When my son, Raine was little, he put a piece of cereal in his mouth and began to cry and I knew something wasn't right. By the time we got to the hospital, his airways had completely closed, he had stopped crying, his little gasps for air stopped. Holding his limp body, I ran into the the emergency room, hysterically screaming over and over, "My baby isn't breathing!"
We were rushed through the doors as doctors and nurses sprang to action. I remember them cutting his clothes off as they administered epinephrin. And then, just as suddenly as it all started, I was sitting in a hospital room, holding him tightly and rocking him back and forth as he slept as if nothing had just happened.
Every family who has a loved one with a life-threatening food allergy knows the fear and the pain of living each day surrounded by foods that could be their last breath.
I knew we needed to do better.
As a mom of children with life-threatening nut-allergies, I quickly realized there were no safe protein powders that were made in a nut-free facility. Every protein we could find, even if they didn't have 'may contain nuts' on the label - was made on the same equipment that also processed nut-flavours or ingredients.
When a safe, natural nut-free protein powder didn't exist anywhere, I set out to create one.
It took 3 years of research, set-backs and dogged determination.
But finally in 2016, Nutracelle - the very first - and only - nut-free and gluten-free prebiotic protein was finally here!
I'm a Mom of three who struggled with my weight for years, losing weight only to gain it all back again over and over. When my family doctor told me I had developed pre-diabetes, I knew I had to do something different. In 2009, I had weight loss surgery and lost over 100 pounds.
Even though my surgery gave me life and my confidence back, I knew I needed to replace the flour and sugar in my food and change my eating habits - or I would regain the weight. I learned living a healthy lifestyle isn't about dieting and depriving yourself of the foods you love.
That's why I'm on a mission to help everyone have safe, natural - and delicious - foods that can heal our bodies and nourish our soul.