Here is a link to the podcast of a conversation I had last week with Liz Fraser – parenting guru, broadcaster and author of the Yummy Mummy books. http://www.liz-fraser.com
We had a discussion about the challenges with getting children to eat, in particular one who has anxieties about trying new foods, as a result of food allergies/intolerances.
It was great to meet her and get some insights and ideas on how to overcome the challenges we face when trying to persuade our overly cautious little boy, that not all foods will give him a tummy ache.
Hope you find it interesting.
Last week, I was lucky enough to have a little interview with Chris Hook, the MD of Warburtons Gluten Free division – the Newburn Bakery. I contacted him because I was curious to find out what was behind the rebrand and have noticed that they are expanding their product range and it all looks rather interesting. He must be a very busy man, so I was impressed that he took the time to speak to me. The insights I gained were fascinating, so I thought I should share them.
Chris has worked in gluten free baking for over 25 years. He was behind the UK launch of the Dietary Specials brand, which he sold in 2010. In that time Chris saw gluten free foods go from being something that was available only on prescription to a product that was becoming more and more mainstream.
Warburtons entered the gluten free market in 2011. They were aware of the demand from their existing customer base, and also the MD Jonathan Warburton, has a niece who has to follow a gluten free diet, so it was a natural development. Chris Hook joined in 2012 as Warburtons were not altogether happy with their start and were looking for someone with more experience. Chris hired a development baker and they spent a lot of time and effort in improving the product.
When you have an intolerant child, you cannot leave the house without a bag of food. Things are improving, in terms of the availability of gluten free food, but dairy free food is still pretty hard to come by and so it is simpler and safer to bring your own. Just last week, Zac and I had a busy day planned – morning play at a friends house followed by a big shopping trip – so as we would be out over ‘snack time’ and lunchtime, we packed his little Angry Birds lunch bag and were set for the day. But what do you do if you are staying away from home?
A while back I wrote a blog post about a recent hotel stay with the kids that required all the lunch boxes and ice packs we could find, just so we could take some ‘special milk, butter and yoghurts’, and give him a proper breakfast the next morning. Of course, he could have a cooked breakfast – no gluten or dairy in bacon, eggs, tomatoes and baked beans – but he is fussy and slightly afraid of a lot of food, so we took his cereal and bread along too. It was a hassle and we haven’t been away since, so I haven’t had to think about it again.