Alisa Fleming ~ Last week I talked about the food highlights from the Gluten-Free Allergen-Free Expo, but there was much more than food at the event. There were, in fact, useful products, helpful organizations, and fun online gadgets. Today, I’m going to highlight the three items that stood out to me and my “free-from” posse.
Website Description: “The Allerbling wristband is a unique medical ID bracelet, which is customizable by you, at any time, based on your child's changing food allergic conditions.” – www.allerbling.com
Why I Liked It: These cute kid-friendly wristbands were all the rage at GFAF. Perfect for little ones with multiple dietary requirements, this durable bling has rubberized “buttons” that you snap into the band, one for each free-from need. The design makes it easy to alter the band should your child’s requirements change, or for when they need to go up a bracelet size. This was definitely the hot product with food allergy parents at the show … they were snatching them up, left and right!
Website Description: “This is the essential tool for anyone dealing with food allergies. If you are allergic to Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, or Nuts, you no longer have to search for a recipe that does not contain your allergens. Cook IT Allergy Free will take any of these great gluten free recipes and make them safe for you. – www.cookitallergyfree.com
Why I Liked It: This app makes me wish I had an iPhone! I had heard raves about it from various gluten-free, iPhone-loving friends, but learned more about it at the show. The app contains over 200 recipes (and new recipes are continuously added) each with full color photos. With a simple tap you can trade out your allergens in any of the recipes with safe substitutions. It covers gluten, the top eight allergens (dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, nuts, etc.), and other increasingly common food sensitivities, such as corn. The customizable concept behind this app is brilliant, and makes cooking and baking without certain foods, a breeze.
Website Description: “The Magazine for People with Allergies and Food Sensitivities.” – www.livingwithout.com
Living Without Magazine – I’m a recovering magazine addict, but it has become easier to walk away from the displays in recent years, as most magazines have turned to advertising, fillers, and fluff. But a few still proudly claim their spot on the racks, not thick with pages, but rich with content. As I re-discovered at GFAF, Living Without is one of those magazines. They were handing out complimentary copies of the spring edition, which I read from cover to cover on the flight home. Just a few of the insightful articles included an in-depth interview with an Autism Mother who “saved” her son with a special diet and is now working as an activist for the cause, inspiration and how-to’s for creating an Allergy Playgroup, enticing collections of seasonal recipes (think Easter, Passover, and Cinco De Mayo in the Spring edition), Q&A’s with medical specialists, and much more.
Of course, there were also many awesome books and cookbooks at GFAF; around twenty brilliant authors were in attendance! We will review those titles here on Go Dairy Free in the coming months …
Article by Alisa Fleming, the founder of GoDairyFree.org and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.