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Being a Supportive Partner to Someone With Food Allergies

Food allergies don’t only affect the person with them, but the entire family. Their closest friends and family all need to be educated and sensitive in order to ensure their safety. However, when coming into a relationship with a person with food allergies, there can be a lot of confusion. It can be difficult to navigate the beginnings of a romance or even a committed marriage when dealing with food allergies for the first time. So, what does it take to be a good partner to someone with food allergies? Ask Questions As with any other aspect of relationships, communication is...
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Taking Allergy Safe Trips

Summer is a time for children to have fun. School is out, the weather is warm, and the days are longer. For many families, these months are a time for a vacation. Whether it be a week up north or a day in the city, the summer is a great time for family bonding. But, how do you take a food allergy child to an environment that you cannot control? It’s terrifying enough to send a food allergy child to school – a place where you do have some element of control. But when taking them out into the world, how...
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Feeling Guilty Over Eating Your Child's Food Allergy?

For many parents, eating their child’s allergen is a source of great guilt. They struggle with whether or not to have the food in their home, with whether their other children should be allowed to enjoy the food and the terrifyingly large grocery bill for the allergy-safe meals. When parents are balancing their allergic child with their own wants and needs and those of their other children, they can often find themselves stuck with no right answer. We have taken a look at some of these issues and have tried to come up with creative solutions. After all, we all do...
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Things Not to Say to People With Food Allergies

There are a number of things that people with food allergies are forced to deal with throughout their lives: doctor’s appointments, food anxiety’s and at times, even social isolation. But perhaps the most tedious thing people with food allergies deal with, is the constant stream of comments from people who just don’t get it. It is fine to ask questions – for many, it is even encouraged – all we ask is that before you share your opinion, you take the time to brush up on your facts. People in the food allergy community love to spread awareness and would be...
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Tips and Tricks for Remembering Your EpiPen

Whether you are just being diagnosed with food allergies for the first time in your life, or it is your child that is dealing with the difficulties, you have just been given a whole host of new responsibilities. Among those responsibilities – and arguably one of the most important ones – is remembering to take your EpiPen with you everywhere you go. What are some creative ways to stay on top of your EpiPen’s whereabouts and ensure that you never leave home without it? Buy Two The easiest solution is to buy two. Many EpiPen’s come as a package pair in...
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תסמינים פסיכולוכים לתגובה אלרגית

הילד שלכם מתפתל על הספה ומתחיל לריב עם האחים שלו וזה מעצבן. את מנסה להכין אותו לשינה אבל זה מאוד קשה. סוף סוף הוא הולך לשירותים, הוא נהיה רגוע, מצחצח שיניים ומתלבש בפיג'מה שלו. אבל אחר כך מצב הרוח הרע חוזר – הוא לא רגוע, הוא גזי, ועל האסלה שוב! אחרי שעה הוא נהיה מספיק רגוע כדי ללכת לישון – אבל מאוד מאוחר שוב! זה כל כך עצוב כי את יודעת שהולך להיות לילה ארוך. נשמע מוכר? תגובה רגשית לאלרגיות לילד עם אלרגיות או חוסר-סובלנות לאוכל מסויים – זה רק לוקח טעות אחת קטנה כדי שיהיה יום מעצבן, מלא בכאבי בטן....
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World Allergy Week - Allergy Care Doesn't Stop with COVID-19

This year, the World Allergy Organization is hosting World Allergy Week from June 28th to July 4th in order to emphasize the importance of continued allergy care despite the COVID-19 pandemic. With so much fear and anxiety surrounding the coronavirus it is normal that other hardships – such as living with food allergies – be moved to the backburner. However, the reality remains that for people with food allergies, the everyday struggles surrounding their allergies haven’t gone away. Now more than ever it is important that we remember that allergy care does not stop with COVID-19. Embrace Telemedicine For people undergoing...
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Allergy Safe Ways to Celebrate Father's Day

