1. You’re the one up late making cupcakes the night
before a birthday party — and it's not even your kid's birthday!
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2. You instinctively say, “No,” to the flight
attendant before you’re even offered a snack.
3. You can ask, “What’s in this cookie?” in five
4. Vacations end up being more work because you
have to pack your whole pantry.
5. Words like potluck and picnic elevate your blood
6. You know the feeling of doom that comes when
your child gets an invite to a birthday party.
7. You give your kid a high-five the first time
they turn down a cookie because they don’t know the ingredients.
8. When your child comes to you with a bellyache
and you silently analyze everything they ate that day.
9. You walk into people’s homes and begin checking
labels — on everything.
10. You don’t
remember the last time you ate out.
11. You worry not
only about your child’s lunch, but also about everyone else’s lunch.
spent Halloween throwing out all the candy your child collected but couldn’t
understand why otherwise harmless words like “manufactured in” can cause
someone to cringe with fear.
14. You know
what hydrolysates and lactoglobulin are.
someone shows up with “surprise” cupcakes you have to tell your child, “Yes, I
know they look great, but you can’t have any because there’s an allergen
16. You’ve cried in the middle of a grocery store
aisle when you found a new food that you could add to your safe list.
understand why “just one bite” CAN
18. Your heart
stops anytime you get a phone call from your kid’s school.
19. You don’t
understand why food that has the “good stuff” taken out is SO much more
expensive than the ones with those ingredients intact.
20. You had to
take out a loan to buy nondairy, soy-free, wheat-free, and nut-free food this
analyzed the soy vs. almond vs. rice debate when it comes to milk, and now feel
like you have a degree in nutritional studies.
stopped talking to friends and family who refuse to understand allergies can actually
kill your child.
23. On the
first day of school, when parents begin asking about food restrictions, your
face gets red and your pulse quickens.
offered to teach a class on how to read nutrition labels because you know it
takes a rocket scientist to understand that stuff!
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25. You have to
explain why there are two toasters in your kitchen. And why one has a label on
it that says, “BEWARE OF GLUTEN.”