This month, we welcome our expert guest editors, Amy Hull Brown and Joel Warady! Our editors will have you covered in everything from shopping advice to raising healthy families with the tastiest, allergen-friendly foods.
Get to Know Amy and Joel:
I can’t start my day without:
Amy: My arsenal of energy juices, bone broth, and hot chocolate. I like to wake up early, the calm before the storm. I put together my daily ‘to-do’ list of what’s needed for my family, clients and business. I meditate, ask for guidance then take on the realities of the day.
Joel: A cup of coffee, a piece of fresh fruit (usually a banana) and eggs. During the week they take the form of hard-boiled, and on the weekends either scrambled or an omelet. I need my protein.
When I travel, I always make sure to pack:
Amy: Lots of easy-to-carry gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free breakfast and snack items to satisfy all of my cravings. I also pack digestive enzymes, probiotics and immune support remedies to stay healthy. Luckily, WellAmy.com keeps me well-stocked with all of these items!
Joel: A protein bar for each day of the week that I am going to be out of town, power cords for all of my devices (power is everything), and extra underwear and socks because you never know when you might be stranded somewhere.
My favorite go-to resource for diet and food allergies is:
Amy: Even though there are so many great resources – lab tests, diet books and nutritionists, my favorite resource is the body. Dark circles under the eyes, skin rashes, feeling overly excited or fatigued, trouble sleeping, brain fog, constipation or diarrhea, weight loss or gain, tummy aches. All of these can be signs to modify the diet.
Joel: Twitter and Facebook. The best experts are the people who live this life every day of the week, and I can learn more from other people’s experiences than I can from any expert.
My best tip for parents looking to shop allergy-friendly on a budget would be:
Amy: Set aside time each week for meal planning. Cut back on impulse buying of processed foods by making nutrient dense foods at home. Buy raw ingredients in bulk. Look for store specials. Get creative. Review ingredients in recipes and select less expensive options (such as millet flour vs brown rice flour, flax seeds vs eggs) without sacrificing quality.
Joel: I think the key is to shop around. There are great online options, such as Amazon and Vitacost, but you can also find great deals at your local supermarket or natural food store. Just like anything, there are deals to be had, but you have to find them.
My first piece of advice to you is:
Amy: Stay steadfast in knowing that your child can and will get better. Stay patient, it won’t happen overnight. Surround yourself with supportive friends, it’s okay if you met them online! Set aside time to recharge your batteries. Praise your child and pat yourself on the back for each victory. You both deserve it!
Joel: Don’t be shy. When you are in a restaurant, don’t be shy with the waiter. Tell them what you can and can’t eat, tell them how you need it prepared, double-check that they understand, and then if it comes out from the kitchen and it is incorrect, send it back and ask them, politely, to do it over. As well, don’t be shy about asking others for help. We are all in this together, so be bold and ask. There are a lot of people who are looking to help. We are all here for one another.
About Amy Hull Brown:
Amy Hull Brown, Founder of Well Amy, is a Holistic Health Practitioner who takes an individualized approach to health recovery. She is a certified Nutritional Consultant, Health Coach, GAPSTM practitioner, Biotherapeutic DrainageTM practitioner, EAV technician and Clinical Aromatherapist.
Her focus on holistic healing began several years ago after her twin sons were diagnosed with ADHD and Autism. Not finding answers from conventional medicine, Amy was successful in recovering her sons using a variety of natural approaches including dietary modifications, biomedical treatment, detoxification, immunotherapy, homeopathy and biotherapeutic drainage. Amy knows firsthand what is required to follow are a restricted diet as her sons were once sensitive to over 30 different foods.
Based on the successes of her personal journey, Amy created Well Amy to help others navigate a path to health recovery. Amy works remotely one-on-one with parents. In addition, her online market offers specially curated foods and health products to support the dietary and health needs of those with chronic health issues, especially children on the autism spectrum.