Father’s Day is right around the corner and with that comes a time for celebration. Families all across the globe are getting ready to spend the day thanking and celebrating their fathers. From barbecues, to ball games, the ways of showing your dad some appreciation are endless. We have compiled a list of allergy safe ways to say thank you to dad and make this Father’s Day, the best one yet. Home Cooked Meal Nice restaurants with cloth napkins and fancy waiters are a great way to celebrate any occasion. However, for people with food allergies, any restaurant can be a...
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Self Care Tips for Moms and Dads

Everybody knows that being a parent is the hardest job in the world. Mom’s and dad’s all over the world spend countless nights lying awake with crying babies, and full lifetimes making sure their children are safe and happy – whatever that may mean. However, when your child is dealing with a food allergy, a parent’s job is made that much harder. The worry and fear becomes something that other parents can’t understand. Given this, we have compiled a list of ways to help these stressed out moms and dads relax – even if only for a little bit. Have a...
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Food Allergy Habits that Can Help You on Your Health Journey

Getting healthy is a hot topic all year round, but as summer grows closer, getting fit becomes increasingly more popular. Oftentimes the idea of getting heathy seems daunting, with so many restrictions required in order to see success. However, it is exactly these practices that people in the food allergy community have become so accustomed to. Getting healthy is all about a mindset, because for those living with food allergies, all the raw materials are already there. Sticking to a Diet People will tell you that the trick to getting healthy is moderation. But for so many, the idea of sticking...
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After the FDA- what now?

Enough has been written about the recent regulation changes permitted by the FDA regarding the labeling policies of food items. The reason given for this drastic action was ‘supply chain disruptions from COVID-19.’ Reactions from the allergy community were swift and fast coming, with outrage, fear, and shock being expressed across the online communities by those affected by food allergies as well as those who aren’t.   With 32 million Americans affected by food allergies, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who is not either personally affects or knows someone who is. What is perhaps the most painful and disappointing part...
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Supporting the Food Allergy Community

Many people have found creative ways to help their community through the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it be the unique ways people showed gratitude to healthcare workers, donating supplies to those in need, or even just making every effort to stay home, people truly tried to protect those around them. That said, the food allergy community is facing a slightly different problem, as our connection isn’t dictated by geography. Without access to each other, or any way of truly knowing which people are a part of the community, it’s a little difficult to take initiative and pay it forward. Given this, we...
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Why People With Food Allergies are More Equipped to Deal With the Coronavirus

We have already spoken about the difficulties facing food allergy families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it be the fear surrounding food shortages or the anxieties of possibly requiring an ER during this time, we have come to understand what we need to be wary about and have learned different ways to protect ourselves and our families. That said, what we have failed to mention thus far, is how the food allergy family was more prepared for this pandemic. The Invisible Danger The idea of an invisible danger isn’t foreign to children and families with food allergies. For so many, understanding...
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Enjoying an Allergy Safe Mother's Day

The coronavirus outbreak has forced all of us to change the way we live our lives. Whether it’s due to being forced to stay indoors or the virtual shut down of the economy, no one has come out of this unscathed. Parents, in particular, have been extremely busy. They have been tasked with finding ways to keep up with work and parenting, in addition to teaching their children so they could keep up with their education. As Mother’s Day approaches, many families are undoubtedly looking for ways to thank their mothers for all their hard work. Here’s how to do so...
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My Experience With Food Allergies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For people with food allergies, everyday life can be filled with stress and anxiety. Every label needs to be checked and every ingredient recognized. Sometimes, something as simple as trying a new restaurant can be a source of great fear. However, over time, many find ways to cope. They find brands they trust and recipes they enjoy. Some even begin to experiment a little more and form bonds with people who suffer from the same allergies. That said, the COVID-19 pandemic has left many of these people feeling helpless. More than just the expected fear regarding the virus, people with food...
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Food Allergies and Ordering In

