Studying. Sports. Dating. Hanging out with Friends. These are normal activities for many teens but for a teen with food allergies, these activities can be far from normal.
“Where can I eat that is safe for me?”
“How do I tell my date that I’m allergic to the food he just ate?”
“Who wants to be known as that allergy kid?!”
I’m sure these are just a few of the questions you may be wrestling with as you enter your teen years. I know! I have a teen with food allergies!
Like most teens, she has a very busy schedule and a great group of friends who love spending time with her. The trouble is that food allergies can make things SO MUCH more difficult at times.
Well, I am here to help you! I’ve compiled a list of the 12 best sites for teens with allergies. Meet Alli, Kat, Sema, Hannah, and Taylor and discover how they coping with their food allergies or celiac disease.
Want to connect with other allergic teens across the country? Or, just want to discover some new cool allergy-friendly recipes to make?
Why not join a group to find out how others are dating, eating out, and traveling with their allergies? It’s all here! All of these sources are at your fingertips and I’ve compiled them just for you!
Be sure to let me know if you have other sites you enjoy!
Teen Allergy Sites:
Allergy Alli Allison Davis reaches out to other teens with food allergies in a way that is both fun and informative. Her stories, tips, and recipes have taken us through her tough teen years and now you can explore her adventure as she begins her college experience.
Eating Without Gluten Sema Dibooglu’s positive approach to living without gluten is a real treat. Her engaging smile pulls you into her blog but it’s her stories, tips, and recipes that will have you coming back.
FAACT Teen Conference Here’s another opportunity for teens to meet with other teens who may be facing the same food allergies you are facing. The 2016 Conference is in Las Vegas from Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
FARE’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) This nationwide program from FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) is great for those teens who are interested in helping other teens with similar food allergies. You must apply but once accepted you can write articles for their blog and other publications, as well as, serve as a peer-to-peer mentor for your geographic region.
FARE’s Teen Food Allergy Support Group This is a private Facebook group put together by members of FARE’s TAG Group but others are welcome to join. Here’s your opportunity to make friends and gain some support along the way.
FARE Teen Summit This is an annual 3-day event sponsored by FARE that is for teens and their parents. This summit will offer practical management skills for middle school, high school, and college students as well as fun activities and a chance to meet other teens with similar allergies. Check the website to see where the next Summit will be.
Gluten Away Meet Taylor Miller, a young man with celiac, POTS, Syringomyelia, and a rare type of Adrenal Disorder. Check out his blog for great tips, recipes, and product reviews.
Teen FAAB FAAB stands for Allergy & Anti-Bullying. Kat Schug’s website focus is to lend support to bullying issues due to your food allergies. Teen FAAB is full of inspiration with stories, videos, and a Teen Zone to give you the tools you need no matter what allergy you may have.
Teen With Food Allergies Hannah Lank is a Canadian teen with peanut and tree nut allergies. Hannah just finished her first year of University in Toronto with some challenges but also with much success. Here she shares some of these challenges and even more lessons for success. She is also a contributor to Allergic Living magazine.
Ultimate Guidebook for Teens with Allergies This e-book from Why Risk It? is the ultimate resource for teens because it is written by teens for teens. The first section is more of a reference guide for those new to food allergies, while the other two sections are full of real-life stories on dating, dining out, and traveling with food allergies.
Why Risk It? This site has been around for a while and even though this site is for Canadian youths who may be at risk for anaphylaxis, most of the tips and resources can be used by allergic teens all over the world. You’ll find webinars, podcasts, video, and the Allergy Free Press, which is a blog written by teens with allergies.
Why Risk It? Teen Video Series is a set of short films produced by the Youth Advisory Panel at Anaphylaxis Canada that covers a series of issues that teens with food allergies may face while dating, going out, or traveling.
I’d love to hear about your favorite food allergy sites for teens! Do you have one?