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If that headline got your attention, you’re probably a chocoholic like I am.
Did you also say this mantra when being tested for food allergies? Please don’t let me be allergic to chocolate. Please don’t let me be allergic to chocolate. Please don’t let me be allergic to chocolate.
Ha! You ARE a chocoholic like me!
Fortunately, to my great relief, I am NOT allergic to chocolate!
Unfortunately, I AM allergic to dairy, eggs, soy, gluten, corn and vanilla–all ingredients that are typically found in most chocolate.
For a long time, I was sad. Very, very sad. Especially during Valentines Day and my birthday. And maybe also Thanksgiving and Easter . . . and all the days in between.
But now I’ve recently discovered Amanda’s Own Confections. Actually they discovered me (thank you! thank you!), and it just so happens the month of April is both my celiac college son’s and my birthday month. Yes, I know the lemon in the sunglasses looks way too young to have a kid in college (or perhaps that’s why An Allergic Foodie uses a lemon for a Gravatar! LOL!).
Anyway, back to chocolate. To celebrate our birthdays, Amanda’s Own Confections wants to give one lucky person a present–a box of chocolate bars! That’s right! An entire box. TWELVE BARS OF GLORIOUS CHOCOLATE.
These chocolate bars make me close my eyes and moan–maybe that’s too much info?–and there are only three ingredients: Cane sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter. So this makes them free of dairy, nuts, gluten, eggs, sesame, and fish/shellfish. (Why any fish would be in any chocolate is incomprehensible, but I’m told it happens.)
Here’s what you need to do to enter (you only have to do one, but if you do all I will do a happy dance and post it on You Tube*).
- Write a comment below telling me how much you love chocolate (and my blog, of course).
- Follow @anallergicfoodie on Instagram and like one of the pictures of Amanda’s chocolate bars. I’ll be posting several.
- Follow me on Twitter–that 2,000 rule is killing me!–and tweet this blog post with hashtag #amandasown
- Like my Facebook Page and give a thumb’s up to one of my posts mentioning Amanda’s Own Confections.
- Pin this blog post on Pinterest.
The contest will end on Tuesday, April 22, 8 PM EST. Must live in the U.S. to enter.
Ready. Set. Go!
I hope you win!
*I won’t really do a happy dance on You Tube because my sons, and maybe my husband, would be mortified.
A few weeks ago I received an email from Stefanie over at PeanutAllergy.com. She said she liked my positive attitude on living with multiple food allergies and celiac disease—thank you, Stefanie!–and asked if I would share my story for their website. While flattered, I found this invitation a bit odd since I don’t have a nut allergy.
Then I took a look at the website. All I have to say is WOW.
PeanutAllergy.com is the ultimate resource for anyone living with a nut allergy, but it offers tons of info and support for those of us coping with other food allergies. Every time I click over there, I learn something new. Today I read about dogs with food allergies, which of course I had to tweet!
Putting years of poor health, medical procedures, and doctor visits into a few paragraphs–and without sounding like a big fat whiner–proved difficult. Eventually, I decided to write my story as if it was a synopsis for a book.
This exercise turned out to be quite therapeutic; a few tears may have been shed. You may want to try it.
I also asked myself, What could I share that might help someone out there struggling with strange unexplainable symptoms and looking for answers? Click here to read my story.
Already I’ve received a few grateful emails. What more can an allergic foodie ask for?
Some more stories below. Feel free to add your story or link in comments.
- I’m Obsessed with Food! (adventuresofanallergicfoodie.com)
- Is Celiac Disease a symbol of your Personal Power? (latinainthecocina.wordpress.com)
- The Fight Within (viragoscripts.wordpress.com)
- What kind of celiac are you? (Personality quiz plus giveaway) (spruestory.com)