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Collagen Boost Cookbook

Awesome Resource: Collagen Cookbook

As some of you may know, Krysten from KrystensKitchen.com is a great family friend. This year she was featured in a cookbook sponsored by Neocell called the Collagen-Boost Cookbook. I’ve seen a rise in the use of collagen online for various health benefits, and depending on your personal health needs, you may find it to be a great addition to your supplement line up. Read More

Coconut for Health

Infographic: Coconut for Health

I really enjoy infographics, and when I find a good one, I like to share. This one is about the benefits of coconut. If you’re allergic to corn, Tropical Traditions has been deemed safe for you. For the rest of you, places like Costco has great deals on organic coconut products. That’s another thing. If you plan on using coconut oil on your skin, consider organic products. Anytime you’re planning on using something for skincare, really consider the ingredients and how they’re sourced.

Coconut for Health Infographic

Getting Garlic in your Gut (Infographic)

When we were touring for the Food Allergy Awareness Expedition, Natural Grocers was all about garlic. It was something they were promoting at most of the stores, and the information was quite helpful. With that in mind, I want to share another cool infographic with you, courtesy of Delicious Living.

Many of you may have noticed that on this blog, we don’t get into health foods, supplements, etc., and that’s done for a reason. No two people are the same. For some people, they have a garlic allergy, while others can benefit from the nutrients found in garlic. Food allergies and intolerances are such a personal thing, and we know it’s important to respect each person’s journey.

If you can have garlic, check out this infographic. Like our dear friend Krysten, from Krysten’s Kitchen, we love to add garlic to recipes. It has an awesome flavor, and added health benefits.

Kyolic Garlic Infographic

Kids and Food Allergies (Infographic)

Hey everyone. I wanted to share this infographic (courtesy of Delicious Living) with you that may be helpful to you. Currently, there are a lot of resources on the internet about kids and food allergies. Some websites you may enjoy are kidswithfoodallergies.org and foodallergy.org. Also, for those of you that are dealing with kids and 504 plans, Kristin Osbourne runs theprioritizedgroup.com. She is a disability and food allergy advocate, full of awesome information and help.

Kids and Food Allergies

Trip to Pressed Juicery by The Allergy Chef

A Fantastic Trip to Pressed Juicery

Have a dairy allergy? GO TO PRESSED JUICERY

Vegan? GO TO PRESSED JUICERY

On a clean or Paleo style diet? GO TO PRESSED JUICERY

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Refined/Can Sugar Free, Vegan, Paleo, GAPs, Diabetic Friendly, Possibly Corn Free, Low Histamine, SCD Friendly, AIP Friendly, Nut Free Compatible

Before I lunch into the review, first, full disclosure. We were not paid or offered anything in exchange to visit PJ and write the review.

If you have a severe nut allergy, please call them first to make sure you’re comfortable with their handling of allergens. Some flavors do contain nuts. If you are corn free, again, call and make sure you’re happy with the sourcing of ingredients. On the surface, it should be safe, but those of us with a corn allergy know what that’s like. For those of you on a special diet such as SCD or AIP, be sure to get the flavor that’s right for you. For AIP people, coconut is one of the toppings available at the sore. On to the review! Read More

An App To Share

This was brought to my attention on Instagram, so I want to pass it along in hopes that someone out there can use it. It’s called My Friendly Reminders https://myfriendlyreminders.com/ Essentially, it allows you to create a group of people, and manage who can’t have what. I’ve seen online lately where people without food allergies want to host their friends, but are unsure of where to start etc., and I can see this being a helpful tool. It also helps if you’re planning a larger event.

However, I will say, for those with severe food allergies, I doubt they would feel super safe allowing others to prepare their food just because of the cross contamination problems. Nonetheless, it’s little things like this that can help those with food allergies feel a little more included. Enjoy!

Free and Friendly Foods Traveling With Food Allergies

Traveling With Food Allergies, part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Traveling Series. This part will cover the night of departure, and the first full day of the trip, and a bit of what the kids did without me.

The Night of Departure
As expected, they didn’t leave on time. I was beyond exhausted, but of course, couldn’t go to sleep because I was trying to get them out of the house. As soon as they were gone I was out.

