How to keep my allergic child safe

Melanie Melanie Hohman Friday, August 21, 2015

Many families are overwhelmed when they find out their child has food allergies. What to do? My son and I are anaphylactic. Food safety is very important to our family. Here’s some tips on how to keep your child safe:

• Keep food separate in the fridge and cabinets. We have cleared out unsafe items from our home, but if you need to have them…. store those items on the top shelves. I would recommend putting a large X on the containers with a black sharpie.

• Have a designated seat for your allergic child. That will help prevent some cross contamination on the table if you have unsafe food items in the home.

• If your child is allergic to peanuts, or tree nuts…be very careful with these items because the oils stick to everything. I would not recommend having this in the house. It also causes a problem baking with these since the particles go airborne in the oven.

Get a ID bracelet which identifies their allergies and what to do.

• Always carry an Epi-pen, even if you’re walking out for a few minutes. I have a customer who’s child went into shock at the park from contaminated monkey bars. Bring wet wipes and clean your childrens hands after using the play equipment.

• Encourage your child NOT to touch their eyes or mouth unless they have just washed their hands.

• Talk to their teacher, caregiver, coach, or babysitter about the severity and how to respond to a reaction.

• Teach your child not to share food. We are very strict about this to avoid mistakes and cross contamination.

• When you feel your child is old enough, teach them how to use an epi-pen.

Sensitive Sweets in San Clemente - Grand Opening!

Melanie Melanie Hohman Wednesday, July 08, 2015

We are excited to announce the official Grand Opening of our new bakery location in San Clemente, CA. Join us for a special event on Friday July 10th, 2015 @ 11:30am.

The bakery is located at:
362 Camino de Estrella, San Clemente, CA.

We will be giving away a free goodie bag to the first 30 people that arrive.

Each goodie bag will include...

  • Easy Cake
  • Bag of Organic candies
  • Cookie
  • $5 and $10 coupon

We are excited to provide the residents of San Clemente and other nearby communities like San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, Coto de Caza, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest, Carlsbad and Oceanside with our wide delicious selection of gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, nut free and mostly Vegan breads, pastries, cakes and baked goods!

Hope to see you there :)

Allergy-friendly restaurants near Disneyland

Melanie Melanie Hohman Thursday, June 25, 2015

A lot of people ask me where they should eat out when visiting Disneyland in Southern California.

With 3 of us having severe food allergies, it gets tricky. We have been to several restaurants, and many are located near Disneyland. It's always best to ask for the Manager at a restaurant when you arrive and let them know you or your child has severe food allergies. Most of the time I have been greeted by friendly managers that want to help. Since allergies vary, (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, etc.) be sure to call the restaurant ahead of time and talk to the manager about the allergies and if they can accommodate.

Below are some restaurants that I would recommend.

  • Outback Steak House
  • Claim Jumper
  • McCormick and Schmit
  • Storytellers Cafe
  • Blue Bayou
  • Chipotle
  • Mimi's Cafe
  • Red Robin
  • Ruby's Diner
  • Maggianos Cucina
  • Cucamonga Mexican Grill
  • Tortilla Joes
  • Cabos Mexican Grill

Disneyland has several restaurants onsite that cater to food allergies and dietary restrictions. Checkout this list: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/special-dietary-requests/

Blue Bayou and Storytellers Cafe are the best at catering to food allergies and they are both located in Disneyland.

We can also deliver a cake or goodies to your hotel or home. Order online at http://www.sensitivesweets.com/order_online.html or call (714)968-9169.

Severe Food Allergies Anaphylaxis

Melanie Melanie Hohman Tuesday, June 09, 2015

My youngest son Bradley has severe food allergies, and unfortunately he inherited it from me. I'm anaphylactic to tree nuts, allergic to eggs, peanuts, barley, and melon. I have gone into shock twice with almonds and pistachios. I used to eat nuts all of the time. My entire life I had eczema, but I thought I could eat anything. After I graduated from college, my sensitivities became worse. When I went into shock, I had about 20 minutes before losing oxygen. I can clearly recall the swelling in my throat, and my desperation to get air. Fortunately I was administered a steroid both times which instantly saved my life. When my son Bradley was born, he seemed fine until he was about 3 months old, then his eczema got worse. At almost a year old we had him properly tested and the doctor warned us that he was allergic to several foods, but we didn't realize he was anaphylactic. He went into shock after eating ONE piece of mac-n-cheese he got from his older brother. I didn't have an epi-pen junior, only my adult pen....so I gave him Benadryl. Please do not make that mistake...apparently they can relapse after several hours. So the best course is to have TWO epic-pens handy if you suspect your child has allergies. Even a bee sting can send a child into shock. Please check with your doctor and read this informative info on epicene anaphylaxis action plan.

https://www.epipen.com/en/what-is-anaphylaxis/anaphylaxis-action-plan

Sensitive Sweets is Now Open in San Clemente!

