Adult Allergies

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Awkward Moments in Allergy Dining

Informing a server of my food allergies can stop the table’s conversation, shift all focus to me, and cue ‘jokes’. Here’s how I avoid this trap.

My Quest for Safe Coffee

I have to have morning coffee. But at the friends’ cottage, the kettle was dairy-contaminated, and the mugs were dodgy, too. What to do?

Going Vegetarian with a Nut Allergy

In the past year, I’ve tried doing something that I always thought was next…

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Why Rust Grew on My Allergy Skills

My pandemic bubble was also a “food allergy bubble.” On the ski trip, I learned I was painfully out of practice with ordering safe food.

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Not Sorry for My Allergies

In my culture, apologizing is as much a part of life as having a cup of tea. How I learned to stop saying ‘sorry’ for my food allergies.

My Food Challenge Success

If you could get one allergen back in your diet, what would it be? For me, the answer was always “avocado”. And miraculously, it happened.

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Can't Take Me Anywhere

My plan for the engagement dinner was to casually whip out my own safe food. It seemed a good idea, until the cutlery caper began.

I Had COVID-19 With Asthma

Within 3 days, the virus took hold, with fever and difficulty breathing. As someone with asthma, the specter of hospitalization hung over each hour.

Amanda and Brandon at his graduation.

How Not to Date with Food Allergies

My dating life got off to a truly awkward start due to food allergies. Fortunately, allergies didn’t phase my future husband.

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Restaurants: Get Serious!

Here’s my radical notion: it’s time for the restaurant industry to take greater ownership of keeping diners with food allergies safe.