a moisturiser is. Everyone is different and likes different textures of moisturisers so do experiment. You may need to change over time if you find a moisturiser is no longer working. Go back to your GP and try something different if what you’ve been prescribed doesn’t work.

4

Keep a diary to better understand triggers – animals, food, dust, shampoo etc. can all set off eczema.

5

Don’t use soap – it’s very drying. Use a soap alternative. Don’t spend a fortune in Boots – get it from your GP. Emollients like Epaderm may be greasy but they really do help.

Ali White

Ali White

Allergy sufferer, allergy mum and founder of allergy mums.co.uk

EAS 027: 9 Year Old’s Luke & Jamie Can Teach You a Thing or Two About Allergies

EAS 027: 9 Year Old’s Luke & Jamie Can Teach You a Thing or Two About Allergies

Today’s Guest:

Luke & Jamie, plus their Mum, Karen

Facebook: Tom’s Secret Agents 

Amazon: Buy the book Tom’s Secret Agents

Over the last few weeks I’ve been speaking to lots of allergy parents, the adults in the allergy journey but today I’m talking to 2 allergy kids. I will be speaking to Luke and Jamie, identical twins but only one of them has a severe allergy. They will be telling me about their allergy journey and top tips for staying allergy safe.

What You’ll Learn:

Luke and Jamie tell me what’s it’s like living with allergies, how it’s just part of their everyday life, “it’s very normal really.” Jamie tells me how he teaches his friends, checks ingredients labels, stays safe at restaurants and how he created the story of Tom’s Secret Agents. His brother Luke tells me what it’s like having a brother with severe allergies to nuts, pectin and other things and he helps keep his brother safe.

I also have a chat with their Mum, Karen. She tells me about Jamie’s journey to diagnosis and her approach to raising her boys. She talks me through how their family educated themselves and how she teaches Luke and Jamie to be allergy aware. We also chat about how Tom’s Secret Agents came about and the Allergy UK hero award.

Here are the questions I ask Luke and Jamie:

  1. What are your names?
  2. How old are you?
  3. Who has allergies? What are they?
  4. What’s it like having a brother with allergies?
  5. What’s it like having allergies?
  6. Who do you keep allergy safe?
  7. How do you teach people about your allergy?
  8. What is “Tom’s Secret Agents” about?
  9. Can you tell me about the Allergy UK Hero award?
  10. Please can you each tell me your 3 top tips for staying allergy safe?

My Skillshare Courses

As mentioned at the end of the episode, along with writing some recipe books (“Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Treats” & “30 Days, 30 Dinners”) I have started teaching allergy safe baking and cooking! To find out what you like to learn about, I’ve started putting them up on Skillshare.

I’d love for you to take a look, so I have created some FREE enrolment links. Simply click on the titles below and it will take you straight to the class. You will NOT need to pay anything or sign up with a card. You will be able to watch the tutorial straight away 🙂

Enjoy!

P.S. I’d love to know what you thought. Leave me a review on Skillshare or a note in the comment section below of this post.

FREE Enrolment Links:

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING

To get more EAS content sent directly to your device as they become available, you can subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher Radio!

One of our little goals we would love to achieve for is to get into the iTunes “New & Noteworthy” Section, it means we get free front page advertising on iTunes, how great for allergy awareness! But we can’t do it without you. Please subscribe, rate and review on iTunes so that the people at Apple will take notice of our podcast

And lastly, if you have any questions, thoughts, or guests you want to see on the show, please contact me via the contact page.

Chocolate Recipe Book: want the first chapter free??

For those of you who have been following my blog and podcast for a little while you’ll know I’m writing a Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy & Egg Free Chocolate Recipe Book. It is the ultimate guide to working with dairy free chocolate with an amazing array of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, biscuits, sweet morsels and other delights.

I am hoping to have this e-book published at the end April. But don’t worry, if you can’t wait until then you can get your hands on the first chapter including 2 recipes. (There are also 2 bonus recipes you get sent later….)

To get your free copy and get the latest info on my recipe book launch, sign up with your email address below.