My name is Jennifer. I am the writer and photographer here at Allergy Free Foodie! Blake is my oldest son and it is because of him that I started to blog about food. I write to share some of the recipes that my family and I enjoy that are optimal for our health and – due to my sons food allergies – are free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs and mustard. (You will also find that most recipes are paleo friendly!)
My family and I love our time together around the dinner table. We enjoy eating tons of delicious and nutritious foods, and I personally love experimenting in the kitchen. My main goal in the kitchen is to make a variety of foods- from comfort foods I grew up with to anything new and exciting- and make them allergy free for my son to enjoy. Not wanting my son to feel like an outcast in this world that seems to revolve around food, I can honestly say that I am happy to do this for him. No matter how many trial recipes get tossed in the process!
Whether you are suffering from full blown food allergies or a milder form (food intolerance), I am well aware of how much it can be a pain in the butt. Some people may only acquire a couple of red bumps when coming in contact with a food allergen and others deal with the daily fear of going into anaphylactic shock. Food allergies are no joke! So, living around food allergies and the attention to detail it requires for safety purposes is second nature for me and my husband. We get it!
In case you want to know what it looks like for us to visit the allergist… It looks a little like this:
Eating healthy, whole foods is a choice my family and I made to help lower the risk of my son coming into contact with food allergens. The fewer the ingredients the better. This also helps us to identify what may be the cause of an allergic reaction- if he has one. And after doing my own research, I found that limiting the amount of processed foods and sugars eaten might increase my sons chances of growing out of some of his allergies by keeping his immune system working the best it can (Sign me up!). I like to cook with a large mixture of fresh, organic foods and some pantry items— trying to keep things practical in this busy household. We also try and stay local while buying items like meat and honey. We do still have a small amount of label checking to do with some pantry items. When we check labels we keep an eye out for warning labels like: made in the same facility as (allergen), processed on equipment that also processes (allergen), and contains (allergen).
Although I am far from professional, I am very passionate in my ways of healthy eating and have a great reason to be that way. So, please feel free to take a look around and make yourself comfy!
Thank you so much for checking out my blog!