FREE Allergy Cards for dining out at restaurants

Melanie Melanie Hohman Tuesday, June 27, 2017
FARE has prepared a simple and free Allergy Card that can be filled out online and printed at home.  It's ideal for dining out at restaurants with our allergic family.  It makes life so much easier!  Here's the link: Click here for Allergy Card

Try to be specific.  For example, some people don't realize that macadamia's are nuts!  I use clear packing tape on both sides to protect it, otherwise you can have it laminated.

Migraine Headaches and Gluten

Melanie Melanie Hohman Wednesday, May 18, 2016

At the bakery, I've meet several people who suffered from migraine headaches. They told me that their doctors suggested they try a gluten-free diet. Their results....they said it worked! Here are some other suggestions I found:

If you suffer from migraines: try a gluten-free diet, and stay away from perfumes and chemicals. There may be more to it; possibly other food sensitivities, or a lack of nutrition, teeth grinding, caffeine, medication.

There's a great video on Gluten free Society's website. Here's the link: https://www.glutenfreesociety.org/migraine-headaches-and-gluten-sensitivity-a-strong-connection/

There's another great article on webmd http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/features/5-important-lifestyle-changes-for-migraines

Feel free to share your experience.

How to get additional Nutrition in an Allergic Diet

Melanie Melanie Hohman Thursday, September 17, 2015

When you have a child like mine who's allergic to gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, treenuts and coconut....it's tricky to get the proper nutrients in his daily diet. On top of that he's a picky eater. So this really gets tough! Here's what we do for our son, and he's growing well mentally and physically.

Smoothies: We make ours every day and it's super easy:

1/2 cup of FRESH Organic Spinach or Kale (kale is more bitter, so my son prefers spinach)

1/4 cup of Fresh Organic Blueberries

1/4 cup of Pomegranite Juice

1/4 cup Organic grape juice or Apple juice

If your little one doesn't eat carrots, try adding a little Organic Carrot juice. Change it up and use Peaches, Strawberries, Oranges. You can use a strainer if your little one doesn't like the pulp. I prefer the pulp so we fill full. You can add a calcium or protein powder if necessary. We drink enriched milks (rice, flax, or hemp milk). Sneak in pumpkin into your pancakes and muffins. I love our pumpkin donut holes and our flax seed muffins.

Vitamins: We use Juice Plus gummies because its convenient. There are other gummies out there, just be sure to get the most nutrition. Some are just full of sugar or corn syrup. Read the labels and ask questions.

Easy Lunch Recipes for Kids with Food Allergies

Melanie Melanie Hohman Wednesday, September 02, 2015

What do you feed an allergic child? My son Bradley has severe allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree-nuts. On top of that he is allergic to gluten, soy, tomatoes, and certain fruits. Below is a list of Lunch ideas (some may or may not work for your child). Use a fun bento box and include at least one or two of each category:

Veggies

  • Baby Carrots
  • Celery slices
  • Cucumber Slices
  • Green Peppers (my boys won't eat this, but I keep trying)
  • Sweet Peas
  • Jicama slices
  • Easy Vegan Ranch Dip Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup Soy-free Veganaise
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder,
  • 1/4 tsp of dill or fresh parsley
  • sprinkle salt or pepper to taste (optional)
  • Mix well, keep refrigerated or use a cooler pack in the lunch box.
  • Fruits

  • Fresh grapes or raisins
  • Watermelon
  • Mandarine Orange slices
  • Cantaloupe
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Half a banana
  • Apple slices or Apple Sauce
  • Peaches
  • Blackberries
  • Pineapple slices (too acidic for my Bradley)
  • Fruit Strips
  • Starches

  • Chex Rice Cereal
  • Allergy-free Pretzels by Ener-G
  • Baked potato
  • Erewhon Corn Flakes
  • Erewhon Rice Cereal
  • Freedom Foods Cereals are wonderful!
  • Tropics by Freedom are just like fruit loops.
  • Cocoa Crunch by Freedom Foods
  • Entree

  • Chicken Salad Sandwich (see recipe below)
  • Ham Sandwich
  • Tuna Melts (gluten free bread)
  • Turkey Sliders (use ground turkey meat to make small patty's)
  • Applegate Hot Dogs
  • Pizza
  • Meatballs (use rice to stick together)
  • Panini (with our flat bread)
  • Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

  • 2 slices of our awesome gluten-free, Vegan Multi-grain Bread
  • Heat with toaster prior to assembly of sandwich, it will stay soft all day.
  • 2 Tbl of soy-free Veganaise mayo
  • 1 cup of shredded Organic Chicken or canned Organic Chicken
  • 1/4 cup diced celery (optional)
  • sprinkle garlic salt to taste
  • sprinkle dill to taste
  • Celebrate with a Sweet Treat

  • Easy Cakes
  • Cookie
  • Cupcake Cup
  • 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.

    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.”

    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!!!!  

    1-Hour Kelly Rudnicki Video on 504 Plans

    Melanie Melanie Hohman Thursday, August 29, 2013

    What a fun evening of allergy-free treats, sharing stories and learning about 504 Plans.

    Many thanks to Kelly Rudnicki for the great 504 content.  Sensitive Sweets donated 20% of our sales that day to FARE.  Sensitive Sweets greatly cares for those who suffer from severe food allergies. We also strive to create more public awareness so we can better protect our loved ones.  

    For information on 504 Plans, here are some ideas on places to visit:

    Blocked Sinuses and Dark Circles Under Eyes - Allergies

    Melanie Melanie Hohman Friday, June 28, 2013

    Blocked Sinuses:

    We try to use natural remedies for continuous issues. “Nasal irrigation is used to treat a wide range of chronic sinus and nasal symptoms; for chronic rhinosinusitis it can be an effective adjunctive therapy. Further evidence suggests that nasal irrigation causes relief for both hay-fever and the common cold.

    The neti pot used with a saline solution has been reported to be an effective treatment for hay fever, sinusitis, and other nasal conditions.

    The neti pot has a gentle gravity flow. Both my husband and I prefer to use the nasal irrigation syringe which has a more turbulent flow. It’s a little painful if your not use to it, but it cleans out the sinuses very well. For our children we use saline spray.

    Circle Under Eyes:

    On our recent appointment at Adams Allergy in Costa Mesa, I asked Dr Yoshii what causes dark circles under the eyes of allergic children. He said that the congestion in his nose causes pressure on the veins and darkens around the eyes. He recommended that we use a “Preservative-free” nasal spray every morning. I was able to find Little Remedies sterile saline nasal spray at Target which only contains water and sodium chloride (which is salt).

    “Researchers say pharmaceutical companies rely on chemical preservatives, such as benzalkonium chloride and phenylcarbinol, to destroy or slow the growth of potentially dangerous microorganisms that may enter the container after opening. But these preservatives can damage delicate tissues in the nose and cause unpleasant side effects such as burning or irritation.”

    So far it’s working great, and I’m happy to know that we can safely use it everyday on our little boy.