Re: Common Meals for Allergics - Are they a prospective target market?
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 11:08:00 -0700 (PDT)

On Jul 20, 2009, at 10:19 AM, Thomas Lofft wrote:

If so, how do we identify food allergics as a market and target them for cohousing prospects?

Very funny. I think we have far more food preferences than actual allergies. Of 59 adults, I can think of only 3 with food allergies -- but not all 59 participate in meals. A good number are vegetarian (20-25%?) and most people don't object to vegetarian meals. 2 vegan adults and two children.

None are so particular that they care what else is cooked in the kitchen. While the allergic are really allergic to their problem foods, the rest are vegetarian/vegan for ethical and sustainability reasons, not religious or health reasons. The vegans eat a lot of white bread.

My own issue with meals is the high starch content -- carbs reign. For diabetes type 2 the number of carbs in each meal is about a week's worth. And I have a hard time not eating what others are eating. At home, I'm not tempted.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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