Today, I’m rolling out two brand, spankin’ new Pages! Right up there in the Tabs, it’s my hope they’ll inspire and inform.
I’ve added a new Quotes Page. Nothing complicated, just sparkling little nuggets of gold. I draw a great deal of inspiration from these simple, precious truths, so I’m keeping a page just for them, adding new ones as I journey along :) Perhaps you’ll find something there that speaks to you too. Or maybe you’ve got a brilliant snippet that you’d like to add. If so, just leave it in the QP comments section.
This new page will be of particular interest if you or a loved one have food allergies, are anaphylactic, ingredient intolerant, suffer from Celiac Disease or Oral Allergy Syndrome.
When my little ones were diagnosed with anaphylaxis (life threatening food allergies) to eggs and nuts, and (double whammy!) my husband was diagnosed anaphylactic too (all shellfish), not only was food prep a challenge, grocery shopping became a daunting task as well. Not liking or wanting certain foods is one thing – knowing any trace of it, visible or not, could kill someone is quite another.
It’s hard to adapt to things and find a new “normal” – especially when you’ve no hand in choosing what that normal is. But adapt we did. We began learning, experimenting. And, in no time, we became master food label readers. Now, we read those itty bitty ingredient lists on the sides of anything we buy. If it’s in any sort of package, we read every label, every time. Those sneaky allergens creep into a lot of places and products you wouldn’t believe! If you’re anaphylactic, ingredient intolerant, have Celiac Disease or Oral Allergy Syndrome, that can spell bad news.
Sometimes, food manufacturers, importers or businesses fail to live up to their end of the legal bargain: they don’t accurately label (or worse, mislabel) their products, and ship them out anyway. This happens, all the time. Whether you frequent Whole Foods or Walmart, eat vegan, love processed junk food, are vegetarian or thrive on a primarily meat or Paleo diet, absolutely every market and demographic that I know of has issued Food Recalls.
I am signed up for and receive (often daily) these food alerts/recalls. They are issued by food manufacturers who have sold/distributed food items in North America with incorrect or missing ingredient information on their labels. The Food Recalls Page is a resource that combines multiple alert systems over the continent into one cohesive, up to date list for those who need (or want) to know when a recall due to undeclared allergens or mislabeled packaging is issued. The most common recalls are due to undeclared wheat, gluten, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, treenuts, soy and milk, though others do occasionally pop up.
For more information, check out the FR page.
That’s all for now! Stay tuned…I’ve got a great interview coming soon with a health and wellness pro you won’t want to miss!
Inspiration balloons image courtesy of Favim.com
Common food allergens image courtesy of Allergizer.com
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