Sunday, January 29, 2017

Mylan, Are You Listening?

I admit, the summer of 2016 was VERY intense with all of the Mylan/EpiPen issues that popped up and swirled through every source of social media for weeks. For many/most people within the food allergy community, it became a topic of discussion, anger, disappointment and (sadly) even a way to achieve higher ratings on certain social media platforms. Whether it be radio call-ins, interviews or simply discussing my thoughts with concerned food allergy members, I didn't do it for attention or ratings- I did it to protect everyone's right to stay safe and, in some cases, to stay alive. After all, how can anyone put a price tag on a person's life? How can anyone produce a life-saving medication only to seemingly turn their backs on those who need it? How can a company know how much power they have only to wind up saying they didn't know? I have met families who cannot afford to have their child carry epinephrine and honestly, for each person that I meet that has this dilemma, I automatically associate their family with mine. It doesn't matter that we are not related, it doesn't matter that we do not have the same blood running through our veins or have the same thoughts about anything else- what matters to me is that another child or person could potentially loose their life. I can't be that person who doesn't try to help. I can't be that person that stays silent. Even if all I can do is to write about it or sign petitions - I will do that for every single person who needs it to be done. That is my duty to my food allergy community.

Now? Why Now? Recently, Mylan offered an interview to CBS News after so many months of no response at all ( or, very little). While people were screaming, asking for answers we got none. The air was silent and we were all left in the dark with nothing. Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the company who had done so much good for the community in the past just left us with unanswered questions and a graph chart that didn't show any sign of remorse or empathy for those who needed it. We watched as the questions were unanswered still when the Senate wanted to stand up for us. And we watched months later, after a lot of backlash, when Mylan "suddenly" had an alternative option of a cheaper generic product. Then there was more silence.

A few days ago, the silence ended. Mylan CEO Heather Bresch spoke with Norah O'Donnell of CBS and claimed that "What I realized, and what I went through this summer- EpiPen was a window into a broken system. And what I've conveyed, and I believe the discussion continues to validate, this isn't an EpiPen problem. This is a health care problem."

Why this response now? Five months later, a hearing and a new year that brings multiple new auto injector options, why now?

My Opinion These are just my opinions, I don't claim to speak for anyone else.

Dear Mylan,

This may come across as the whiny person that will never be satisfied but it's quite the opposite. I know you are trying to appease us. I know you are (most likely) wracking your brain to figure out how to get back into the food allergy community on the best of terms. But (yes, BUT) this statement doesn't sit well with me. Who am I? Maybe just a a tiny speck within billions but I am still one of the mothers who doesn't want to watch her son die nor anyone else's. I feel that this train of thought in the interview is not based on helping others, it seems that it's still based solely on how Mylan can continue on but still not answer the unanswered questions. It's all well and good that you are trying but (yup, another but) I take offense to the statement above. You see, while you were sitting quietly the rest of us were fighting for answers and change. We were coming together to rally for keeping each other safe. We were petitioning to ensure that everybody knew what was going on with the price increases and that it wasn't simply a few people complaining. Where was your voice then? Where was the support when we asked for it?

Your statement "EpiPen was a window into a broken system" doesn't resonate well with me. Perhaps I am over thinking it just a bit. I just cannot shake the feeling that this new effort has nothing to do about supporting your customers and it has everything to do with you trying to sweep the previous concerns under the rug and fast forwarding to a crusade that was not started by EpiPen. In fact, it was started by the community who rallied for this change. Is your company large and powerful? Yes but our community- our community that is made up of other "me's", other tiny specks that came together and got the information out, not you. In edition, regardless of what was broken or needed to be fixed the fact still remains that nobody forced you to continually raise the price of EpiPens. Nobody. I apologize if this seems harsh and abrupt and I sincerely hope that Mylan will do better going forward but stating that your secretive ways were the window for change- not quite correct. Did the controversy force your company to seek change? Yes but it wasn't because of what you did or didn't do, it was because of the public.

