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6/23 Update, and post share.

We want to thank our FAB Speaker Susan Weissman for her wonderful new post about “The  Moment of Obligation” creating the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference! We hope you are excited and inspired reading this, and that we will see you in November! A reminder as well that Conference early bird ticket pricing ends on June 30th! These are $75 off the regular conference price! So don’t wait too much longer to grab your tickets!

http://susanweissman.com/2013/06/food-allergy-blogger-conference-part-i-the-moment-of-obligation/

Kim Rice Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:
1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?”

Kim Rice

Meet Kim Rice, her blog is  thrivinggf.com,  Kim is a Wellness Coach and “warrior mom” of three children. She has been following a gluten and dairy-free diet since 2007. Kim experienced amazing results losing over 60 pounds and a whole host of health issues along the way. Her son on the autism spectrum has been on the diet since 2009 and it has changed the course of his life. He is now considered “recovered.” As a Wellness Coach, Kim is passionate about helping others transition to a gluten and dairy-free lifestyle. You can follow Kim on Facebook:  Thriving GF; and Twitter: @ThrivingGF

 3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?

All the topics are awesome but I think The Art of Recipe Development and Self-Publishing topics intrigue me the most since 1) I did not plan on doing recipe development but it seems to be expected of me and 2) because my original intent before becoming a blogger was to publish a book which I would really like to focus on now.

4. What is the best thing about food allergies? 

Most people with food allergies are very sensitive people. Our bodies force us to pay attention to how foods affect us so as a result we are more in tune with our body and generally have to eat healthier than the average person.

5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?

After healing my body and recovering my son from autism through diet intervention, I wanted to share our healing journey and motivate people to pay attention to what their body is revealing to them about the foods they are consuming. I want to give hope to people that they can transform their health and life through dietary choices.

6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?

Hanging out with all these awesome bloggers who share many of the same obstacles and challenges.

8. What other blogger has inspired you?

So many have inspired me but the Gluten Free Goddess stands out for me because well, she’s a goddess…plus I love her photography. I’m very visual.

Kim Pebley Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:
1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?”

Kim Pebley blogs at Gluten Free in Arizona and can be found on Twitter @GFKimAZ.

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1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why? Everyone!  Can’t wait to see some of my long time gluten free friends who are advocates, authors and bloggers.  I’m also pretty stoked to see some of my new bloggy friends from BlogHer ’13.  Of course, I’m ecstatic to make new friends at FABC in Las Vegas.  Many of us know each other through electronic media and will recognize each other immediately so we feel like friends already.

4. What is the best thing about food allergies? There are so many positive things about being diagnosed with celiac disease that I could make you a list from A to Z and then some.  I’ve learned so much about food in the last 5 years. Among the plethora of information is a better understanding of where my food comes from and what it’s truly made of.  One of my other favorite things that being diagnosed is to confirmation of what I’ve known all along, food can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?  Blogging about food sensitivities is both an outlet to vent and a motivator to keep trying until we find the best results.  Regardless of your issues, whether they be celiac disease, anaphylactic allergies or a plethora of food intolerances – there is someone out there that needs your help and/or guidance.  No one should ever find that they are isolated due to allergies or autoimmune disorders.

8. What other blogger has inspired you? My inspiration to begin a blog began with one of my first Twitter encounters with a blogger called The Spicy RD.  She is a phenomenal writer, an incredible food photographer and also an RD.  EA was patient, kind and always there for me when I was trying to figure out whether to start a blog.  Her energy and love of healthy food is contagious.  EA’s blog can be found at http://www.eastewart.com/

9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why? One of the best blog posts I’ve ever read came from Alysa at www.inspiredrd.com.  At a time she published this post, much was going awry during Celiac Awareness Month.  Those with celiac disease and NCGS were being called things like “glutards” by people who have no concept of what we deal with on a daily basis.  We were all growing weary and I was quite saddened by the level of food bullying that exists among adults.  If you know me, you know that I am not a crier but this post made me ball like a baby. http://inspiredrd.com/2013/05/what-i-want-you-to-know-celiac-disease.html

Erica Dermer Q & A

 We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:
1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?”

Introducing Erica Dermer, founder of Celiac and the Beast,  and Sales and Marketing, Celebrate Celiac Events, at Gluten Free Calendar.

