The Fourth is Not Fun for the Allergy Free

The Fourth of July can be challenging to those of us with food allergies. I usually have a glass is half-full attitude when it comes to my food allergies but I’m not going to sugar coat it. It really sucks to have food allergies at the Taste. It is just not fun watching millions of people eat food you can’t eat while they talk about how yummy it is. I also don’t enjoy the running commentary I get from well-meaning people. “What you can’t it this? (while waving one of those Rainbow Cones in your face).” “I would just die if I couldn’t eat ice cream!” “Wow you really can’t eat anything can you?” See what I mean it’s not fun.


It’s my own hope that someday there will be one allergy-free food booth for all of us.

If you experience anaphylaxis when eating peanuts, corn, gluten, shellfish, wheat or dairy I recommend NOT eating at the Taste. The risk of cross-contamination is just too great. Plus with that kind of crowd, I would not want to be at the center of a medical emergency. Most of that food is covered in cheese or breading, or both. Even if what you order seems safe, your dinner could touch particles left on a grill or other surfaces. Of course, you could go to people watch and give yourself an IOU. While everyone else is buying overpriced food treat yourself to an allergy free lunch or dinner somewhere special. Another option would be to have an awesome allergy free picnic near the lake complete with hummus, gluten free crackers and treats like coconut macaroons. 

For those with moderate food intolerances, ask questions and bring digestive enzymes. I remember one year I got away with Vee Vee’s African Cuisine’s Red Beans and Rice with Jerk Chicken. Of course there are many vendors with hot dogs and hamburgers or other meat entrees. You could always order something and take the bun off. If you are planning on attending parties you can always bring gluten-free buns, grass-fed meats (Rock Mountain Organic Meats is a personal favorite), fruit, veggies with hummus, green salads with your own homemade dressing, sorbets, Living Harvest Tempt ice cream (they have new Ice Cream Bars too) or another fav of mine Turtle Mountain’s So Delicious.
For more recipes some of my favorites include: 
Affairs of Living which has a goldmine of information.
Ricki Heller’s awesome Diet Desserts and Dogs
Yum Universe is a vegan site that is one of my new favs.

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