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, October 26, 2015

Food Allergy Counseling: Free Webinar, Food Allergy Confidence During The Holidays 2015

Here is the webinar's permalink and you can watch at any time: Kids With Food Allergies about Food Allergy Confidence During The Holidays.


Join me for this FREE webinar by Kids With Food Allergies about Food Allergy Confidence During The Holidays.

And you may submit your questions in advance on the registration form

From Kids With Foods Allergies website.


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WHEN: Tuesday, November 3, 2015

TIME: 1 PM – 2 PM Eastern time

WHERE: Your computer, iOS or Android device

The holiday season is coming! You may have anxiety about food-centered celebrations, school events and coping with extended family who may not understand. Whether you are new to food allergies or a veteran, we could all use some strategies about how to handle the holiday season with grace and confidence.

Join Kids With Food Allergies and Sloane Miller, MFA, MSW, LMSW, for our webinar, Food Allergy Confidence at the Holidays, on Tuesday, November 3 at 1 pm Eastern.

Ms. Miller, a food allergy counselor, author, and founder of Allergic Girl Resources, Inc., will cover:

Understanding your food allergy diagnosis
Communicating your needs to those around you
Forming supportive relationships to help you cope
Mourning the loss of the holidays of your childhood
Reframing what the holidays mean now
Connecting with the joy of the season

We will record this webinar. If you cannot attend the live event, we will email you a link to the recording a few days after the event.

You may submit your questions in advance on the registration form.

By registering, you agree to receive email communications from Kids With Food Allergies.
We thank Mylan for providing an unrestricted sponsorship of this webinar.

About Our Speaker

A licensed social worker, Sloane Miller was born with food allergies and developed asthma and environmental allergies as a child. In 2006, she started the food allergy blog Please Don't Pass the Nuts. She is the author of Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well With Food Allergies. She is founder and president of Allergic Girl Resources, Inc., a consultancy devoted to food allergy awareness. She consults with private clients, the healthcare, food and hospitality industries, government and not-for-profit advocacy organizations. Ms. Miller earned her Master of Social Work at the New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and her Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Literature at Bennington College.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Recipe: Caramelized Upside-down Apple Spice Cake, Tree Nut Free, Gluten-free

When I was researching what I’ve made in past years and what I blogged about I realized that the 2014 Rosh menu was delicious and well received,  and that I already had the recipes. So essentially, we made the same dinner.

Apples and honey
Chicken with honey and cumin
Sautéed green beans with fried shallots

What I updated was the Caramelized apple upside-down spice cake. Here is the new edition.


Final cake and all of its caramely goodness


Nut-Free, Gluten-Free Apple Spice Cake
(Adapted from 
Betty Crocker

1/2 cup butter (I use organic)

2/3 cup brown sugar (I use sugar in the raw)

1 lb 
firm apples apples, cored & peeled and sliced into half moons. (One pound of apples is approximately 2-3 apples.) 

1 bag 
Namaste Foods Spice Cake mix

Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box. (I use extra virgin olive oil and organic eggs.)

Heat oven to 350°F.

Line your 13x9 pan with parchment paper (easier cleanup and easier cake removal as this cake is moist!).

Caramelize your apples. In a non-reactive saucepan, heat butter and sugar. Add sliced apples and cook on low until butter sugar mixture is a darker brown, thickened and caramel-y and apples are cooked down, softened and also caramelized, about 15-20 minutes.

While the apples are simmering, mix the cake mix as directed for 13x9-inch pan, using water, oil and eggs. Set aside.

Once the apples are cooked. Add apples to bottom of pan and pour the cake mix on the top. The apples and caramel will come up the sides, don’t worry everything will bake and mix just fine.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on cooling rack. Place heatproof serving plate upside down on pan; turn plate and pan over. Remove pan. Serve cake warm. Or cold. Or at room temperature. It'll be gone fast at whatever temp your serve it.


