Trendy Diets Can Be a Mixed Blessing When You’re Managing Food Allergies

A guest blog post by Teen Advisory Group member Amanda Young.

As a California-raised teenager who is allergic to dairy, eggs, nuts and shellfish, I’ve noticed that new diets and dietary trends - vegan, paleo, vegetarian, gluten-free, and more - and the prevalence of food intolerances have been both a blessing and a curse. The best part about these diets is that they are prompting more conversations about food, leading to more options in restaurants. Many restaurants, from Chipotle to a California favorite, True Food Kitchen, will...

Lessons I’ve Learned From Having Food Allergies

A guest blog post by Teen Advisory Group member Julia Gray.

Having multiple food allergies has been such a blessing in disguise. You might wonder why going through all this extra work to avoid allergens and educate others would be a positive in my life, but really, it’s all about attitude. I may not have been able to partake in a traditional relationship with food, but I grew a lot as a person instead. 

Children with allergies have to grow up and gain independence quickly. From a young age, I have had to carry my own epinephrine...

My Thanksgiving Attitude of Gratitude

All of us at FARE wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for your engagement on behalf of the food allergy community, and we thank Teen Advisory Group member Indrani Maitra for this guest post poster that captures the spirit of the holiday.

Participants At OIT Summit Share Perspectives, Seek Consensus

Having food allergies is stressful, can be life-threatening and diminishes the quality of life for 32 million Americans. The current standard of care – avoiding problem foods, injecting epinephrine to treat reactions, and visiting the emergency room for follow-up care – all take a physical and emotional toll on food allergy sufferers and their loved ones. The food allergy community deserves more and better options for treatment.

Several forms of immunotherapy are currently being investigated to treat food allergy. Among these, the...

Food Allergy Advocates Celebrate Courage at Record-Setting Summit

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Contains: Courage® FARE Summit 2019! Held Nov. 1-3 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center near Washington, D.C., this dynamic gathering drew over 1,000 participants. Tweens, teens and adults living with food allergy came together with family members, health professionals and other allies in the nation’s largest ever educational food allergy event for families.


Friday evening showcased the creativity and originality of...

Your Zeal for Teal Has Transformed Halloween

We’re grateful to everyone who took part in Teal Pumpkin Project® 2019. Your commitment to the health and happiness of children with food allergies made a difference both nationally and globally this year.

Since 2014, FARE’s annual Teal Pumpkin Project campaign has encouraged families to display a teal pumpkin and offer separate bowls of non-food trinkets and treasure to make trick-or-treating safe and inclusive for all kids, including those with medically restricted diets.

Almost 25,000 households pinned their addresses to the...

Cheers to Three Years – A Conversation With Mark Olivieri, OWYN

This week, FARE is thrilled to celebrate its three-year partnership with OWYN – Only What You Need. OWYN is a 100 percent plant-based protein product free from the top eight allergens. Even more exciting, OWYN is a proud champion of the food allergy community and supports FARE’s mission to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies. 

Learn more about what drives the folks at OWYN in this conversation with Mark Olivieri, OWYN’s President. 

What inspires OWYN to create products that do not include...

Trick-or-Treating Tips: It’s Not Just About the Candy

A guest blog post by Teen Advisory Group member Rachel Blum.

Hi, my name is Rachel Blum and I am a 16-year-old living in Deerfield, Illinois. I have a severe food allergy to peanuts and tree nuts, and I was diagnosed when I was about 7 years old. This blog post is about enjoying Halloween with food allergies.

Living any day with food allergies is hard enough, let alone spending a day dedicated to eating all the candy you can eat. I know firsthand the struggle of spending Halloween with food allergies. As a kid I was always upset...

Navigating the College Search With Food Allergies

A guest post by Teen Advisory Group member Anesha Santhanam.

What’s up, y’all?  I’m Anesha Santhanam, and I’m back with tips for rising juniors and incoming seniors who are navigating the college search with food allergies.

Over the past summer, as I looked into putting together a best-fit college list, I made sure to include food allergy-friendly accommodations as criteria. So far, I’ve had the opportunity to visit a few college campuses and would like to share some tips that worked for me.

As you begin narrowing down your...

Despite continuing plant-based product innovation, package labeling is still a cause for concern

It’s no secret that plant-based diets are increasing in popularity. The Plant Based Foods Association reported in a 2018 Nielsen study that plant-based food sales topped $3.3 billion last year. Specifically, sales of plant-based meat products have grown by 24%, which is notable since general retail food sales have only grown by 2% over the same time.

Plant-based foods not only have both environmental and health benefits, but these products represent a huge breakthrough in food innovation. Companies producing plant-based foods have met...

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