A Teal Halloween

With Halloween approaching you may see a few teal pumpkins around your neighborhood, stores, and schools. So why are people painting pumpkins teal? The answer is simple, The teal pumpkin project. The Teal Pumpkin lets people know that the house is offering non candy treats for children with food allergies.
As a food allergy mother I just want to make it clear that no one is trying to take candy out of trick or treating and no one is trying to ruin Halloween; in fact I love Halloween. The food allergy community is just trying to make sure all kids are included. In our house we offer both candy and non candy treat options.

some ideas of non candy treats are
Pencils
Erasers
Stickers
Glow sticks
Spider rings
Vampire teeth
Mini notebooks
Noise makers
Spinning tops
Halloween tattoos
Finger puppets
Mini toy cars
Crayons
Coloring sheets
Playdoh
Finger Paints

The best part about it is most of these things you can get at the dollar store or the dollar section of Target. This year I’ve seen food allergy awareness treat kits with a variety of non candy treats at many of the major stores ( Wal-Mart, Target, and Michael’s craft stores)

Please remember that 1 in 13 children have a food allergy but all want to be included. Let’s give all children a safe and happy Halloween this year! 🎃🎃🎃
#tealpumpkinproject

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Teal Pumpkin Project

It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to sit down and write something. We are in the process of renovating an 1840s farm house, our five year old dairy allergic son started Kindergarten last week, and I’m slowly trying to pack up the clutter in our current home. Needless to say, I’m keeping busy.
However I was in Wal-Mart today and saw Teal Pumpkins for food allergy awareness and they had a whole section of non candy treats for food allergy kids!!! This just made my day!!!☺☺

Turkey Lettuce Wrap

Turkey Lettuce Wrap

Romaine Lettuce
Turkey
Tomato
Cucumber
Mayo
Seaweed wrap (break into strips to hold wrap together)

Lay Lettuce Leaf on plate
Add fixings
Wrap seaweed wrap around to hold in place.

Protecting or Targeting?

Recently I’ve read many stories on kids being bullied and targeted for their food allergies.

As an allergy mom I am determined to be vocal about it. I probably annoy people with how much I talk and post about my kids allergens and truthfully I don’t care. I want to tattoo their allergens across their forehead, make sure everyone that comes in contact with them knows that they have allergies, and how serious they are. Yet you hear stories (maybe rare but it happens) where kids are being chased around with their allergens, and even forced to eat a small piece. A little boy died from a bully flicking a small piece of cheese into the boys mouth. That’s how serious allergies are. So it got me thinking, is plastering your child in food allergy awareness stuff protecting or targeting your them?

I’m not going to stop educating and posting about it. I’m not going to let my child to into a lunch room without people knowing his allergens, and  I won’t stop educating him (and our daughter) on how to keep them safe around food.  I’m just curious, is allergy bullying on the rise, Or is the media just sharing more stories about it?

 

Strawberry Kale Smoothie Pops

Kid approved homemade smoothie pops.

2 cups Frozen Strawberries

1 cup Fresh Kale

1/2 cup Almond milk. (I added 1/4 cup at a time. You can use any milk and add more or less depending on the thickness you want)

Our strawberries were very bitter so I did add 1/2 tsp of brown sugar.

Blend everything until smooth, then pour into ice cube tray. Freeze for two hours before serving.

Enjoy

The Journey Unplanned

A year ago today I knew our daughter was a victim of food allergies and following in her brothers foot steps, yet I really didn’t known what we were getting into.

When we gave Adelyn oatmeal cereal she handled it fine first few times but always slept like a rock after eating it. I brushed it off as her being full and didn’t know she was actually having small reactions to it. She had an episode of vomiting, lethargic, very pale and gassy a few weeks prior so I stopped the cereal. After going away for the 4th of July I decided to restart the solid food again because I wasn’t sure why she had the episode. I gave her half the recommended amount and she seemed fine. An hour later she became very lethargic, started projectile vomiting, and became pale. I knew that she was allergic to something in that cereal. We waited out the reaction not knowing how severe her allergy was and by that night she became herself again. Checking the labels I knew it had wheat in it. That was the only top 8 allergen it contained.

After putting our son through hell for 16 months with the trial and error process I knew I wasn’t doing that again with our daughter. I called the allergist first thing Monday morning and told them I believe she reacted to the wheat in the cereal. Knowing our sons history and how severe his dairy allergy is, they had me bring her in the next morning.

As I sat by her watching her back  welt up  I knew something was off. The nurse came in and read the results. She told me Adelyn was highly allergic to wheat and soy, pretty severe to dairy, and slight egg. My stomach turned to knots wondering how this little girl is going to be healthy avoiding all of those foods. If I only knew that day what the next week’s and months would bring and how this was just the tip of the iceberg. In the months to follow she was under weight (3rd percentile), made an ER trip pretty much unresponsive from oats in  Cheerios, added oats, corn, beef, and peanuts to the list of foods to avoid, and added a drug allergy.

Since then I began cooking and baking most things from scratch, reading and researching how to keep her (And our son) healthy, and trying to find answers to the question that everyone asks, “why does she have so many allergies?”

A year later and that question still goes unanswered, her allergy testing is showing negative even though she is still reacting to some foods, and she has had multiple GI bleeding episodes.

Through all of this she has managed to grow into this healthy, happy little toddler who loves the foods she can eat, loves to dance, and is obsessed with her belly button ☺

“Food Allergy is a journey I never planned for, but I sure do love my tour guides” NAW ARW

 

Cheesy Sweet Potato Mash (dairy and soy free)

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3 Large Sweet Potatoes

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup peas

1/2 Daiya Shredded Cheese

2 Tablespoon Almond Milk (or milk of choice)

– Peel, Chop, Cook Sweet Potatoes

– Cook Peas And Carrots

– In Sauce Pan Mix Cheese and Milk. Stirring Until Melted

– In Food Processor Mix Sweet Potatoes And Cheese Sauce until Creamy

– Pour Into Casserole Dish. Stir In Peas And Carrots

– Season With Salt And Pepper To Taste.