Books, Food Allergies, Videos

Allergic Girl: Adventures In Living Well With Food Allergies

45 Comments 07 February 2011

My favorite poster girl for food allergies, Sloane Miller, has a book coming out soon! I’m so happy for her! I haven’t been able to get my hands on a review copy…yet, but knowing how polished Sloane is I’m sure it has a lot of good tips on how to deal, if you or someone you love are dealing with food allergies in addition to being gluten-free. 

Yeah, living with food restrictions can be awkward at times. I know first hand as Miss I’mAllergicToCornAndDairyToo. I have a strong hunch a lot of the info probably crosses over into just dealing with being gluten-free.

Do you have food allergies in addition to being gluten-free? Let’s talk about it in the comments. I’m curious about how many of us there are out there.

Please be sure to check out the adorable book trailer above. So stinkin’ cute I almost can’t stand it! Let’s show Allergic Girl some love and tell everyone about it!

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45 Comments so far

  1. 1
    Kasey says:

    I am allergic to gluten, garlic and sesame seeds. It is ridiculous.

      Meryl Ottenstein says:

      I am allergic to nuts, shellfish, eggs, gluten, pork, chocolate and I can go on and on. When I was tested I broke out in huge welts all over and it seems the older I get the more I am allergic to. I feel that eventually I will be even more limited in what I can eat. I wish more research would be done in this area and that doctors have more ways to help.

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    That was a great video. Very creative and even though I’m married to a guy that already “gets it” I’m now very interested in this book. Pre-ordering mine now!

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    Gloria says:

    I too deal with other allergies along with being gluten intolerant. I am allergic to dairy, and black pepper. I also have fibromyalgia so refined sugar is a real no-no. Which doesn’t leave a lot of room for a variety of foods to choose from.

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    daila says:

    Hi! I’m allergic to eggs, peanuts, soy, dairy and have celiac. Plus no fructose or sugar for diabetes 1.5. I’m feeling so ostrasized I no longer try eating out! You?

    Thank you for making this kind of effort and sorry for complaining.

      Cathy says:

      Do you remember the tv ad years ago for beef? It starred Lauren Bacall in a 5 star restaurant demanding a hamburger. She ended up with a hamburger shaped like a star. Consider yourself a star, not a victim! Stop apologizing, they want your business. Leave a good tip, and they’ll be happy to see you back.

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    Phoebe says:

    Aside from having Celiac, I’m allergic to all types of nuts, anything spicy (unknown why), dairy, soy and eggs. I sometimes get allergic reactions (throat swells up) to things I eat when we’re not sure why. I get hungry a lot. Ya think?

  6. 6

    I’m possibly dairy intolerant, but I really don’t know. Sometimes cutting it out helps, sometimes it does not. I’m really at a loss at what the issue might be and I don’t know what to eliminate from my diet to figure it out. This is the hardest part of food restrictions I believe. Not eating in restaurants or cooking for yourself so much it feels like a part-time job, but just figuring it out to begin with.

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    Angela says:

    Just found you through Elana’s blog…but much of her stuff doesn’t work for me because along with celiac, I react to egg whites, soy, all nuts, all citrus, bananas, lettuce, pears, apples, all dairy and more, but I think you get the point. It is tough!

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    Jeanette says:

    I have a son that was just diagnosed with numerous food and environmental allergies, including gluten, casein, egg, tomatoes, apples, grapes, and beef. It’s been a challenge to eliminate all these foods and come up alternatives, but we’ve made a lot of progress, and finally have come up with a variety of foods I can make to meet his needs.

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    Sabina says:

    I’m so glad i found this site, I was just diagnosed with allergies to gluten, soy, and dairy products. What sucks is living on campus and not have much control over what I can eat. The salad bar gets really old really fast

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    Kathy says:

    My daughter was diagnosed with celiac 7 years ago and my son about 3 years ago. This site has been a great resource over the years. More recently our son was also determined to be allergic to corn and potatoes which cause inflammation of his esophagus (eosinophilic esophagitis). So we’re back to carefully reading labels/checking ingredients even when packages or menus are clearly labeled GF. Removal of those foods didn’t resolve the problem and the next step is removing all dairy–and I am more concerned about this than any of the other restrictions. Kelly, your diet restrictions sound almost the same. Any ideas anyone can suggest for this diet restriction combo would be most appreciated. Any great desserts?

  11. 11
    Cristin says:

    IM so excited to have found this website!..I’ve had celiac for almost 3 years and I have only been stumbling along and compromising my health out of frustration for good food!..

