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What Does It Means When Something Says ‘May Contain’?

Boarding an airplane often signifies embarking on a journey, whether for business or pleasure. However, for individuals with food allergies, it can also mean navigating a potential minefield of allergens. The prevalence of "may contain" labels on airline snacks poses a significant threat to the safety and well-being of passengers…

Allergy Community Receives Apology from This Morning

Food allergies are a significant and growing concern, affecting over 2 million people in the UK alone. Yet, despite the widespread prevalence and potential severity of these allergies, there is a persistent misconception that they are not a serious issue. This misunderstanding can lead to dangerous consequences, as illustrated by…

Allergy Awareness Week Might Be Over…

Although Allergy Awareness Week has come to an end, it's crucial to recognise that the efforts to raise awareness about allergies should not be confined to just one week. Allergy awareness remains a vital aspect in today's society and especially in school life. Schools play a pivotal role in educating…

Allergy Awareness Assemblies are BACK!

Allergy Awareness Week is just around the corner (22nd-28th April). We are so happy to say that our Allergy Awareness Assemblies are back for another year! Last year we managed to educate over 135,000 children across the UK and we want to continue to increase this number this year and…

Would you eat something that said ‘may contain’ glass?

Our founder Julianne Ponan MBE, was invited to speak at TEDX Swansea back in December to share her incredible story living with multiple allergies.   In her TEDx talk, Julianne shares her extraordinary journey, highlighting the importance of resilience, innovation, and unwavering determination. As the CEO of Creative Nature, a…

How Do You Incorporate Superfoods Into Your Diet?

As the New Year begins, many of us embark on a journey of self-improvement, and what better way to kickstart a healthier lifestyle than by incorporating nutrient-packed superfoods into your diet? Let's explore the benefits and creative ways to integrate some of our superfood products; Chia Seeds, Maca Powder, Cacao…

Anti-Bullying – Children with Allergies.

Sending your child to school with the constant worry that they might be bullied due to their allergies is something that a lot of allergy parents experience. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many parents and children. Allergies, whether they are food allergies, environmental allergies, or others, should never be…

Keeping Children Safe at Halloween: A Spooktacular Guide

Halloween is a thrilling and magical time for kids, filled with costumes, spooky decorations, and, of course, delicious treats. However, for parents of children with allergies, it can also be a season of heightened concern. Ensuring that your child with allergies has a safe and enjoyable Halloween experience requires some…

Creating a Safe School Environment for those with Allergies

As the school bells chime and children excitedly enter the world of education again at the beginning of September, it's important to remember that some of these young learners may be dealing with allergies. Allergies can be particularly daunting when going back to school, for several reasons. Will my friends…

Top Tips on Travelling with Allergies

Travelling with allergies can be a nightmare, however you make your journey. But flying can be far worse, as there is no rule that airlines have to consider their customers with allergies. We have launched a social media campaign to bring attention to the difficulties people with allergies face when…

Don’t Forget It’s Father’s Day Soon!

Don’t Forget It’s Father’s Day Soon! Father’s Day always falls on the 3rd Sunday of the month, so this year that’s Sunday June 18th Unlike Mother’s Day where the US celebrate at a different time of the year, we follow them for the celebration of fathers or those who have…

CORONATION FUN FACTS & SOME FOODIE HELP!

As the Coronation approaches, there’s no doubt it will be the big story of the next week across the media, and there will be many celebrations up and down the UK and overseas too.  We’re sure most of you know that it’s the first Coronation we have had in the…

Baking With Love

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we have been thinking about the old saying: ‘the way to a man’s/woman’s heart is through their stomach.’ It seems that for many people it is true, therefore, cooking for the one you love is a great way to show that love. Food has an important…

Creative Nature’s Egg Alternative’s

There are several different food ingredients that you can use as a replacement for egg, these are just a few that we love to use at Creative Nature This time of year we see several celebrations where food is part of the festivities: Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas.  All occasions…

Have you ever asked yourself, “What is Cacao Powder?”

