thelandofcan

The Land of Can

Student & Advocate. Empowering children w/ food allergies & their families. “You are who you are & who you can be. Not who you're not.” #foodallergies

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Situation Food Allergy: It's the end of July, and you are beginning to think about the upcoming school year. Your child, who has food allergies, will be starting middle school.⠀ ⠀ You are sitting at your kitchen one morning writing an email to the principal to plan a pre-year meeting with your son's teachers to discuss the allergy. Even though this isn't one of the required accommodations listed in your child's 504 plan, it's something you've done each year with much success. The teachers appreciate it, and being proactive gives you incredible peace of mind. ⠀ ⠀ You're just about to hit send when your son interrupts.⠀ ⠀ "Ummmm, Mom, I've been thinking about something," he says. "You know how you want me to be more independent and more of an advocate for myself? Now that I'm in middle school, I don't want to have a meeting before school starts. I don't want the first thing my teachers to know about me is my allergy. I'll talk to each of my teachers myself during the first week or so."⠀ ⠀ You take a deep breath. Your son is responsible and will most definitely have those talks, but "Is it best?" ⠀ ⠀ "Please don't send that email, Mom."⠀ ⠀ What do you do? ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #youarewhoyouare #canspirational #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergiessuck #foodallergymom #foodallergylife #foodallergyfamily #foodallergyawareness #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergykid #foodallergykids #foodallergymama #peanutallergy #glutenfree #dairyfree #anaphylaxis #allergymom
My message in yesterday's CANspirational video for young people was simple: Be present. Live in the moment. With our busy lives seemingly becoming even busier each day, taking time to stop and look around seems like common sense advice. Yet most of us don't do it. We run and run and run and run. No time to stop.⠀ ⠀ Indeed, it's sage advice for everyone. But when you have a food allergy, truly being present and enjoying the moment is even more difficult, especially when food is involved... ⠀ Read my entire blog post on my daily food allergy blog. Link in bio. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #eatable #youarewhoyouare #nooneisperfect #canspirational #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergiessuck #foodallergymom #foodallergylife #foodallergyfamily #foodallergyawareness #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergykid #foodallergykids #foodallergymama #peanutallergy #glutenfree #dairyfree #anaphylaxis #allergymom #foodsafety
Recently, I asked for nominations for Food Allergy CAN Openers. @katiehulslander told me about her incredible, supportive sister, Rachel. Read her full post on my daily food allergy blog site. Link in bio. ⠀ ⠀ Nominate your Food Allergy CAN Opener today. Comment or DM. ⠀ ⠀ #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #eatable #youarewhoyouare #nooneisperfect #canspirational #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergiessuck #foodallergymom #foodallergylife #foodallergyfamily #foodallergyawareness #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergykid #foodallergykids #foodallergymama #peanutallergy #glutenfree #dairyfree #anaphylaxis #allergymom #foodsafety
What if my food allergy was a real, live person? What if I could talk to him about what he's taught me over the years? Every Thursday, I get that chance.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ BLOG POST #152 — Snip.⠀ ⠀ Snip.⠀ ⠀ Snip.⠀ ⠀ I'm sitting at the coffee shop waiting for Mr. A., my allergy, to arrive for our weekly meeting. ⠀ ⠀ He's late, course, but that's OK. I have work to do anyway. Holding a pair of scissors, I'm turning the word "Can't" into the word "Can".⠀ ⠀ Snip.⠀ ⠀ About 30 strips of paper sit on the table in front of me. Each strip contains the word, "Can't".⠀ ⠀ I pick up a Can't.⠀ ⠀ Snip off the apostrophe T.⠀ ⠀ I put down a Can.⠀ ⠀ Can't. Snip. Can.⠀ ⠀ Can't. Snip. Can.⠀ ⠀ Can't. Snip. Can.⠀ ⠀ When Mr. A. finally arrives, he is holding a tray of unsafe foods... read the complete Food Allergy 101 post on my blog site. Link in bio. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #youarewhoyouare #canspirational #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergiessuck #foodallergymom #foodallergylife #foodallergyfamily #foodallergyawareness #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergykid #foodallergykids #foodallergymama #peanutallergy #glutenfree #dairyfree #anaphylaxis #allergymom #enjoylifefoods #utzsnacks
