Posted by: kyledine | October 10, 2014

FAACT Teen Conferece

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Kyle Dine & Kenton Duty Leading FAACT’s Teen Conference!

Who is joining us in Chicago?!

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team, FAACT‘s Inaugural Teen Conference in Chicago is sure to be a treat! Teen sessions will be led by food allergy musician Kyle Dine with help from two FAACT spokespersons, actor Kenton Duty and figure skater Kendall Hollinger.

This is your chance to meet others who share the same experiences as you and your family.

Dates you need to know for the Teen Conference in Chicago:
• Conference: October 24-26, 2014
• Hotel Deadline: OCTOBER 14*
• Registration Deadline: October 15

* Hotel rooms may be reserved at standard rates based on availability.

What better way to tackle Halloween food-allergy frights than a fun Halloween-themed weekend?! Special events include:

• A carnival-themed teen social Friday night with “Murder at the Masquerade” by The Murder Mystery Co., with games, prizes, magic, and a murder mystery at the masquerade!
• The Saturday night teen social, “Halloween Monster Mash Dance Party,” will be full of dance, music, karaoke, games, and a COSTUME PARTY! Costumes must be age-appropriate.

There will be a Parent’s Social Friday evening while the teens are enjoying their night of mystery.

Registration fees, speaker bios, and the teen and parent schedules are available on our Web site. If you are a FAACT Patron, you received a discount code to use while registering. (Misplaced it? E-mail Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org for details.)

Don’t miss our Teen Conference in Chicago – a Halloween-themed weekend full of magic, mystery, team building, and education.

Thank you to our National Sponsors, Sanofi US and Enjoy Life Foods, for making this weekend possible!

LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE JOINING US! PLEASE SHARE WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS! WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

http://www.foodallergyawareness.org/programs/FAACTs-Annual-Teen-Conference/

Posted by: kyledine | October 2, 2014

Food Allergy Bloggers Conference Recap

I was so unbelievably thrilled to be able to attend the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference (#FABlogCon) in Las Vegas last weekend.

I admit….I am not the best allergy blogger as I think I average one post a month! However, you know my main mission is to spread awareness through music, and I loved having the opportunity to meet and network with so many incredible bloggers, advocates, companies and more at this conference.

I was lucky to attend on behalf of Anaphylaxis Canada who was one of the conference sponsors. They have two great blogs that I highly recommend you subscribe to for their unique content:

1) Allergy Free Press – Blog written by teenagers with food allergies (www.allergyfreepress.com)

2) Adults with Allergies – Blog written by allergic adults – you guessed it! (www.adultswithallergies.com)

I also moderated a panel on food allergies and intimacy which I thought went over very well. I work a lot with allergic teens, and pulled together some first-hand accounts from teens and their thoughts on the topic. There were many perspectives on the panel that helped create a really unique session.

I don’t even know where to start on describing how amazing this conference was. It was truly one of, if not the best conference I’ve ever attended. So many amazing topics were discussed, the food was unbelievable, and the organization by Jenny Mitchell Sprague and Homa Woodrum was top-notch. I see this conference getting bigger and bigger every year.

I loved meeting all of these amazing people face to face after years of collaborating online. I also met some new people doing some very creative things in the allergy world that I was happy to connect with. One of the most fun moments of the conference for me was the after-party on the first night. I decided to bring my guitar along with me, which then turned into a long night of singing and having fun.

I came out of this conference with so much more knowledge, connections, and friends. I can only hope to attend again next year and hope to see you there!

With my good friend Caroline Moassessi  from http://www.gratefulfoodie.com/

With my good friend Caroline Moassessi from http://www.gratefulfoodie.com/

One hilarious quote I saw this week "Only Kyle Dine can pull off a puppet at a cocktail party!"

One hilarious quote I saw this week “Only Kyle Dine can pull off a puppet at a cocktail party!”

Anaphylaxis Canada's table (more info at www.anaphylaxis.ca)

Anaphylaxis Canada’s table (more info at http://www.anaphylaxis.ca)

Getting to meet Jerome Bettis was an absolute thrill! He was my childhood idol - I'm a huge Steelers fan!

Getting to meet Jerome Bettis was an absolute thrill! He was my childhood idol – I’m a huge Steelers fan!

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Having fun at the after party!

 

Posted by: kyledine | September 23, 2014

Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference

Kyle Dine Anaphylaxis Canada

I am really thrilled to be speaking at the Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference this weekend in Las Vegas. I will be participating on behalf of Anaphylaxis Canada who has graciously decided to sponsor such a wonderful conference that brings together so many amazing and passionate allergy advocates and educators. I will be promote our brand new blog http://www.adultswithallergies.com I will be trading my puppets and guitar in for the weekend for a suit and tie which will be a change!

