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7 Ways Food Allergies Could Benefit You (& the Earth)

7. It Rubs Off on Your Family

Every family has its chef — the person primarily in charge of packing lunches, making weekend pancakes, and getting dinner on the table each night — and that’s the person who has the most influence over how the others eat. But just one severe food allergy in a family can change the eating habits of everyone else: You’re not just cutting out dairy for one person, but for three or four or five, which has a much bigger impact on the bottom line of your family’s carbon footprint. That doesn’t mean that everyone has to give up pancakes just because mom has a gluten allergy, but it does mean that you’re more likely to make heather choices not just for yourself, but for those around you, too.

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10:21AM PST on Dec 21, 2013

Interesting article

11:46AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

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11:46AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

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5:19PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

anything for Mother Earth!

8:17PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

thanks for showing us the bright side :-)

12:27AM PST on Jan 2, 2011

I'm the primary chef in the family and have celiac disease. So I definitely agree w/ the impact an allergy can have on the entire home. My mom is about 90% GF, though she indulges sometimes. My being GF, has even spread to my friends and colleagues. They have become aware and ask me lots of questions. I think it's great!

11:50AM PST on Nov 28, 2010

I don't necessarily agree with everything, but thank you.

11:36PM PST on Nov 21, 2010

Good article. thanx for information

9:34AM PST on Nov 20, 2010

thank you

8:55AM PST on Nov 20, 2010

Very true! Our family's entire diet went through a major overhaul when our son was diagnosed with severe food allergies. We saw his body react with severe eczema to just the slightest amounts of processed foods or artificial anything. We knew we needed to get rid of all that stuff once we started reading labels etc and now we eat mostly whole foods that don't even need a label! It's amazing how healthy we feel as a family all from what began from allergies. Thankfully our little boy's skin and intolerances are so much better now that he takes his Belly Boost probiotic and bc of this - we ALL love our probiotics now too! It's awesome how things like this can end up affecting and changing lives for the better!

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