The Kitchen Chemist: How I Became a Food Scientist So My Kids Could Thrive with Anaphylactic Allergies

For the past several months, I’ve been involved in an excellent collaboration with author Frances Castelli, whose compelling real-life story will offer hope and information to concerned parents. If you’re navigating the complexities of broad-spectrum anaphlyactic food allergies in your children, this book is for you. Featuring input from family and friends, including husband Ralph and children Anthony, Hope, and Natale, The Kitchen Chemist will offer practical guidance, based on the author’s personal experience, on how to accommodate your children’s allergies and help them develop into thriving, productive, and happy adults — even if they never outgrow them.

The second half of The Kitchen Chemist will be devoted to 30 mouth-watering, yet allergy-safe recipes created by the author herself. Having had the pleasure of getting to know Frances as we bring the book to fruition, she is one of the strongest, most inspiring people I have ever met. Thanks to her unrelenting pursuit of knowledge, her commitment to her kids’ well-being, and her ability to alter and create savory recipes, all three — now young adults — are fully equipped to take care of themselves and handle every situation with ease and wisdom.

It’s been a joy to discover the Castelli family’s story and interview everyone involved, especially Ralph, Anthony, Hope, and Natale, who bring their own unique perspectives to The Kitchen Chemist.

From the book description:

It is said that children don’t come with an instruction manual. Imagine standing by helplessly as your baby gasps for air and clutches her throat on the floor, unable to communicate, or breaks out in hives when a relative gives him a hug and a kiss at a holiday gathering. While most parents juggle school and work schedules, quality family time, and extracurricular activities, feeding their children is rarely a matter of life or death.

For Frances Castelli, such traumatic events were common; the adage took on an entirely new meaning when she discovered all three of her children had multiple anaphylactic food allergies.

In the Castelli household, even food we consider “healthy” could be fatal.

What would you do?

In The Kitchen Chemist, author Frances Castelli recounts her unanticipated journey into the world of broad spectrum anaphylactic allergies with humor, grace, and honesty. From consultations with endless medical specialists to in-depth research into the composition and interaction of food, you’ll discover how this devoted mother transformed from distraught parent to confident kitchen chemist. She debunks the myths, offers practical advice for parents and kids, and shares 30 safe, delicious, and easy-to-prepare recipes (yes, even desserts!). Now grown-ups with lives of their own, her children, Anthony, Hope, and Nat prove that life with food allergies can be full and enjoyable, even if they never go away. They are passionately living their dreams and want others to know they can too.

Stay tuned for updates on the 2018 release. Follow @KitchnChemistBK on Twitter and like The Kitchen Chemist Facebook Page.

Thank you, Frances, for entrusting your incredible story to me.

 

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The Writestream with Ima Sumac Watkins: Creating Our Joy During the Holidays

The Writestream with Ima Sumac Watkins: Creating Our Joy During the Holidays

The holidays are upon us!

Does this make you happy or create more stress in your life?

Tune in to The Writestream with Daria Anne on Wednesday, November 22 at 11 AM Eastern when Ima Sumac Watkins, also known as Ima Watkins, returns to talk about creating our own joy. Our families can be our biggest teachers and the holidays can pose our greatest challenges. Ima will talk about healing the expectations we have of our families and ourselves during this time of celebration.

She’ll also share how to create our own holiday rituals, heal past hurts, take responsibility for our own joy, and experience truly Happy Holidays.

To stream the episode, click on this link. Or listen by phone at (347) 945-7246. Press “1” if you would like to ask Ima a question on the air.

For more on Ima and her professional services, visit aboutme.com/iwatkins.

 

UPDATE: Thank you, Ima, for a great show today! Missed it live, click below to listen.

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Kudos to Kildare’s Irish Pub in West Chester PA

Kudos to Kildare’s Irish Pub in West Chester PA

While I’m visiting up north, I’ve been spending time with my brother Ralph, doing things he enjoys. Last night, we went to Tee It Up Golf to play a round of mini golf, one of his favorite summer activities. We arrived around 8 PM to find that there was a large group ahead of us, comprised of about 20 people, broken out into smaller groups, working their way around the course.

Judging by the way they talked, laughed, drank beer, and otherwise interacted with each other, we figured they were probably celebrating some sort of milestone. Instead of being annoyed by having to wait at various holes, Ralph and I would just repeat the hole we were on for practice. In my mind, I was utilizing the Law of Non-Resistance, as described by Florence Scovel Shinn in her books. I told Ralph it was nice to be out enjoying a warm summer evening; there was no reason to rush through anything.

By the time we got to the 17th hole, a nice guy with a beard approached us to thank us for our patience and to tell us he had gone into the club house to pay for our round. He wanted us to stop in there to retrieve the money we’d paid when we arrived. Pleasantly surprised, we thanked him sincerely and assured him that their presence had not bothered us in the least — in fact, we got a kick out of watching them. My mother asked where they were from and he said Kildare’s Irish Pub in West Chester, which was sponsoring an employee appreciation night.

Once we finished, I walked into the club house expecting to receive $12 back, but the clerk handed me $30 and informed me it was from the Kildare’s group as a thank you for our patience. Wow, what a welcome surprise! It’s also evidence that when you practice non-resistance and remain undisturbed by a situation, good things result.

Before I head back to Florida, I plan to visit Kildare’s Irish Pub with my family. Thank you to the owner and the employees for your consideration and thoughtfulness!

Visit their website at www.kildarespubwc.com

 

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