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    Cathy says:

    I tested positive to almost every plant possible many years ago. Food testing was in it’s infancy then and done by elimination. Last year I was getting constant hives, so I went for food scratch testing. I am allergic to apples, bananas, cantelope, all citrus, pears, chocolate, tree nuts, peanuts, LETTUCE!, corn, beans, peas, shellfish and mustard. Whew! I tested negative allergy for grains, but soon found out I was gluten intolerant (which means three doctors said why do a biopsy, it’s clear I’m dealing with Celiac) I’ve embraced the challenge of meal planning and am working with a nutritionist. I am not afraid to eat out, I’ve just become a prima donna and leave a great tip. 🙂 I take my own food to family or church gatherings with enough to share. I make my own bread. Fortunately, I am an adult. I must be much more difficult on those with children.

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    Kaleena says:

    I’ve had Celiac for 4 years now and was diagnosed when I had an allergic reaction to apples. Now I cannot have gluten, apples, pears or almonds. Thank God for all the newest GF products.

  14. 14
    Carrie says:

    I had a skin prick test by my allergist when I was 9 (I am now 35) I found out I was allergic to wheat, corn, cosmetics and almost anything outside. Later in life I found out I was allergic to plums, apples and strawberries. I am also lactose intolerant. FUN!!!!!

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    Angie Halten says:

    I loved the video! Very creative and a funny way to present such important information. Looking forward to reading the book.

    Angie 🙂

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    Gail says:

    I’m intolerant to gluten, corn, soy, almonds, walnuts, garlic, etc. After going gluten free (plus everything else on the list) for 13 months, I just starting adding back some foods. (I can now eat dairy, yeast, lettuce and tomatoes.) I think corn and garlic is the hardest to avoid. A lot of the “gluten free” stuff I find has corn starch or soy flour and corn syrup seems like it is in almost everything. 🙁 My food costs have tripled with this diet but my “gut” is much happier.

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    Morgan says:

    My daughter eats gluten free not because of the gluten but because she’s allergic to wheat. Or was (found out at 9months old). She’s now 23.5 months old and we were just given the all clear on her allergy but due to her eczema and gluten making it worse we are going to continue a Gluten Free diet.

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    Kris says:

    We have been dealing with food allergies since my older daughter (now 7 years old) was 20 months old. She was allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, soy, milk, oat, shellfish, food dye, antibiotics,dog, grass, weeds, mold… We avoided all seafood and seeds as a precaution. We avoided most foods with preservatives and HFCS as well. As she has outgrown many of her food allergies (yeah!,but she has developed intollerances to certain foods. Two years ago my husband found out that he has a barley and milk allergy and is gluten intollerant. I find dealing with the GF diet is *SO* much easier than all of the allergies my daughter had. There is so much premade GF food available! Dealing with all of our current food restrictions has led us to eating a better diet overall. I find that the easiest way to cook for our family is to open the old traditional cookbooks and cook and bake from scratch. My younger daughter (who is 4) has been eating this way her whole life. SHe has had severe hives, cause unknown several times. SO no peanuts, tree nuts, seeds or shellfish for her yet. When I make brownies they are GF and made with black beans. My kids don’t like the ones with flour anymore. The hurdle that remains is eating out and eating at friends’ houses/parties. People don’t like it when you ask exactly what ingredients are in foods, when you bring your own food, mostly for the kids. They also don’t like it when you can’t/won’t eat what they serve. “I’m sure just a little won’t hurt. Just this once.” I always try to bring a fruit platter and a veggie salad or platter, so we have something to eat. Most recently we were at a birthday party and the hostest told me not to bring anything. She would have a salad and fruit. At the party we discover she has made a fruit tart on a cookie base. The main dish was lasagna and there was birthday cake. My kids don’t eat cheese (Lactose Int.)and it wasn’t GF. The hostest later said that she did’t know that the lasagna and the cookie has wheat in them. Good thing I fed everyone before we left our house and had a bag full of emergency food with us. LOL

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    Maureen says:

    Hi, I too am an allergic girl! I have celiac and am also allergic to wheat, barley ,oats ,corn , tree nuts, (which also causes fruit allergies) fruit allergies, peanuts, latex and the list goes on. I have always been allergic to corn ,but just started to eliminate corn from my diet, because foods with corn syrup or fructose are starting to close my throat. I am finding that natural is the way to go. It is difficult but can be done. Just hoping that no other grains come into play.

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    Sada says:

    It’s easier to list what I can eat rather than what I can not.

