Even the darkest of moments thrusts us into the light of a second life.
Food allergy survivors have a second life and a second sight having passed through an experience that changes our lives. We are challenged to find a different way to eat, and therefore to live, because food is so intertwined in our culture.
When we leave a certain food behind, it is particularly difficult not to fill that hole with fear. Fear of what we eat reaches into our bones and soul. And yet there is opportunity for our food allergy to illumine some of our dark corners.
Because we lose trust, we learn how to rebuild trust. Because we feel fear, we find courage. Because we hurt, we increase compassion. Because we lose something, we become more grateful. Because we cannot do it alone, we learn to help another. Because we are brought to our knees, we find an ability to walk, run and even fly.
We realize that the promise we held in our hearts that we were intrinsically safe with food is not something that we have to give up, but create a different promise to ourselves to “be safe.” We find a path to our own belonging, not to be untouched, but to be embraced by our knowledge and wisdom of who we are after we discover what we cannot eat.
To give something up is to pause for only a moment. It is not to stop and stay stopped. We find a way to flow around the obstacle of a particular food, one meal at a time, one day at a time. In our second life, we reimagine our taste buds, eating habits and patterns to rediscover the essential foods from the earth that can sustain us. We really taste life in a new way that perhaps we took for granted.
We go on to eat and be happy.
Father and Co-Founder