Monday, November 23, 2015

Allergies Are ALWAYS Fun!

As one of the bloggers that has worked with Mylan in the past, I sometimes receive information, updates and materials*. But this time around, not only did I get information, I got an entirely adorable box that proves having food allergies is always fun and never limiting. In case you haven't heard, Mylan has paired up with Disney and My Allergy Kingdom to provide our food allergy community with gentle reminders that life with food allergies can always be enjoyable- even for those without food allergies. Rather than exclude your guests that don't have food allergies, include them with your allergy-friendly safe party plans. Chances are that this won't make any difference in the level of fun and food that is planned for everyone. The safer the foods and crafts are for everyone, the less their is a chance of an allergic reaction for that event.

Who Wants to See the Box? I could have written a post about it but let's be honest- we are a visual world and we all want to see everything as if it was in our own homes. So NutriDaughter helped me out and we wanted to open the box with all of you. Ready? Just click & watch -

You are NOT Limited by Your Foods, Only Your Knowledge on What to Do With Them! I have said this before and I will continue to say it until I am blue in the face (or, in this case, teal since that's our official food allergy awareness color). This kit is just another example of how food allergies do not limit our lives but actually bring us closer together. With information, there is always power and strength. And when there is food, well, we all love food so why not share it (safely)? And, of course, always have two doses of epinephrine with you at all times because (as we know) an allergic reaction can happen anytime, anywhere so always be prepared!

Who Wants One Too? What perfect timing with the cool weather and so many school holiday breaks- this kit would be a great surprise to your children to pass the time. It's fast and easy- simply visit HERE and you can get all of the details necessary to have your own movie night too. My Allergy Kingdom also has bunches of information, crafts, articles, recipes- you name it.

Thank you to Mylan, Disney and My Allergy Kingdom for continuing to support our food allergy community in such a positive way.

Need more information on what's what in the world of epi? Click here

*In the past, I received materials and information for providing my thoughts and ideas to Mylan. All comments made by me about medical treatments or Mylan are at my own discretion and based on my own opinion. #materialconnection

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Food Allergy Awareness Alert!

In every day life, it can be tricky to figure out how to let others know about your food allergies without seeming as if you are a walking billboard. It's a fine line that the food allergy community walks- it can be easy for some of us while others may be viewed as the "helicopter parent" or even those that can just be, well, quite blunt at times (ehm, me, such as here. Hey, it happens, I apologized but I am honest about it.) But when I find products that take away the burden of having to break the ice about food allergies, I am not only appreciative but I need to share them.

Food Allergies and Me sent me a selection of four adorable buttons recently. I have to say, they are not only cute but the artwork is family-friendly while getting the food allergy alert across to others. As a parent, I could see how they would easily be a trend-setter with younger children. You remember when you were in school- anytime somebody had something new and cool, you wanted one. Kids always collect, they want to share and very often, it's the kids that are on top of being aware of their friends' food allergies before the adults are. (No judgement meant- this is just an awesome fact and I love it!)

Not Just Buttons
I assumed they only had buttons, which I was totally cool with but then I checked out the Food Allergies and Me website and they have other items too! I highly recommend that you visit them but for those of you who are like me and want instant information, I'll share here and now:

  • Buttons but also custom food allergy buttons! This option is a plus, especially since food allergies have become more than just your typical top 8. You can contact them, let them know what your allergy is if it's not available in their usual collection and you get your very own special food allergy item. Besides, we all knew that having food allergies is actually something to brag about so now you have another bragging point. 
  • T-Shirts! Food allergy awareness and a comfy t-shirt, I am in! They offer sizes from Youth XS to Adult XL and have 8 different colors to choose from. I'm thinking great holiday gifts, a good item for a family picture or even a special just because shipment to show your favorite person with food allergies that you were thinking about them.
    Hey, how about a school event, a teacher's gift or even something for summer camp? (I know, so not summer camp weather right now but better to prepare early). 
  • Magnets! Simple and yet brilliant. Our family always has magnets on our fridge and even as my children grew up, we used many different types of magnets as part of our teaching processes too. These would be a great way to start teaching your allergic child very early on about what to look for, labels that they need to seek out and wording that they will need to use to advocate for themselves. The earlier the better- even when my son could not read yet, I always showed him box labels and repeated them out loud so that it would be ingrained into his young mind for future use.
Ready to Order? I made it easy -peasy for all of you. Simply click on the items that I've listed or on Food Allergies and Me and you will be delivered right to their website pages. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram so make sure you check in with them their too- you never know what new information and deals they may be sharing. Please tell them that you found them from me (Nutrimom, that crazy blogger lady)- I don't get anything other than some thank you's. 

