Ok, so I honestly haven't heard of the Brotherhood of the World Blogger of the World until now, but I do have to say that I'm really flattered to be nominated! I was nominated by a fellow food allergy mom and foodie, Kathleen from AllergyBites.
I was lucky enough to virtually meet Kathleen last summer when she was putting the AllergyBites card together (check it out if you haven't already). I'm lucky enough to be one of the first businesses to be on the card along with a variety of other great allergy entrepreneurs. Since meeting Kathleen, I've been able to get to know her better via email and Facebook messages. She's a great person and has a talent that serves the allergy community well! I'm honored that she chose me as one of her nominees.
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to his/her blog.
2. List the rules of the award and post a picture of the award.
3. Answer the questions from your nominator.
4. Nominate other bloggers and be sure to let them know.
5. Write a list of questions for your nominees to answer.
The Questions Kathleen Asked Me:
1. What's the #1 way your life has changed since the food allergy diagnosis?
Honestly, there have been so many adjustments. Some were quick and happened right after diagnosis (learning about cross-contact, label reading etc) and some only showed up later (starting school with food allergies). After 11 years of living with various food allergies, we've seen a lot of changes and have learned to deal with many of them successfully.
2. If you're dealing with multiple food allergies, which one is the most challenging to live with and why.
We have had severe milk, egg, peanut, and tree nut allergies and now also have a gluten intolerance. Each allergy has its own difficulties and it's really hard to say one is harder than the others. Every allergy is challenging, especially right after diagnosis which is why I offer help for those who are newly diagnosed. Then, once kids get to daycare/school age, there are a whole new set of challenges. One thing I love about my job is helping people get over those "big" obstacles in life so those times don't need to be more challenging than they have to be.
3. What types of accommodation does a restaurant need to offer you/your family in order for you to feel safe eating there?
The entire staff need to be educated in food allergy safety from the front of house staff to the kitchen staff. They need to be able to explain how they keep allergens and non-allergens separate. If they can't answer these questions on the phone or when we arrive, we won't stay to eat.
4. If there was one thing you could ask friend and families to understand about life with food allergies, what would it be?
I would love for people to be open to learning about food allergies and the nuances. For example, cross-contact and how it affects being able to eat food made in a home that has allergens in it. If there are no precautions taken during cooking and the allergen is present in the home, there is a chance of cross-contact which is dangerous for people with food allergies. But if people are willing to learn and ask questions, these things can be overcome. It just takes a willing attitude :)
5. What inspiring person/book/organization has made life with food allergies a little bit easier for you?
In the early days of our first diagnosis, about 11 years ago, I remember pouring over Allergic Living Magazines. They were fairly new then, but they continue to provide excellent material for those living with food allergies and I'm thankful we had that resource then and still have it now.
1. You might not have a child with a severe food allergy, but we all have our own stories and how they affect our lives. What one difficulty have you had to deal with and overcome as a mom?
2. You've all had so many rich parenting experiences. What's been one defining moment in your lives that has changed the way you parent?
3. What inspiring book or resource has made life easier for you as a mom?