More details about the event can be found at: http://fablogcon.com/

Looking forward to meeting many great people there, and to share pictures and thoughts via Instagram and Twitter.

 

Posted by: kyledine | September 20, 2014

Kyle Dine’s Spring Tour – It’s Booking Time!

Spring-Availability

That’s right folks! This spring I will be back on the road helping schools raise food allergy awareness amongst their students with my fun and educational assemblies.

This fall was fully booked 6 months beforehand, so I urge interested schools to get in touch ASAP to confirm a spot in the two months I will be touring this spring.

I have a flyer with more details about my performances at: http://www.kyledine.com/brochure-for-schools1.html

To get more information on specific availability or to confirm a date, please contact me directly at http://www.kyledine.com/contact.html

Posted by: kyledine | September 7, 2014

On the Road Again – Fall Tour 2014

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Here we go again! Another tour filled with many performances while spreading allergy awareness across the continent. I have a total of 53…yes 53 schools that I will be visiting! I also have a number of public shows performing at several FARE walks and other special events. Check out all of my fall tour dates on my tour calendar.

Let the show begin!

Posted by: kyledine | August 11, 2014

2014 Strides for Safe Kids Food Allergy Walk and Expo

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Live near Philadelphia? Come on out to KFA’s Strides for Safe Kids event on Sunday, September 7th!

I have performed at this event for several years now and absolutely love it. There’s always an amazing turnout and it’s easy to see why. There is a fun walk, children’s entertainment (that’s me!) and great vendors that introduce parents to so many allergy friendly companies and products.

You can find all of the details at the event website: https://secure.kidswithfoodallergies.org/np/clients/kidswfa/event.jsp?event=2

 

KFA EXPO 2012 from Trevor Harmon on Vimeo.

Posted by: kyledine | August 8, 2014

Canoe Tripping with Food Allergies

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My absolute favourite thing to do in the summer is to go on canoe trips! I admit that I am Canadian to the core –  I love hockey, maple syrup, and have spent most of my summers either in a canoe or with a canoe on my head. However, the thing that draws me in every summer is nature. Going into the backcountry lets me fully check-out of the real-world craziness and turn off my phone and email for days on end. It makes me get back to basics and appreciate how lucky I am in life. I always end up leaving completely refreshed, not to mention sore!!

My nifty canoe hat

My nifty canoe hat

Last week I went on a quick 3-day trip with my wife and a few friends. I always volunteer early on with my canoe trips to take on the meal planning as I want to ensure everything is safe for me – and delicious for all.

Canoe Trips and Meals

With car camping, you have the luxury of bringing lots of food, coolers, and sometimes having access to electricity. With backcountry camping, you must be much more cognizant of how much your food weighs since you will be lifting it on portages, and paddling it around lake after lake.

I usually bring safe hot dogs for the first night and cook them right over the fire. I freeze them ahead of time so they thaw and are still cold by the time we eat them. For a snack afterwards, roasted marshmallows of course!

For breakfast on this trip, bagels with pre-cooked bacon and cheese hit the spot! I topped with Sunbutter too which was a hit with everybody else. One even thought it tasted like a gourmet peanut butter!

Lunches consisted of wraps with beans and fresh peppers as well as cheese and crackers. Our other dinner was gluten-free pasta which was a good hearty meal to refuel after a long day of paddling.

At the end of each day, we hung up our food in a bear hang up on a tree branch to make sure we kept our food to ourselves!

Chef Kyle in his rustic camping kitchen!

Chef Kyle in his rustic camping kitchen!

Cooking Accessories

I own a little camp stove that hooks up to a small butane canister. It’s quick and easy to make hot meals and my morning cappuccino (allergy-safe powder mix). I also make sure that I have my own cutlery set. Even though everything is allergy safe, I’m always conscious of cross-contamination with gluten since my wife has celiac disease. I bring a medium sized pot and pan with me which I wash thoroughly with lake water after each meal. I also have a water pump and drink my water out of the lake with it. I sometimes use juice crystals, but the lake water by itself is surprisingly good.

Kyle eating his peanut free gorp mix.

Kyle eating his peanut free gorp mix. Also trying to find where on earth he is with a trusty map.

What about the GORP?

GORP stands for “Good ol’ Raisins and Peanuts” and is another word for trail mix. It goes without saying that this is usually the biggest problem for those with allergies out in the bush. I make sure to communicate with everyone that I’m tripping with about packing a nut and peanut free trail mix. I pack mine full of raisins, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, dried strawberries and dried cranberries. It’s delicious!! A perfect snack after a long portage holding a canoe above your head.

