Egg-Free Epicurean is changing our business model: we are shifting away from being product-related to focus more on education. Oh, OK, great. But what does that mean? Since we started Egg-Free Epicurean, we have received many requests from our customers … Continue reading
After our recent blog post, “Why Do We Need Sweets in School?” several of you asked us for copies of the documents we have in place with our school to care for our child who has life-threatening food allergies. We … Continue reading
So, I just completed my daughter’s annual memo’s which our school has agreed to distribute in an effort to help keep Cate – my third grader with life threatening allergies to eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts – safe while she … Continue reading
No matter how many years our food allergic daughter has been in the public school system, I still get nervous as we enter those last few weeks before the start of a new school year. Will the teachers, staff, and … Continue reading
Parental Balancing Act Going Well (or so I think) I am the lucky mother of two darling daughters; let’s call them Jane and Cate. Jane, age 11, has no food allergies and Cate, age 8, has life-threatening allergies to eggs, … Continue reading
In the first installment of our series, “The Importance of Planning Ahead,” we’re discussing planning ahead for the food allergic child’s birthday. Recently, our bakery got a call from a mom who needed a cake for her food allergic child’s … Continue reading
I’m so excited to start a new blog series for the parents of food allergic children on best practices for living with food allergies. My hope is that we can get a dialog going and teach each other. I’ll introduce … Continue reading
1. Enjoy live demonstrations in Bushikan Karate and performances by Atomic Groove and the San Elijo Dance and Music Academy. 2. Support the HMM–163, a Marine Corps helicopter squadron, during their seven month deployment on the USS Boxer. Each grade … Continue reading
Let’s face it: none of us wants food allergies to impact our lives. But one of the most rewarding aspects of being part of the food-allergic community is that it is, in fact, a community. We are here to … Continue reading
In addition to news from FAAN, FAI, and KFA, we rely on food allergy news alerts we assembled on Google. It has been insightful to see the stories that pass the filters in these alerts. Three types of stories … Continue reading
Can I be reading this correctly? Parents Protest Over Girl’s Peanut Allergy Controversy Erupts At Edgewater Elementary Public School “On average, it’s probably a good 30 minutes taken out of the day. That’s my child’s education. Thirty minutes could be … Continue reading
Anyone who knows Amy is aware she doesn’t do anything recklessly. After spending years learning how to bake cupcakes without eggs, and months perfecting her cupcake recipes, she is making cupcakes available to Egg-Free Epicurean pick-up customers. First the bad … Continue reading
Yesterday I posted about the cognitive dissonance displayed by our daughter’s teacher on Valentine’s Day. Never mind food allergies, she violated school district policy by having the children do a an art project with candy. I have learned that she … Continue reading
Even the best intended people, especially if they don’t have to manage food allergies in their own personal lives, can make dubious choices. (Just see previous blog posts for some of my own.) After moving to San Diego, one of … Continue reading
Saturday I accompanied our daughter to her best friend’s birthday party at the local ice rink. With the Chargers not making the playoffs I was bracing for a crowded Iceoplex, but the crowd wasn’t too large, thanks to unseasonably warm … Continue reading
In every food allergy denier article I come across about how few people really have food allergies, predictably it touts how the number of people who really have food allergies isn’t 30%, but in fact much lower than 10%. This raises … Continue reading
I received plenty of feedback after my previous post on the food allergy safety lessons I learned following my daughter’s field trip and class party. Since not all the feedback was posted in the comments section, for our readers’ edification … Continue reading
After having created a series of posts and a video regarding food allergy fun on Halloween, and created a well-received music video on food allergy awareness over the holidays, you’d think we had all our bases covered. But the end … Continue reading
But by the time this vaccine is available in Australia, our daughter will be applying for college. Perhaps it will be available here by the time she has her own food allergic children.
When our girls were born, he insisted that they get the flu shot as soon as it was acceptable to the pediatrician. The Centers for Disease Control agreed with him, so our girls also got their annual flu shot, but I still never did.
As an impartial observer of this topic, I thought this fight was inevitable. To remind you, a brand of genetically altered salmon has seemingly been poised to receive FDA approval, as was mentioned here a few months ago. I was … Continue reading
We posted another video clip from the San Diego Food Allergy Walk last weekend. This one features Adrienne, a friendly lady with opinions on how a blondie should taste. She was impressed, nearly to the point of disbelief, with her experience trying our Campfire Blondie for the first time. We got a kick out of her reactions such as “It’s perfect!” and asking Amy “How do you do that?”
I’ve posted a video to our channel with one charming young man who gave us his nonverbal testimonial for Campfire Blondies. We get a kick out of watching him enjoy his treat and we really enjoy watching his mom enjoy watching him. Neat.
2010 FAAN Walk San Diego – Egg-Free Epicurean gets a new customer
Jordan and Chase have written lyrics adapted to the tune of “Jingle Bells” about managing the challenges of enjoying the holiday season with food allergies.
Whether a friendly reindeer offers you candy on your way home from school, or you attend a holiday party with unlabeled foods, it’s always critical to keep safe. Read labels and avoid eating unlabeled foods.
