Category: Children

Back to School Lunch Box Treats

I can hardly believe it’s that time of year already! For all the kids who are allergy-free there are tons of great options for safe school lunches. Many allergic kids want to feel “normal” and enjoy treats just like all the other kids. With these treats on hand they will fit right in and stay allegy... Read more »

Glow Gluten Free . . . Ready Set Glow

Remember cookies? Those round yummy, crunchy, sweet things that can be found at bakeries? Some of you with celiac or wheat allergies might have forgotten but Jill Brack of Glow Gluten Free offers a delicious reminder. When Jill and her daughter were both diagnosed with celiac disease they found themselves missing their favorite treats. Not satisfied... Read more »

What to Eat at Taste of Chicago

I usually have a glass is half-full attitude when it comes to my food allergies but I’m not going to sugar coat it. It really sucks to have food allergies at the Taste. It is just not fun watching millions of people eat food you can’t eat while they talk about how delicious it is.... Read more »

Organic B.R.A.T. Feel Better Drinks

I just became aware of a gluten free product that is perfect for hot summer days or for those following the Doctor-recommended B.R.A.T. Diet (an acronym for bananas, rice, applesauce and toast). Organic B.R.A.T.™ feel better drinks are made with ingredients that settle an upset stomach and help to calm vomiting & diarrhea while also... 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 »

University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center Spreads GF Awareness

I recently became aware of The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. It’s had a great impact on the availability of safe, gluten-free dining options in the city. With the help of the Gluten Free Certification Organization, they have encouraged restaurants to get properly educated and accredited to serve the celiac community. The University of... Read more »

That Little NY Times Article . . .

The topic of food allergies has been in the news recently. This quote is from a recent article from The New York Times, “Doctors say that misdiagnosed food allergies appear to be on the rise, and countless families are needlessly avoiding certain foods and spending hundreds of dollars on costly non-allergenic supplements. In extreme cases,... Read more »

Bruce Lee: An Accidental Food Allergy Role Model

As far as I know Bruce Lee didn’t have food allergies per se but he hated cheese. He never understood why Westerners were such large consumers of it. While he ate plenty of rice he avoided the empty calories of foods made with refined flour. His diet was nearly gluten free. He wanted to consume... Read more »

Lessons Learned from Food Revolution

Friday was the last episode of Food Revolution and I’m sad it’s over. I hope there’s a Food Revolution II so Oliver can go to another American town that needs his help, certainly there is no shortage of nutritionally defunct towns in our country. I did a lot of armchair cheering as he tried to... Read more »

"Food" or Art? You be the Judge

In addition to blogging, I am also a visual artist. There are some artists who have worked with food as a medium such as Janine Antoni, who created busts in chocolate and lard. Her technique is chisel these materials with her mouth. I remember making macaroni art as a Girl Scout. I think there are... Read more »