First, I'll be posting this over on LJ as well so many of you will see this twice. Sorry!
Second, would anyone be willing to help me with a project? I'd like to bring more awareness to food allergies and what is in food after a recent incident (don't worry, I realized long before I ate it what was in it). I think one way to do that is just for my friends and fellow bloggers (that's y'all) to take a picture of what their normal food groceries look like for one week (ie, not the toilet paper). It doesn't need to be impressive. It's okay if you only needed to stock up on the pop tarts and beer. ;-) I just need a photo of the groceries and, if possible, the ingredients (or the sticker on the food item like with bananas, apples, ground beef, ect).
I'd like to put together a project showing how someone with food allergies views "common" food items. I have way too many allergies and my oldest nephew has a peanut allergy. The way we (and my poor sister in law!) have to view food in order to not go to the ER is very different from how those without food allergies live.
The reason I'd like to do this is not just for food allergies but to raise awareness of what we are really eating. It shocked me when I got my corn allergy exactly how many things have corn in them and how hidden that corn can be. Also, I think it would be helpful for those without food allergies when some poor person like me comes over for dinner.
I had a recent incident in which a lady didn't not understand that "no dairy" didn't mean just take the cheese off. It meant absolutely nothing with butter or milk in it. This included cake. I've had this happen before (sometimes with far worse extremes like just taking the cut tomatoes out rather than remaking a salad!)and I'm hoping that by doing a project like this I can help everyone - both people with and without allergies- understand what "no x" really means. And what we are all really eating.
Don't worry, if you don't want, I won't associate your name/blog with your pictures. I'm also happy to do so if you like your name associated with your pictures. Just let me know in an email. For my email, just comment here if you'd like to participate or have any questions about the project.