The Bubble

Allergy parents/allergy sufferers, have you ever notice the bubble we tend to be in?  It’s a weird bubble.  We are part of support groups, we read the message boards, we do the research… with all of that, it’s easy to feel like the rest of the world gets it, like they are all going through it, too.  It feels like this rare thing you are dealing with really isn’t rare at all.  But then you talk to real people in the real world and realize that just isn’t the case. People don’t always understand food allergies.  They don’t know what eosinophilic disorders are.  And often what they do know about allergies is “information” they have gotten from watching tv or movies.  So as allergy parents and/or allergy sufferers, it’s our job to help them understand.

BUT WE HAVE TO DO IT RIGHT!

Unfortunately, when we break out of the safety bubble we are in, it’s easy to come out with guns blazing, demanding that the world change.  Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying.  I get the importance of defending yourself or your kid.  It’s our job as parents. We have to protect our kids, and we cannot back down from that.  But the negative image people have of us is due in large part… well, to us.  We have to understand that no one changes quickly.  We need to educate, not scream and spit.  We need to help people see that the changes we are asking for are not unreasonable, they are for the health and safety of our children. We also need to understand that the world is not out to get us, but there are in fact people out there that want to learn and accommodate.  While screaming and shouting might cause people to accommodate, it will not change attitudes.  If we can change attitudes, we can effect real change – the kind of change that brings people to want to support because they care. Attitude changes do not happen overnight.  If we want a safer world for our kids, though, we have to pop our bubble with diplomacy.

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Weeknight Barbecue Chicken

Long day?  Don’t worry, I’ve got your dinner covered.

Weeknight Barbecue Chicken (small)

Tuesday night.  It has been a long day at work.  You walk in the door, loaded down with work you had to bring home.  You see that, despite the fact that your partner has cleaned and vacuumed the family room four times today, the kids have made an almost unnavigable mess. And then they all run to you and say, “What’s for dinner?”

Sound familiar? If you’re anything like me, that scenario has your reaching for the phone to order a pizza (well, to order a pizza online… I hate ordering pizza on the phone). But put the phone down!  Save the pizza for Friday movie night.  Using stuff you probably already have, you can make an excellent weeknight dinner with little effort. Continue reading

Vegan Soft Pretzels

Soft, chewy, German-y… just the way a pretzel should be!

Homemade Soft Pretzels (small)

When I was in high school, my best friend and I  both worked at the local mall.  In our free time, we would go hang out at the downtown mall. As an adult, however, I have come to a realization.  I hate malls.  People walk up right behind you, people stop in front of you with no warning, the salespeople at the Dead Sea Minerals kiosk jump out and try to put lotion on your hands without permission… *shudder*  There is one thing that makes going to the mall worthwhile, though.  PRETZELS. Continue reading

You’ve got this!

You know how when you are told you can’t eat something, that’s all you want?  The doctor says to watch your fat intake, and the only thing you want to eat is a bacon sandwich with bacon bread topped with bacon spread and followed with a side of bacon fries (minus the potato).

Or maybe you are the opposite: rather than dreaming of bacon wrapped bacon, you change everything and live off of celery, despite the vast array of things you can have that are perfectly in your dietary needs.

Sometimes I feel like being a food allergy parent is like that.   Continue reading

Honey Mustard and the World’s Largest Ball of Paint

Great on chicken, fries, a spoon….

Honey Mustard (small)

So we are back to school here in the Indiana.  For the couple of days before going back to school, we decided to do something fun and offbeat.  So what a better way to spend the day than going to see one of central Indiana’s bizarre roadside attractions?  Just about an hour away from our house is: Continue reading

Enjoy(ing) Life!

Not long ago, I received an email from the good people at Enjoy Life foods.  They had found my humble little blog and read of my love for their products.  (By the way, if you aren’t familiar with Enjoy Life yet, check them out.  All of their products are free of the Top 8 allergens (eggs, dairy, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish), gluten-free, and certified Kosher and Halal.  Find out more by clicking here.) They wanted me to have a chance to try some of their new stuff.  To make a long story short: IMG_2841

I got a delivery! Continue reading

Salted Dark Chocolate Fudge (dairy free!)

Stop whatever you are doing and make this now. Because fudge.

Salted Dark Chocolate Fudge (small)

It’s no secret that I love food.  And it’s not just the eating of food that I like; I love that food can bring people together, can represent and define cultures, and can soothe and comfort.  Typically I prefer savory foods.  I will choose bacon with biscuits and gravy over pancakes every single time.  Night time snack?  Popcorn.  Usually buttered and seasoned with some weird concoction I made up on a whim.  But there is no question: I LOVE FUDGE. Continue reading

Back to School: Approaching the 504

It’s that time of year again… the air is far from turning crisp and cool, but the school buses are running and classes are starting.  It is back to school time! To this day, I love buying school supplies.  Something about fresh, new pencils and notebooks… it’s hard to explain, but there’s nothing quite like it.

books apple school

Unfortunately, for kids with chronic illnesses and severe allergies, school brings a whole host of challenges that the majority of people don’t even think about.  A student with sickle-cell anemia who can’t be exposed to extreme temperatures (eg. fire drills during the winter), a diabetic student who needs to check her blood sugar multiple times a day, a student with a feeding tube who goes to the nurse for lunch and can’t be around food…. Fortunately, there is a way to put a plan in place.   Continue reading