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3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why? The Company You Keep: How to form a lasting relationship between bloggers and brands. Both have much to gain from a strong alliance! *Why? Because I’d love to know how to better utilize my relationships with brands.

4. What is the best thing about food allergies? Actually paying attention to what you eat! With food allergies and/or celiac disease, you can’t mindlessly eat ANYTHING. You have the read the labels and actually know what you’re putting in your body. I think it’s made me healthier because of it.

6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community? That you can get to know someone who you would NEVER meet before if it wasn’t for these food allergies and intolerances. I’ve made so many friends because of this!

 8. What other blogger has inspired you? The Celiac Diva was really one of the first people I followed and she’s a huge inspiration on building a business from a blog. Gluten Dude is another huge inspiration – he’s so good at talking about the “real” side of the disease. I’m also inspired by every person that I meet that has a blog and has put the time, energy, and dedication into making it magic for their readers.

Rebecca Sherrow Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:
1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?”

Thank you so much for inviting me to the 2013 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference.  You have an amazing line-up of speakers and topics, and I’m beyond excited to attend!

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I’m Rebecca Sherrow, the voice behind Pure and Peanut Free.  It’s my goal, through the blog, to inspire others to “Live Beautifully (with food allergies).”  This is easier said than done!  With all the processed food out there, with allergens hiding in unexpected places, and inconsistent (and often inaccurate labeling), the supermarket is literal mine field of reactions waiting to happen.  Pure and Peanut Free is a place to escape the chaos.  It’s where I share my original recipes for unprocessed, pure food made with simple, wholesome ingredients.  I strive to write recipes that are both classy and sophisticated while at the same time accessible and enjoyable for everyone.  Of course, everything is always peanut and tree nut free.
Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?  Do I have to pick just one?! I’m looking forward to them all, but the one I’m just dying to hear is Self-Publishing.  I’m nearly finished with my first cookbook and weighing the options of self-publishing vs. finding a publisher.  It’s a little — no, A LOT — overwhelming!  I’m also looking forward to Nitty Gritty ~ Make it Pretty!, as I’m technologically challenged when it comes to coding, creating buttons, and pretty much everything that’s not written in plain English.
What is the best thing about food allergies?  When I tell people the story of my daughter’s anaphylactic reaction, I think most people tend to feel sorry for her.  They say things like, Oh, that must be terrible for you!, or Poor thing!, or, my favorite: What dose she eat?!  (Don’t you just love that one?) What I try to explain to these people is, this is our way of life.  It’s not a burden.  We don’t sit and wallow in our own misfortune.  She hasn’t known any different.  My children’s food allergies have forced me out of my comfort zone, and inspired my creativity in the kitchen.  They keep me on my toes, ever asking for safe versions of things they find in the supermarket.  It’s led us on a journey of exploration into international foods that are both safe and delicious.  And the fact that I know every single ingredient in the food I make, and therefore every ingredient that is going into my kids’ little bodies, is extremely rewarding!  We live a beautiful life, full of travel and adventure, and safe food, in spite of their food allergies, and I hope to show others how to live this way, as well.
What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?  As a parent of young children with newly diagnosed food allergies, I was overwhelmed by the amount of information on the internet.  I started the blog as a way provide some logical order to what I was finding, and, hopefully, to catalogue it to share with other parents who were in the same boat.  I was determined to have my children live full and active lives.  As the years went on, and because of my love of cooking, Pure and Peanut Free took on a life of its own as a food and recipe website.  I began converting our favorite nut-filled recipes into safe alternatives (such as these Thai Sunflower Noodles– my take on Thai peanut noodles).  I love to play in the kitchen and develop my own recipes which I share along with some old family favorites.  It’s also a place where I share moments of our journey on this uncertain and often scary path, with the hope of providing encouragement and inspiration for others on the same difficult road.

Keeley McGuire Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:
1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?”

Thanks Jenny for allowing me to share with everyone today. I cannot thank you, and the amazing team that has been planning feverishly for this, enough for making the conference happen.

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Hi everyone! I’m Keeley of KeeleyMcGuire.com. Our website features Allergy Friendly Fun Lunch Boxes – we focus on making food fun for kids with food allergies or intolerances.

