Maryana is an experienced and approachable down-to-earth consultant who specialises in eczema, allergies, food intolerances, gut healing and real food recipe development. She runs her busy online clinic from her home where she connects with families across the world including as the creator and host of the popular social media communities, The Healing Tribe and Real Food in New Zealand. Maryana draws on her professional skills as well as her personal experience with resolving her daughter's health symptoms to bring you realistic, practical and holistic wellness information with care and heart. She lives with her family and rescue animals in a coastal community in Northland, New Zealand.

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A Safe Eating Guide (Template)

Updated: Sep 25

Relationships with grandparents and other caregivers are often highly rewarding for everybody, and we do want to encourage these - but ideally not at the expense of our children's health and this is where it sometimes can get tricky. In this day and age, not everyone is immediately understanding of food choices that sit outside the norm especially when love and and the desire to "treat" children become entwined. It's just such a shame that many of the modern treat foods actually contain the most inflammatory ingredients and the effects can actually be quite harmful - allergies or not.

When my daughter was diagnosed with eczema and multiple food allergies, I knew her grandparents were really keen to get on board so that they could grow a great relationship with her, but given I was restricting EVEN MORE foods than just what she was technically allergic to, in my goal to heal from the inside out, I knew I needed to develop something to help explain it all. And I know that many out there struggle with how to relay similar food guidelines and/or preferences to others, so I created this template (albeit an earlier, less pretty version) and gave it to them. It wasn't designed to be an exhaustive master list of how she eats day to day, merely a good representation as a tool to give to grandparents or other caregivers so that they have a good idea how to feed them safely when in their care. Original versions were more allergy specific - this is the maintenance version! And now you can use this template below to create something similar for your situation. My suggestion is to keep it kind but be clear, be firm, be consistent and focus on what they CAN eat, rather than what they can't. It's all good saying "my child eats dairy free, gluten free, soy free, grain free, refined sugar free" but not everyone has a good idea on what that actually means, especially at short notice or when out and about! RAISED ON REAL FOOD - It's what this is about!

* Note this is just a template I developed for our own personal use. It is not to be seen as instruction for how to feed other children - seek professional guidance where necessary.

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Maryana Lishman is a certified Integrative Nutrition Coach who supports and empowers families to reach their health goals. All information, opinions, and recipes provided on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition and are not a substitute for advice from your doctor.  All words are her own and should not be taken as prescriptive or medical advice. Please seek professional advice before making changes to your diet or lifestyle. Throughout this site, there are various affiliate links where she may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you, should you decide to purchase.

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