a spread of food for everyone to prepare their own wrap at the table: independence is ollergy's first dinner table trick

Food allergies make meal preparation complicated. Throw in a picky eater and I know it can be really stressful and overwhelming to get dinner in everyone’s belly. I will preface this post with the admission that Ollie is, for the most part, a great eater. He always eats at least some of what we give him and honestly likes more vegetables than I do. Even so, we have our moments. I’ve found two ways to help the dinner process so at least some of the food we spend hours preparing (and far too much on) actually makes it to our toddler’s mouth. Here are my

toddler eating a blueberry muffin during a baked egg food challenge

I wish this post existed two years ago when we were considering our first food challenge. I found plenty of medical information on food challenges, but not a lot of personal experience. Being from a state where our main hospital doesn’t administer food challenges, there were no local food allergy parents to connect with on this topic.   what’s the first thing I wish I knew? Food challenges take a long time to schedule. All of our challenges are in the Center for Ambulatory Treatment and Clinical Research (CAT/CR) instead of Allergy and Immunology. This started with baked egg because there was uncertainty if Ollie’s

reading labels is the only way to know where you'll find allergen surprises

When I first set out to write this post, I had a few allergen surprises in mind. I thought I would share five or ten ways I’ve learned allergens hide. As I began to write, I realized it was impossible to limit the list to just five or ten. Every bit of research I did revealed new allergen surprises. Ultimately, I decided to go one of my favorite sources, other food allergy parents. I posted a question about places where parents were surprised to encounter food allergies at 11 PM on a weeknight and within minutes the responses were pouring in. The post ended up

our family command center for allergy-friendly meal planning

I love organizing. My house is not always clean, but it is neat. Life feels better with everything in its place. This command center came from my need to organize and simplify allergy-friendly meal planning. meal planning mayhem Allergy-friendly meal planning is key to saving money AND your sanity. If I don’t have a meal plan, I know the race to get dinner on the table is going to be even more difficult, if we even make it to that. More likely than not, I’ve already texted my husband and asked him to pick up Chipotle (our go-to allergy-friendly take-out option), thereby ruining our budget.

symptoms of an allergic reaction

Please note: this post contains affiliate links. An initial food allergy diagnosis or reaction is incredibly overwhelming. In many ways, we knew it was coming with Ollie but I still remember leaving the allergist feeling deflated and terrified. I was sad and angry. How on earth were we going to keep him safe? What had he done to deserve this? I went through it all. When I was finally able to get myself off from the emotional rollercoaster, I got to work. I’m a list-maker. I made list after list of anything and everything food allergy: websites to check out, things to do, things not