An Educational Video on Food Allergies you will want to be a part of!

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Many of you either live with severe food allergies or have friends or loved ones who do.

If you would like to help make a difference, this is the one Kickstarter campaign you won’t want to miss out on. With a variety of reward levels all offering great gifts for your support, even $10 CAD will help get this great educational video off the ground and help make it a reality.

Kyle Dine is a great friend of mine and I have worked with him on numerous different projects. He’s toured North America presenting fun educational shows to elementary students. I have backed his project. Will you? :)

Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kyledine/kyle-dine-and-friends-food-allergy-awareness-video?ref=category_popular

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The Allergy Fix – Airing February 27th, 2014 7pm

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If you ask yourself the same questions I do about why we hear about food allergies more these days, how might we be able to treat them and advances in science to date, I highly recommend you watch “The Allergy Fix”, a documentary by Dream Film airing on CBC’s The Nature of Things.

I will be tuning in on Thursday February 27, 2014 at 7pm (7:30 NL). Will you?

Here are a few links that might be of interest to you as well as the promo flyer:

Dream Film – The Allergy Fix

DEBUT: The Allergy Fix – David Suzuki’s The Nature of Things

VIDEO TRAILER for The Allergy Fix

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A safe and relaxing Valentine’s Day weekend away from home

 

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On Friday afternoon, my partner and I headed up island for a weekend away. A wonderful birthday gift from family. We stayed at Ocean Trails Resort. The place we stayed in had a full kitchen which was great. We packed up a cooler full of food from home and grabbed safe utensils (as I do not feel particularly safe using plastic utensils that have been used to cook things I would likely be allergic to). It is always great to bring our own food as I feel extremely safe and don’t have any worries about the weekend. I can fully relax knowing that all the food we brought is safe and there is no chance of a reaction, especially considering the fact that everything we made had no processed foods in it, just vegetables, meat and rice. Safe as can be!

Before we booked the suite for the weekend, I called and made sure to ask whether the suites were pet-free and non smoking. They had assured me of both. When we went to the front desk to check in on Friday evening, I was extremely excited to see they had a sign which clearly stated their allergy policy:

allegy signSeeing this sign was a huge relief and sparked a conversation with the receptionist who explained that they understand how sensitive people can be with pets and smoke and know that pet dander can stay on furniture and in the carpet for a long time.

It was the first weekend away from home EVER I have not had to take any benadryl or other antihistamines! The place was spotless, buildings were newer and there were lots of windows we could open for some fresh air. No itchy eyes, scratchy throat or asthma attacks. It was truly wonderful.

If you are looking for a pet-free place to stay on the island, with a well equipped kitchen and fireplace, I highly recommend visiting them for a weekend, or perhaps even longer! We will definitely be going back there. :)

Thank you Ocean Trails Resort for a weekend we will remember! Conveniently located right next to Rathtrevor Beach, which we went to today, though it was very wet and windy.

“Defining allergy fact from fiction”

I’ve been busy lately, and am trying to organize my routine, so I can still have time to post and share interesting articles and research I come across with you, my readers.

Nowadays, there is so much information on the internet that it can often feel like you need to sift through fact and fiction or myth and reality. I always say to go with what you hear straight from a board-certified allergist and/or physician. Who knows what the real source is on the internet. I know if I have questions, whether it be about contact skin reactions, food reactions, potential allergic reactions to medications, I go to my allergist, and if he’s not available, then I’ll run it by my physician. And then, once they’ve diagnosed, or explained it to me, yes, I may do an internet search to see if others are living with the same challenges, because it’s nice to not feel alone.

I hope the following article will help you see some fact on a few topics you or perhaps someone you know believed, and in the end is fiction.

Defining allergy fact from fiction” – Press Release from American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

What was the biggest “Ah ha!” of this article, that you perhaps wish your friends or family read, so they would see that it is “just a myth”.

For me it is hands down #5; “I’m Allergic to Cats and Dogs, but Can Have a Hypoallergenic Breed”. So many people say “oh, it’s a poodle, you won’t be allergic”… actually, yes, I am.

A Healthy Snack!

Today is a beautiful sunny day, here in Victoria, BC. I woke up bright and early to get an early start on the day. With an early breakfast, I was craving a snack… What was my go to? Seaweed! Yes, you heard that right! :)

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Have you ever had seaweed? You may want to consider it once you read the nutritional benefits. There are a great deal of resources out there that discuss benefits of seaweed. Here is one I like. http://paleodietlifestyle.com/eat-this-seaweed/ I recommend reading about seaweed, if you are considering joining the “seaweed bandwagon”, so to speak. I must admit however, that the taste is pretty unique, and it’s not for everyone… So if it’s not quite your cup of tea, I get it. Personally I love it. They are like a chip replacement for me! A bit of salt, with the savoury of olive oil. Nowadays, there are different varieties out there.. The brand I love currently makes a few different varieties. So shop around and see what you can find!

The seasnax brand I LOVE uses olive oil as opposed to other oils. They have small packages as seen below and larger sheets. I usually buy the larger sheets and break them up.

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What are your thoughts on seaweed? Already part of your diet? Considering trying it? No way? Let me know!

PLEASE know that if you have a shellfish allergy, seaweed may not be an option for you. Always read your labels, know what you are eating, and ALWAYS do your research if it is something completely new. Be AWARE.

Another TERRIFIC Social Support Opportunity for Children and Youth across Canada with Asthma!

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The University of Alberta Social Support Research Program is looking for Aboriginal Children and Youth to participate in an 8 week online social support program led by Aboriginal Peer Mentors from across Canada!

They are currently recruiting:

  • Aboriginal Children (7-11 yrs)Aboriginal Youth (12-16 yrs)
  • Aboriginal Peer Mentors
  • Health Professionals

Benefits to children and youth include:

  • Practical/Informational, Emotional & Affirmational Support
  • Decreased feeling of isolation
  • New friends
  • Increased confidence
  • Increased coping skills

They have recruiting flyers and other great resources on the Downloads page of their website! Two Videos await you !!!

Be sure to visit the Asthma-riginal website for more information :)

 

 

A good night’s sleep ahead!

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Tonight I am staying at the Kingbridge Conference Centre & Institute for a conference. Upon arrival I had a few questions I asked the hotel staff to ensure I would have a good night’s sleep, and a safe stay. I asked whether the hotel was entirely pet-free, and whether or not there were windows in the room. Lucky for me, no pets, and large doors instead of windows! We’ve had the door open ever since we arrived and the room is less stuffy and my allergies are not too bad, in comparison to other hotels I’ve stayed at. The staff have been EXTREMELY accommodating with my allergies and have made my first day here a success.

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These are a few questions I normally ask when I first call in and book a hotel.

  • Do you allow pets in the hotel? Are there rooms that have never had a pet?
  • Do the windows open in the rooms?
  • I have severe allergies to cleaning products and chemicals/perfumes. Can you please have them no spray any perfumes or use other scented fragrances and possibly clean the room with a mild cleaning agent, or vinegar?
Often times I’ve “shopped around” if there are no windows or patio doors that open. When I arrive to check-in, there is usually special attention given and on several occasions, I have had a note from managers sitting on the desk when I entered the room. 
Have you ever stayed in a hotel? When you are planning a trip or heading to a conference, what do you do beforehand?
Tonight is bound to be a good night of sleep! Time to call it a day. :)