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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Nutrimom - Fact or Crap?
Those of you who follow me or know me understand that I try to add a touch of humor to much of my information. This is not to make fun of any situation because we all know that food allergies are, indeed, very serious. Recently, I was informed of some pretty harsh things being said about what I do. Now, I know that you cannot please all of the people all of the time and I get that there will always be some who feel it's their duty to belittle you and I've brushed them off. This was something a bit different, a bit more malicious maybe? and to me, that was something that simply could not go unnoticed. The few professionals that I approached had not heard these allegations and I was relieved that their first reaction was one of laughter and disbelieving rather than even giving it a chance to be somewhat true. This strengthened me and told me that no matter what, I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing and to move forward.
So with the start of a new year, I welcome a breath of fresh air. I release this negativity and, in my own fashion, I invite all of you to play
"Nutrimom- Fact or Crap?"
Are you confused about the fact or crap part? Have you never seen the slightly distasteful but completely hilarious games and calendars lovingly called Fact or Crap? (see image for your convenience).
photo courtesy spinmastergames.com
Now that we have that clarified, let's move onto the fun part- the game!
Rumor #1- Nutrimom goes into people's homes and feeds their children peanut butter to see if they react- Fact or Crap?
First of all....really? How would this even ever make sense? I have a peanut-allergic child, I am a food allergy mother/blogger/consultant, I have been honorably invited to summits by Mylan and AANMA because I want to spread knowledge on how to avoid unnecessary reactions so how would this even be believable? I am going to assume that this local person was just feeling a bit desperate for whatever reason and that was the last hope of tarnishing my image for whatever reason. Peanuts, really? Next please.
Rumor #2- Nutrimom gives out medical advise to her clients- Fact or crap?
Once again, if this person had taken the time to ask me what I do, what kind of information I give to my clients or even to approach me person to person, then I would have clarified this in an instant. I am very, very careful and specific with all of my clients and even my comments on my posts. I am not and have never claimed to be a licensed medical professional and there are statements on all of my sites, recommendations that go out to clients, my book and anywhere else that I feel it is necessary to make people aware that no medical advise shall be given. I ask each and every client that I meet with to sign a disclaimer that states exactly that- I am not a licensed professional and that I will not give out medical advise. People are more than welcome to ask me whatever questions they want but that does not mean that I will always be able to help them or answer them. I rely on my network of doctors that I trust and I ask other people to do the same thing to be as safe as possible. My mission is to help others, not to make them worse or harm them in any way.
Rumor #3- Nutrimom is telling people she is a Nutritionist- Fact or crap?
Again, if that person had taken the time to speak with me about the concerns, I would have clarified this too. I am not a nutritionist but what I do is not the same thing as what a nutritionist does at all. I do not give out fat or calorie content, I do not tell people how to balance out their calories or how to weight their body mass...no, no, no! I am the person that does research for each client individually. I provide recipes that do not include their specific allergens (some mine and some that anyone can find anywhere on the internet), I give them websites, books, products that are available, pictures of those items, coupons, where to buy those items on a cheaper scale, ideas for food replacements...shall I go on? I am a fact finder, I am the person that tries to help those who don't know where to start or where to look because I was that person, I was there and I don't wish that on anyone. Not even you, local person who decided to say these things.
Rumor #4-Nutrimom refuses to work with other local allergy-related organizations- fact or crap?
(sighing) This is just false, period. I am always willing to work with any groups that would like my help. One of my motto's is "sharing is caring" so why not help when and where I can? This same person is one who I tried to approach several times but I was pushed away. The fact is that I tried to contact you, comment on open pages that are about sharing and helping and my comments were erased - I didn't erase myself so it seems there is something not jiving here. I think it's best put in something that I read recently that said
"I am in competition with no one.
I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone.
I am simply trying to be better than the person I was yesterday."
Perhaps the one who is casting the stones should put the stones down, sit and think about it for awhile.
Rumor #5- Nutrimom kept her plans about setting up the Winston-Salem, NC FARE Walk a secret and did not call me to help her plan it- fact or crap?
When I returned last year from the Mylan Bloggers Summit, I had the idea that I wanted to start a FARE Walk in my own area, Winston-Salem, NC. I followed the proper procedures and I called FARE, asked questions and I was told that nothing NOTHING could be announced until we had a solid date, time and a go-ahead that would even ensure that a Walk could happen this year at all. So, yes, in that aspect I did keep it a secret because I was told to do so. As far as not asking for help- did you not read all of the posts asking for volunteers, donations, anything that anyone wanted to do to help us out? Did you ever approach me for the good for the cause and be a part of it? No, you did not. The fact is that you refused to work with me. Several of your group members did attend so I am happy to see that they do not feel that they have restrictions like you seem too. Life is too short, local person that I refuse to name, too short to fight other people and waste your energy when it could be put to so much better use, don't you think?
With all of this being said, I am wiping the slate clean- a new year a new mindset. I have had such a wonderful, glorious, blessed year and I know that without all of you with me being a part of it, it would never have happened. As I always, always say because I truly do mean it- I appreciate each and every one of you! I am here to help.
Best wishes for everyone to have a safe and happy new year.