Mylan, I am thankful that you finally spoke out and I am grateful that you are stating that you now want to be a part of the solution rather than the problem. All I ask is that you choose your words wisely as well as your actions. We expected great things from you and we will accept nothing less.

Thank you~

Friday, January 27, 2017

Air is Everywhere, But Can You Breathe It?

NutriFamily got a new allergy gadget a few months ago- an Intellipure air purifier. Now, this may not be your idea of a gadget but I definitely consider this product to be such. Just for backup, the definition of gadget is "a small mechanical or electronic device or tool, especially an ingenious or novel one" so I would say that pretty much matches our criteria.  From the looks of it, you might think that it's big, bulky and not user-friendly but it's quite the opposite. As I demonstrated in my previous post, this Ultrafine 468 is super easy for anyone to use and literally ready to get to work on your air quality as soon as it leaves the box.

Why an Air Purifier? When NutriSon was a baby, he always sounded like Darth Vadar. He had a croupy cough and he had streams of boogers that seemed to go on forever. Little did we know that most of that stemmed from us not understanding how to manage his environmental allergies along with his food allergies. Most of us assume that indoor air is safer for us, especially on the days that allergens are higher but this is not necessarily the case. Ultrafine particles can come from sources within our homes without us even realizing it. I give you Exhibit A:

You have a pet. You love the pet. The pet loves you back. But did you know that this innocent, adorable, lovable pet could be contributing to your air quality without even meaning too? I found out the hard way that the my office was not usable because of the cat's litter box. I didn't even realize how much dust,small airborne particles and odors polluted my office air so much that I couldn't use it. Luckily, I found two solutions- I found a hypoallergenic cat litter and I relocated our Intellipure air purifier into my office. Less than an hour later, I was able to walk into my office with no smells, no dust and no other noticeable air pollution. Who knew that air could be so soluble? No onto Exhibit B:

Your fireplace- it's cozy, it warms your home but this also contains possible toxic particles. The dust that sits on your hearth can carry in dirt from outside pesticides (hey, do you know where all of your firewood has come from?) and this can also be carried into the air you are breathing as it burns. What's scary is that people who are suffering from Alzheimer's Disease were found to have ultrafine particles embedded in their brains. These sneaky particles catch a ride up through your olfactory nerve and end up in your brain. I'm not trying to freak you out, just explaining the process to give you an understanding of how fragile our systems are without us even realizing it. Knowledge and information gives is the power to take charge of our health and to take preventative measures on building a healthier life going forward. How can we do this? The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recommends:

  1. Dilute the air when possible
  2. Remove the source of pollution
  3. Clean the air with a portable, high-end air purifier 
(Our family took care of all three the minute we began using our Intellipure air about multi-tasking for our health!) 

The Cost of Clean Air Just like all of you, our family lives on a budget. Allergies can make this even more challenging so how can you stay healthy, have the best environment possible but also maintain your budget? There are a few things to consider- 

You Get What You Pay For- The Ultrafine 468 retails for $999 but before you look at the price, consider your options. You could spend less on another air purifier but how is it rated? Does it offer a warranty? Does it have the capacity to filter the space of your home properly?  Does it have replaceable filters or parts that you know you can find if you need them (because some of them are so easy to buy but finding the replacement parts are like winning the lottery) and do you know how much of your air is being filtered? 

What is Your Health Worth- If the $999 price is making you take a step back, let's break it down. If you were averaging what you were spending over one year's time to breathe clean air, to lessen your chances of poor health in years to come or just to know that your home is a safe haven from pollutants it would cost you under $3 a day. That's less than what most people spend in breakfast each day.

Intellipure Offers Help Too- Free ground shipping on orders over $200 (except Hawaii and Alaska). I already get excited to see the delivery person drive up to my house but it seems better when it's free.... do you think they know that it's free?! Maybe we should tell them so they can order their own air purifier. After all, if your delivery person isn't healthy too you don't get your packages on time.

