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Simplifying life for families with food allergies.

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!

 

Spring Break Bound! Hotels Accomodating Food Allergies March 11, 2011

As we (thankfully) approach Spring Break, I’ve read a lot about hotels that are tuning in to guests with food and airborne allergies.

 

Last year, the Marriott resort we stayed at in the Caribbean sold soy milk in a market in their lobby.  And, the concierge knew exactly were to find it elsewhere on the tiny island.

 

The Hilton at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has added 52 PURE guests rooms.  These rooms are equipped with a state-of-the-art air purification system and are treated to remove allergens and irritants from all surfaces and fabrics (think hypoallergenic pillowcases, mattress covers, and microfiber sheets).  http://www.childmode.com/2011/02/07/hilton-adds-52-pure-guest-rooms-for-families-and-travelers-with-allergies-or-asthma/s And the Hilton isn’t the only hotel providing this service (see Allergy Friendly Hotels, below).

 

The Fairmont Hotel Group recently began offering a dedicated menu for guests and diners with dietary restrictions.  Their Lifestyle Cuisine Plus concept lists gluten-free, raw, peanut-free, and macrobiotic food options.

 

At Miraval Resort near Tuscon, Arizona, guests are asked about their food allergies and dietary requirements upon booking.  That information is relayed to the resort’s executive chef and Miraval employs a nutritional director.   They would like their guests not only accommodated, but happy.

 

The chefs at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong partnered with British designer and lifelong vegetarian Stella McCartney, to offer an organic and vegetarian afternoon tea throughout the month of March.

 

In addition to the above hotels featured, you can investigate allergy-friendly hotels as well as bed and breakfasts through Allergy Friendly Hotels website.  This site has listings in the U.S. and U.K., Ireland, Germany, Spain and Canada.

 

With so many excellent, allergy-sensitive places to stay this spring break, the only question I have is:  when are we going?!