About Me

Erika Profile - China Beach

Like many people, I have severe anaphylaxis to peanuts, nuts, legumes, soy and numerous other intolerances including dairy and wheat (and gluten).  More recently I have been diagnosed with Oral Allergy Syndrome to all foods which which have cross-reacting allergens with the birch trees. The birch related foods I now need to avoid include fresh carrots, celery, apples, peaches, plums, pears, cherries, apricots. I am also asthmatic and deal with numerous environmental allergies as well. I currently live in the Montreal area after a recent cross-Canada move back to the East coast to be closer to family. I have learned to live every day to the fullest and to NEVER live with regrets. Always think of the positive. Life does not have any negatives, only challenges we can learn from! There’s always a silver lining, you just have to find it! 🙂

My Mission: 

To create a self-sustaining, supportive, allergy and asthma aware community where even those without allergies and asthma provide a level of support.

My #1 Priorities are:

1. Eat Healthy.

2. Be active.

3. Support others with similar challenges.

4. Unconditional Happiness

More about me:

I have two siblings, neither of which have life-threatening allergies like me. Growing up, my parents and family always made a concerted effort to ensure I didn’t felt left out or extremely different from other kids. When I was young, my asthma was much worse and it affected our lives on a daily basis as I had to take my asthma compressor/ nebulizer to keep my asthma controlled.

I am extremely athletic and have been since I was young. My siblings and I were enrolled in soccer & downhill skiing teams when we were younger. I also competed in flat water sprint kayaking and cross-country skiing at regional and provincial levels.Training for competitions was always a nice way for me to “escape” if I had had a tough day with my allergies or asthma or any other frustrations. Competitive sport has also helped my asthma greatly and has taught me that my asthma should not restrict me from following my dreams which has been one of my biggest achievement

I am extremely passionate about sport and know that I am at my best when it is a part of my daily lifestyle.

I love cooking and baking. Especially coming up with new allergy friendly recipes. When I am not out for a bike ride, a hike or cooking up something delicious, blogging & volunteering with numerous organizations, I enjoy a little gardening, art, music or catching up with friends over a good coffee, walk in the park or a nice home-cooke allergy friendly meal!