My journey with food allergies began as soon as Arizona was born. I remembered thinking that a lot of children had allergies but also that a lot of children grew out of them. I was convinced this would also be the case with my daughter.
12 years later, however, Arizona’s food allergies are still prevalent and require specific attention. Thankfully, I can make my way around the kitchen in creative ways and live in a city (Los Angeles) where food challenges (allergies, intolerances and aversions) are easily accommodated for.
What has been more difficult is the impact on my daughter’s social needs. Having a child with autism and sensory issues already presents its own set of social challenges; but adding food allergies to the mix can isolate us even more.
This is why I am so grateful for mindful companies such as Enjoy Life Foods, who strive to make lives like mine a little easier. Because of them, more inclusive social experiences have been created for my child. She can enjoy treats like her friends: at birthday parties, on play dates or during holiday celebrations. And, I don’t have to worry, because all of Enjoy Life products are free from gluten, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, casein, soy, egg, sesame, sulfites, lupin, mustard, shellfish, fish and crustaceans. My child is safe and can fit in with her group of peers.
And: in addition to pre-made food products and treats, there are myriad mixes (muffins, brownies, pancakes, cakes) that allow for my child to practice independent life skills in the kitchen.
“Can I lick the spoon, mama?” she asks after mixing all of the ingredients together. “You sure can,” I answer, excited that these small moments of joy, perhaps taken for granted by so many other kids, are now available to my child.
Thank you, Enjoy Life Foods, for contributing to this thriving life my child is leading. You have a customer for life in us xoxo.