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Tips, reviews and inspiration from our members to help you thrive on a custom diet

Be who you want to be, where you want to be - without your food restrictions getting in the way!  Find inspiration from our members to thrive on your custom diet, and share your own story!

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Peter Rabbit: A Tale of Teachable Moments

Peter Rabbit: A Tale of Teachable Moments
On February 9th, Sony Pictures released its long-awaited movie that modernizes the classic tale of Peter Rabbit—the mischievous little bunny that chases about the garden of...

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...

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...

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.” –...

Vegas Shooter "Allergy Freak" Why is our disability community being stigmatized in the media?

This morning "allergy freak" with "allergy-driven quirks" is being smeared across the headlines and social media in regards to the tragic and senseless Vegas shooting. It...

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...

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...

The Ultimate Egg Substitute Comparison!

The Ultimate Egg Substitute Comparison!
You might call me a little crazy. You might also call me a little geeky. You’d be right on both counts, and proud of it. It’s...

Dear Mother, Dear Daughter

Dear Mother, Dear Daughter
In the spirit of Mother’s Day, two of our food allergy mavens at Allergy Amulet wrote letters to their mom and daughter, respectively, about their food...

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...

Nuttzo Bad: Celiac Recovery into Global Advocacy

Nuttzo Bad: Celiac Recovery into Global Advocacy
So much food is naturally gluten free. But is all that edible milieu easily packable, and edible on the road?  Yes! Yes it is easy --...

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...

Raising a Teen with Food Allergies: First Kisses and Fighting Bubble Tendencies

Raising a Teen with Food Allergies: First Kisses and Fighting Bubble Tendencies
Do you remember your first kiss? I do. It was messy and awful, but I still couldn’t wait to tell my friends. I never shared this...

Declaring Your Dairy Free Independence this July 4th

Declaring Your Dairy Free Independence this July 4th
July 4th Recipe Roundup includes salads and more. http://www.dairyfreegina.com/#!Declaring-Your-Dairy-Free-Independence/cbkf/5777118c0cf231749dcd11e7

Getting Figgy With It, Or Freedom to JAM

Getting Figgy With It, Or Freedom to JAM
Jam: the sticky, sweet, the smell of cinnamon or ginger, infusing, fruit. Or...jam...the idiom: pull out your melodies, twiggy fingers and dancing feet.I could eat the...

Tips for Allergy Friendly Summer Food Outings

Tips for Allergy Friendly Summer Food Outings
Hosting someone with a food allergy, especially to milk, can be daunting but doesn’t have to be.  Here are 5 tips for having a safe summer...

Top 5 Favorite Allergy Free July 4th Recipes

Top 5 Favorite Allergy Free July 4th Recipes
It's hard to believe that July has arrived and a long weekend is upon us! In celebration of July 4th, I'm sharing five of my favorite...

One Community, One Voice: How Food Allergies & Celiac Disease Awareness Month is Stronger as One

One Community, One Voice: How Food Allergies & Celiac Disease Awareness Month is Stronger as One
In our first year as a community, I remember feeling stymied when I first processed the fact that Food Allergy Awareness Week would fall right smack...

React with Respect – What It Means For Us

React with Respect – What It Means For Us
React with Respect This is the theme of Food Allergy Month this year. The campaign encourages others to be respectful (not dismissive, impatient, or mean) when...

Food Allergies Don't Ruin Every Day

Food Allergies Don't Ruin Every Day
You may disagree somedays but, Food Allergies Don't Ruin Every Day!  I received this story from a young boy with food allergies, and I thought it...

Gluten-Free Fun: My Celiac Story

Gluten-Free Fun: My Celiac Story
My Celiac story is longer than most, spanning more than 30 years. Although it was a long and bumpy ride at times, I truly believe being...
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A Patient in a White Coat

A Patient in a White Coat
September 11th, 2015 was one of the most important days of my life so far. That day my classmates and I completed our first exam of...

Food, sacrifice and giving

Food, sacrifice and giving
How my son's adoption and Hunger Action Month inspires me on the eve of Yom Kippur September is Hunger Action Month, a campaign established by Feeding...

Celiac Disease: It's Not an Identity, It's a Circumstance

Celiac Disease: It's Not an Identity, It's a Circumstance
If I didn't have Celiac Disease, what would I be writing about?Probably not food, after all.Perhaps books, or film. I might be writing a travel-logue from...

Finding Family, Food and Health Through Adoption

Finding Family, Food and Health Through Adoption
Five years ago, I would've denounced myself as "the crazy food lady." A litigator by training and the daughter of an engineer & a chemist, I'm...

The Link Between Yellow Cars and Food Allergies

The Link Between Yellow Cars and Food Allergies
http://www.myhappybelly.com/this-that/2015/6/4/yellow-cars-food-allergies

Independence Day Recipe Round-up with LPHJ Kitchen

Wild Blackberry & Rhubarb Pie1First off - I hope everyone has a fun and safe Independence Day planned! It's always a little sketchy if we are celebrating with family as...

