Blog Review: The Allergy Free Zone

Hello guys! I hope everyone’s summer is going great so far, I know mine is. This week I would like to spend a some time discussing The Allergy Free Zone blog at wordpress.com.

I chose to review this blog for parents/guardians who have kids with allergies. For them, navigating the kitchen becomes a whole new challenge. Not only do they deal with teaching their kids basic cooking skills like cutting, washing, or food safety but they also have to teach them skills that could possibly prevent them from having an allergic reaction. These skills may include reading an ingredient label, researching restaurants, and grocery shopping for those with allergies.

With this in mind the Allergy Free Zone is written by Stacy DeGrazia, a Food and Nutrition student at FSU. She had been diagnosed with allergies at 17 years old so she understands the struggle of finding her way through grocery aisles, restaurants, and colleges.

Her blog provides quick tips and helpful information to guide those who have recently been diagnosed with allergies. Her blog entries are well-organized. Topics include:

1.)  Allergy vs. Intolerance

2.) Grocery Shopping

3.) Celiac Disease

4.) Technology to help aid those with allergies

5.) Recipes &

6.) Navigating a college dining hall

DeGrazia covers these topics using her blog entries, a video, an infographic, and a podcast. She also offers some links to websites that provide allergen free recipes. You can follow her on Pinterest, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

However, her blog does have some faults. One of these faults is not clarifying that Celiac Disease is not an allergy, but an autoimmune disease where the body’s own defenses attacks itself due to consumption of gluten. I would’ve also liked to see more links to other allergy blogs and nutrition based websites for more detailed information.

Here is the link to her blog:

https://stacydegrazia44.wordpress.com

Feel free to peruse these other blogs:

http://cybelepascal.com/ (A mom’s blog about raising two sons with allergies. She blogs about recipes that are gluten/top 8 allergen free and simple allergy free swaps in baking.)

http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/blog (Organization to help parents/guardians of kids with allergies cope with them through recipes and articles that makes living with allergies a little bit easier.)