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.
In addition to being Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month, May is also Mental Health Awareness Month. I’m passionate about both topics, and in my latest article, I explore the impact food allergies can have on mental health.
I’ve written about my experience with anaphylaxis before and in honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week, I want to dig into what it really is. We’ve seen the headlines about anaphylaxis and the COVID vaccine — but those headlines were often misleading. Here’s my take on the experience of anaphylaxis.
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.
Learn more here.
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.
Check it out here.
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:
The Secret Miracle of Chanukah – It’s Food Allergy-Friendly!
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.
Movies don’t have to be realistic, but they shouldn’t exploit disabilities for punchlines and gags. In my latest article on Medium, I reflect on how inaccurate pop culture portrayals of food allergies have personally affected me, and why I think some of the behind-the-scenes culture of Hollywood makes it harder to advocate for better representation. Check it out here.