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  • 1. OK 4 ME 2 EAT My food allergies Leslie BerlinIllustrations by Kirsten Brieger
  • 2. AuthorHouse™1663 Liberty DriveBloomington, IN 47403www.authorhouse.comPhone: 1-800-839-8640© 2011 Leslie Berlin. All rights reserved.No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system,or transmitted by any means without the written permission of the author.First published by AuthorHouse 4/25/2011ISBN: 978-1-4567-5898-1 (sc)Printed in the United States of AmericaAny people depicted in stock imagery provided by Thinkstock are models,and such images are being used for illustrative purposes only.Certain stock imagery © Thinkstock.This book is printed on acid-free paper.Because of the dynamic nature of the Internet, any web addresses or links contained in this book may have changedsince publication and may no longer be valid. The views expressed in this work are solely those of the author and do notnecessarily reflect the views of the publisher, and the publisher hereby disclaims any responsibility for them.
  • 3. This book is dedicated to my loving and supportive family. Special thanks to Nina for all your help and to all my friends for their thoughts.
  • 4. Hi, I’m Sam and I am 8 years old. I have food allergies; thatmeans if I eat certain foods I will get sick. 1
  • 5. There are 8 foods that people are mostly allergic to: • Milk • Fish • Eggs • Shellfish • Peanuts • Soy • Tree Nuts • Wheat 2
  • 6. …...People can also be allergic to other types of foods. 3
  • 7. Kids and grown-ups can be allergic to foods. Butsometimes kids can outgrow their food allergies; mybrother Eddie and I are perfect examples of this.Eddie used to be allergic to milk; then when he turned6 he outgrew his milk allergy and now he can eateverything. 4
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  • 9. I also used to be allergic to milk, but now my doctorsays I can eat foods made with milk. It took 8 yearsand it seemed like FOREVER, but now I can finallyeat ice cream and macaroni and cheese! 6
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  • 11. I am still allergic to other foods, so I have to becareful. I can only eat the foods that my doctor andparents say are safe. At school I never eat anyone else’sfood. It is very important to read the labels to makesure there are no ingredients that I am allergic to. 8
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  • 13. At home, I have my own special area in the pantry andrefrigerator with foods that are safe for me. 10
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  • 15. I know lots of other kids who have food allergies. Forexample, my friend Emma is allergic to peanuts andmy friend Freddy is allergic to milk and tree nuts. Itmakes me feel better to know that I am not the onlykid that is allergic to certain foods. 12
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  • 17. When I go to a friend’s house or a birthday party,my parents always send something special for meto eat that is safe. Sometimes they bake special cupcakes or cookies for me. They always have to send extra, because even the kids that are not allergic to anything love to eat my treats! 14
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  • 19. Every summer I go to camp. The counselors havehad special training for food allergies and theytake good care of me! This summer I am evengoing to sleepover camp! 16
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  • 21. If you know someone who is allergic to certain foods,you can be a good friend and help to make sure theydon’t eat or touch the foods that make them sick. 18
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  • 23. If you think someone ate something that makes themfeel sick you should tell a GROWN UP right away…they will know what to do to help! 20
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  • 25. Don’t worry about me though! There are lots of healthy andyummy things that are OK 4 ME 2 EAT *.My food allergies may take some extra work, but I don’t letthem stop me from having fun! 22
  • 26. The following is a list of the top 8 allergens and some of the foods in which they may be hidden: *Milk- cheese, ice cream, cakes, pastas, cookies, non-dairy foods may also contain casein -which is a milk protein.Eggs – cookies, cakes, breading for fried foods, French toast and freshly made specialtypastas.Peanuts – peanut butter, cookies, cakes, ice cream, candy, cooking oils and pet foods. Peanutsare legumes and they grow in the ground.Tree Nuts – examples are: almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. Tree nuts maybe found in cookies, cakes, frostings, candy, pastas and even salad dressings. Tree nuts, unlikepeanuts, grow on trees.Fish – cod, salmon, halibut, tuna and whitefish are some examples. Fish can be found in fishsticks, salad dressings and many Asian foods.Shellfish – examples are crab, lobster, shrimp, squid, clams, oysters and scallops. Shellfishmay also be found in many pastas, soups and sauces.Soy – soy comes from a soybean and is found in many foods; such as tofu, cookies, crackersand sauces. It is also used very commonly as cooking oil.Wheat – is mostly found in breads, bagels, cereal, baked goods, cakes, pasta and it is used inmany sauces and breading.*DISCLAIMER: This information is not to be used as medical advice. These are just a few examplesof hidden allergens. OK 4 ME 2 EAT and/or Leslie Berlin are not responsible for any allergicreactions. Please consult a doctor to discuss your allergy. 23