You’ve been on facebook and no doubt seen the days of thankfulness challenge. You know the one…Day 1 and I’m thankful for…fill in the blank. Although I don’t participate on social media, it is something I introspectively make room for every day…time to count my blessings.
Gratitude is a powerful tool. Outside of faith, I think it is possibly the only other action that gives us the perspective on life that we so desperately yearn for…peace.
So in honor of the countdown to Thanksgiving, here are 20 things that I am giving food allergy thanks for:
1. My son: At the ripe old age of ten, he continues to show me day in and day out that food allergies can only define you if you let it. You are amazing, son, and I am so proud of your sweet spirit and determination.
2. Our allergist: I know you are reading, Dr. K and we are always so grateful for your guidance and wisdom. Thank you for knowing the value of listening to a parent who knows their child better than any other!
3. Food Allergy Research Education (FARE): This organization (formerly FAAN) has been a invaluable source of education and support from a time before online support groups existed.
4. Enjoy Life: This company makes a ton of delicious products that are free from the top 8 allergens. On any given day you can find our pantry stocked up on Enjoy Life granola and crunchy cookies…just to name a few of our favs.
5. SunButter: There are no words to convey my family’s love for SunButter or our admiration for their dedication to the food allergy community. This is our favorite sunflower spread on the market and the people who work there are simply amazing!
6. King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour: It feels like I’ve tried every gluten-free flour mix known to man, and not a one of them has come as close to the real thing as King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour.
7. Izzi B’s: Making a gingerbread house every year has always been a tradition for me and my family when I was a young girl. At the onset of a food allergy diagnosis, that came to a screeching halt…UNTIL I found and fell in love with Izzi B’s amazing gingerbread houses! It is a holiday MUST!
8. Allergic Living Magazine: This a highly informative publication that has their finger on the trends in allergy and asthma living and research. I especially enjoy reading articles by contributor, Gina Clowes.
9. Mylan: The EpiPen saves lives and we are so grateful to have access to it. Thank you, Mylan.
10. H-E-B: This Texas grocery store chain has a huge variety of gluten-free and allergy friendly goodies at rock bottom prices. They are a food allergy family’s best friend!
11. Stephanie Sorkin: One of my fav children’s books for food allergies is Nutley the Nut-Free Squirrel, by Stephanie Sorkin! She does an amazing job of educating children about food allergies!
12. Cookbooks: Baking allergy friendly is not for the faint of heart. It can be brutal when you are messing with the chemistry involved in making a single batch of muffins or cookies. One of my favorite cookbook authors is The Gluten Free Table by The Lagasse Girls. These ladies have a new cookbook out called The Lagasse Girls’ Big Flavor, Bold Taste–and No Gluten.
13. Red Robin: The whole family can eat safely at Red Robin and it is hands down our favorite restaurant to dine at as a family! They have a great allergy listing for their menu and their burgers are just THE best!
14. Kinnikinnick: This company holds a special place in my heart for bringing back the gluten, nut, and peanut-free donut. Thank you for making this a perfect Saturday morning treat!
15. Udi’s: This is one of the only gluten-free breads that my son and I can share with both of our dietary restrictions. But don’t let that be deceiving…their bread is simply fabulous and so reminiscent of the gluten-filled breads I remember.
16. Walt Disney World: I’m so grateful to Disney for allowing the Magical Kingdom to be truly magical…even for those with food allergies. They are beyond wonderful when it comes to vacationing with food allergies. Thank you for bringing vacation back!
17. Conte’s: It’s hard to find a really good gluten-free pizza, but the whole family enjoys Conte’s pizzas. If for some reason you’re not crazy about the kind of pizza that comes straight from the box, you can buy plain frozen crusts (in a 2 pack) and make your own creation. We love it!
18. Liberation Gluten-Free Bakery: It’s almost criminal how easy Angela at Liberation Gluten-Free Bakery makes baking look. She offers a variety of confections from cookies, to cakes, to brownies, and so much more. She is our go to for delicious baked goodies on special celebrations.
19. Ancient Grains Quinoa: This is the main pasta I use for most of my dishes. It has a great taste and texture that resembles that of regular pasta…and…it doesn’t dissolve into cream during the cooking process. There are always several boxes of this pasta on hand in our pantry.
20. God: Praise my Heavenly Father from whom all blessings flow! Thank you for walking every step of this journey with my precious family.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Wishing you much joy and many blessings,