Have you tried the Intellipure Ultrafine 468? OR have you tried other brands for your allergies? I'd love to hear your experiences! 
Leave a comment, share this article with everyone that could use a health reboot for 2017

*I received materials and information for providing my thoughts and ideas to Intellipure. All comments made by me about the the Ultrafine468 are at my own discretion and based on my own opinion. #Sponsored

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Allergies- What Do You Say?

Each year, food allergies continue to increase. Each year, mothers and fathers become distraught over the diagnosis of a food allergy. Each year, thoughts and actions on how to handle food allergies are presented in multiple ways. And each year, unnecessary deaths occur because of a food allergy.

This year, I want to offer more hope to everyone that doesn't involve being afraid of food allergies. I want to offer all of you helpful tips and include some from people that I admire to give you a well-rounded perspective on it all. Does having food allergies make life challenging and upsetting and just down right depressing sometimes? Yes. But there are ways to understand how food allergies may have become a part of your life for a positive reason. With so much pressure and frustration, I lean toward as many of the positives as I can. Let me show you why a food allergy diagnosis is an important part of your life.

It's Me! See the other news here

Think about it- think back to how you felt with the initial food allergy diagnosis. Did your world suddenly come to a halt? Did you hear the doctor giving you information but it all became kind of blurred together? Did you leave the office and feel as if you couldn't walk or breathe or talk? That is all normal. That is your body trying to process and it's also your brain trying to put everything into perspective at warp speed only to be followed by feeling as if your world was changing but you don't want it too. You don't want to be afraid of food or parties or just going out to the movies with your friends. You don't want to have to read every single label twice. You don't want to carry medications with you will you go swimming? How will you go to the beach when those medications can't be in the sun and still stay safe? And how will you visit those beaches knowing that most of that delicious smelling food is something you will never, ever eat safely?

That was the before panic. That was the not knowing panic. But then you found your missing family members. They were there, waiting for you, the entire time. They live next door to you, in a different school district, in Asia and even in places that you cannot pronounce.The important thing is- they are there. They support you even though you have never spoken before and never met. They would hand you endless tissues if they could pass them through the screen. Now sit back and think about all of these new people, these new family members who answer your plea at whatever time of day that you ask them; would you have ever imagined that your life could be so full of such support and love? In your darkest days, can you ask for a better cheering squad? Some people become afraid but others use that fear to build knowledge. With so much knowledge, the fear begins to become less and less and your way of life becomes full again, slowly. It doesn't matter that you can't eat that food because you can eat all of these foods; the foods that your extended family told you about. The foods that many people who do not have food allergies may never even realize are there for them too. Most importantly, you will understand that the very same foods that pulled you apart from some people are the same foods that pulled you closer to others. Keep this in your head and in your heart. You have been blessed with a new way of life. You have been given knowledge and power to keep yourself safe as well as countless others when many do not have that power. How awesome is that?!

Still Need More? This is where more sharing comes in. I share because I realize that not everyone wants to listen to just what I say and that's ok. I want everyone to listen to as many people as they can. That's why I'm sharing even more thoughts from these wonderful people that I also consider to be my family members. Hopefully, they will become yours too ~

Please be sure and click on the links to read their entire article- the graphics are simply a small portion of what they each wanted to share with all of you.

Allergy Superheroes  Read ALL of their tips here

- Sharon Wong, Nut Free Wok  Read ALL of her tips here

- Amanda Kanashiro, My Gluten Free Miami
Read ALL of her tips here

"When you are managing a serious medical condition, this could be the most important thing you do. I share one tip I wished someone had shared with me when I first became a food allergy mom." - Gina Mennett Lee, Food Allergy Consultant and Educator.

Gina Mennett Lee, Food Allergy Consulting
Read ALL of her tips HERE

What are YOUR food allergy tips?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Is Medication-Free Pain Relief Possible?

