Teen Advisory Group

Friends and Food Allergies

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group member Ava Wellener.

One of the most difficult issues I’ve dealt with in my food allergy journey is interacting with people who don’t have food allergies. Whether it be teachers, extended family members or friends, it can be hard to spend time with people who don’t understand food allergies. Today’s post will focus on friends, and I’ll provide you with some advice on how to spend time with your friends and talk to them about your food allergies.

I used to be absolutely terrified of talking...

How to Use Cooking to Help Manage Food Allergies

Recognizing March as National Nutrition Month, this guest post by Teen Advisory Group (TAG) member and cookbook author Catherine Walker encourages food allergy patients and families to get creative in the kitchen with wholesome, allergy-friendly meals. You can hear more from Catherine in this month’s FARE+Well newsletter.

Cooking is a great way to manage all types of food allergies. Cooking at home lets you prepare anything according to your food needs, so you can use ingredients that are familiar to you. Cooking at home helps keep...

A College Student’s Tips for Going Away to College with Food Allergies

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group member Sarah Peres

Does the idea of college make you want to never leave home? Does living at an unknown place with food allergies stress you out? Look no further for some great tips on living and socializing in college with food allergies! My name is Sarah Peres and I am a 19-year old college student allergic to eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, soy and fish. In January, I was diagnosed with celiac so no gluten for me either. If there is anyone who is pretty limited in their food options, it’s me, so...

A High School Student’s Tips for Going Back to School

Guest post from Teen Advisory Group member, Sahiba Baveja

Back to school seems to be that infamous time of year that many students dread. The back to school commercials remind us of the fading summer and early morning alarm clocks soon to come. However, for us students with food allergies, dealing with food allergies shouldn’t be something that anyone wants to avoid or hide as we start the year with new teachers, friends, school nurses, or even cities. Over the past 11 years, I have come up with the best tips and tricks for handling...

A Teen’s Tips on Summer Extracurriculars and Making an Impact!

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group (TAG) member Anesha Santhanam.

What’s up y’all?  I’m Anesha Santhanam, a rising junior in high school and a member of the FARE Teen Advisory Group, and I’m back again with another article on tips for teens with food allergies! If you’re eager to make the most out of your summer for high school and beyond but also want to stay healthy and safe, this article is for you.

Let’s talk about your summer plans: have you ever wanted to attend residential summer camps or overnight/study abroad programs, but...

Tips for High School Students with Food Allergies

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group (TAG) member Claire Johnson

I’ll admit, it’s hard. Being a teen with food allergies is a difficult thing to deal with. There are so many things to worry about, such as school dances, parties, in-class experiments and social gatherings. All these worries are frustrating to live with. From people asking you left and right, “Why aren’t you eating anything?” to living in fear of coming in contact with your allergen, high school can be tough. As a junior in high school, there are so many things I wish I could...

Six Things I Wish People Knew About Food Allergies

Guest post, Mimi Hymel, Teen Advisory Group member

Hello, my name is Mimi Hymel and I am a part of FARE’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG). I am allergic to tree nuts and recently outgrew my egg allergy. I know many others who have food allergies as well. It has inspired me to help others in my community with food allergies, and improve their quality of life. For example, I started a Be a PAL: Protect A Life™ initiative at my school, passing out 2,000 PAL-entines to raise awareness. I also share resources and information on social media.

I often...

Staying Positive About My Allergies

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group member Kate Stack

“Better safe than sorry!”, “It can’t be that bad, right?” and my personal favorite, “It doesn’t taste that good anyway!” are all things teens with food allergies hear on the daily. While there can be truth to some of these, it can be hard to manage the constant exclusion and deal with situations regarding your allergies. As a teen, there are a LOT of pressures to try new things. For those of us with food allergies, those new things often can’t include new foods at parties or other events....

A Teen’s Tips for Thanksgiving

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group member Julia Gray

It’s finally “the most wonderful time of the year” for friends and family, but sometimes having multiple food allergies makes the holiday season the most stressful time of the year.  The types of food that bring people together for the holidays can be even scarier than the spookiest Halloween movie you watched last month.  “How do I stay safe during the time of year that centers around food?” Well, my friend, you are in luck because there are tons of things you can do to stay safe this...

Why I Love FARE Teen Summit

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group member Nicholas Cannistraci

People often recount stories about times in which they felt such intense fear of death that they “see their lives flash before their eyes.” On August 16, 2013, that person was me. I had an anaphylactic reaction after eating food from a restaurant that had assured me their food was peanut and tree nut free. As my throat tightened, my breath shortened, my chest constricted, and my stomach clenched, I felt I would never be able to trust a restaurant or anyone else that offered me...