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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470630000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470630006
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Sloane Miller is allergic to tree nuts, salmon, eggplant, and many types of fruit. Overcoming these challenges, she grew from a shy girl with food allergies into a confident, take-charge Allergic Girl who enjoys a full and exciting life. With tested strategies and practical solutions, this book shows how you can, too.

In Allergic Girl, Sloane Miller shows how a food-allergic person can live a life not constrained by what she or he can't eat. Drawing upon her real-life experiences, her work with clients, and the wisdom of other leaders in the field, Miller shares the secrets of living happily and well with food allergies. You'll learn how to communicate your food-allergic needs clearly, identify your options, and get what you require with a minimum of trouble. You'll gain the tools to strengthen bonds with your friends, your family, and your partner.

In the pages of Allergic Girl, Sloane Miller is the sympathetic and supportive friend you need beside you every step of the way as you discover how to:

  • Find the best allergist and get the correct diagnosis

  • Create a safe environment wherever you are—at home, traveling, or dining out, and during holidays and celebrations

  • Handle everyday food-allergy concerns and issues

  • Build positive relationships

  • Learn to love food again

  • Increase the joy in your life

From dining out and dating to traveling, work functions, and more, Miller will help you expand your horizons while remaining food-allergy safe. Her insights and poignant stories explore the realities of food-allergic living, revealing how you can find the positive side to every challenge. Miller's expertise and inspiring encouragement inform every page of this breakthrough lifestyle guide.

From the Back Cover

enjoy your food-allergic life to the fullest

"Food allergies affect nearly 12 million people in the United States, including 1 in 17 children under the age of three. Allergic Girl offers the reader excellent practical and helpful advice for identifying and coping with food allergies. Sloane Miller's anecdotal commentary about her own food allergy trials and tribulations teaches and directs readers how to live well with food allergies. A great resource." —Bill McLin, President and CEO, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

"As a chef, restaurant owner, father, and food allergy advocate, I believe Allergic Girl is a great guide for anyone with food allergies who wants to dine out safely." —Ming Tsai, James Beard Award–winning chef and author of Simply Ming and Simply Ming One-Pot Meals

"Sloane Miller is a force of nature. Her passion for feeding people well no matter what their food allergies inspires everyone who meets her. After you read Allergic Girl, you will walk into the world more confidently,with Sloane holding your hand." —Shauna James Ahern, author of Gluten-Free Girl and coauthor of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef

"Sloane Miller is a trusted and knowledgeable resource on living with food allergies, and Allergic Girl is a comprehensive guide to living joyfully with food allergies." —Mary Jane Marchisotto, Executive Director, Food Allergy Initiative

"Allergic Girl is a revelation and a full-fledged guide to embracing life rather than allowing food allergies to run the show. Sloane Miller shares a lifetime's worth of knowledge on how to dine, date, and travel safely in spite of life-threatening allergies. Her words will get you, right in the gut." —Gwen Smith, Editor, Allergic Living magazine


More About the Author

I have had food allergies my entire life and live a full life; I am committed to helping other people with food allergies do the same.

Whether through Worry-Free Dinners® events, my award-winning blog Please Don't Pass the Nuts™ or one-on-one counseling with adults and families dealing with food allergies, I offer experienced insights and guidance on how to get more out of a life lived with food allergies.

Through Allergic Girl® Resources, Inc., I offer a range of services. I consult with the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries on how best to address food allergy issues. I consult with governmental agencies about food allergies. Recent work has included the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. I also offer food allergy coaching services to individuals, couples, families and groups.

As a trained mental health worker, who understands the challenges from the inside out, I am uniquely qualified to lead the movement to provide supportive and innovative services to the food allergic community.

My work has appeared in national and international media, including: ABCNews; Allergic Living; CNN; Conde Nast Traveler; Huffington Post; New York Magazine; The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

This is my first book.

