The Lagree Studio is a Peanut & Tree Nut-Free Studio!
For us, this is personal. Mitch and I became advocates for awareness of peanut, tree nut, and other food allergies after our first visit to the ER with our son Luc. Food allergies are common on my husband’s side of the family, so we always knew our children’s conditions were a possibility, but we were unprepared for the life-changing events that would follow our son’s initial diagnosis, which led to us testing our daughter Valletta. Ultimately, we learned that both of our children had life-threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. Fortunately for us, we found an incredible support network of doctors, specialists, and nutritionists, as well as other families who understood our need for knowledge. They realized we were willing to share their experiences, even the most tragic ones, and helped us build a network of care to support all of those whose lives are affected by these conditions. We continue to do our research to educate ourselves and our families, as well as others who are raising children with food allergies or who are learning about this issue for the first time.
We are working with the founders of Candice Foods, LLC (www.candicefoods.com), Thomas and Candice Bradstreet, to bring healthy, nutritious, and safe options into our studio for our clients and families who are living with or managing food allergies. Thom and Candice have three children with life-threatening peanut and tree nut allergies, and they almost lost their daughter Olivia to a reaction when she was five years old. Their passion—their life’s mission—is to not only keep their own children safe but to help protect other children around the world.
Candice Foods Energy Bars are all natural and packed with protein, including safe, energy-boosting sunflower seed butter. We absolutely love
Candice Foods because it has created a dedicated facility that is certified kosher, organic, GMO-free, and peanut- and tree nut-free. The company takes great pride in staying alert to the top ten food allergies and helping everyone with these conditions stay safe. Candice Foods products are also free of gluten, casein, wheat, dairy, corn, soy, egg, and artificial flavorings or colorings—and they taste fabulous, too!
Mitch and I are working with Candice Foods to create The LUV Bar, which will be available at The Lagree Studios soon!
We are also working with the founder of Straightforward Wellness (www.straightforwardwellness.com), Kati Ohlmeyer, and Dr. Louis and Joanne Giorgi, who founded the Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Foundation (www.nateam.org) in honor of their beautiful daughter to help bring awareness to this cause that is so dear to our hearts. Together we are calling upon our experiences, knowledge, and expertise to write a book in loving memory of Natalie Giorgi. This book is not only for families like ours who are raising children with severe food allergies, but for all families worldwide, in hopes of bringing global awareness to this growing concern.
Information on Peanut & Tree Nut Allergies
A peanut and tree nut allergy is a very real problem that can lead to a potentially fatal reaction. Unfortunately, despite being so common, it remains highly misunderstood. Oftentimes, people confuse a food allergy with a food intolerance, and that is part of why peanut and tree nut allergies are not taken as seriously as they should be.
When someone has a food allergy, the following can happen: The reaction comes on suddenly; a small amount of food can trigger it; it happens every time the food is eaten, and it can be life-threatening. When someone has a food intolerance, the following can happen: The reaction comes on gradually; it may only happen when a large amount of the food is eaten; and it is not life-threatening.
While peanuts and tree nuts are a wonderful source of protein and a convenient snack for many, for others, they could mean death. A reaction can occur not only from ingesting the allergen but also from touching—or even smelling—peanut or tree nut dust.
For example, if an individual has eaten a food item containing peanut butter and touches gym equipment, that allergen can remain on the equipment’s surface, where it could cause a fatal reaction for an allergic person who later uses the equipment.
Some experts say that wiping down the area is sufficient, but others say it is not. So to avoid any potentially fatal mistakes, a peanut and tree nut-free environment is imperative. If you eat or touch any peanut or tree nut products, we strongly recommend that you wash your hands very well to remove any peanut or tree nut proteins before entering The Lagree Studio.
Many products contain peanut and tree nut ingredients including lotions, hair and bath products, vitamins, makeup, cleaning products, pet food, and vaccines. All of these and more may contain peanut or tree nut products, including peanut oil.
The following are tree nuts:
Almond, beechnut, Brazil nut, bush nut, butternut, cashew, chestnut, chinquapin, coconut, filbert, ginko nut, hazelnut, hickory nut, lichee (lychee) nut, macadamia nut, Nangai nut, pecan, pine nut, pistachio, shea nut, and walnut.
Statistics on Peanut & Tree Nut Allergies
- The peanut allergy is one of the “Big 8” food allergies that account for 90 percent of the allergies suffered by approximately twenty-one million Americans (AAAAI).
- More than three million people in the United States report being allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, or both (AAAAI).
- Approximately 1 percent of the U.S. population has a peanut allergy (Sicherer, S. H., “Prevalence of peanut and tree nut allergy in the US . . . ”).
- Less than 21 percent of patients with a peanut allergy will outgrow it (AAAAI).
- Peanut allergy is the most common cause of food-related deaths (AAFA).
*AAAAI – American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
*AAFA – Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America