*As always, I never receive any compensation for product reviews other than the products themselves. My opinions are always honest and my own.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Giving Gluten Free Thanks

No matter what holidays you celebrate during the cooler months, all of us have similar things in common- leftovers! How do we use every bit of them up but still make sure our families don’t get tired of the same recipes over and over again? Especially during holiday months, we could all use a little help with maximizing our budgets as well as our foods. Here are some easy ways that will not only be gluten free but so delicious, even those who aren’t gluten free will not be able to turn these down.

Turn it Inside Out Many of us make corn bread or corn muffins since they are so versatile and go easily with many meals. But sometimes, they can also tend to be left out just a little too long. Rather than throw away your slightly stale sides, why not pull them apart and put them back together again as a new recipe? For instance, did you know that cornbread makes excellent gluten free French toast? And those broken pieces of Glutino Frosted Blueberry Toaster pastries add just the right touch for a new, sweet treat.

Click HERE to print a recipe!
Inside Out Blueberry French Toast   
(For a brief video tutorial, click here)
Prep Time:    5 Minutes
Cook Time:   35 minutes in the oven (or) 15 Minutes (stove top)

Spray oil of your choice (I use Winona Pure Oil)
2 Eggs
¼ Cup milk of your choice
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Cup day old prepared Glutino YankeeCornbread Mix, cubed
1 Glutino BlueberryFrosted Toaster Pastry (broken into large pieces)

1.       Preheat the oven to 350°.
2.       Generously spray a 4 x 6 casserole dish with spray oil and set aside.
3.       In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla together.
4.       Add the cornbread cubes and blueberry toaster pastry pieces.
5.       Combine well and pour into the prepared casserole dish.
6.       Bake until bubbly and egg is cooked (test with a toothpick).
7.       Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to two days.

This recipe can also be made the night before and reheated.

* This may also be prepared on the stove top like your typical French Toast. However, it is more difficult to flip.

Serving size is approximately 2 servings

Didn’t Your Mom Tell You To Freeze Leftovers? I know my mom did as well as my Grandmother. Seal it up, store it away for another day or another meal to keep your kitchen stocked. But what they did not tell me is that you can do this in so many creative ways with so few ingredients.  They also never told me that creative cooking can be a lot less stressful and time-consuming as I always imaged it to be. Sometimes, your Blueberry Toaster Pastries break but have no fear- a new, easy dessert is here!

Click HERE to print it now!
(For a brief video tutorial, click here)
Prep Time:  5 Minutes
Cook Time: None, Freeze until Firm

1 Pint non-dairy dessert (I used SoDelicious Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert)
Ground up allergy-friendly cookie crumbs (we used Enjoy Life Foods Sugar Crisp Crunchy Cookies)
3 Sleeves Glutino  BlueberryFrosted Toaster Pastry (broken into pieces)

1.       Place the pint of non-dairy frozen dessert in the refrigerator to soften for easier stirring (approximately 45 minutes).
2.       Using a mini chopper or food processor, grind up the Enjoy Life Foods cookies.
3.       Sprinkle the bottom of a casserole dish with the cookie crumbs.
4.       In a large bowl, combine the softened frozen dessert with pieces of Blueberry Frosted Toaster Pastry (size of pieces does not matter).
5.       Using a spatula, spread the toaster pastry and frozen dessert mixture on top of the cookie crumbs, then top with additional cookie crumbs.
6.       Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until firm.

