Food Allergy Counseling

Food Allergy Counseling
Sloane Miller, MFA, MSW, LMSW, Psychotherapist; Specialist in Food Allergy Management, Speaking At Mylan Specialty / EpiPen Event (© Noel Malcolm 2013)

Monday, August 22, 2016

News: Canadian Transportation Agency Looks at Airborne Food Allergy Risk in Flight

This article came out a few weeks back on the CBC: "No proof to back most peanut plane fears inquiry finds - British Columbia - CBC News" http://bit.ly/2bH78MW

In it, "Former Conservative transportation minister Lisa Raitt directed the Canadian Transportation Agency to look into passenger allergies to nuts in 2015 following directives released in response to a series of passenger complaints.” 

They asked American allergist Dr Matthew Greenhawt to look into the matter.

(Dr Greenhawt has been exploring the issues of whether or not airborne allergens do indeed increase the chances of a severe allergic reaction mid-air and gave several medical quotes to my book, Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies (Wiley, 2011))

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From the CBC article:

“The risk analysis report was prepared by University of Colorado allergist and immunologist Dr. Matthew Greenhawt.

He says that while there is "general public concern" about the risks of inhalation or exposure through residue, the small number of studies that exist don't support the fear.

"The data that does exist has consistently shown that: a) peanut dust does not aerosolize; b) peanut butter contains no protein in its vapours; and c) surfaces can be effectively cleaned of any allergic residue and, moreover, there is minimal risk of anything more than a local irritation reaction from casual skin contact with the allergen," the inquiry says.

Greenhawt cites a study done in 2004 which was "unable to detect any circulating airborne allergen particles on filters worn at the level of the patient's neck after 15 bags of whole peanuts were shelled and then walked on in a small room, both with and without air ventilation."

Another study involved 29 participants with severe peanut allergies who were subjected to three ounces of peanut butter held 12 inches away from their noses. Researchers also smeared a small amount of peanut butter on their skin.

None of them had respiratory symptoms or systemic allergic reactions. But three patients developed localized redness on their skin.”

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You can read the entire article here: "No proof to back most peanut plane fears inquiry finds - British Columbia - CBC News" http://bit.ly/2bH78MW:

As always, consult with your personal board certified medical care consultant.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Recipe: Blueberry Corn Drop Scone, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free




Blueberries and corn. Didn’t think they go together in a scone but they totally do and it tastes like pure summer in a biscuit. Smother them with some cinnamon sugar butter and wowsers, what an afternoon treat. So easy. So good. So simple. Gluten-Free, tree nut-free, peanut-free, seafood-free and soy-free.

Blueberry Corn Drop Scone, Gluten-Free, Tree Nut-Free
(Biscuit recipe adapted from Betty Crocker)

2 1/3 cups Gluten-free Bisquick
1/2 cup sugar in the raw
1/3 cup organic butter
3/4 cup organic milk
3 eggs
1 cup blueberries, washed and dried and de-stemed
1 ear of fresh corn, boiled and kernelled

Heat oven to 425°F. In large bowl, place Bisquick mix and sugar. Cut in butter with fork or pastry cutter until particles are size of small peas. Stir in milk and eggs until soft dough forms. Fold in blueberries and corn. Drop mixture onto ungreased cookie sheet by six large spoonfuls. Sprinkle tops with remaining sugar. Bake 13 to 16 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Makes 6.

Cinnamon Sugar Butter
To 1 tablespoon softened butter, add sugar and cinnamon to taste and stir until delectably spreadable.






Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Recipe: Two-Ingredient Ice Cream, Gluten-Free, Tree Nut-Free



I had seen a recipe for no churn, two-ingredient ice cream all over the internet at least two summers ago: Nigella Lawson, The Kitchn, Food52 and Tasting Table. Here’s a quick and easy video, too.

I’m lactose intolerant, which means no heavy cream in my life but I really, really wanted to try this. So with my Lactaid pills at the ready, I gave it as go and oh my goodness, wow!

As every recipe states, it could not be easier and I love the control you have over ingredients. 

Sweetened condensed milk (just milk and sugar) and heavy cream (I used an organic brand that had only cream as the ingredient), mix them up, add some vanilla and oh my goodness, it’s like Haagen Daaz, that you made! No fancy machine needed, ingredients you can get at any store, any where et voila!

