Why does every event or celebration have to be based around food?
Our family has food restrictions and besides not being able to eat at restaurants, many if not all social events have a food component to them. “Fit in or don’t go”, is how it feels many times. For our family we are learning that this is going to be commonplace one day, but for now it is difficult for us.
We went GF 3 years ago and then realized that things weren’t resolving with that diet alone. We have learned that going GF is many times just the starting point and there can be many more issues that can follow that diagnosis.
Dining out used to be such a big and common event for us, since we worked in restaurants for many years. We loved dining out and trying different restaurants. We didn’t expect that we would never be able to take our kids to a restaurant for a birthday or other celebration ever again.
When our daughter started the new school we carefully and cautiously explained to her new teacher how concerned and careful we are with specific foods and it may be best if no food is even offered to our daughter. Wouldn’t you know that the very first day was an indication of how the whole year would be. Cookies and juice were given to all the other children on that first day at Gr 4. How would you feel, being at a new school and this is the first day?
The teacher was very kind and gave rewards to children for good behaviour and guess what they got? Food! We thought it was odd that there was such a focus on food since one of her children was peanut allergic. You could assume that she may have changed her focal point to something other than that??http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/staying-gluten-free-for-school-lunches/?inf_contact_key=1d0118f443d2844a3a8cecd6cbcd0d778a65185aabac6d0ec67d808b01233e56
Every birthday party, wedding, halloween, family gathering has a large component of food around it. I really see why we north americans have issues around food when you see it from this perspective.
We have a fabulous children’s hospital, but we can’t have safe food for our children from there because most restaurants or staff dont understand cross contamination and the ramifications of eating something that may have small traces of gluten.Dr. Osborne
We hope that we can be the change that we want to see in the world. I guess that means meeting with the school and expressing how important this is to the health of our family. They understand peanut allergy, but since this is not emergent(call 911)then it seems not as important.
We are supposed to be going with our family for a dinner at a restaurant tonight, so that is why I was thinking about it now. Great! We have to go to dinner and eat chinese, while our other daughter sits and wishes she could have it! This is so hard to do! I will bring some food for her and tell her to just enjoy what I have prepared, but deep down I wish that she could eat all this unhealthy food along with us!!! Argh! It would make life so much easier, but we have to make a change. We have to change the world for the betterment of all of us.
I should open a safe restaurant for all families…