*These may also be made as popsicles for a great pick-up dessert- just remember to keep them sealed in an airtight container to avoid freezer burn.

Serving sizes will vary

Use it; Don’t Throw Away The number one rule of any allergy-friendly kitchen is to get every penny out of your products and foods. One of the things I am thankful for is that there are so many wonderful gluten free items for our families to use. Why not make sure we put them to all possible uses? You have some leftover pie crust, you have that middle section of the apple that you almost always don’t eat but now you can. The best part is that having this dessert as a single serving makes anyone feel special (and, it makes your house smell divine!)

Prep Time:  10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

1 Mid section of an apple (core removed)
1 Teaspoon raw honey
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1/3 Teaspoon each of cinnamon and allspice

1.       Preheat the oven to 375°.
2.       On an ungreased baking sheet, form two circles with the pie crust slightly larger than the size of the apple slices  with the center cut out and set aside (thinner is better).
3.       Using a frying pan, heat the oils on medium heat.
4.       In a bowl, combine the honey and spices, mixing into a paste. 
5.       Slice the apple, making sure it’s at least 1 ½ inches thick (otherwise you will lose the taste of the apple)
6.       Add the apple slice, using the mixture as a paste to cover the apple.
7.       Place the coated apple in the preheated skillet and cook, flipping once, until the apple browns (about 7 minutes).
8.       Place the cooked apple slice onto a plate to cool for 2-3 minutes.
9.       Gently place the cooked apple slice onto one of the pie crust circles, and then top with the second circle.
10.   Gently fold and mold the crust around the apple. Still have extra pie crust? Use it to form small shapes (such as a heart) to attach to the top of the crust for decoration.
11.   Bake for 20 minutes, then spray with additional oil and sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar.
12.   Bake an additional 10 minutes.
13.   Allow to cool before removing from the baking sheet.

Makes 1 serving

Be Thankful, Always No matter what obstacles are brought into your life, always be thankful for the things that you have. Be thankful for family, be thankful for those who help you through the journey of allergy-friendly cooking and be thankful that there are numerous gluten free options for our families to use. All it takes is one good product to create one good recipe, then another. Fill your kitchens and homes with love and gratitude in a way that only your favorite products can provide.

#PurifyYourLife #EatFreely 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Pure Oils & A FABulous Giveaway

A few years ago, I began looking at our allergy-friendly foods a bit more closely. I have been an avid label reader ever since NutriSon was diagnosed with food allergies but when my own intolerances became apparent, I had to look even closer at ingredients. Being the kitchen geek that I am and always cooking, trying out new allergy-friendly products and perusing the baking aisle of the stores, I was intrigued when I came across Winona Pure Oils a few years ago. Since, then, I have never had another brand of oil in my kitchen pantry. Or, even under my bathroom sink (whaaat?! What is she talking about? Click here).

Pure Oil, Nothing Else- That's what I said and it's completely true. Winona Pure Oils are spray oils that are in a non-aerosol cans with no additives, propellants, soy or anything else, JUST OIL. As a food allergy mom, I love this and as a woman in her forties (hey, very early forties!!) having no soy added into the oils I can use safely for my entire family is a life-saver. (FYI- soy has been shown to effect hormones so we try to avoid it as much as possible). 

Tell Us, Winona! I reached out to my contact at Winona Pure Oils and they answered a few questions so I could share with all of you. 

Q: How long has Winona Pure been in business?  A: The brand has been around for five years but the family company has been in business for twenty years.

Q:  Is there anything that your oils cannot be used with or on?  A: They can be applied to any food and also many household and beauty uses. They are pure oils.

Q:  How did the idea of a pure oil come about?  A: Our owner brought the technology over from Germany and wanted to be the first company to offer a healthy spray cooking oil option after his wife beat breast cancer.