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Recipe:Two-Ingredient Ice Cream, Gluten-Free, Tree Nut-Free

1 pint (two cups) of heavy whipping cream (use safe for you brand)
1 fourteen ounce can sweetened condensed milk (use safe for you brand)
1 teaspoon of vanilla (or any flavor you like)

Whip the cream into peaks. Fold in the condensed milk. Add flavor. Pour mixture into freezer container. Freeze overnight. Try not to eat it all at once.



Friday, August 05, 2016

Allergic Girl Blog, Sponsored Posts

I’m always looking for things that will make our lives tastier and more fun; expand our experiences and deepen our joy. I will continue to post across my social media channels in that vein; with honestly, with clarity and with integrity. 

In my tenth blogging year, I’m striking out and trying something new: sponsored posts on my social media platforms (TwitterFacebook, Instagram and/or my newsletter).


Regarding the FTC blogger endorsement guidelines from 2009 (updated in 2015) and my post in October 2009 about how I uphold those regulations, all that I wrote remains true. 

Additionally:

Sponsored posts will be clearly marked and in accordance with FTC rules.


Sponsored posts will be about products/services you’ve read posts me using for years, products/services I love, products in my cupboard right now; basically, things I buy for myself.

Sponsored posts will be about products/services that suit my food allergy, allergy, asthma, eczema needs. You will always need to check with companies directly for their safety for you and your needs. And, as always, if there’s any question about a medical diagnosis, please check with your personal medical health professional.

Now, let’s get our yum on!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Interview: Food Allergy Counseling with Dawn, Mother to Twins with Food Allergies

Every day, I receive emails asking me how I work as a psychotherapist and
specialist in food allergy management. To answer this, I interviewed a client, a parent with twin girls who have food allergies. I asked them three simple questions. 

Read more below.


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What brought you to counseling with Sloane Miller, LMSW?

I am a mother of teens with life-threatening food allergies.  Together, our family has been successfully managing these allergies for 12 years, but life is different now, as these teens go to high school 45 minutes from our home, attend various social events and week-long camps.  It was easier for me to feel certain that my kids were “safe” when they were younger, closer to home, and when I had more control over their environment.  With their newfound freedom, I became more worried and anxious for their safety, and I did not want to pass this on to them.  I really wanted to be able to help them grow in independence, engage in new experiences, and not miss out on opportunities.  I looked for someone who had already achieved this – living life fully with food allergies – and I found Allergic Girl. 


What did you hope to happen or change?

I needed to first address my own anxiety.  Second, I needed practical advice on managing situations and finding solutions to keep my teens safe and involved in any activity they choose.


What changed for you/how are things different after working with Sloane Miller, LMSW?

Sloane talked with me and with my teens as well.  After getting to know us, she led me to realize that I was seeing their lives through my own non-allergic perspective, whereas my teens simply accept “this is how life is.”  I learned that they are capable of taking the lead on how to manage situations.  They often have innovative solutions and are very comfortable with taking their own food when needed.  They even bought tickets to prom (meal included) without knowing whether they would be able to eat the meal provided.  They decided they would be fine taking their own meals if they had to.  I was so proud of them for being willing to be different from everyone else, but not letting that stop them.  (In the end, the chef was amazing and plated safe meals for them!)  Before talking with Sloane, I was busy being sad for my teens and the challenges they have to face.  While I still struggle sometimes with that grief, I am mostly overwhelmed at their resilience and proud of them for living life to the fullest.

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Thank you, Dawn!

Interested in counseling with me, contact me today!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Food Allergy Consulting: Starting Your Allergy Business






Sloane Miller  and Allergic Girl Resources, Inc  are proud to co-present the following business webinar:

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Do you have years of personal experience with allergy, asthma and/or food allergy and want to share your knowledge in a professional setting? 

Are you a licensed health professional with experience in allergies/food allergies and want to create a business using your degree? 

Let two of the foremost experts in the field, Andrea Shainblum, CAAP, PhD, Allergy Coach and Risk-Management Consultant, and President of Allercom Allergy Consulting, Inc. and Sloane Miller, MFA, MSW, LMSW, Psychotherapist, Specialist in Food Allergy Management, show you how in a 3-hour webinar. 

In it you will learn how to leverage your strengths, create a mission statement and formulate a basic business plan.

You will walk away with clarity around your business goals, a new, supportive community of like-minded individuals, and real tools to help you get to the next steps.

Or contact us at agrallercom@gmail.com for more information.