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Living A Full Life with Food Allergies

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    Born and raised in Plano, Texas, Kenton discovered his love for acting in the fourth grade when he landed supporting roles in the Dallas Theater Center’s rendition of A Christmas Carole.  It was such an amazing experience for Kenton! He loved being on stage and got great joy from entertaining the audience.  The show did thirty-five performances between [...]

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    Since our family has never been to Europe, I wanted to interview someone in the food allergy world who has and had a great experience! Julie Trone is the CEO of Allergy Free Table, LLC. She has two pocket guide style books on food allergy management. Together with her husband, John, they have created many [...]

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  • 07/10/13--08:12: Summer Camp & Food Allergies
  • When our now 17 year old son, Morgan, was very young, I never signed him up for day camps, and I never allowed him to sleep overnight at a camp for fear of the food involved. As he aged, he began to want to participate in these activities. He also had more of an ability [...]

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      The Senior Class Trip to Southern California is upon us! How do you help your teenager to manage their food allergies on a weekend trip? The better question might be – how do you help yourself manage your fear and anxiety while your teenager is on a weekend trip with the Senior Class?! We’ve […]

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    Hello everyone! I figured I would do a few updates throughout the trip just to keep all of you apprised with the day to day happenings. With traveling, I believe planning is one of the most important things you can do. Before leaving, I charted out all the locations my group was going to and […]

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    Hello everyone! I decided to update all of you with just one post covering both days given that a good portion of one was in Disneyland. Saturday There is a McDonalds in the vicinity of the hotel, which makes getting breakfast easy. When planning, I was very surprised to find out that none of the […]

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    If your child has food allergies, it is vital that they begin, at a young age, to remember to bring their epinephrine autoinjector everywhere! I had a conversation recently with a Food Allergy Mom whose 18 year old son is no longer remembering to bring his EpiPen with him when he leaves the house. She … Continue reading Remembering to Bring Your EpiPen/Auvi-Q ALWAYS!!

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    My last high school-related adventure involved traveling to Kansas City for the National Speech & Debate Tournament, an event I had qualified to attend earlier this year. Before we left, I gave a health care plan to my Speech & Debate coach that explains procedure for an anaphylactic reaction, my allergies, and has an array … Continue reading Nationals Trip for Speech & Debate

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    The other weekend I went with a friend and ate at P.F. Chang’s. For those of you who are familiar with the restaurant’s menu, it seems like an odd choice for my food allergies (peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish and shellfish). It’s Asian cuisine and most of the menu items contain some sort of nut … Continue reading The Sometimes Incompetence of Waiters

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    Last Friday, I was in Denver meeting with a bunch of non-profits and elected officials for my most recent project: the University of Denver Roosevelt Institute. I’ve made mention of it before, but to recap, it’s an undergraduate non-partisan think tank. We’re a chapter of a national network of campuses that is attempting to re-engaging … Continue reading Go with the Flow when You’re Invited to a Business Lunch

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    My Trip to New York! I recently traveled to New York – alone – for a conference put on by the Roosevelt Institute. As I’ve mentioned before, Roosevelt is a national organization trying to re-engage young people in the policymaking process. They offer a national training each year to leaders of the Institute from around … Continue reading Traveling Alone with Food Allergies

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    Recently, both my son, Morgan, and I have had interesting issues eating out at restaurants. I have been diagnosed with an eosinophilic disorder, which means that I make my own safe food and bring that to a restaurant when meeting friends. It would be wonderful to be able to eat food prepared by a chef, … Continue reading The Trials of Eating Out with Food Allergies

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    Hello Mary. It’s wonderful to interview you today. Can you please tell us how you became involved in disability law, especially as it relates to food allergies and anaphylaxis? I’ve been a disability rights lawyer for almost two decades. I started my career at the National Association of the Deaf doing disability discrimination litigation. When my … Continue reading Disability Rights Attorney & Food Allergy Mom, Mary Vargas

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    Stein & Vargas, LLP, a civil rights firm based in Washington, D.C. and committed to the principle that all people have full and equal access to all parts of society. Stein & Vargas, LLP has a special interest in the rights of individuals with food allergies. On December 28, 2016, the firm filed a complaint against … Continue reading Stein & Vargas files complaint against American Airlines

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    Betsy Craig and her husband, Rocky, started AllerTrain, an ANSI accredited food allergy and gluten-free training course offered by MenuTrinfo (which, according to their website is “dedicated to bettering the food-service industry by providing two major services: Certified Nutritionals and food allergy/ gluten-free identification and education”.) The course teaches foodservice professionals about the top foods … Continue reading AllerTrain Allergy Training for Chefs

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    Planes are the trickiest for those of us with nut allergies. Airlines are not always friendly to nut allergies and it is up to the airline to determine their policy regarding peanuts and other nuts on the airline. You should do a quick Google search for your airline and nut allergies: for example, I’d search … Continue reading Dealing with Airlines While Traveling

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    I had a really unique opportunity last week. As the Student Body President at the University of Denver (DU), I get invited to events and special functions all the time – but this time was particularly special. The Broadway musical Rent was visiting Denver and our Vice Chancellor of Advancement at DU (his name is … Continue reading A Private Chef and a Broadway Show

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    For the first time in 14 years, our family took a week long vacation with just the 4 of us: my husband, me and our two grown children – Morgan (almost 22 years old) and Michaela (27 years old). We headed to Orlando, Florida for a week’s worth of fun and sun in December. With … Continue reading Traveling to Orlando FL with Mast Cell Issues and Food Allergies

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    This is a selection from my new e-book “Studying Abroad with Food Allergies,” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle. I detail all the important things you should think about when planning, traveling, and studying abroad! Buy it here. (It’s free with Kindle Unlimited!) As a part of its study abroad program, The University of Denver (DU), where … Continue reading Medication & Safety While Abroad

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    Over the past two months, I’ve made two incredible trips: one to San Francisco for over a week and one to Mexico City, Mexico (read about that trip here)  for four days. It’s rather a busy time for me at the moment (I’m graduating from college in literally two weeks!) so I’ve been meaning to … Continue reading Traveling with Food Allergies and Friends to San Francisco!

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