Friday High Five: Food Allergy Favorites

Anyone who knows me knows I like to read. All the time. You can friend me on Goodreads and we can talk books all day. When faced with a new situation, the first thing I do is gather books and read. It is my therapy, my shield, and my sword. I also read articles, devour podcasts, and take in blogs. Most Fridays I will share 5 favorites from the week. This week, for my first Friday High Five, I am focusing on food allergy resources. Most Fridays will be a mix. I’d love to hear what you think! (Some links are affiliate links. If you purchase through the link, I make a little dough.)

1. Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating As If Your Life Depends on It. This is my go-to comprehensive guide. I read this book first, and to be honest I was completely overwhelmed because it covers nearly everything you ever need to consider. But I am also so grateful for it because it gave me a framework for figuring out how to put the pieces of our unique puzzle together. And I have come back to it again and again, as we reach new ages, stages, experiences, and challenge.

2. Food Allergy Mama. This is my favorite cookbook of hers, but the other one is also terrific. Her son’s allergies are so similar to ours and her recipes are simple and amazing. I am so grateful to this mama for figuring out so much about how to cook safely and for sharing it with the world.

3. The Gifts of Imperfection. Oh, Brene. Food allergy management pushes all of my perfectionist buttons. Small mistakes can be so serious, and precision matters. This book reminds me that I don’t need to carry this into every area of my life. Especially since my last blog post stepped to Brene a bit, I feel compelled to share how much her work has impacted me for the better.

4. This. Her words are so true, so raw, and so brave. “I want to be clear to the naysayers that your child is as precious as mine. However, food choice is never more precious than a child’s life.”

5. Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs? Our now traditional pumpkin whoopie pies at Thanksgiving? Speedbump Kitchen is a food blog and an allergy blog and a way of looking at parenting that I dig on every level: it is beautiful, intentional, and creative - and best of all, long on love and short on judgement.