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Tips and Tricks for Managing Food Allergies and Celiac

by Alana Elliott

Whether you're brand new to a food allergy or Celiac Disease diagnosis or you've been at it for a while, it never hurts to review some basics for ways to manage and May is the perfect time since it's Food Allergy and Celiac Awareness Month. Every May on our social media, we post different tips and thoughts and in this blog post we'll distill them into our top 10 list. In no particular order, here...

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Oatmeal Isn't Just for Grandma Anymore

by Alana Elliott

My dad, who is 80 years old, eats oatmeal every day for breakfast without fail.  He takes bags of it traveling with him and while he now uses a microwave instead of a pot, not much has changed since he started eating it as a toddler.

For years, I saw oatmeal as a great breakfast for seniors but I was far cooler than that. Apparently, the apple doesn't actually fall far from the tree. Starting in...

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Food Allergy Families Are the Newest Experts

by Alana Elliott

 

Is it too much of a stretch to say that food-allergy families have got the best tools for COVID-19?

Many parts of our normal allergy-safe daily routines are now recommended as best practices with COVID.  No one is perfect, but we’re finding out that there are those who know how to disinfect a surface properly and those who don’t.  We’re not the onestrying to learn on the fly. It feels like the...

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Advocating for Your Child – Get Out Your Honey Shoes

by Alana Elliott

In my last blog post, I provided tips for how to choose a school for your food allergic/Celiac child.  However, that was only step 1 of an advocating process that will be ongoing as long as you are involved with making decisions for the well-being of your child.

Even when things are going well in your child’s learning environment, the relationship you build now goes a long way towards future...

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The Challenge of Choosing New Ingredients

by Alana Elliott

One of the most fun parts of my job as founder and President of Libre Naturals is research and development.  Since I love to cook and create with food, getting in to my R and D lab and trying all sorts of new products and recipes is my idea of a good time.

What I don’t like is when we do move forward with new products and I have to let our customers know that new ingredients are coming in to our...

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Choosing a School For Your Food Allergic Child – Step 1

by Alana Elliott

One of the most common concerns shared by food allergy parents is what to do when their child starts school.  And this concern is not limited to entering kindergarten for the first time; it is equally as worrying for moving to a new school, new grade, or even heading into college and university.

Most advice for food allergic parents entering school will center around very specific questions about...

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Travelling With Food Allergies: Top 5 Airline Tips

by Alana Elliott

Whether you’re heading out on vacation or travel due to work, airline travel can be one of the most stressful parts of the entire process. Part of this is because airlines may not have very clear allergy policies or even if they are clear, how airline staff apply those policies can vary greatly from flight to flight. Of course, you’ll want to bring your own safe food on board for longer flights...

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Could it be IBS? Beyond Gluten Sensitivity

by Alana Elliott

I’m going to get this confession out of the way first: I have IBS. Generally, it’s not something I lead with in conversations because it not only makes me self-conscious, it’s generally a conversation killer. Really, where do you go from there with someone who’s asked you why you’re not eating gluten or dairy? Even better, when they don’t know what IBS is so you blurt out, “Irritable Bowel...

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Breakthroughs in Food Allergy “Cures”

by Alana Elliott

Before getting started on some interesting updates on food allergy research, note that in the title I put “cures” in quotations. This is because headlines are often trumpeting a cure and when you read the article, you find that the “cure” is years of research away, may have been testing on a sample too small to have conclusive data or isn’t a cure at all, merely another step to the potential for...

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Oral Food Challenge: Worth the Risk?

by Alana Elliott

It’s a tragic time in the food allergic community as we mourn the loss of another child to food allergies.  On July 30th, Alistair, aged 3 of Alabama, passed away after participating in a baked milk challenge at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham. What makes Alistair’s death even more alarming is that this is reportedly the first food allergy challenge death recorded. At this time,...

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Airport Emergency Epi-Pens – An Amazing Sight

by Alana Elliott

Here in Canada we’ve never had a fight to allow children to self-carry their own epinephrine injection device.  Because of that, we’ve also not had the same fight as allergic people have had in the US to have schools and other public buildings have epinephrine available that could be used for any person experiencing anaphylaxis.

So imagine my surprise when I was at my small regional airport to...

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