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Customer Reviews

I enjoyed reading Sloan Miller's look at her life with food allergies.
mommy2girls
I highly recommend this book to anyone with food allergies as well as their parents, relatives and close friends.
Steven A
The book made me realize that it was ok to ask my allergist a million questions.
HG83

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kanji on February 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading this book. Loved it! Thanks for a really great resource that is *easy* to read!! It covers both the practical aspects of living with a food allergy, as well as the emotional side. Content includes lots of good ideas, examples and techniques for how to navigate food allergies, that can be adapted to your own needs. A useful tool for young adults living with food allergies, as well as for parents of allergic children.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ak1982 on April 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've been living with severe food and environmental allergies my entire life and was hoping to find some new information or tips from this book. I personally did not get anything from it though, aside from a couple laughs at some of her dating scenarios and just being able to relate to someone else who has experienced life with allergies. The tone of the book is conversational and would be suitable for someone recently diagnosed, a teenager, or the parents of a child with allergies.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cybele Pascal on May 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Part memoir, part guidebook, Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies has done the nearly impossible; turned living with food allergies into an inspirational tale. After reading this book I feel empowered and emboldened. "Reach out--you are not alone", she writes on p.101. This one sentence sums up the message of the book, which to me is that we've lived too long, retiring from life, being alienated, and hiding out with our food allergies. It's time to get out there, and live to the fullest. Because "everyone has something" (p.106). This just happens to be the "something" we have. There is no shame in having food allergies, and if there is one thing I'd like my food allergic son to get from this book, it's that message. I too have food allergies, and still, to this day, find myself apologizing for them. There is nothing to apologize for! We just need to be clear, concise, and use a few tricks that Sloane has up her sleeves. Food is not the enemy, and we don't have to live without. Written in practical, friendly laymans terms, this book is warmly entertaining, while offering up no-nonsense advice. It's chock-full of fantastic resources for long time food allergy sufferers, parents of those with food allergies, and particularly teens and young adults with food allergies who might be living on their own for the first time, just learning to navigate social situations (read: kissing) without the guidance of their parents. Of particular note are the actual templates Sloane has provided us with, for how to approach the chef at a restaurant when venturing out to to eat, how to approach your host or hostess when dining at other's homes, and how to handle dating somebody new, thereby taking the guesswork out of wording what often feels awkward and painful.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cassidy L. Stockton on March 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
An excellent guide for living life to the fullest with severe food allergies. Sloane gives tips for everything from finding a good doctor to dating. She covers tips on getting started at college and has advice for what to do when a big celebration is coming up. I found this book inspiring and think it would be an excellent resource for anyone with food allergies or celiac disease, or is a parent of someone with food allergies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HG83 on September 21, 2013
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I was diagnosed with food allergies (tree nuts) as an adult, after being able to eat them all of my life. My allergist tested me for tree nut allergies after I told her I was having itchy mouth when eating almonds, and when the results came back positive, my allergist told me to avoid tree nuts and carry and epi-pen, since I have a history of anaphylaxis with my non-food allergies. As a 26 year old with a new and dangerous food allergy, I needed some more guidance. Sloane Miller's book was the guidance I needed. The book made me realize that it was ok to ask my allergist a million questions. It also gave me the confidence that I needed to eat out in restaurants, because I was armed with questions to ask the manager and kitchen staff before I even stepped foot in the restaurant, as well as the right questions to ask my waiter once in the restaurant. I realized it was ok to ask questions in places I thought questions might have been annoying, such as talking to the catering manager at a wedding or special event.

The book also helped me discuss my food allergies with dates, and have actually found the men I have dated to be super understanding about it, even checking to make sure they food that they order doesn't have nuts in case I wanted to try their food.

It also gave me tools for family members who think the allergy is all in my head and continue to offer me food with nuts in it.

This book is not for people looking for a pure scientific/medical discussion of allergies. If you are looking for a book that helps you cope with allergies in real life situations, "Allergic Girl" is the book for you. It definitely helped me build confidence in being an advocate for my safety when it comes to my allergies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Casale on July 13, 2011
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Solane's book is a great find for those who are new to food allergies. Yes, food allergies can occur at any time and are not limited to kids alone. I developed my food allergies in my thirties, and just recently developed a few new ones. Solane does a good job of providing resources, eg. FAAN-food allergy and anaphalaxis network, to help others adjust to their new diagnosis. She makes alot of good points about how to handle certain situations. Although it seems that Solane can manuver around the restaurants more easily having only one or two food allergies, I have yet to try her suggestions to my multiple food allergies. It is definitely one of those that everyone who has food allergies should have in their personal library for reference --also a good book to pass on to friends and family.
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