EAS 066: How Julianne Went From Just an Allergy Kid to Multi-Award Winning Entrepreneur

EAS 066: How Julianne Went From Just an Allergy Kid to Multi-Award Winning Entrepreneur

Julianne Ponan is a multi-award winning entrepreneur who at the age of 22 took over the failing company Creative Nature as CEO and within 2 years took it out of debt. She is also a Virgin Startup Mentor and fellow grownup allergy kid. She has multiple severe allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, chickpeas, coconut, aniseed, some perfumes and many other foods.

I ask Julianne about growing up with allergies, how she has grown in confidence over the years and how that has impacted her life. From being the allergy kid at her own table, going to University and working in Beijing. Julianne reflects on her experiences of living with allergies and how they don’t have to hold you back and can be managed successfully.

We talk about how she has grown Creative Nature from product testing in the kitchen to her products being stocked in Tesco, Ocado, Co-op and soon Pharmacies. I also quiz Julianne on the factory protocols and standards to make sure products are safe, this is one of the companies that I actually trust because Creative Nature products are suitable for Julianne’s allergies (all apart from the peanut bar)!

Take a listen to find out more and learn Julianne’s advice for starting your own business.

Top 3 Tips When Living With Food

  1. Follow positive people in the allergy community
  2. Be honest with yourself because things aren’t going to change
  3. If you’re having a problem, get out there and make a difference

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EAS 063: Food Allergies Are a Tool For Self-Growth Failing-Up with Brandon LaBella

Brandon Labella is an author, host of the Failing Up Podcast, fellow grownup allergy kid and Food Allergy Travels Trailblazer. He has travelled to 35 countries in 3 years not letting his severe allergies to nuts, dairy and fish stop him from exploring and achieving his goals.

In today’s episode I talk to Brandon about how he prepares to travel allergy safe and dealing with allergic reactions. He shares his experiences educating people on his travels about his allergy and how you can always  turn every experience into a learning something.

Top 3 Tips When Living With Food

  1. Rather than “why me?” think “why not me?!” – use your allergy as a way to grow
  2. Get involved in a community or make a community
  3. Prepare so that you can be limitless and free to do what you want

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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.

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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….)

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