For many of us whose lives are affected by food allergies it can feel like a lonely, deserted, road at times. We turn to social media to vent, ask questions, or search for answers. So many of us are experiencing the same things that you can always find someone who can offer advice or suggestions, support with a food allergy issue, or just someone to listen while you vent. Research is shared and discussed, photos of new recipes are posted and tagged, concerns and fears slowly fade.
- We share our restaurant experiences any time we eat out with the Allergy Eats group so others will know what restaurants to visit or avoid. Their reminders every Monday morning on both Facebook and Twitter are always appreciated. Their app is then updated with the latest ratings making it easier for the food allergy community to enjoy the occasional meal out.
- We watch for the latest development on food allergies to be shared by FARE via a twitter post. Twitter is the quickest way to share the latest research or article on food allergies and gets the conversation going. The research is often contradictory, which just makes the discussion more interesting. With no definitive cause for food allergies yet we all have our theories and support different areas of research while still supporting the same goal.
- We wait for new recipes to be shared on Pinterest, because a photo with a recipe makes it look ten times more appealing. Pinterest even has a special grouping now to highlight specific dietary needs. It won’t be long before there are groups dedicated to specific food allergies.
- We read the latest blog posts on food allergy related issues. If a new research paper or article has come out or news about a favorite brand is released someone is already blogging about it. Whether it’s the recent news of Annie’s being sold to General Mills or the increase of gluten free and food allergy posers hurting our cause you’ll find more than one person voicing their concerns.
- We rant and support each other on Facebook. Facebook is the quickest way to share a bad experience or an urgent need for support. Whether you’ve had a bad scare with a food allergy reaction and just need to share or you’ve been excluded yet again because of food allergies you can quickly share and get a response from your support group.
While this list seems to cover a lot there’s always more we want to do or could do to improve the presence of food allergies not only on social media and the internet, but also in our communities, schools, and homes. More support groups, more information, more tolerance, the list goes on. What would you like to see from the food allergy community that could help? How can we as a group do better, specifically on social media?