Did you know that 1 in 13 kids in the United States has a food allergy according to Food Allergy Research and Education. That is a phenomenal number. We are a family of 5 with 3 kids, it would be a realistic assumption that one of the kids could possibly develop a food allergy. How about all three? Fairly unlikely, right, given that neither my husband or I have food allergies.
My kids are 7, 6 and 3. Two of them have celiac disease so are allergic to gluten and the third is allergic to milk, eggs, soy and treenuts. He had his first anaphylactic reaction this past fall and it was terrifying. Most of these allergies we just found out about within the last year, and I will be the first to admit that I have found it a difficult road to navigate.
When I found out there was a Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo coming to my city, I was over the moon excited and hugely relieved. With this all being so new for us, I am excited to go and find some new things for us to eat.
I have been asked to be a blogger for the conference so I will be sharing plenty! I’ll be taking my kids as taste testers because what tastes good to me, does not always fly with them. They will be in heaven seeing all of the choices available to them.
My kids have taken their allergies in stride and we had our first family vacation to a hotel this spring break. I plan on attending the GFAF Expo class with Kim Koeller “Travel the World Gluten Free and Allergy Free” to learn more about how I can make this easier for us. We love to travel, we love to eat at restaurants and while we managed to survive the week away, I feel like learning from someone who has a lot of experience with it will really help.
If you are in the Chicago area May 2-3, and are interested in attending you can win tickets to the GFAF Expo next week, follow me on Facebook for details.
Or purchase them for 20% off here until May 1.
So thank you GFAF Expo, for existing in the first place and for helping to ease the anxiety that can come with food allergies (speaking for myself).
Disclaimer: If you purchase a ticket to the expo through the advance ticket link above I will get a dollar.