(From interview with Alishan Organics)
What kind of food allergies do you have, and how have they affected your life?
There are different kinds of food allergies, and they come many different shapes, sizes, and severities. None are very much fun, but as many people in our YouTube audience have pointed out, some people with allergies have to be rushed to the hospital from just a whiff of an offending food, while other people can “cheat” and enjoy, however temporarily, a bit of the food they are allergic to, with only a relatively small price to pay later. Most of my allergies fall somewhere in the middle, and arrived in the form of severe food sensitivities about 6 years ago when I became sick with Lyme Disease (which is not uncommon). Many of my more mild allergies have improved or even gone away over the last few years. The more serious ones haven’t, but I don’t find it that hard to live around them anymore. My allergies include and/or have included wheat, dairy, and shrimp (which I don’t expect to eat ever again), along with some fruits, legumes, meats, and then soy and corn – which are in everything!
How did you get involved with “One Grain More,” and what was your role in the project?
Michael and I have been friends for several years, and for just about as long I have been bugging him about healthier diets. When I learned about my food allergies, so did he, and when he learned of his, we were finally able to trade tips and recipes. “One Grain More” was born out of a gluten-free baking fiasco of his, and when he called me with the idea, I loved it. Michael then ran the rough draft by me and we brainstormed punch lines and bounced ideas back and forth, and since that conversation (which was one of the funniest of our friendship to date), we’ve been partners in allergy awareness crime. I was honored to sing in it, and I was thrilled to work as a directing team with Michael once again.