Saturday, May 11, 2013

Life with Food Allergies

If you or your child does not have a food allergy, you may not realize how much food is interwoven into our society. Food is not only available for 3 meals and a snack each day. It is everywhere, all the time!

There are birthday parties, ball game treats, school functions, even treats in the classroom (that's a topic for another post) just to name a few. Every time there is a social gathering, there is food.  We, as a society, are always eating!  And it seems like adults ALWAYS want to feed children (to keep them busy/entertain them?). No wonder we are an obese nation!

As our lives get busier, it gets harder to squeeze in a home cooked meal before that ball game or dance class. Most people just run through a drive-thru and eat in the car on their way to their destination. We, unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?) don't have that luxury. Bubs is allergic to virtually all restaurant food (either directly or from cross-contamination), and GirlyGirl has to be careful to watch for peanut contamination. So we plan ahead and pack food. 

We always have a stash of birthday party-type treats in the freezer for the parties, and we keep treats at school for all those classroom birthday celebrations. We keep a bag of small trinkets to offer Bubs when the other kids are earning candy in class for a job well done. And we bring our own post-ball game snacks while we watch the other kids devour Cheetos, Little Debbie snacks, or granola bars. And on the rare occasion that we eat out, we bring a lunch box for Bubs so he can dine out with us. 

We have learned to adjust and (always) be prepared. Our kiddos are really understanding when something comes up where others are eating when we didn't expect food to be present.  We tell them we will get something later or have a little something special with dinner. They understand and are fine with it. 

It's when you have to watch so closely what you eat that you realize that food is EVERYWHERE!  Our family has learned to adjust, and luckily our children fully recognize why we look at food differently.  

I am so grateful to those who understand what we go through on a daily basis. We appreciate your patience and compassion. We haven't encountered much negativity or glares, and I hope as people continue to learn and accept others' differences, we will continue on a path of positivity and healthy thinking about food. 

2 comments:

  1. I like how you are matter of fact without the frustration. I know that's a tough place to get to. It does get hard when food is everywhere. My kids automatically assume nothing is safe, but they might still ask if it looks good.

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    1. Bubs automatically assumes nothing is safe unless I provide it. For now, that is fine with me. Someday I will have to set him free.

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