Dealing with food allergies can be a pain in my ass. When I first learn about my oldest being allergic to over 5 different foods. I literally cried in the grocery stores and I stopped doing any of the shopping. My husband did the food shopping for about 3 years before I became comfortable enough to not get pissed off at every items I picked up and the label had an allergy. But after all the headaches and drama, having food allergies isn’t as bad as you think.
10 Reasons Why Having Food Allergies is Good
- You get creative in the kitchen. You find ways to work around your child’s food allergy and come up with some funky recipes that end up being a family favorite and becomes a regular on your menu. You also get your kids involved in the decisions with buying groceries and in the kitchen.
- If your kid has multiple allergies, you tend to avoid processed foods. Since we can’t eat soy and corn because its in EVERYTHING we avoid most process foods and eat more homemade meals.
- This goes with #2, but NO FAST FOOD. We don’t eat out as much since we have too many foods to avoid which also means eating more at home as a family.
- Makes you do research not just about food, but also household products. Most people think you have to avoid foods, but actually you also have to be cautious of household products including laundry detergent and soaps. We usually stick to no dyes or fragrances because of the boys eczema. I like that I know the products we are using are eco-friendly!
- You become more aware of what you put into your body. Since having food allergies, I have done a lot of research about food, how its made or grown, and what it does to our body. It made me more conscious to what I’m doing to my body when I eat something else that isn’t fresh and healthy. I have preached for years to my husband about certain foods we eat and now he has come around to eating no meat and cutting out a lot of acidic foods.
- You become an advocate for your child at school. We had one incident with the school with cross contamination. I freaked out and demanded things be change not just for my child, but for all children in the district. School has changed a lot of their policies on cooking and handling food plus its now available to all students for free.
- Your child isn’t able to take as much medication. This also goes for the household products, but most medication has corn syrup in it. Most would call me a hippy since I rather give my kid a spoonful of my homemade mixture of honey, lemon, and ginger before I grab a box of Tylenol.
- I noticed my kids get less sick since we eat healthier. This year so far we’ve only had high fevers and a cough, but nothing extreme. *Knock on wood*
- You get out of your comfort zone. I never was the type to try new foods until I had kids. Try feeding a picky 2 yr old with limited options. Yeah. -_- So I came up with a rule in our house. “You can’t say you don’t like it, if you never tried it.” We have used that rule for not just food, but for everyday life such as traveling, doing crazy activities, and the kids have really embraced new unexpected things that has happened in our life.
- Not like most parents, but I talk to my kids about their bodies and what specific foods do to them. We go to the Allergists twice a year for testing and sometimes we do a day long test on one food to see how they react. They have learned what foods they severely react to and know for themselves that they shouldn’t eat it. Some days we eat stuff that one can’t have and I’m a short cook and will quickly throw together something else so they can eat a full meal. Surprisingly, the kids will tell me they will eat it anyways because they know the reaction is little to nothing if they were to eat something else. They know what could cause an anaphylaxis reaction which is dairy, nuts, and potatoes so they will avoid it at all cost, but will eat a small amount of something else which helps build up their system to not resist the food (with the doctor’s approval).
I’m the optimist person who prefers to look at life in a positive way instead of dreading on the negative. So having food allergies don’t always suck. The part that sucks is if your pregnant and craving what your allergic to or the label isn’t clear about what’s actually in the food and you have a reaction from it which happened to me last week. -_- But overall, I think having food allergies is a blessing in disguise because even though people may laugh at us for being health nuts we enjoy our life just the way it is.