Put simply - Cacao Powder is one of the most complex foods on Earth. It is thought that the word ‘chocolate’ has evolved from the Aztec word, ‘xocoatl’, which is the name of a bitter drink brewed from cacao beans (and sometimes mixed with chilli), the edible part of the…

Top 5 Allergy friendly afternoon tea recipes

It's Afternoon Tea Week and we have made loads of allergy-friendly alternatives to classic afternoon tea recipes, which we know you’ll enjoy. Afternoon tea is a great British tradition, particularly in the summer, providing a great time to catch up with friends over a cup of tea and delicious cakes…

Free From cakes for World Allergy Awareness Week

As we are approaching World Allergy Awareness week, we wanted to give you some of our baking tips for free from cakes that taste delicious. World Allergy Awareness Week this year runs between June 13 to June 19 and is an annual event to raise the awareness of allergic diseases…

MedicAlert’s First Ever Ambassador

WE’RE SO EXCITED – OUR CEO HAS BECOME THE FIRST EVER AMBASSADOR FOR THE GLOBAL CHARITY MEDICALERT! We are extremely proud to announce that our CEO, Julianne has been invited to be the first EVER ambassador for MedicAlert. MedicAlert was created in the 1950s and is now 66 years old.…

St Patrick’s Day: Easy desserts for a crowd

St Patrick’s Day is coming up this week (Thursday March 17) and, for some, the world will turn rather green! There's a lot of interesting things to note about St Patrick's Day and we'll be getting to them in a bit. But, here at Creative Nature, we know that this…

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was recognised by the United Nations in 1975 during its International Women’s Year, however, International Women’s Day has actually been around since the early 1900s. The event has grown out of protests against poor working conditions for women as fa back as 1908, when, a15,000 female workers…

World Book Day

World Book Day, held on March 3rd, is a celebratory day to promote reading for pleasure. This year, the theme, a message for all children is, ‘you are a reader’. In 2019 the National Literacy Trust found that 383,755 children don’t have a book of their own, which is shocking…

NEW TEAM MEMBER – Caitlyn

Latest news from Creative Nature Surrey free-from food company, Creative Nature, has recruited a new staff member to help the company with digital marketing and administration. Caitlyn Ward (23) from Walton-on-Thames, is settling into her new role. “It can be quite fast-paced, but in a fun, challenging way instead of…

The Hidden Language of Love in Flowers

A common gift for Valentine’s Day is flowers – and there’s a whole hidden language of love in flowers too. The red rose is the one most of us know however it’s more complex than that! In 2018, 40% of people asked simply bought their loved ones a card for…

Let’s Be Kind

Has someone surprised you recently by being kind?  Have you surprised someone else with kindness? Let's be kind. Random Acts of Kindness Day is coming up on February 17th.  At the moment, maybe even more than normally, kindness is a trait that we can all welcome. Both in terms of…

WORLD PASTA DAY!

Here at Creative Nature, we thought we would celebrate this World Pasta Day by sharing some amazing superfood recipes, these are all gluten free, dairy free and nut free. Make sure to check them out. We know that pasta can be a struggle for those with allergies and intolerances and…

Natasha’s Law

As you may know from reading our previous blogs, we support Natasha’s Law, which is about to come into effect in October.  This UK Food Information Amendment, known as Natasha’s Law will require food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on foods pre-packaged for direct sale on…

Did you know September 16 is National Guacamole Day?

Avocados seem to be a little like marmite, you either love them, or hate them, thinking they are either delicious or they are horrible and slimy. For those of you who don’t know what guacamole is, it is an avocado-based dip that has its origins with Aztec people. Already used…

Working Parents’ Day

In a few weeks’ time it is Working Parents Day (September 16) which is there to celebrate those parents who work hard all year to provide for their families. During the 20th century, women in Britain faced a complete change in their lives as more and more of them worked,…

Go organic september

  Organic September is the month to ‘go organic’. It’s a campaign set up by British Corner Shop and the Soil Association – and here at Creative Nature we have a strong relationship with both of those organisations. During the month, people are encouraged to eat, drink and use organic…

Panorama – ‘Brexit Six Months On”

We were thrilled to be filmed and interviewed for a Panorama documentary, which was transmitted last week – do look it up on IPlayer here.   The documentary followed several companies, of varying sizes, to see how they were coping, six months after Brexit. One was a Scottish fishing company…

The Summer holidays are here!

Summer is here, so time for holidays, camping, hotels, or self-catering, and time for days out exploring your local area. Time to have fun in the sun!   Staycation - when you choose to holiday at home rather than travel abroad. Of course, this year, many of us don’t have…

What is Christmas in July?

