This is our second guest post in our 2020 Reader Advice and Tips Series where we invited our readers to submit guest posts with their best advice on how to cut out out processed food. Those who were chosen to be featured are receiving a signed copy of one of my cookbooks (their choice)! A big thank you to everyone who turned in a submission. We loved getting to know you!
Life didn’t really give me an option.
If you would have asked me 10 years ago if label reading, real food, fruits, and veggies were important I would have answered with a resounding “Yes!” Like any soon-to-be first time mom, I had visions in my head of how I would make all our baby food filled with delicious fruits, vegetables, nutritious meats, homemade stocks, and all-natural sweeteners. I toiled and slaved over the stove, cooking, pureeing and then freezing big batches of baby food that first year. I was so proud. But when baby #1 had an allergic reaction to peanut butter just after her first birthday, I was reminded of the importance of reading labels.
Two years later, baby #2 had an allergic reaction to dairy the very first time I ever fed him real food, and that landed us in the doctor’s office and my 7-month-old on oral steroids. At that time I sat up and focused even more.
Flash forward three more years, and baby #3 had a life-threatening reaction to cashew butter at 14 months requiring two EpiPens, a visit to the ER, and a 36-hour hospitalization. It was then my eyes were really wide open to the importance of the food that crossed my children’s lips.
I will admit my story is unconventional, and quite honestly, I hope food allergies never happen to you, but here is what we do have in common …” we learn!”
The most important thing is to believe that you can do this! Find the advice, knowledge, and tools that work for you and give it your all. You and your family will be glad you did.
To follow our journey and see how far we have come visit http://www.tealfork.com. I talk about food, food allergies, life with multiple food allergy children, and our life-changing Oral Immunotherapy with an amazing Allergist.
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