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.
- 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.)