Welcome to Allergysave! Our mission is to support families living with allergic conditions save time, money and stress.
I am an Allergy Health Coach who is passionate about helping people to thrive despite having allergies. I believe managing symptoms and addressing the underlying root cause of illness is the key to successful and ultimate health & wellbeing. As an allergy mum it is my passion to help people with allergies not to just survive but to THRIVE!
Living with allergies can feel overwhelming with most people feeling helpless and out of control – I know what that feels like. The good news is we don't need to put up with ill-health. I believe any condition can be reversed and the body healed.
My journey with allergies began at about 3 years old when I showed signs of being allergic to our cat. Well that's not entirely true, so let me correct that - my allergies began manifesting at about age 3. Allergies, like other illnesses doesn't just begin, there is usually dis-ease in the body prior to the symptoms showing up.
I then developed eczema and was prescribed steroid cream - the go to 'remedy' for people with eczema or dermatitis. Not long after that I was also diagnosed with asthma. So, prescribed more medication to control my asthma. I wasn't really a sick kid growing up, but far from healthy either. When I exercised or got a cold, my asthma would flare up. My eczema was reasonably under control until my teenage years. I remember being totally embarrassed when working as a check out chick one day, by a child who called out loudly "Ooooh, what's wrong with her Mummy? Her skin is all red" . I mention this because I don't really remember the pain of the eczema at that time, but I still remember the emotional pain of that moment. Emotional scars can be debilitating for people with eczema and are often overlooked.
Move forward to my thirties and pregnant with my first baby.... my planned no drug natural birth turned into a c-section and lots of drugs. I managed to also pick up a staph infection from the hospital. So lots of antibiotics for me and baby because I was breastfeeding.
My second pregnancy was another c-section and to prevent another infection was given preventative antibiotics before birth and more antibiotics after birth. Again, breastfeeding so my baby copped a lot of antibiotics. So, as I have now learnt my boy had little chance of developing a healthy immune system.
By three weeks of age my baby developed cradle cap and then eczema. For the next 10 months his eczema got worse until it covered his entire body. I desperately tried every remedy possible - except for steroids. I wasn't convinced they helped at all, if they did why hadn't my eczema cleared up?
So I went to homeopaths, naturopaths, nutritionists, kinesiologists, you name it. My naturopath was on the right track with the supplements she had him on and he seemed to improve a little bit. Unfortunately there was a deeper issue. I noticed his eczema seemed to get worse after eating.
In desperation, I visited a dermatologist. When I voiced my concerns that I thought the eczema was food related, I was laughed at and ridiculed! He actually said to me and I'll never forget it "What would YOU know, You're just a mum! Eczema is NOT related to food" He then diagnosed my son with severe atopic dermatitis, told me he would always have eczema and there was nothing I could do about it. He wrote me a script for steroids and sent me on my way. Even though I felt intimidated at the time, by all his credentials on the wall, I still knew he was wrong. I might be just a mum, but I was his mum and I had mothers instinct.
I found a wonderful paediatrician who listened to my concerns and partnered with me to find answers. We were booked into an allergy clinic and my boy was diagnosed with life threatening food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, rice, corn, oats, eggs, dairy, soy, chicken, potatoes, peaches, peas, mangoes and lupin.
Within a few weeks of avoiding all his allergens, starting his diet from scratch the eczema cleared up and has never been back. The power of the microbiome and gut healing fell onto my radar, so I implemented a gut healing protocol and put my boy on some first grade supplements. I am delighted that all but his nut allergy has cleared. He is one of the healthiest kids I know and his skin is absolutely beautiful.
When I realised many other mums were going through what I had gone through, and were wanting a lifeline, I was determined to help. I created Allergysave with the intention to provide resources to help families with allergies save time, money and stress. Why re-invent the wheel when someone has gone before you and can share their knowledge?
I have published a series of ‘Top 8 Free’ allergy recipe eBooks, which have helped thousand of allergy families negotiate feeding their kids with allergies. I've also developed S.A.F.E. Simple Allergy Free Eats - a meal membership designed to help ease the burden of living with allergies by providing delicious and healthy allergy friendly recipes, meal plans and shopping lists.
Remember you don't have to put up with allergies as if it's your lot in life. The human body has been created to heal itself, when given the right environment. Removing the triggers, feeding it the best nutrition and healing the gut are key to optimal health. I'd love to help you by sharing what I have learnt and what is helping many others. Join our Facebook community (link below) or book a free consult with me today.
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