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A Better Epinephrine Auto-injector

If you or a loved one had a food allergy in the 1970s or ‘80s, you know that there has been very little innovation or improvement...

Are You Allergic to Food Dye?

Have you ever had a reaction to a food that you thought was safe? It might have been the color. While rare, allergies to food dyes affect...

My Life With Food Allergy: A Parent Survey Report

There’s a lot of talk out there about the growing number of food allergy diagnoses, and the need for better tools to manage them. Rarely though...

Debunking the High-Protein Diet Fad: Is It Right For You? How Do You Do It With Special Dietary Needs?

When I picture a grill during the summer, I typically envision rows of sizzling hashtag-charred hamburgers and hot dogs. 🌭🍔Meat (and even meatless “meat”) seem to be...

The Food Suitcase: A European Adventure With Food Allergies

Before last month, we hadn’t left the country in 17 years. My oldest child is 17 years old, which is no coincidence. She is allergic to...

Growing a Good Business Takes Time

Several folks have emailed us asking why the Allergy Amulet isn’t available for purchase yet, and we hear you! We’re just as eager as you are...

How to Find the Right College Food Fit

As I walked down the scenic campus avenue to begin the tour, the first thing on my mind was not their scary admission statistics, or how...

Sulfites—The Next Big Thing in Allergy?

Sulfites—The Next Big Thing in Allergy?
Can you be allergic to wine? Unfortunately, it’s possible. Several people recently asked us whether we plan to detect for sulfites—a common ingredient in wine. This caught us...

Campfires, Canoes, Cabins, and Cross-Contact: Tips for Safe Summer Camping

Campfires, Canoes, Cabins, and Cross-Contact: Tips for Safe Summer Camping
Last week I dropped my kids off at summer camp. They’re still too young for sleepaway camp, but it is all day every day for a week,...

The Forever Chemicals in Our Food—And Now in Our Bodies

The Forever Chemicals in Our Food—And Now in Our Bodies
Disclaimer: this article may result in appetite loss, stomachache, and a lack of faith in our nation’s food safety regulations. On Monday, the New York Times published a...

New Survey Findings Reveal Dangers of Dining Out With Food Allergies

New Survey Findings Reveal Dangers of Dining Out With Food Allergies
Last month, our friends at Snack Safely reported the findings of a survey representing 1,000 food-allergic individuals in the UK. The survey was carried out by the law firm...

Childhood Food Allergy Prevention Q&A with Dr. Katie Marks-Cogan

Childhood Food Allergy Prevention Q&A with Dr. Katie Marks-Cogan
If you’re a dedicated Allergy Amulet follower, then you know we love to support individuals doing amazing things in the food allergy space! We recently had a...

Oral Immunotherapy—Three Years Later

Oral Immunotherapy—Three Years Later
A little over two years ago, I wrote a blog for Allergy Amulet called OIT—Is It For Me? In that piece, I talked about our family’s decision...

Food Allergy Advocacy in Schools

Sending your child off to school is worrisome enough as a parent—but when your child has a food allergy, that anxiety amplifies. My daughter is highly allergic...

Airborne Food Allergens—What’s the Risk?

Airborne Food Allergens—What’s the Risk?
When we hear stories of serious allergic reactions to food, they often involve someone unknowingly ingesting a food that contains their allergen. Gut-wrenching stories like the...

Intuitive Eating + Food Allergy

Intuitive Eating + Food Allergy
Proper nutrition, much like medicine, does not have a one-size-fits-all approach. In fact, what works for one person may not work for another. This is also...

Humans Are Pooping Plastic

Humans Are Pooping Plastic
Got your attention? Thought so. 😉You might be thinking, How does poop relate to food allergies? First, food allergies affect our health and diet, and what we...

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Sugar is Sweet, and Food Allergies Can Be Sweet Too

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Sugar is Sweet, and Food Allergies Can Be Sweet Too
Ah, Valentine’s Day. For some, this day provides a great excuse to press pause on the stressors of life and take time to celebrate the ones...

More Adults Have Food Allergies Than Previously Believed

More Adults Have Food Allergies Than Previously Believed
Last month, we shared the latest research on food allergy trends among children. The study found that approximately 7.6%—or 6 million—kids in the U.S. have a food...

Navigating Food Allergies as a Teen

Navigating Food Allergies as a Teen
Most social gatherings as a teenager involve food. School dances involve going out to eat with your friends before the dance, and eating snacks during the...