The Covid-19 outbreak has forced everyone to avoid public areas and stay indoors. What started out as a precaution (or even an opportunity to catch up on life) has turned into a real fear. Today, families of all sizes are stuck indoors with nothing to do and no foreseeable end to the situation. For many, this means hours of TV watching, repetitive dinners, and constant scrambling for something to do. Unsurprisingly, many people have begun to turn to food to keep them entertained. From trying out new recipes to experimenting with new orders, food has become the main focus of millions...
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Telehealth: Seeing an Doctor or Allergist During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected everyone. From the elderly who have been placed in mandatory quarantine to the children who are stuck at home all day, all of our lives have been interrupted. However, while many businesses have shut down or placed their employees on temporary leave, healthcare professionals are needed now more than ever. But with no public transportation and every minute outside increasing the level of risk, how are doctors and nurses meant to reach their patients? For people in the food allergy community, this is especially important. Food allergies are a genuine and prevalent part of our daily...
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Shopping For a Food Allergy Family During Corona

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, people are anxiously preparing for any outcomes. For many, this means a panic-filled shopping spree for stocking up on all the essentials. However, for food allergy families, the process is a little different. Families with food allergies need to take brand and availability into account with every shopping trip. And with so many shelves being emptied so quickly, the fear of being left without allergy-friendly food is quickly growing.   Back to Basics While being stuck at home for hours on end is in no way a treat, it is an opportunity. Without...
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Ideas for Allergy Safe Meals

COVID-19 has been one of the fastest spreading viruses ever to be. In just a matter of weeks, the virus has spread throughout the globe, infecting thousands and disrupting the lives of nearly everyone. For many, this means closed offices, shut schools, and a lot more family time than expected. It is times like these when mealtime becomes an activity. We share some of our favorite allergy-safe meals and snacks to make this trying time a little bit easier. Breakfast Hash browns – These are a delicious, fan-favorite, allergy-free option. They are fairly simple to make - not requiring too many...
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Educating Children on Food Allergies

Having a child with food allergies can be hard. Not only do you have to learn a whole new set of cooking and cleaning tricks, but you have to screen every play date your child goes on to. It’s hard to trust someone who might not understand the severity of your child’s food allergies completely. However, teaching your child’s friends about food allergies can be the answer you need. By having all the children educated on food allergies, you can trust your child is safe at any play date and watch them thrive with their friends. Books Most children’s books are...
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What Our Clients Say

Meticulous in their preparations

During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.

 After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.

 Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.

 We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.

T.M., Chicago, USA

Comfortable, calm, and at ease

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!

We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.

My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!

It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)

We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!! 

CO, Canada
April 2016

Very Helpful

Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.

Yasher Koach!
L.R., NY, NY

Delicious and Safe

Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel.  We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!

All the best,

S.C., New Jersey

Thank You

We can't thank you enough for assembling this top-notch team of specialists to work with our daughter while she is in Israel.

T.G., Philadelphia, PA

The Allergy Card was Extremely Helpful

"Food Allergy Concierge assisted us with a very helpful, detailed customized allergy card in Hebrew.  The Allergy card was extremely helpful for multiple allergies and allowed us to eat safely in several eateries and hotels. Highly recommended.”

G.A. Illinois USA

Allergy Free baked goods for the lockdown

My family ordered a week's worth of food from Food Allergy Concierge during the most recent lockdown. Having the food on hand, and knowing that it was safe for everyone in the family to eat, helped turn the lockdown into a stay-cation! We were still able to take a break from cooking and worrying, and we look forward to using FAC's services again in the future.

Very easy to order and communicate your needs

We are so lucky we found this company to help us while our son was traveling. They provided allergy-safe baked goods and delivered them to his hotel so he could have bread and pastries on his month-long Israel trip. It was very easy ordering and communicating his needs. I would definitely use the food allergy concierge again the next time he travels to Israel.

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