My parents saw this hanging on the wall at Miss Shirley’s Cafe while visiting Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland. ⠀ ⠀ “It was fabulous,” my mom said when she called me later that night. “Plus, the very first question the waiter asked was, ‘Does anyone have any food allergies?’”⠀ ⠀ Thank you @missshirleys for all you do for all of us with food allergies! And, of course, Thank You for all the advocates at FARE! By the way, this year, FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk in Baltimore is September 16, my birthday! ⠀ Read my daily food allergy blog. Link in bio. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #youarewhoyouare #canspirational #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergiessuck #foodallergymom #foodallergylife #foodallergyfamily #foodallergyawareness #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergykid #foodallergykids #foodallergymama #peanutallergy #glutenfree #dairyfree #anaphylaxis #allergymom #missshirleyscafe
Situation Food Allergy: Do you replace the epinephrine? ⠀ ⠀ BLOG POST #150 — It’s a 95 degree Summer day, and you and three children are driving to your favorite beach vacation spot. About 6 hours into the drive, you decide to stop at a restaurant for something to eat. ⠀ ⠀ You get out of the car, and that’s when your 12-year-old son, who is allergic to peanuts, says to you: “Mom, can you open the trunk? My AUVI-Qs are in there.”⠀ ⠀ "You put them in the trunk?" you say disappointedly. You immediately open the trunk and remove his backpack. As you suspect, the epinephrine is very hot from the long drive. ⠀ ⠀ You examine the solution and can’t really tell if the heat impacted it at all. The solution looks clear. Sort of. You just filled the prescription earlier in the week so now you're in a bind. ⠀ ⠀ You’re going to be away from home for a week, and now you’re worried that the AUVI-Qs were in the hot trunk for too long. ⠀ ⠀ What do you do?⠀ ⠀ Read my daily food allergy blog. Link in bio. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #youarewhoyouare #canspirational #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergiessuck #foodallergymom #foodallergylife #foodallergyfamily #foodallergyawareness #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergykid #foodallergykids #foodallergymama #peanutallergy #glutenfree #dairyfree #anaphylaxis #allergymom
Burden? Opportunity? Comment Below!⠀ ⠀ When you have a food allergy, you can view your food allergy as a burden or as an opportunity. Every day, I chose to see it as an opportunity, and it has made all the difference. ⠀ ⠀ Read my daily food allergy blog. Link in bio. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #youarewhoyouare #canspirational #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergiessuck #foodallergymom #foodallergylife #foodallergyfamily #foodallergyawareness #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergykid #foodallergykids #foodallergymama #peanutallergy #glutenfree #dairyfree #anaphylaxis #allergymom
In my short weekly CANspirational video, I talk directly to young people about how they can get to the Land of Can. Today, I discuss opportunity. People who live in the Land of Can can see and hear opportunity wherever they are! ⠀ ⠀ See my daily food allergy blog at www.thelandofcan.com. Please Like. Follow. Share. Enjoy.⠀ ⠀ #balance #CANspirational #leadership #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #eatable #youarewhoyouare #nooneisperfect #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergiessuck #foodallergymom #foodallergylife #foodallergyfamily #foodallergyawareness #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergykid #foodallergykids #foodallergymama #peanutallergy #glutenfree #dairyfree #anaphylaxis #allergymom #foodsafety
Each Saturday I call home, and my parents and I have a brief but honest podcast discussion about the challenges of raising a child with an allergy. I’ve never really talked to my parents about the challenges they had raising me. I’m eager to find things out. Maybe their experiences might help someone else, too.⠀ ⠀ My parents are on vacation today, which is the perfect opportunity for me to ask you two things:⠀ ⠀ 1. For future podcasts, what questions do you have for my parents about their experiences raising me with a food allergy? ⠀ ⠀ 2. It would be cool to have a food allergy talk with others from time to time, too. Any suggestions? I'd love to call them and have a short talk for this podcast about anything food allergy related.⠀ ⠀ Comment below, send me a DM or email me, jj@thelandofcan.com. ⠀ ⠀ Listen to today’s podcast. Link in bio. Duration: 0:42⠀ ⠀ #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #canspirational #foodallergies #foodallergy #anaphylaxis #allergy #foodallergyfamily ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
