Pregnancy and Food Allergies

 Outside of her living and growing baby, there is probably very little a pregnant woman thinks about more than food. And I’m not just talking cravings....more

My Own Allergy Free Recipe featured in Clean Eating Magazine!

Grab a copy of the latest Clean Eating Magazine, June 2012 for a great, easy, egg, nut, and dairy free recipe-Suncakes. Make them  tonight!http;postID=6711515542724622095 ...more

Gluten-Free Isn't For Me

I used to think I was "lucky" that I had a child who, nearly three years in, hasn't exhibited any food allergies. I really felt for fellow new mothers who were painstakingly and scientifically cutting food groups out of their own diets as they struggled to figure out what in their breast milk was adversely affecting their babies. I quaked over the stories of Urgent Care visits and EpiPen deployment that were required to deal with surprise vomit attacks, hives, swelling and breathing issues. And while other mothers sought out allergen-free crackers and cookies, snacks and meals, I bought whatever I wanted. With all the stresses that motherhood brings, going blind reading the cramped and excruciatingly tiny-fonted list of ingredients in order to make sure I don't send my child into anaphylactic shock wasn't one of them. And I felt lucky. ...more
@adicoff " Kids with allergies need to accept that they have allergies.  There are certainly ...more

Food Allergies--Everybody's Doing It

I was discussing this with some of my baker friends recently, and we've all seen this even though we live in different parts of the country. Having a food allergy seems to be a trendy thing these days.It's not unusual for people to tell me that they have a peanut allergy, or a dairy allergy, or a wheat allergy, or whatever. They usually wait to say something until they're taking a bite from a sample cake, though, which sends me into a panic.Just as I'm trying to knock the fork out of their hands, they'll inevitably say "Oh, it's okay. I can eat a little, it's no big deal."...more
 @alexash  I remember an incident at a restaurant in Boston where someone asked the server if ...more

Soy. The Devil Inside.

It is going to be a long night with an incredibly difficult day to kick it off. The blunder I made was due to being lazy. In not knowing ahead of time what I would be making for dinner and in turn deciding to order food in.Epic mistake....more
 @Isabel_Anders Thank you so much! and I appreciate your comments!more

Breastfeeding a Baby With Food Allergies

I saw this question on the CNN website. The pediatrician who answered did a great job going over all the different issues.  Here’s a link for the question and answer:...more

Shopping in the Wake of the Gluten-Free vs. Dairy-Free Hostilities

Apparently, while I wasn't paying attention, there was a skirmish between the gluten-free people and the dairy-free people, which the gluten-free people won. My youngest child, Mikalh, who is one quarter Native American, is lactose intolerant. ...more
Maybe you've already heard of this, but Road's End is a company that makes dairy-free mac 'n ...more

Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet

What the heck is gluten you ask? Gluten is the sticky, elastic protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Commercial oats also contain gluten due to cross contamination in processing.What to look out for?...more
Thanks for this check list. @April Peveteaux this is right up your alley!more

Food allergy police

Every Friday in the Man-cub's class, the preschoolers have a cooking activity. I think this is great because I believe cooking is a life skill everyone should learn.But.It's also just another reminder of how the Man-cub is different from the other kids because his food allergies keep him from eating what everyone else is eating....more
I hear you. My kids both have allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs, fresh mangoes, and ...more

Encounters of the Mean Mom Kind

It’s a harsh reality. Just like wrinkles, chocolate, and tantrums, eventually encountering a Mean Mom is unavoidable. (Author’s Note: If your child has never had a tantrum or you believe your child will never have a tantrum, please click away from this page now. I don’t want to scare you with stories of broken chandeliers and straight jackets.) And after the Mean Mom encounter, you will probably wish yours had been an encounter of the “third kind” where an evil, green alien tried to eat you rather than an encounter with the woman whom you now have to see at preschool EVERY week....more