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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 become a full-time job. People will read labels excessively and double check every ingredient in their meals. However, there are still a number of 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....
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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, make the decision to change their diet. Whether it be the switch to making more nutritious meals or the push to eating less snacks, pregnant mothers are constantly looking for new ways to do what’s best for their babies. However, when it comes to mother’s with food allergies, there are a number of 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...
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Talking to Your Child About Food Allergies

Food allergies are a very real part of our lives. Whether it is you, your child, a friend or family member, countless people deal with them on a day-to-day basis. 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 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...
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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 ahead 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,...
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Keeping an Allergy Safe Home

 For people with food allergies, eating can often be scary. Without the control over the kitchen, groceries and utensils, it can be tough for them to trust that the food they are eating is safe. Given this, if you, or someone you love, does 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 the safety of your kitchen is to pay attention to what you are putting...
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Sending Children with Food Allergies to School

Most parents can understand the fear surrounding sending your 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 in order thrive. However, for parents of children with food allergies, this fear may never go away. With so many possible triggers...
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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 meal time. With the severe reactions that food allergies cause, every meal can become consumed by fear and anxiety. That said, there are a number of tips and tricks that make dealing with your allergies slightly easier. Read Labels This may seem obvious, but many people don’t understand the importance of reading the labels of their food. For one, many foods often have unexpected ingredients....
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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, there are also a number of other possible causes for these symptoms, begging the question: how is one supposed to identify when the are having 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 about what a food allergy really is. A food allergy is an...
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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 are 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 the severity of...
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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-single-day-!) what does matter, are the steps you take next. We can’t control the past, we can, however, have a say...
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Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis in Newborns

When babies are born- they are the most beautiful things in the world. Their skin is soft and smooth- a magnificent representation of the miracle of life. Within a few days, their skin can develop a red rash white spots or other imperfections, which is all normal development of the body’s exposure to the world. So how does a parent know when normal skin defects cross over to allergies? Can a newborn baby develop food-allergies? And if a parent suspects something is amiss, what are the first steps they should take? Eczema/Skin Rash Babies are born with extremely sensitive skin, making...
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Job hunting for the allergy teenager

When I was about 15 my doctor sat me and my mother down and told me that there were certain things in life I had to avoid and there wasn’t much they could do about it. After undergoing a childhood filled with numerous allergy test the list in front of him detailed my complete lists of allergens. He also specified a variety of career paths I should stay clear of when considering any future higher-education or job placements. Since water and soap is a big no-no for me due to my skin condition, on the top of the list were careers...
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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 across the globe all 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...
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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 centre 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 just….. ‘don’t get it’ when the people that are meant to 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...
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Halloween- The trickiest day of the year

With hours away from the start of Halloween- here is a last-minute guide in order to help 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 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...
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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. 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. Food...
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Can you be allergic to honey?

The Jewish New Year, which is fast approaching is synonymous with the delicious, sticky and very sweet honey. Children come home from school singing songs about honey, cards are sent around with images of honey, honey cake and cookies are made in homes and most importantly a significant part of the holiday's dinner which revolves around dipping a piece of apple in honey. Honey signifies sweetness- the hope that the future year is filled with experiences that are pleasant and joyful. There are approximately 320 varieties of honey which vary in colour and flavour. Honey is made by honeybees using nectar...
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Exercise-induced anaphylaxis/Food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis

EIA/FDEAI
Exercise-induced anaphylaxis- (EIA) is a rare condition where the 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 it 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 both EIA and FDEIA. This is due to a combination of the rarity...
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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

19 February 2020
For many people, food allergies can be all consuming. With such extreme consequences, it only makes sense that avoiding these reactions become a full-time job. People will read labels excessively and double check every ingredient in their meals. Howe...
12 February 2020
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 inform...
05 February 2020
Many women, after discovering they’re pregnant, make the decision to change their diet. Whether it be the switch to making more nutritious meals or the push to eating less snacks, pregnant mothers are constantly looking for new ways to do what’s best...