Teens and Adults with Food Allergies Part 1

A VERY important perspective for people to pay attention to! Thank you Adventures of an Allergic Foodie for bringing this important point to light!

Adventures of an Allergic Foodie

Sitting at the hotel bar during a recent food allergy conference I was surprised–no, shocked– when two mothers of food-allergic children told me that adults shouldn’t need help coping with their allergies. They were wondering why I was at the conference. Now before you get angry, let me explain their side. They assumed all adults with food allergies had developed them as children. Hence, by adulthood, food-allergic folks should be experienced–physically and emotionally–at handling restrictions and reactions.

Imagine! I had no idea some people thought this way! Of course, I quickly took this opportunity to tell them how wrong they were.

I explained people can develop food allergies and celiac disease and other health issues requiring food restrictions at any time in life. I shared that my symptoms started in my late thirties, though it took nearly ten years to find out multiple food allergies, celiac disease, and

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You Might Live With Food Allergies If …

Fortunately, my son and I are not anaphylactic (well my son does get a funny feeling throat and mouth from eggs), bur there are seriously uncomfortable symptoms we deal with beginning anywhere between 1-12 hours after consuming the culprit food… that lasts for up to two days… SO, I can TOTALLY relate to this! I keep an Epi-pen for our son just in case, so that is definitely on the out the door checklist.

curtis_sittenfeld_fare_conferenceLast month, attendees at the first FARE National Food Allergy Conference were treated to a heartfelt, warm and witty keynote speech, “Finding Your Food Allergy Voice,” by bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld, whose daughter has food allergies.

Curtis’s riff on comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s popular “You Might Be a Redneck” routine was met with appreciative laughs. With many food allergy parents exchanging knowing glances at some of the familiar scenarios Curtis mentioned, we were not surprised we received requests to reprint her speech. We are happy to share this excerpt from Curtis’s speech.

  • You Might Live With Food Allergies If … you develop a strategy for attending a four-year-old’s birthday party with the same precision you’d use to invade a small country.
  • You Might Live With Food Allergies If … you’ve ever been with a group of people singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame and you’ve wondered what you should do…

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So what is a food allergy exactly?

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How many of you out there in cyberspace who have food allergies have ever gotten the “Really?!?” look from people when you tell them you are allergic to certain foods? I know I have… It’s the ever so slight head … Continue reading

What’s happening in May…

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May 17th, in Washington Park, we will join Atlanta Contact Point for the Atlanta Beltline Play Day and Neighborhood Jazz Presented by Councilmember Young, part of the 31 Days of Jazz with the Atlanta Jazz Festival. We will have ready made gourmet muffins on hand … Continue reading