Id like to talk about a special day in the life of a food allergy mom. About a year ago, my boys had their annual allergy testing. Their bloodwork came back with some good numbersnumbers indicating that perhaps their allergies were declining or going away. Could this be possible after years of avoiding foods, of being scared of a deadly reaction?
Have you ever actually gone into the pharmacy and said, hey pharmacist, does this medication have gluten in it? and received a verified 100% safe answer in return? If youre like me, you are more likely to get a blank stare, or maybe something like well, I dont think so, but I cant be sure. If you have a good pharmacy, theyll probably have to spend 20 minutes and look over the product insert and call the manufacturer but even then sometimes the answers are a bit muddled.
Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd/Buy me some peanuts... SCREEECH! Stop the song! No peanuts here, please---were allergic to those things! It just so happens that my little guy, who has a peanut allergy in addition to a few others, likes baseball. You know, the sport that traditionally has peanuts at the game. Even the most famous baseball song mentions peanuts.
As someone who must eat specialty food (gluten-free/dairy-free/egg-free), I find myself spending more than twice as muchor morethan most normal people. I also know that I spend more than my fair amount of my paycheck on gluten-free substitute food. Ive been exploring new ways to help curb my massive gluten-free food bill, and I have many readers that are searching for a way to save some bucks too.
I really feel that we have been blessed with a church that seems to work hard to help children with food allergies, specifically my children. When we started to attend, we were not able to take communion. The pastor asked a close friend of ours why we didn't participate, why we chose instead to walk past the receiving line. Our friend explained our food allergy needs to the pastor. He told our friend to do what she could to make sure that our entire family could participate the next month.
As someone who must eat specialty food (gluten-free/dairy-free/egg-free), I find myself spending more than twice as muchor morethan most normal people. I also know that I spend more than my fair amount of my paycheck on gluten-free substitute food. Im not great at cutting coupons or waiting for sales, so I thought that maybe using my club store membership could help me save.
Were having a party and youre invited! Gluten Free & More hosts Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest (GFFAF) across the country to show that living with a food allergy or sensitivity doesnt need to be about deprivation and missing out. Youre missing out only on the horrible symptoms and medical problems you had before understanding what allergens you needed to avoid.
Im always looking for what I can do to continue awareness for this disease beyond just the month of May during Celiac Disease Awareness Month. While re-reading the post I wrote a few weeks ago about Celiac Disease Awareness Month for Gluten Free and More, I was focused on one particular item. Over and over again, we get questions about how to dine out safely with celiac, gluten intolerance, or other food issues. Naturally, the Gluten Intolerance Groups Chef to Plate program we featured was a great way to think about celiac awareness after our special month. After all, we dine out every month, not just during May. I had a chance to talk to Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) about their program, as well as visit a Chef to Plate vendor and talk about why they participate and why its important to serve the gluten-free consumer safely.
When I went gluten-free 10 years ago, I prayed that I could get a salad that a server wouldnt mess up. Sometimes, I would even go crazy and ask for a simply prepared piece of meat and steamed veggies. Eating out was hard, and servers looked at you like you had three heads when you started to ask about ingredients and gluten. In the past few years, there have been major shifts in all aspects of the food industry - from the packaged goods we can pick up at the store to eating pizza and pasta in restaurants with friends. Its a whole new world for gluten free.