By Sonya Lee - Allergysave
It's National EOS Awareness week this week from the 6th - 12th August, 2017. ausEE hosts this special week to raise awareness for eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs) in Australia.
During this week ausEE hosts the Top 8 Challenge where for one meal or day, people all over Australia do not eat any foods from the top 8 (wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fish or shellfish). This year it's today the 8th August. The reason the top 8 foods are what is excluded is because there is currently no cure for EGIDs, and a common treatment for the disease is elimination of these foods from the diet.
I do this every year for my son Alex who has Eosinophilic Oesophagitis (or EoE).
For Alex we've been lucky and have been able to add into his diet a handful of tree nuts and eggs, which have made a huge difference. We would one day also love to be able to add rice!
Every year ausEE create a beautiful short video with an important message from lots of the kids we know who have an EGID. This year it was made by 14 year old Bella who features in the video. Also look out for my Alex in the red top :-)
If you'd like to get more information about EGIDs or the Top 8 Challenge you can do so here.
Because it's National EOS Awareness week, Sonya from Allergysave has shared her top 8 free recipe for sticky date fudge - a healthy treat combining the flavours of sticky date pudding and fudge. This recipe is not only free of the top 8, it also has gelatin with gut healing properties.
Gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, tree nut free, peanut free, refined sugar free
Enjoy! Sonya & Lisa x
About Sonya Lee and Allergysave
Allergysave is a website developed to help people with allergies not to just survive but to THRIVE!
Living with allergies can feel overwhelming and many people feel helpless and out of control. Sonya knows what that feels like. She was an overwhelmed and desperate mum of a child who was covered in severe eczema and diagnosed with severe life threatening food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, rice, corn, oats, eggs, dairy, soy, chicken, potatoes, peaches, peas, mangoes and lupin.
She began a blog "Parenting a Child with Multiple Food Allergies" as a way to cope with life. When the blog started to gain popularity, she realised many other mums were going through the same thing.
Determined to help, she published a series of 'Top 8 Free' allergy recipe eBooks, contributed to many published cookbooks, blogs and articles and founded Allergysave - a leading source of information, allergy friendly recipes, resources, education, support and encouragement to many families living with allergic conditions and dietary restrictions.
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