What's your favorite allergy friendly product?
Enjoy Life brand products. It's wonderful to know there's a company making easy convenience foods that are free of the top 8 allergens. 99% of my son's diet is based on real/whole food, but it's always nice to have easy allergen-friendly cookies or snack bars for occasions when you need them!
What's the biggest challenge raising a child with food allergies?
The social aspect of food allergies has been the biggest challenge so far. Since my son avoids so many foods, we have to spend more time and energy planning social outings and events. Some examples:
1. Visiting friends or family, birthday parties or any get together: I always ask what they're serving ahead of time and bring food that matches what we'll be eating. Birthday parties are especially difficult because there are so many treat available. I also have to make sure to bring a cupcake to every party as the cake is never safe for my son.
2. Eating out: There's not much my son can eat at a restaurant so we don't eat out much (which could be considered a good thing). When we do eat out we usually order a plain steak, hamburger or chicken along with steamed veggies. I bring additional food for him, but it's a little upsetting sometimes when you know your son can't even try all the tasty food that's available at restaurants.
3. Entertaining at our house: We'd like to have friends over for dinner more often, but I just don't have time to cook for a crowd every other weekend. We'd probably order pizza every now and then with friends, but I don't want my son to feel left out or worry about lots of unsafe food around the house.
Even though families with food allergies face many challenges, we still try to stay positive about my son's food allergies, remember that he eats such a healthy diet, and focus on the many things that he CAN eat and enjoy!