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, February 28, 2011

Food Allergies, 2011 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

I'll be speaking at the 2011 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York at the Javitz this afternoon about food allergies. If you're in the food service industry, drop on by!


Date: Monday, February 28
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Room 1B04
Speakers: Julia Bradsher, Ph.D., MBA., Chef Meghan Young, BRGUEST, Sloane Miller, MFA MSW LMSW
Description: Panel of experts will share with you how to capture the ever growing trend of customers who have a food allergy.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Coleman Natural® Gourmet Chicken Meatball

I don’t often eat prepared foods, like dinners. But I was pleasantly surprised by these Coleman chicken meatball samples that the company sent to me. My favorite was the Coleman Natural® Gourmet Chicken Meatballs - Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Provolone. Made by the same company that makes those Hans that I adore, I shouldn’t be all that surprised that I liked the Coleman’s products as well. Gluten-free, soy-free, no antibiotic or hormones, lots of flavor, not too high in calories. Pretty darn yum. I fried some up with a side of veggies and rice, but I could easily pop them into a red sauce for a quick meatball dinner with GF pasta or... wait - a GF meatball sandwich. Oh, even better. Thanks Coleman Natural® for these little beauties.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


I have heard about Chebe for years as a great gluten-free option for bread mixes. I received samples not once but twice from this kind company and still hadn’t tried until recently. Finally, I had a minute to mix up a batch of the plain and the Italian style and each morning for a week or two, made little rolls of Chebe goodness. Chebe develops a real crust, the interior is soft but not as overly pully and stretchy like tapioca can be. The flavor is right and the ease of the Chebe product is terrific. (And top 8 free - until you add egg and dairy to mix!)

More about Chebe from their website:

Our line of Chebe products includes gluten free, oven-ready frozen dough and gluten free bread mixes. And all of our products are corn free, peanut free and tree nut free, soy free, potato free, and rice free. Five of our gluten free bread mixes are also lactose free and casein free. Chebe is a 100% Gluten Free Manufacturer with a dedicated gluten free facility.

Not a dairy free facility: All but one of our dry mixes are free of lactose and casein. However, all of our mixes are processed on the same equipment. Our equipment is thoroughly cleaned after processing our Original Chebe Mix, which contains dry milk, and we make an effort to make a limited number of production runs with this item.
And here's more info about allergens and the product.

Now I see what all the fuss is about and j’agree!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Barnes & Noble

We have a history, B&N and I. When I was in grammar school, my grade went on a class trip to Barnes & Noble, to the original flagship on 18th street and lower Fifth avenue. Helene, the very tall and kind headmistress of the lower school, took everyone but me. I was sick that day (asthma related illness).

Everyone who went on that trip came back sporting a Barnes & Noble tote bags, a gift from the store – something to remember them by. I remember feeling disappointed in that way that kids can get; not about the thing itself but the feeling of being left out of something special. Ask me if one child ever brought that Barnes & Noble tote bag to school? The answer was no. But no matter - I missed out. (Speak, Memory indeed.)

Barnes & Noble was in my sights from then on. When I had the chance, that was THE bookstore to which I ran for schoolbooks, fun books, presents for other kids, you name it. It never disappointed – I even had my favorite sections. There was a back left corner that was all Western mythology. Up front was new fiction. Upstairs and in the way back was textbooks until they opened that up to carry more recent fiction and non-fiction, health. Being in a book store with worlds upon worlds just waiting to be discovered has always been both comforting and thrilling beyond measure. (I feel this way about libraries, too.) You can keep your Six Flags; give me a clean well lighted place with books and I’m super happy.

Barnes & Noble expanded and changed into a super store, one that I’m beyond excited to say that I’m now in. After some reports on Facebook, and through some texts that said “I just saw your book in the store…”, I decided last week to check it out for myself on the big beautiful East 86th street location. There it was: Allergic Girl on the Health & Fitness table:

My, oh my - this is way better than a tote bag. I can’t wait for it to come to a Barnes & Noble store near you. Keep an eye out and let me know when you start to see it!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Allergic Girl, Hudson Valley Celiac Support Group

If you're UPSTATE NY, 6pm Tuesday evening, I will be speaking at the Hudson Valley Celiac Support Group meeting:

"On Tuesday, Feb 22, Author and allergy expert Sloane Miller will speak at the Hudson Valley Celiac Support Group meeting. Miller's blog, Please Don't Pass the Peanuts, is widely read. She will share her expertise as a leading voice in the food allergic community. She counsels individual clients and groups, restaurants, hotels, and government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, where she served as the consumer reviewer for 2010. Her 2011 book Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies, the definitive how-to guide for living safely, effectively and joyfully with food allergies, will be available for purchase and signing by the author."

