Rashes, eczema and chronic sinus congestion all could be an indication of food allergies. The same goes for a bloated or upset stomach.
Kristi Hayes, owner of Tabor Mountain Bakehouse and Tabor Mountain Holistic Health & Wellness, is a registered nurse who has worked in traditional health care for more than 15 years. She is also a wife, mother and activist who helps people with food allergies and intolerances.
Hayes started studying holistic nutrition and integrative health in 2006 after the birth of her daughter, Tabor, who was chronically ill.
"Tabor had intolerances to dairy, eggs, gluten, corn and peanuts," Hayes said. "Tabor also was allergic to black beans and sesame seeds. Until we changed her diet, she suffered acid reflux, rashes, eczema and had a history of seizures."
After extensive nutritional therapy, Tabor was symptom-free by age 3 and no longer required medication.
Hayes' second child, Noah, was intolerant of almonds, dairy, eggs, soy and pork, and suffered from the same symptoms as his sister.
Hayes became a zealot about finding a better diet for her children, her husband and herself.
"I discovered foods can heal just as easily as they can harm," she said. "Nearly 70 percent of our immune system lives in our gut. If your gut isn't happy, how can you expect to be healthy? How can we expect it to absorb vital nutrients and allow us to thrive? Tabor Mountain was created out of this desire to thrive."
At the Bakehouse, Hayes prepares baked goods for children and adults who have food allergies, intolerances, autoimmune diseases or other dietary needs. At the wellness center, she meets with clients, reviews their health history, discusses their current state of health and helps set overall wellness goals.
Recently, she started a kids club for children and families with food issues. It's held at the Bakehouse, 111? E. Pikes Peak Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. At this Saturday's gathering, she'll offer a cookie cooking class. Cost is $10 and reservations are required. Details: 464-8183, tabormountainbakehouse.com.