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Alice Bast

Never Too Early to Start Educating Kids

By Alice Bast

From grocery games to toy food parties and tending the garden, nurture your child’s gluten-free awareness. The gluten-free diet is confusing for anyone of any age. So it’s tempting to spare your child the details. Instead, you choose her food. You talk to her teachers. You grill the server. While the precautions are both necessary …

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Gina Clowes

7 Party Tips for Allergy Safe Celebrations

By Gina Clowes

Visions of balloons, big smiles and a brief respite bless the minds of many parents when a birthday party invitation arrives. But if your child has food allergies, that invitation may look more like a warning notice that the countdown of calling, planning, cooking and baking has officially begun. For years, I dreaded those invitations, convinced that I had to make everything perfect …

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Gina Clowes

Advice on Attending Summer Camps with Food Allergies

By Gina Clowes

Follow these tips to suss out safe adventures for your allergic child. From daytime activities to sleepaway journeys, summer camp can create lifelong memories and give parents a brief respite. Of course, adequate planning is essential when food allergies are on the table, but sometimes simple observation and a mother’s intuition play an even bigger part in assessing the safety of a situation. …

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Alice Bast

Taking Celiac Seriously: Stand Up for Your Needs With These 5 Helpful Tips

By Alice Bast

The term “gluten-free” has lost sincerity. With online parodies poking fun at the diet, and celebrities touting its perceived health benefits, it’s easy to see that “gluten-free” has attained fad status. Popularity does bring options, and to some extent awareness, but the infusion into pop culture has led “gluten-free” to completely overshadow celiac disease. The result? Those of us living with celiac disease aren’t …

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Gina Clowes

Finding the Positive Side of Food Allergies

By Gina Clowes

They say when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Little did I know that my continuing education would happen at a local coffee shop with my new friend, Lisa*. We met at a seminar for parents of children with disabilities and instantly clicked. But this was the first opportunity I’d had to hear her family’s full story. As we …

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Gina Clowes

Tips for a Safe and Allergy-Friendly Vacation

By Gina Clowes

It was the most memorable meal of my life. My son Daniel’s eyes lit up as the Disneyland chef presented him with a plate piled high with allergen-free Mickey Mouse waffles. Like icing on a very special cake, the stack was dolloped with dairy-free whipped cream and served with a tall glass of rice milk. Daniel was in heaven, a 3-year-old out enjoying …

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Gina Clowes

7 Parenting Tips for Handling Teen Food Allergy Management

By Gina Clowes

It’s not easy to hand over food allergy management to your moody, eye-rolling teenager. Here’s some crucial advice for the transition. My mind raced when I spied white residue on the living room coffee table where our teenager plays video games. Were my food allergy concerns about to be trumped by substance abuse? Bracing for the worst, I picked up a crumpled brown bag …

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