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I know it is possible to live a fun filled life with food allergies!
I have over 20 years of personal and professional experience dealing with food allergies. From my own diagnosis of multiple food allergies, to raising a daughter with food allergies and creating my own allergy friendly baking mix line: Cherrybrook Kitchen. I understand the ups and downs of navigating the world with food allergies.
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It began with my youngest daughters’ diagnosis with multiple food allergies when she was an infant. She was so tiny. Sometimes after eating she would curl up in pain, had hives and reflux. When we received her diagnosis of multiple food allergies, it broke my heart. I had so many worries and questions. How can food be deadly? Why had she developed food allergies? Why didn’t her older sister have food allergies? Did I do something to cause her allergies? How can I keep her safe? What about when she begins to eat solids? How would her childhood be affected? Where can I find more information? I just wanted to cry and I did.
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I started to do research and began to educate myself in this new world of food allergies. I wanted to do everything I could to keep her safe. Little did I know that I would be dealing with my own diagnosis shortly.
After dinner one evening, I began to have trouble breathing. I turned to my family said “I think I am having a heart attack” it was the only thing that came to mind as my chest tightened. They told me my face was all swollen and off to the ER we went. I was treated and told to meet with an allergist ASAP. After my allergy testing, I was standing outside my allergist office with a list of foods to avoid (all fish, dairy, egg and tree nuts) and instructions on how to use an Epi-Pen. I was in a state of shock. How did I develop food allergies as an adult? What could I eat now? Where should I shop? Would I never have a dessert again? Now there were two in our family with food allergies.
I got in my car and drove to all-natural grocery store. I stared at the shelves and back down to my list of allergens. What would be safe for the combined the food allergies in our home? I was overwhelmed trying to read labels, thinking of ideas for meals and staring at my empty basket. I was angry, sad and scared. Thankfully, there was an associate who was well versed in food allergies. We spent an hour going aisle by aisle until I had enough safe options to return home and stock my shelves. I began to understand that being educated was one of the keys to managing our food allergies and feeling strong.
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I spent the next few years doing research online, joining food allergy support groups and experimenting with my favorite recipes. I watched my daughter like a hawk and was vigilant in keeping my family safe. I still was anxious about food allergies but I was slowly learning how to think about life through a different lens.
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At this time, I was feeling the loss of traditional desserts that I had previously enjoyed. Simultaneously I witnessed the children in my daughters’ pre-school the children with food allergies had to sat at a different table and struggled to deal with celebrations at school with food. I had a light bulb moment. I drove home and pulled out all my baking ingredients and set to work with one goal in mind…a delicious chocolate cake our whole family could eat together safely. It took over 100 different tries but finally I created a chocolate cake that we all could eat and it was sooo yummy! I then went through my classic recipes such as yellow cake, chocolate chip cookie and sugar cookie to create safe versions for our family. After a few months’ of testing recipes, I began to notice a change in my view on food allergies. With each new recipe, my confidence and joy began to rise in all areas of my life. I was being proactive, creative and finding a positive outlet within the food allergy world. I had a delicious group of recipes that became the foundation for Cherrybrook Kitchen. Cherrybrook Kitchen was the company I founded with the goal of delivering allergen friendly mixes to those dealing with food allergies. It was challenging and rewarding.
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I became immersed in the food allergy world from being a mom, to an individual with food allergies, to a business owner and consultant. The opportunities to meet with food allergy groups, attend conferences and special events was amazing. I took careful note of what worked and what did not. I was feeling empowered and having fun! I experienced a shift to a life where I was focusing on positives and my circle/spheres of influence.
It is now my mission to focus on helping those dealing with food allergies and their loved ones. Everyone could use help and support on their food allergy journey.
I know the need for:
Recipes for dishes that will work for your specific food allergens AND taste great
Guidance for the Newly Diagnosed
Support with dealing with family and friends
Help dealing with the anxiety, worry, fear and isolation
Strategies and methods to make your life feel more free and joyful
How to set up your kitchen and pantry for success
Strategies for parenting a food allergy child
We can work together to develop a customized plan to address your food allergy needs. Please click here to contact me for your Free 20 Minute Consultation. No Obligation, No Stress.
We are based Bartram Park, Jacksonville, FL 32258. In person sessions within 25 miles are available with no travel charge. All in person sessions have a minimum of 2 hours chargeable time. If you are further away, please contact us and we will determine the travel costs for your particular location.
Many of our services can be provided via video or phone calls!
I believe in an educated, effective and positive approach to helping you with food allergies. It is an honor to join you on your food allergy journey.
I look forward to hearing from you!