Tips freedible ltbk 75Tips & Stories
Tips, reviews and inspiration from our members to help you thrive on a custom diet

Having food restrictions is tough at any age - but the younger you are, the more support you need to thrive with them! Here, you will find blog posts that will help you manage food restrictions at both school and home for kids of all ages!

When Food Allergies Undermine Authority

When Food Allergies Undermine Authority
A while back, I saw a question posed in a food allergy forum about discipline. The person was asking if food allergy parents ever have a...

Balancing Anxiety and Risk

Balancing Anxiety and Risk
How many times have your kids returned from the park with a cold? A lot? How many times have they returned with an allergic reaction?Don’t get...

It Matters Who You Ask

It Matters Who You Ask
Four-year-old: Does that have egg or peanut?Another four-year-old: NoFour-year-old: Okay. (Accepts cracker)This actual conversation transpired nearly 5 years ago, between my son and his best preschool...

Why using Allergens as a weapon in Peter Rabbit isn’t the same as other cartoon violence

Why using Allergens as a weapon in Peter Rabbit isn’t the same as other cartoon violence
The Peter Rabbit movie wasn’t something I wanted to see anyway. I’d seen a few previews and it looked to be full of the sort of...

Have a #HeartTealHeart Talk about Food Allergies at School

Have a #HeartTealHeart Talk about Food Allergies at School
Valentine’s Day is another one of those holidays. A day when food allergy parents seek to balance the warm, fuzzy memories of our own Valentine parties with the...

Kool-Aid Eggs

Kool-Aid Eggs
Have you seen this trick before? Did you know that you can use Kool-Aid packets to dye Easter Eggs? You might be wondering why we’re dying...

An Egg Study

An Egg Study
I’m an experimental person by nature. I love to try things side-by-side to see what works best, try things over and over again, fully understand how...

Glow Party

Glow Party
Everybody loves sugary birthday treats, but the fact is that in a school setting, those same treats can exclude–or even be downright dangerous to–kids who have...

Empowering Food-Allergic Teens to Dine Out

For those of you who are parents of teens with food allergies or other dietary restrictions, the fear of letting go and allowing our kids to...

Take It and Make It Allergy Friendly

Take It and Make It Allergy Friendly
Every fall for the last two years, our elementary school has hosted a Harvest Festival. It takes place after school in the gym, and families are...

10 Dairy Free Snacks for Back To School

10 Dairy Free Snacks for Back To School
It's back to school time and whether you're going to school as a student in elementary, middle, or high school, as a teacher or as a...

6 Food Allergy Struggles At School

6 Food Allergy Struggles At School
School can be pretty tough sometimes, but when you add food allergies into the mix let’s just say things get very interesting and complicated. As someone...

Camp Manitou-Lin, Where Celiac Campers Rejoice

Camp Manitou-Lin, Where Celiac Campers Rejoice
Do you have fond childhood memories of going off to summer camp,  singing songs around the campfire, swimming in the summer sun, making new friends, and...

Back to School with Food Allergies- Questions Allergic Kids Should Answer

Back to School with Food Allergies- Questions Allergic Kids Should Answer
Is your allergic kiddo heading back to school soon, or even off to school for the first time? There are tons of things to do, of...

The Child who Hides an Allergic Reaction

The Child who Hides an Allergic Reaction
When I was seven years old, I went Christmas Caroling with my Brownie Girl Scout Troop. And as is customary when cute little girls sings Christmas...

"Free-From" Spotlight: Stephanie Sorkin, Author of Nutley the Nut-Free Squirrel, the Perfect Book for Children With (Or Without) Food Allergies!

Everyone has a favorite book they remember reading when they were growing up, mine was Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. Now that I don't eat gluten,...

Keeping Green Eggs out of the Classroom

Keeping Green Eggs out of the Classroom
March 2nd is Dr. Seuss's birthday, which has nationally become known as Read Aloud Day. This is a great opportunity to increase literacy in younger children...

University of Michigan: Food Allergy Safe Haven

University of Michigan: Food Allergy Safe Haven
When Brianna Wolin started University of Michigan in 2012,  being a college freshman was the least of her concerns. As a student with Celiac Disease, Type...

5 Back to School Tips with Food Allergies

5 Back to School Tips with Food Allergies

Photo Credit: //www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3349076019/ Davis via Compfight ccWant to learn more about Laquisha read the description box on the Youtube video. Hope you enjoy.   I know I am late on the “back to...

Teach Your Child How to Cope with Food Allergy Bullies

Teach Your Child How to Cope with Food Allergy Bullies
Now that school is back in full swing, you can be sure the food allergy bullies are, too. Among the 5.9 million kids with food allergies,...

Here's to HumFree the Bee and to This Community for Inspiring Me!

Here's to HumFree the Bee and to This Community for Inspiring Me!
I'm thrilled to share that my new children's book, HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy, is now available! Sending a big thank you to the...

I don't hate peanuts. I just like kids. A lot.

