The last few months have been quite overwhelming as we have begun to discover the depth and severity of J’s food allergies.
So I was excited to find out about the Allergy Show at London Olympia.
My main goals were to:
- Learn as much as possible
- Find some dairy free cheese that doesn’t taste like sick
- Buy J some dairy free/nut free chocolate
It was a busy day, filled with copious amounts of food tasting but it went by very quickly. Here’s what I learnt:
1. There is a big allergy community
When you or your child is diagnosed with a food allergy it can be quite an isolating experience and it is easy to feel like nobody else understands. So it was good to see so many people at the allergy show, especially children, and know that we are not alone.
2. There is a lot of good food out there
Having multiple allergies can be restrictive so it was exciting to find so many treats that J can eat. My best finds were a great cheese substitute called Mozzarizella and some dairy free, nut free chocolate by Kinnerton that J devoured!
3. You still have to check everything carefully
Even at the Allergy Show I was checking labels and asking about ingredients. Many things were free of one or two allergens but not totally safe. Garlic is still the most difficult one as it is in so many savoury dishes and not a common allergen.
4. Some people still don’t get it!
The first event on my list was a demo about cooking for kids with food allergies which I was excited to go to. When I sat down and read the recipes on the leaflet, J couldn’t eat any of them. Then the first demo used nut butter and tahini!! I was very disappointed by this.
5. Ask for help
I had some great chats with people at the Allergy UK stand and Anaphylaxis Campaign. I also enjoyed talks by Ruth Holroyd from WhatAllergy and Helen Dennis talking about Eczema management. They were all really happy to offer advice and experiences and it’s good to know there is so much support.
What was your best bit of the Allergy Show?