I admit my fav show on @foodnetwork
despite our severe food allergies. There’s something amazing about watching them prep food from scratch in such large batches. It’s kinda like what we do everyday, but for the masses. Makes me excited for our Thanksgiving cooking next week!!🍽 .
Anyone else have a favorite TV show that makes them smile?!📺
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My last post was a tough one. The trials of an allergic reaction can take a toll on you both physically and emotionally. This one left me with lots of questions ... and channel my energy in a more positive way, I’m gonna extend my questions to you all instead! 😂😉🤩
What’s your greatest challenge in managing food allergies? Leave us a comment below or fill out our survey - link in bio. 🔍📝 #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergyunboxed
DOUBLE TAP IF YOU’VE GIVEN EPI. 👆🏽👆🏽We all struggle with handling allergic reactions. It’s scary and just downright overwhelming.
Today my daughter went into anaphylaxis and I administered her epipen. The story has many details but the point is: I tried to keep her safe, she was eating a familiar food, yet somewhere along the way our trust was broken. Our trust in the food, the preparation of it, the cross contamination of it.
At the end of the day (literally haha) I sit here wondering what the most important part of the story is. Was it the WHY it happened or the HOW it was handled?
I’m gonna vote on the HOW it was handled. I knew the signs. I listened to what she was saying. I brought her to ER and epi’ed immediately. (Side note: we were already in hospital for a different medical appt so if we weren’t, I would have epi’ed first before ER.)
Today I remember my “why” and motivation for helping other families. I used to be scared of what “could happen” - and know I know what most likely will happen - so I want to help other families be courageous as they navigate their journey with food allergies.
Here are some “real time” tips from the trenches...
⚠️always be vigilant.
⚠️know your emergency plan.
⚠️act immediately if epi or ER is needed.
⚠️conquer deep breathing/mindfulness to process event for your kid and yourself.
I am grateful we are home tonight and my daughter is sleeping soundly after hours of debriefing. I’m also keeping a good thought for all those who aren’t due to their allergies or other medical conditions.
Sometimes a crappy day is filled with lessons but here’s to a better tomorrow! I’m done with lessons this week. 😂
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This girl. I couldn’t be more proud of her. Today she completed over 6 months of oral immunotherapy to desensitize her to peanuts. Weekly doctors visits, eating foods she wasn’t fond of and mom and dad urging her on and she is finally done! She now starts maintenance and can eat ANYTHING she wants!! Woohoo!!! #oit #oitworks #foodallergykid #mckinleyjames #peanutsnowwelcome
Situation Food Allergy: The First Date⠀
Blog Post 254 — Because of your job, you had to move your family to a new city at the start of your daughter’s senior year of high school. It’s been a tough transition, especially pulling her away from her lifelong friends, all of whom accepted and accommodated her food allergies.⠀
So you are excited when your daughter comes home from school with a big grin. It is the first time you’ve seen her smile in months.⠀
“Do you know that boy I told you about, Mom? The one from my computer science class? He asked me out for tonight!”⠀
You smile. She’s talked about this boy from time to time. He seems like a good kid. ⠀
“Where are you going to go?” you ask. ⠀
“Dinner and pottery. We’re actually going to paint pottery together,” she says. “He’s so sweet. He’s coming over to pick me up soon. I gotta get ready.”⠀
You nod. ⠀
“Does he know about your allergy?” you calmly ask. ⠀
Her smile immediately disappears.⠀
“I’m not stupid, Mom,” she snaps, her tone instantly becoming forceful.⠀
You remain calm, realizing that ‘I’m not stupid, Mom’ could be taken in any number of ways. This will be her very first date. Your daughter is normally responsible when it comes to her allergy, but she has been very conscious of telling others about it since moving to the new school. She is having enough trouble making friends and she told you earlier in the year she didn’t want to give them another reason not to want to do things with her. ⠀
She shakes her head and begins to stomp away. Her date begins in two hours. What do you do? ⠀
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At our first allergy expo today with @aaai_inc
😍 showing people how to simplify meal prep and cooking through our meal subscription service! 😍🍽
to a completed half marathon in Italy. If you haven’t watched my stories today, go check them out. I don’t talk about my asthma very often because it’s well controlled. However, today I had to stop my run to use my inhaler which never happens. I felt better immediately which is what rescue inhalers are for and why I wouldn’t run without it. Today is 70 degrees and a bit breezy with foliage, etc. blowing around and some how that combination bothered my lungs. I find my asthma and environmental allergies to be the most challenging to deal with. For me, my food allergies are just a part of what I’ve always dealt with and feel manageable. My asthma and environmental allergies however can be scary and frustrating. I know I always had them but I was diagnosed until high school. Sometimes symptoms hit me out of nowhere (like today). They are unpredictable. I love running outside but today my lungs didn’t love it. Hoping tomorrow will be a better running day for me (probably at the gym on the treadmill if the weather remains). Many of us with food allergies also have asthma. Do you worry more about one than the other? #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergykid #foodallergyfamily #foodallergylife #foodallergymom #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergyawareness #anaphylaxis
#allergyadult #EmpowerFAkids #asthma #environmentalallergies #asthmaattack #asthmaproblems #asthmasucks
There were some big ups and downs and a bunch of last minute scrambling and crafting because our plans changed a million times.
