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How To Do a Nut-Free Pesach

Nut allergies have become increasingly popular over the past few decades. In fact, on average, it affects over 3 million Americans every year. Living with a nut allergy is a challenge, especially during Pesach, where most recipes, particularly cakes, cookies, and sweets, have some form of nuts. Since 2005, the law requires companies to label all their food products for allergens. However, many products still might have cross-contamination. During Pesach, many of the packaged kosher for Pesach foods have cross-contamination with nuts. Many factories produce many different types of food, some of which contain nuts. This causes cross-contamination with their food,...
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Food Allergies & Pregnancy – a personal story

I always considered my family one that was close-knit and accepting. Call it naivety, but that’s how it was. Until something happened that opened my eyes a little bit: My sister-in-law developed allergies to peanuts. At the age of 29. After a pregnancy (her third). I was 12 at the time. Let me preface by explaining that my sister-in-law had a reputation of being a hypochondriac, so that didn’t help. All I remember is one Sunday we got a phone call that my sister-in-law was taken to hospital after an anaphylactic reaction to something as of yet unknown. What followed for her...
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Common Food Allergy Substitutes

Having food allergies doesn't always mean that you have to give up your favorite meals. There are many great options to replace an allergen with a safe substitute. Here are some of the most common substitutes for allergens. Milk Milk is high in fat and protein. So, when thinking of a substitute, we need to find something that has similar qualities. Soy milk is a good option for replacing milk. It has almost as much protein and calcium as regular milk. Rice milk, Cashew milk, and almond milk are also great substitutes for milk (however, they are lower in fat). The...
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Sanitizing vs. cleaning

Over the years, we have had many cases of people who ate out in restaurants with a child who had a food allergy. The manager and staff ensured that everything was thoroughly cleaned and safe for consumption. However, their child ended up having an allergic reaction to the food. Most people don't realize the vast difference between cleaning versus sterilizing and that sterilizing is crucial for anyone with severe allergies. A common allergy myth is that people think that soap and water are enough to prevent cross-contamination. While soap, water, and paper towels are enough to keep your hands clean from...
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Allergy Guilt & Tips

I can't recall a single cinematic scene in which a person with food allergies expresses their feelings of guilt about their allergies' negative impact on their loved ones' lives. Family, close friends, classmates, or co-workers may not be allowed to eat certain foods around them, or they may have to ask they are significant others to change an aspect of their diet so that intimate contact will not expose them to dangerous allergens. This is a crucial aspect of having food allergies that nobody discusses and of which the public (allergy-free individuals) may aa be aware. Having a food allergy, and...
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Mishloach Manot & Food Allergies?

Purim is a stressful time for parents who have children with food allergies, particularly regarding mishloach manot. While Purim is a joyful holiday for the Jewish community, the exchange of gift baskets, called mishloach manot, can be very challenging for people with food allergies. People make all kinds of delicious baked goods and treats for their family and friends, often with eggs, nuts, sesame, and other allergens. People who have food allergies, however, feel left out, and they are worried about an allergic reaction. All parents want their kids to be happy and participate in cultural (or religious) events, like normal...
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An Allergy-Free Trip in Israel - Tips

Israel is a beautiful, exotic, historical country with many excellent tourist sites like the Old City in Jerusalem, the Galilee sea, and the Ein Gedi Reserve.  Israel has a fast-growing culinary world with fabulous fresh food options and the heavy Mediterranean and exotic Asian fusions mixed with European influences.  Millions of people visit Israel each year from virtually every country in the world, but until now, Israel was challenging for people with allergies.  Nuts and sesame are a staple of the Mediterranean Diet. When you walk past a bakery, everything is covered in sesame and nuts! However, few people in Israel...
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Vegan capital of the world

Welcome to Tel Aviv- a beautiful city filled with love, life, adventure, and a whole universe of veganism! Yep- welcome to the Vegan capital of the world- a title previously held by Berlin, now by Tel Aviv, a city in Israel filled with the unique flavors that are signature to the vegan world, with farm to table a literal reality. Tel Aviv boasts more than 400 vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants, serving the ever-growing number of 200,000 vegans, which has blossomed over the last 6 years. Vega eating in Tel Aviv is a chance to taste some of the best food in...
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Elderly people with food allergies: PART 2

For part 1, click here. By the time a couple is in their 60’s, they have a set way of living and managing their lives. Change is hard, and opinions are unappreciated. Many couples with one spouse who has a food allergy live harmoniously with the allergen in the home. The partner without the food allergy most likely has a system set up to enjoy the products without endangering their partner, whether this includes only using paper wear when eating, washing their hands extra carefully, or brushing their teeth after eating the allergen. If they have received guidance from their allergist-...
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Challenges of eating out during gap-year

Hungry?  Want to grab a snack after night seder?  Your friends are all gathering around (ok, maybe a bit less with social distancing 😉 ), chowing down on burgers, fries, or pizza, and you are crunching your apple.  That is the unfortunate reality of the life of an allergic kid during their gap year.  It’s such a hard decision.  Stay in North America where you know you are safe from allergens (clearly labeled and general awareness) or go to Israel where there is no awareness and no labeling, but be with your friends and have a year of learning in Israel. ...
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Where are all the allergy-friendly restaurants in Israel???