Breaking Bread

Breaking Bread
This past Christmas Eve, I listened to the soft sounds of Ave Maria and Silent Night waft through candlelit pews. My father has sung in a...

Emerging Epidemic: Latest Research on Childhood Food Allergies Shows Troubling Trend

Emerging Epidemic: Latest Research on Childhood Food Allergies Shows Troubling Trend
We like to follow research in the food allergy world closely—after all, many of our team members are as personally vested as we are professionally in...

Managing Food Allergies at the Gym and Yoga Studio

Managing Food Allergies at the Gym and Yoga Studio
Food allergy management is not reserved for the kitchen, dining room, cafeteria, and restaurants. Food allergies follow you everywhere, from airplanes to offices, to places you...

Sesame: More Than Just a Street

Sesame allergy has been all over the news lately. Last year, a teenage girl tragically died at Heathrow Airport after eating a Pret a Manger baguette...

Ming Tsai's Food For Thought

Ming Tsai's Food For Thought
My journey with food allergies began when I opened my first restaurant, Blue Ginger, in 1998. I felt it was important that our kitchen be mindful...

Killer Beauty Regimens

When we think about managing food allergies, we don’t tend to consider lipstick or lotion. But we should.Walking down the aisle of my local co-op recently,...

Take Two: The Importance of Carrying Two Epinephrine Auto-injectors

Take Two: The Importance of Carrying Two Epinephrine Auto-injectors
With Halloween around the bend, we wanted to share a quick PSA on the importance of carrying two epinephrine auto-injectors in case of an allergic reaction. Why?...

Food Allergies + Natural Disasters… A Different Kind of Storm

Food Allergies + Natural Disasters… A Different Kind of Storm
As torrential floods from Hurricane Florence ripped through the Carolinas earlier this month, Madison, Wisconsin—home of the Allergy Amulet headquarters—was still reeling from record rainfall levels...

Scientists Find Link Between Antacid & Antibiotic Exposure and Food Allergies & Asthma

Scientists Find Link Between Antacid & Antibiotic Exposure and Food Allergies & Asthma
As someone who remembers (with disgust) that pink goo as a child (also known as the antibiotic amoxicillin), I read this headline in shock. Did that...

The 411 On the 504: School Allergy Plans Decoded

The 411 On the 504: School Allergy Plans Decoded
Last month we covered the basics of kids and epinephrine. This month we’re bringing you the skinny on school management plans for your child’s food allergies.Are you...

The Nutty Nature of Nuts

For years, patients diagnosed with a tree nut or peanut allergy have been told to avoid all nuts. But what if I told you that being...

Best Practices For Kids + Epinephrine

I’m not quite sure how summer passed by so quickly. Is it really back-to-school season already?! As families gear up for the school year ahead, we...

What Food Allergies Can Teach Our Kids

What Food Allergies Can Teach Our Kids
Every now and again, I like to write about my personal experience as a mom managing food allergies. Parenting is no easy feat, and it’s especially...

FPIES: Not As Delicious As It Sounds

FPIES: Not As Delicious As It Sounds
From time to time, we like to write about the rarer forms of food allergy. We’ve covered  Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Oral Allergy Syndrome, and allergies to red meat and...

A Brief History of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers: The Heart of Allergy Amulet's Technology

A Brief History of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers: The Heart of Allergy Amulet's Technology
Dr. Joseph BelBruno, Scientific Advisor at Allergy Amulet.If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you’ve probably heard us talk about our scientific approach to...

Spokin’s Susie Hultquist: A Fearless Food Allergy Mama!

Spokin’s Susie Hultquist: A Fearless Food Allergy Mama!
June 5, 2018If you’ve followed Allergy Amulet for a while, you know our team was founded by a female and that we love to support female entrepreneurs!Unsurprisingly,...

FOMO: Fear of Missing Out… On Nutrients

FOMO: Fear of Missing Out… On Nutrients
Part II: Wheat, Soy, Peanuts, and Tree NutsWelcome to Part II of our FOMO series! Here we’re discussing how to replace nutrients lost from eliminating wheat, soy,...

Food Allergy Awareness Week! Things I'd Like People to Know... And a Little Dr. Seuss

Food Allergy Awareness Week! Things I'd Like People to Know... And a Little Dr. Seuss
It’s almost here, food allergy awareness week 2018! The official dates for this year are May 13-19.I’m currently sitting in my office looking at a recent picture...

