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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.

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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

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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: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Pros: This book is full of great ideas for dealing with food allergies on a daily basis. I feel as though the author's idea was to provide strategies for living in the world and not feeling secluded from that world because of the food allergies.

Cons: The title is slightly misleading. Though there are a few stories of daily life and encounters of the deadly kind, this is mostly a self-help book. There is a lot of information about food allergies and how to build a support team, and though it is clear that this is how the author has in fact "lived well with food allergies." And yet, there is still the idea that the book is about the many different stories of her encounters with food allergies and the stories are far and few between. The author of this book is allergic to tree-nuts and salmon. Some of her ideas with food allergies were not practical for people with dairy or egg allergies as the possibility of exposure for them is much higher.

I purchased this book with the idea that I would find ways to help my daughter who is growing up with a food allergy. I would not suggest reading this if you child is very young. It has you picturing your child grown up way before his/her time. Having said that, I am glad I now have this book in my library for when she becomes older and needs ideas for ways to cope and deal with her food allergies.
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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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I just developed allergies to soy and tree nuts as an adult and let me tell you... it's no easy road. You don't realize how much your life revolves around food until you can't eat a lot of it anymore. I'm not saying it's just that I can't eat certain foods (but I will forever miss Chinese!), eating is a social thing. From work functions to friendly gatherings to watching a football game, food is everywhere. For me, food became a source of anxiety and embarrassment. I was looking for a book to help me through. So I could relate and get valuable information and Allergic Girl did it.

It was so nice to have someone who understands, who gets it and still lives a happy normal life. I would recommend this book to anyone with food allergies whether you've had them since you were born, you just developed them or you have a child or family member or friend who has allergies. It's a different world for those with severe food allergies and it's important to get the facts, get the right doctors and have a support system. This book was my saving grace and it will always hold a place in my heart.

Thank you Sloane Miller for your wonderful book that changed my life.
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