Growing up, I was allergic to anything derived from a bean or legumes. Not that I missed eating peas or green beans, but coffee, chocolate, peanut butter, cola and anything with soy was strictly off limits. Back then, these types of limitations made dining at restaurants difficult, if not impossible. Fast forward to 2014, and, with education, food labeling and cooperation from food manufacturers and restaurants, it’s a whole new world for those with dietary restrictions.
In this month’s feature, “Navigating Food Challenges” (page 4), Emma Young explores the variety of reasons that people give up certain foods, and their tricks of the trade for dining out while doing so. Even if you are on a “see food” diet, you can benefit from their advice on researching menu ingredients and finding the healthiest offerings.
Then in “Family Fun” (page 18), Kristina Schnack Kotlus tackles one of the toughest challenges to dining out—children. Get frontline advice from fellow parents on how to cope with finicky eating habits and limited attention spans, without prompting chefs to tweet about banning your brood.
We also catch up with a Woodbridge mother who turned day-to- day parenting experiences into rhymes and, ultimately, a beautifully written and illustrated children’s book. Turn to page 10, in “On a High Note” by Amy Falkofske, to learn how local author Tasha Fuller’s family inspired her new career path.
With February being American Heart Month, we deliver a double dose of heart-stopping stories, so to speak. Dr. Christopher Leet discusses some of the causes of heart palpitations, as well as when to seek treatment, in “Health & Wellness” on page 14. And in “Giving Back” (page 22), Cindy Brookshire talks to a local woman whose lifelong support of the American Red Cross was returned a thousand fold when she saved her husband’s life by using the lifesaving skills the organization taught her.
Pretty exciting stuff! But it doesn’t end here. Visit pwliving.com to discover recipes from our resident pastry chef and blogger, The Aubergine Chef, as well as movie and book reviews, things to do and the latest community news. It’s a great way to keep “Prince William Living” all month long.
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