Chances are you know someone with food allergies. And in today’s day and age, with the number of diagnosed food allergies growing by leaps and bounds, chances are you’re probably related – however distantly – to someone with food allergies as well.
When I was growing up (not even all that long ago), food allergies were unheard of. The closest I had come to a food allergy was my first cousin’s diagnoses of celiac. Now I know that celiac isn’t actually a food allergy (more on that another time; for now, let’s just accept that it comes with its own dietary restrictions, just like food allergies do) but back then, all I knew was that it meant my cousin had to eat a diet stricter than Kosher L’Pesach all year round. The horror of that to me, as a younger teenager, was tremendous. Kosher L’Pesach all year round – who could even imagine!
Little did I know. I got married, pregnancy followed shortly thereafter and with the birth of my daughter, I suddenly entered a club I had no interest in being a part of – the Food Allergy Mama’s club. Though it took till just after her first birthday to diagnose my daughter’s allergies, my daughter’s symptoms manifested themselves immediately; while still in the hospital, she vomited with such force against the side of the bassinet that my mother said she wouldn’t have believed it if she hadn’t seen it for herself.
But the journey of diagnosing my daughter’s allergies has already been told in the Binah and that’s not what we’re here to do.
In this space, I’ll share tips and ideas and recipes with you – the mothers, aunts, friends and neighbors of our food allergic community. Whether you’re looking for ideas on how to include a food-allergic child at a party or simcha or want to make sure that your Shabbos seudah has something for those with dietary restrictions that have nothing to do with their waistlines, this is where you’ll find it.
This is your space, too! If there’s an issue you’d like me to cover, a product you’d like me to review or an issue you’d like for me to discuss, drop a comment here!
February 8, 2011: Getting a Diagnosis click here to read.