Bio: Shirley Plant
Food Allergy Consultant and Dietary Designer
Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, multiple food and environmental allergies 20 years ago, Shirley has learned through personal experience how hard it is to change your life for the better.
Shirley understands first hand the difficulties of trying to plan creative, nutritious and affordable menus while having to avoid such common foods as wheat, dairy, eggs, corn, gluten, sugar, just to name a few. But through understanding, education and a keen interest to help people find food alternatives to fit into their life schedules, Shirley has developed an expertise and well known reputation in Dietary Design.
As one of the Food Editor’s for Lapointe’s Cookbook, “From Our Kitchen to Yours”, published by General Store Publishing House and author of “Finally Food I Can Eat” and “Libre” an inspirational dietary handbook and cookbook for people with food allergies and food intolerance, Shirley is well known in the Ottawa area as a expert in menu planning. She has published various articles for Eco- Sense, a publication for people with allergies, and for the Celiac News, Ottawa Chapter a quarterly newsletter. She has also been a presenter at the 5th Annual Heart Smart Smorgasbord, and has done dietary seminars at Rainbow Natural Foods and at the Ottawa Environmental Health Clinic on food allergies, intolerances and rotation diets.
Shirley strives to keep current with new research and development in the area of nutrition and its effect on health. She is actively involved in the AAIA ( Allergy Asthma Information Association), Canadian Celiac Association, and AEHA ( Allergy and Environmental Health Association).
Shirley’s expertise also extends into the kitchen with her tasty deserts and snacks and other specialized catering items. Shirley enjoys performing cooking demos and has appeared on Rogers TV, CTV’s News at Noon, A Channel News, Regional Contact, and the cooking stage at the National Women’s Show Cooking Stage, and Go Green Expo.
As a Food Allergy Consultant and Dietary Designer, Shirley brings a sound expertise and understanding to clients and their families that few can match. Her pleasant and caring manner, her own experiences as a food allergy sufferer and her creative design flare, makes Shirley and Delicious Alternatives “a must” for clients struggling to find the light at the end of dietary tunnel.