I can't remember a time when I didn't have to worry about food.

Throughout the last four years, my little family has gone to hell and back and a hundred times over again without regard to any solid answers. It boils down to the fact that wheat is basically my family's kryptonite. And if you didn't already know, wheat is in every. damn. thing. The daily work required to create everything five people consume is exhausting. It's not a 'fad diet' for us or a choice we can change our minds later on. My husband and one of our boys (as of date, just the baby) are both severely allergic to wheat. There's been so much of my life recently it seems spent using the word celiac, I just hate even saying it anymore. Everything about it is ugly, annoying, scary and heartbreaking all at the same time. And I don't want to waste another sentence on it.

The big boys and papa bear on a trip to San Francisco post diagnosis in 2014. Eating was a bit of challenge during travel but I researched heavily before we went and made sure we stayed in a cute little VRBO with a kitchen.

The big boys and papa bear on a trip to San Francisco post diagnosis in 2014. Eating was a bit of challenge during travel but I researched heavily before we went and made sure we stayed in a cute little VRBO with a kitchen.

Through my family's ups and downs with this disease, I've learned a lot. I've grown a lot. I've failed more times than I can count but I've always got up again the next day and tried my best. There have been a lot of tears, all around and I'm sure it hasn't been easy for our immediate family either. Howevever, through all this madness, I am an entrepreneur at heart and have been working at Project K, tweaking and shaping my vision of where I want to take it. In the last year I have developed services by way of my products and have just ran with it. I offer all kinds of services ranging from photoshoots to dietary and image consulting and have only this awful disease to thank for it. 

Jeff and I always joke that at least this disease forces us to be in the healthiest condition of our lives. Obviously avoiding anything with wheat or dairy is not an ideal situation when every yummy pre-packaged meal or snack contains at least one of the two ingredients. We try to see the best in it and be grateful for what it brings into our life but I won't lie and tell you its always easy. With an allergy as severe as they* have we can't really rely on a lot of outside sources to prepare anything we consume. Not a lot of date nights at fancy restaurants or carefree weekend getaways anymore for these two.

*I use 'they' because I don't have the disease. However, all 5 of us participate in a wheat free dairy free diet 99.99999998% of the time as their condition is similar to a crazy peanut allergy. I try to avoid any meat I can, except for fish or seafood and get the majority of my protein through beans and nuts. Here we are in Venice in 2007, pre-diagnosis and loving the carb life in Italy ;)

*I use 'they' because I don't have the disease. However, all 5 of us participate in a wheat free dairy free diet 99.99999998% of the time as their condition is similar to a crazy peanut allergy. I try to avoid any meat I can, except for fish or seafood and get the majority of my protein through beans and nuts. Here we are in Venice in 2007, pre-diagnosis and loving the carb life in Italy ;)

Through developing Project K, when I meet new clients and connections, inevitably my family's story comes up. How I (probably) stained my newest top making katchup or spent my entire weekend prepping random flour. Flour to which I didn't even know existed before this, for pastries and baked goods for all of us when I have a busy work week ahead with closet overhauls and photoshoots planned. Everyone would always tell me I should start a food blog, share my recipes and tips on everything we've learned along the way. LISTEN HERE: The thought of that makes me want throw my mac out the window and blame the spirited almost-6 year old. I'm far too busy simply living a gluten and dairy free life to document it. 

So the universe spoke. And as much I wanted to ignore it, with the recent diagnosis of my youngest son, I have really been forced in a whole new way, to come to terms with this disease, that it is now my life. I will always have to know where that sneaky wheat germ is hiding and be one step ahead of it for my families health and safety. Forever. Until the end of my time. Or until someone in big pharma and legislature with bigger brains than bank accounts wise the FUCK UP to what they are doing to the population, but thats another post, for another blog, another time. 



So what does that mean for Project K? 

I've simply decided to dedicate my life to my family and their health. Through sharing what I have learned, in what seems like a lifetime (but has only been four and a half years), it seems only natural to include dietary and health & wellness consulting to my business. I am excited for this new venture and know already how impactful a simple connection with someone going through the same thing, can be. It's for this reason why I have decided to join the Arbonne community.

No, I didn't get prompted by Arbonne to write a crazy testimonial about why I chose to sell their product. No, actually, it's not a cult. And no, I'm not going to bug you to join me, unless of course you want to ;) I have been selling their product for the last 5 years by word of mouth and I'm at a place in my life where I know this information is crucial for more and more people out there, because I was one of them. Allergies are undoubtably on the rise and these products tick every box for not only safety, but humane practices, product quality and value.

I'm excited about this new service I can provide through Project K and hope that I may have sparked your interest in the products Arbonne carries or even gluten and dairy free consulting. I wish I had more like-minded people around me when I was transitioning our family and most look forward to meeting as many people as I can to help make living with skin conditions, allergies, diet restrictions and the like a more bearable and carefree experience with Arbonne and Project K.

 

Check out my consultant page with direct links to anything you may have further questions about by clicking on the image below and please feel free to email me here, regarding Arbonne, Project K or just to say hello! I love mail :)

click for more information on direct page. I do still create hair fascinators, sashes and garters, and will continue to use Etsy as my host but I had to really scale back after have eye surgery in November of 2014. My near sighted vision has yet to return and fine detail work is very strenuous and I get fatigued very easy still. I do have full shop capabilities of selling my products here on projectk.ca, but the search engine and brand of Etsy alone has done best for my products so they're staying put over there. If your interested in my couture accessories, please contact me directly here.

click for more information on direct page.

I do still create hair fascinators, sashes and garters, and will continue to use Etsy as my host but I had to really scale back after have eye surgery in November of 2014. My near sighted vision has yet to return and fine detail work is very strenuous and I get fatigued very easy still. I do have full shop capabilities of selling my products here on projectk.ca, but the search engine and brand of Etsy alone has done best for my products so they're staying put over there. If your interested in my couture accessories, please contact me directly here.