!2014!-01-03 !Fabulous Friday Finds!

NH Seacoast Sunset hosts the first Friday Finds of 2014
NH Seacoast Sunset hosts the first Friday Finds of 2014

Hey, all, welcome to 2014. To be honest, that sounds fake to me (Mary Kate), like we’re all living in a science fiction novel instead of reality. But if we are, can I say that I’m disappointed in the technological advancements, particularly in the arena of transportation? No transporter beams, no flying cars, no personal spaceships. And I really want a spaceship.

Instead, we do have some better skills and hopes for those of us with food allergies. For education, Sticky Jewelry, makers of medical alert jewelry, has a new infographic on food allergies (via Adventures of an Allergic Foodie). There are some promising new trials in treatment for allergies, with a study on peanut allergies at Boston Children’s Hospital.

I don’t know of any connections between narcolepsy and food allergies, but there is new research that confirms that narcolepsy is an auto-immune disease. A food allergy diagnosis and the subsequent medical visits for related and unrelated issues do tend to point out that the medical community doesn’t necessarily understand as much about our bodies as we might hope. It can be disheartening to have to explain things over and over to new medical practitioners; hopefully its heartening to remember that research is ongoing and we are learning new things daily.

FARE has a post on Food Allergies in 2013: A Year in Review that’s interesting for a end of the year wrap up in food allergy news. Also, there appears to be a new food allergy advocacy organization, FAACT, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team, which launched on December 30, 2013.  

Okay I (Denise) know I posted a bunch of flavored salts a couple of weeks ago, but Sriracha Salt, how can I not do this with my homemade corn-free Sriracha?  If you can eat real Sriracha safely, you need to do this too. 

And since it’s snowing, again, and I want to be warm, check out this Indian-Spiced Slow Cooker Red Lentil Soup with Spinach and Coconut Milk.  Now, I can’t have coconut, but I’m pretty sure it would work with homemade cashew milk, right? Otherwise, it’s vegan and gluten-free.

This one is for Mary Kate, although we’d both have to substitute out the eggs, and I’d have to substitute out the coconut yogurt with something else – Mashed Potato Waffles, which are otherwise, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free.

If you’re in New England, we hope shoveling out won’t be too bad, and that you weather the storm well.  Have a great weekend everyone!

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