Profile of an Allergy Parent: Shannan Davis (Top 10 Challenge)

A lifelong resident of Toronto, Shannan lives with her husband of 10 years, her (almost) 3-year-old daughter, and an aquarium full of fish named after characters from John Hughes movies. Having had no experience with food allergies, Shannan never anticipated that she’d be an allergy mom one day. Here's her story... AllergyBites: What foods is … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Shannan Davis (Top 10 Challenge)

Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Review: Vesuvio Pizzeria & Spaghetti House

Restaurants that appear on AllergyBites may have updated their menu or changed management since a review was posted. Please confirm that they are still allergy-friendly & that menu items don’t contain your allergen(s) before visiting or placing your order. If you ask around, it seems like allergy-friendly pizzerias in Toronto are a dime a dozen. … Continue reading Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Review: Vesuvio Pizzeria & Spaghetti House

Profile of a Food-Allergic Kid: Amanda Orlando (Handled With Care)

Food allergy blogger and entrepreneur Amanda Orlando was diagnosed with multiple food allergies as a very young baby. Her parents knew something was wrong because she was constantly ill from feeding and covered in eczema. Throughout the course of her life, Amanda has experienced several severe reactions, but she began blogging about life with food allergies after … Continue reading Profile of a Food-Allergic Kid: Amanda Orlando (Handled With Care)

Take me out to the (allergy-friendly) ballgame!

By Debbie Bruce (Director, Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative) For those with life-threatening allergies, a sporting event can be a welcome and much-needed distraction. I know, because both of my food-allergic boys loved sports. Unfortunately, the ballpark can also be a dangerous and stressful place for people with peanut and nut allergies, specifically. Buy me some peanuts … Continue reading Take me out to the (allergy-friendly) ballgame!

From the Mouth of an Allergy Mom: “The Day My World Turned Upside Down”

Editor's Note: When a fellow allergy mom shared this beautifully written post in a private online support group, I couldn't help but tear up as I read her words. Because they could have been my words. Or your words. Suddenly, I felt like I had to share her message with the world. A huge thanks to … Continue reading From the Mouth of an Allergy Mom: “The Day My World Turned Upside Down”

An Open Letter to Narcity About Your Article On Where to Eat When You’re “Allergic to Everything”

UPDATE: It appears that this article has been unpublished since I posted my open letter to Narcity. This is a big win for the food allergy community! Thanks to everyone who commented, shared and helped spread the word.  As the mom of a toddler with multiple food allergies, there are days when it feels like … Continue reading An Open Letter to Narcity About Your Article On Where to Eat When You’re “Allergic to Everything”

Profile of an Allergy Parent: Stephanie Lowe (Turn It Teal)

Stephanie Lowe is the mom of 3 kids—only one of whom has food allergies. Her eldest is allergic to dairy, egg, peanuts and tree nuts, and also has Celiac disease. AllergyBites: Can you describe the first time you realized (or suspected) they had a food allergy? Stephanie Lowe: We suspected very early on (I would say … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Stephanie Lowe (Turn It Teal)

Profile of a Food-Allergic Kid: Samara Carroll (Carroll Counselling)

Food Allergy Therapist Samara Carroll has lived with life-threatening food allergies since she was a toddler. Now that she’s all grown up, Samara helps children with food allergies navigate the ups and downs of life as a food-allergic kid. AllergyBites: What foods are you allergic to? Samara Carroll: I have had anaphylactic food allergies to … Continue reading Profile of a Food-Allergic Kid: Samara Carroll (Carroll Counselling)

Profile of an Allergy Parent: Andrea Waserman (CAAIF)

Andrea is mom to “two beautiful daughters”—Danielle (2 years) and Talia (5 months). Her eldest is allergic to peanuts, whitefish and trout. Her youngest has no confirmed allergies to date. UPDATE: As of June 1, 2018, Andrea has moved into an official role at CAAIF as Managing Director. Even more exciting, under Andrea's leadership, CAAIF has … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Andrea Waserman (CAAIF)