Q:  Sprayed, streamed or dripped- was this a consumer request?  A: No, this was developed for ease of use for consumers. We have an actuator that is patented.

Q:  Will you have additional products in the near future?  A: We are always developing new flavors and watching consumer trends.

Q:  Not only are your oils pure, your website states that the container can be recycled, is it true?  A: You bet!

Q:  Winona Pure is a sponsor for the Food Allergy Blogger Conference this year- tell me more!  A: We find it important to support the food allergy community because our products are safe for those who suffer from the top 8 allergens.

Everything is Always Better with a Giveaway! Yes, I have teamed up with Winona Pure Oils to host a special Food Allergy Bloggers Conference giveaway! Just a few simple rules and YOU will be entered to win. Ready? All you have to do is:

  1. Find your bag of Winona Pure Oils products (you know, those awesomely wonderful swag bags!)
  2. Snap & share a picture of you and the Winona Pure products
  3. Tweet, Tag & Post with BOTH #PurifyYourLife and #FabLogCon (to be entered, you MUST include all of the hash tags and a picture of the products)
  4. Want an EXTRA chance to win? Tweet, Tag & Post a picture with me at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference including #PurifyYourLife #FabLogCon #TracyBNutrimom
NOT Going to the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference but still want to have a chance to win? We've got you covered! Watch for the giveaway reminders on Facebook ,Twitter  & Instagram then 
  1. Comment and include #PurifyYourLife (doesn't matter if you aren't on Twitter)
  2. Share a picture of Winona Pure on my page (doesn't have to be yours, as long as it's one of their product pictures)
  3. Comment as much as you like (more comments, pictures and hash tags = more chances that you will win!)
  4. Share (because Winona Pure Oil should be shared and, honestly, we both love the extra love)
Prizes? What Are the Prizes??? There will only be 2 winners (1 winner participating from the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference and 1 winner that did not attend the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference but played along online). Both of the winners will receive:

A surprise gift box of goodies from Winona Pure Oils  
A copy of my ebook "The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies"& a surprise gift from me 
1 EpiPen pouch (embroidery possible) donated from Jennifer Ferguson*
  (Contest begins Friday, November 13th and ends at midnight on Sunday November 15th. Entries will be chosen ONLY if all of the contest details are followed and posts contain all of the required information. Both winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 18th. Should a winner not claim their prize within 48 hours of announcement, an alternate winner will be chosen. No replacement prizes will be given and items included in the surprise gift boxes may not be safe for any specific allergy need so please check all labeling and ingredients.)


Love and gratitude to Winona Pure Oil for what they do and for sponsoring me for the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference.

* Extra hugs to Jennifer Ferguson who jumped right in to help out and is donating the adorable EpiPen pouches for the giveaway (thanks Jen!).

Friday, November 6, 2015

Keep Calm & Epi On

photo credit SnackSafely
As many of you know, there have been a bunch of recent updates in the news about the Auvi-Q recall. If you have been out of town, taking a break from the news or just not paying attention, ALL Auvi-Q's have been recalled and production has been put at a standstill until further investigation by Sanofi is complete. Am I upset- yes. Is my teenage son making a huge stink every time he has to carry the larger EpiPen epinephrine auto injector ? Yes. Am I a nervous wreck since all of this has come to light? No. And neither should any of you.

Everyone Wants Answers - I think it is more than safe to say that everyone does, including Sanofi. Of course we are on edge and want to know what happened, why, how long it will be, etc. but things just take time. When we get the answers, we get the answers. Believe me- I am super happy that my child did not need to use an Auvi-Q and have it fail. I am just as equally happy that there were no other deaths or tragedies due to the malfunctions. However, we all need to just chill out a tiny bit, breath and let Sanofi get us our answers. That's it- simple, still not what we all want to hear but true.

photo credit SnackSafely
Asking NOW Before the Answers- There was a recent posting that shared a new petition for Auvi-Q devices to be reintroduced quickly so consumers could continue to use them. That's great we truly want to put more pressure on Sanofi? Do we really want this process rushed through just for convenience sake? After all, lives could be at stake and in my book lives always trump convenience. Always. (Every single time, even when my son is whining again) Sanofi simply put a halt on further production until they get answers- this doesn't mean they will never be back.

