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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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Raising Food Allergy Awareness

Having food allergies is a full-time job. Every ingredient, recipe, and toy has to be checked and then checked again. For families that deal with this daily, it can quickly become difficult to navigate normal life. For this reason, food allergy awareness is important. By having more awareness for those in the allergy community, life for food allergies can improve dramatically. Steps like better labeling and safer school lunches can change the lives of those in the allergy community. Could you bring it to School? If your child has food allergies, then spreading awareness can be as easy as contacting a...
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Dating with Food Allergies

Dating is a prevalent part of all our lives. Children seem to be fascinated with the idea of love and companionship from a very early age. Given this, whether we are dating ourselves or parents of children dating, navigating new relationships with food allergies can be a big part of our lives. And with so much dating and courtship surrounding new foods and experiences, we must know how to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe while we date new people. Be Open For many singles with food allergies, there is anxiety around telling their date about their allergies. Many fear...
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Unlikely Places Your Food Allergy Could Be Hiding

For many people, food allergies can be all-consuming. With such extreme consequences, it only makes sense that avoiding these reactions becomes a full-time job. People will read labels excessively and double-check every ingredient in their meals. However, there are still several unlikely places where your food allergen could be hiding. Foods with unexpected ingredients and objects with unique bindings can all trigger allergic reactions. Household Objects to Look Out For Stuffed Animals – No one ever thinks that their stuffed animals could be a cause of concern – especially not when the concern is an allergic reaction. However, many stuffed animals...
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Using a Food Diary to Track Your Food Allergies

Whether you are working with your doctor to find out the source of your allergies, or just trying to keep track of your reactions, a food diary can be a useful tool. It can help you keep a balanced diet and provide you with a tangible piece of information to provide your allergist. And while a food diary in no place replaces medical testing, it can be a great first step to recognizing your symptoms and getting them under control. Why a Food Diary? When someone is experiencing allergy symptoms, the first thing their doctor wants to do is figure out...
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Pregnancy and Food Allergies

Many women, after discovering they’re pregnant, decide to change their diet. Whether it be the switch to making more nutritious meals or the push to eating fewer snacks, pregnant mothers are constantly looking for new ways to do what’s best for their babies. However, when it comes to mothers with food allergies, there are many hurdles in the way. Classic nutrient-packed foods like milk or fish may not be a meal-time option. For mothers with food allergies, getting those nutrients to their babies requires a little bit of thought and some helpful creativity. Gluten Allergy Many people worldwide suffer from a...
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Talking to Your Child About Food Allergies

Food allergies are a genuine part of our lives. Whether you, your child, a friend or a family member, countless people deal with them daily. Given this, providing your child with knowledge on this life-threatening reality is vital. However, explaining to your child why they are no longer able to eat their favorite food or have their favorite cake at their birthday party is never an easy conversation. That is why we must always remember the importance of open communication. Most children are more mature than we give them credit for and are eager to understand and help. That is why,...
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Food Allergies on a Budget

Food allergies can be difficult to navigate. Not only can they be the cause for great stress and anxiety, but they also require a great deal of planning and responsibility. Additionally, many people find that food allergies can require expensive groceries and specially made items that can really rack up that grocery bill. However, there are some ways to keep your food expenses modest – even with food allergies. Keep it Simple With so many food alternative options out there these days, it may be tempting to jump right into making that gluten-free, dairy-free mac and cheese. However, most of these...
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Keeping an Allergy Safe Home

 For people with food allergies, eating can often be scary. Without control over the kitchen, groceries, and utensils, it can be tough for them to trust that their eating is safe. Given this, if you, or someone you love, do live with a food allergy, it is important to ensure that you know how to keep your kitchen safe. Ranging from shopping to cleaning, every step of the process requires careful attention and understanding. Read Labels One of the simplest ways to ensure your kitchen's safety is to pay attention to what you are putting into it.  While many people get...
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Sending Children with Food Allergies to School

Most parents can understand the fear surrounding sending their child to school for the first time. Until that point, you had complete control over everything your child went through, from the moment they woke up until the moment they went to sleep. However, sending your child to school forces you to separate from them and trust others with their well-being. For many parents, this worry begins to ease after a few days, allowing their children the independence they require to thrive. However, for parents of children with food allergies, this fear may never go away. With so many possible triggers and...
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Living With Food Allergies

Finding out you - or someone you love – have food allergies is hard. Not only can this mean the end of eating your favorite foods, but it also can take all the enjoyment out of mealtime. With the severe reactions that food allergies cause, every meal can become consumed by fear and anxiety. That said, several tips and tricks make dealing with your allergies slightly easier. Read Labels This may seem obvious, but many people don’t understand the importance of reading their food labels. For one, many foods often have unexpected ingredients. Fish gelatin in yogurt, sesame oil in sauces,...
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How to Know if You Have Food Allergies

At times, people can find it difficult to identify the root of the symptoms they are experiencing. Be it itchy skin, watery eyes, or a swollen throat, any number of symptoms can be pointing towards a food allergy. That said, some other possible causes for these symptoms, begging the question: how is one supposed to identify when they have an allergic reaction? What is a Food Allergy? Before attempting to self-diagnose your symptoms, it is a good idea to gain a clear understanding of what a food allergy really is. A food allergy is an occurrence in which the body’s immune...
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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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