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WIAW- Food Allergy Awareness Week 2014

This week is food allergy awareness week, and in honor of the annual event, I am going to dedicate my What I Ate Wednesday post to allergy-friendly meals from some of my favorite bloggers. It can be really difficult to find food that fit all of one’s dietary restrictions, but it’s such a big relief when you come across a recipe that needs minimal adjustments.

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There are up to 15 million people in the United States alone with food allergies (source). We can do our part to help those with food allergies by becoming more knowledgeable in what constitutes allergies, how to ask questions about someone’s allergies, and how to handle food in situations involving those with allergies.

Breakfast

Sweet Potato, Apple and Pancetta Hash — from Gutsy by Nature

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Lunch

German Sweet Potato Salad — from AIP Lifestyle

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Snack

Crispy Curried Turnip Chips — from The Clean Dish

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Dinner

Our Favorite Vegetable Beef Chili — from Oatmeal with a Fork

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Dessert

Ice Cream Bars — from Cook It Up Paleo

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Doesn’t that sound like the perfect day of food to you? Start off with a great egg-free breakfast hash and follow it up with a sweet potato salad jam-packed with bacon. Then munch on some crunchy, homemade vegetables. For dinner enjoy a big bowl of both grain and tomato-free chili, and round out the day with some cold and creamy homemade ice cream bars.

All of the recipes above are free of the top 8 food allergens: peanuts, eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, tree nuts. These 8 foods account for 90% of all allergic reactions (source).

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Thank you to Jenn for allowing me to link-up with WIAW again this week. Check out her blog for even more food inspiration!

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So tomorrow I am heading down for the final details of my next internship. Last summer I was 3 1/2 hours north of home and this year I am about 2 1/2 hours south. I have to pass a final drug test and physical examination before being officially offered the job, but I can confidently say that I think I’m safe in those regards 😉 My main concern right now actually is my living arrangements. I was notified kind of late about the job and only had a week to find an apartment. Nothing is 100% yet, but I’m trying to work it all out come Monday when I start. Yikes. I’ll update you more when things are concrete.

Goodbye for now and happy Wednesday!

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Questions for you:

Have you ever had to move for a job before?

What is your favorite allergy-friendly meal?

Do you, or does someone you know, have food allergies?

Food Allergy Friday (Awareness Week)

Hey everybody! Thanks for all of your comments on Wednesday.

I don’t have much time to chat today as I didn’t get back until late last night and I have another doctor’s appointment today (where we hopefully can make some headway on all of my stomach issues)- a review of everything of course coming next week! 🙂

Olivia mentioned in her Thursday Thoughts post, May 12-18 is Food Allergy Awareness Week. Check out her post for some great information!

As someone with a lot of food allergies as well, this is a cause very near and dear to me so I want to share a few links about food allergies in honor of this special week.

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Here is a page full of resources for those with food allergies or for those who know someone with food allergies: http://www.foodallergy.org/most-popular-resources. One of my favorite parts is this website’s facts and statistics about food allergies. Here are a few that I thought were interesting and would be neat to post:

  • Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies.
  • Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency department – that is more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year.
  • Teenagers and young adults with food allergies are at the highest risk of fatal food-induced anaphylaxis.
  • Eight foods account for 90 percent of all reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction.

Another thing that I thought would be beneficial to include was this infograph which dispels the top 10 allergy myths (for both food and environmental):

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This infograph shows really well why so many people are confused and do not understand how dangerous food allergies really can be.

Here are three blog posts that also provide some very relatable insights into the minds of the food allergic population:

The Food Allergy Lifestyle- No, It’s Not a Preference by Neon Fresh

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Rules Don’t Apply to Me by A Gift of Miles

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Could I Have a Side Order of Poison, Please? by Celiac and Allergy Adventures

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As most of you already know if you read my blog on a regular basis, right now my diet is very limited and I’m not able to eat much food at all, no matter if I am allergic to it or not. However, before then I did find quite a few good recipe websites for people with food allergies:

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Allergie Foodie

Cook it Allergy Free

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The Food Allergy Chronicles

Here are also three of my favorite allergy-free cookbooks that I’ve rented from my local library and tried out some of the recipes. I really like these cookbooks because unlike most that claim to be allergy-free, there are many recipes in these that are actually free of the top allergens AT THE SAME TIME, not separate recipes that are free of nuts but contain eggs, wheat and soy which can be very annoying for people with multiple food allergies.

Allergy-Friendly Food for Families: 120 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, and Soy-Free Recipes Everyone Will Enjoy

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The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook: Two Hundred Gourmet & Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family

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Autism Cookbook: 101 Gluten-Free and Allergen-Free Recipes

(Tip for no matter if you have Autism or not– Autism cookbooks are usually gluten and dairy-free, and sometimes even free of other allergens as well!)

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And finally, I want to share a few of my favorite food allergy cartoons. Having food allergies can be very hard to manage and as such sometimes I get into a little funk when I realize all of the things I can’t have. Simply put, having food allergies is stressful. These cartoons help to lighten the mood and never fail to make me laugh:

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I just want to thank everyone for taking the time to read this today, even if you skipped over a few of the lines (don’t worry, I do that sometimes too 😉 ). Regardless, every step that we take as a community to increase awareness about food allergies is such a tremendous help and I know that those with food allergies will thank you for being more understanding whenever this topic arises!

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Do you have any good allergy-free food websites to share?

What are some misconceptions that you’ve heard about food allergies?

Anything you are still confused about? Leave a comment and lets clear it up together!