As I have repeated several times over the past few years, I think outside of the box. I have also learned that food allergies and healthy living is more than just foods. Healthy living is about how to feed your body healthy too, not just your stomach. It never stops amazing me how much research continues to show that what you eat effects what your body does and how you feel. When you realize this, you can begin to take more control over your own health and healing. It (may) sound a bit earthy-crunchy and hokey but I wasn't this person twenty years ago. I was the person scoffing at the people who were saying these things to me. Life and situations forced me to learn the hard way for my own good.

Although everyone is different, one of the things that my food issues caused my body to become hypersensitive to medications. Even my doctor laughs at me when I remind him to give me baby doses of anything. Not such a bad thing to have happen unless you are given something that makes you feel uneasy then (for me) it's feeling uneasy times 100. This gives you a choice- to use medications or to work with your doctor who is awesome and understands that not everyone can use typical medications so together you seek alternative treatments. What's even more amazing is when you find a company who specializes in that exact train of thought.

A Light at the End of the Tunnel I was asked to try an item that relieves pain by using Pulsed Electromagnetic field (PEMF) to reduce pain. The OSKA Pulse product is a little larger than a computer mouse, it charges and then it's ready to go. The OSKA Pulse kit come with the handheld device, the charger cord and a flexible strip to help hold it in place (such as around your waist). With just a push of a button, it automatically times how long you have been using it and a gentle beep let's you know when your session has ended. There is no sound during when it's on so it's silent but it does give off a soft glow that looks kind of like a UFO. In fact, here's what it looks like:

                                                             Is your computer wonky?
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Did It Work? This is the tough part for me as I am always honest with product reviews. I gave it to my mother to borrow for a week to try out. She looked and sounded hesitant but she has reoccurring back pain from sciatica that is worse when she sits. So she took it and later that day, I was surprised to get a call from her "This thing really works!". She did mention that for her pain she had to use it for a few sessions but she was really quite impressed and wanted to know how it worked to relieve the pain. I tried to explain as best as I could but after many questions, I gave in and just went with "It works and there are no side effects so do you need to know all of the details?" She agreed and I went about my day.

Then after sledding for a few days with the kids (which I found out is not a good thing for me to do anymore due to bulging discs) I found an opportunity to try out the OSKA Pulse myself. I tried it on and off for several days. I moved it around. I paid attention to the instructions which recommend that you use it away from items "that may have strong magnetic fields, such as microwaves or strong audio speakers" as the device may not work as well around these products. My experience with the OSKA Pulse- I did not notice a difference.

So What Now I will keep my OSKA Pulse and see if it works on different pain in the future. I thought about it and realized that A) not everyone's injuries are the same B) not everyone's healing processes are the same and C) I'm curious if the pain relief also depends on the type of injury that is being treated. My bulging disc did not seem to be helped but my mother's muscle pain was. Me being an optimist, I don't give up easily and I want to keep mine around and see what else it can help with in the future. If you are on the fence about trying one out, they do offer a return policy for those who are not satisfied with the product (here).

Are you curious? For your own OSKA Pulse visit them at or if you want to hang out and do some more research om them first before you decide, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what other fun facts you can learn about their product.  Many thanks to OSKA Wellness for thinking of me and asking me to review their product, I appreciate it.

As always, never any compensation except for the product themselves as all of my reviews are always honest.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Do You Have Blogger's Butt?

It's inevitable. I don't have the exact statistics but someone you know right now has it or will most likely get it sometime during their lifetime as a blogger. Why is this becoming more common and what can we do to stop it? Is there a way to prevent it? What can we do to help our fellow bloggers who are new to their profession so that they can watch for the warning signs? Here are my personal tips-

Relocate Your Work Area This may sound like a silly thing but it's a small, easy way to help work on that bloggers' butt without you missing a beat. When I say relocate, look at where you currently spend most of your blogging time. Do you tend to stay on one floor or in an area that is easily accessible to whatever you need during the day? Since so many bloggers are using portable blogging devices, we can be accessible anywhere, anytime. We have the luxury of  sharing our thoughts from any space but in the long run, this is what is adding to our butt load of issues. Not sure what I mean? Move upstairs- if you work from home and tend to plop yourself downstairs so you can work, eat, clean, whatever- stop. Move your dedicated work area somewhere upstairs. It may not seem like a huge thing but when you do, you will begin to notice how many times a day the stairs are used. It may be baby steps but your butt will appreciate it. The only exception- if you are like me and have a cat who just loves to come into your office to poop just about the same time you are getting into your writing groove. In that case, maybe relocate the cat litter (because blogging with that..blah!).

