Starting School With Food Allergies

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It’s that bittersweet time! Your son or daughter is finally old enough to start school. Sending your child to school for the first time can be an emotional and hectic experience, especially if they have food allergies. The same goes for sending your child back to school for the second or third time. Releasing your child into the care of others and outside of your full supervision is already a huge change that can feel groundless, and if your child has food allergies, there are that many more things to worry about. 1 out of every 13 American children suffer from food allergies, on average that’s 2 per classroom. The silver lining in that fact is that food allergies are not a completely foreign concept to most schools and many have guidelines in place for dealing with food allergic students.

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Yam Ice Cream (GF, DF)

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It’s hot outside, and it’s back to school time! How about trying a new ice cream recipe that will cool everyone off, and provide a healthier treat at the end of a long day? Have you ever had or made dairy-free ice cream and felt that there was something missing? A creaminess, a thickness, a heartiness, that comes standard with every bite of dairy-full Haagen-Daz ice cream? Well we discovered the perfect ingredient to add this creaminess to non-dairy ice cream: yams! Although yams are one of the more starchy root vegetables out there, they contain complex carbohydrates and a healthy dose of fiber, vitamin B, vitamin C and minerals. Combine them with pumpkin-pie-esque spices and you’ve got yourself a wonderful pre-fall dessert that will remind your taste buds of the season ahead. If you can’t find yams, sweet potatoes work too!

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How to Order at a Restaurant if You’re Dairy-Free

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If you have any dietary restrictions – whether due to food allergies, intolerances, or just strong preferences – it can be challenging to eat out and be safe, let alone relax and enjoy the experience. A bit of a foodie myself, I love to eat out and discover new flavors and places. But being gluten- and dairy-free, I know what I have to do to take care of myself and I take full responsibility for doing it in a way that is as unobtrusive as possible. Below are my tips for planning your meal out that will make it worth it. Much of it is in your expectations and attitude, the rest comes with a little bit of preparation and planning.

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Gluten-Free Travel Tips

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It’s the final stretch of summer and that means the last of summer travel! I remember a time when traveling was 100% excitement and all that I needed to plan was the actual traveling. Now things are different. My multiple food intolerances have introduced another layer of research, planning, and worry to my trips. Then even with all the planning, sometimes things don’t go exactly the way I had hoped and improvisation is needed. In fact, improvisation and a positive attitude are always helpful, whether traveling or not. 

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Can Exercise Make You Kinder?

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When I first started working out in my teens, I had a theory that working out may make you a better person. After all, I just felt nicer and more open after a good workout. Any frustration, stress, or anger I was experiencing usually was dissipated after I had a good sweat. Understandably, the few people I told about this theory questioned my sanity. How could something as mundane and superficial as exercising make you a better person?

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Bison Quinoa with Summer Squash (GF, DF)

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I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect lunch. Sandwiches get old, and too much gluten-free bread does not do a body (or at least mine) too good. Salads also get very old very fast. And both require some time to assemble right before you eat them. That’s why I love this easy dish that I can make in a large quantity on a weekend and eat during the week. It’s like a higher protein lower carb, all around healthier version of fried rice! Actually, I was inspired by Vietnamese red rice (“Com Do”), which often contains gluten. Of course, this is a gluten-free and dairy-free recipe. 

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A Personal Journey: Autoimmune Disease, Yoga and Self-Care

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I first met Renee at a meditation retreat in Los Angeles. After discovering that we both had multiple dietary restrictions AND happened to go to the same college, we became fast friends. Over the past few years, both of us have been on our own journeys to find what foods and lifestyle choices affect how we feel, and we’ve been a natural support system for eachother. Even after Renee was formally diagnosed with thyroid disease a  few months ago, she continued her journey of self-discovery and self-care rather than just relying on the diagnosis and medication. I asked Renee to share her experience and some of the challenges and remedies that she has discovered for herself, in particular her yoga practice and how that has affected other parts of her life. Below is her guest post. –Jennifer
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A Dietitian’s View of High Carb Vegan Diets

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If you spend much time looking at food posts on Facebook or Instagram, chances are that you’ve seen the hashtag #highcarbvegan. Some people seem to be following this as a specific diet (or anti-diet), which contradicts the low carb diets that most up-to-date nutrition experts recommend for health and weight loss these days. So we had to dig into this to see what it was all about.

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