Melanie Melanie Hohman Tuesday, June 09, 2015

We just opened our 2nd Sensitive Sweets bakery in San Clemente! Located at 362 Camino de Estrella, San Clemente. (949) 388-5764. Hours are: T-F 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, closed Sun and Mon. Our Fountain Valley bakery is open on Mondays. See you soon!

Spices Can Reduce Inflammation

Melanie Melanie Hohman Monday, September 08, 2014

Spices can reduce inflammation for some with autoimmune disorders. For our son Bradley (who has severe food allergies and asthma) we use a small amount of Turmeric, Cinnamon and Ginger in his meals. Be sure to talk to your doctor before using. The following two quotes come from webmd.com

"Turmeric is a plant. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomachbloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders. It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems. Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eyeinfections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds.”
Ginger is an herb. The rhizome (underground stem) is used as a spice and also as a medicine. It can be used fresh, dried and powdered, or as a juice or oil. Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nauseacaused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite. Other uses include pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis. Ginger is also sometimes used forchest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain.”

ENC Spring Faire is May 4, 2014

Melanie Melanie Hohman Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Join Sensitive Sweets at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) on Sunday May 4th from 10am till 3pm for a terrific family event. To help the ENC raise money, we have donated hundreds of Gluten-free, Allergy-friendly cupcakes and brownies. There will be lots of eco-friendly crafts, art work, and reptiles on exhibit. My boys love the beautiful butterfly exhibit. For more info check out encenter.org Hope you can make it!

Pamper Me Fabulous Event

Melanie Melanie Hohman Saturday, March 15, 2014

We will have lots of samples at the the Pamper Me Fabulous Event on Saturday 11am-5pm. Its located at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach Resort and Spa 21500 Pacific Coast Highway. Should be fun!

Epinephrine Bill in California for Public Schools

Melanie Melanie Hohman Wednesday, March 12, 2014

California Senator Bob Huff is proposing an important bill (SB 1266) that if passed, would require epinephrine auto-injectors to be available in all public schools in California.

Though the food allergy epidemic continues to grow, very few schools stock epinephrine despite the passage of a law in 2001 allowing them to do so. Approximately 25% of epinephrine administrations occurring at school are given to students with previously unknown food allergies. The passage of SB 1266 will help schools meet the needs of the growing number of food-allergic students and will save lives.

We urge you to join us in making this lifesaving bill a reality.

To add your voice, please email this letter in support of SB 1266 to Senator Huff’s legislative aide Heidi Hannaman no later than March 14, 2014.

Simply sign your name in the email provided and cc your local senator and assemblyperson (find yours here). You can also download the letter of support and fax it to Heidi Hannaman at (916) 651-4929.

Currently, only five states (Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada and Virginia) require their schools to stock undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors. Since passing this law, Nevada has already saved the lives of two of its students.

Now, it’s time to make California safer for people with food allergies.

Sincerely,

Caroline Chen
Advocacy Liaison
Stanford Food Allergy/Sensitivity Center Community Council

Allergy-friendly Recipes with Cheese Alternatives

Melanie Melanie Hohman Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I'm a simple cook, that loves to bake.  When I get home from work, I want a quick meal for my family. I typically use the crock pot loaded with veggies.  I make a lot of sandwiches with our AWESOME gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, Vegan bread.    Here are some staples I make each week:

Grilled Cheese Sandwich (My oldest son, Luke's favorite): Two slices of Sensitive Sweets white bread, one slice of Daiya cheddar style slices. This cheese contains coconut...so my youngest can not eat it since he is allergic to this cheese.  An alternative is Trader Joes Vegan Mozzarella Style shreds.  Its great because there is NO coconut, and NO soy.

Flat Bread Melt (My husbands favorite):  Take one 10" Sensitive Sweets Pizza Crust, add Olive Oil to the skillet and cook till lightly browned.  In a bowl, mix canned tuna, sliced celery, a few tablespoons of Soy-free Vegenaise, sprinkle paprika, pepper and sea salt.  Add this mix to half the pizza crust and fold in half.  It makes a terrific Flat Bread Melt.  You can also make a chicken salad melt, sloppy joe melt with ground turkey, and a mexican melt with grass fed organic ground beef.

Panini: place buttered (Earths Balance Butter) slices of Sensitive Sweets white bread on the skillet, cook till golden brown.  Add GFCF salami, sliced turkey, thinly sliced cucumber, red peppers, fresh spinach leaves, and garden hummus spread.  Delicious!

Quick Snack:  Toast Sensitive Sweets bread, and spread Daiya Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Style Spread (spread contains coconut), add a few thin cucumber slices.  So tasty!!!!  

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