It's Simple Science, NOT a Planned Spy Attack- OK, just hear me out on this one and I am not trying to poke fun or say my opinion is the opinion but when I saw comments suggesting that this was all set up by competing epinephrine brands to shut down Auvi-Q?...Come on now people, really? I mean, yes- it could be possible, all things are. However, am I so wrong in thinking that in this time of need, we should all be directing out energies to help get us the answers that we seek? Can we focus on what needs to be done, what needs to be researched and revamped so that all of us can use the Auvi-Q if we choose too? And if I'm wrong, remind me and I will happily write a follow-up article.

Large, Small- We STILL Have Epinephrine- I will admit that I realized how comfortable and spoiled our family had become with the options of having two types of epinephrine. Our kitchen is stocked with EpiPens, the school nurse has EpiPens and my now High School son felt more comfortable having the smaller Auvi-Q to self-carry. So when I told him he couldn't, the EpiPens were left in the care (ugh, what a waste!) and there have been several fights about him going out with friends without it. The point is- WE STILL HAVE EPINEPHRINE! Our children, our spouses, our family, all of our friends are STILL covered in case there is an allergic emergency. I, for one, am grateful this is the case. Doubtful, not feeling the love? There are countries that don't have any and if you don't have epinephrine, well, there is no choice. Next time you feel the recall is unjust, ask yourself if you would send your allergic child to school without an EpiPen.

Keep Calm & Epi On- Plain and simple- we all need to remember a few things until this issue is resolved. And please, I did not write this post to seem negative or point fingers- I always try to see both sides of a situation. Panic doesn't get us anywhere, but these can:
  • No matter what your family's preference is for an auto injector, ALWAYS keep two on hand to help prevent any unnecessary tragedies
  • Stay informed so that, as the epinephrine news changes, you can also decide what to continue to do for ultimate safety
  • EpiPen STILL has the $0 copay available through December 31, 2015 so if anytime was a good time to use it, now is. Link here
  • Use this as a time to reintroduce family members & friends to retraining, where to keep auto injectors and see what types of allergy carriers you can order to help with the process (examples here)
  • Reach out to others within the food allergy community- THIS is so very important! We are keeping each other together so let's keep doing just that
  • Be thankful that these companies care enough to post a recall to ensure that all of us have auto injectors that will save our lives if we need them too
Read This, Share This & Hug Your Family - This is just a must and sometimes, we forget that hugs can ease any stress, any time so just do it (even when you have cranky, teenagers that just HATE affection, even more reason).

*Our family uses both and I disclose that I have been included in discussions with both Mylan and Sanofi but these were informational only and I am in no way paid for my opinions of either product.

Do NOT throw away your Auvi-Q's! 
Please click here for return instructions

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Where Can Go Veggie Go?

I blog. I have random thoughts. I love product reviews and I am a self-professed #KitchenGeek. I cannot explain what happens inside of my mommy brain other than I just go with it and I believe having fun is absolutely a must in this day and age. Life is too crazy and stressful and having food allergies will always be stressful. So when we can steer away from the everyday stress and fears of dealing with food allergies, I do my very best to get everyone around me to do the same. You must laugh, you must allow your food allergy fears to give you new perspectives on life and you must remember that food allergies are a blessing in disguise....see, I bet some of you are laughing at that.

So what does a food allergy blogger like me think of when I receive a box of Go Veggie Foods Chive & Garlic Vegan Spread & Dip Minis to try out before it's even on their own website? I can tell you that we have used their 8 ounce size products for awhile now and in my strange, blogger-brain that runneth over, the first words that came into my head when I asked myself where I would eat this was "Everywhere". Low and behold, one of my favorite books came into mind and I felt it was my duty to pay homage to both of these items that I enjoy so much. Think about it- I'm having fun, I am being creative and, well, I did get a lot of strange looks but that makes it even more fun!

