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! πŸ™‚

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:Β 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:

Cybele Pascale

Allergie Foodie

Cook it Allergy Free

Living Without

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 πŸ˜‰ ). 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!

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22 thoughts on “Food Allergy Friday (Awareness Week)

    • Glad you learned some new things! Just curious– did you ever learn about how to handle food allergies during your nutrition classes at school? I’d be interested to hear what they taught you!

  1. Gosh, I hope that doctor’s appointment goes well and that you come up with some answers.
    Great, great post. That infograph is awesome, as is the last picture. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Olivia. I love those cartoons too! Sometimes when I’m having a rough day with allergy stuff I’ll look through the artist’s old posts. Just makes me feel a little better πŸ˜€

  2. Good luck with the doctor’s appointment love!! Fingers crossed they provide some answers! Thank you for sharing this information, too…that graphic about the top 10 allergy myths was very informative…I never heard of most of those but I’m glad I know them now haha

    • Thanks Caitlin! I’m going to post a quick recap soon, just deciding whether to wait until I get some more definitive results or not! Maybe be awhile… 😦

      I didn’t know some of the allergy myths either! Especially the one about pets.

  3. Over the past few years I’ve realized how lucky I am to live without any sort of food allergy. One of my best friends has progressively become allergic to more and more types of fruit (crazy!), another has celiac, and one other is dairy-free. I’m actually looking at buying a cookbook that will allow me to make different things that they can eat, so thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    And good luck at your appointment, I hope with all my heart that you find some answers soon!

    • That is crazy about your friend, but I can totally sympathize because I feel like I am just reacting to more and more food too. Same with the celiac (not officially) and dairy! Gah, so frustrating!

      My fingers are still crossed. Lol. We are having a little hiccup with some of the tests and the doctor isn’t great about getting back to us in a timely manner 😦 Urgh… Well, I guess that should mean that she’s busy, which should mean that she’s just that good, right? Haha πŸ™‚

  4. Super interesting infograph! I’m allergic to dogs, so I did know the one about fur. My dog is a shih tzu though, which have hair technically, not fur. Which is why I don’t turn into a sneezy mess when cuddling him haha

    • I’m going to have to keep that in mind about the animal fur. I’m not sure if my dog technically has fur or hair, but that would be interesting to find out! When I get older I always promise that I’m going to get a super ugly hairless cat because I’m allergic to cats and dogs πŸ˜› My eyes water as soon as I come home from all of the pet “stuff.” Yuck.

  5. This is really great. I don’t think anyone in my immediate family has food allergies (though we are all pretty sensitive to dairy-the women that is!) Thanks for taking the time to compile all of this information; I learned a lot!

    • The women in my family are sensitive to dairy too! One is lactose intolerant and the rest try to watch how much they eat. (They seem to be addicted to the cheese cubes though, so maybe there is something to the idea that we crave what we can’t/shouldn’t have? Lol).

  6. That’s great that they have a Food Allergy Awareness week! I’m only allergic to shrimp, but my friend is really allergic to peanuts. I always have to remember to be aware and not come strolling into lunch with my PB Larabar haha

    • Aww. Shrimp is so good! That stink that’s you’re allergic to it. I’ve had to stay away too though because it’s nearly impossible to get seafood anymore that isn’t factory farmed, breaded, fried, containing added ingredients, etc.

      😦 Sorry to hear about your friend with peanut allergies too. I’m not anaphylactic, but I have serious stomach (and other fun stuff) symptoms when I eat them. I can’t stand the smell anymore and it actually makes me sick/gives me a headache to be near someone with peanut butter. That’s so great that you are aware of it though! Seriously, major kudos to you πŸ™‚ Most people don’t even think twice.

  7. Thankfully, I’m not allergic to too many things – bee stings, IV contrast, licorice, lizards [def a strange list] – but I have had my fair share of “health hiccups” over the years so I understand how important it is to be informed… Thanks for sharing!

    • That is quite the strange list indeed! Sad about the licorice. I haven’t been able to eat it in forever because it normally is with sugar and other ingredients, but that is my favorite jelly bean flavor (oh no! Does that mean you can only get jelly beans without the black ones? Darn.). Allergies or not, health hiccups are terrible and I wouldn’t wish them on anyone, especially nice people like you πŸ™‚

      Glad you liked the information!

  8. Great post. I for one have learned a lot about allergies and their impact just by reading your blog over the past many months. I appreciate your insight and candor on the subject and often view allergies differently now. Thanks for being you.

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