Put the Products Away All of those yummy food items that you get? Yeah, put them in a spot where you will not eat ALL of them in a short period of time. I know, it's difficult- we're home, we're working and they are soooo darn delicious (most of the time) so what does it hurt to have a taste...two tastes..5 packages. If you put them out of reach, you will begin to notice how many times you get up to get them. Better yet, organize them in bins that are not see through but make sure you keep a to-do list if you need to review them. If they are out of site, there is no mental reminder of oooh, I could really go for some of that right now! It's bittersweet- bloggers love getting products (hey, who doesn't) but then having them at our disposal can sometimes be our downfall. No butts about it.

Water- Drink It Don't like water? Find a happy medium- if you need something warm to sip on, find an herbal tea and add more water than tea. If you need something bubbly, add seltzer to your water. Whichever way works best for you, get that water into your body each and every day. Coffee does not count. If you need coffee, have coffee but drink one glass of water for each cup of coffee. Plus, when the whole drinking water, getting up to pee every 45 minutes kicks in, it gets you moving more during the day. Probably not what you want to think about or hear but it's true. Hydrating keeps everything in your body optimal, including your brain (which we crazy bloggers need on a moment's notice). So technically, you can drink yourself into work mode.

Solid Cups Invest in a new cup for your water (if you don't already have one) but it must be solid, as in not see through. And it must be larger than just one glass of water. Keep this with you at all times. When you are busy blogging, how many times do you reach for your coffee cup, your mug of tea, that bag of whatever the day's product is? It's habit and we all do it. The key is to replace whatever is within reach rather than breaking the habit. So why a solid cup? When we don't see how much we are drinking, we tend to drink more. Plop a straw into the cup and I bet you'll drink even more. Why? I am a blogger, not a scientist, just try it.

Blog On a Machine I admit, I have never done this myself. I am that person that cannot walk on a treadmill without having at least one hand on a rail because I will fall off. This being said, some people actually blog and exercise at the same time. There's even a treadmill with a built in desk to help you. Again, could I do this? Nah- you would most likely read about how I bought one, fell, got my arm caught in some part of it and had to lay there for hours until my kids finally realized there was no food cooked for them. For those of you who can, it's an option to multitask. Actually, this would bring an entirely new definition to the term "bloggers butt" but in a good way... I can visualize a bunch of bloggers at a conference who haven't seen each other all year. "Did you lose weight? You have like no butt! I've been sitting too long" all because your bloggers' butt is firm and shapely versus extended beyond what you prefer.

Put on REAL Pants For those of you who don't blog, it is a known fact that bloggers tend to live in their jammy pants, their fuzzy pants, their yoga pants and any other type of pants that are not real pants (unless they have too). And why? If you worked from home and didn't have too get dressed on the days when you didn't feel like it, would you? I think it's safe to say that most bloggers cannot count the number of times their Fedex, UPS or postal carrier has seen them answer the door in their comfy pants and by after a certain point, they stopped even caring about it. But (butt) here's the problem with this - not wearing real pants also helps you forget that your butt and your waistline are getting a bit too comfortable as well. When a blogger works weeks on end at home, tasting and posting product reviews, writing, Twitter parties- we are confused as to why our favorite pair of jeans has grown a little bit snug. We are horrified when we finally get dressed for an "outside" business meeting and that zipper just won't zip. Starting today, make a pledge to put in real least a few times a week.