    I can have:
    most fruits except citrus,
    most vegetables, except CORN, tomatoes if raw (not cooked) No legumes.
    turkey breast, chicken breast, (if free range, organic…) Eggs ok.
    some fish.
    Most nuts.

    I just found Tia’s bakery and was in tears after my first bite of “chocolate layer cake” NO CORN, G/F, Agave sweetened, SOOOooooooooo Good!

  21. 21
    Melisande says:

    HI! just found your blog and i LOVE it! it’s such a relief to find a community who understands the stress of being gluten-free and having food allergies. i found out about ALL my food allergies and intolerances in the same month last year. it was quite stressful to say the least! i have celiac’s of the skin, i am lactose intolerant, i am allergic to pineapple, cherries, olives,oats and severely allergic to shellfish.

  22. 22
    JaneinWA says:

    Ugh!!! Hate being SOO allergic to what feels like everything! Especially after a almost 30 plus years eating whatever I wanted! But the last 7 years thought I was going crazy and so sick all the time… Hmmm 6 plus doctors and one naturepath (sure I spelled that wrong) latter… And now I know… Celiac Disease – food allergies, beef, milk, all dairy, eggs, mushrooms, walnuts, peanuts, and mild soy reaction! Crazy!!! I was soooooo sick as a kid – constant sinus infections – allergies all seasonal – we thought! Just seems so strange how now everyone is finding out about so many food allergies… And my oldest son follows in my footsteps he has been having lots of sinus problems,asthma & horrible eczema so had him tested too & all the same allergies only add lamb & aspargus to his! Just seems so wild! Learning how to cook again & be healthy for real – I have always been a from scratch cook so just changing out ingredients! Love the site!

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    Sherry says:

    I’m lost….I feel like there is NOTHING I can eat…for years I have been struggling with allergies and have I have seen so many doctors it’s ridiculous. After a lot of testing (blood and skin) I still react to everything I injest 🙁 I am anaphylactic to tree nuts, peanuts,celery,banana,latex (which comes with it’s own list of foods I should avoid, including avacado, kiwi, chestnut, pineapple, melon, potato. Does anyone know if corn and lettuce are related to latex allergy?). I am also a severe OAS sufferer due to pollen allergies. I find every fruit and vegetable I eat causes some sort of reaction (eg. apples, oranges, cucumber, anything in the mustard family, carrot, anything with a pit,spices (dill, parsley, oregano, ginger), brocolli….EVERYTHING!) I an covered in excema, have no energy, but yet cannot sleep. I suffer from severe constipation which results in a weekly bout of diaherra when it gets really bad. I am allergic to dairy, including eggs. Lately I’ve been finding wheat and gluten, corn, soy have been making me itchy and that I am unable to take any kind of medication without a reaction. I react to formaldehyde and propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, NSAIDS….is there anything left? What exactly am I supposed to eat? Gluten free would be easy if I could eat fruits and veggies!

  24. 24
    Mary says:

    Gluten, dairy, and soy! And the list keeps growing. So glad to have found these comments to know I’m not alone 🙂

  25. 25
    eynat says:

    Gluten, CORN – the worst bcs it is in EVERYTHING! Green peppers , Tumeric and Eggplant

    NUTS- Anafalactic shock on that one!

  26. 26
    Steph says:

    I am allergic to gluten, aspartame (and most other “sugarless” sweeteners), cinnamon, walnuts, pecans, and dairy. It was difficult at first (it’s only been a few months since the dairy/gluten diagnosis), but I’m learning how to prepare great food at home!

  27. 27
    Jacqueline says:

    First, it’s great to finally find a community of fellow frustrated OMG!!! what can I eat friends.
    I’m 60 diagnosed with celiac about 4 years ago. I have both genetic markers. I suffered with stomach issues all my life as well as exzema from infancy to my early 30’s.
    I have stayed away fom dairy most of my adult life,eat fish but no meat since my teens.
    I have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis ( I’m 91 pounds, 5′ 4″) an sometimes feel like it’s ” the symptom of the week”!
    I just had allergy blood tests and found out I have sensitivity to almost every thing except bananas (I hate them), avocados, & eggs. CRAZY.
    My doctor is great by the way, he practices western medicine, alternative medicine, Japanese acupuncture & herbal medicine along with homeopathy. I can’t imagine trying to live without his support.
    I am also allergic to most antibiotics & pain medications.
    It’s the immune system gone wild. Once it is so sensitized everything is irritating.
    I honestly believe we must live as fully ( no pun intended) as we can, with humor, compassion,and gratitude for what we do have, for our blessings.
    So right now I’m blessed in the food department with avocados, olives & eggs!

