Could We All Learn From Food Allergies?

Let me first start this post with saying FOOD ALLERGIES STINK!

Sure, I would love to go out to a restaurant with my son…

I would love to share a drink or bite of something with him…

I would love to go to an event or place like an aquarium and allow my son to run around freely not worrying about the free buttered popcorn that all the other children are eating and dropping…

I would love for him to sit on the picnic blanket with his friends while playing and snacking…

I would love to be able to eat the same meal as a family and not worry about cross contact…

I would love my son to be able to sit next to his buddies at daycare and not worry about him eating something he is allergic to…

This wish list goes on and on and I pray and believe that one day these prayers will come true in some way…

However, today, I present a different perspective.  After a couple of close family and friends have said to me, “Maybe these allergies are a blessing in disguise because he now eats soooooo healthy.”  It made me think, maybe food allergies help bring awareness to health and foods that we should be incorporating more of into our diets.

As I have experienced my son’s anaphylactic reaction, I am in no way saying that food allergies are a positive.  They are beyond terrifying and crucial to understand to ensure one’s safety.  However, maybe all of us can learn to eat a bit smarter through the eyes of someone with food allergies.

I know that the following article caused a bit of a debate. (This is not my intent this morning in sharing it.)  I just thought that some of the information made me think and reflect on my own diet even more so I wanted to share and smile on…

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/7-ways-food-allergies-could-actually-be-good-for-you-and-the-earth.html

Source: http://www.treehugger.com/

TJ CARTOON WHY WE SMILE ON

7 thoughts on “Could We All Learn From Food Allergies?

  1. jncthedc

    It’s a shame that motivation must come in the form of “PAIN” to create healthy behavior. Knowledge apparently doesn’t offer enough incentive. Until we wake up and recognize the real harm we are inflicting on ourselves, status quo is likely to remain. This is one of the main reasons for my blog site. Reinforcing a positive important healthy message will in time assist the process of change. I am sorry you have to experience the difficulties that allergies cause your child, but I am glad that good healthier choices are likely to be the end result.

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    1. smilingawayfoodallergies Post author

      I agree. However, I must clarify. I always lived a health lifestyle for the most part. My son’s food allergies have just given me a deeper understanding of food and health, and how it applies to our lives. Throughout all of the challenges and even the great days, it is all a learning process. Thank you for reading.

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  2. jncthedc

    Please accept my apology. After re-reading my comment to you, I realized my words were poorly organized. I did not mean that you required the pain of your sons allergy to change behavior. I meant that people in general seem to wait until they are symptomatic (PAIN) before becoming cognizant that something may be wrong. I wish more people were as proactive as you are. It will continue to be a learning experience for you. Time becomes your best ally. As your son matures and learns from you how serious allergies can be, the responsibility for his actions will shift from your shoulders to his. Based on your involvement, I’m sure he will take his condition seriously and make the necessary adjustments in life to be safe, healthy and happy.

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    1. smilingawayfoodallergies Post author

      No need to apology but it is appreciated. I just wanted to clarify. I have always been one who exercised and watched what I ate. However, now my focus has been shifted a bit to what is truly healthy. In the past, I was big into “fat-free” options. However, now realize how important healthy fats are and feel so much healthier that I have included them into my diet. Thank you for the encouragement. I do hope that we are building up his own health so that he too is outgrowing some or many of these allergies in time. My husband had horrible, horrible eczema as a child and was allergic to eggs and walnuts. (He still has sensitive skin, gets hives, and has a fish allergy.) We are cautiously optimistic.

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      1. jncthedc

        I had eczema as a child where my face would bleed during the summer months. I had the cortisone cream that was greasy and remember hating as a child. My adolescent lifestyle reinforced healthy living. I am certain this played an ACTIVE role and acted as an important component in “out growing” my eczema. I am not fond of the term “outgrowing.” It makes it sound like we can passively do what we want and the body will magically self correct. Instead, I believe in strengthening the body and avoiding the substances and environments that weaken its capabilities. It is very obvious you seek good information to ACTIVELY participate in achieving the best possible outcomes. I believe your approach will achieve these goals.

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      2. smilingawayfoodallergies Post author

        Thank you for sharing your experience and I can see where you are coming from with the “outgrowing” comment. After reading this, I do agree with you. “Impossible” and “you can’t” are both words/phrases that I never accepted even as a child. Instead, I always did my research in how I COULD. The more and more I hear about people developing new allergies and how common they continue to become the more and more I really try to focus on my family’s health by being proactive in any way I can. Thank you for sharing your expertise and experience. It is appreciated.

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