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Allergies Over the Holidays

Living life with food allergies can often feel restrictive – especially for those who developed their allergies later in life. However, as allergy awareness grows and the push for better options is demanded, plenty of food replacements and allergy-safe brands are beginning to emerge. That said, there is still one time of year that remains difficult for people with food allergies - the holidays. Navigating your way through a holiday meal can be as difficult as walking through a minefield. Whether it be because your relatives aren’t sensitive enough to your sensitivities, your friends don’t understand your situation's severity, or you...
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Supporting the non-allergic sibling

Sometimes it creeps up on you, for other parents- they start seeing the cracks but don’t quite know what they mean, and for a third (luckier!) group of parents- they have been warned to keep an eye out they know what to look for and implement strategies long before it develops into a real problem. It doesn’t matter which group you belong to. There is no guilt in the game (unless you count what we put on ourselves as parents -every day-!). What does matter are the steps you take next. We can’t control the past. We can, however, have a...
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Job hunting for the allergy teenager

When I was about 15, my doctor sat my mother and me down and told me that I had to avoid certain things in life, and there wasn’t much they could do about it. After undergoing a childhood filled with numerous allergy tests, the list in front of him detailed my complete lists of allergens. He also specified various career paths I should stay clear of when considering any future higher-education or job placements. Since water and soap are a big no-no for me due to my skin condition, on the top of the list were careers like swimming instructors and...
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Online Food-Allergy Support groups - join or avoid ?!?!?

30 years ago, when a child was diagnosed with a food allergy, not only did parents have to navigate the challenges of managing a child with this condition in a world with less awareness and education regarding food allergies, they also had to travel the journey largely alone; (aside for a doctor, allergist, and spouse, of course). Experts worldwide agree that having a strong and solid support system is instrumental in managing any significant challenge while staying emotionally healthy throughout. However, finding such a support group in the day’s pre-internet was very difficult. With the increase of social media and social...
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Help! My in-laws just 'Don't get it!'

With Halloween behind us- it’s not too early to think about Thanksgiving. And while most holidays center around food, which provides the obvious challenges for any food allergy family, Thanksgiving is unique as it is a time when families spend a lot of time together. Yay- sounds like bliss- families spending quality time together- what could be more beautiful! But what do you do when your extended family….. ‘don’t get it when the people who are meant always have your back, support you, and be there when others aren’t. What can you do (if anything) if your mother-in-law doesn’t believe in...
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Halloween- The trickiest day of the year

The Halloween holiday guide helps families who have children with food allergies navigate this fun-filled time safely and stress-free. Halloween is a holiday focused on the children- and with children who face the challenges of having a food allergy every day, it is a holiday that has special importance to them and can have a long-term impact on their emotional well-being. Halloween is all about the costumes- and it provides a child with the chance to blend in and be a part of the crowd- it is a chance when someone who lives with a difference or a challenge all year...
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Kids with Food Allergies are Safer Kids- study shows

An enlightening study published by The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology concludes that overall children with Food Allergies ‘are safer and more responsible children than those without.’ (See additional data from the study below) Food Allergy Concierge consulted with several professionals, including Judy Bar Eitan for a deeper understanding and insight into the findings of this study.   As the first study of its kind- it provides some encouragement for parents and children living intimately with Food Allergies, that although the challenges are huge at the end there may be some benefits that result from the journey. The study takes a...
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Can animals have food allergies?

You may be surprised to hear this, but in the same manner that humans become allergic to certain foods, animals can develop food allergies. There are 3 types of allergies in animals: skin, food, and environmental. To complicate matters more, the symptoms of these 3 types of allergies can overlap and appear as the same, making a diagnosis more difficult. The majority of animals don’t have a food allergy, rather a food intolerance or food sensitivities. Unlike food allergies, food sensitivities are a gradual reaction to any specific food in the animal’s diet, for example, beef, chicken, eggs, corn, soy, etc....
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Exercise-induced anaphylaxis/Food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis

EIA/FDEAI
Exercise-induced anaphylaxis- (EIA) is a rare condition where anaphylaxis transpires in connection with physical activity. Food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis (FDEIA), on the other hand, is a sub-category of EIA and occurs when the physical activity is within a relatively short time frame of consuming a specific food pre-or post-exercise. In 90% of cases, symptoms occur within 30 minutes, although they can occur a few hours later. Even though the first reported case of this condition was way back in 1979, there is still a lot of confusion regarding EIA and FDEIA. This is due to a combination of the rarity of the...
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Allergy-Free Simanim Platters

Simanim Platters
About 11,000 students come from abroad to Israel each year to study in the Hold Land. Setting aside a year of their lives before commencing their higher education, they come to spend time soaking in the culture and spiritual elements that only a country like Israel has to offer. After spending the first few weeks on a high, enjoying the new and exciting, the upcoming Chuggim is a highly emotionally charged time. Not only is it an uplifting time in the Jewish calendar, but it will also be the first Chug the students will spend away from home. Students with food...
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Food Allergy Bullying- Prevention, Detection and Reaction

food allergy bullying
What is food allergy bullying? No child deserves to be bullied. Ever. However, you may be surprised to read this, but at the core- bullying is the same in every situation. The bully needs to exercise power over the victim. The victim being bullied cannot easily defend themselves, resulting in them feeling powerless, isolated, and unsafe. There is an unequal balance of power, and the bullying continues, so this unfair balance of power continues. “Studies have shown that there was no differentiation between both the food the victims were allergic to and the severity of the allergy.” Food allergy bullying is...
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Part 2: They're off to college-now what? - Food Allergies in the Dorm

