Monday, January 19, 2015

Advocating for Food Allergies

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It wasn't until I was in the 8th grade that I had even heard of a peanut allergy. Peanuts? Really? How can someone be allergic to food?? It was kind of mind boggling to me when I went to camp every day that summer, helping out a friend, and would see kids grouped at a table in a separate room from the rest of the cafeteria. At the time I thought nothing of it. 

Fast forward 7 years to where my mother and I find out about my then 18 month old son's peanut allergy. That first ever reaction to the *tiniest* bit of organic peanut butter had to be one of the scariest moments of my mommy-life. 

Fast forward another 5 years and now I feel a lot more comfortable living in the "allergy world". I wouldn't say that by living comfortably, my family and I live without concern for my son's food allergies, but I definitely think we are a LOT more knowledgeable about the risks associated and precautions to take with food allergies. 

I really owe all this knowledge to my peers and my family. Between my mom, family members, Facebook food allergy support groups, and the extensive amount of bloggers out there, I have gleaned a lot of valuable, life saving information. And while there is still SO much for me to learn, I'd love to be able to learn and connect with food allergy families in my area and via other allergy groups, pages, and sites. 

Today, I'd like to invite anyone from the Northern Michigan area to join the No Nuts Mom's Group of Northern Michigan. This is a closed group. Everything that you post and share will only be seen by the members of the group. I believe that this will be a great way to spread food/nut allergy awareness throughout Northern Michigan. I also believe that this will be a great way for N. MI food allergy families to connect and share resources. 

So, if you are in the Northern Michigan area, I invite you to join this newly formed group! If you are someone who is not from Northern Michigan, but still would like to connect, I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below, or have you like my Facebook page: Safe and Yummy Foods

If you would like to find a No Nuts Mom's Group in your area, please visit any of the following links to learn more:
No Nuts Mom's Group Support Group
No Nuts Mom's Group of Michigan
No Nuts Mom's Group Facebook Page
No Nuts Mom's Group Website  -Click "Join a Local Group Here" to find a NNMG in your area!

Until next time! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Facebook Post That got Me Thinking…

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

Food allergies… What a pain in the butt. Amiright? Seriously. We think it’s hard for us to cope with the constant struggle of trying to find something safe for our child or other loved one to eat. 
We think it’s hard to cope with the the people who just. don’t. get. it. 
We think it’s hard to watch our child struggle with bullying. With not being able to eat what the other kids are eating during that special occasion with the special treats oozing with all those yummy ingredients… Ingredients that could be fatal to our child or loved one. 
These are just a few of the many struggles we deal with as Food Allergy (FA) parents. 

Snack Resource

This is a great guide for both FA and non-FA people when choosing food items that are safe for different food allergies. Please be aware that the items on this list are suggestions and that you should always double check the labels and rely on what your doctor/allergist/pediatrician has instructed. Also note that this list is constantly being updated so check back frequently (about once per month) to make sure you have an updated copy of the list. 
Until the next post…