Name: Gael Tannenbaum
Date registered: March 15, 2012
My whole life, I thought I was out of the woods as far as food allergies (my Mom has severe intolerances and my brother has severe allergies). Besides the occasional apple-related hives, I was out of the woods... until I had children. Both of my children had trouble as nursing infants with eczema (DD#1) and spitting-up (DD#2), and I subsequently went on a dairy-free diet for periods with both. Had I known a bit more back then, I would have also steered away from soy. As they graduated to milk, DD#2 had to stick with Rice Milk until age 2. Although the children's milk intolerances seem to have improved, DD#1 has moderate reactions to peanuts and DD#2 is currently being tested. Both still have mild eczema. Cooking for family visits is a sincere challenge. My nephews have severe multiple food allergies. We tend to go back to the days of Mom's 'meat and fire' diet when she was in elimination mode, so that everyone can eat without too much trouble. However, for special occasions (birthdays, holidays, etc) we like to make some special things. I have had several successes and some complete failures in the gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soy-free arena, but I keep trying. As DD#1 starts first grade, my next concern is peanut contamination in school. We are lucky to have a fairly conscientious school with a peanut allergy table and set protocols. However, much depends on the teacher when it comes to snacks in the classroom and birthday treats that are brought in by well-meaning parents. My goal with MadAlexProducts.com is to find allergy-free products that make my family's life, and our customers' lives, a little easier. Not everyone has the time, cooking expertise, or will to make everything they need to feed their family safely every day. Mixes and pre-made products can be a blessing in so many situations from everyday cooking to birthday parties to classroom snacks. I hope we can make your life a little easier today!