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Mom changed eating courses after sons born with food allergies

Veterinarian Tracy Hurley became vegan at age 14. She stopped eating nuts six years ago, when she learned her oldest child had serious food allergies.

“When I was a teenager, my choice to become vegan was more because I was against factory farming. Me being a veterinarian, it sort of made sense to continue after that. It’s more of a compassion issue. And for health reasons, I just think it’s a good way to eat. I have a lot of energy. I’ve always been a good runner, and think it helps with endurance,” said Hurley, 37, of Snyder, co-chairwoman of this year’s FARE Walk for Food Allergies, which takes place Aug. 9 in LaSalle Park. To participate in the walk – designed to raise awareness of child food allergies, while raising money for research, education and treatment – visit foodallergywalk.org/buffalo2014.

What are the staples of your diet?

Tofu is a big part of it, for the protein. A lot of beans and seeds. I can’t eat nuts at home because of my sons. I do eat sun butter, made of sunflower seeds. That has a similar amount of protein as peanut butter. I eat a lot of pasta dishes and rice. Quinoa, too, because that has a lot of protein in it. I eat veggie burgers, a lot of grilled vegetables. I do a lot of shakes, fruit shakes. I try to throw in some spinach because it’s hard to eat salads all the time. I eat salads, too, but that gets old – especially when you go out to dinner and the servers say, ‘Oh we have a salad.’ It’s like, ‘Uhhhh.’

It’s gotten so much better in the last three years, even at high-end restaurants. I think vegan food options are so much more prevalent now. I make sure I tell them I don’t have food allergies so you don’t have to worry about contaminating things. It’s just a personal thing.

– Scott Scanlon

On the Web: Read more about Tracy Hurley’s family life and the FARE walk at blogs.buffalonews.com/refresh.

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