“I was at a birthday party with my oldest daughter. There was a little girl who was allergic to peanuts,” Gordon recalled.
“It just struck me as so sad: All the children were gathered around the table, eating this cake, and that child was over in a corner, alone, eating this thing that wasn’t even a cupcake that didn’t look very appetizing.”
It’s a scenario that’s familiar to Jodi Lee, a registered holistic nutritionist and professional home economist in Winnipeg.
“My daughter was diagnosed with a soy allergy when she was five months old, then I was diagnosed with celiac disease two years ago. And my daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease 10 days after that,” Lee said.
For Lee, the best way to deal with food allergies is to communicate clearly with school staff and other parents, and to always be prepared for anything.
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