Ep. 14: Interview with Shahla: how cooking has empowered her family with their allergy diagnosis
How does a mom turn a food allergy diagnosis around to help empower herself and her children?
A new food allergy diagnosis can be overwhelming as a parent, but there is a lot of good that can come out of it. Many food allergy moms have turned a food allergy diagnosis into a new cooking passion, helping them make the transition from diagnosis to life much more manageable and empowering.
We talk to Shahla from My Berkley Kitchen about her journey with her daughter's diagnosis and the changes she made as a response.
What we cover in this episode:
Shahla's journey into becoming an allergy mom and fabulous cook
Why you don't want to restrict your diet if you don't have to and how to work with your allergist to expand your diet
When and how to try new foods
How to navigate foods that are 'cross-reactive' to your allergens
How to empower yourself and your kids in the kitchen by teaching them to cook and recreating foods that you can't have out at home
How to make food fun and take away any fear that food could bring
Tips on eating out: allergy cards and why to call ahead
Shahla's Blog: My Berkeley Kitchen
Shahla's Instagram: @MyBerkeleyKitchen
Kortney's recipes: Allergy Girl Eats Recipes