There once was a time when I had to throw away or give away almost everything I had in my pantry + fridge + start completely over. The food I had in my house, that was meant to nourish my family could really harm my son, Bowan. Honestly, some of the food, like the peanut butter or the jar of tahini could be fatal, even. After Bowan was diagnosed with life threatening food allergies, life changed forever. My pantry was already "clean" but, main ingredients that should be safe, had "may contain" warnings, the jars of jelly were cross contaminated by our own use, you name it. I have lived the struggle to find safe food to eat. I realize many others feel the same, that is why I purchased American Gluten Free.
I've been surrounded by food that I couldn't eat. I've cried in the grocery store. There was a point when I couldn't walk down certain aisles in the grocery store, because I may have been able to find just one safe thing there + it was just too sad + overwhelming for me to sort through the labels. With mustard, soy, wheat, garlic, sesame allergies + more, the salad dressing aisle was a difficult place to navigate. The nut butter aisle just made me sad, because as a vegetarian, I of course had loved tree nuts my entire life + then I went to cutting them out completely because I continued to nurse my allergic son. So, I lived as if I could not have trace amounts of allergens, just as Bowan needed to avoid his allergens. I realize everyone is coming to American Gluten Free for different reasons. We might all need food that is "free from" for different reasons, yet still share the same need. Maybe it's Celiac, IgE mediated food allergies, autoimmune diseases or other medical reasons, but the need is there. Wheat is abundant in America, + the amazing gluten free products are abundant as well, but sometimes difficult to discover. So, I am here to get those to you.
I've shared how this opportunity to purchase AGF came up here. It wasn't something I even had on my radar, but the opportunity opened up + here I am. I hope you love receiving this happy mail one a month. I will work hard to bring you excellent products that you may have yet to discover! My years of allergy mom label reading + research will be put to good use to help others discover new foods you will love.
I went from never running a subscription box company to picking up where the founder, Erika left off, fulfilling the products + learning to ship and complete the orders all in less than thirty days. There still is much on my to-do list + I'm doing my best to keep the quality as expected for the current subscribers, even with the traffic duty I had to do all month at Breck's school. Life sure can be overwhelming at times!
My son, Bowan recently outgrew several allergies. Skin testing + blood work at Children's Hospital Colorado revealed low + negative numbers to multiple foods that Bowan once clearly tested positive to + had previous reactions to. Over the past 6 months we've had many appointments at Children's Hospital Colorado to complete supervised Oral Food Challenges. It felt like true miracles when he passed multiple challenges to: peanut, tree nuts, soy, shellfish + pineapple. Talk about our life opening up again + some huge burdens lifting from my shoulders. Bowan has had two very serious life threatening reactions to kiwi + peach in the past six months that were unknown allergies. None the less, I thought how did I go from living with such restrictions to being almost let off the hook from food allergies? My heart just breaks for other families going through what we face daily. So, here I am finding my way to give back to the food allergy + Celiac community that has so graciously given to me.
Here I am, an allergy mom turned food photographer + blogger + recipe developer, turned entrepreneur. Life sure has given me some lemons. Some of them pretty sour + I'm doing the best I can to turn them to lemonade. For now, this business is entirely running out of my home. My two older sons may have helped fold or pack your boxes. My oldest son, Breck calls himself the Head Assistant + he insists on "trying out every job." My mom may have carried your box up the stairs, my husband may have taped your box, my friend Stephanie may have helped pack yours + I absolutely stayed up late finishing each box up. And, another gluten free entrepreneur across the country is doing a happy dance because you got to try their new product that they so tirelessly worked to create.
I'd love to know why you are here. Please comment below if you have Celiac Disease, food allergies, an autoimmune disease or any other reason that leads you to a gluten free + dairy free lifestyle. I also created a survey that I would love for you to take so I can serve you to the best of my ability. Please take this quick survey here.