New Article: Surviving College

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.

Check it out here.

FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK: INEQUALITY

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.

New FEI Blog Post: Celebrating Chanukah with Food Allergies

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:

The Secret Miracle of Chanukah – It’s Food Allergy-Friendly!

NEW MEDIUM POST: KEKE PALMER, FOOD INEQUALITY, AND FOOD ALLERGIES

Eat more fish!

Avocado oil is SO good for you.

Nuts are a healthy afternoon snack!

Leafy greens are the best way to get the nutrients you need!

You know what I hear with this? The only way to eat healthy is to die trying.

It shouldn’t be that way. Advocates for eating healthy (even when they mean well, as I believe Keke Palmer did in her recent tweets about free health food on EBT) often miss the fact that it’s not so easy for everyone. People who rely on government support programs or live in food deserts don’t have equal access to healthy food. Healthy means something different to people with food allergies. And when those intersect — limited food access AND food allergies — the consequences are dire.

Read more in my latest medium post.