Why hello there…
Hi guys im Kate; I am a senior registered nurse practitioner in mental health with a hunger for all things tasty!
I have many passions in life but all with start or finish with a good meal….or two!
I want to share my experiences and hopefully help you to enjoy food, travelling and live a healthy lifestyle whilst embracing your restrictive food choices, food allergies and intolerance’s.
I qualified as a mental health nurse in 2010 and since then have continued to build my skills and knowledge as a nurse; gaining qualifications in management and qualifying as a trainer.
I love to teach and share my experiences with others helping to reduce misunderstanding around food allergies and helping those with allergies to embrace them.
My food allergy journey so far…..
My restricted food journey started when I was about 12 (1995), when I told my mum I wanted to be vegetarian.
Unfortunately not long after I started noticing I wasn’t feeling my usual self, I went to my GP for help and was diagnosed with iron deficiency anaemia. I was told by many doctors it was due to my diet (and being a girl) and to be anaemia free I must eat meat (or drink Guinness, lots of Guinness). I didn’t want to eat meat or drink lots of Guinness so for many years I ate a healthy high iron diet to help boost my iron levels with little to no success.
For anyone who is anaemic or has had anaemia, they will understand the effect it has on your body; it can be horrible.
So whilst in my 20’s studying in college, I started to develop issues with dairy I knew my food journey was about to get a little more difficult.
Shortly after the issues started I was diagnosed with Lactose intolerance, and that limited my diet further.
Vegetarian + anemia + lactose intolerance = one unhappy girl.
Vegetarianism is a choice and one I will always be but the combination of all 3 not only affected my physical self but my mental health wellness also.
By my 30’s my iron levels had become so low that my doctors told me I required a iron transfusion, as I could not tolerate oral medication. I was also having issues with my haemaglobin levels as these were reduced and causing some worrying concerns for my doctors and me.
Whilst sat in the hospital, drip in my arm, pumping iron into a tired body a lady asked me if I had been tested for a gluten allergy.
Many doctors refused to accept my thoughts about a gluten allergy and I was told again its diet related. At this point I was so tired of seeing doctor after doctor with no outcomes, spending hours of the day asleep lacking in energy, energy I was having to save for work, slowly withdrawing from my social world.
And then one doctor finally listen.
After several tests, I started my gluten free lactose free vegetarian diet in May of 2016.
I am now no longer anaemic, making haemoglobin, medication free and have more energy than a bouncing bunny rabbit!!
My journey has lead me to this, Allergic Foodie.
Allergic Foodie is my way of communicating to the world the fight those of us who have food allergies and intolerance have.
The fight for a diagnosis
The fight for understanding and to be treated equally
The fight just to find a blinking sandwich at the local shop!
This is a platform for all, not just for me.
I’m here to share with you how you can go out or stay in, buy or make delicious food and travel where ever you want accompanied as always with your friendly allergies!
Learning to love that what you hate, makes you a happier you!