I have been hiking maybe a few times in my life, even before the allergy diagnoses. I have never really enjoyed the woods, and I didn’t think I ever would. But, I must say Max and I had an amazing day hiking through Sleeping Giant in Hamden. For those of you from Connecticut, Sleeping Giant is iconic and I am sure everyone has been there at one point or another (maybe a field trip). Not to mention its across the street from Quinnipiac University the school I will be graduating from in three semesters. Go Bobcats!
Anyways, when hiking with allergies you have to be sure to be prepared. Lucky for me Max is the best and packed his own little first aid kit and added all my allergy essentials. Such as my epi-pens, inhaler, and Allegra.
We had a really nice time together. Sometimes it’s nice to just disconnect and get away from all of the chaos. We took the rockier path that was less traveled, so it was pretty quiet until we reached the top. Max and I are lucky enough that we get to spend a decent amount of time together during the week. But, during that time we are usually home working on our side projects sitting side by side with laptops out. So getting out into the woods and looking around at the beautiful lush green surroundings was refreshing. Now, I’ve caught the hiking bug (if that’s a thing?) because I already know I will be going hiking again soon. If only my days off from work didn’t fall on rainy days, ugh!
Captured the monument at the top of Sleeping Giant before Max set up the hammock for us to sit and eat our lunch together.
Because Max is adorable he also packed me this Allergy-Free Lunch. He packed me some beef jerky, an apple, seed and fruit mix, and an applesauce pouch. And he broke out the Everyone Hand Sanitizer to clean my hands before eating. This way we make sure there is no chance of cross-contamination.
The Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Mix has sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds, raisins, apples, cranberries, and some chocolate chips in case you have a sweet tooth! It’s free of the top 8 food allergens and packed with 7 grams of protein. I started buying this right after I was diagnosed with allergies. It’s a great quick snack you can just throw in your purse when on the go. When you have allergies it can be tough to find something like that. I am still on the hunt for a good allergy free protein bar.
Go Go Squeez Organic Applesauce is delicious and allergy safe! The packaging states they are free of gluten, dairy, and nuts. But, none of the top 8 are listed as an ingredient. I have the original but I have also tried the Apple Cinnamon flavor and it’s a tasty blend of apple and cinnamon.
Everyone Hand Sanitizer Spray in peppermint and citrus scent. It’s gluten free and cruelty- free. I find it has a mild scent that is not too overpowering and leaves my hands feeling clean.
The Jerky is not pictured but I usually buy Krave Sweet Chipotle, which is gluten free and doesn’t contain any of the other top 8. I also really like Chef’s Cut Honey BBQ Chicken Jerky. Sesame is one of the top 8 that is often in jerky so be sure to read the label carefully.
It was really great to get out and into nature. I go from working in an office to my home to work some more to an urbanized area to shoot. I don’t spend nearly enough time out in nature. It also really nice being able to still hike and live my life with food allergies.
Next up I’d like to try kayaking for the first time!
Leave a comment and tell me about some of the adventurous things you do with food allergies! I’d Love to know!