I don't hate peanuts. I just like kids. A lot.
Last month, our community came together to raise awareness for custom eater kids at school; today, we come together to mourn the loss of 16 year...

Don't Feed My Kids in School, Please

Don't Feed My Kids in School, Please
Do you believe in having classroom celebrations revolving around food?  I'd like to say, "Don't feed my kids, please."  Here's a very good reason why:  http://wp.me/p5Xjxg-8K

Turning cupcakes into compassion

Turning cupcakes into compassion
"I heard OREOs are safe for people with allergies.""Well that depends on what you're allergic to.  If you can't have gluten, soy or chocolate, you can't...

Anxiety and Food Allergies

Anxiety and Food Allergies
One of my readers has asked me to write about anxiety and food allergies.  In my new post, I write from the perspective of a mom...

Back To School Study Tips | Stay Focused

Back To School Study Tips | Stay Focused
Hey guys! Welcome to my first #BTSWithVal post of the season! I know you all really enjoyed this series last year, so I wanted to do...

Back-to-School Recipes, Tips & Ideas for staying healthy!

Back-to-School Recipes, Tips & Ideas for staying healthy!
August is bittersweet for us: I love the fact that my babies get to keep learning and are excited for the upcoming school year BUT I...

Back to School with Food Allergies

Back to School with Food Allergies
When you’re sending your child to school, managing the challenges and responsibilities of food allergies is a shared duty. Not only are parents accountable for their...

Back to School with ADHD

The end of summer can bring both excitement and anxiety, especially for families and kids with ADHD. I know that as my living room fills with binders,...

Play dates and food allergies

Play dates and food allergies
Play dates are important in a child's life.  The educational and personal development potential are limitless.  But, do food allergies interfere with some kid's ability to...

Peanut Butter Frosted Cupcakes for Food Allergies

Peanut Butter Frosted Cupcakes for Food Allergies
Yesterday, I recalled a disturbing situation surrounding a birthday celebration at school.  It's hard to believe there is still so much more work to do to...

Leave him without epinephrine?

Leave him without epinephrine?
I know I'm posting this a bit late, but I think everyone can still appreicate the seriousness of my story.  I ask you this:  Are the...

Speaking up to adults

Speaking up to adults
I thought of the same distressing memory today, as I have a hundred times before. Beginning to tell my stories, my family’s stories, and connect with...

Food-Allergic Teenagers

Food-Allergic Teenagers
As if managing school, sports, homework, extracurricular activities, friends and social events isn’t enough, food-allergic teenagers have even more challenges to face than most. Too often...

FPIES: Simple Words, Complex Realities

FPIES: Simple Words, Complex Realities
FPIES: Simple Words, Complex Realities By Nichole L. Huff, Ph.D., CFLE One evening last week, in reviewing the papers sent home in my kindergartener’s daily folder,...

FOOD ALLERGY WELLNESS SUMMIT: COLLEGE 101

FOOD ALLERGY WELLNESS SUMMIT: COLLEGE 101
My husband and I drove through Nashville this past weekend and stopped to have dinner with the college boy. You’ve heard me refer to our son...

Help Your Food-Allergic Child Feel Confident, Not Fearful

Help Your Food-Allergic Child Feel Confident, Not Fearful
With food allergies, it’s necessary to maintain concern in order to be vigilant about the problem food. But it’s important not to instill anxiety in your...

Safe Snacks and Food Sharing Tips for Food Allergic Kids

Safe Snacks and Food Sharing Tips for Food Allergic Kids
Kids love to share snacks and trade lunches on the playground or at school, which can be a serious risk if they have food allergies. Young...

Food-Allergic Kids Can Have Fun, Safe School Field Trips

Food-Allergic Kids Can Have Fun, Safe School Field Trips
Food allergies and field trips can be a combination for worry, especially if your child has severe food allergies. As your child gets older, they will...

Attention Parents of Kids with Food Allergies! Three Important Back-to-School Topics

Attention Parents of Kids with Food Allergies! Three Important Back-to-School Topics
Getting back into the swing of school after a fun, active summer can be challenging for the whole family. That’s why parents with food-allergic children understand...

Celiac Disease Wasn't a Part of the College Plan

Celiac Disease Wasn't a Part of the College Plan
Within weeks of my celiac disease diagnosis, I had my two sons tested. Both grew up with “sensitive stomachs” so I was surprised—yet relieved—when their blood tests came...

Lunchboxing: How To? Make It Fun

Lunchboxing: How To? Make It Fun
Making a lunchbox?  That doesn't have to be a have-to. It can be a get-to.  My cooking kids learned they aren't victims, they're resilient and creative -- and that's what teaching gives me too:...

Managing Your Food Allergy at College

Managing Your Food Allergy at College
Going off to college is a life milestone that is both exciting and stressful. But leaving home for college is especially unsettling if you have a...

Teach Your Child How to Deal with Food Allergy Bullies at School

Teach Your Child How to Deal with Food Allergy Bullies at School
Bullying is unacceptable behavior regardless of where it occurs, but children with food allergies have a personal perspective of what bullying feels like. As a parent of a...

