From Trick-or-Treating to Bribery: Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac, Food Allergy and a Nutritionista Mom

My boys and my husband have always loved Halloween. It’s their favorite holiday. Ghoulish creatures are placed strategically around our front yard, candelabras adorned with spider webs decorate the mantle, jack-o-laterns get carved and giant spiders and rats show up in startling spots throughout the house. And the costumes? They’re discussed for weeks in advance. While candy isn’t mentioned, Halloween

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Taking Diabetes Devices Through Airport Security Can Be Stressful! Have You Tried TSA Cares?

Airport security. Those two words conjure up lots of images… Waiting. Watching the clock. Scrambling. Scrambling to get carry-ons onto the conveyor belt. Scurrying to remove shoes, unload purses, jackets and other personal belongings into trays. Answering children’s questions while urging them to help. Last minute searches to find the 3-1-1 bags of liquids and gels. And so on… Diabetes

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Flights, Peanuts, Allergic Kids — More Notes From an Anxious Mom

It’s been a worrisome month in the food allergy community. In two separate incidents, a little girl experienced anaphylaxis aboard an airplane as a result of a life-threatening nut allergy. As a parent of a peanut-allergic child, my breath just stops when I read such a story. I know I am not alone. Twitter is abuzz with reactions to these

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Finding Safe Food on Vacation: Seven Lessons Learned.

If you’ve researched all your allergen specific and/or gluten-free dining options in advance of your vacation, you’re awesome! You’ve cut stress and hours of research time out of your trip, thereby maximizing the fun. Congratulations! But then there’s the rest of us. Perhaps we thought we’d somehow fit this research time in before we left — in between the packing,

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Flights, Peanuts, Allergic Kids — and, Yes — Anxiety

Preparations are underway for a wonderful family vacation this summer. But I’ve had an unwelcome visitor in the process this year. Flight anxiety. This isn’t your garden variety flight anxiety — worrying about the plane crashing to earth (I definitely have that one though). This is a fear of bringing my peanut-allergic son onto an aircraft and seeing him experience

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Protecting Your *Other* Precious Cargo on a Summer Road Trip: Insulin and Diabetes Supplies

Summer is around the corner and road trip season is almost upon us! The itinerary and reservations are set. Our car has visited the dealer for a maintenance check. Kids are safely strapped into their seats and we’re ready to go. But what about the safekeeping of insulin and our other medical supplies? The astronomical costs of these supplies and

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Being a Houseguest with Food Allergy and Celiac: What Do You Say to Your Host?

Invitations to stay with friends and family aren’t extended to us very often. Or dinner invitations for that matter. We’re likable people and our three boys are well-behaved. We’re great eaters and like a wide variety of foods. We’re not short on friends and family members either. The difficulty comes from the fact that we are high maintenance guests to

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