I’m Kristi, food allergy dietitian and mom, and I’m on a mission to help you eat well - no matter your dietary restrictions!
When I hear the words, “There’s nothing to eat,” I cringe. I’ve been there, too!
When my son was diagnosed with food allergies as a baby I had a decision to make: stop breastfeeding or cut out his allergens which included dairy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, and soy.
I chose the latter and it was tough! But the experience helped me understand the challenges you face living a life with food allergies.
Fast forward 17+ years and now I’m a Registered Dietitian specializing in food allergies and intolerances. And I'm on a mission to help when I hear “There’s nothing to eat!”
I not only come from the perspective of a food allergy mom (my sons both have food allergies) but also a dietitian, focused on making sure all of your nutrition needs are being met.
- Food is meant to be enjoyed, not feared.
- People with food allergies can enjoy many of the same foods everyone else does, we just have to be a bit more creative!
- Kids with food allergies can grow and thrive, even with food allergies.
- People with food allergies need support and shouldn’t have to do it alone!
Whether you have one food allergy or are on an elimination diet, I’m here to help you not only figure out what to eat but how to eat well.
What will you find at Eating With Food Allergies?
This site is full of all of the tips, food finds, and recipes that I've found helpful while eating with food allergies. Are you wondering where to go first? Here are some suggestions:
- If you're just starting out, be sure to read up on the top 9 most common food allergies. You'll also find lists of foods and ingredients to avoid for each allergen.
- Looking for some substitutes for the allergens that you're avoiding? Check out the Allergy Free Substitutes Page where you'll find some of my favorites.
- Do you need help planning your meals (now that meals are a bit more complicated)? Read the Meal Planning Page for some suggestions.
- Are you looking for some new "allergy-free" recipes to try? Then head on over to the Allergy Free Recipes Page for some ideas.
Questions? Drop me an email at [email protected]
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Kristi Winkels, RDN, LD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a special interest in food allergies. She has two sons who were diagnosed with food allergies when they were babies. This led her to start her blog, Eating With Food Allergies in 2007 to share food allergy resources, nutrition tips, and allergy-friendly recipes.
Kristi has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and completed her dietetic internship through Sodexo.
She has authored a continuing education course for Registered Dietitians, presented on food allergy nutrition at conferences, and volunteered her time with the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota as a medical board member.
When she isn't writing about food allergies and developing recipes, she works as a Diabetes Education Specialist in the Twin Cities Metro Area.
She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two sons.
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