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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 with the issue of uncooperative teachers, staff members who either don’t understand or don’t believe in a child’s allergies or simple miss-communications. Parents are then faced with a NOW WHAT? What, if anything, is there...
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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...
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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...
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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, 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 child 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 that...
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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 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 sending 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 can you...
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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 as well as 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,...
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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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World Allergy Week - Allergy Care Doesn't Stop with COVID-19

This year, the World Allergy Organization is hosting World Allergy Week from June 28 th to July 4 th 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...
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Fears that Food Allergy Children Have and How to Deal with Them

As parents, we look to support our children. It is important to us that they feel safe, loved and understood. However, if you are a parent with a child with food allergies and you yourself have never had any, you may be finding it difficult to relate to your child. Without any knowledge of the way that food allergies can affect your daily life, how could you possibly help your child through it? While every child is different, we have found some patterns among those in the food allergy community and have compiled a list of things your child may be...
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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 labelling policies of food items. The reasons 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 effected 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 affect or know 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 apart of the community, it’s a little difficult to take initiative and pay it forward. Given this, we wanted...
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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 the things that 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 the ways in which 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...
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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 as a result of 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 edcation. 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...
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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 feeing 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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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

Our Latest Blogs

17 September 2020
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...
26 August 2020
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 t...
13 August 2020
.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 diff...