AllergyFoodie.org is a blog written by me, Anu Rao. This is what I look like on most days – a toothy smile across my face…
I have an undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition. My son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies when he was just 4 months old. Now he is almost 12 years old! He was allergic to all the 8 most common food allergens – eggs, wheat, soy, dairy, nuts, tree nuts, fish and shell fish. In addition, he 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 has been 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.
It is this experience that has given me the impetus to put it in a blog.
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.