More info, times and directions are here: Hudson Valley Celiac Support Group, Poughkeepsie NY

Come join us!

Monday, February 21, 2011

GF Granola, Recipe

When I travel, which as the book launches next month officially will be quite a bit, I travel with food. Even if it’s just a short trip, I pack a little homemade granola or a yogurt, a piece of fresh fruit or dried fruit or all. The last few years, I’ve used a variation of Mark Bittman’s New York Times granola recipe which you can find here. But recently on Twitter, @sarahhandel talked about making granola and I asked her for the recipe. Turns out it was an Orangette recipe, that was adapted from Nigella Lawson.

I read it through and thought: ground ginger? Yes. What about some ground cloves or all spice. Brown rice syrup, yes with some brown sugar: yum. I made two separate versions. One spiced, one applesauce cinnamon based – both are beyond with Redwood Hills goat yogurt (which is lower lactose naturally and I have no issues digesting). The idea here is to play. I made two versions in about an hour, both are differently delicious and both will serve as a shelf staple snack fro traveling. Next up Bittman’s fruit and oat bars (minus the tree nuts). Or these, or maybe try Dan’s.

What do you bring with you on the road that is allergen-free (homemade or store-bought) when you travel?

Monday, February 14, 2011

St. Valentine’s Day, Book Contest


The winner chosen by is comment number 12:

Melissa said...When it comes time for my now 8 year old daughter to date, my wish for her would be for her to be a strong self-advocate, who is both knowledgeable and secure in herself (including her allergies)...and follows in the lead of ladies like you Sloane, you are a great role model for my daughter, thanks so mcuh for all you do! 3:34 PM, February 15, 2011

Congrats Melissa, please contact me to get your fabulous prize!

**Extra, extra special treat: Lori Sandler of Divvies has generously offered to donate some of my favorites to the winner - yes the Benjamint Bar!** (Thanks Lori!)

I have a special treat: I'm running a St. Valentine’s Day Contest where you can win a FREE copy of Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies.

Several lovely bloggers whom I feel very fortunate to call both friends and colleagues have also joined me in this contest: Erin; Kelly; Laurie; Silvana; Janeen; Cybele; Jenny B.; and Alisa with more on the way later today - keep an eye out.

To enter to win all you have to do is share:

Any loving act you did for a food allergic family member or yourself,
• Your best date with food allergies,
• Your food allergic dream date,
• A date you planned for a loved one,
• Or what your dreams are for your food allergic child when they date.

Leave a comment on this blog OR on the Allergic Girl Facebook page OR anywhere else you read about the contest. And please, spread the news!

At the end of the week on February 18, 2011, I’ll use to pick a winner on my blog and Facebook page. My blogger colleagues will do the same. I can’t wait to hear all of your stories!

PS: What's my positive love story? It is the book – and it’s my love letter to each of you.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Allergic Girl, CDMRP

As I wrote in September 2010, this past summer I was a consumer reviewer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, part of a very distinguished panel of doctors and researchers. We were all evaluating proposals which explore the possible genetic causes of food allergy.

I was honored to be nominated by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network to represent the consumer’s perspective. And recently, I was doubly honored: the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs chose to highlight me and the work that I do on their website.

Thank you FAAN and the CDMRP!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

NPR, FAAN, and Food Allergies

Matthew Fenton, chief, Asthma, Allergy and Inflammation Branch, in the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; 
Dr. Hemant Sharma, director, Food Allergy Program at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; and 
 Julia Bradsher, CEO, Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Network talk about the new food allergy guidelines this week.

Have a listen.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Anaphylaxis, Redefined

I was raised to think of anaphylaxis as one thing: throat closing/shock. As someone with asthma, that was also part of my anaphylaxis equation i.e. anything with a side of asthma is bad news and warrants serious attention. I was reminded of this last week whilst attending Dr. Paul Ehrlich’s monthly support group as a guest. I stopped in with Brooklyn Allergy Mom and met up with author Henry Ehrlich.

(The Ehrlich cousins have an asthma book out: Asthma, Allergies, Children: A Parent’s Guide By Paul Ehrlich, M.D., Larry Chiaramonte, M.D. with Henry Ehrlich. Here’s Paul’s post on that meeting about training yourself to use the Epi. And Zum Family Blog Janeen’s guest post about how to call 911.)