Christmas in July is a term that has popped up in terms of marketing for the last few years. In reality however, it started 84 years ago in 1933 at a girls’ camp in North Carolina.  It was the idea of the co-founder of the Keystone Camp, who was very…

Euros 2021

The UEFA European Football Championship, commonly known as the UEFA European Championship and informally as the Euros, is the primary association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), determining the continental champion of Europe. The event is…

BLACK LIVES MATTER – A YEAR ON

It is almost a year on from the killing of George Floyd d in the US, which ignited the protests against racism around the world. Recently the police officer who killed him sent to prison for life.   Who started it? The international human rights campaign actually began in 2013…

New Product for Easter

It’s nearly Easter and we are still (sort of) locked down!   This may be our second Easter in lockdown yet here at Creative Nature we’re not down hearted. Easter traditionally, is the beginning of Spring, a time of hope, growth and the birth of young animals. Let’s hope that this…

St Patricks Day

Do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day? It is on 17th March and was originally a Christian feast day, celebrating the life of St. Patrick, who spread Christianity to Ireland. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and the national apostle. Today it is a day of revelry and a…

International Women’s Day 2021

International Women's Day takes place on the 8th March. Did you know that the theme for this year’s The International Women’s Day is, #ChooseToChallenge ? The organisers believe that “a challenged world is an alert world.” As individuals we are all responsible, daily, for our own thoughts and actions. It’s…

Chocolate cake

Hooked on Chocolate Cake? We are too!

What is your favourite flavoured cake? In the UK, during 2020, the cake appearing in most searches online was ‘chocolate cake’. In some research to find UK’s favourite flavoured cake, chocolate cake came second to lemon drizzle. In the US, chocolate cake is the most popular, which makes it unsurprising…

Preparing for Natasha’s Law

By the end of this summer, new allergen regulations are expected to be in force, called Natasha’s Law. As a challenger free-from snack brand, we welcome and embrace this change – and we urge the food & drink sector to do the same. The new legislation has been named Natasha’s…

I’m an Ambassador for the Anaphylaxis Campaign!!!!

For months, behind the scenes, our CEO Julianne Ponan has been talking to the country’s leading organisation around anaphylaxis about becoming an ambassador and today is the official announcement! From sitting at the allergy table and wishing she didn’t have allergies to becoming Ambassador of the biggest campaigning body for…

Share your Christmas jumpers with us!!!

Do you own a Christmas jumper?  Do you wear it on National Christmas Jumper day, (which is December 11th this year)?   If you don’t, what other fun Christmas clobber do you wear? For example, do you own any of these types of things? Santa or elf hats? Reindeer antlers? Christmas themed…

INTRODUCING THE TEAL APP!

Our CEO, Julianne, has today been named as the UK Ambassador for The Teal App,  an app designed to save the lives of those who live with anaphylaxis. The Teal App launches today in the UK and it is for those living with life-threatening allergies and their loved ones.  It…

Allergy Diaries : Soy Stories

  Creative Nature Case Study:  @dairyfreenoah Introduction: My name is Deborah, Mama to Noah who is allergic to dairy, soya and egg. We have both been free-from since Noah was 3 months old, when we discovered his allergies, as he reacted through my milk. Noah was incredibly poorly, with stomach…

Vegetable-Orientated Cakes and Bakes

  In mid-July, we introduced our two new baking products, Simply Spiced Carrot Cake Loaf Mix, and our Pancake and Waffle Mix. We’ve had some amazing feedback from our social media followers and customers, for which we’d like to thank you. Here are some of their words:   Pancake and…

Q&A with Lindiwe Lewis

Hello, I am Lindiwe Lewis, 28. You can call me Lindi. I was born in London, England but grew up in Geneva, Switzerland and Monterey, California. I have had anaphylaxis since I was 10 months old. I am allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, chickpeas, lentils, beans, peas, kiwi, pineapple,…

National Ice Cream Month

What’s your favourite ice cream? We’ve taken a small poll in the office, and our top three flavours are: Vanilla Cookie Dough Mint Choc-Chip   Why are we talking about this? Well, July is National Ice Cream Month! Also in the US, National Vanilla Ice Cream Day is on July…

Creative Nature Superfoods

World Emoji Day

Did you know July 17th is World Emoji Day. A few years ago that would have meant absolutely nothing to anybody.   Now emoji are widely recognised as a way to use an image to express emotion almost as a new type of evolving language.   Did you know that…

Thank you

June is the first, real month of summer, even though for the last few weeks unusually, we’ve had lovely weather. June is the time when our gardens begin to come fully into bloom. Normally, it’s a popular month for weddings, and a time to enjoy getting out in the sunshine…

Mental Health Awareness Week

We are now in our seventh week of lockdown. For many people this has been a very stressful time.   This is the first time since the war we have had any sort of embargo on our movements and the way we live.   The biggest part of this for…

Our thoughts on international no diet day

Our diet also impacts on our health. Whilst we are having to stay at home, it is much easier to sit around for longer, or watch the TV, watch films, and become more sedentary than when we are going to work, and getting out and about as normal.   However,…

Did you know May is National Walking month?