Ladies and gentleman, may I present my Go Veggie Foods product review Dr. Seuss style-

Would you like them here or there?

YES! Between the two, I do prefer here rather than there only because the grass was wet with morning dew and I had heels on while taking the picture. Do the minis that are "here" taste any better? NO! Just as good, just closer. I do want to assure all of you that I did not leave the other minis "there" as I refuse to share with the backyard wildlife. Sharing is nice but only with friends and family, Plus, I recycle so....

Would you like them in a house?

YES! I would like them in a house! And, for the record, I usually am in a house when I eat them (how convenient!)....the book does not stipulate what kind of house, what size house so I figured, why not give NutriDaughter's dollhouse a chance too?! Sharing, it's all about sharing and these minis are the right size for that. Plus, if they spill, it's not my kitchen to clean up (just sayin').

Would you like them with a mouse?

Um.....well, maybe not with a mouse. Definitely alone, maybe even next to the mouse but this photo required me to find a local (not so fresh-smelling) pet store and if I had to eat the Go Veggie mini there, I would but I prefer not too. I mean, the mouse sure seemed all gung-ho but I would be concerned that my Go Veggie might pick up a little something icky if I chose to eat with a mouse. Sorry mouse.

Would you eat them in a box?

Trick question! Technically, they are already in a box. So, am I required to climb into the box while I am eating it? Do I need to take it out of the box, prepare something and then put it back into the a self-carry kind of thing? This was unclear and I don't think cardboard and Chive & Garlic minis would taste very good together. I WOULD, however, lick any that may drop onto the box while smearing but only if it was the inside of the box (because the many people have touched it, including the mouse) and only if nobody was looking or everybody would be like "Yeah, gross, Nutrimom just licked the GoVeggie box, what's up?"

Would you eat them with a fox?

YES! I mean, look how polite he is and all- sitting at the table, he brushed his fur and washed his paws. Definitely a bit more sanitary than the mouse. And he's patient- he posed for the picture so I'm thinking a fox is ok in my book. But, being a fox, he may also not understand that the Go Veggie spread needs to be removed from the packaging before eating so I will clarify this to save any possible wasting of the product.

Would you? Could you? In a car?

YES- but very, very cautiously! Same principles apply as with driving and texting- you must be parked and you must be pulled over. Eating and driving can take innocent lives people and innocent Go Veggie minis in the process. Always enjoy your Chive & Garlic spread responsibly. That and if you drop it in the car, you know that stuff is gonna really smell strong once the hot weather rolls around again.

You may like them in a tree!

Yes, we may and we do! NutriDaughter decided that she was feeling kind of left out since she loves the Go Veggie minis too. Do you see the sheer intent in her smile?! Trying to look all innocent but in reality, she is taunting me! She did like them in a tree but then she promptly ran into the house (our real house, not the doll house) and refused to share....she must get that from her father.

A train! A train! A train! A train! Could you, would you on a train?

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! I would on a train! As you can see, the minis are compact enough to travel just about anyway. Just a thought- if you are attempting a smaller train, as pictured above, make sure the mini has not been previously opened by someone who is attempting to eat your product stock. Such an occurrence causes leakage, oily train tracks and mothers that are left with the empty hopes and wishes of indulging in a treat that cannot be indulged in. Plus, it's just plain rude to waste it the precious cargo.

In the dark? Here in the dark! Would you, could you, in the dark?

I could. I did. But you would not see me if I ate it in the dark so what would the point of that be? Unless, you are a mom who now eats in hiding because you have learned that this is the only way to eat something without having to share, forfeit or just "give a bite" to and not feel guilty for wanting your own food...without second-hand slobber. Don't get me wrong- you love that slobber and I would most definitely give my child anything but it's so nice to eat just one thing for yourself. But the dark- my other issue with this- SPIDERS! I don't like them, they may be lurking in the dark and then I would just plain freak out, not eat the Go Veggie mini and probably run into something on the way out while screaming. (Did I mention I hate spiders?)