My Journey with a Nickel Allergy

My Journey with a Nickel Allergy
My name is Barbara Njuguna a recent college graduate and neurotically nickely challenged. This will be my 4 year being diagnosed with this allergy and 3...

Mindful Eating: Stop Minding (Celiac Disease Recovery)

Mindful Eating: Stop Minding (Celiac Disease Recovery)
Mindful Eating: Stop Minding (Gluten-Free Celiac Recovery) “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”    ...

Do You Believe?

At the age of 18 after a horrible accident where I lost my best friend I began to experience health issues. At the age of...

My life with EoE

ribbon-edu-apfedWhat is EoE you may ask, well the official name is Eosinophilic esophagitis and don't ask me to pronounce it because I can't. I usually have...

Can Food Allergies be a Blessing in Disguise?

Can Food Allergies be a Blessing in Disguise?
Like many parents, when my son’s food allergies were confirmed, I was devastated and scared. Every day I quickly learned all the food items containing a...

My Gluten Free Journey

When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2002 it was one of the best things that ever happened to me!  I have suffered from the...

Discovering Food Allergies: One Mother's Life Changing Story

Discovering Food Allergies: One Mother's Life Changing Story
Discovering food allergies in my baby was both a painful and enlightening experience.  Taking care of a child with a food allergy has blessed and enriched...

My New Normal With Food Allergies

My New Normal With Food Allergies
When I was in 3rd grade (many years ago), I had lots of stomach issues and was very thin and losing weight.  The pediatrician told my...

Accidental Food Activist & Label Reader

I was never going to be one of "those" moms.  You know, the ones who only use cloth diapers, read labels on everything, and hover over...

Interview with "Pure & Peanut Free" Blogger Rebecca Sherrow

Interview with
When my kids were first diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies PeanutAllergy.com was one of the first websites I turned to for encouragement and information.  So I...

Roots Creative Kitchen & Gluten Free Specialty

Roots Creative Kitchen & Gluten Free Specialty

I found Freedible while setting launching the funding campaign for our Roots Creative Kitchen local food incubator project on Indiegogo. You can check it out for...

From Bean Counter to Blogger

From Bean Counter to Blogger
I was always a "goal keeper". I had goals, aspirations, plans, etc. I'm a self-starter, dedicated, driven individual. From my early days in high school, I...

Celiac Awareness Day 2014 - Educating our health professionals

As the years pass and more is done in the Celiac Disease community to promote awareness, I am still amazed that there is one group that...

Celiac Fundraiser a.k.a What I want for my birthday

I remember as a kid I was always concerned that my birthday was on September 13th. Honestly, for years I was afraid that I was born...

My 5 Year Anniversary: Don't Just Survive, Thrive with Celiac Disease

My 5 Year Anniversary: Don't Just Survive, Thrive with Celiac Disease
Celiac Disease can take a long time to bounce back from; even after proper diagnosis.  But harder still are months, often years, spent without a proper diagnosis.  Due to the...

Freedom from Food Restrictions this Fourth of July 2014

Sometimes I feel like I may be overcompensating for my kids' food allergies with lots of festive snacks on special occasions.  But I will never regret...

"Why Is Food Bad For Me, Mum?" ( or, How Do You Explain to a Child?)

How do you explain Celiac Disease to a child?  Not a toss-off tumble of facts, that's for sure. Whether he or she has celiac, or simply has a family...

Camping Gluten, Dairy and Dye-Free

Camping Gluten, Dairy and Dye-Free
When I first went gluten and dairy free, it was hard to imagine taking my new GFCF lifestyle on the road. Everything seemed so overwhelming at...

Tumble Gluten Free with Freedible: "Be More Than What You Can't Eat

Tumble Gluten Free with Freedible:
What are your freedibles?  I've dealt with Celiac Disease in multiple ways. But  the best way has undoubtebly been in word-play and humor....It's all in our freedibles....

Please Eat without Me! Please!

Please Eat without Me!  Please!
Our book club alternates meetings between restaurants and our homes. As the "one with food issues," I am given the final say on the restaurants where...

Declaring Our Independence From Food Allergy Fears

b2ap3_thumbnail_NewFireworks.jpg While celebrating the 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, I’ve been thinking a lot about its meaning. The power and courage it...

Overcoming a Celiac Diagnosis & Celebrating Gluten Free

Overcoming a Celiac Diagnosis & Celebrating Gluten Free
Celiac is a beast. Anyone who says that being strict 100% gluten-free is easy isn’t doing it right, IMHO. Every day I have to see...