The food allergy community in Israel faces numerous challenges- from the lack of accessibility to allergy-free products to a culture highly focused on foods that include the most common allergens like sesame and peanuts, to a society that falls far behind in their knowledge and awareness of food allergies. Researching safe products is a full-time job, shopping in bakeries a faint dream, and ensuring adequate care within the school setting, a journey not for the faint-hearted. It’s no wonder that it is hard to find an allergy-friendly restaurant in Israel with a history like that. A quick search on google of...
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Elderly people with food allergies: PART 1

More than 54 million people in the US are aged 65 or older, with this figure expected to continue to increase over the next 20 years. Similar trends are seen across the globe, with 11% of the population classified as elderly in Israel in 2015- a number with an expected 77% increase over the next 15 years. In Israel, the percentage of the elderly population living in nursing homes stands at 4.5%, assisted living facilities 2%, leaving most of this population still living within the community. The presence of food allergies within the elderly community is currently estimated between 5%-10%. Still,...
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What does using an Epinephrine Auto-Injector feel like?

If you own an Epinephrine Auto-Injector, whether an Epi-pen®, Auvi-Q®, or other, you most likely have read all you can about what an allergic reaction looks like, how to administer your auto-injector, and the importance of an allergy plan. And while there is plenty of information out there to help you start your journey- there are fewer resources to help you get a feeling about what it’s like to have Epinephrine injected into your body. Hopefully, this article will fill in the gaps. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Important: Most patients who have passed away from...
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Psychological Allergic Reaction

Your child is squirming on the couch, picking fights with their siblings, and is irritable. You try to get him ready for bed- but he’s difficult. Finally, after going to the bathroom, he settles down for a bit, and you can get his PJ’s on and brush his teeth. But then the bad mood comes back- he’s just not settled, his gassy- and on the toilet again. An hour later, he is calm enough to go into bed- late again! And oh’ so sad. You know it’s going to be a long night…… Sounds familiar?   Emotional responses to food allergies...
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Allergies and Cancer- is there a connection?

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Day, we decided to explore the connection between allergies and cancer. Although breast cancer is more common in females, it’s important to remember that it can occur in males. The importance of regular breast checks, as well as good lifestyle choices, cannot be underestimated. Please do your bit to protect and take care of your health. For information about preventing cancer, please click here. Remember, early detection of any cancer significantly increase the chance of survival and positive prognosis! Introduction There has been much hype in the past 30 years regarding a possible connection between...
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Dealing with an uncooperative teacher

It’s now a few weeks into the new school year- enough time for you to have (hopefully) met with your child’s teacher and explained their needs, written and submitted a Plan 504 to the school, and assessed the level of care and accommodation your child has been given for their food allergies. It never ceases to amaze us, but every year parents across the globe tackle the issue of uncooperative teachers, staff members who either don’t understand or don’t believe in a child’s allergies or simple miscommunications.   Parents are then faced with a NOW WHAT? What, if anything, is there...
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Traveling in Israel with Food Allergies

Traveling in Israel with food allergies is challenging! Did you know that 15 million Americans have food allergies, and 1 out of 13 children have life-threatening food allergies? Whether you are allergic to nuts, sesame, chocolate, certain cooking oils, or fruit, the fear of managing your allergies or having an allergic reaction abroad may hinder your travel plans to Israel.  Parents of children with severe food allergies are often drained after any travel when even trace amounts of the allergen can lead to a potentially fatal reaction.  The intense monitoring required is exhausting, leading one to think... why are we on vacation? Israeli and Mediterranean cuisine is indeed...
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Food Allergy Relationships - Asking the Right Questions

Whether you’re a teacher with a first-time food allergy student, a neighbor that just had a food allergy family move in, or a significant other looking to navigate the makings of a brand new relationship, learning about food allergies is vital. For those living with food allergies, it is a major part of their everyday lives. They require special food they can trust, products that they deem to be safe, and people in their lives who are willing to go the extra mile to keep them from having an allergy. So, how does one go about navigating their new relationship with...
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Put a Label On It

Like so many of us, Katie Bryant, mother of three, is looking to provide her family with the best life possible. She is a homeschooling mother with three sons and no shortage of battles. Many of us in the food allergy community already know how difficult navigating life can be, and Katie Bryant is no stranger to those same struggles. When Katie’s youngest son Sterling was a baby – still under a year old – he took a small bite out of his older brother’s peanut butter sandwich. The symptoms that followed of hives and breathing trouble are unfortunately all too...
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Going Back to School with Food Allergies During the COVID19 Pandemic

As the school year approaches, many parents are beginning to wonder what this year will bring. With the COVID-19 pandemic taking over all our lives, the school will undoubtedly be different. However, for parents of children with food allergies, the stress is tenfold. With recipes changing and school lunches being less prevalent, parents are beginning to worry about sending their children to class. Will common food allergens become a bigger issue with home lunches becoming increasingly more popular? How can parents best prepare themselves and their children for the changes in the upcoming school year? Speak to the School We know...
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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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