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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:47 pm 
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Hi, me again. I noted that we may be moving to Montreal. That event is far enough away for right now. However, my husband will spend lots of time up there, and we would normally use that as a great time to travel there with him on long weekends and explore for future moving decisions. This November is a time we are considering. Before the snow hits(?) We hope.

My son is in the middle of food trials. We know dairy is a problem, but we have also eliminated soy, eggs, peanuts, wheat, gluten, tree nuts, sesame seeds, fish and shellfish, meat and lamb! His eosinophilic esophagitis is tricky, and can only be detected through biopsies. He has no external or immediate reactions. Kitchen cross contamination makes eating out a problem. Also, lots of "fresh" ingredients have flavourings injected into them. Lost of things to consider so we don't mess up his biopsy results. We eat all single foods prepared simply.

When we travel since his diagnosis, we have only gone places with a 4 hour drive or so, we rent places and pack frozen pre-prepared (by me) meals. We eat all meals in our rental accomodations. Can I do that and cross the border wtih food? Can I fly with food? Where is a Whole Foods kind of store in Montreal. While my husband and boys are sightseeing, I will be checking out food stores. Guess the touristy stuff will have to wait for the momma.

Any thoughts on border issues and natural foods would be great. I'd like to lock in a travel weekend, but need to feel like Will will be safe.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:42 am 
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I would suggest you check with the airline about what they will allow you to travel with.
Here is the website from Canada Border Services Agency about what they will allow you to bring into Canada.
http://cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/fpa-apa/law-loi-eng.html

You will be able to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, rice milks etc in Montreal. It is a major city so there will be lots of stores carrying specialty items.

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:42 am 
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I am moving your post to the travel section as that is really what you are speaking about. You might get more responses there.

If you look in the travel section, you will find that you are not alone in beiong nervous about travelling out of your comfort zone.

Strange cities mean having to search for known products or find suitable new products.

Allergic Living has published several articles in the past about travelling with food allergies and if you click on the large pink(purple?) circle on the top left of your screen, you can go to the archive section of the magazine to look at some of the articles. (you can also request back issues of the magazine)

Here are a few articles and forum threads to get you started:
http://www.allergicliving.com/columns.asp?copy_id=114

http://www.allergicliving.com/features.asp?copy_id=142

http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/vie ... php?t=3831

http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/vie ... php?t=3652

http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/vie ... php?t=2866

http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/vie ... php?t=2431

http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/vie ... php?t=2625

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:46 am 
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And most grocery stores do have "natural and organic foods" sections, where you can get lots of gluten-free or allergen-free foods.

To fly with food, you need a doctor's note. Especially for liquids, because anything over 100ml (less than 1/2 cup) will be thrown out without proper documentation.

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Me - Kim - No allergies
DH Ben - 31 - Allergic to nuts and peanuts, lots of environmental allergies.
DD Anne - 4 - Asthma. Allergic to dairy, eggs, mustard, kiwi, peanuts, wheat and barley... for now...
DS Francois - 1 - No allergies so far...


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:20 pm 
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Hi, Mom2Boys. I run the support group in Mtl. We used to have meetings but have no meeting space at this time. I'm hoping this will change in the near future. We do have an online e-mail list, and I provide telephone support to those who need it. I'm familiar with EG and EE. Feel free to send a PM any time.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:07 pm 
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THere are 2 things to consider when bringing food into Canada (or any other country). The first set of restrictions is imposed by the airline, mostly on carry-on luggage, but also some on checked baggage. The second set of restrictions is imposed by the government of Canada on what you can import into the country.

The airlines will let you check almost any food you want, but you can only carry-on liquids onto a plane that are less than 100 ml and will fit into a clear plastic bag. We frequently check a bag full of groceries (dried goods like bread and pasta are easy) and you can also check an insulated bag with an icepack as well for goods requiring refridgeration.

In general, Canada (and most countries) will let you bring in almost any dried goods, but have restrictions on bringing in fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. Someone sent you the Canadian Border Services website which should list the restrictions.

As mentioned Montreal is a big city with lots of grocery stores and natural food stores that should be able to provide you with speicialty foods if you need them.

We always rent a place with a kitchen so we can eat our meals in our room (see my articles in Allergic Living that someone sent you the links to). It should be no problem finding a suite hotel in Montreal.

Good luck,

Scott

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:02 pm 
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Yes, there are definitely plenty of places to buy whole and organic foods here so no worries, and as mentioned by someone else, most grocery stores have a section with specialty items such as gluten free, etc.
My favorite store is Health Tree and since you mentioned you are considering the west island, you should know it is located on the west island.
Their website is http://healthtree.ca/ and their contact information is there as well. They have pretty much everything you need and if you require something they don't have they often will try to bring it in for you. They also have supplements, natural cleaning products such as detergent, natural makeup and shampoos, etc. for those sensitive to other things than just food. Really...they're awesome there!

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