Would you, could you, in the rain?

Yes. All things are possible in the rain! Except to stay dry. And maybe roller skating.

Could you, would you, with a goat?

OK, let me explain this one- obviously, no goat. I tried to find a goat, I had tons of people sending me weird pictures of goats, asking if their goat could be in the picture (who knew a goat was such a hot topic?). So instead, please enjoy this lovely picture I took when I was overjoyed to find the Go Veggie minis right at our own local Whole Foods.

Would you, could you on a boat?

Yes (not on this boat, per say because I would definitely break it) but I would. However, if you are the seasick type, I recommend you either skip Go Veggie or pre-treat with anti-nausea meds. The only thing worse than wasting a mini is to watch it return (hack, gag)...oh, the horror!

Final Thoughts In all seriousness, my family has been a huge fan of Go Veggie Foods and I appreciate them allowing me to not only post a product review on this brand new item but also allow me to utilize my blogger weirdness along the way. If you are ready to try them out for yourself, you can visit them at Although I was not compensated to write this product review other than getting the products themselves, please be kind and let them know that Nutrimom sent you over.

<3 A special thank you to Dr. Seuss for being such an inspiration all of these years <3 

As always, never any compensation except for the products themselves to review as all of my reviews are always honest 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Food Allergies are Contagious

NutriSon will be 14 this year- gasp!!! Dabbing eyes, feeling short and old(er). I am so very proud that he takes everything in stride and although he chooses to stay on the quieter side of how he deals with his food allergies, I feel that this entire journey has been a new opportunity for us to speak out. I can truly say that food allergies have changed out family's life for the better- a blessing in disguise. And although many people may not agree, I know this entire process has taught all of us how to examine our foods on so many levels that we never would have.

What I find comical is sitting back, listening to some of the situations that come up in every day conversation with myself or my children. This is true for any family but I often catch myself giggling so I wanted to share some of it with all of you. After all- laughter is a necessity so if our family can stir up one giggle for you, we have helped in some way. So, in no particular order, I share with all of you how food allergies can be contagious (in a good way):

  • Your children have a 20 minute conversation about a movie scene, debating if they washed their hands before they began making a pie
  • Your favorite aisle in the food store is the kitchen gadgets aisle
  • You get excited when you see one of those same, expensive kitchen gadgets at the dollar store
  • Your daughter instinctively finishes the Subway commercials that say "Eat fresh" with a prompt "yoga mats"
  • Your children won't speak to you because they found out once upon a time, you ate McDonald's chicken nuggets as a child (hey, go yell at Grandma for that one)
  • Your family watched an episode of Master Chef Jr. and asks why they don't have an allergy-friendly version of the show
  • Your daughter asks why the open barrel of peanuts has to be next to all of the produce
  • Your non-allergic child can explain what "carmine" is
  • If you already know what "carmine" is (how many of you are Googling it right now? Comment)  :)
  • When discovering there is a chocolate shortage, your children immediately ask if it will effect any of the Enjoy Life Foods products
  • The discovery of the chocolate shortage leads to a new conversation about whether or not it's dairy free chocolate or all chocolate
  • Your children walk down the cereal aisle and when they see the new and improved sugary cereals, their response is "How many GMO's do you think are in that?!"
  • Your child refuses to allow her friend to use a certain type of SunButter because it's not her favorite variety 
  • When Grandma gets mad because her grandchildren will only use Vegenaise
  • Your child comes home in a bad mood and explains that her friend had no protein in her lunch and why can't she just understand that it's so important to eat it
  • An allergy-free expo is now a mini family vacation
  • The kids are reminding the teachers at school that there is a zero copay card for the EpiPen refills

How many of these do you identify with? Share your family's allergy funnies below- Nutrimom loves a good family share <3 

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