Ep.13 – Thanksgiving

Ep.13 – Thanksgiving

Welcome back to episode 13 where we talk all about Thanksgiving and navigating holidays in general with food allergies 🙂

 

Main Topic(s)

  • Our Thanksgiving
    • We talk about what our thanksgiving looks like and how it has evolved over the years
    • How we plan and move around on a holiday
    • Some things we pack and bring with us
  • Practical Aspects of Thanksgiving with Food Allergies
    • Hosting vs Being a Guest
    • Shop at odd times
    • Make Lists
    • Talk about expectations ahead of time
    • Talk with your host (if you’re the guest)
    • Cooking and Serving Strategies
      • Try to make only one iteration of each dish
  • Emotional Aspects of Thanksgiving with Food Allergies
    • Anger, Worry, Fear, etc.
    • Loss of traditional foods -> and the sadness that can bring
    • It’s OK to have those feelings
    • 3 Things that help(ed) us with the emotions
      • Focus on the meaning of the holiday
      • Food matters less than being together
      • Focus on building & sharing new traditions

 

Shaun’s Thoughts

We actually get to hear a tiny bit from Shaun this week about what he thinks about thanksgiving!

 

Community Connection

Tina Beal’s listener question number 2!

 

 

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Ep.12 – Special Guest: Amanda Orlando

Ep.12 – Special Guest: Amanda Orlando

Welcome back to episode 12! This week we’re so excited to have another special guest on the show for you all. The fabulous Amanda Orlando!

 

All Things Amanda:

 

Community Connection

 

 

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Ep.11 – Stock Epinephrine in CT

Ep.11 – Stock Epinephrine in CT

 

We’re back with Episode 11! Thank you all for being patient as we worked through our first major technical hiccup, it is very much appreciated as we only want to bring you the best content we can!

This episode follows-up our interview with Senator Lesser quite nicely, as we go more in-depth into the recently passed Stock Epinephrine bill. We try to break it down as best we can to help make it as digestible as possible so you have the key points and can have further informed discussions with friends and family.

 

 

Main Topic(s)

 

Shaun’s Facts

  • Five-Year-Olds can be tough, and between his lingering cold, and not talking directly into the mic, some of Shaun’s segment this week is a little tricky to understand. I decided to leave it in, however, as Linda does an amazing job translating basically everything he says so you can still get the gist of it.

 

Community Connection

 

 

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Ep.10 – A Chat on Capital Hill

Ep.10 – A Chat on Capital Hill

This week we welcome our first special guest on the Art of Allergies podcast! We got a chance to meet with Senator Matt Lesser, who has been instrumental in getting several pieces of Connecticut state legislation passed, as well as having food allergies himself.

 

Main Topic(s)

Our interview with Senator Lesser.

 

Shaun’s Facts

Some info and Shaun’s take on his 5th birthday party.

 

Community Connection

We answer a couple of questions from one of our followers on Instagram: @nutritionallynicole. She gave us some great questions and allowed us to have some good discussions.

 

 

 

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Ep.9 – Birthday Celebrations

Ep.9 – Birthday Celebrations

Main Topic(s)
Birthdays with food allergies

Shaun’s 1st Birthday

    • UNO Party!
    • 12 Food Allergies at the time
    • So many foods that we had not tried yet (barely on solid food)
    • Shaun’s first cake was actually a waffle 🙂
    • Creative improvisation is key!

Shaun’s 2nd Birthday

    • Pumpkin painting
    • All Shaun-safe food
    • Uncle Tommy’s gift for Shaun (Train)
    • Cornflake-Crumb chicken, veggies & quinoa

Shaun’s 3rd Birthday

    • 3 & 30 (shared party with John)
    • Baked Potato Bar!!
    • Everyone (including other non-allergy restrictions people) can pick toppings that are safe
    • Still made as much as possible Shaun-Safe
    • Remove all the food that Shaun would eat, prior to anyone else getting theirs (limits cross-contamination)

Shaun’s 4th Birthday

    • Play Set!
    • No meal, just snacks = All Shaun Safe
    • Build Day for the boys
    • Sleepover at Aunt Carol’s for Shaun

Shaun’s 5th Birthday

    • Shaun got to make Shaun-Safe cookies to bring to school
    • Dee’s Bakery – Cupcakes on 1st Friday Dinner
    • Shaun requested Brinner! (just like Dad 🙂

 

Tips
  • Test out your cake prior to the party (especially the first year/birthday party)
  • Simplify as much as possible
    • All Safe foods, no food at all, dessert/snacks only, etc.
  • Make your family your allies!
    • Supportive and understanding
    • They can help with prepping food in YOUR space (where you know it’s safer)
    • Non-food ways for them to help with a party

 

Shaun’s Facts

Unfortunately, Shaun has not been feeling well, so we did not record with him for this episode, we hope to have him healthy for the next one!

 

Community Connection

A couple of anecdotal stories about some interactions that we’ve had with people recently.

 

 

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