On Friday a friend and fellow blogger e-mailed me to see if I’d be interested in doing a television interview about Halloween and allergy safe and/or vegan friendly treats. She’d written in detail about vegan children and Halloween in the past but couldn’t do the segment herself. My first thought was that I had never done anything like that before and my second was that it would be a great chance to raise awareness. So I went for it and I’m so glad I did, especially since in the days before we had our children my husband and I used to watch Fox 5 Las Vegas every morning as we got ready for work.
This morning I arrived at the studio at about 7:15 a.m. (my mother in law was able to watch the kids for me) and met with Celina, an Associate Producer with the station, and we chatted a bit in the waiting area about what the caption should be under my name onscreen before discussing the concerns that parents of children with food allergies share. I had kept something in mind that I’d read from Marketing Mama a while back on Twitter — she implored people to not say “food allergic children” as opposed to “children with food allergies” because the disease comes second, not first. It really resonated with me that no one wants to be defined by their circumstances and I knew I wanted to be sure I was a parent of children with food allergies and not a parent of food allergic children.
At any rate, Celina assured me that talking to morning co-anchor Monica Jackson “would be like talking to your best friend.” Always an encouraging thing to hear! Shortly before the segment was set to air, I was able to set up a table with the food allergy friendly treats I was going to talk about (at the area to the left in the picture above). It was surreal laying candy out while the actual news was being delivered just a few feet away. Every bag rustle had me worried I was being disruptive but I was also just fascinated by seeing everyone hard at work. I had the chance to chat a bit with Ms. Jackson before the cameras turned our way so the interview felt like a continuing conversation which I really liked.
In case anyone needs it, the link I shared in the broadcast was to the Food Allergy Parent Education group here in town.
I brought treats from Enjoy Life (Mini Chips and all three varieties of Boom Choco Boom Bars), Yummy Earth (Sour Beans and Lollipops), Surf Sweets (Gummies), Go Naturally (Hard Candy), Tasty Brand (Sour Gummies), and Annie’s (Gummies) as well as two cookbooks that I don’t think showed up on camera but are wonderful nonetheless: Learning to Bake Allergen Free by Colette Martin (amazon affiliate link) and Cybele Pascal’s Allergen Free Baker’s Handbook. My Whole Foods Trip yesterday had me both ready for the interview and very much set for candy for the house for a long time. As always, check and re-check labels because some of the gummy snacks, for example, would be vegan (no gelatin) while other varieties from the same company were not.
Thank you to Monica Jackson and Jason Feinberg (that’s me standing behind them after my interview!) as well as Kristen, Celina, and the rest of the folks at Fox 5 for making me feel welcome and for letting me share a little bit today. My husband gave me the advice that I should have fun and I did!