Food Allergy Awareness week is May 12 through May 18, 2013. So here’s some information to get you ready for it.
So often times, it feels that the majority of resources available to discuss living with food allergies is actually geared towards parenting children with food allergies, or to diseases often confused with allergies like Celiac disease. Celiac is not an allergy; it is an auto-immune disease. Cross-contamination issues are similar to those with allergies, though, so they seem to get lumped together often. And parenting kids with allergies is probably wicked hard. But I don’t need to learn how to talk to teachers or deal with field trips or birthday parties. I am an adult who theoretically can advocate for herself and her own health, right?
One of the reasons we started the blog was that we weren’t find the recipes we needed to eat well with multiple food allergies. As with so many things, though, the deeper into it you get, the more you realize that the solutions are not simple. Food allergies don’t just affect what you eat, they affect how you live. They affect how you socialize, how you interact with the world, and often how you feel about yourself.
As with so many other issues, what I have found to be most helpful in dealing with all the many social situations that become awkward when you have food allergies are the personal stories shared on the blogs of other adults with food allergies — and the stories shared in their comments. More than anything, social awareness of what an allergy is and how you can (as a non-allergic person) do to ease the way would be the most helpful advocacy I can think of. Here are some great links:
Alerting your new office that you have food allergies This link is actually misnamed, as the Ask A Manager question is from a new employee who has CELIAC DISEASE, which is, as I said above, not an allergy. Same advice applies, though.
Amanda, from Celiac and Allergy Adventures, has a great series on socializing with allergies.
The Allergista discusses skin and food allergies, with great information and resources.
This week I found a PDF you can download of the
Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States from the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases. Sounds like a laugh riot, right? But I actually learned some stuff reading it, so it might be good to take a look at it.
I also found an online class on Food Allergen & Gluten Intolerance Safety Awareness Training for restaurant servers, but might be also really useful for those in our lives might need a little education about food allergy issues. It’s only $15.o0.
I’ve posted this in one of our Friday posts before, but it bears repeating – Five Things Every Boss Should Know About Food Allergies.
Let us know what articles and resources you recommend for coping with adult food allergies, particularly adult onset food allergies. Have a good awareness week all!