Hello! My name is Laura and my story is probably very similar to most of yours. When our son, Alex, (nickname “Buddy”) was 8, we learned that his body could not process almost all of the major food categories; Gluten (which also affected him psychologically), wheat, eggs, rice, soy, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, peas, many vegetables, food dyes, or high fructose corn syrup. To really push me over the edge, we were living overseas in a very small country for my husband’s work, so we had extremely limited options and no Trader Joes, no Whole Foods, nothing.
The days after his diagnosis are a blur as I alternated between hysteria and bonding with several bottles of red wine (those antioxidants are supposed to be good for you, right)? WHAT WAS LEFT THAT I COULD FEED HIM?? And what could I possibly pack him to eat for lunch? I couldn’t even pack rice cakes! As most of you know, watching the heartbreak on your child’s face when they can’t eat the “regular” treats their friends have is painful. What Alex missed most were baked goods. So, I made it my full time job to learn how to cook and bake in this very specialized way.
For those of you who have tried and/or succeeded, you know how seemingly impossible it is, especially baking without that darn magic egg! Who knew that one egg was so crucial! When we returned to the U.S., our options were huge compared to overseas, however, the biggest problem I ran into is that there just weren’t choices that were free from ALL of the allergens. I got so sick and tired of reading through all the ingredients on every single item!
After what seemed like 1000’s of failed attempts, I knew I had achieved the ultimate success when our pre-teen daughter, who said gluten free food is “gross”, finally gave me her stamp of approval. And voila! Buddy’s Allergen Free was born. Our treats are free from the 8 top allergens that affect children and adults alike, so you don’t have to search through the long ingredient lists anymore!* I am 100% confident that you will absolutely love our treats, whether you have food “issues” or not.
I love sharing with others who have traveled this challenging journey so please drop a note to say “hi”. I truly understand what you go through and hope to make it a bit easier. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Oh yes, and one more thing, please spread the word that life is just better with Buddies!:)