My Child Doesn't Have a Food Allergy... But Her Friends Do

My Child Doesn't Have a Food Allergy... But Her Friends Do
When my family moved to a new neighborhood five years ago, we quickly learned that our new neighbors’ oldest son had a severe peanut allergy. Our...

FOMO: Fear of Missing Out... On Nutrients

FOMO: Fear of Missing Out... On Nutrients
Part I: Milk, Eggs, Fish, and Shellfishby: Tara McCarthy, RDFOMO, or the fear of missing out, is a source of anxiety for many. For some, it means...

The Secret is Out: Transparency is In

Last fall, Kellogg’s acquired a protein bar startup called RXBAR for $600M dollars. The significance of that deal is twofold. First is the story behind the...

Invest In Women

Invest In Women
While the Chinese zodiac sign for 2018 is the dog, a more appropriate symbol for this year is the woman.Across the US, women are running for...

Everything's Coming Up... Rotten

Everything's Coming Up... Rotten
Something in our world is changing. Our bodies are rejecting the food we eat. Even the experts don’t really know why. In January, Netflix debuted...

Get Your Geek On: The Science Behind Food Allergy Testing

Get Your Geek On: The Science Behind Food Allergy Testing
Food testing is serious business. It’s also a large and growing one: the market for food testing kits was valued at $1.58 billion in 2016. That...

Brotherhood of the World Blogger Award

Brotherhood of the World Blogger Award
I was honored earlier this month to be nominated by the lovely Tracy Bush of Nutrimom fame for the Brotherhood of the World Blogger Award!  I’ve never done much...

A Look Behind the Label: How Food Manufacturers Prevent Allergen Cross-Contact

In an earlier post, we explored food allergy labeling laws and why many food products include “may contain” statements. To better understand the extent to which...

Why the Thigh?

Why the Thigh?
Most people that carry epinephrine with them to treat serious allergic reaction will tell you they were given strict instructions to inject the needle into their...

What To Expect When You're Expecting... An Oral Food Challenge

This topic is pretty fresh in my mind as my daughter underwent an oral food challenge to macadamia nuts last week. In case you’re not familiar...

Navigating Food Allergies as a Foreigner the SMART Way

I was born with numerous food allergies. Growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s with life-threatening food allergies was incredibly rare, as were the means to...

Food Allergy Numbers: Why the Mystery?

As someone who has a personal and professional connection to food allergies, I probably talk about the subject more than most. During these conversations, I’m often...

Amaretto Makes Me More Than Sour

Amaretto Makes Me More Than Sour
Imagine walking into a bar and discovering that three of the liquor bottles behind the counter are laced with cyanide. You’d probably look elsewhere for a...

Understanding More, Fearing Less

Understanding More, Fearing Less
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” –...

Cross-Contact or Cross-Contamination: What’s the Difference?

Cross-Contact or Cross-Contamination: What’s the Difference?
I’ll be honest with you: distinguishing between cross-contact and cross-contamination used to throw me off. Many people in the food allergy community (my past-self included) often...

Whole Foods for Thought: The Debate Over Quality Versus Quantity

Whole Foods for Thought: The Debate Over Quality Versus Quantity
You’ve probably heard by now that Amazon bought Whole Foods. The latter’s shareholders recently approved the transaction, and assuming regulators sign off on the deal, the...

You down with EoE? No thanks, not me.

You down with EoE? No thanks, not me.
Every now and again our team at Allergy Amulet likes to post blogs about lesser-known conditions that affect the food allergy population (our people)! One such...

How to Save a Life

How to Save a Life
Have you ever stabbed anyone? I have.I stabbed my friend and Allergy Amulet Co-Founder Abi Barnes with an EpiPen in the summer of 2007.  Abi and...

More Tools, More Problems? Food Allergies Since 1960

More Tools, More Problems? Food Allergies Since 1960
This guest post was written by Theresa MacPhail—assistant professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Stevens Institute of Technology. Last December, I wrote a blog...

I'll Take My Allergies Medium Rare

I'll Take My Allergies Medium Rare
If you’ve followed Allergy Amulet lately, you know we LOVE to talk about food allergies. Recently, we discussed the phenomenon of Oral Allergy Syndrome: a typically...

OAS—A Seasonal Mess?

OAS—A Seasonal Mess?
Photo copyright© National Jewish Health. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Ahh, summer. The season of pool parties, barbecues, gardening, and outdoor adventure. For many though,...

