Chicago Gluten and Allergen Free Expo 2011: Reserve your spot!

I just finished chatting on the phone with Jen Cafferty, Founder of the Gluten and Allergen Free Cooking Expo, which is in its fourth year. She’s filled me in on all the wonderful vendors, cooking classes, and possible children’s events scheduled for the weekend of April 29-May 1, 2011. (…)

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Studies Show Food Allergies are Side Effects of Childhood Obesity

Effects of childhood obesity and food allergies are widespread. Both childhood obesity and food allergies have become epidemics in the United States. Results from two separate studies show a probable cause. Obese children are 59% more likely to have IgE mediated food allergies than children of normal weight. (…)

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Vitamin D Supplements for Children: What’s the Best Dose?

Most medical establishments warn that Vitamin D supplements are not something that you want to do naively, as it is a fat soluble vitamin that has known toxicity factors. So what’s fact? What’s fiction? And what is the proper supplemental amount for a kid who’s not drinking milk? I did some digging and this is what I’ve learned. (…)

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Sculpey Nature Prints: Fun Craft Project for Small Children

Try making Sculpey nature prints with your kids this weekend. It’s a fun little craft that even little ones can do. I recently read a great little post up about making sculpey nature prints with the kids on a craft blog. The pictures there will make you want to try them. If you haven’t used a polymer clay (such as Sculpey) and would prefer to work with something that you don’t have to bake, you can. An alternative material to try is Makins Clay. They have an air dry polymer clay. It’s easy to find at your local craft store, and you don’t have to worry about possibly baking toxins in your kitchen. Look for the bright green wrapper. (…)

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