This is the most stressful day of the year for a family with a severely food allergic child and last year 5/6 of us cried. I don’t even like Halloween, and now I dread it. Today, everyone participated and finished SAFE and happy.
I’m feeling so thankful for our handful of neighbors that participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project and Noah’s incredible teacher for hosting a food-free celebration.
Happy Halloween! I have wonderful memories from childhood Halloween. None of them focus on food allergies. Dressing up and walking around with friends were definitely my highlights. I grew up going trick or treating. I always loved to play dress up, so Halloween was a fun holiday for me as a child. My parents rules were pretty standard. I wasn’t allowed to eat anything until we got home and they went through it with me. All candy had to be sealed and labeled with ingredients. It was basically the same rules my friends and neighbors followed. I still counted how many pieces I got and all the fun stuff kids like to do on Halloween. The only difference was that a lot of the candy was eliminated for me to eat because of my food allergies and I carried my epinephrine with me the entire time. My parents would buy extra candy and trade most of mine for the safe leftover Halloween candy from my house. It was a fun night! However your family has decided to celebrate,
I hope everyone enjoys a fun-filled and safe evening of special memories like I have from my childhood! P.s. This post is on my site! #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergykid #foodallergyfamily #foodallergylife #foodallergymom #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergyawareness #anaphylaxis
#allergyadult #EmpowerFAkids #peanutallergy #nutallergy #trickortreat #halloween
Woohoo! Today’s the day. Is there a child out there who isn’t this excited for tonight? And because of #TealPumpkinProject
, food allergy kids can get in on the party too. Teal is the new orange and inclusiveness is the new black. #Webelay
Link In Bio.
Today and everyday...HAVE FUN AND BE SAFE! A Halloween tip we’ve used for years during trick or treating — have your kids wear gloves with their costume! That way there’s a little less contact with anything unsafe.
I’ve been shocked this year at the amount of teal pumpkins I’ve seen. Kudos to @foodallergy
for an awesome campaign and to all of us who spread awareness not just on Halloween but every day!🎉🎃👻
HAVE FUN AND BE SAFE!!! #foodallergyunboxed #foodallergy #foodallergies
Come join us in the Teal Pumpkin Project! Paint or purchase your teal pumpkin 💙🎃💙 – or download a free Teal Pumpkin Project sign from FARE – and offer trick-or-treaters 🤡🤠🧙♀️ a separate bowl of non-food goodies. When you display a teal pumpkin this Halloween, your visitors will know that every kid can enjoy your treats. 🎃🎃🎃 Also, for the next 2 days, when you purchase our Teal My Pipers, 100% of the proceeds will be given to FARE. Tag a food allergy family below! www.mypipers.world 👫👫👫
#FARE #tealpumpkinproject #tealpumpkin #foodallergies #glutenfree #foodallergykid #halloween #foodallergiessuck
What’s green and blue and appearing on doorsteps all over? It’s a teal pumpkin! 🎃🎃🎃 💙💙💙Tobin suffers from many food allergies and while it has been a constant battle, a consistent fight, and a continuing problem, it is so awesome when you find others and realize that you have a tribe. This year we are excited to join and support FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project that gives kids with food allergies and other special diets a chance to trick-or-treat safely on Halloween. It feels really crappy to be constantly left out and feel alone in the universe. 🌏 We know how it feels, we have days we call "team tobin" where we are all gluten, oat, and barley free (it's not easy). My heart 💖 is full knowing that Tobin has a group (a very colorful group!) he can call his own. 😥 💙
Our home is a safe home registered on www.tealpumpkinproject.org, and we hope more of you will join in too! Find us on the map and come visit for some non-food treats!
