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Allergens on the Glacier Ride Through Government

The visible movement of glaciers must be measured in decades and so, too, it seems does government.  Way back in May 2010, I wrote a blog post about Health Canada possibly recognizing pure (wheat, barley, rye free) oats as gluten free.  Here’s the original post:  http://alanaelliott.com/2010/gluten-free-now-possible-for-oats-in-canada/ And now finally on November 14, 2014, it was announced that Canada’s Health Minister intends to change the marketing regulations to allow for pure oats to be called gluten free.   Here’s their announcement:  http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/consult/2014-oats-gluten-avoine-eng.php

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Halloween and the Teal Pumpkin Project

Back in 2012, Becky Basalone was a Tennessee mother of 2 and the leader of an allergy support group.  She decided that she was going to paint a pumpkin teal (the color of food allergy awareness) to put on her porch for Halloween to indicate that she would have non-food items available for trick or treaters with food allergies.  Little did she know that her simple act would be adopted by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) and it has spread

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World Food Day October 16 – Help Make a Difference

Thursday, Ocotober 16 is World Food Day and we’re asking for your help in making an impact. World Food Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1945.  The first World Food Day was observed in 1981 on October 16 which continues today.  Organizations in over 150 countries around the world organize campaigns and events to encourage both citizens and governments to work together to end world hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Whether you’ve

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Make Grocery Shopping for Food Allergies Easier

I normally don’t talk about products unless I’m particularly thrilled with its potential to  improve my life personally as an allergy mom and/or as a gluten free/lactose free individual.  The Content Checked App for mobile devices is just the kind of product I’m happy to share and while it does have a paid version ($2.99), they also offer a free version.  Improves lives for free?  I’m all for it!  (Full Disclosure here:  while I never accept requests to review products and I’m doing this

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My Journey With Gluten Sensitivity

For years now I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m an allergy mom and wife.  Both my business and personal musings have been about life after our daughters were diagnosed first with milk allergies and then peanuts, tree nuts, kiwis and chickpeas on top of my husband’s allergies to shrimp and clams.  I never envisioned that I would also become a contributor to the list of foods my family needs to avoid.  And while my issues are definitely not life

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It’s Our 10th Anniversary!

Having children with food allergies has led me down a road I never envisioned but I wouldn’t change it.  There are many peaks and valleys and many bumps in this road, both as an allergy mom and as an entrepreneur but it is a road rich with amazing sights and people I’ve been grateful to meet along the way. When I made those first granola bars in my home-based certified kitchen as Nonuttin’ Foods way back in 2004, I had big hopes

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Depression and Gluten Sensitivity

There has been much talk recently about the gluten free fad and how a large percentage of the general population thinks that they have a gluten problem.  Jimmy Kimmel’s video interviewing people on the street who ate gluten free but couldn’t actually explain what gluten was certainly didn’t help matters.  (See the Jimmy Kimmel video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdJFE1sp4Fw&feature=kp).  Add in headlines that don’t tell the whole story about new research on Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS – sometimes referred to as gluten intolerance) and

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A Camping We Will Go!

I wish that I could time travel back about 7 years when my food allergic daughter was 10.  At the time, she’d just finished attending overnight camp with her school and had such a wonderful experience that she really wanted to go again.  There was just one problem; there was nowhere to go that was safe.  The reason she’d been able to attend the school camp was that her dad accompanied her as a volunteer, brought safe snacks for her

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Promising Research for Multiple Food Allergies

If you’re like me and many other food allergy parents, your child may have originally been diagnosed with a single food allergy but has since either tested or reacted to other foods as well.  My food allergic daughter started with a peanut allergy, followed by a kiwi allergy followed testing diagnosis for an almond allergy followed by a chickpea allergy over the course of about 13 years.  Not only is the prevalence of food allergies growing, multiple food allergies are

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GMO Debate Heating Up

The debate about genetic modification of foods is heating up as last month Vermont became the first state to require genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be declared on food packaging by 2015.  But this doesn’t mean the debate is over, far from it.  It is widely accepted that Monsanto, one of the developers of many of the genetically modified crops grown in North America today (corn, canola, soy) will sue the state of Vermont.  Although Monsanto has not yet filed

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