Welcome, and welcome back!
What an amazing few weeks we’ve had! OMG, since Tummy Thyme hit the road we haven’t stopped moving!
Last Sunday we participated in the 4th Annual SoCalMoms Great Big Family Play Day at The Autry in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. Wow! What an event! We can’t begin to tell you how excited we were to join our first-ever major community ‘meet and greet’. (See the photos below).
Hundreds of people tried our Tummy Thyme Testers and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Even better than we could have imagined. We love meeting people who care about the food they serve their children. Events like these give us a chance to explain why Tummy Thyme can be an important step in the culinary journey of your little ones.
A few days earlier, in the middle of preparing food in our test kitchen for the SoCalMoms event, we received news that knocked our socks off. We made the pages of Goop! (Have a look at the screen grab below).
Our little upstart (sorry, start-up) was recognised by one of the most widely read websites and newsletters in the United States. Goop is the brainchild of Gwyneth Paltrow, an Academy Award-winning actress, singer and food writer, as well as a highly-regarded wellness advocate. Her newsletter and website are dedicated to “style, food, and wellness recommendations from her circle of elite chefs, spiritual thinkers, and alternative health professions.”
To get an idea of how many people engage with Ms Paltrow’s amazingly successful media enterprise, Goop has nearly one million newsletter subscribers and its website receives more than 3.75 million page views per month.
We’ve often been asked if Tummy Thyme would introduce food for more advanced eaters. Up to this point we’ve resisted, but because demand has been growing we went back to our test kitchen to develop our new range – Tummy Thyme Toddler, to complement Tummy Thyme Teeny.
We’re pleased to announce that our range for toddlers will be released in June (?). More on that in our next blog!
A few weeks ago we had the privilege of meeting some of the moms and their babies at a Wright Mommy and Me group at Bini Birth [hyperlink] in Sherman Oaks. A big THANK YOU to Julie Wright for giving us the opportunity.
The purpose was to introduce Tummy Thyme to moms whose babies are starting out on solids. And to talk about why wholesome and nutritious organic food without additives or preservatives is so important as we prepare our little ones for a world of food discovery.
We’re thrilled to say that the babies AND their moms loved our food!
In the same week, we met a wonderful mom who also happens to be a pediatrician, author, public speaker and chef. What connects the two events is that both happened to coincide with tastings of Tummy Thyme. In this case, we met JJ Levenstein at The BLVD Kitchen [hyperlink] on Ventura, a stone’s throw from Bini Birth.
JJ is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the National Peanut Board – as well as an inspired and passionate chef. We spoke about the concern that parents have about allergies in their babies and how to prepare for that eventuality.
We’re thrilled to include an article by JJ for Talking Tummy Thyme in this blog. She addresses this very important issue and there are few people as well qualified as JJ Levenstein to talk on this subject.
It also gave us food for thought. To find out what that is, read more at ‘We Are Up For The Challenge’.
Talia & Mayani
EVERY DAY IS MOTHER’S DAY AT TUMMY THYME
But to celebrate its gazetted day, Sunday 14 May, we’ve decided to include a single red rose with every delivery this coming Sunday (or the next Sunday for those of you who are subscribers to our service). It’s our way of saying how important you are to your family and ours.
TUMMY THYME’S WINNING WAYS!
Who doesn’t love to win a prize?
Here is your chance:
If you can suggest an interesting food combination that Tummy Thyme might like, let us know and we will select one to introduce into our testing kitchen for evaluation. We will also photograph the winning recipe to give our readers a chance to see how it looks in our signature cube.
The winner will receive a Tummy Thyme Tester Pack valued at $54 incl. delivery (in the Greater Los Angeles area only).
IN THE NEWS WITH GOOP!
Under the heading of ‘Baby Food (and Delivery Services) We Love’ was a listing for Tummy Thyme!
To get the full story go to http://goop.com/babys-first-superfoods-and-how-to-prep-them/
FUN IN THE SUN AT SOCALMUMS
Thank you to all of the moms and dads that dropped by to visit us and taste Tummy Thyme. Here are some photos that were taken on the day.
TUMMY THYME TASTER OF THE MONTH!!!!
