Food Allergy Mamas Is A Safe Place

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According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), 1 in 13 children have food allergies. Did you know that is about 2 children in every classroom?

I don’t know about you but that is heart wrenching. Our sweet little children are being diagnosed with food allergies more and more each year.

What about the parents that can’t afford to get their children tested for food allergies? There may be even more with undiagnosed food allergies.

So ,what do we do about it? There is probably a list of things or circumstances that we can blame and point the finger at, but the bottom line is that more and more people need to be aware that this is serious.

We need food to live. We want food to work for our children’s bodies not against it. We don’t want food to be an enemy to our precious children.

For 8 years we have been on this journey with food allergies. Our son was diagnosed at the age of 2 years old with a peanut allergy and milk allergy that were the “big picks”.

Years later there are more foods that he is allergic to.  Our daughter also has several food allergies and intolerances that he was diagnoised with a few years ago, one being gluten.

We have been on a natural living journey, getting back to real foods and natural remedies. I’ve been learning a lot in my Eating Psychology & Mind Body Nutrition Coaching program as well.

Food Allergy Mamas was birthed out of this. We wanted to focus more on what we specifically deal with on a daily basis.

This is our food allergy lifestyle that we want to share with you and want to be there for you as you embark on your journey.

Food Allergy Mamas wants to be a safe place for moms to be encouraged and empowered. We want to help you create fun food for your children through sharing tips and recipes.

We welcome you to the FAM! Be empowered mom, you can do this…we are in this thing together!

Even if you have been on this journey for years, I am sure you will find our resources helpful.

So, what should you do now? Click on the link below for instant free access to our eCourse. We have 10 Tips On How to Help You Keep Your Sanity!

Again, welcome to the FAM

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4 Benefits of Switchel

 

It is imperative to incorporate food and beverages into your child’s diet that will aid in strengthening their immune systems. I want to introduce to you (if you don’t already know) to Switchel.

It is a refreshing drink that is not only delicious but is very beneficial for your children that have food allergies.

There are 4 Benefits of Switchel that will be a great aid to your food allergy tool kit. This beverage is a great alternative to ginger ale and also can help with any soda cravings.

4 Benefits of Switchel

  1. Ginger-anti-inflammatory and improve brain function
  2. Maple Syrup-improve digestion and skin irritation
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar-balance pH and growth of probiotics
  4. Lemon Juice-fight respiratory infection and regulate bowel movements

Simple enough right? You can find the entire recipe by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.

Do you need a great breakfast recipe to accompany this drink? Click here for my new Allergy Friendly Smoothies & Fun Breakfast Eats mini cookbook. 

Hicunni, Eating Psychology & Mind Body Nutrition Coach, 2017

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I Love Allergy Free

Let’s keep your kids safe!

 

Never feel like you are alone on this food allergy journey. Would you like unlimited access to tips, recipes, or just to chat with other moms?

Connect with our community of moms that have children with food allergies.

Click here to get started.

Hicunni, Eating Psychology & Mind Body Nutrition Coach, 2017

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Food Labels and Processed Foods

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One study stated there is an estimation of over 200 children that die of food allergies each year.  May be more than that! That’s still unacceptable.

Many of the deaths are due to anaphylaxis from a failure to read food labels and cross contamination.

It is imperative to make sure you read food labels and well as educate your children and loved ones.

However, still there are times when you have done everything ‘right’ and some how there is an ingredient that wasn’t supposed to be in the package.

How can this be avoided? Many are advocating trying to get more regulations, but what should you do until then?

Avoiding processed foods and feeding your children foods that are as close to nature as possible can be very beneficial.

Eating fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats can decrease the likelihood that your child will have a life-threatening reaction to a food item.

Friendly Tips:

  • Read all food labels and get to know the company and manufacturers
  • Always keep a couple of epinephrine auto injectors available just in case your child has a severe allergic reaction
  • Eat less processed foods and more fresh fruits, vegetable, and clean meats.

Need tips to keep your sanity while on this food allergy journey?

Click here for 10 Tip To Keep Your Sanity  FREE ecourse.

Hicunni, Eating Psychology & Mind Body Nutrition Coach, 2017

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4 Allergy Friendly Holiday Treats

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As you prepare for the Holidays you want to make sure you have little treats for your child that has food allergies.

Often times when we first began our journey my children felt left out because they didn’t have fun goodies to enjoy.

I am going to share with you 4 Allergy Friendly Holiday Treats. These treats should get you started with your holiday baking.  Don’t forget to let your child join in the fun of the holiday preparations.

1. Chocolate Candy Cane Short Bread Cookies

With only a few ingredients, The Allergy Chef has no problem whipping up these fun holiday treats. The Allergy Chef also has a YouTube Cooking Class that shows you step by step how to create them.

Click here for recipe.

2. Vegan Gluten Free Ginger Bread Men

Your children will love making their own gingerbread men! You can always substitute the almond butter for sun butter or even coconut butter if your child is allergic to almonds. Get creative and have fun!

Click here for recipe.

3. Peppermint Patties

This recipe is super easy! Please choose a dairy free chocolate bar of your choice for creating these peppermint patties.

Click here for recipe.

4. Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies?!  This recipe can be used for any occasion. Please note almond flour is used in this recipe so if your child is allergic to almonds you can substitute it with a gluten free flour blend or arrowroot flour.

Click here for recipe.

I hope you enjoy these allergy friendly treats. Please let me know which one is your favorite.

Never feel like you are alone on this food allergy journey. Would you like unlimited access to tips, recipes, or just to chat with other moms?

Connect with our community of moms that have children with food allergies.

Click here to get started.

Hicunni, Eating Psychology & Mind Body Nutrition Coach, 2017

 

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Turmeric

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My first introduction to turmeric was when someone one told me “that stuff” can be used to make yellow rice. I was all excited to make yellow rice until i stained my white counter tops with it!

At any rate I learned how to make yellow rice that day. In addition, turmeric is a great food coloring.

The more I started researching and listening to natural health enthusiast, the more I became excited about turmeric. Of course it isn’t new after all. People have been using turmeric for centuries. So why are there still many people who don’t use it?

Natural living is all about being in the know.

Turmeric has been used by people in South Asia for thousands of years. Turmeric has been viewed as sacred, used for medicinal purposes, and part of the process used to dye their clothing.

There are various ways that you can use turmeric, however, I am going to share 12 ways that you can use turmeric as part of your natural living tool kit for your child with food allergies.

12 Ways To Use Turmeric

1. Yellow Rice
2. Main ingredient in Curry Recipes
3. Turmeric can be purchased as a supplement
4. Teeth Whitener….what? We are thinking the same thing.
5. Liquid Gold-a healthy tea, more like Chai
6. Acne/Eczema Soothing Paste
7. Sinus Relief…we personally sprinkle it in warm lemon water when the kids are ‘stuffy’
8. Beauty Mask…this is more to pamper you.
9. Memory Booster
10. Natural Laxative
11. Muscle Relaxing rub…keep in mind of the temporary skin discoloration 🙂
12. Tie Dye T-Shirts
So what do you think? Do you think Turmeric is worth adding to your tool kit?

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Hicunni, Eating Psychology & Mind Body Nutrition Coach, 2017

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How Using Thyme Isn’t A Waste of Time

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Know your body. Whatever you eat, drink, and put on your body, you need to know what works and what doesn’t. You need to learn what works for your child’s body.

Are you that mom that gives your child Benadryl with the sign of a little sniffle? Or maybe if their throat feels a little scratchy,  you get out the throat spray.

I am not fussing at you, if that works fine, however, can you consider another way?

Have you considered your child may not be coming down with ‘something’ he/she may have a food allergy?

According to Food Allergy & Education (FARE), researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies.

Sometimes it can take hours or days before their body shows a reaction to something. So what should you do?

  • The body needs 24 hr support.
  • What are you doing, or taking to give your child’s body what it needs?
  • Do you know what it needs?

Have you tried using herbal remedies?

Herbals, essential oils, smoothies, lemon water, and other natural methods can help keep your child’s body above the wellness line. We are going to dive into a lot of these in upcoming posts.

Education is key but it means nothing until you apply and share it with others.

We keep a lot of thyme around the house to help support our immune system. You can make a thyme tea or ‘cough syrup’ and just keep the excess in the frig.

We’ve used this recipe for a few years and even some of my extended family uses it as their ‘go to’.

Thyme Tea / ‘Cough Syrup’

2 cups of water
1 cup of thyme
1/2 to 1 cup of honey
lemon juice/oil optional
peppermint oil optional

Directions:

-Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
-Pour in 1 cup of thyme, turn off the stove, and cover.
-Let stand until cool.
-Strain and pour into a jar.
-Add honey and shake well.
-Store in the refrigerator and use as needed.

Disclaimer: This is not used to diagnose or treat any specific disease or illness. This is used as a natural alternative. Please research and use your own judgement when using natural alternative elixirs.

What do you do/use to keep your child above the wellness line?

Click here if you need help figuring out if you have food allergies/sensitivities.

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You can do this!

Hicunni, Eating Psychology & Mind body Nutrition Coach 2017

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Soy Is Everywhere

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Soy is everywhere! Soy is found in meats, in frozen veggies, in packaged foods,  in supplements, just about every food source or substance.

Soy adds a little “fullness” to these products at a low cost.

But at this low cost, it cost more to make sure your child with this food allergy remains soy free!

So, what do you do?

  • Read ALL food labels
  • Make more meals and snacks from scratch
  • Find a vendor that you trust and have researched as a ‘convenience’ option when your child is away from the home
  • Stay away from packaged meatless (vegan ‘meats’) items, most include soy protein isolate which is processed. This topic can be a gray area, so it’s best to stick to foods with minimal processing.
  • Plan your meals ahead of time

Where is the most bizarre places that you have found soy as one of the ingredients? Comment below and share this post with a friend.

 

You can do this!

Hicunni, Eating Psychology & Mind Body Nutrition Coach 2017

 

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Teal Pumpkins & Treats

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Please be safe as if you plan on taking your child out for the Truck or Treat events, fall festivals, and carnivals. Look for the pretty Teal Pumpkins. This project was created with your child in mind.

Click on the link for more information.

Teal Pumpkin Project

You can do this!

Hicunni, Eating Psychology & Mind Body Nutrition Coach 2017

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