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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 Tips to Help You Let Go of Food Allergy Fears & Anxiety

By Gina Clowes

It’s time to warm up to the idea of experiencing life with food allergies. My friend Melanie* was traumatized by her son Nick’s reaction to a peanut butter cookie at 18 months. Although the allergist never recommended it, they completely avoided activities like birthday parties, football games and visiting relatives. Melanie even hired a sitter when she went to the grocery store …

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Gina Clowes

Prepare to Meet the School on Allergy Needs – In 10 Easy Steps

By Gina Clowes

Before a school meeting on allergy accommodations, do your research — and plan how you’ll win them over. Have you ever watched Food Network chefs and wondered why it seems so easy and fun when they’re preparing a complex dish? The reason is that you are only seeing the very last step of the process: the actual cooking. We don’t see all the …

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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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