Alexandria Durrell: Irritated By Allergies

Apr
04
2014

Banana Oatmeal Superpower Bars

Free of the Top 8 Allergens!

Allergen-free banana oatmeal superpower bars
These nutrient-packed superpower bars are a great breakfast-on-the-run option, or make fantastic snacks. They're free of the top 8 allergens, too.
 
They're crispy, chewy, sweet and tart . . . they're pretty super.
 
Ingredients:

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Apr
03
2014
Allergen Detection Dogs

I admit it: I had no idea there were service dogs trained to detect allergens. Someone sent me the link to Allergen Detection Service Dogs and my first reaction was to laugh. A service dog? For my kid? So he doesn't eat allergens? Huh.

Ignoring the fact that a dog like that would kill my husband thanks to his allergies, it might be an interesting idea.

The mission of Allergen Detection Service Dogs is simple:

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Mar
31
2014
best ever allergy-friendly muffin recipe

I made these muffins this weekend and my husband said they're my best ever, so I figured I'd better write down the ingredients and share them with you guys. What I absolutely love about making muffins is how easily customizable they are. I usually just throw in whatever I have around, but the combination this time was magical, so I'm excited to share with you. They're fairly healthy (you could easily make them without the chocolate chips, too), and the kids ate them all up quickly.

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Mar
28
2014
What about the non-allergic siblings of kids with food allergies?

Allergies are difficult on all members of the family. They're hard for the person who has to deal with them, they're hard on parents trying to learn about them and keep kids safe, and they're hard on siblings who often get lost in the shuffle while everyone's trying to protect the at-risk family member. More discussions should be happening about the non-allergic siblings of allergic kids, I think.

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Mar
27
2014

Mini Egg Shortbread Cookies

Making Easter Even Sweeter

A friend mailed me some of these delicious cookies years ago, and shared her recipe with me. Ever since, I've made batches of them as soon as those sinfully yummy Mini Eggs hit the shelves each year. I usually end up buying the huge bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs from Costco. Now I realize that they're not necessarily allergy-friendly, but before my son was diagnosed as having a peanut and nut allergy, he ate Mini Eggs without issue, and has continued doing so, so we're comfortable with him eating them.

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Mar
23
2014
can't believe it's not peanut butter chicken recipes

When you can't eat the food you used to love, it's nuts how often you think about it. You also discover a willingness to shell out for the more expensive alternatives just to get a fix for the cravings because anything else simply walnut do. Oh man, totally cracking myself up here. I feel like Lisa would be really proud of my puntastic opening lines, but I digress.

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Mar
21
2014

The Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award

Anaphylaxis Canada Now Accepting Applications

Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award 2014

Do you know a Canadian student (under age 25) who will be attending a post-secondary education institution in September and has worked to raise allergy awareness? Anaphylaxis Canada is now accepting applications for the 2014 Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award!

From WhyRiskIt.ca:

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Mar
20
2014

Runny noses, watery, itchy eyes, nagging coughs, itchy skin, headaches, and ohhh the sneezing. Although I'm pretty sure there isn't a person around who's not happy to bid this brutal winter adieu, with the coming season comes air full of new allergens. Spring allergies are nothing to sneeze at. Ugh, that one's too cheesy even for me, ha! Approximately one-quarter of all Canadians suffer through seasonal allergies, most of them taking antihistamines to combat their symptoms.

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Mar
14
2014
surface allergen removal survey

A team working at the University of Toronto has recently developed a formulation that is highly effective at removing trace amounts of nut allergens from hard surfaces (compared to current household cleaning products). When tasked with creating a life science product that would improve people's quality of life, the team chose to focus on the area of food allergies.

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Mar
12
2014

Is Oil Pulling Really Amazing For Your Health?

Say Goodbye to Allergies, Migraines, and PMS?

oil pulling: fact or fiction?

You're on the internet, so I'm going to assume you've seen the latest life-changing promise floating around—oil pulling (a woman swishes oil around in her mouth, and what happens next will totally blow your mind!). There are those touting its amazing healing powers and others laughing at its over-the-top claims, but the one thing I know for sure is this: it isn't new.

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Mar
10
2014
Blue Jays Peanut/Nut Reduced Zone

Mississauga mom Debbie Bruce has fought hard to convince the Toronto Blue Jays to help make their seating a little safer for those suffering with life-threatening peanut/nut allergies. Her son, John, said, "As someone who constantly has friends wanting to make a group outing out of a Blue Jays game, it often puts me in a position where I don't go in fear of having to inconvenience the group with my allergies.

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Mar
07
2014

The truth is, life with food allergies is pretty scary and can be really limiting for young kids. They miss out on a lot because of these allergies, but playdates don't have to be something they miss out on. Whether you choose to host your allergic child's friend at your house or allow your child to head to their friend's place, it doesn't have to be a stressful event, either. I've rounded up some great tips for making playdates easy (well, ok, from an allergy perspective at least) for hosts and guests. Have fun!

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Mar
06
2014

Yesterday, the Ottawa Sun reported that a two-year-old girl who attends a Barrhaven daycare centre has been suspended for three days for bringing a cheese sandwich into the facility. The headline is rather alarmist, isn't it? It insinuates that the child is somehow at fault, but we all know it's a rare toddler who's already making their lunches (wouldn't that be great, though?).

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Feb
27
2014

25 Great Gluten-Free Resources

Wheat? We don't eat no stinkin' wheat!

gluten-free resources

My family doesn't have to follow a gluten-free diet, but I know plenty who do, and I know that finding reliable resources for recipes, products, and information isn't always something they've got time to do. So I asked around for everyone's fave celiac and gluten-free online resources and am happy to provide you with this round-up. And if you've got some to add, please let me know!

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allergy myths debunked

Food allergies are tricky things. They vary from person to person, reactions can evolve and change, get more severe, or even disappear. They're just unbelievably difficult to manage, in general. What's making the whole thing even harder to manage is the fact that there are so many people out there spouting all kinds of garbage about food allergies that just aren't true.

Here are a few common myths that I'd like to dispel that'll maybe help clear up some confusion.

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allergic to cold?

Spring is just 30 days away, you guys! Thirty sleeps! Winter has felt eternal in my neck of the woods, and as much as I loved the movie Frozen, I can't say I'll be sad when the temperatures stay above zero. As I sit here writing this today, it's snowing again, and I'm really not sure how to shovel the snow up onto the 6' tall snowbanks I have running along my driveway.

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Feb
04
2014

When we were kids, who knew what an EpiPen was? Severe allergies seem so commonplace now, that it feels like not a classroom is free of an EpiPen or two. While we struggle to protect our kids and ourselves from exposure to our allergens, scientists are trying to figure out what is happening to our immune systems, how to stop the progress of these allergies, and how to stop them from happening at all. 

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Jan
31
2014

Desensitizing Peanut Allergies

Another New Study Offers Hope

the end of peanut allergies?

Last month, there was news of a study that demonstrated a marked decrease in peanut allergies in children who underwent a gradual desensitization process. What huge news! This week, British researchers say they've successfully decreased reactions in their study of 90 children who suffer from peanut allergies. 

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Jan
19
2014

The day of loooooove is soon upon us, and although a simple Valentine is sufficient, sometimes we (okay, I) like to go a little further and offer up some treats for the kiddies, as well. Problem is, there are about a zillion allergies out there, so we have to be careful with what we give them.

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