EAS 075: “Life’s a Drama but Gluten Free Doesn’t Have to Be” with Rebecca of Glutarama Blog

EAS 075: “Life’s a Drama but Gluten Free Doesn’t Have to Be” with Rebecca of Glutarama Blog

Rebecca is a mum to two children (and two dogs) and blogs at Glutarama – life’s a drama but gluten free doesn’t have to be. In her family life she manages multiple autoimmune diseases of type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease, and autism. 

Rebecca is a woman I greatly respect for perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges and with such an amazing sense of humour. 

The symptoms in both her children were occurring at the same time. There was no history of auto-immune disease in the family. In today’s episode Rebecca gives an open and honest account of what life has been like starting with noticing symptoms in both her children, getting a diagnosis, changing their family lifestyle to manage these conditions, how to parent and how she keeps herself sane.

I would like to say a special thank you to Rebecca for coming on the podcast and sharing her story in such an open way about the highs, the lows, the challenges and the wins!

2 Pieces of Advice to Parents: How You Can Keep on Track to Help Your Kids

  1. Keep organised & prepared (i.e. extra snacks, calling ahead if eating out, keep a checklist for what you ave to take with you, check out ‘escape routes’ or plan B/C/Ds)
  2. Communicate with your child so you can empower your child to take ownership of their decision 

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Ask the Allergy Coach Q7: Freaking Out Over Cross-Contamination, Is It Over the Top?

Ask the Allergy Coach Q7: Freaking Out Over Cross-Contamination, Is It Over the Top?

Q: I had an unexpected close call this evening. We went out to dinner with a couple we just met. We all met at Denny’s – as they have been awesome with us and my 16 month daughter’s pn allergy. I always bring food from home for my girl just in case, and was explaining to the other couple about my girl’s allergy and how severe it is, how we have to be so careful about foods prepped around peanuts and butter- you know the drill when you tell new people. Well we all go to order our food and this other lady orders PEANUT BUTTER PANCAKES. I can’t even. It’s got this peanut butter sauce all over it dripping everywhere. So I tell the waitress how my food needs to be cooked separately (because obviously) and was silently freaking out. I gave my husband THAT look and stared at this woman like, did she just not pay attention to what I just said? My daughter is ana to pn. I don’t know how to handle these situations with people and do not have the ability to be diplomatic sometimes when I’m in freak out mode. What would you have done? (Note- to complicate- they had two young boys sharing food with mom, who were very eager to play with my girl and I wouldn’t let them.) 

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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

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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

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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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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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