Top 8 Challenge Day, held on August 8th annually, aims to raise awareness of eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs). These disorders affect many individuals, causing painful symptoms like acid reflux, nausea, and dysphagia. Although there is no cure, many people manage EGIDs by removing the top eight allergens from their diet. Join the initiative to show support for those facing daily dietary challenges.
What Are Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders?
EGIDs are gastrointestinal disorders characterized by excessive eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, in the digestive tract. Common symptoms include pain, acid reflux, and difficulty swallowing.
The Top 8 Allergens to Eliminate
On Top 8 Challenge Day, remove the following allergens from your diet:
- Tree nuts
The Impact of Restricted Diets
For those with EGIDs, restrictive diets are a daily reality:
- Challenges and frustrations: Limited food options can make it difficult to maintain a balanced and healthy diet.
- Social and emotional impact: Dining out and participating in social events may become challenging, leading to emotional struggles.
- The need for awareness: Top 8 Challenge Day aims to raise awareness of these struggles and support affected individuals.
The History of Top 8 Challenge Day
Founded in 2013 by the charity ausEE Inc., Top 8 Challenge Day serves to improve the lives of people with eosinophilic disorders.
Joining the Top 8 Challenge
Participate in Top 8 Challenge Day to raise awareness:
- Personal challenge: Choose to eliminate one or more of the top eight allergens from your diet for the day.
- Awareness campaign: Share your participation with others to encourage them to join in and learn about EGIDs.
- Fundraising: Consider raising funds for EGID charities to support research and awareness initiatives.
Supporting EGID Charities
EGID charities offer resources and support to those affected:
- Awareness materials: Charities like ausEE Inc. provide posters, social media badges, and educational resources.
- Menu ideas: Find inspiration for creating allergen-free meals to accommodate restrictive diets.
- Fundraising opportunities: Support research and awareness efforts by participating in fundraising activities.
Conclusion: Empathy through the Top 8 Challenge
Top 8 Challenge Day empowers us to stand in solidarity with individuals facing EGIDs. By eliminating top allergens from our diets, we gain insight into the daily challenges of restricted eating. Let us use this day to raise awareness, support EGID charities, and foster empathy for those navigating the complexities of eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those with EGIDs and promote greater understanding and compassion within our communities.