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

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 😉 ). 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!

Merry Christmas 2012

Hope you all are having an amazing Christmas Day!

That is… If you are up already…

We got up at 5:30 this morning to open gifts.

“Why” you may ask?

Well, we just love Christmas, and we couldn’t wait!

Do you know what else can’t wait?

The winner for the Happy Herbivore Abroad Giveaway.

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So, without further ado, the winner is:

Happy-Herbivore-Abroad-Giveaway-WinnerEntry #22, Kaitlin @ A Taste of Bulmer!

Note: If the winner does not respond back with their full name and a viable shipping address within one week, then I will randomly pick another winner, of which the same rules apply.

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I’ll probably be back tomorrow with a WIAW and a recap of today’s events.

But, until then, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Happy Herbivore Abroad Giveaway

Today I have an early Christmas present for all of you– A Giveaway!

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About a month ago I signed up to be part of the 31 days of Giveaways Happy Herbivore Abroad blog tour. Today I’m going to share with you a lot of things about the new cookbook like my review, recipes, my interview with Lindsay, and at the bottom, four ways to enter to win a free copy of Happy Herbivore Abroad.

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First, a description of the cookbook from the back cover:

In the last 10 years, Happy Herbivore chef Lindsay S. Nixon has lived in eight states, visited 46, spent a year as an expat on a Caribbean island, and traveled to more than 35 places abroad. As a celebration of Nixon’s jet-setter lifestyle, Happy Herbivore Abroad combines traditional comfort foods from home with international inspiration and stories of her adventures.

A little of everything—basics, comfort food, international cuisine, and travelogue—Happy Herbivore Abroad provides your palate with more than 135 of Nixon’s crowd-pleasing vegan recipes low in fat, high on health, and made with everyday ingredients. True to the Happy Herbivore creed, these vegan dishes are easy to make, easy on your wallet, and completely plant-based.

As they say in France, bon appétit!

My short, but sweet review from GoodReads.com:

I loved the little stories with each recipe, and how Lindsay doesn’t use a lot of nuts and oils in place of animal products. The flavor all comes from whole foods like fresh produce and grains. A great vegan cookbook.

Here are some recipe previews from the cookbook that I found around the internet:

American Jollof

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Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Thai Pineapple Curry

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Vegetable Korma

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My interview with Lindsay S. Nixon:

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Me: What will readers find is different in your new cookbook compared to your last two, other than recipes?

Lindsay: What I like about Abroad is that it’s so personal. There’s a lot more of me and my life in this book — my stories of my travels, plus all the international food.

Me: Your cookbook is already free from two major food allergens (eggs and milk). Do you have any recipes for those with other special diet restrictions (like gluten, corn, or nuts)?

Lindsay: Since my cookbooks focus on being low fat, they’re nut-free, except for maybe one or two recipes in each book. The majority (over 85%) are gluten-free or can easily be modified. Very few recipes have corn.

Me: What inspired you to write a cookbook featuring recipes from other countries?

Lindsay: I’ve always been a jet-setter, a girl on the go traveling constantly, but most notably, I spent the last year living abroad on a small French and Dutch Island, then bounced around mainland Europe for a few weeks. I’m celebrating my lifestyle, and those travels, in my new book.

Me: Of all the international places you’ve visited, which one surprised you the most with their vegan options?

Lindsay: Germany.

Me: Before someone buys your cookbook, what are some of the essential and/or obscure ingredients that they will need for a lot of your recipes?

Lindsay: I don’t use obscure ingredients — with all my books I focus on using everyday ingredients we all have in [the] pantry. There’s also a shopping list in the front of each book.

Me: I’ve seen some of your parents’ reviews of your cookbook recipes on the blog. Have they tried any of the recipes in Happy Herbivore Abroad?

Lindsay: They just received their copy a few days ago. They’ve made one recipe so far, the cassoulet, and they loved it! They’re really excited to have a new book on their hands on — they’ve cooked so much from my other books that pages are falling out.

Me: Right now I’m in college, so I have limited resources to cooking equipment like ovens, crock-pots, toasters, etc. Are there any minimal prep or microwave-friendly recipes in your new book?

Lindsay: Yep!

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If all of that doesn’t make you excited for this book, I don’t know what will!

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Now… Here is how to participate in this fabulous giveaway-

There are four ways that you can enter to win a free copy of Happy Herbivore Abroad (U.S. and Canadian citizens only… Sorry!):

1. Follow Eating 4 Balance.

2. Sign up for the Happy Herbivore newsletter.

3. Go to Linday’s blog and pick out one recipe from her website that you would like to (or have already) made.

4. Tell me your favorite place to travel abroad.

Leave a separate comment below for each entry. Make sure to include a valid e-mail address so that I can get a hold of you if (when) you win. This giveaway will last a total of 5 days. It starts on December 20, and ends on December 24 (or Christmas Eve) at midnight EST. No entries will be counted after that time.

I will pick the winner randomly, and announce who won here on Christmas Day as long as all goes according to plan. The winner will also receive an e-mail from me. If the winner does not respond back with their full name and a viable shipping address (again, only U.S. and Canada) within one week, then I will randomly pick another winner, of which the same rules apply.