Allergies cover a very broad range of triggers and symptoms, from food allergies and environmental allergies to hives and life-threatening anaphylaxis. Understanding allergies is the first step in learning how to manage them. And the best way to begin understanding allergies is with accurate medical information and the insight and perspective of people with firsthand experience. That’s what you’ll find in this year’s selection of best allergy blogs. They stand out for their commitment to educating, inspiring, and empowering those who need it most.
Parenting a child with allergies isn’t easy, but you’ll find plenty of camaraderie on Jennifer’s blog. As the mother of two kids with allergies, she’s a great resource not only for allergies, but for asthma and eczema, too. Browse posts from Jennifer and guest bloggers about these conditions, management tips, and treatment advice.
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is committed to improving both the health and quality of life for people living with food allergies. On the blog, browse current research, studies, treatment options, and statistics as well as recipes and guest posts written by people living with food allergies.
On the hunt for allergy-friendly, healthy recipes? Jeanette Chen has you covered. In addition to tons of standard recipes, she shares recipes for special diets. Find everything from gluten-free and dairy-free to vegan, vegetarian, low-residue, and liquid. She also has a section with recipes she created for loved ones going through cancer treatment.
Parents of children with food allergies will find a great collection of current information here. Read about food allergy news and research, recalls and alerts, advocacy efforts, and updates from the staff medical advisory team. Also browse personal stories written by parents about their experiences.
Food for Thought is a companion blog to the AllergyEats restaurant guide, which helps people find food allergy-friendly restaurants. Posts here are wide-ranging, covering food allergy information relating to restaurants, travel, and legislation. Personal stories also show the many perspectives of people living with allergies.
Parents Robert and Nicole Smith have a son, now in college, who was diagnosed at 9 months old with life-threatening allergies to peanuts (and later tree nuts, sesame, fish, and shellfish). Their daughter has celiac disease and a mast cell mediated disorder. This blog is where they share their experiences in the hopes of helping other parents keep their children with allergies safe, healthy, and living as close to a “normal” life as possible. Topics range from navigating college and school with severe allergies to legislation, books and magazines, and essential gear.
Sloane Miller has had food allergies her entire life. She’s here to help people understand that a restricted diet doesn’t mean a restricted life. On her blog, Sloane offers experienced insights and guidance into that philosophy as well as recipes, current news, and allergy information about a variety of common foods.
SnackSafely offers clear, actionable information designed to help improve the lives of those living with food allergies. Posts include current news, reports and research, clinical studies, advocacy, and useful advice related to food safety and school policies. The detailed, downloadable Safe Snack Guide looks at everything from possible contaminates to manufacturing facilities.
As a food allergy mom, Sharon Wong is sharing “allergy-aware Asian fare.” These adaptations of her favorite recipes make delicious goodies like pot stickers, pad thai, and lettuce wraps easily accessible to people living with allergies. In addition to her recipes and cooking techniques, Sharon posts about Asian ingredients and food allergy-related awareness and advocacy issues.
Living Allergic is a vast and comprehensive, well-organized resource for all types of allergies. The site covers food allergies, celiac disease, indoor and outdoor allergies, asthma, and more. Browse posts about managing these conditions and personal stories about eating out and traveling. You can also submit questions directly to certified experts in the Ask an Allergist section, or access a variety of charts, product reviews, and recalls in the Resources section.
You’ll find gluten-free recipes for every meal of the day on this lifestyle guide. Sample banana bread with raspberries and dark chocolate, taco-stuffed sweet potatoes, Thai green curry with shrimp, and more. Be sure to check out the section devoted to flour mixes and substitutions. You can also explore tips and ideas for managing a gluten-free approach to entertaining, kids, school, and travel.
Cybele Pascal calls herself the “Allergy-Friendly Cook.” She’s committed to making the world a safer, more delicious place for everyone. The cookbook author and baker of gluten-free, allergy-friendly cookies has food allergies herself, as well as her two children. Cybele has traveled the world extensively and is passionate about preserving the culture and heritage of food. Try your hand at one of her many allergy-friendly gourmet delights, like Brussels sprouts and parsnips with balsamic honey glaze to panzanella salad.
Named for this blogger’s love of Disney movies and her personal experience with the beast — i.e., celiac disease — this is a great place for a humorous and relatable perspective. From gluten-free wine tastings in Napa, California, to recommended products and brands, this gluten-free girl trying to survive in a world full of wheat has all the secrets.
Air travel can be frustrating. But for people with severe nut allergies, it can be life-threatening. Raising awareness about the seriousness of food allergies is the primary goal at The No Nut Traveler. This blog shares reader stories and advocacy opportunities, including a petition to require airlines to take action in helping passengers with food allergies.
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) shares relevant allergy-related news and tips for parents. From increasing allergy safety during holidays and at school to personal stories from parents helping their children navigate food allergies, the information and perspectives are invaluable.
Instead of focusing on what they can’t have, Nicole and her family delight their taste buds with the many delicious allergy-free and vegan recipes they can enjoy. It all started when her youngest son was diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies at just under a year old. Nicole spent countless hours tweaking family favorites so the whole family could enjoy them together. Now, she shares her recipes on her blog, so those with allergies can also indulge in chocolate chip brownie waffles, potatoes au gratin, and much more.
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Jessica Timmons has been a writer and editor for over 10 years. Following the birth of her first son, she left her advertising job to begin freelancing. She writes, edits, and consults for a great group of steady and growing clients as a work-at-home mom of four, squeezing in a side gig as a fitness co-director for a martial arts academy.