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This week is the 18th Annual Food Allergy Awareness Week, from May 11 – 17, 2014. Austin Families with Food Allergies (AFFA) has shared a few ways you can get involved:
Monday, May 12:
Tuesday, May 13:
Wednesday, May 14:
Thursday, May 15:
Friday, May 16:
Saturday, May 17:
For more information on Food Allergy Awareness Week (and giveaways), visit our Facebook page here.
Austin Families with Food Allergies is a support group of parents located throughout the Austin-metro area raising children with food allergies. The Austin Walk for Food Allergy is organized by Austin Families with Food Allergies in conjunction with The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).
FARE is a non-profit organization that provides services nationwide, funds research of food allergies and has been at the forefront of progress in food allergy awareness, advocacy, education, and research. Findings from FARE-sponsored studies have been used to change laws here in Texas, improve school policies, raise public awareness, and provide education for patients, caregivers and health professionals. Funds from programs like the FARE Walk for Food Allergy support FARE’s efforts to achieve these feats.
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CHRISTMAS EVE we decided to spend Xmas day with the in-laws. Although staying home would’ve been easier, the kid loves it there and it’s been our usual “thing” for years now. With travel, comes packing…and ever since we received the multiple food allergy diagnosis, we usually pack –
Hundreds of miles from home – we tend to overpack! (see below)
OH! and for us??? A small bag with changing clothes and toiletries. I also juiced before leaving, so I brought along my own veggie juice!
THIS IS FOR 3 DAYS!!
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Back in 2009, at the tender age of 11 months, my tenacious, adorably cute son was diagnosed with food allergies by his doctor. Mind you, they discovered this after I had already removed the top 8 allergens from my diet. He was reacting to my breast milk of all things. Severe eczema, recurrent ear infections and acid reflux issues had us at the doctor’s office quite often during the first year of my son’s life. I became adamant about finding the root cause of all of my son’s health issues.
We were referred to allergist, Dr. Lieberman who diagnosed our son with dairy, peanut, egg, and wheat allergies. We got a diagnosis of asthma two years later. Dr. Lieberman told us to remove all peanut butter products from our home. It terrified me to think that something my husband and I enjoyed could make my son really sick. I learned to spot hidden food allergens and read nutrition labels more closely. At night, I would read about anaphylaxis and food allergies. While I was going through all of this, I did not have anyone around me that understood what we were dealing with.
I started going to Vitamin Cottage’s Natural Grocers religiously to find stuff Danny could eat. I met with our helpful nutritionist, Trevida Trevino to discuss allergy friendly meal options. She suggested many helpful things including finding a local food allergy group on meetup.com. I met some wonderful ladies that helped me manage my son’s food allergies like Stephanie Miller, Beth Martinez, and many other moms who were dealing with similar situations. I am so thankful for all of the advice and support I have received from the ladies in this group. It truly does take a village, especially when you are dealing with a child with food allergies.
BTW, my son has a “baked egg challenge” this morning…say a prayer, cross your fingers and toes!
Nah…it’s bigger than that.
This blog will of course be filled with random thoughts, trips around Austin and of course…FOOD ALLERGY related content.
Prayers to the victims of the May 20th tornadoes which plummeted Moore, Oklahoma.
Please see below if you are at all able to help:
1. (Email from support group leader in Oklahoma) “Hey leaders need some help! We are in Oklahoma. We are getting together donations of food for those with special dietary needs. I have contacted the food bank and the salvation army who have told me we will be in touch. Well I know this is a huge need because parents in our support group have already been contacted. Right now if anyone would like to send donations we are having them sent to me and we are distributing. If the food bank decides it is a need then we will take to them as well. If you can help in anyway please let me know.
Here is my info.Cami Simunek 13125 Oak Hill DrivePiedmont, OK 73078I have 20 + people in our group ready to go out and distribute. Thank you!!!!”
2. (Email from a mom on another list serv in response to that email) “I contacted the head of communications at FARE (formerly FAAN) and received this email:”We’re going to be posting a blog post shortly with a variety of resources, but I wanted to let you know we’ve been in touch with the food bank in the area and they are accepting donations of allergy-friendly foods. We’re recommending people send food directly to them.
Their address is: Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma3355 S Purdue Oklahoma City, OK 73137-0968They are most in need of peanut butter replacements, and shelf-stable, easy-prep food such as canned meats/fish and soups. Many of shelf stable products are tough for our families who are managing milk, egg, wheat and soy allergies. Gluten-Free Café has chicken noodle and vegetable noodle soups that are allergy friendly, Trader Joe’s and Bumblebee low-sodium tuna in water does not contain soy (most other tunas do), and Imagine and Pacific Natural are both good brands, too.”