When I asked for nominations for food allergy CAN Openers, several suggested Kyle Dine. Once I looked into him, I immediately understood why. He rocks... literally. Nominate your CAN opener now in the comments or by DM. ⠀ ⠀ Read the complete post on my daily food allergy blog site. Link in bio. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #youarewhoyouare #canspirational #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergiessuck #foodallergymom #foodallergylife #foodallergyfamily #foodallergyawareness #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergykid #foodallergykids #foodallergymama #peanutallergy #glutenfree #dairyfree #anaphylaxis #allergymom @kyledinemusic
What if my food allergy was a real, live person? And what if I could talk to him about what he’s taught me over the years? Every Thursday, I get that chance.⠀ ⠀ Food Allergy 101 — I’m sitting at the coffee shop thinking about the tragic food allergy headlines from the past few weeks. I'm waiting for Mr. A., my allergy, to arrive for our weekly talk. When he arrives, he waves to me from across the shop. He approaches my table and extends his hand. ⠀ ⠀ I immediately stand up, make a fist and, with all my might, hit him squarely in the face. ⠀ ⠀ He falls to the floor. I grab my bag and walk away. ⠀ ⠀ Read my daily food allergy blog. Link in bio. ⠀ ⠀ #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #youarewhoyouare #canspirational #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergiessuck #foodallergymom #foodallergylife #foodallergyfamily #foodallergyawareness #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergykid #foodallergykids #foodallergymama #peanutallergy #glutenfree #dairyfree #anaphylaxis #allergymom
When you have a food allergy, having a dedicated, allergy-free space is vital. This is true for appliances, too!⠀ ⠀⠀ Read my daily food allergy blog. Link in bio. ⠀⠀ ⠀ #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #youarewhoyouare #canspirational #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergiessuck #foodallergymom #foodallergylife #foodallergyfamily #foodallergyawareness #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergykid #foodallergykids #foodallergymama #peanutallergy #glutenfree #dairyfree #anaphylaxis #allergymom ⠀⠀
Situation Food Allergy. Does your child drink the water? BLOG POST #143 — Your 11-year-old daughter, who has food allergies, is on an overnight trip with a friend's family. After a day touring the city, your daughter and her friend are thirsty. Luckily, there's refreshing lemon and orange infused water waiting for them in the hotel lobby. Your daughter's friend makes a dash to the dispensers and mixes the two. "I'm so thirsty," she says. "And Orange-Lemon is my favorite!" Your daughter grabs a cup. Does she fill it? Read my daily food allergy blog. Link in bio. #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #youarewhoyouare #canspirational #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergiessuck #foodallergymom #foodallergylife #foodallergyfamily #foodallergyawareness #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergykid #foodallergykids #foodallergymama #peanutallergy #glutenfree #dairyfree #anaphylaxis #allergymom
You might be a food allergy parent if… • You take your own toaster on trips. • Your cake decorating skills rival Buddy the Cake Boss. • You tell your child who has a dairy allergy that cheese pizza doesn’t really taste that good anyway. • You know 25 ways that your child's allergen may be listed in an ingredient statement. • You’re on a first-name basis with the chefs at five local restaurants. • You’ve tipped an awesome waiter 50 percent for safe service. • You stockpile safe snacks when you find them in stores. • You’ve read more food labels than novels in the past year. • You’ve hugged a restaurant manager. OK. Your turn. Comment below. Read my daily food allergy blog. Link in bio. #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #youarewhoyouare #canspirational #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergiessuck #foodallergymom #foodallergylife #foodallergyfamily #foodallergyawareness #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergykid #foodallergykids #foodallergymama #peanutallergy #glutenfree #dairyfree #anaphylaxis #allergymom
In my short weekly CANspirational video, I talk directly to young people about how they can get to the Land of Can. Today, I discuss balance. People who live in the Land of Can don't pour 34 ounces of water into an 8 ounce cup. They have balance. See my daily food allergy blog at www.thelandofcan.com. Please Like. Follow. Share. Enjoy. #balance #CANspirational #leadership #thelandofcan #thelandofnot #jjvulopas #eatable #youarewhoyouare #nooneisperfect #foodallergy #foodallergies #foodallergiessuck #foodallergymom #foodallergylife #foodallergyfamily #foodallergyawareness #foodallergyfriendly #foodallergykid #foodallergykids #foodallergymama #peanutallergy #glutenfree #dairyfree #anaphylaxis #allergymom #foodsafety
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