Green and Bitchy

lactation counselor & mom of 5 w/ 2 that have severe & life-threatening allergies to the entire top 8 plus corn & more. menu/subs/recipes/support
w/ an eye toward the bigger picture of natural feeding,(esp breastfeeding!) nurturing & GMO...

What's your best advice for a mom struggling with cooking for children with food allergies?

What's your favorite allergy friendly product?

What's the biggest challenge raising a child with food allergies?

What food would you most like to banish from school cafeterias?


as the mother of a child w/ life-threatening anaphylaxis allergy to them, i am going to have to say peanuts. unfortunately, they are rapidly becoming a major contender for top cause of death of children in schools. dogs, cigarettes and swiss army knives are all things that are strictly banned form most schools these days and i highly doubt any of those things have ever killed as many children in schools as peanuts now have. nobody can predict when a moderate allergy might turn into one w/ a life-threatening reaction. nobody can predict when a child w/ no food allergy history might suddenly have an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts. i just don't think they are worth the risk to even allow in schools anymore. as a mom of 5 children that i don't want to be obese or have diabetes, i have to say next on my list is sodas and sweet drinks. my oldest boys are in 6th grade and their middle school has a slurpee machine in the cafeteria. i have promised each boy a $20 bill if they go the entire school year without ever giving in to the temptation and trying one. they've never had soda, never had a slurpee, never had commercially prepared, sugar laden fruit juices. i think a place of education is the last place that should be promoting diabesity.
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