Allergy Shmallergy

Simplifying life for families with food allergies.

An Opportunity to Help July 25, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — malawer @ 2:24 pm

 

Mandate insurance coverage of Epinephrine Injectors under the Affordable Care Act

 

A reader of Allergy Shmallergy just contacted me with some interesting information.  She informed me that the Afforable Care Act does not cover epinephrine injectors.    These life-saving devices are critical for people with life-threatening food allergies.  I can’t imagine the day-to-day worry I would have if I didn’t know that I had epinephrine handy.

 

Our reader informed me that she has written a petition on Change.org asking the US government to mandate that all insurance plans cover epinephrine autoinjectors.  

 

I urge everyone to take a look at the petition, consider signing and passing along this information. 

 

Mandate Insurance Coverage of Epinephrine Injectors Under the Afforable Care Act

 

Thank you for your consideration on behalf of a fellow reader and me.

 

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Safe Travels! Apps for Food Allergies July 5, 2014

Summer is a great time to hit the road (or the sky!). But travel can pose some issues for those with food allergies.  New restaurants, meals on the go… they can be hard to sort out safely.  Here are a few apps to play with over the summer that might just help out:  

 

Restaurant Nutrition:

While developed as a way to check for nutritional information of restaurant chains, it also includes ingredient lists whenever possible… Making that last minute rest stop a lot easier to navigate.  Available (free) for iPhone and Android platforms.    

 

Yummly:

So, you’ve spent all day at the beach or on a hike and your gang is exhausted.  Sounds like you’re eating at the rental house tonight!  Do you need a dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free dessert?  Try checking out Yummly.  What I love about this site is that you can search for recipes WITHOUT certain ingredients.  Who doesn’t want to make this amazing recipe?!

Mini Peach Pies

Mini Peach Pies via Yummly.com

Allergy FT:

Traveling abroad with a food allergy can be tricky?  You will want to make absolutely sure that your waiter and chef know you know a food allergy.  Allergy FT translates your food allergy from English into Spanish, French or German allowing you to communicate in roughly 57 countries!  Best of all, no internet connection is involved so no soaring internet rates!

 

 

Emergency Apps:

  • The American Red Cross app may be useful for any number of reasons.  But for us, it’s symptoms and advice on anaphylaxis is particularly helpful.   
  • FindER will use your phone’s GPS to locate the closest ER to wherever you are.  While I hope none of us ever has to use this, it’s good to know it’s available.

 

I’d love to hear of any other apps people are using and finding helpful!  And, of course, safe travels wherever your plans may take you!

 

Some Delicious Ideas for the Fourth of July! July 3, 2014

Filed under: Recipes & Cooking — malawer @ 12:30 am
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If you have food allergies or are hosting someone with food allergies for the Fourth of July, you’re likely fretting about menu options.

 

Here are some quick and easy ideas for an allergy-friendly Fourth:

 

My Sweetheart Sorbet Pie idea can be made with any flavor sorbet (dairy and nut-free!) and topped with red raspberry, blueberries and banana or pineapple slices for a red, white and blue display.

Allergy Shmallergy:  Sweetheart Sorbet Pie

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Check out these adorable fruit kabobs from The Frugal Girls:

4th of July Fruit Kabobs Recipe Patriotic

 

These drinks from In Katrina’s Kitchen look as adorable as they do refreshing:

 
If the only way to celebrate being American is through Apple Pie, then try these two allergy-friendly pie crust recipes:

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    And, of course, be sure to ask and double check packaging for all hot dog and hamburger buns if you’re allergic to sesame seeds.  For some reason, those little buggers are in everything!  Here are a few brands we’ve had luck with:
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    Hope you all have a safe and fun-filled Fourth of July!