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Are You Up for a Challenge?


Food Allergy Awareness Week

May 4th to May 8th is National Food Allergy Awareness Week in Canada.  May 10th to May 16th is Food Allergy Awareness Week in the United States.  To do my part, over the next two weeks I’ll be posting about how our family manages living with food allergies plus information and links related to food allergies.

To start I’m challenging everyone to live a day in my shoes.  Plan a day’s meals avoiding my son’s food allergies.  Son-S, who is 3, is allergic to the following:

  • Dairy in all forms – cow, sheep and goat.  This includes milk, cream, cheese, butter, yogurt, whey, casein, ghee, and “modified milk ingredients”.
  • Eggs – both egg whites and yolk, whether baked or raw.
  • Bananas.
  • Tree nuts (specifically walnuts and pecans, but we avoid all tree nuts and anything with the warning “May contain traces of nuts/tree nuts.”)

If the task of planning an entire day’s meals without these ingredients is too daunting, instead try to consider what it’s like for us.  Read package labels as you’re preparing your meals and snacks for the day.  Think about our family and what we can and can’t eat.  Think about providing balanced meals and snacks, covering all the food groups.  For a little extra fun, think about dessert too!  (Psst, if you need a few suggestions check out my recipes or the recipes at Health. Happy. Life.)

6 thoughts on “Are You Up for a Challenge?

  1. Amanda

    I really like your ideas. I may do something for Us food allergy week. My 4 yr old son has EE and is allergic to’s a long list…

    Barley, Corn including all corn-related products such as corn syrup, All dairy, chicken, peas, cabbage, coconut, soy, strawberries, tuna.

  2. Sarah Jo

    Wow. However did you both find out they were allergic to food outside of the top 8? I know for sure that my son is allergic to dairy and eggs, but I feel like there’s more. His nose runs a lot and he has a persistent rash on his tummy. His cheeks flare up and the rash gets worse when he eats tomatoes so we cut those out too.

    I feel for all the little ones who have to avoid certain foods.

  3. familynature

    I’m writing a post about how we found out about our kids’ allergies. Watch for it today or tomorrow!

  4. Rebecca

    Wow, I can’t imagine how hard this must be. I was so worried about allergies – I waited until well after 2 for peanut butter, almost a year for eggs – even milk I waited. We had no history and so far, knock on wood, no allergies.

    I won’t lie, I couldn’t do the challenge very well. I look forward to reading more.

  5. Heather Hutchins

    Hi there, I am a NAET practitioner in Richmond, VA. I stumbled upon this and felt compelled to respond : ) Please visit or google and be prepared to be enlightened about a holistic approach to inviting all these allergic “no-no’s” back into your diet with ease. I personally have went through this allergy elimination (key word! not just avoid it!) process, have watched others go through it, and even seen severely allergic patients be able to eat peanuts, dairy, gluten etc… again and even with no fear! Can you imagine?? It happens. Please google some testimonials, find a practitioner and give it a try, it will really change your life in ways you can’t even imagine : )

    that’s : “NAET”