In honor of Food Allergy Awareness Month, I wanted to finally write a post focused on some of the life-based food allergy resources I use to manage my food allergies. I’ve tried tons of makeup, combed hundreds upon hundreds of blogs, and read thousands of labels. It has truly been a process of trial and error- which is the key to managing food allergies. Everyone is different, you have to find what works for you BUT you can start here, which is much better than nothing. I have been living with multiple food allergies for about six and a half years now and over that time have found some really excellent products and relief staples that I keep on hand.
Let’s start here, not to gross you out, but rather to illustrate my experience and perhaps make you feel a little better, knowing someone else goes through this too. You can see me at my worst if this isn’t enough.
Okay! Let’s jump in. Here are my food allergy resources and recipes in no particular order, yet the best particular order I could come up with.
Recipes for your Purse, Home, & Everyday Beauty
I wanted to break up my food allergy resources in a way that would make sense to you, no matter the stage you are in. If you don’t want to go recipe by recipe or if you have an aversion to words and pictures, you can go straight to my Idea Lists on Amazon with the links below! Trust me, some days I just want to go to the source too.
Quick List of Products & Resources:
- Allergy-friendly Pantry Staples – https://amzn.to/2HzrkQc
- Allergy-friendly Home & Beauty Products – https://amzn.to/2KmS9cb
- My go-to Food Allergy Resources List – https://allergictoeverything.life/about/resources/
#AllergicToEverything® Food Allergy Resources: In Your Purse
What to keep in your purse for food allergy emergencies. These are my go-to, have on hand food allergy resources that I never leave the house without!
- 1 medium Purse
- 1 small Zipper Pouch (optional)
- 1 small Mirror (for examining suspected reactions)
- 1 bottle Artificial Tears (like Systane, see notes)
- 1 bottle Allergy Eye Drops (like Alaway, see notes)
- 1 container Assorted Allergy Meds (ex. Benadryl, Zyrtec, Prednisone)
- 2 Epi Pens
- 1 Inhaler (optional)
- 1 bag Smooth Move Tea
- 2 packets Antibacterial Wipes
- 1 packet Tissues
- 10 Food Allergy Cards (for remembering them all, dates, or eating out!)
- 1 Medical ID (like mine from StickyJ)
Combine all ingredients in your purse & go! TIP: To make it easy to transfer bags keep your supplies in a zipper pouch!
- Allergy-friendly Pantry Staples - https://amzn.to/2HzrkQc
- Allergy-friendly Home & Beauty Products - https://amzn.to/2KmS9cb
- My Medical ID Bracelet by Sticky J - https://www.stickyj.com/product/lesly-gold-bangle-style-medical-id-bracelet-dp1312
- The Purse I Use Daily - https://amzn.to/2KjBG8w
#AllergicToEverything® Food Allergy Resources: Everyday Beauty
These are the things I use every day in my beauty routine. Step up your self-care with these food allergy-friendly essentials!
- Good Skin Cream (like Cetaphil or Vanicream)
- Good Body Lotion (like Vanicream' Lite Lotion)
- Almond Oil (I use this as a primer & massage oil)
- Conditioner (like BWC's leave-in)
- Aluminum-free Deodorant (like Kiss My Face)
- Allergen-free Makeup (like Almay, Bare Minerals, Physicians Formula)
- Lip Moisturizer (like Aquaphor Lip Repair w/ or w/o sun screen)
- Eye Lubricant Drops (like Systane Ultra)
- Vitamins, allergen-free (like Raw One)
- Tissues (that don't hurt your nose, please!)
Step up your self-care with these food allergy-friendly essentials! See the notes to see the full list of products I use.
#AllergicToEverything® Food Allergy Resources: To Keep At Home
These are the food allergy relief remedies I keep at home. It is better to be safe than sorry, hopefully, this food allergy resource helps you to do just that!
