If you find yourself overwhelmed by the limited expert guidance and the need to make really important health decisions based on your own risk assessment…welcome to the world of food allergies! Check out my latest article on Medium to learn more.
Check out the latest issue of Food Equality Initiative’s Free-From Magazine for my latest article about oil allergies. The issue includes some amazing recipes to celebrate the various November holidays, including Thanksgiving, Chanukah, and Hispanic Heritage Month.
And with Giving Tuesday around the corner, consider donating to FEI’s Free-From Gala to help provide food for people with special diets who are experiencing food insecurity.
My latest article for the Food Equality Initiative’s Free-From Magazine details the food allergy mistakes I made in college…and how the landscape for accommodations has grown since I graduated.
It’s not that I didn’t love college — it was awesome! — but I would have done some things differently if I knew then what I knew now. I would have been more careful in the dining hall, pushed harder for the legally-required ADA accommodations, and eaten fewer Ring Dings. Well, maybe not that last one.
I’ve documented my rare food allergies in this blog since my biggest scratch test in 2012. In honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week, I’m documenting more of what it means to be allergic to foods that aren’t in the Top 9. More than 170 foods can cause reactions, but we tend to think about allergies as being very specific.
I may have more food allergies than the typical food-allergic individual, but I recognize that I’m able to manage them because of my extreme privilege. I have great medical care (which I can afford) and the means and access to buy the specialty foods I need. I’ve stared at my grocery bill hundreds of times wondering why I spend so much, and then I remember that I have to.
But what if I couldn’t? What if I simply could not purchase the food I need to eat safely? Or if the choice was between an Epi-Pen and rent?
Pop culture and memes tend to depict people with allergies as privileged, white people who are a little snooty, a little helicopter parent-y, and so out of touch they believe a little bit of peanut is an issue. But the reality is, people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic statuses can have food allergies, and the food allergies are more prevalent among Black communities.
My latest article expands on this issue more. Check it out here.
May 9 through May 15 is Food Allergy Awareness Week, and I’ll be participating by posting articles each day this week with different facts and themes about living with food allergies. Follow along here, or on Medium, where you can find my first post about the particular difficulties facing adults with food allergies.
I’ve had to get super creative in the kitchen because of my allergies. I’m not sure I’ve ever followed a recipe down to the letter! In the March issue The Food Equality Initiative’s Free-From Magazine, I share tips for getting creative in the kitchen, along with adaptable recipes for granola and eggplant stew.
Happy Chanukah! I’ve written a lot about how difficult some of the Jewish holidays are with my allergies (here’s looking at you, Passover). And while I love each holiday, there’s extra joy for me around Chanukah time because I can be 100% included in the celebrations, even with my array of allergies. I wrote about the many ways to celebrate Chanukah for the Food Equality Initiative — read it here: