Environmental Allergies

Share/BookmarkLet’s talk environmental allergies or what I call yellow season. Where this Allergic Traveler lives (North Carolina), springtime is the worst! From March until May, everything is blooming and beautiful. However this does nothing for my environmental allergies.  I call it yellow season as the streets are yellow, the cars are yellow, the outdoor furniture is yellow… you get the point. Everything is covered in pollen. It was especially hard for me to handle the weather as I moved here in my thirties from Montreal, Canada. There the spring is so short, there is no time to have a reaction! Whereas here, you wake up with a runny nose, you can’t breathe and you think your head might actually explode from all the pressure. You want to cry...

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Vegas Never Gets Old

Share/BookmarkVegas never gets old, or does it? This Allergic Traveler just traveled to Las Vegas for the gazillionth time, OK maybe just the fourth! Not to sound jaded but why go back to a place if you don’t gamble. The answer is Work! So how does one entertain themselves if they don’t play craps, black jack, or the slot machines? Food! Over the years Las Vegas has turned into a culinary delight, even for those of us with food allergies. For this foodie, yes you can be a foodie with food allergies, it is always a pleasure to travel here. All the top chefs have restaurants here, which makes it a very competitive eating frenzy. It means that all the smaller restaurants have to step up their game. Cornerstone Steak House Nothing seems to phase the chefs....

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How the West Was Won?

How the West Was Won?

Share/Bookmark  If you ask this Allergic Traveler, how the west was won?, the answer is simple via food and the environment! Allow me to explain. Recently, this Allergic Traveler had the fortune of traveling to Arizona and New Mexico. I have been to Arizona before, and loved it as much today as I did then. I had never had the privilege of traveling to New Mexico. If you have never been to Arizona, you need to. Hands down I would say it is one of the most beautiful states. I suppose that is why so many are retiring there. Sure the weather has a factor to do with it as well. I particularly appreciate the weather as I can breathe freely in Arizona! The air is so dry, with next to no humidity. The vegetation is not blooming extensively because only things that...

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Six Countries in Twenty-three Days

Share/BookmarkWelcome to Europe! Our latest journey had us visiting six countries in twenty-three days. The holidays are all about family, and this Allergic Traveler desperately wanted to hug her French nephew and niece. To do this, one must travel to France! As we knew we were going to be in Europe for some time, we wanted to see as much as we could, while spending time with the family as well. Our venture began in France, then continued to Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Belgium and Great Britain. There is so much to tell. We saw so much and we did so much! As I  look back, trying to determine what to share with all of you, one thing stood out among everything else…..that was the little amount of time we actually spent in restaurants. Over twenty-three days, one...

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What I get from the Gluten Free & Allergen Free Wellness event?

Share/BookmarkI have been doing the Gluten Free and Allergen Free Wellness event for years. There are many reasons why I do this event. Let me tell you about what I get from The Gluten Free & Allergen Free Wellness event. To begin with, it is an event that fosters a safe feeling. There are various vendors that exhibit at this event that have gluten free food, peanut free food, egg free, dairy free, etc. The list goes on. Having food allergies all my life, and being able to attend such an event where I can eat 90% of the food there, is not only unheard of but it also wonderful. Rarely does this Allergic Traveler ever get the chance to be a pig! There is such a smorgasbord of food that you would think that my allergies disappeared for the day. The other great...

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Food Allergy Awareness

Share/BookmarkLast week was Food Allergy Awareness week and this month is Celiac Awareness month. It’s been a busy month! So if you are part of either celebration, or both, what do you want the world to know that they don’t already know about your dietary restrictions? How about its not easy to stop at a curb market to grab a snack? How about learning how to substitute one ingredient for another? It’s not as easy as people would think. Or how about …yes just a teaspoon will have devastating effects on my body? There are so many things about the allergy world that those living outside of it don’t know. There are great things, like the sense of belonging or the fact that there are some very creative cooks among us!  There are also some very innovative...

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