Meanwhile, in an RV far far away, well, not that far… The Papa and Grandma were driving the 4 kids to an RV park in Morgan Hill, which is south of us, by maybe a couple of hours? Maybe 90 minutes. The idea was that they would skip over all of the morning traffic, and “save” hours of travel time. It worked OK. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Traveling With Food Allergies

Traveling With Food Allergies, Part 1

Part one will be covering all of the planning, and things that happened before departure.

Welcome to the very long write-up about how and your loved ones CAN go on a vacation. 10 years ago, I don’t know that this would be possible. 20 years ago, depending on the allergy, don’t even think about it. However, we live in a country that’s packed full of Whole Foods Markets, and few other big names (and little ones too) that have made it possible for people with food allergies to travel. Well, that and the internet. That last bit is important because putting in the time to research where you’re going is a big part of all of this. Traveling when you’re dealing a lot of people can be difficult. Traveling with people with multiple severe food allergies can seem near impossible. However, there’s hope. Here’s how we managed to pull it all off. Read More

So Much Has Changed, and We Won a Ribbon!

Shall we talk about the change, or the ribbon first? Well, let’s save the best for last.

Change. Lots of it! Our business is now up and running as an official LLC. We’re called Free and Friendly Foods now. I love the story behind the name… You know what it’s like trying to tell people that we’re gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free, yeast free, GAPs friendly, and paleo friendly, and sometimes corn free, oh and vegan too. My fingers are tired just typing all of that. So, Free and Friendly. I thought it would be a great way to shorten things up a bit. Funny thing is, people without allergies, and sometimes older people ask jokingly if the food is free.

Besides the business launching, and do so much faster than I could have ever imagined, we PUBLISHED TWO BOOKS!!! Can you believe it? After years of working on them, they are the culmination of a lot of what we’ve learned. In addition to the books, we have another that will be released later this summer. We have a line up of 13 more books after that, including Pizza and Ice Cream.

Kit Cards are official too!!! The first ten cards have been released. I like to call these old school solutions to phony apps. They’re super glossy, so if you spill, you don’t ruin an expensive screen. They have all the ingredients pictured, so it’s easy to know what you’re looking for when you’re shopping. The first ten are items that have been very popular among the taste testers.

We had a booth at the San Mateo Maker Faire. Remember that thing about it all happening so quickly? Yes, it’s true. In a little over EIGHT weeks, we had the books done, kit cards done, business all official, and put together a booth at the Maker Faire. It if weren’t for our awesome friends and kids that came to help, there’s simply no way this could have all come together. It was so amazing to see how God was able to pull so much together. It was all nothing short of a wonder miracle, and blessing of course.

OK, so the ribbon. At the Maker Faire, we had the pleasure of meeting so many people with food allergies. Not many had multiples, but I simply had no clue we would meet that many people. There were several parents on the verge of tears when they learned I had something their child could eat. Towards the end, we were approached by Sonia, a wonderful lady, who had selected us for an Editor’s Choice ribbon. It was such an honor.

So what’s next? We have so many things that we would like to do. Seeing that we were so well received, we now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that people need what we know. We have plans to bring knowledge, resources, and food to people with (and without) food allergies.

Be sure to check out freeandfriendlyfoods.com. We have a write-up of the Maker Faire there, as well as books and kit cards that are for sale. We will also be hosting workshops here at our office in July. There’s so much on the horizon, so be sure you check back often.

An Updated Corn Free List

If you haven’t had a chance yet, head over to Corn-Free Foods (click here). They recently posted an updated CF list for all of us. What’s nice is that there are a lot of comments, such as “If you’re really sensitive, don’t use this product.” What I find to be interesting is that as I’ve been sick, I sometimes think reactions are all in my head; however, several products that I stopped using this year have comments like “reactions reported.”

I suppose I say that to be a good friend to you and remind you to go with your gut. None of us are the same, and none of us have the same exact reactions. Over the past couple of years, I’ve really had to remind myself of that.

On a side note, have you heard of Badger Balm? As of this writing, they are safe to use. I’ve been using the lip balm for a couple of months without a problem, which is really exciting. I buy it at Whole Foods, however, I’m sure it’s also available online.

See you next week for cookies 🙂

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