Role models are important for all young people. When those influencers happen to be a food allergic young adult and her college bestie, then exciting things happen for the food allergy community.
Today, Sue welcomes role models Amanda Orlando and Joella Almeida onto the show to share their friendship journey and give details about their stylish lifestyle website Everyday Allergen-Free. The website, created to inspire confidence in adults and teens dealing with the invisible disability of food allergies, deftly covers a wide array of youth centered topics such as food, dating, fashion, anxiety, bullying and the quest to being cool. The site is also a fabulous resource for parents and caregivers to gain insight into the current or future lives of their food allergic kids.
- Amanda’s experience of moving past a life threatening reaction as a young adult.
- Joelle’s role as a supportive food allergy friend.
- The controversial George Lopez food allergy comedy skit and how it impacts those allergic as well as the entire food allergy community.
- How focusing on the positive lead to the creation of Everyday Allergen-Free.
- Why their website targets young adults and teens.
- What parents can gain from reading Everyday Allergen-Free.
- Topics covered on the site.
- How readers/followers can get involved with Everyday Allergen-Free
Everyday Allergen-Free Articles
Where My Allergy Anxiety Stands Right Now
YOLO So Carry Your Epi Pen
How To Attend Your BF/GF’s Family Party Without Freaking Out
It’s Super Awkward To Turn Down a Kiss
Did You Brush? Let’s Get Real About Kissing and Food Allergies For a Minute
Reaction PTSD and The Coping Strategies I Really Use
This Badass Teen Is Educating Youth About Anaphylaxis
Natural, Top 8-Free Winter Skin Care Remedies
About Amanda Orlando and Joella Almeida
Founded June 31, 2016. Everyday Allergen-Free is a lifestyle site for adults and teens dealing with food allergies. We aim to inspire confidence in people living with this invisible disability.
Jo and Mandy met at university, in Toronto, where they were placed together as roommates in residence. They were fast friends from day one. Mandy is allergic to peanuts, nuts, dairy, and legumes. Jo has no allergies (except the seasonal kind) but takes great care to ensure her friend is always safe and included.
In 2015, after nearly 12 years reaction-free, Amanda suffered an anaphylactic reaction due to improperly labeled bread that contained casein. Her relationship with food was forever changed. Having a reaction as an adult had vastly different effects on her than having one as a child. Suddenly she was riddled with anxiety and had strong distrust for food which disrupted her formerly healthy eating habits.
She leaned on friends like Jo to help her get back to “normal”. But she wanted something more, a resource or community to read about what allergic people her age were experiencing and feeling. How do you manage your allergies on a business trip? How does it affect social situations? When she couldn’t find the community she needed, she decided to start writing about her own experiences.
Fast forward a year later, when she and Jo decided that they could make a difference together. They formed EAF, a lifestyle site for teens and adults with food allergies. No topic is off limits, and outside allergy writers are welcome. From dating, work life, and bullying, to recipes, nutrition, beauty products, and entertaining, they cover it all.