I realized, in my 20/20 hindsight, that the reaction I had from kissing that dude back in 2009 i.e. wheezing + hives = anaphylaxis. What I learned as a child, well, the definitions have been refined. The newest definition according to the NIH panel is that anaphylaxis affects two or more bodily systems:

Here are the parts specifically that may be affected:

• Skin—itching, hives, redness, swelling
• Nose—sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose
• Mouth—itching, swelling of lips or tongue
• Throat—itching, tightness, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness
• Chest—shortness of breath, cough, wheeze, chest pain, tightness
• Heart—weak pulse, passing out, shock
• Gastrointestinal (GI) tract—vomiting, diarrhea, cramps
• Nervous system—dizziness or fainting


I went over my emergency plan (find them here) with my pulmonologist the next day and had a check up and feel very lucky that my symptoms hadn't progressed.

Have you read the guidelines yet? Have you gone over your emergency plan plan with your doctor? Practice using an Epi or have isntructions for a 911 call? Do it now, whilst you are well.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Book Available NOW!

I've heard from two reliable sources: Amazon is shipping my book early - as in you, can get it now! (and cheap: $15.81 )

Buy here:

Woo and Hoo!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

More Book Trailer

You know how I love to talk about Team You. So, yes, a team totally created the Allergic Girl book trailer. Some credits and thank yous to The Team behind the magic:

Thank you to John Wiley & Sons for loving and supporting this idea.

Anthony kindly let us film at Bistango NYC and the General Manager, Sam, was our server. Say "Hi!" Next time you go in. Tell them I sent you.

My date was played by the talented Charlie Wilson. Thank you to Alex Gregor at Generate NY for putting us together.

The video production crew was Digital Zen. The director/producer was Heidi Bayer, Bklynallergymom.

My make up was done by Ivan Flores of Paula Dorf.

My wardrobe was all H&M, with help from stylist Michael Palladino

That was a stunt fish ball. It was in fact a sweet adzuki/sesame ball. The nuts were from a Nuts2Nuts vendor and quite real.

Harry the Squirrel was provided by IL&M - looks real doesn't he?


And here are some fun still shots and outtakes.

Me, Charlie and the star of the scene, nuts!

Heidi, Me and Charlie at the Wollman Rink:

Charlie thumbs through my book at our "date":

Doing the voice-over and that's the shot that taken above on the TV:

The kiss on the cutting room floor:

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Paul Taylor Celiac Disease Fund Raiser, March 2, 2010

Friend and colleague Erin of Gluten-Free Fun let me know about this year's Paul Taylor fund raiser for celiac disease. I can't be there this year but check it out!


The New York City Celiac Disease Meetup Group is very excited to host the 6th annual Evening with the Paul Taylor Dance Company on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 7pm at New York City Center. A pre-performance reception in the theater -- with gluten-free appetizers, pizza, and sweets from Pala Pizza -- begins at 5:45pm.

Gift bags will be given to all reception attendees. The gift bags will contain Glow Gluten Free cookies, brownies from Foods by George and Celiebo gluten-free dining cards in various languages. More exciting donations to be announced.

The program: Company B, Phantasmagoria, and Promethean Fire.

Tickets: $300, $135, $75, and $25. A portion of each ticket benefits the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University if you mention code CDC at the box office or when calling CityTix, or if you enter promo code 6586 when purchasing online.

To order online:

Promo Code: 6586

To order by phone: 212.581.1212
Code: CDC

(Left to right) Paul Taylor dancer Michael Trusnovec, Jill Brack of Glow Gluten Free Cookies, dancer James Samson, Edena Barreto of Pala Pizza, dancer Sean Mahoney, Tinsley Meloy of Celiebo, dancer Robert Kleinendorst, George Chookazian of Foods By George and Erin Smith of the New York City Celiac Meetup Group photographed prior to a rehearsal in the new Taylor Studios on the Lower East Side. The Paul Taylor Dance Company's annual performance benefiting the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University will take place at New York City Center on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

A pre-performance reception catered by Pala Pizza begins at 5:45pm, followed by the 7pm performance. Gift bags will include Glow Gluten Free Cookies, brownies from Foods By George, and Celiebo restaurant wallet cards. Tickets at CityTix (212.581.1212); a portion of each ticket benefits the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University when you mention code CDC. Photo by dancer Francisco Graciano.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Kinnikinnick, Cinnamon-Apple Donuts

Kinnikinnick sent me some Cinnamon-Apple Donuts made with apple puree and cinnamon, topped with a cinnamon glaze and hot pink icing. Oh dear. Here’s a picture. Aren’t they adorable?

I snapped one up (read: gobbled) and gave extra samples to the office staff and doormen who were all amazed that is was a “free from” food. Cakey, soft, sweet and with that right glaze icing that almost shatters - I loved this little goodie.

From Kinnikinnick: Special for the Valentine’s Day season, Kinnikinnick Foods has made these donuts available until February 28th only on the Kinnikinnick website or by calling toll free 1-877-503-4466.

Thanks again Kinnikinnick for another delicious free-from treat!