Do We, the Moms, Belong? {On the Existential Threat of a Mompreneur}

Do We, the Moms, Belong? {On the Existential Threat of a Mompreneur}
Being an entrepreneur is about being there, always, for your business, and “doing whatever it takes” to make it succeed.Being a mom is, too.There hasn’t been...

Is Monsanto Giving Us Food Allergies?

Is Monsanto Giving Us Food Allergies?
On a recent late afternoon walk with my dog, I noticed signs scattered around our local park alerting passersby that the grounds had recently been sprayed...

Exciting Month of Giveaways with DairyFreeGina and awesome DairyFree Brands

Celebrating Food Allergy Awareness month with fantastic giveways.  For Detauls and to enter clock here ;  http://www.dairyfreegina.com/single-post/2017/04/30/Its-Our-Exciting-Month-of-May-GIVEAWAYS

Food Allergy Frameworks

Do you consider your food allergy blog, recipes, and more a hobby? A business? A diary for your way of life? All of the above? Regardless...

Four Easy Steps to Improve Gut Health

Four Easy Steps to Improve Gut Health
We’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat.” Though true, a more accurate saying would be “You are what you digest and absorb.” The...

Sharing the Food-Allergy-Mom Love

Sharing the Food-Allergy-Mom Love
Do you relate to those weeks when you blink and it's already Friday (and not in a good way)? They seem to just keep coming this...

A leap of faith

Cheryl ViirandWhen my kids and I were first diagnosed with food restrictions, I didn't know where to begin. But as I looked around the grocery store at...

May Contain Nuts: A Crash Course on FDA Food Allergy Labeling Laws

May Contain Nuts: A Crash Course on FDA Food Allergy Labeling Laws
As a food allergy mom and Certified AllerCoach, I’m often asked, What do I need to know about reading food labels? When you’re newly diagnosed with a...

Recommitting to Hope, and Healing

Recommitting to Hope, and Healing
Dear friends, Waking this morning to Day 1 after the election, I reflected on how many divisions and fears this last electoral year has brought to...

freedibleNews: See what's new for fall!

freedibleNews: See what's new for fall!
Here's some of what's new on freedible this week! Meet new and featured members, filter our latest recipes, check out some of the newest blog posts...

Learning to Budget

Learning to Budget
This doesn’t really involve allergies, but we’ve decided it’s time for Zax to learn how to handle money. When I was growing up, my allowance was...

Allergy-Friendly Review – HumFree the Bee

Allergy-Friendly Review – HumFree the Bee
Introducing the charming kids book HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy by Alison Grace Johansen, with cute, whimsical illustrations by Brian Talbott! HumFree is a...

10 Ways to Celebrate "Dad" this Father's Day!

10 Ways to Celebrate
For me, Father's Day has always been a day of many models. As some of you have read on freedible before, I was blessed to grow...

Big news: freedible has been accepted into a startup incubator!

Big news: freedible has been accepted into a startup incubator!
  Freedible is a small startup with a big vision to empower all custom eaters - and we couldn't have made it this far without all...

Join us as a Winter Holidays Host!

Join us as a Winter Holidays Host!
We're throwing a winter holidays celebration to bring custom eaters together - and we're inviting our members to help us host! Find out how you can...

So Delicious Dairy Free pioneers our Founders Circle!

So Delicious Dairy Free pioneers our Founders Circle!
We have big news this morning for the freedible community: So Delicious Dairy Free has kicked off our Founders Circle, making a commitment to our community's...

Check out our Back to School Guide!

Check out our Back to School Guide!
Starting the year off right! Check out the back to school tips, stories & recipes in our new, community-sourced guide!   Whether your kids are in...

Celebrate Summer's Bounty

Celebrate Summer's Bounty
Garden-fresh recipes from our members! The long days of summer mean the farmers' markets are overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables!  Find ideas from our community...

Summer days call for cooling down... & heating up the adventures!

Summer days call for cooling down... & heating up the adventures!
Check out some of the content our community has shared recently on freedible - and login to your freedible account to share how you're rocking your...

Join us as a Back to School Ambassador for Custom Eater Kids!

Join us as a Back to School Ambassador for Custom Eater Kids!
From teachers to class moms to the parents of our kids' classmates at school, there are so many advocates out there who coud be looking out...

Our favorite grab & go recipes for custom eaters

Our favorite grab & go recipes for custom eaters
Hit the road with Grab 'n Go recipes from our members! Whether you have to bring your own food or are just in the mood for...