To join the Teal Pumpkin Project, paint or purchase your teal pumpkin (add glitter like we did!) – or download a free Teal Pumpkin Project sign from FARE – and offer trick-or-treaters a separate bowl of non-food goodies. When you display a teal pumpkin this Halloween, your visitors will know that every kid can enjoy your treats. Did you know that one of My Pipers is TEAL too! For the next 2 days, 100% of the proceeds from the purchase of our year my piper will go to FARE. Tag a friend in the food allergy world below! www.mypipers.world
#FARE #tealpumpkinproject #tealpumpkin #foodallergies #glutenfree #foodallergykid #halloween
Are these the fanciest teal pumpkins you've ever seen?! We sure hope so! Don't forget to advocate for those with food allergies on Halloween. Grab a teal pumpkin at @target
, or print out a photo of a teal pumpkin to put on your door. There are so many wonderful alternatives to candy for children with food allergies. Make sure ALL kids feel included on Halloween - and every single day. That is our mission and why we do what we do ♥️ Thank you for being a part of our journey!
Someone came home super excited that he is "50 days smarter than before the school year started." 😂 This kid & his positivity will not be brought down. Even though they had some "unsafe food" lessons that he couldn't participate in. 🍌He only cares that dad got him a banana 🍌💙 #foodallergykid
IT'S A GO! The ribbon has been cut and we are open for business!
So...about the meal recipe subscription (aka "the recipe club") that I mentioned last week...Here are the “deets”....
Members will receive: 🗂 Recipes via email 🛒 Customized shopping list 📝 Substitution explanations
🔍 Easy to read instructions
🌟 Holiday extras 🎥 Video trainings 💞 Members only community
😊 Personal support by a fellow allergy parent, foodie and life hacker 😉. The recipes will be easy to make and delicious. It'd be awesome if you try a couple each week because the ultimate goal is to help you build your confidence (if you're a newbie) or re-inspire you (if you're an oldie). We won't overwhelm you with tons of recipes as we'll be sending approximately 6 per week. Because in real life, who really has time to try 30 new recipes per week?! Not me or anyone else I know! The recipe club's true value is it will bring SIMPLICITY and ease to our overwhelming lives.
I'm not gonna lie, I'm so excited this is finally happening :) Looking forward to getting some video trainings into the member's area within the next week or so! Check out the link in bio to sign up! #foodallergyunboxed #foodallergy #foodallergies
“During this time of visible polarization amongst communities and neighbors, within families and friends, the #TealPumpkinProject
is a respite; a moment of clarity and a reminder of how communities can and should come together - despite our differences and the burdens we sometimes put on others - to support one another and protect each other’s children, not just on Halloween, but on every day.” #LetYourTealShineOn #WeBelay #LinkInBio
This is your late night reminder to stock up on naked pumpkin sugar cookies tomorrow morning (open 9am-1pm) for weekend Halloween festivities! These are perfect for decorating, and we have a version that is top-8 free. Check our latest email newsletter for our frosting recipe 😋 Now it’s time for sleep...that 4am alarm is going to come fast!
It’s a circle of yummy today at the bakery! Gather your people and come see us until 5:30pm today. We have dairy free oatmeal fudge bars, lemon poppyseed muffins and chocolate zucchini bundt cakes. Egg and dairy free options are pumpkin scones and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. We also have raspberry white chocolate chip muffins - these do contain dairy. As always, everything is gluten free and nut free. See you soon!
Ever wonder how someone as fast as Dash wears his Epi on Halloween? A boy with no mischief and as well-behaved as he, wears it with pride, securely-fastened, and fluorescently-colour-coded to his superhero suit, of course. How will you #styleyourepi
this Halloween? Will you be as “good” as Dash? 😉
Who agrees with this - "technology is a blessing and a curse." IMO, It makes info easy to find but the amount of info is so overwhelming. You can literally spend endless time looking up things on the internet!
In our lives, it's great to have tons of allergy friendly recipe sites and databases to look through. But, it can be a rabibit hole...online searching makes it easy to be distracted by clicking link after link then all of sudden not being able to find the "good recipe" you found in the first place! Though let's be honest, searching through books is a nightmare because very few are dedicated "allergen free.”
I remember spending hours searching through recipes when I began this journey of allergy mom and I usually ended the search with feelings of frustration, annoyance, and sadness rather than excitement to try something new. Even now, every time I find a semi easy recipe that takes minimal substitutions I feel like I won the mega millions!
Wouldn’t it be great to just get custom allergy friendly recipes without the hassle of searching!?🎉 .What if I told you THERE IS! Introducing the Food Allergy Unboxed Recipe Club! It's kinda like signing up for Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, and other meal subscription...but without the food! I’m ironing out the details and will have them in the next few days but...
Imagine the ease you will feel knowing you'll have new recipes to try every week!
Sign up for our email list and newsletter to be first to know when our “registers open!!” Simply go to (link in the bio) www.foodallergyunboxed.com to get signed up.
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