3. It seems Peanut Free Planet is giving free shipping for donations. Their post on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/peanutfreeplanet ):
“If you would like to send a food donation to the food allergy families that have been victims of the Oaklahoma Tornado you can order on our site. PFP will cover the shipping of the gift to the Oaklahoma Food bank. If you would like to donate $ to purchase products to fill in the gaps of other donations please purchase a gift certificate. When you order enter our address as the shipping address. 15252 Stony Creek Way Noblesville IN and choose in-store pick up and put “Oaklahoma” in the comments section. The donations will be shipped Thursday morning. The more people that SHARE this post the more we can SHARE with the food allergy families that are in dire need.” http://www.peanutfreeplanet.com/
4.Food Allergy Food Donations for Moore, OK
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I came across an article called “Special Diet Food Banks” from Living Without Magazine a couple of years ago. I read about a young girl with Celiac disease having to eat the gluten-containing macaroni and cheese from the food bank, even though it would cause her a great deal of agony. I’ve never been able to get that article out of my head. It made me think about just how many families have issues securing food and have life threatening food allergies. I decided to reach out to Dee Valdez for inspiration. Here are some shocking statistics I learned:
In 2007, I decided to create the Louise Walker Memorial Fund in honor of my grandmother. In 2010, I changed the mission of my fund to focus its energies on food allergy awareness programs and organizations. Thanks to the assistance of Capital Area Food Bank, Natural Grocers and Cameron Road Church of Christ (among other local churches) I’ve also been able to create a food pantry that’s food allergy friendly. It’s still growing and being developed, but it’s definitely making progress! Stay tuned…by following this blog and following me on twitter!
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Let me start by saying that I am not the easiest eater. My food allergic son’s also selective about what he eats. I have a gluten sensitivity and I generally don’t have any interest in bread, cheese and milk. I also try to avoid red meat. We buy mostly organic and enjoy drinking fresh orange or green juice. I cook with coconut and olive oils. So because I do the majority of the grocery shopping and cooking in my house, my family ends up eating similarly. Will my husband eat regular frozen pizza and milk? Does my son eat cookies and occasional treats? Obviously. Will I have a meltdown if they do? Of course not!
Earlier this year, I received Chef Alain Braux’s new cookbook, Living Gluten and Dairy-Free with French Food. It has become my “go to” in such a short period of time. It’s a fantastic book for anyone who has food allergies, gluten intolerance or celiac disease, or for someone looking to understand and educate themselves around whether they may have one of these conditions. The book is written by a phenomenal French chef, who shares with his readers how to enjoy cooking and eating regardless of their dietary restrictions. His mission in this book is clear: to ensure that his readers understand that a special diet does not mean they should ever feel restricted from enjoying delicious meals.
Chef Alain Braux’s writing style comes across as genuine and full of personality, making the non-recipe portions of the book a pleasure to read. Sensitive to gluten himself, he can easily relate to his readers, understand their dietary restrictions and associated struggles, and ultimately help better their daily eating experience.
The book begins by discussing Gluten and Dairy dietary restrictions and how these intolerances or sensitivities become apparent, and tapping in to personal accounts of various people regarding their own personal experiences with food intolerances, allergies and sensitivities. He carefully touches upon what people with such dietary situations might experience including behavioral problems, feeling ill and bloated, and addresses the issue around the problems with self-diagnosis versus having a specialist examine one’s situation. Braux also ensures that his readers have a thorough understanding of each condition, what it means, and what potential causes are. He takes a responsible approach in giving all of the necessary background information that a reader needs to make a smart decision in whether or not they should seek medical attention to validate or disprove their dietary condition concerns.
Braux gives recommendations throughout the book that teach readers how to live with their dietary restrictions including how to organize their kitchens, what key ingredients to stock up on, and how to tweak their favourite recipes to meet their dietary needs. Furthermore, he explores lifestyle tricks to help readers when eating outside of the home and grocery shopping.
Lastly, of course, the book outlines all sorts of delicious foods and recipes that readers can prepare that fall within the guidelines of their dietary restrictions. There is an extremely wide assortment of tasty options from sweets to meats that would satisfy any craving one might have. As you can imagine, being a French chef, Braux has significant expertise in preparing fine foods and shares decadent yet practical recipes for creating culinary delights. I was born and raised in New Orleans, so I was excited to see French cuisine recipes specifically for people with food allergies.
This book literally teaches its readers everything that they need to know to live and eat happily with a gluten and dairy-free diet. From how to understand their condition, to lifestyle changes, to cooking amazing meals, this is an extremely comprehensive guide for anyone looking to live better with their dietary restriction or even just educate themselves better around whether or not they may have one in the first place.
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May 13, 2013
Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies with nearly 6 million being children. This week is the 17th Annual Food Allergy Awareness Week, from May 12 – 18, 2013. Austin Families with Food Allergies (AFFA) has shared a few ways you can get involved:
Monday, May 13:
Tuesday, May 14:
Wednesday, May 15:
Thursday, May 16:
Friday, May 17:
Saturday, May 18:
P. S. the following week, Monday, May 20:
For more information on Food Allergy Awareness Week, visit the Facebook page here.
Austin Families with Food Allergies is a support group of parents located throughout the Austin-metro area raising children with food allergies. The Austin Walk for Food Allergy is organized by Austin Families with Food Allergies in conjunction with Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE).