Category: Advocacy

True Confessions: It's My Last Blog

True Confessions: It's My Last Blog
I’ve made the painful decision to quit blogging for ChicagoNow. It’s not that I don’t love you all or love writing. I’m just getting too busy. I’m very grateful to say I’m too busy. I have many awesome clients right now plus my part-time gig at┬áPlanet Access Company Store┬ájust became a full-time promotion to Manager.... Read more »

ELL Announces First-Ever National Food Allergy School Safety Assembly

Geneva’s very own ELL Foundation (that stands for Eating & Educating, Living Life) announces its sponsorship of an assembly to raise awareness and support for the reintroduction and passage of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Management Act (FAAMA). After passing the US House of Representatives in 2008, FAAMA must be reintroduced to the US Congress.... Read more »

Your Supporting Cast

The Oscars got me thinking about the “supporting cast” that every person with food allergies has. Besides your family physician there are many other “cast members” that can help. Here are a few experts you might want to have on your “set”: Don’t forget to thank your support staff. The Allergist An Allergist is a... Read more »

Play with Food: Doctor Mom's Book Giveaway and More

The more I play with food, the more cool allergy free bloggers I meet. Dr. Rita Malhotra-Kuczabski is a mother, licensed physician, trained surgeon and like a lot of us, a woman dealing with her own allergies. Her site offers information on reaction prevention and management, product recommendations and recalls, current legislation news, weekly tips,... Read more »

Play with Food: Motivation for a Happy New Year

In 2008 I happened upon Stephanie O’Dea’s awesome blog A Year of Slow Cooking, A New Year’s Resolution. O’Dea “crockpot lady” vowed to use the slow cooker every day in 2008. As she says, “I have an unnatural obsession with my slow cooker but I’m okay with it.” I’m okay with it too because she has... Read more »

A Shout Out to All the Moms

During this stressful holiday season I can only imagine how difficult it can be to have a child with a serious food allergy. Not only do you feel helpless at times but you have the uncomfortable task of dealing with the other adults who can’t understand why your child’s food allergy has put an end... Read more »

All I Want for Christmas

I’ve been a good girl all year. I can only do my best when it comes to negotiating with Santa and the powers that be. All I want for Christmas is: Safer food labels. Life would be easier if labels were consistent and accurate describing the common allergens in BIG LETTERS. I think folks who... Read more »

The Emotional Side of Food Allergies

This is an exceptionally difficult time of year if you have food allergies. There may be holiday favorites that you miss. It’s especially challenging if you have multiple allergies. Here’s how to cope, emotion by emotion. Disappointed: Focus on what you can eat v. what you cannot. Even if your list of allergens is somewhat... Read more »

Play with Food: One Fab Grandma, FAAN's New Look and more

Upon my “research” for gluten-free holiday offerings I came across an excellent blog called Fab Grandma. As she puts it, “This is my story of living a gluten-free life in an RV”. Fab Grandma and her husband sold their house and most of their stuff to hit the road via trailer. Rock on Grandma! Her... Read more »