An Open Letter to Food Allergy Parents

An Open Letter to Food Allergy Parents
(The following originally appeared in Pure and Peanut Free on August 8, 2013.  I'm sharing it here in honor of Mother's Day and Food Allergy Awareness...

Wordless Wednesday: Food Allergies in Schools

Wordless Wednesday: Food Allergies in Schools
        A picture is worth a thousand words....          Please head on to http://thefrugalistamom.blogspot.com/2014/04/wordless-wednesday-food-allergies-in.html   and let me know your thoughts...

Teach Your Food-Allergic Child to Manage their Food Allergy Responsibly

Teach Your Food-Allergic Child to Manage their Food Allergy Responsibly
Empowering your food-allergic child to manage their food allergy is essential as they grow older. As a parent, you naturally have more control when your child is...

Kids with Food Allergies are Often Targets of Bullying

Kids with Food Allergies are Often Targets of Bullying
As if bullies need a reason to throw their weight around, kids with food allergies are more often a prime target of bully maliciousness. Research shows...

Guiding Your Child’s Attitude About Food Allergies

Guiding Your Child’s Attitude About Food Allergies
Whether it’s a holiday meal or a class party, children with food allergies will sooner or later encounter scenarios where they cannot participate. These children would...

Let's move! toward awareness of food, fitness, food allergies, and the gluten-free diet (plus a contest for precocious sous-chefs)

Michelle Obama Let's MoveI have a big celebrity crush on Michelle Obama. It's not just her arms (though of course that's part of it). I also admire the work...

Advice for handling food sensitivities

Tips from a mom who deals with her daughter's food sensitivities.This is one of the most-read posts on the SunButter blog about a family dealing with food restrictions at school, so we're sharing it here... How...

How a cooking class can make food allergy kids into... kids!

How a cooking class can make food allergy kids into... kids!
"I think we should do that every Sunday, Mom!" I glanced in the rear view mirror at my eight-year old son, oddly wistful and calm in...

NEW Camp for Celiac Kids, Started by a Girl Scout with Celiac!

NEW Camp for Celiac Kids, Started by a Girl Scout with Celiac!
I am a HUGE proponent of camps for kids with food restrictions. I went to Camp Celiac in Rhode Island when I was diagnosed with Celiac...

Back to School with Food Allergies & Intolerances ~ MUST HAVES!

Back to School with Food Allergies & Intolerances ~ MUST HAVES!
I'm often asked what are my favorite lunch boxes, allergy ID tags, bracelets, food allergy t-shirts, and labels for my own daughter for school. So, I decided to...

Starting School in Earnest, Earnestly (8/20/13)

Starting School in Earnest, Earnestly (8/20/13)
(Some food allergy families are starting kindergarten this fall for their kiddos and I find myself sharing this post with many of them.  The original version...

A Night At The Drive-in!

A Night At The Drive-in!
Going to the drive-in is a fun and safe tradition for my family! To read more use: http://ataleofanaphylaxis.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/a-night-at-the-drive-in/

Ten Tips For Tackling High School With Severe Allergies

Ten Tips For Tackling High School With Severe Allergies
High School is a huge adjustment for teens and especially for those who are living with severe allergies! From experience I can say that high school...

Ten Tips on How to Keep Kids Gluten Free at School this year

Keeping with our back to school theme this week. I’m answering a question any parent with a school-age child is asking this month; “How the heck am I going to make sure my kids don’t get “glutened” at school? I’ve spent the last couple of weeks pondering that question and I think I’m ready to lay down my strategy for this year!

Some people may just say “My plan is to pack their lunches and snacks. Duh.” and while this will of course be on my list of ways to keep them safe there’s some things you may not have considered yet. I can’t count the times since going gluten free that I didn’t have the forethought to prepare for a situation where my gluten and corn allergies might have presented a problem.

I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things we can do to keep our kids gluten free at school this year! 

You can find all the tips at my blog 

http://momsglutenfreenoms.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/frequently-asked-fridays-keeping-kids-gluten-free-at-school/

Managing Food Allergies In Schools

Managing Food Allergies In Schools
Food Allergies in Schools Did you know that food allergies affect 1 in 13 school-aged children? It's the most common trigger of anaphylaxis for this age...

How our preschool was trained for EpiPens

When my kids were still quite young, I was ready to have some time with adults outside of the house, but wanted to stay on my...
Tags:

Mother's Day with Two Food-Sensitive Kids: Simple, and Complicated.

Mother's Day with Two Food-Sensitive Kids: Simple, and Complicated.
"Here they come," my son's teachers said.  It was "Parents' Day" at my little guy's preschool.  In he came, looking a bit dazed, showing a respect...

Elmo Cakes for Everyone

Elmo Cakes for Everyone
This poem is an ode to my little boy's joy at the "Elmo Cake" I made him one Saturday afternoon. (If you'd like the recipe you...