Sunday, November 1, 2015

Teal Pumpkin & Food Allergy Guidelines

Hi guys!

Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Halloween!  For those who know about it, I hope as many of you as possible participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project (www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project#menu).  It was our first year doing it, so we had a sign on our door that said, "please let us know if you have food allergies," with the teal pumpkin logo. Not only did we make sure all of our candy was peanut/tree nut free, we made sure it was ALL labeled on the bag that it was mad in a dedicated peanut/tree nut/gluten free facility.  We had candy that was top allergen free in addition to candy that was peanut/tree nut and some gluten free, to try and accommodate as many needs as possible. 

With all that being said, I feel that it is important to share the food allergy guidelines.  Allergies can be confusing - one minute you are enjoying a food and another you find out that you are allergic to it and therefore it is no longer safe for you to eat; however, since you have never experienced a reaction, you keep eating that food until one day you get a rash, which you ignore.  Another day you have minor intestinal distress which you aren't sure if you caught something, if it was something you ate, but you don't make the connection between the food you were told you have an allergy to, albeit minor, but have recently been testing the waters with.  Then after a few more attempts and run ins with annoying side effects you decide that they may be right, despite eating this food your entire life, now you very well may actually have developed an allergy to it, but you have been in denial.  You decide to eat this food one last time… what's the worst that could happen?  Minutes later your face is swelling, you're having trouble breathing, and call 911.  With each time you ate the food you were moderately allergic to, your body put out more antibodies.  Meaning each time you ate the food not only did your body have antibodies to fight already, but it produced them as well. 

In a long PDF of guidelines put out by the NIAID, there is an explanation of IgE vs non-IgE mediated allergies, and extensive explanations on what allergies are and how they affect people. 

Check here: www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/foodAllergy/clinical/Documents/FAguidelinesPatient.pdf

For more on the Teal Pumpkin Project, or to get involved, go to this website: www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project#.VjXz7t2DmnM 
TAKE THE PLEDGE! 

If there is anything you want more information about let either myself or Chey know and we'll do our best to do a post about whatever topic it is that you wish. 

Stay safe and informed!
xx