  28. 28
    Jacqueline says:

    P.S. I eat more than I listed but try to alternate so I don’t eat the same things more than 3 times a week, otherwise I would starve & have no sense of humor.
    Sushi is great, just don’t eat miso soup, ask for gluten free tumari sauce and that the chef wipes. Down the counter before he prepares your food.

  29. 29
    Jessica says:

    I have Celiac, and my little 4 month old girl is severely allergic to Dairy and Nuts, as i’m breastfeeding i’m unable to eat these too. I’ve just recently been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism which recomends eliminating large amounts of Soy, cabbage, beans and a some other vegies; trying to keep a balanced diet for breastfeeding has been riduclously difficult

  30. 30
    Christina says:

    Hello fellow food trauma divas! I’m allergic to wheat, corn, soy, walnuts and in high levels peanuts. Eating out is damn near inpossible and little by little I’m figuring the right way to eat! Of course I can always use a little help! I can’t wait for this book!! @kitty_fistpumps

  31. 31
    Becky says:

    I have celiacs, latex allergies, and recently diagnosed with dairy allergies. I too have fibromyalgia so refined sugar is a no no. I’m freaking out because I eat cheese and yogurt every day.

  32. 32
    Meg says:

    Ugg celiac, allergic to corn & rice (there goes all delicious GF options), apples, COFFEE!!, shellfish, white fish, tuna, plus…This is a recent finding and I’m so overwhelmed…I’m just ready for my tongue and throat to top feeling weird and acid relfux to go away, and am doing my best to consider this new knowledge a blessing…so nice to know i’m not alone and I do think it
    s important to count our blessings…we will feel better and get the hang of it all!

  33. 33
    jessika says:

    i’m allergic to every type of nut, wheat, gluten, and dairy products.

    i eat eggs all the time.
    knock on wood-

    hopefully i don’t get an egg allergic either!

    i really need this boook!!

  34. 34
    Tiffany says:

    I’m allergic to gluten,eggs,and dairy and it sucks:(

  35. 35
    Lindsey says:

    I’m allergic to gluten, eggs, and dairy. Any hints about how to stay on the vgf diet? I’m really struggling!

  36. 36
    dan says:

    im allergic to, all nuts, anything associated. im allergic to glutten and most fruits and vegetables… the docs ran out of blood, not allergies… this is outrageously tough, cus what i can eat is a very short list… trying to gain weight again but i dont know what i can eat….. HELP PLEASE

  37. 37

    I have never been tested, but right now I am confident I’m allergic to gluten, dairy and eggs. We’ll see what other allergies pop up now that those are cut out.

  38. 38
    SugarCube says:

    I am an asthmatic… I have always had allergies to Pollen, dust, ragweed, mold, trees, dogs & cats. As an adult my asthma problems seem to have been so much better. About 5 years ago I became allergic to a bunch of foods out of the blue! Those foods include; Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Crab, Shrimp and BLACK PEPPER! Trying to go out to eat has been a challenge because of the black pepper. I mean really, who is allergic to black pepper. They use it in everything! I hate these new allergies. I ate all of these things growing up. I cannot even stand the smell of peanut butter anymore!

  39. 39
    Michele says:

    I was just diagnosed with celiac disease and allergies to corn, sesame and shrimp. sesame and shrimp are easy enough to avoid but gluten and corn are everywhere! I was a little overwhelmed and feeling sorry for myself but after reading all the post here, I see it can be done and it could be a lot worse. Thanks

      Christine says:

      Can everyone please tell me what kind of allergy testing they have done to determine what you are allergic too. I have all kinds of testing and i am not getting any better. i feel i am allergic to everything.

  40. 40
    Cassandra says:

    I have celiac, I am intolerant to, grains treenuts dairy and soy. I am allergic to legumes (includes peanuts)and eggs. Note the difference. I am not allergic to rice, corn other non gluten containing grains, tree nuts and dairy, but while my gut remains in bad shape ( I am taking L-Glutamine to heal my gut) I will remain intolerant to the other things. In time, if I can stick to my diet, I can re-introduce these things into my diet again.

      San says:

      You said, you are taking L-Glutamine to heal your gut. How much do you take? Does it help. My daughter has severe allergy to Eggs and Nuts. Can I give her GLutamine. Does it help if she is exposed to allergen. Does it sooth her gut. I am trying to search how GLUTAMINE can help in case of food allergies.



        There is a difference between food allergies and intollerances. I think that food intollerances can be reversed. Avoiding all the intollerances completely for up to two years can reset the body so it no longer reacts to these foods with an immune response.

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