How to Pull Off an Elimination Diet


We have all heard the best way to pin point an offending allergen is to remove it from the diet and see if your symptoms disappear.  If the symptoms vanish, reintroduce the potential allergen and see if the symptoms reappear.  It sounds simple, but for some of us it can be overwhelming.

Jennifer of It’s an Itchy Little World has successfully uncovered all of her son’s eczema triggers through an elimination diet.  You can read her encouraging experience  in her article: Elimination Diet: How You Can Do it Too!.

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Traveling with Food Allergies Food, Part Two


Last week I received an e-mail from a Real Food, Allergy Free reader asking for traveling help.  She is planning to take a road trip at the end of the month.  Her son has severe food allergies, so stopping at restaurants is not an option.  You can read her e-mail and part one of the series here.

Here are some of my ideas to take with you or pick up on the way.  If you don’t want to make all of your snacks, you can find some great deals on allergy-friendly snack food here.  Please share your favorite allergy-friendly travel foods in the comment section.


Traveling with Food Allergies, Part One

I received the following email from a Real Food, Allergy Free reader:

…I wanted to ask you if you had any suggestions for allergy friendly foods to take on a road trip. We are going out of town later this month and staying in a hotel for a few days. My son is 20 months and has life threatening allergies to egg, milk, wheat, peanuts, and soy.

We can’t feed him anything from a restaurant (except applesauce) because of potential cross-contamination, so I’m planning on packing all his food. I’m still nursing so milk isn’t a problem for him. I will definitely be bringing the banana chocolate chip muffins along as those are his favorite and I thought the pouch tuna packets for protein. Any other ideas?

I thought it was an excellent and timely question with spring break coming in just a few weeks. I’ll share my thoughts, and I’d love for you all to jump in with your ideas in the comment section. Look for part two of this article which includes lists of foods that travel well and meals that can be prepared in a hotel room.  This should be fun!


February Roundup

Here’s a roundup of all the goodies we shared here in February.

New (Top-8) Free Recipes:

Allergy Free Wednesday (Top 8 Free) Favorites:

Fun with Food:

Interesting Articles:


Deals & Steals:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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5 Fun and Frugal Valentine’s Day Cards

Looking for some Valentine’s Day Cards for your kids to exchange with their friends?  Check out these fun and frugal ideas.  The best part is these can be put together very quickly.

Print these FREE I’m Wild for you Valentines and attach cheap little animals.


Keeping Christ in Christmas

Anybody else turned off by the consumerism that has overtaken Christmas? The last couple of years I have made a conscious effort to slow down and celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season.  I’d like to share some of the resources I have used and loved.

Please note that I am sharing these resources to help you and not to stress you out.  Keep things simple.  With the exception of the last one, these things were designed to start at the beginning of December and end on Christmas. If you can’t start December 1st, that is OK!  Don’t let that stop you. Either do two lessons a day or skip a few of the lessons. I assure you the kids won’t mind. Remember the idea is to keep the focus on Christ. Don’t let it stress you out if you are “behind” or not doing it right. There is no right way to celebrate advent.

Photo Credit Dale Gillard


Free Printable Thanksgiving Day Parade Bingo Cards

Looking for something to entertain the kids while you make last minute Thanksgiving preparations?  Family Fun has  free printable Thanksgiving Day parade bingo cards.  My kids are already talking about the parade so this will be a fun addition.  Is football more your style?  They also have a football bingo game.  Between making gum drop turkeys and parade bingo, my kids are going to have a blast before the guests arrive!

I {heart} Pinterest!

I LOVE Pinterest! Pinterest is an online pinboard for organizing ideas you see on the web. You can set up different boards for different needs. Planning a wedding? Set up a wedding board? Building or remodelling a home? Set up a home board.

I have a Recipes to Try, For the Home, For the Kids, Holidays, and Inspiration boards. I love that Pinterest is image driven. A quick glance will help me find what I need.


Some of the recipes "pinned" to my Easily Allergy Friendly to Try board


Here’s how it works: Once you set up a free account, a “Pin It” button installs in your browser. When you are cruising the web and see something you like, you click the “Pin It” button. It magically pins the image to the board of your choice. Then when you need to find the idea again you click on the image and it will take you to the original article.

A fun feature of Pinterest is that you can follow your friends boards and comment on them. Recently my BFF pinned some decorating ideas for her house. I was able to leave a comment about how I thought it would work in her home.

Did you notice the new “Follow Me on Pinterest” button in the sidebar? I currently have 164 recipes pinned on my Easily Allergy-Friendly Recipes to Try Board and I add more all the time. I’d love to share these ideas with you. Just click on “Follow Me on Pinterest” to follow my pinboards.

Happy Pinning!