I just love this positive tag line…”injecting hope into the world of food allergies…and beyond” from the Epi Family! Sometimes I just sigh and think, “do I really want to deal with (insert situation here)? Such as, an upcoming school camping trip for my son over Epi Family. It is optional, so I am waiting to hear his thoughts. If wants to attend, then begins the process of managing food allergy safe meals during the trip. Injecting hope and a little extra energy is just what I need today. I’ll be dealing with a new set of teachers, but the same administrators that helped with a previous over night trip. Thinking of Epi Family words I realized that they also sell via Epi Family, red and green food label stickers, which may help make the trip planning a little easier! Note: Epi Family Esty website is reading this at the same time you are, they received my order last night-my goal is to share things that I discover that might help you along your journey of managing food allergies or asthma.
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In the past, I’ve used big red dots and green dots to mark safe and unsafe foods. I bought huge giant rolls in each color (we’re talking 1,000 stickers in each roll) from a company that sells grocery bags. Alas, my last red sticker was used a few months ago. My son is fourteen years old now, reads labels, packs his own lunches as well as my tree nut allergy nine year old daughter. The need for our stickers has just be void the last few years. I used this system for identifying safe snacks at school, at friend’s houses, etc. My friends would stock “safe” foods with green stickers on them so if I son bopped by for a visit, it was a no brainer on what to feed him.
Although, for this camping trip, my son could benefit from the red/green stickers concept! I can pop them onto items containing dairy that may get over looked. Normally, the school just says, “no nuts or sesame please” since these are his most severe allergens. Dairy can be hidden in lunch meats, crackers, pasta sauce, etc. I visited the the Epi Family yesterday and ordered up some NOT SAFE RED stickers (you can order Green SAFE FOR stickers too). Actually, the customer purchases Avery stickers, which I have already purchased from Office Depot, and then Epi Family will send me an e-proof of the customized stickers with my son’s name and his allergens. Once approved, I will receive a PDF of the finished product and will be able to print out from my own color printer as needed.
Very creative Food Allergy solution Epi Family! Nice work!
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