Sunday, December 19, 2010

I Can't Eat Your Treats

Don't Feed Me, LLC is proud to announce their new children's book "I Can't Eat Your Treats - a kid's guide to gluten-free, casein-free eating". Morgan Paulsen, 12-year old resident of Arlington, MN, wrote the book to help her sister Aivah, and other children who follow a gluten-free, casein-free diet, explain to others why they need to eat "special" foods. The 54-page, full-color book tells the story of Morgan's 3-year old sister Aivah, who has Celiac disease and a casein allergy. Morgan combined photos and a story that children can understand to explain why children who follow a gluten-free, casein-free diet can't eat foods that contain gluten or casein and what happens if they do. The photographer, 16-year old Emma Paulsen, is Aivah's oldest sister.

Morgan's book includes a section for parents that explains Celiac disease, gluten, casein and cross-contamination. Also included are twelve of Aivah's favorite gluten-free, casein-free kid-friendly recipes for foods such as Green Eggs & Ham, GFCF Macaroni & Cheese and Homemade Marshmallows.

Reactions to food allergies can range from hives and diarrhea to anaphylactic shock and death. 1 in 130 people have Celiac disease, which is the body's inability to digest gluten, a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. 75% of the world's population cannot eat dairy because they are either lactose intolerant or have a casein allergy. Casein is a protein found in dairy products. Autism affects 1 in 1000 people and many have seen a drastic improvement by following a strict gluten-free, casein-free diet. For the children whose health, and possibly life, depends on avoiding gluten and dairy, following a gluten-free, dairy-free lifestyle can be a matter of life and death.

"I Can't Eat Your Treats - a kid's guide to gluten-free, casein-free eating" is available for purchase at The retail price of this book is $14.95. Don't Feed Me, LLC is offering an introductory price of $11.95 for the month of December.

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