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Pauline Osena

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Putting An EpiPen In Every Restaurant Would Be A

Putting An EpiPen In Every Restaurant Would Be A Life-Saver

A stock epinephrine and mandatory food allergy education program for the hospitality industry in the City of Toronto is the right thing to do. It has huge benefits for the safety of the general public and increases public awareness of food allergies.
04/24/2017 03:37 EDT
I'm Not Lovin' McDonald's Canada's Backwards New Allergy

I'm Not Lovin' McDonald's Canada's Backwards New Allergy Policy

You had me, McDonald's... but now you don't. I have defended and promoted the McDonald's brand countless times, but now I feel that I can't. This new allergy notice posted in all Canadian restaurants tells me that anyone with food allergies is not welcome at McDonald's.
01/18/2017 04:26 EST
Nutritional Yeast Is An Allergy-Friendly Foodie's Best

Nutritional Yeast Is An Allergy-Friendly Foodie's Best Friend

After my son's dairy and egg allergy diagnosis, my household was thrown into living a dairy-free and egg-free life. I must admit that we were completely unprepared and clueless for at least a year. It was a steep learning curve, but I've discovered so many amazing vegan products along the way. One of the products that is new to me is nutritional yeast.
10/26/2016 01:22 EDT
How To Make Perfect Spaghetti Squash In 4

How To Make Perfect Spaghetti Squash In 4 Steps

Not many people realize that spaghetti squash may be the perfect wheat-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, low carb, low calorie solution to pasta. Spaghetti squash is also super nutritious, offering significant amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, calcium, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which support a healthy immune system and can help prevent heart disease.
11/04/2015 02:02 EST
Allergy-Friendly Halloween

Allergy-Friendly Halloween Activities

This year, I've decided to try a new tradition in our home. The "real" Halloween party begins after my son gets home from trick-or-treating. I'm planning to have non-food related Halloween activities for the entire family to participate in.
10/27/2015 05:17 EDT
What I Learned From My Child's Accidental EpiPen

What I Learned From My Child's Accidental EpiPen Injection

I used to make jokes and wonder how someone could "accidentally" give themselves an epinephrine shot -- until it happened to us. My three-year-old son once found an EpiPen on the counter and thought it was the practice EpiPen that we allow him to play with. I don't recommend that anyone use epinephrine unless it's absolutely necessary, but I did take away some positive lessons.
09/08/2015 12:48 EDT
Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Food

Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Food Allergies

While food allergies are a very serious topic, it's important to make learning about them a fun and interactive process so that the kids feel comfortable asking questions and talking about their allergies. Here are some ideas on how to introduce food allergies to a child in a fun and playful way.
09/01/2015 12:28 EDT
5 Essentials for Eating Out Safely With Food

5 Essentials for Eating Out Safely With Food Allergies

Living in a world where my son is constantly surrounded by his allergens (a.k.a. danger) can be difficult, but with time I've learned how to make outings manageable by being prepared. I start with the usual necessities like keys, wallet and cell phone, and then my list veers away from the norm to items that some may find extraneous, but are essential for my son's safety (and my sanity).
08/26/2015 05:08 EDT