ARE WE NUTS TO GIVE PEANUTS TO BABIES?
JJ Levenstein, MD, FAAP
Food allergies, and peanut allergies,in particular, have been at the forefront of concern in the US for the last decade. It’s estimated that about 2% of US children suffer from peanut allergy – and because peanut allergy is less likely to be outgrown, peanut allergy is an important public health issue. Peanut allergies, along with other food allergies, can be life threatening. To date, strategies to reduce risk for children involve avoiding peanuts, establishing food safety guidelines for schools and food servers, and educating the public about allergies. Until now.
We now have compelling scientific evidence to help us PREVENT peanut allergy in children based on the results of the LEAP Study. Published less than 2 years ago, this large and well controlled study looked at babies at high risk for developing food allergy (with severe eczema, egg allergy or both) and asked the question, “Does early introduction of peanut protein help a baby develop tolerance (peanut as friend) or promote allergy (peanut as enemy)?” Suffice it to say that after 7 years, the study showed an 85% REDUCTION in peanut allergy in the study group that received 3x weekly peanut protein from the age of 4 months on.
Early this January, the Addendum guidelines for the prevention of peanut allergy in the United States: Report of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases-sponsored expert panel was released. These new guidelines now give parents and clinicians the tools by which we hopefully can reduce peanut allergies in our new generations. Instead of waiting until 3 years to introduce peanut (as was previously thought to be beneficial), we’ll be giving peanut early. Here’s how it works:
- The new addendum provides guidance for the introduction of peanut foods according to three specific risk categories of infants, namely those with:
- Severe eczema or egg allergy or both
- Mild to moderate eczema
- No eczema and no food allergy
- Peanut foods should be introduced to infants as recommended by the expert panel in accordance with their specific risk as follows:
- Babies with severe eczema, egg allergy or both – introduce age-appropriate peanut foods as early as 4-6 months, after (1) introduction of other solid foods and (2) evaluation with blood Ige or skin prick testing by your child’s doctor or allergist.. Infants in this category should see their healthcare provider before introducing peanut foods. Depending on the results of the blood or skin tests, peanut foods should be introduced under supervision by a knowledgeable healthcare provider or at home.
- Babies with mild to moderate eczema – introduce peanut foods around 6 months of age, in accordance with family preferences and cultural practices. Age-appropriate peanut foods can be introduced at home without an in-office evaluation by a healthcare provider, unless the infant’s healthcare provider or caregiver prefer an evaluation or supervised feeding or both.
- Babies with no eczema or food allergies – freely introduce age-appropriate peanut containing foods together with other solid foods and in accordance with family preferences and cultural practices.
- Introducing peanut foods to infants is easy and can be done by:
- Feeding the infant 21 pieces of Bamba or similar peanut puff product (either as is or softened with 4-6 tsp of water)
- Mixing 2 tsp of peanut butter into 2-3 tsp of hot water (allow to cool before feeding)
- Mixing 2 tsp peanut butter into 2-3 Tbs previously tolerated pureed fruit or vegetables
- Mixing 2 tsp of powdered peanut butter or peanut flour into 2 Tbs of previously tolerated pureed fruit or vegetable
- **Whole nuts should not be given to children under 5 years of age. Peanut butter directly from a spoon or in lumps/dollops should not be given to children less than 4 years of age.
- The recommendations include giving peanut products 3 times/week to those babies at high risk, and ad lib (when wanted, but at least 3 times weekly) to babies at medium or no risk.
The hope is that, over the next decades, we will see a marked reduction in peanut allergy by incorporating these guidelines into the diets of our babies. And what better way to blend that peanut protein into a baby’s diet than using the Baby Bullet!
It’s important here, to speak with your healthcare provider first, before introducing solid foods to your baby. This way you are on the same page on the road to a healthy, well-nourished baby.
WE ARE UP FOR THE CHALLENGE
After meeting with JJ and realizing that we too can contribute to a healthier community, we have decided to work on a line of Tummy Thyme foods that follow the ‘recipe’ outlined by this respected paediatrician.
It is too early to say definitively that we can introduce a product line to assist babies that are allergic to certain foods, but we give you this undertaking: WE WILL TRY! As soon as we have something to tell you, you will read it here.