What Do Bloggers REALLY Think About Bloggers' Butt? When I got the idea to write this article, I let a few people know I was working on it. The conversation is very typical of what a blogger thinks and how our minds zoom from one subject to the next. This is a small portion of what was discussed:

"I'm writing  a blog article titled Do You Have Bloggers' Butt...stay tuned"
"Giveaway- Blogger Tushoff 2017!"
"Wait, how do I plan a tush giveaway? ... but now I may need too"
" there cat litter involved?" (if you are unsure, please reread Relocate Your Work Area)
"I have one"
"You do not and neither does Tracy"
"I've been sitting more since I've seen you"
"I for sure have bloggers neck"
"..WTF is bloggers neck?! OMG, do I have bloggers neck??"

So, you see, bloggers have curious minds that are forever thinking, over thinking, sharing, over sharing and we are all ok with this. This is how we thrive. This is how we communicate. This is how we empower each other (as weird as it may sound) but it keeps us all going. Blogging is not as easy as sitting down and writing but neither is figuring out how to blog and try to keep your pre-blogging unbumpy butt.

If you have a bloggers' butt tip, a comment or just understand, please feel free to share 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dairy Free Cheese That Rawks

"What are you doing?"
"I'm trying Nacho Cheese cashew nut milk cheese"
"...You're eating nacho cheese milk?"
"No, I said nacho cheese nut milk cheese"
"..You're drinking nacho cheese milk?"
"No, mom' (rolling eyes) " I am eating a dairy free cheese made from nut milk.
"Dairy free cheese milk?"
(Holding my breath, rolling eyes again) "No, it's a cheese made from cashew that is dairy free and it's Nacho Cheese flavored."
"....I don't...OOOOOHHHHH. Dairy free cheese."
"Yes mom, dairy free cheese.: (banging head on the wall)

Has this happened to you?

Don't get me wrong, I love my mom and I know, deep down, as much as I hate to admit it one day I will probably have a similar conversation with my kids. And they will make fun of me (but hopefully not blog about it). Either way, this conversation made me chuckle and when I brought some Punk Rawk Labs Nacho Cheese to her to try, she was as impressed as I was. In my search for a dairy free cheese that will be acceptable to my picky palate, I was introduced to Punk Rawk Lab a few weeks ago. Much to my luck and wanting to revamp my diet, Punk Rawk Labs products are made from cashew (so dairy free and a good protein). 

So what are these little guys all about? Well, opposite of what my mother kept thinking they were, they are cheeses made from cashew nut milk and just a few more ingredients. And by a few, I mean like a small handful and you can easily pronounce all of them (because they are all healthy, simple ingredients). Before I go into the flavors and what I found, can we just talk about the adorable packaging? I am big into simplicity and eco-friendly cartons so of course the little individual boxes caught my eye immediately. Each cheese comes in it's own 2x3 cardboard box. It's like a special delivery sent just for you. Only that small 4.25 oz box of cheese is super filling. Don't get me wrong- I think anyone opening up a small box would tend to say "That's it?" but in this case especially, a little goes a very long way.

Original Why not begin with the Original? I admit, I was a bit hesitant trying these. As I mentioned, I have tried other dairy free cheeses and I never seem to find one that is just right. (Most) dairy free cheeses contain ingredients that I try to avoid such as yeast and even casein (casein, uhhhhh, it's a milk protein and it kind of defeats the purpose of a dairy free cheese). So I started with Punk Rawk Lab's Original flavor. For each flavor, I noted the same questions for what I felt was important (to me) that makes a good dairy free cheese:

Smell The Original had very little smell
Taste The Original doesn't have a strong taste, it just tastes like your typical spreadable cheese
Punk Rawk Labs Original flavor contains cultured cashew milk (organic cashews, water, probiotic,salt). 