I say “our website” because it really belongs to my daughter, Little Miss, as well. She is anaphylactic to peanuts, avoids tree nuts, and cannot eat gluten due to intolerance.  I myself am now dairy free to help with side effects of a medication I take for an autoimmune neuromuscular disease (it’s been helping immensely). I’m also a contributor to MOMables.com where I share gluten free & allergy friendly recipes.

Enough about that let’s get onto the questions!!

Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?

Do I have to choose just one? As a foodie, I am excited for “The Art of Recipe Development” with Colette and Kelly. I have had the opportunity to meet Colette twice in person now and I feel like every time I should bow down to her greatness! I love her realistic approach to baking and family friendly recipes. I have not had the chance to meet Kelly, yet, but I often find myself drooling over the photos in her book on my kindle. Do you think there will be food samples during the session? Yum! Lol, hands on session!

I’m also looking forward to “The Company You Keep”,  “Picture This” (since everything now is so visual thanks to Pinterest), and “Getting Heard”. Particularly “Getting Heard”  since it will focus on becoming an effective advocate within your community. Something I am hungry to learn more about! Hungry… see, I can’t get food off the brain. 😉

What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?

My daughter began schooling full time just before the age of two. She was already diagnosed with her peanut allergy and began a special needs school for ASD. I remember feeling completely lost when I had to start packing her lunches. She was only a toddler, had sensory issues and was super picky. Not to mention it had to be easy for her to eat on her own and safe for her allergy.

My sister was such a strong support! I was a single mom and struggling. She would send me information on products she found, ideas from friends with kids with allergies, and introduced me to kyaraban bento making. I was hooked! By making foods more fun using shapes, different colors, and tools I could help expand my daughter’s food palette. Not to mention it was also a waste free eco-friendly approach to lunch packing.

Again, it was my sister who urged me to start a blog of my own. It was really a creative outlet but I soon realized I was not alone in my lunch packing struggles. I quickly had a nice following of other food allergy parents, or parents of kids in nut-free classrooms, looking for fresh ideas.

What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?

That it’s just that – A Community. There is no competition… cattiness… just love and support. I’ve found nothing but friendship from my fellow gluten free and food allergy peers. We all face similar struggles. It thanks to the sharing, the support, the words, and the truth that gets us through those tough days.

I’ve learned so much thanks to other bloggers, to my No Nuts Moms Group, to FARE, KFA, news articles that have been shared, etc. And I continue learning more each day!

Pam Jordan/I’m A Celiac Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:
1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?”
Please meet Pam Jordan from I’m a Celiac! www.ImaCeliac.com and on Twitter @ImaCeliac
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?  
“Picture This” is the session I’m most looking forward to.  Great pictures of food make all the difference!  People eat with their eyes first so you want to show your readers a beautiful picture of your meal.  That will encourage them to want to cook it, pin the picture and share it with others.  As a mom it is hard enough to make dinner every night let alone stage a good picture of it!  I look forward to learning more tricks to make my food pictures stand out.
 
 
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?  
When I got the call from my doctor that I had Celiac Disease all he told me was there was no cure for it and the only treatment was a Gluten Free diet.  I was given no instructions, support or help, just told to eat Gluten Free.  I turned to the blog world to find out what I could eat.  I immediately found a number of people like me who seemed to have a handle on eating Gluten Free.  The blog world became my support group.  So as I got used to living Gluten Free I wanted to share my story and want we eat with others.  I love hearing stories about how people use my recipes to feed their families and friends!
 
 
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community? 
I have Gluten Free best friends all around the country!  If I have a question about a product, recipe or restaurant I have thousands of people I am connected with to get answers. There is so much love and support among Gluten Free and allergy free bloggers!  I also love that so many Gluten Free companies communicate with their audience.  A couple times I’ve had issues and the companies were able to quickly get back to me.

 

Thanks!
Pam

Colette Martin Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:
1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?”

I had the great pleasure of first meeting Colette Martin at BlogHer in NYC last summer. She was the first Food Allergy personality I had met. She has been a mentor to me both with her advice in planning this conference, and her advice with dealing with my son’s dietary restrictions and EoE. Colette Martin is the author of Learning to Bake Allergen -Free, she is on the web at http://www.learningtoeatallergyfree.com/ and on Facebook and Twitter @ColetteMartin. Here are Colette responses:

I’m so excited!  When Jenny Sprague called me earlier this year to ask me what I thought about a conference for food allergy bloggers, she may have thought she needed to convince me it was a good idea. But it took less than 30 seconds of describing her vision of the conference before I jumped in with, “I’m there!”

