Saturday, May 14, 2011

AAIA Family 2k Scamper

This year, we participated in the Allergy & Asthma Information Association’s (AAIA) Family Scamper, part of their EpiPen-sponsored Take Action event held locally in Whitby. Family and friends donated to help raise money for Allergy and Asthma research and education. One of the participants this year raised over $3000 !

IMG_1418We arrived early to register
and then went to get tea & coffee

The walk was held at Heydenshore Kiwanis Park, located right on Lake Ontario (which was somewhere down there through the fog), and had quite a few participants for the 2k Family Scamper & 5k run.

IMG_1424 When we got back, the registration
was in full swing, and Kyle Dine
was beginning to get the crowd going

And then the race was on! The 5k runners started first, and 10 minutes later the Family Scramble started – 1k out and 1k back. Joseph – our oldest – ran out ahead of everyone and blew past the turnaround spot, running an extra kilometer before realizing he’d gone too far. Then when we got back, Joseph realized his keychain had fallen off of his belt loop somewhere along the route; so back he went.

He found it out where he had turned around before, which means Joseph got an 8k run in this morning. As one of my friends remarked, “He’s not allergic to exercise.”


They provided water and Chapman’s popsicles after the event, as well as a full snack table … with allergy-friendly snacks, of course … and gave us bags to fill to take home afterwards. There were plenty of choices, below are some of our favourites.

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The sunbutter chewy bar was definitely a crowd-pleaser
and it contains none of the top 8 allergens.

It was lots of fun, and I think we will definitely be participating again next year … who knows, maybe even in the 5k walk?

IMG_1428If you still want to donate even though it’s after the event,
here’s the link to sponsor us (or anyone else, for that matter).
We’re listed under “Liam Elliott”

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Should schools ban home-packed lunches?

There was an article published in the Chicago Tribune about one school banning all home-packed lunches except for medical conditions or food allergies (which itself is a medical condition, but I digress), and allowing only school-served meals.

The local morning show talked about it as well, and polled viewers if this should be the case. At last check, the results were 80% to 20% against. And the story has launched a debate across the Internet – The article’s link on was a multiple choice question, stating “Chicago school bans a) soda in school, b) peanuts, or c) bagged lunches from home”, and sporting an “asinine” tag to launch its comments.

One morning that I was home I caught an episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, which focuses on the unhealthy choices offered to children through over-regulated school meal programs. It was appalling, to say the least, and the school involved in the episode didn’t like the attention. It seems par for the course, as Jamie Oliver hit a similar snag with the Los Angeles Unified School District – reported here by Fox News.

So what do you think? Is the whole thing a good idea or not?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Farewell to Arms … er, Eggs

With Easter coming up, one of our favourite treats is – or rather was - the Cadbury Easter Creme Egg. This year we found to our dismay that they contain a may contain peanuts warning.


So now as we watch the clucking bunny commercials, we mourn the loss of this Easter-time staple in our house. Now while I don’t think that companies need to change their products to suit consumers’ allergen sensitivities, it’s always encouraging to see companies that put in the extra effort to make allergen-sensitive products and lines.

… and equally discouraging when companies change recipes or production facilities that introduce allergens into their products.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan Earthquake–Google People Finder

Like many people today, I woke up to the horrific news of the 9.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire nation.

Google has launched a “People Finder” to help provide information to people trying to reach loved ones. If you are looking for someone, or have information on someone, please enter that information.

Google Crisis Response is located here:

Please note that information on their site will change as the situation changes.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Comfort Food

As I write this, my wife and I are both home … sick.

The heat in the house has been bumped up about 5 degrees, Krystyne is cuddled into her blanket, and I am sporting my “sick sweater” … when I’m not burning up, that is.

And in the midst of tissues, orange juice, chicken noodle soup, and tea, my histamine-laden mind wanders to thoughts of things we do for comfort when we are sick.

Is there a particular food that you enjoyed as a child? One that when you eat it, your memories come flooding back? Maybe there’s one that you used to eat, but now due to food allergies – either in yourself or in family – are on a “naughty list”, or even banned outright?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Eating out Allergen-Free

I’ve noticed a number of visits to the website through Google searches for peanut-free restaurants in Canada.

Earlier on in my blog I listed a number of restaurants that we tend to frequent as a family, which provide either peanut-free menus or peanut-allergy-friendly options.

There’s a restaurant in town called “Frankie’s Ristorante”, which prides itself on being 100% gluten- and wheat- free. As well, they are a peanut-free and nut-free environment. We haven’t been yet, but have heard nothing but great reviews from our friends. As their website states, “We feel that anyone, with almost any food sensitivity, should be able to eat an enjoyable, fulfilling and tasty meal without the risk of cross-contamination.”

List Update …

Also, Wild Wing originally listed in Uxbridge has undergone a makeover. The owners remain the same, but they are no longer a part of the aforementioned franchise. Now called Clem’s Custom Wings, they allow you to customize (fancy that) your wing order. For example …

1 & 1/2 lbs of original wings, tossed in Frank’s Red Hot sauce and blue cheese dressing, and dusted in Southern Heat BBQ spice.


This was my first foray into their menu, and I wasn’t disappointed. You get to choose the type of wing (boneless or bone-in), what topping(s) to toss, coat, and/or dust them in, and a plethora of sides and beverages to match.

And our favourite heart attack waiting to happen …


Some people may mistake this for poutine, but this is more. This is fries with cheese, gravy, and … wait for it … bacon!

… like I said, our favourite heart attack waiting to happen.

So if you’re in the Uxbridge area, check out either of these fine eateries. And, by the way, Clem’s is also in Port Perry.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How much does your child weigh?

scaleThe joy of growing children.

After recently updating Liam’s EpiPens with newer ones, our last visit to the allergist informed us that because Liam has grown, the EpiPen Jr injectors that he carries may not be strong enough for him.

So, we’ll need to re-update his pouch to include full, adult-strength EpiPen injectors.

The crazy part is that we’re updating to adult-strength injectors when Liam only weighs 70 lbs. How much does your anaphylactic child weigh?