Nacho (You know, the one that caused the whole beginning fiasco) I was excited and hopeful about this flavor. Imagine a dairy free Nacho cheese that you could use on so many different food items and without the guilt of "Oh my, how much cheese did I eat?!" 
Smell The Nacho smells exactly like a nacho cheese anything (score!)
Taste Almost like a cross between nacho and pepperjack. VERY tasty with a tiny kick of spice.
Punk Rawk Labs Nacho flavor contains cultured cashew milk (cashews, water, probiotic,salt), carrot, lemon, pickled chili pepper, green onion and sunflower lecithin.

Herb Ok, first of all , let's just get the pronunciation straight (as I have a pet peeve with people who say it wrong). It's pronounced "ERB" and not "HERB" it's a cheese, not a guy that you know from down the street. The only exception is if you are from the UK as they say "HERB" and I totally excuse that.


Smell The Herb has just a very faint,subtle smell of, well, herbs (surprise!) but I like products that live up to their name
Taste The Herb had a very mild, pleasant taste and you get just a hint of thyme and rosemary
Punk Rawk Labs Herb flavor contains cultured cashew milk (cashews, water, probiotic,salt), sage, rosemary and thyme.

Smoked (As in the flavor and not what I did with it) This variety was covered with salt & pepper and almost looked too pretty to eat. The great thing is that the outer "rind" gives the person eating it the option to have a simple smokey taste or a smokey taste with a little bit of spice to make your mouth go "I'm awake".

Smell Just a small amount of smokiness
Taste A mild, smooth cheese with a hint of smokiness (unless you eat the outer rind then it's a tad spicy).
Punk Rawk Labs Smoked flavor contains cultured cashew milk (organic cashews, water, probiotic,salt), black pepper and smoked sea salt.

ALL of the Punk Rawk Lab cashew nut milk cheese had good texture, were not gritty or chunky (in a bad way) and were just soft without crumbling.

Baking, Heating and Some Real Life Pictures After I took the beautiful pictures above (because I do believe in trying to showcase the products that I review) I decided that I needed to test out a few things that many of us would want to know in every day life. This means also sharing true to life photos, which are not so pretty. Once we were done noshing on all of the delicious Punk Rawk Labs cheeses, I realized that I didn't know if it would survive cooking. Especially with cheese, this is crucial. If you find a good cheese that doesn't survive other aspects of your cooking habits, it can be upsetting. 

Prepare yourself for the following photos. These are real photos taken in a real home. No cashew milk was harmed in the making of these photos.
  • The first test- baking. I spread some Nacho flavor onto a piece of gluten free bread and stuck it in the toaster oven. Did it bake up ok? Well, yes and no. If you are looking for Punk Rawk Labs to be an ooey gooey baked cheese kind of thing, it won't be. BUT it did not get greasy, oily, separate or look ..well, gross. Although it didn't melt, the cheese stayed in it's similar form and tasted just as good. 

  • The second test- cooking. I wanted to see if I could melt Punk Rawk Labs cashew milk cheese in a pot on the stove top. Did it melt? No. It resembled something similar to mashed potatoes BUT (again) it did not get greasy, separate and the flavor remained the same. Ultimately, in my eyes, this is still a winner. Who says grilled cheese has to be ooey gooey? If it's a safe food, if it's not doing all of the wrong things and it's tasting all the right ways then it's a keeper. 
My Thoughts? I LOVE this cheese!!! My daughter LOVES this cheese! My mother (yeah, you remember her) LOVES this cheese!!! Not only do I love the taste and texture but I love that Punk Rawk Labs uses just a few ingredients (none of which are yeast!) which is a big problem when I am looking for dairy free cheeses to recommend to the people that I consult with. This will definitely be a kitchen must from now on for us. 

A sincere thank you to Punk Rawk Labs for asking us to try their products out. My only hope is that I begin to see their products begin to appear in our local stores for the times that I just need to have their cheese right away. You can find them on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, YouTube and on their GoFundMe page.

As always, everyone's allergens are different. Please contact Punk Rawk Labs directly for questions regarding their products and their processing. 

Never any compensation except for the products themselves as all of my reviews are always honest.