- 1 bottle Allergy Medicine (daily use over the counter, like Zyrtec)
- 1 bottle Allergy Medicine (fast acting over the counter, like Benadryl)
- 1 bottle Steroid Medicine (like Prednisone, if prescribed)
- 1 tube Steroid Cream (if prescribed)
- 2 pack Extra Epi Pens (if prescribed)
- 1 kit Sinus Rinse Kit (like NeilMed)
- 1 bottle Allergy Eye Drops (like Alaway)
- 1 bottle Eye Lubricant Drops (like Systane)
- 1 jug Stool Softener (like Mirolax)
- 1 box Digestive Support Tea (like Smooth Move)
- 1 tub Vaseline (for chapped, irritated skin)
Keep these supplies on hand in bulk - you never know when you will need them and I think it is better to be safe than sorry (or having to call the on-call doc in the middle of the night). See the notes for the full list of the products I keep at home (that aren't prescription based)!
Please note - I do not condone or recommend the use of steroids. They are awful on your body. I use them only in emergencies.
Food Allergy Resources: Making Your Own Allergen-free Supplies
Allergens are everywhere. Chemicals are packed into everything these days. Wellness Mama is my favorite resource for natural home-life- beauty recipes and remedies. She covers it all! Cleaning supplies, tinctures, lip gloss, you name it.
Food Allergy Resources: Baking Gluten-free
Hands down, Karina is my go-to resource when it comes to baking gluten-free. She is amazing, check out her blog, Gluten-Free Goddess.
Food Allergy Resources: My Medical ID Bracelet
Sticky J made this for me. While I do like it, it is too hard to put on by myself which sort of defeats the purpose. I am planning to upcycle it into a necklace! I do love a good DIY project. This is the bracelet I chose; they have tons of options and styles.
Food Allergy Resources: My Go-To List
I started working on this a few months ago, the list continues to grow but here are a few blogs, apps, and services I want to especially highlight. Or just see the full list by category!
- Healthy Living App– The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) app for quickly identifying health and safety ratings for over 200,000 food, personal care, and cosmetic products. All you have to do is scan the barcode (or search) to get a score for allergy, cancer, and developmental concerns. I try to stay in the green, occasionally use yellow, but avoid completely the reds – once you try it you will understand. My mom put me onto this and I have used it since.
- My everyday favorite products for beauty & home
- My favorite allergen-free pantry staples
In the words of Oliver Sacks, “memory arises not only from direct experience but from the intercourse of many minds.” These are just a few ways many minds have influenced my food allergy journey.
These are some of the many minds (blogs) I frequent:
- Food Allergy Consultant & Blogger – recipes and product testing Nutrimom
- Food Allergy Buzz http://www.foodallergybuzz.com/
- Kids with Food Allergies http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/
- Turn it Teal – raising awareness of life-threatening food allergies by lighting site teal, the color of food allergy awareness. https://www.turnitteal.org/
- All the blogs I love
Food Allergy Resources: Collections to Build
Cookbooks were so important to me in the beginning. And honestly before the food allergy journey even started. So are journals.
These are some of my favorite cookbooks, the journal I started keeping (which is being turned into a cookbook!), and how I DIYed a tool to hand out to potential dates. Haha. Just kidding, but no, really. I have given my food allergy cards to dates. And to friends who want to have me for dinner, and to restaurants, and I drop them in “win a…” bowls, and I carry them with me wherever I go.
Food Allergy Resources: Gratitude & Affirmations
One way to pick you up when you are feeling down. My mother once sent me this little note, it simply read, “I am not this body, I am not my thoughts, I am not my feelings, I am not these situations.” I keep it hung next to my desk.
Be grateful for everything that has been given to you, everything that has been taken away, and everything that has been left behind.
Food Allergy Resources: Instant Pot Giveaway (!!)
Instant Pot is supporting my Cookbook (launching on Kickstarter May 15th) by donating an Instant Pot Duo. I am super excited to do this giveaway, I will be running it on my Instagram (@hashtagallergic) so be sure to follow if you want a chance to win! They are pretty damn awesome.
Thank you for letting me share my story & my food allergy resources. I wish you a smoother journey than I had. Please share what you have learned below. We are all in this together.
If you are interested in helping me bring #AllergicToEverything, the cookbook & lifestyle guide, to life, please check out my Kickstarter page (this link will direct you to the Kickstarter as soon as the project goes live. It will be live May 15th and will run for only 30 days.
All my love,
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