3 Easy Swaps For Environmental Sustainability – Chronic Illness Edition [AD]

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Like many people of our generation, I know that looking after our planet is of utmost importance. Although we’re yet to see many large businesses and those in positions of power take social responsibility for fighting climate change the way they should, I also know that we as individuals can still play a role in encouraging more sustainable living.

The Internet is full of well-intentioned suggestions and advice on eco-friendly living. However, as with many things in this day and age, it’s clear that this advice is tailored primarily for non-disabled people. It’s rare that chronic illness in particular becomes part of this narrative, and rarer still that the advice on offer takes into account the unique challenges our community can face.

The simple fact of the matter is that even with all the good intentions in the world, there are dozens of barriers that can make living more sustainably particularly challenging for chronically ill people. Because of this, I think it’s incredibly important for non-disabled people to be an ally: open to learning about these obstacles and acknowledging that the ‘solution’ to these, if one exists, will look different for every individual.

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Dairy And Nut Free Chocolates for Easter

Updated for 2021!

This post was first published in 2019, so it seems apt to remind you that allergen labelling changes all the time; always check the label with vigilance before consuming. You can also find more of my free from favourites over on Instagram!

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So, here’s the thing. Whilst there’s no denying that there’s been a huuuuge increase in free from food here in the UK, and it’s been absolutely brilliant for people with gluten and dairy allergies, many of these new developments have proved rather problematic for the nut-allergic community.

Why? Because so many of these brands that proudly proclaim they’re ‘allergy-free’ and ‘allergy-safe’ are full of nuts: one of the most fatal allergens of all. Whenever any existing foodstuff is developed into a free-from product, it often seems to be at the expense of nut allergies. And what’s more, so many of the products that are marketed as ‘nut free’ (either by themselves or others) are in fact, not. As anybody else with life-threatening allergies will know, that ‘may contains’ blanket warning is way too important to disregard.

What it all boils down to is this: many dairy free foods rely on nuts and nut milks as replacement ingredients. So, when you have both a severe peanut allergy and a dairy intolerance, your options for sweet chocolate treats do become limited. And as somebody whose life revolves around when they’re next eating, this has become somewhat problematic.

Therefore, I wanted to research the brands catering for both dairy and nut allergies in the run up to Easter, and which of them are worth the money… and I’ve heroically and selflessly took it upon myself to pig out on chocolate in the name of blogging. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.

But before we jump in, a disclaimer: the foods I mention below were safe for me, at the time of consuming. I’ll include below the allergen statements listed on packaging e.g. ‘dairy free’ or ‘suitable for nut allergies’, but do remember that labels change all the time. If you purchase any of these foods, always check the labels for yourself before consuming. If you’re in any doubt, don’t risk it. Easier said than done I know, but it’s not worth it, even for the most delicious looking treat.

Anyway, now for the fun bit. On to the goodies!

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