About the Blog:
- Recipes (of course!): I will cover fun stuff like cakes and cookies. To further the culinary experience, we will also go off the beaten path through international recipes with focus on Indian cooking because many Indian dishes are naturally allergen friendly (my forte – yayy!).
- Alternate grains: I will explore a smorgasbord of seldom heard of grains like Teff, Amaranth, Red Millet, Millet, Rice, Buckwheat, Quinoa, Flax, Matpe beans and Sorghum.
- Packaged/Frozen foods – Review, availability and updates
- Choices in restaurants: To help make eating out a pleasurable experience rather than a dreaded one for those with multiple food allergies.
- Current news from the world of food allergies
- Books, websites and blogs, events etc. with useful information for anyone who needs to know more about multiple food allergies.
This is not a gluten free website because grains like oats and barley will be used in some recipes. However, a large number of the recipes are naturally gluten-free.
All ye foodies out there – this is a great place not just for people with food allergies but also for those who want an alternative gastronomic experience!
I have an undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition. My son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies when he was just 4 months old. He was allergic to all the 8 most common food allergens and had to avoid many other possible allergens like sesame seeds, chickpeas, peas, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds etc. With so many restrictions, it was an everyday challenge to give him the required amount of healthy fats and protein in his diet and still ensure that food was fun. Thanks to my passion for all things culinary and an undying positive attitude – I have succeeded enormously! Most parties hosted by us (and we host a lot of them) are allergy-friendly so I can enjoy the party without worrying about my son. The general feedback after these parties is – “If your son can eat all this, there is no reason for him to feel deprived”. My son’s friends are always over! One of the attractions – the scrumptious food, of course!
However, getting information was tough. An understanding of the field of nutrition and a ‘won’t give up’ attitude towards improving my son’s quality of life – I have spent hours researching to stay on top of issues like ingredient listings, new products, new recipes and substitute foods. This experience has helped me guide friends and family to circumvent the challenges of dealing with food allergies.
When I am not busy being mom, I am a Business Development & Social Media professional that gives me the opportunity to do the other thing I love – being around people! Prior to that, a small entrepreneurial venture which among other things dabbled in marketing organic, environment-friendly jewelry made by under-privileged communities. I have also worked in marketing and technology functions in various companies. I have a graduate degree in Marketing and another graduate degree in Strategy from Rutgers University.
AllergyFoodie.org is a blog that will cover various aspects of “thriving without” the top 8 food allergens. I will write about all things “food”, which is wheat-free, soy-free, egg-free, nut-free, tree nut-free, dairy-free, fish-free and shellfish free. The blog will also talk about living without a few other common food allergens like chick peas (garbanzo beans), sesame seed, sunflower seed, peas and poppy seed.