Thumbs Up to Disney (Again)

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We just returned from a magical Disney Cruise, what a nice fall reprieve. Besides excellent round the clock, round the ship service, everything was personalized just how you would expect. Well, more than you would expect, including allergy care. Continue reading…

Fall Allergy Free Recipes

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Fall brings to mind comfort food. It’s getting chilly outside so we can eat the last of the popsicles and watermelon and gear up for foods that are warming and bring comfort. Of, course, those with food allergies are limited, but here a couple of recipes that I found that may work for you, while bringing warm aromas into your home and autumnal tastes to your palate. Continue reading…

Awareness? A Step Backwards

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Each year at our elementary school we have a fall festival as I am sure of many of you do as well. This year the concept has changed for the first time in many years from a carnival type atmosphere, with booths an inflatable jumpies and slides to a “screen on the green” event. Whereas before there was little food except popcorn and pre-ordered Chick-fil-a, now it’s more of a dinner event. It’s clear the committee head who chose the menu does not have children with allergies. Continue reading…

Corn Allergy

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While I could not come across a recipe that is free of corn syrup, corn starch or vegetable oil per a reader request, I did find a couple of interesting resources and some good information. First, corn is in everything. If this is a corn allergy, you have to be really careful. I once heard that everything you eat is corn, from steak (corn fed beef) to cereal (made with corn) to sugar and shortening. Even the containers foods are sold in like cereal boxes are made of corn. Continue reading…

Dining Out and Ordering Safely

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It’s hard enough trying to figure out what to cook at home and accommodate allergies, what about going out to eat? IF fear strikes when you think about going to a new restaurant with your allergic child (or yourself), you are not alone. With all the food allergy sufferers out there, allergy awareness has become more and more widespread in restaurants, but there are still precautions to take. Here are some guidelines for dining out: Continue reading…

Safe Lunches Can Be Creative

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Now that schools are getting back in full swing; it’s time to make those lunch box lunches! I know it gets sort of mundane if you are packing the same things over and over, so it pays to get a little creative, not only for your children but for you as well! It’s even more of a challenge when your children have allergies and your foods are already limited. With these tips and sources, maybe this year will be one of more variety at lunchtime. Continue reading…

Do You Need a Nutritionist?

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I was talking with a college student this afternoon and her major is nutrition. We were discussing the fact that there are so many facets in that profession for her to take. Of course, what came to mind for me was a nutritionist specializing in allergies. Think of all the trouble, all of the questions, all of the sorting out that you have to do with food allergies, and how helpful it would be if you had guidance. Continue reading…

School Allergy Plans

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With all the allergies there are in schools, you’d think that schools would all have universal allergy management plans. But there aren’t consistent ones nation wide, at least not yet, and in many states, it is really up to the individual school to do what they think is necessary to prevent allergic reactions. Continue reading…

Beer Allergy

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For the past few years, my husband has had a mysterious swelling of his eyes. We’ve tried hard to pinpoint the cause of this allergic reaction, but never have come up with a consistent factor. Food has never been a consistent factor, or season, or environment. Sometimes it’s worse than others, sometimes not so bad. Sometimes the whites of his eyes even swell, and that has got to be uncomfortable! The other night it happened and both eyes were completely swollen shut in the middle of the night. In the midst of this attack he finally came up with a possible culprit – certain beer. Continue reading…

Deciphering Labels

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I was just reading how the food allergy industry is becoming a million dollar market. Food allergy grocery stores are popping up around the country, more and more companies are marketing food allergy safe lines, there are mail/internet order companies (of varying sizes) where you can find safe, custom food. Certain stores, like bakeries, suggest if you have certain allergies to not buy anything, or even come in the store (seems sort of rude, but better to be safe!). There have been new guidelines mandated for labeling foods, too. So with all this, you’d think it would be pretty easy to stay safe and confident when feeding yourself or your family with food allergies. On the contrary, it’s not. Continue reading…

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