NAVIGATING THE HOLIDAYS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

Tis the season for family time, parties, celebrating, and, of course, food.  With that, can bring stress for food allergic individuals therefore planning ahead is key.  Consider some of the following points to keep you and your child safe during the holidays: Always Be Prepared If you are hosting...

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Cooking and Baking Substitutes for the Holidays

Looking for ways to make your favorite holiday meals that are allergy-friendly? Try some of the substitutions for common allergens below. Milk Equal amounts of water or fruit juice Enriched or fortified soy, rice, and almond milks Milk free margarine in place of butter Soy yogurts Soy cheese Eggs For...

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Teal Pumpkin Spice Cake

It’s October! The time of year to break out the sweaters, decorate for Halloween, and eat/drink Pumpkin Spice everything! It’s also the time of year to paint a pumpkin teal and prepare non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. We’re doing this in our house and I hope you are doing it...

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GETTING READY FOR HALLOWEEN

As you prepare for Halloween 2015, the following are lists of allergen-free candies that you can stock up on.  Be sure to also visit Food Allergy Research and Education’s website (foodallergy.org) to learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project.  This national movement encourages Americans to offer non-food items to...

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CHOOSING A PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT

The term probiotic has become a popular ‘buzz’ word with research touting how these beneficial bacteria and yeasts may improve a number of conditions from immune function to gut health and more.  Probiotics can help keep disease-causing microbes at bay, play a role in immunity, break down certain food...

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IS ALLERGIC LIVING MORE EXPENSIVE?

With extra medical costs, trips to specialty food stores, time lost from work, and specialty camps/schools, one must wonder: How much money does it cost to raise an allergic child? In 2013, Dr. Ruchi Gupta, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, published her...

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FAMILY MEALTIME—REAPING THE BENEFITS

September is National Family Meals Month.  The benefits of eating together as a family can not be overstated.  Research has shown that families who eat together at least 3 or more times per week can reduce risky behaviors in children, increase their self esteem, and improve their nutritional health. ...

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Banishing Lunch Time Boredom for the Allergic Child

The allergic child has the same dietary needs as all children. Ensuring they meet these needs, however, often entails creativity and knowledge. Knowing how to replace nutrients that they might be missing from their allergic foods, in addition to varying their choices can be a challenge. Research shows that...

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How your diet can help with chronic inflammation

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that causes chronic inflammation in the hands and feet.  It can cause painful swelling and eventually lead to bone erosion and joint deformity. This disease is more common in women and often develops between the ages of 40-60 years.  Although there is no...

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GETTING BACK TO SCHOOL WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

Heading back to school with food allergies can create a unique set of challenges.  Whether its anxiety, concerns over bullying, or staying safe in a cafeteria, the allergic child, along with supportive caregivers, must create appropriate accommodations to ensure safety and acceptance. It is estimated that 16-18% of school-aged...

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