The “Something More” Behind Declaring My Independence from Food Restrictions

The “Something More” Behind Declaring My Independence from Food Restrictions
This morning, we're celebrating the 4th of July by kicking off our second annual Declare Your Independence from Food Restrictions Month on freedible!  It's a celebration...

A declaration of gluten independence

Declaration-of-independence-broadside-croppedIn honor of tomorrow's Independence Day here in the good USA, I took a break from imagining gluten as my evil ex-boyfriend and personified him instead as the evil ex-king of England. If you...

Why I'm my own Gluten-Free Best Friend!

Why I'm my own Gluten-Free Best Friend!
So we let you know last week that things would be changing a bit. Now it is getting a bit personal, but hopefully someone else out...

Tapestry Threads

b2ap3_thumbnail_family-pic12.jpgI am no stranger to the connection between diet and its effect on health. When I was growing up a popular slogan was “You are what...

Acceptance for those things you cannot change

Acceptance for those things you cannot change
I have been thinking a lot about “Acceptance” recently. What it means, where it belongs, and how to truly manifest it. I have come to a...

janie gets HEALTHY

b2ap3_thumbnail_janie-gets-healthy-title.png I wanted to introduce to all of you my new series called janie gets HEALTHY. My goal is to get healthy and find balance and...

Commit to the Gluten-Free Life: Take the Pledge!

 Join the NFCA: Take the Pledge

 

When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2008, I thought my life was over. There were not many resources out there and products did not have to adhere to any labeling guidelines at all. And the worst part of it all was that doctors didn't even really understand the dietary needs. The dietitian I saw after being diagnosed flat out told me that I would be able to reintroduce gluten into my diet after a few months. Talk about scary.

 

Flash forward to today: there are so many awesome resources now on and off the internet, as well as a better understanding of what Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance actually is. I started A Lazy Girl's Guide to Living Gluten Free in order to become influential part of this increase in knowledge and understanding. This is not an allergy we suffer from, it is a medical condition, and it is our way of life. 

 

So take the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness' (NFCA) Pledge with me. Vow that 2014 is going to be the year that you turn your back on sneaking gluten and instead help yourself become a healthier happier person. Pledge to become an educator to those who are not as familiar with Celiac/Gluten Intolerance, and help to get anyone who is suffering diagnosed so they can move on with their life and be healthy again too.

 

Dairy - why I don't eat it and how this can help you

Dairy - why I don't eat it and how this can help you
I am a big believer in a balanced healthy diet that incorporates all of the five food groups, which includes dairy products or alternatives. Our dietary guidelines stress...

How To Love A Food Allergic Kid

How To Love A Food Allergic Kid
Since my little guy was diagnosed with food allergies 3 1/2 year ago, I feel like at times he’s treated differently.  I feel like (and know)...

All Allergies Are Equal

Whether it’s peanuts, dairy, lobster or strawberries, all allergies are equal to me. I understand that for example nut allergies are more commonly talked about because...

My Story, the Reason behind the Recipes and How I got My Life Back

My Story, the Reason behind the Recipes and How I got My Life Back
Three years ago I weighed 376 lbs. I was on Weight Watchers for the millionth time and I was miserable. When I say miserable I think...

My Allergy Story

My Allergy Story
I realized today that I have yet to really tell my followers “my story”. I have stated my allergens but have never really explained when I...

Remaining Positive Through Food Allergies Obstacles

Remaining Positive Through Food Allergies Obstacles
Lately I have been receiving a lot of tweets and comments about positivity. People continuously tell me how wonderful they think it is that I have...

Independence from Food Restrictions...and Fear!

Independence from Food Restrictions...and Fear!
Having a daughter with food allergies, asthma and eczema can be a source of great anxiety and fear, so I am on a continuous journey to...

Changes and Challenges

I wrote the following post after my daughter had several successful food challenges.  I started out thinking I would write about our good news but what...

In the Restaurant

A few nights ago I was packing up in the main kitchen (which is down the hall from the restaurant kitchen) and going to slip out...

Milk Did My Body Wrong

No More Milk Products!I've been wanting to tell about my journey to being milk-free for quite a while, but it's such a long story (not that many of my...

Mobile allergen-tester is awesome -- but don't stop there!

Mobile allergen-tester is awesome -- but don't stop there!
My wish for the future (or at least, one of them!): more consumer technology to help us understand what's in our food - before we put...

How my family came through food intolerances, allergies, mast cells and adoption to found freedible.

How my family came through food intolerances, allergies, mast cells and adoption to found freedible.

Holding my tiny adopted newborn two years ago as he screamed, back arched stiffly in pain and bright blue eyes squeezed tightly shut, I couldnt possibly have imagined all the gifts he would bring to my family.  Today, as we prepare to launch the new community for people with food allergies, intolerances and other restrictions that he has inspired, I am stunned by all the meanings weve found in that old phrase, the miracle of adoption.