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Gina Clowes

Help the School ‘Get’ Food Allergies

By Gina Clowes

Sometimes we hear of community resistance to food allergy accommodations. For instance, back in 2011, parents at one Florida school went so far as to hold protests  over the accommodations requested for a first grader with a peanut allergy. That uproar resonated with me because of a similar controversy in my district several years ago …

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Laurie Harada

‘Oh Waiter…’ An Allergic Child Learns to Dine Out

By Laurie Harada

There I was again, reeling off the list of foods which my son, Julian, had to avoid because of his allergies to peanuts, nuts, shellfish, chick peas, split peas and soy. He was 6 years old at the time and we were dining at a restaurant, one of many during a week-long vacation in Florida. …

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Gina Clowes

Allergy-Safe Halloween Treating

By Gina Clowes

As a child, I couldn’t wait for Halloween. Transforming into a princess or superhero was thrilling, and the best part was coming home and dumping my loot onto the kitchen table. As a parent of a food-allergic son, however, I quickly realized that celebrating Halloween could pose a serious health risk. Still, I didn’t want …

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Gwen Smith

Getting Life Back

By Gwen Smith

June 2011 – I have been there – to the place where you think your allergic life is unlivable. On a trip to Florida a couple of years ago, I got off the plane having a reaction to something. Who knows exactly what; I’d eaten only my own food, but hadn’t wiped down my seating …

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Shelley Case, RD

Can You Suggest Some GF Snacks?

By Shelley Case, RD

Q. I often need a snack when I’m on the run, but am hard pressed to find something gluten-free when I need it. Do you have any suggestions? Shelley Case, RD: Whether you’re rushing between meetings or getting the kids to music lessons or a sports event, grabbing a snack on the go is all …

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Laurie Harada

The Holiday Snack Tray and Allergies

By Laurie Harada

A few years back, the news media reported the results of a study that found that many nut-allergic children were unable to recognize common nuts. The article prompted mixed reviews from parents of food allergic children. Some were offended by the suggestion that parents, in trying to shield their children from danger, had not taught …

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Laurie Harada

Tips For Talking to School Officials

By Laurie Harada

Food, the very sustenance of life, is present as we celebrate both life and death, mark rites of passage, and proudly offer others a glimpse into our unique cultures with special dishes. But our relationship with food – when, where, how, and even why we eat – has changed significantly over the years. There is …

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