What now?!?!?! Read PART 1 here If you’re thinking- look, that is all well and nice, but what should I do now- my child is leaving soon for college, and I’m stuck! The first step to do is to sit down together with your child and construct a plan on how they will organize their eating arrangements while in college. To achieve this effectively, you will need to know certain information, including; what eating arrangements make their college campus offer, whether there’s a cafeteria or eating hall? Is it going to be safe for your child to eat anything out of...
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Part 1: They're off to college-now what? - Food Allergies in the Dorm

College is about to start, and many parents turn to online groups for advice on how to mauver this next major milestone in their child’s life. Interestingly the most pressing issue parents seem to be grappling with is food preparation- how to navigate and organize a years’ worth of meals for their child miles away from where they live, with limited cooking facilities and workspace. Food Allergy Concierge spoke to Judy Bar Eitan, MSc, on what steps parents should take to prepare their child for college and tips on approaching this change in general. Our job as parents is to prepare...
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Throw away the cape- don’t be Supermom- just be human

Coping after an anaphylaxtic
This article was written based on Judy Bar Eitan's professional guidance, MSc, who has been treating children and families in a clinical and therapeutic setting for over a decade. Additionally, for the past 31/2 years, through her role in EMA Care, she has worked directly with families who are experiencing challenges with Anaphylaxis. Read more about her here.  Mothers are notoriously hard on themselves- the ‘Supermom’ phenomenon, which was coined in the 1980s following the movement of women entering the workforce, only served to add to the pressure already placed on their shoulders. This is even more prevalent amongst mothers of...
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Camping with Allergies

Vacation season is upon us, and we all want nothing more than experiencing a well-deserved break, take some time off work, routine, and spend some quality time with our families. And although we would all love to splurge and spend lots of money on a luxury vacation- that is not always realistic.  Along with the new year that is fast approaching, often draws new expenses- maybe another child is entering the school system, a child is starting college, university, or perhaps a career change which could weigh on the shoe strings somewhat- which is why many families choose to go camping...
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Allergies by the beach

I don’t know about you - but after spending months working @ the office, I am just itching to head out to the beach. As someone who grew up in a beach town, I know everything about safety by the water, including Slip, Slop Slap, only swimming between the flags, and watching your fluid intake. So I’m all covered- right? WRONG? What other hidden dangers could be lurking around a simple trip to the beach? Everyone with food allergies knows that you have to think about your meal arrangements before going on a day trip. If there doesn’t seem to be...
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Personalised Food Allergy Cards

Does the sentence, “Summer vacation has arrived!!!” make you jump up with joy- or break out in hives?!?!? It doesn’t have to be the latter. Everyone deserves a break from life- that’s what vacation time is all about- and what better way to rejuvenate yourself than to go out and explore the big beautiful world we have. Anywhere your heart takes you- your feet should follow- with the proper precautions, of course- there is no reason to stay at home behind closed doors. We all know the statistics- 50% of reactions due to allergies happen out of the home- but statistics...
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Allergy Education within the School system- an interview with Bracha Zanbar

Allergy School Education
This week here at Food Allergy Concierge, we took some time off to have a conversation with Bracha Zanbar; an allergy specialist, to discuss some issues regarding Allergy Education within the school system, a pressing topic that is currently holding the global center stage within the Allergy Awareness movement. What followed was an enlightening and educational discussion that scraped the surface of a current but vital matter.     Below are the questions presented to Bracha Zanbar- listen to the conversation to hear her answers. Follow-up questions or comments are welcome either through our Facebook page or by emailing .    ...
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Life after Karanbir Singh Cheema

It was 11:30, June 28th, 2017, when everything changed for Karanbir Singh Cheema. He was 13 years old. Only 13 when 2 classmates were involved in flicking a piece of cheese at him, triggering his dairy allergy-causing an anaphylactic reaction so severe that he, unfortunately, passed away 10 days later at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He was a child described by his family as so bright, “he could have been anything he wanted.” And he wasn’t a child who negligent with his health either, someone who didn’t take precautions to protect himself from an allergic reaction. Rather he had been known...
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Happy Fathers Day

Here is a letter in honor of fathers day for all fathers who have children with allergies. Let's celebrate this day together with those who deserve it and play such an important role in all our children's lives. To the most amazing father and my darling husband, From our hearts to yours-Happy father’s day! Today is a day dedicated solely to you and the unbelievably important and irreplaceable role you have in our family’s world. First, I want to say THANK-YOU. Thank you so much-You are appreciated. You have made us into a team. Turning the situation life has given us...
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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.

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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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