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Food and Food Sensitivities Can Build a Bridge
April 26, 2011
Good community and good food go together. Take, for example, the background story about our allergy-friendly peach cobbler, the recipe featured this week. Madalene Rhyand, director of Living Without’s test kitchen, was on a road trip when she spotted peach cobbler on the restaurant menu. No, it wasn't gluten free, egg free or dairy free, but her questions resulted in a long conversation with the restaurant server, who had her own list of food sensitivities.
So here is the double happy ending to this story. Not only did Madalene go back to our test kitchen and reformulate this delicious dessert to be free of gluten, dairy and egg (no nuts or peanuts either), she also made a wonderful new acquaintance based on common ground.
There’s a bond among people with special dietary needs and it’s based on shared experience. Meeting others who are living without is like finding a community of long-lost friends. It’s such a relief to talk with people who “get it,” not to mention the practical bonus of exchanging life-enhancing information. No matter disparate backgrounds or far-flung distances, there’s instant intimacy among strangers.
If you’re reading these words, chances are you’ve got your own story of food sensitivity or allergy—or you care about someone who does. Maybe you’ve just received a diagnosis after trudging through months (or years!) of isolating malaise and frustrating medical appointments. Maybe you’re further down that road, mastering your special diet and gaining solid footing as you navigate this new lifestyle. Or maybe you’re raising a child with special dietary needs and you’re wondering what to do next.
Wherever you are on the journey, we’d like to help you foster supportive community and give you the tools and encouragement you need to craft your present-day story—and future chapters—into one of better health, delicious eating and abundant good living.
What’s most helpful for you? How can we at Living Without magazine better support you and your family on your special-diet journey?