My youngest kid is wildly allergic to some of the most common foods in the American diet. Put a crumb of food that has dairy, egg, peanuts, or tree nuts into his mouth, and you’ve just bought Charlie a trip to the emergency room.
Keeping Charlie safe has changed the direction of our family’s life. I quit my job as a computer magazine editor to stay home with Charlie until he’s ready for school. We stopped eating foods Charlie is allergic to. We started paying attention to things we’d never given much thought about before, like household cleaners and whole vs. processed food. Even allergy legislation.
As you can imagine, my wife, Mary Kate and I are learning a lot as we go. Toxic Lasagna is a way to share what we’re learning and connect with the community of food allergy families that we suddenly find ourselves a part of.