Allergy Awareness Anthem
In our Halloween fun safety series, we repeatedly mentioned that “fun size” candies frequently are packaged in a different facility from their larger kin, and might have missing, incomplete, or inaccurate labeling. See our mentions of “fun size” here.
Amy also mentioned the treachery of “fun size” candies in our Halloween PSA video.
For food allergic children, the big problem with Halloween is it is yet one more time when it is thrown in their face that they cannot do what other children can do.
A Finnish study published in June and now available online at the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health shows a birth month phenomenon pertaining to food allergies. Finnish children born in October-November exhibit higher prevalence of food allergies than those born later in the year. The researchers suggest a link between the pollen concentration at the time of conception and the likelihood of food allergies.
That’s right, the time of conception is to blame. Parents, our children’s food allergies ARE OUR FAULT!
No doubt there are other writers out there posting lists of safe sweets for the food allergic on Halloween – feel free to cite them in the comments.
That said, as I’ve learned from Amy, who can get our girls excited about putting laundry away as if it were a game, instead of just transacting the trades, it’s better to play up the trading activity and celebrate it. If your children are having fun, so will you.
The previous posts discussed what to dispense to trick-or-treaters who knock on your door, and what to have on hand for your own child when he returns from trick-or-treating. In short, have a safe supply, including non-food items, for trick-or-treaters … Continue reading
The previous post discussed what to dispense to trick-or-treaters who knock on your door. In short, Halloween presents a perfect opportunity for you to spread food allergy awareness to trick-or-treaters and any of their chaperones, so take advantage of it. … Continue reading
The previous post discussed the lurking dangers of Halloween size candies for the food allergic. In short, “fun size” treats commonly either do not list food allergen labeling at all, or (even more insidiously) they might be produced in a … Continue reading
Halloween-size products are probably produced in a different facility and have different food allergen exposures from their brand’s more familiar larger size products
My biggest question with this finding is how long does the sensitivity persist beyond 12 months? Would infants who just had egg introduced at 11-1/2 months still have a higher likelihood of sensitivity at say, 24 months or 36?
Johns Hopkins researchers have published a promising study in the journal Nature in which they appeared to induce oral tolerance of an allergen in mice. Whether the tolerance translates to humans, and whether the tolerance translates beyond oral exposure to include inhalation and physical contact remains to be seen, but it’s still promising.
We will be rolling out additional products in the future, likely including cupcakes and additional cookie flavors. We will also be offering different packaging choices — presently we send our products sealed in generous single serving portions, but in the … Continue reading
Last weekend we enjoyed our trip to attend the wedding. Our daughter’s restaurant meal was perfect, and at the reception she was too enthralled with the whole event to notice what she was eating. Of course at both venues she had … Continue reading
From Eurekalert: A Mt. Sinai School of Medicine research study found that food allergic kids were approximately twice as likely to be bullied as the general population of school children.
This NYT story caught my eye. Evidently AquAdvantage Salmon, genetically engineered salmon that grow immensely and rapidly, seem likely to become “first genetically engineered animal to enter the American food supply.” The FDA is scheduled to hold a hearing on … Continue reading
To help kick off the grand opening of our online shop we’re announcing our first giveaway: 1 box of Campfire Blondies, our hand made smores bars: a $35 value, plus free ground shipping anywhere in the US.
Timely (for us) post on serving the food allergic at a wedding reception by From I Will to I Do. We’re attending a close relative’s wedding soon, which makes it timely. Bottom line — the food allergic are only too … Continue reading
Long heralded for Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP), with its more general Food website University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) continues to emerge as an authority on food science and an accessible information resource on food safety and other food-related matters.
A peanut-derived miracle food is saving millions from malnutrition, as discussed in this weekend’s NYT Magazine article on Plumpy’nut. No doubt that will be news to some, but Plumpy’nut has been around for a while. 60 Minutes first aired its story on … Continue reading
The Regulation Room is soliciting comments on its summary of comments about the Department of Transportation’s proposed Consumer Rule II, which includes language about the safety of flyers with peanut allergies. While it’s too late to comment on the proposal … Continue reading
I have the impression that teachers and administrations mean well but unless they’re affected first hand by food allergies their motivation is limited. Go ahead and nudge them.
“The Mrs.” at Trying Our Best has a nice heartfelt post on sending a food allergic child off to kindergarten for the first time.
Whenever we travel we always plan well in advance around our daughter’s food allergies. There’s more to planning than making sure your EpiPen is handy.
Evidently some practitioners had been giving a skin test first, interpreting a negative skin test reaction to the vaccine as a green light to administer the entire flu vaccine dosage in a single shot. The researchers advised against this: never mind the skin test, just give everyone the more protracted multi-stage approach for the egg allergic.
Don’t make medical decisions based on news headlines or blog posts. Do your research and consult your physician.
Food allergy backlash like this, ignorant though it may be, is merely a signal of just how much more work there is to do to spread awareness. Food allergy advocates, just take it as a catalyst to keep it up. The eventual change is inevitable.