Many people walk as part of their exercise regularly. However, now it is something that is recommended we all do once a day, during lockdown to keep us healthy and fit, both mentally and physically.   An American report in 2018 concluded that walking is associated with improved mental and…

Enjoy A Creative Nature Easter At Home

We will soon be celebrating Easter, which although an important time in the Christian calendar, is also a time to be fully welcoming Spring and the joys of nature; daffodils, narcissi, tulips, and of course those cute lambs. This year it is going to be a very different Easter to…

Beware the season of Tree Pollen Allergies

 “Allergy is the most common chronic disease in Europe. Up to 20% of patients with allergies struggle daily with the fear of a possible asthma attack, anaphylactic shock, or even death from an allergic reaction.” EAACI 2016   As spring approaches tree pollens start to circulate in the air and…

Endometriosis & Me

How endometriosis has affected our CEO Julianne:    I have always had problems with my stomach, having had severe pancreatitis when I was just nine. Then when my first period started, I had really painful stomach cramps. These cramps got progressively worse during my teens. I thought I was just…

Family

Spending time with the family is precious, so having activities planned ensures you get the most from your weekends. You probably already have to ferry the children to the several activities they attend at weekends, such as sports, dance or drama groups, however do try to plan for physical activities…

Creating Healthy Routines for A Healthy Life

Preparing your own meals is an important part of creating a healthy eating routine. The speed which our lifestyles seem to dictate, means that often meals are eaten ‘on the hoof’ and we end up eating at irregular times and snacking on foods that are neither particularly healthy nor nutritious.…

What’s with this new trend of ‘Mindfulness’?

The word is appearing all over the place on social media and in the news. Schools are even incorporating it into their curriculum for students. The latter seem to link it to coping with stress of exams, making career choices and dealing with difficult social issues which often arise in…

Eating Right To Support Your Mental Health

A healthy diet can make a significant difference to how quickly you recover from depression or anxiety.   In fact, eating healthily seems to be just as important for maintaining your mental health as it is for preventing physical health problems.   Research suggests exercise may be as effective as antidepressants at reducing the symptoms of depression…

Spending time with family and friends

Spending time with family and friends is more important than we might think. Research has shown the quality and quantity of individuals' social relationships has been linked not only to mental health but also to both morbidity and mortality.   The research concluded the influence of social relationships on the…

Exercise and Mental Health

January is often considered to be the month with the highest levels of depression following Christmas and the New Year. Is this a myth or is it true? It certainly can feel like a ‘flat’ month after the festive period. Psychiatry and Population Professor at University of Manchester, Nav Kapur,…

New Year’s Resolutions

As the year is ending and I am reflecting on my successes this year for me personally, and for my business, I’m now planning ahead for 2020. My family helped to give me a good understanding of the importance of goal setting through an annual tradition; each New Year we…

We spoke to 4 Allergy Sufferers about Christmas!

As many of us know, Christmas time is all about celebrations, gatherings, and indulging in delicious food, but people such as Julianne, the founder of Creative Nature, really struggle at this time of year due to life threatening allergies. We have been in contact with 2 allergy sufferers to hear…

Be An Allergy Friendly Host At Christmas

As mentioned in our previous blog, Christmas is a time for luxurious food, but what about healthy indulgence?  How can we cater for everyone, including those with serious allergies and IBS?   It seems that the worlds population is becoming more allergic to food, and the rise in allergies in…

Advent Christmas shopping

Advent is, for many people of faith, a time to prepare for the commemoration of the birth of Jesus.   For the less religious of the population, it’s a time for shopping and preparing for the festivities. A time for buying gifts, food and drink in preparation for Christmas Day…

Have you even tried being a vegan?

Did you know that being a vegan isn’t what it used to be? It’s not all about having a bland range of foods you can eat which all taste like cardboard or in fact, are utterly tasteless – we’re far more creative than that now.   Have you even looked…

We strive to be ‘green’ at Creative Nature  

This week was meant to be Green GB Week. A government initiative to encourage businesses and industry to embrace greener practices. It’s something we support. We are happy to put up a little green flag to say ‘here, here, here’. However it’s now been delayed until early 2020 because it’s…

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