Go where you want to be - without your food restrictions getting in the way!

Go where you want to be - without your food restrictions getting in the way!
Travel and adventure: the term conjures up images of care-free exploration, around the world tours and above all, independence.  But with food restrictions "on board," it's...

Custom solutions for custom eaters like you!

Custom solutions for custom eaters like you!
We know that there are lots of places on the web where you can find recipes, so what makes freedible's Community Cookbook different?  It's actually made...

Dreaming big, and losing the mentor who helped me do it.

Dreaming big, and losing the mentor who helped me do it.
My step-father "Ken" passed away in January after a two year fight with pulmonary fibrosis - a terminal and painful lung condition. This is my first Father's...

LPHJ Kitchen Book Release and Signings

LPHJ Kitchen Book Release and Signings
I never dreamed I would ever write a cookbook! Cooking has always been my passion but I never thought twice about a cookbook. It wasn't until...

Action Fuel Pro : Action Fuel Pro Review

action fuel proHaving a fit body is a boon these days because very few are able to maintain their health and have ripped body like professionals. Only athletes,...

One Community. One Voice.

One Community. One Voice.
Find out more about freedible's Food Allergy & Celiac Awareness Month campaign, and why we think it's important for all custom eaters to come together as...

RSVP for tonight's Twitter party here!

RSVP for tonight's Twitter party here!
Appears we've had a technical Whoops! on our event RSVPs for tonight's Twitter party - so sorry!  Please just RSVP by replying in the comments here...

Welcome to the new freedible!

Welcome to the new freedible!
Dear friends,It is with tremendous joy this morning that I officially announce the launch of the new freedible website!We put a lot of great features into...

What's {not} in a cookie...

What's {not} in a cookie...
Whether your holiday festivities start tonight with Hannukah or with Santa's arrival next week, it's easy for holiday parties and cookie exchanges to seem like just...

Allergen-Free, Dairy-Free Milk Powder! (on sale)

Allergen-Free, Dairy-Free Milk Powder! (on sale)
I've been using Growing Naturals Rice Milk Powder in recipes (condensed soup, baking, etc.)and it works great! Many of you may have seen them at FABlogCon....

Here's to our 1st 200 bloggers!

Here's to our 1st 200 bloggers!
Eight and a half months ago, we raised a toast to freedible's 1st 100 bloggers. Today, we are thrilled to raise our glass again - to...

Back to School Snacks

Back to School Snacks
Brothers-All-Natural is helping you prepare for a healthy school year by offering huge savings on a variety of healthy fruit snacks for all your snacking needs....

16 Reasons to Add Caraway to Your Diet

16 Reasons to Add Caraway to Your Diet
Here at the Little Aussie Bakery & Café, we have recently re-launched one of our healthiest breads under a brand new name – gluten free caraway...

How to utilize coupons when you're gluten free.

How to utilize coupons when you're gluten free.
Do you live gluten free? Do you hate how much more gluten free items cost? Is the financial impact taking a toll on your wallet? If...

A Tale of Two Fathers, and an Office Crowded Just Right

A Tale of Two Fathers, and an Office Crowded Just Right
When it comes to Dads, I’m doubly blessed. I am very close with my father, despite not having grown up with him, and gained a pretty...

WHY I BLOG, OR HAPPY HUG A BLOGGER DAY!

WHY I BLOG, OR HAPPY HUG A BLOGGER DAY!
I blog for one reason--and one reason only--to help people.When I discovered I had celiac disease and multiple food allergies and eosinophilic esophagitis--all in the same year!--I...

Just an FYI about what is going to happen with mindful peace om

Just an FYI about what is going to happen with mindful peace om...   I have been in the blogging game since 2012. Sometimes it's been...

Learn, Love & Share for Food Allergy Awareness Week!

Learn, Love & Share for Food Allergy Awareness Week!
  Read our food allergy related blog posts. Check out our top 8 free recipes. Join the conversation and share your story. FIND | CONNECT...

Get the podcast!

Get the podcast!
Freedible founder Cheryl Viirand is the special guest on the newest episode of Likeable Media CEO Carrie Kerpen's podcast series about women "thought leaders" in social...

Announcing our New Celiac Disease Know-How Center!

Announcing our New Celiac Disease Know-How Center!
Announcing the Celiac Know-How Center on freedible! Find celiac disease FAQs, along with celiac-related blog posts from our community, and gluten-free recipes and our guide to...