Food allergies: Five coping mechanisms for parents of kids with allergies

So you’ve just found out your kid has a serious food allergy. Welcome to the club. Someone once described anaphylaxis to me like ‘drowning’. When my boy had his attack it was just like that; he was sinking into death and I couldn’t bring him up for air. Anaphylactic food allergies are terrifying, confusing, and if I’m honest, very annoying.…
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Veganuary, veganism and feeling great: Interview with Jodi Monelle, CEO LIVEKINDLY

Are you doing Veganuary? You know, going vegan for January? I’m about 90% vegan. Like most people, my diet and lifestyle choices aren’t so easy to put into a neat label, but often I say I’m ‘vegan’ to avoid lengthy explanations about why I don’t drink cow’s milk, but I still have a leather handbag in my wardrobe. Call me…
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Thank you

Update: We have the Epipens… hoorah… thank you all!      My son nearly died from a severe allergic reaction. I don’t know how else to write it, so there you go. One morning he started rubbing his eye, which seemed a little swollen. In a few minutes half of his face was red, his eyelids were bulging so much…
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How to treat eczema and psoriasis 

Among the many things I suffer from (shoe addiction, frizzy hair, aversion to early mornings), eczema and psoriasis are probably the most annoying. I’ve battled with eczema and psoriasis since I was born. From hardly noticing it was there, to being stopped in the street and asked if my face was OK. Since I moved to Santiago in Chile, I’ve had…
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The best vegan health store in Santiago?

I’m 90% vegan, 80% plant based and 100% loving life here in Santiago, Chile. Up until recently I loved Santiago a little less. Grocery shopping here is rather a struggle, all the more if you’re vegan, on a special diet or living with an allergy. Last week I checked out a store recommended to me by several local and Expater friends…
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How to survive with an allergy in Santiago, Chile

Living in Chile with an allergy is tough. I’ve been told by Expater friends that the same applies for much of Latin America. My two year old suffers from an intolerance to dairy products (a delayed cow’s milk protein allergy, a.k.a. CMPA to be precise). Sadly people here don’t seem to get the ‘allergy thing’. I wonder if the people…
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Top tea rooms and cafés in York

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a tea obsessive. I’m actually a certified tea taster, for what that’s worth. I drink tea with friends and when enjoying time alone, to wake me up and to help me sleep. Needless to say, I’ve drunk my fair share of brews in my time here in York. Here are my top tearooms…
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World Vegan Month: It’s not the meat that will kill you

This November it’s World Vegan Month and I’ve been thinking about different diets around the world. I’ve been vegetarian most of my expat life and then I had to give up dairy when I found out that my son whom I was breastfeeding had a cow’s milk protein allergy. After years as a British milk slurping, American ice cream guzzling,…
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‘How aromatherapy saved my allergic child’

I’ve known an Expater friend, Maryam, for a few years now. Because I have a few Maryams in my life, I admit to having referred to her as the ‘the one with the really poorly child’. I hate to put people into boxes, all the more based on their children’s health, but Maryam’s first daughter, Zeynah had a rougher start in…
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How to travel with an allergy

My family and I are in Barcelona and really enjoying our time here, although one member is finding it a little tough. My youngest child has a cow’s milk protein allergy and he’s been struggling. Thankfully the Lego his grandmother has been buying him seems to be compensating. Allergic reactions and travel: not a good recipe  Technically my son has…
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