Butter, sugar and raw apples

Apples 15-20 minutes later, cooked until soft and caramel is a beautiful brown color

Caramelized apples in baking dish with parchment paper, ready for the cake mix

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Giveaway: Eleni's New York​ Nut-Free Cookie Giveaway


Eleni's is giving away two [2] boxes of Eleni’s Cookies Silly Pumpkin Gift Set through my Allergic Girl Facebook page. 

NB: All of their cookies are nut-free. Call them directly for more information about your food allergy needs.

Head on over to my Allergic Girl Facebook page, write a comment there about what you love about Fall and that will enter you in the contest.

Contest rules: contest open for 24 hours from time posted, winners picked using and limited to residents of the continental US states.


*Make sure I can contact you through Facebook. If I can't contact the first winner, I will go to the next randomly drawn name.*

Thursday, October 08, 2015

JACI Study: Risk of Anaphylaxis following Vaccination in Children and Adults

Pssst: the answer is low to rare: 33 cases of documented anaphylaxis in 25 million vaccines given

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology sent me a copy of the new study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Here’s the pertinent information: 

“A recent study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), assessed the relationship between vaccines and anaphylaxis and found the phenomenon rare in all age groups… 

As such, Michael M. McNeil, MD, MPH, and colleagues searched the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) databases to see who received one or more vaccines between January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2011….

Researchers examined records from a total of 17,606,500 visits for a total 25,173,965 vaccine doses administered. There were no deaths and only one patient was hospitalized. They found 33 confirmed cases of anaphylaxis after administration, a rate of only 1.31 cases per million vaccine doses."

They tracked all vaccines used, including two influenza vaccines. And still, only 33 cases of documented anaphylaxis in 25 million vaccines given.


Please discuss your personal concerns and/or needs with your board certified medical health provider.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Food Allergy Counseling: Pushing Past Fear And Singing Your Heart Out

(Redshirts. Left to Right: Julia Lunetta, me, Susan O'Doherty)

Back in fall of 2012, I took my first musical improv comedy class at the PIT Theater. I was terrified and I was terrible. I wanted to vomit before I went out on stage. Or go home. But I didn’t. I pushed myself out on stage, sang, danced, made choices and was glad when it was over. 

I also thought to myself: there is something really, super fun here if only I can push past the fear.


One thing I stress in my book, Allergic Girl, on this blog, with my food allergy counseling clients and most importantly, what I practice in my life is: living fully with food allergies. 

It starts with understanding your food allergy diagnosis, creating and safe and loving support system and then going out into the world.

But what stops any of us from going out into the world and living fully - the millions of us with food allergies and the millions more without - is fear. Fear of the unknown; fear of failure and it’s twin, fear of success; fear of judgment and a general sense of fear of flopping, fumbling, falling or flailing.

For those of us with severe life threatening allergies, we can have an added layer of fear and anxiety related to managing our lives where our allergens (egg, milk, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, soy are the top eight allergens in the US that cause ninety percent of reactions) are at every event, at every social gathering, on every mode of transportation. Essentially once that is managed (and that is no small feat but it is manageable) we are faced with the same fears as everyone else.

So why push yourself? Why not simply avoid the thing that scares you, frightens you, intimidates you and challenges you? Because on the other side of fear is pride, accomplishment, success and joy. Failure is there too, but it’s not for lack of trying or giving into fear.


After a year’s worth of classes over a two-year period, I auditioned and was placed on a house team, in the fall of 2014. This meant I was performing, on stage, with seven others, three times a month. Any fear I still had, which was oddles, was molded into a pathway towards play, silliness, creativity and engaged comedy with my teammates.

On that team was a wonderful improviser and clinical psychotherapist, Susan. We discovered we both had a love of Star Trek and a new indie team was born in the spring of 2015 called Redshirts. We've performed all around New York City for the last six months and this coming Monday, October 5, 2015 at 9pm, we are performing during New York Super Week, as part of New York Comic Con. Time Out New York chose us as a Critic's Pick. You can get tickets here.

I am totally excited. And thrilled. And a little nauseated and terrified. (I’m a therapist not a performer, Jim!) But I’m going on that stage, with my Redshirts teammates Susan and Julia, and I’m going to push past that fear and sing my heart out!