The truth is you couldn’t keep me away from the conference. It’s a chance to meet people that I only know online – and yet in some ways I know them better than my next-door neighbors. I’m looking forward to the people, the food (I hear the chef at the hotel is marvelous with food allergy cuisine), the ideas, but most of all I am looking forward to the community and being with people who truly get it. But I’m supposed to be answering questions, so let me get to that.

Q. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?

A. Some of you may know that my son is allergic to wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, and peanuts. My son was ten before we had a real diagnosis for his illness (EE plus food allergies). While I’ve had my food issues all my life, it wasn’t until I eliminated the foods my son couldn’t eat that I determined my own allergies to wheat and soy.  At the time of my son’s diagnosis he was in middle school and I was working full time. I had to overhaul our pantry and come up with options for my son to have for breakfast and take to school for lunch – overnight. I can see you nodding your head, because you’ve been there too. Simple things like breakfast and bread for lunch were big issues for us. In 2001 the food allergen labeling law didn’t exist, and there were few products available off the shelf. I had been baking all my life with wheat, milk, butter, and eggs; I quickly realized I had to start from the beginning. After baking, cooking, and managing food allergies for a decade I decided to start Learning to Eat Allergy-Free. My motivation was simply to share what I had learned to make it easier for other parents with the same challenges.

Q. What is the best thing about food allergies?

A. Trick question, right?

You might be thinking there is nothing good about food allergies. Nevertheless, there has been a benefit to my family – we eat better. Once I started reading every detail of every label and understanding what was really in my food I got a lot smarter about what to eat. Today, my family eats healthier; whole foods including gluten-free grains, seeds, beans, vegetables, fruits, and non-dairy milks make up the bulk of our diet. I rarely buy processed foods anymore, I avoid GMOs, and choose organic when I can.

Q. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?

A. In a word, support. When you’ve had a bad day because the school refuses to work with you, when you can’t figure out the right ingredient to substitute in your favorite recipe, or when your daughter comes home from school with a tale of bullying, there are food allergy veterans who have been there and understand. The food allergy community is always supportive, helpful, and most of all – they get it!

I’ve had the good fortune of meeting a few food allergy parents at events or book signings, but just a few at a time. What I look forward to most in November is being with everyone – advocates, doctors, food vendors, parents, bloggers – in one place!  I hope to see you there, too!

Amazing and Atopic Q&A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to chose to answer 3-5 of these questions:
1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?”

selenaMy name is Selena Bluntzer and my blog is Amazing & Atopic.

What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?

Does this story sound familiar?  My daughter was diagnosed with food allergies, asthma and eczema, so I started blogging about it. 🙂  I felt like I wasn’t given enough information from our various physicians and wanted to share the things I learned, as I went along, so that other would not feel that way.  I learned a new word, “atopic”, which covered a range of interrelated conditions, such as food allergies, asthma, eczema, allergic rhinitis, etc., and decided to name my blog “Amazing & Atopic”, because I felt my little girl was so amazing to me and was constantly surprising me, yet she also had these new issues to manage and explore.

Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?

I think I would choose “Taking the Fear Out of Epinephrine“, because it represented a turning point in my journey, where I was no longer afraid of epinephrine and I wanted to shout from the rooftops that nobody else should fear this life-saving medication.  It’s one of the most important messages we can get across – don’t hesitate – don’t wait until it’s too late!

Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?

Well, I want to catch as many as I can, but I am very interested in hearing about upcoming treatments, of course, as those will have the most impact on our children’s lives, in the future.  I also want to learn more about being an effective advocate, as that is a prime goal in this whole process!

Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
You, and you, and you, and you!  I want to see EVERYONE!  I want to see friends I miss and those I have yet to meet.  Did you ever watch the TV show “This is Your Life” where they brought out a guest and surprised them with people from their life, whom they hadn’t seen in ages?  I feel it will be like that, but with people who will FEEL like family members or special friends, just because of the special link we all share.  It’s not often you get to be in a room with people who really understand this life.