Recently one of the Harvest Right team was traveling in Europe and overheard a woman in a restaurant attempting to explain to a waiter, in broken Italian, that she had broad and severe food allergies. She couldn’t have fat, dairy, gluten, eggs, beans, corn, and a whole other list of foods. It was a difficult conversation and the diner could only hope the waiter understood her requests – and took them seriously. To add insult to injury, she was clearly having a business dinner and seemed uncomfortable talking about a personal issue in her colleague’s presence.

Sadly, she isn’t alone in her complex dilemma. According to Food Allergy Research & Education, over 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies. Between 1997 and 2011, food allergies increased in children nearly 50%, and one in 13 suffers from a potentially deadly allergy.

Now imagine trying to travel for work, or vacation, with severe food allergies. Those with allergies are constantly on defense against hidden ingredients and menus that have nothing for them. And, if you have severe allergies how do you survive a transatlantic flight when you can’t eat the chicken or the pasta? The struggle is real.

If you have severe food allergies, having the ability to make your own portable meals and snacks is a game-changer. Freeze dried meals are compact and lightweight so they’re easily transported. You can travel with all of your favorite (safe) comfort foods, and have the peace of mind you won’t be hungry and you won’t be sick. Many freeze dried foods are easy to eat anywhere – just add hot water – or snack on them in their freeze-dried state.

If you or someone you know lives with severe food allergies, we invite you to join our social media community and share your questions or stories about freeze drying.