There’s a bond among people with special dietary needs and it’s based on shared experience. Meeting others who are living without is like finding a community of long-lost friends. It’s such a relief to talk with people who “get it,” not to mention the practical bonus of exchanging life-enhancing information. No matter disparate backgrounds or far-flung distances, there’s instant intimacy among strangers.
You can gain a lot by telling your story and listening to another’s, which is why true tales of personal history are always liberally folded into the pages of the magazine. This issue is no exception.
Look inside to read how Sarah Bosse and others manage their super-sensitivity to gluten (“Gluten Attack!,” page 28), how Jenny Connors uses her corn allergy to help others (“Allergic to Corn,” page 24), how Kyle Dine triumphs over his anaphylaxis and inspires food-allergic children (“Food Allergy Musician,” page 20).
And let’s not forget the food. Like the feature articles, most of our recipes come from hard-won personal experience. Expert chefs Beth Hillson (“Macaroni and Cheese,” page 56), Mary Capone (“Romantic Desserts,” page 52) and Sueson Vess (“One-Pot Meals, page 48) pack these pages with mouth-watering dishes created from the platform of their own special dietary needs. Even pediatric allergist Havey Leo, MD, answers your questions from the perspective of a parent who’s raising a peanut-allergic child. (“Ask the Doctor,” page 64).
If you’re reading these words, chances are you’ve got your own story of food sensitivity or allergy—or you care about someone who does. Maybe you’ve just received a diagnosis after trudging through months (or years!) of isolating malaise and frustrating medical appointments. Maybe you’re further down that road, mastering your special diet and gaining solid footing as you navigate this new lifestyle. Or maybe you’re raising a child with special dietary needs and you’re wondering what to do next.
Wherever you are on the journey, make Living Without part of your story. Use these pages to foster supportive community and to give you the tools and encouragement you need to craft your present-day story–and future chapters—into one of better health, delicious eating and abundant good living.