Getting my marshmallow stick ready

Getting my marshmallow stick ready

What about Keeping your Epi Safe?

I pack my Allerjects in a waterproof sack along with my wallet and car keys. I treat this bag like a bag of gold on the trip. It’s never out in direct sunlight and is always packed securely. I have never noticed my epinephrine being too hot from the sun, or too cold (luckily I haven’t tipped my canoe and got this bag wet!). You can get these bags at your local camping store and are great for any summer activities around the water.

Keeping my Allerject auto-injector safe in a waterproof sack.

Keeping my Allerject auto-injector safe in a waterproof sack.

Try Camping with Allergies!

Never backcountry camped before? I highly recommend it! Be sure to do your research beforehand and plan a trip that is an easy first step into the wilderness. Parks usually have helpful people that are willing to recommend beginner friendly routes and trips that appeal to families. Biggest tip is to triple check all of your food you pack out before you go.

It’s great to get out into the bush, but after all of the mosquito bites and sore joints, it’s nice to get back and dream of my next trip!

And this is what makes it all worth while. What a view.

And this is what makes it all worth while. What a view.

My dashboard cam...

My dashboard cam…

Posted by: kyledine | July 24, 2014

Song Stories – Gluten Free Blues

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“I can’t eat bread, I can’t eat dough, I can’t eat the crust to make my chest hair grow.” And with that one line, a song was born!

The inspiration for Gluten-Free Blues came from my girlfriend at the time (now my wife) who has celiac disease. I had written a handful of songs about food allergies, and wanted to surprise her with a song about gluten. In a strange “food allergy music” kind of way, it was a dedication!

I remember picking up my guitar in my parent’s kitchen and started playing some bluesy chords really fast. I started throwing in a few “oooh oooh’s” and then the fun light-hearted lyrics literally flowed out from there. I think I finished the song within half an hour which is really rare for me. I called up my girlfriend right afterwards to unveil the new song – she loved it! It was such a fulfilling writing session being done so quickly, and having instant positive feedback. For a song with “Blues” in the title, the true intention is to leave listeners with a bit of optimism by having a song they can relate to and have fun with.

When I went to the studio to record the song, I realized that I needed some type of intro for the song, otherwise it’s a crazy fast kick-start to the tune! I wrote a funky little progression that plays on the chords and slowed it down a notch. The end result really packs a punch for when the fast tempo of the song begins.

Nowadays, I typically use this song during dance-a-thon shows or public gigs to get kids dancing fast! Sometimes I’ll incorporate a game of freeze dance or musical chairs and stop the music sporadically. Kids dig it!

I’ll admit that I am not as well-versed in celiac disease as I am not affected by this condition, but I did my best to create some well written verses.

Listen to Gluten Free Blues at:
http://grooveshark.com/s/Gluten+Free+Blues/2sye4a?src=5

Gluten Free Blues

I can’t eat bread, I can’t eat dough, I can’t eat crust to make my chest hair grow
I can’t eat spaghetti, or macaroni, If you ask me it’s all a load of bologna

I can always feel the sign, right in my lower intestine
It gives me pain and tummy aches, it must have been something that I ate

Could have been oats, wheat or rye, could have been the batter on the fish we buy
They call it gluten, and its absolutin’, the reason I get sick inside

(chorus)

They say it’s not an allergy, but an intolerance from my family tree
I can make buns, and I can make bread, I can make anything that you’re all fed

I make things that are sweet or sour, I make it all with special flour
There’s no difference between you and me, except the fact that I’m gluten-free

(chorus)

Posted by: kyledine | July 23, 2014

Food Allergies at Weddings

kyledine:

My recent blog post for Anaphylaxis Canada’s http://www.AllergyFreePress.com blog on Food Allergies and Weddings.

Originally posted on WhyRiskIt? Teen Allergy Blog:

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I get so excited when I receive a wedding invitation in the mail. I love hearing that my friends or families have found that special someone and I love joining in on the celebration!

However, there is usually one slip of paper that comes along with the invitation that brings my thoughts away from the ceremony, the speeches and the party. I’m talking about that slip that asks you to indicate your food selection for the reception.

I love seeing a few options on this slip, as there are usually a couple options I can cross off right away. I am allergic to seafood, and fish is usually one of those options. That typically leaves me analyzing the meat and vegetarian dishes. More information is always better, but sometimes it just says meat with a special sauce, or vegetables with certain fixings. What’s in that special sauce? What on earth…

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Posted by: kyledine | July 8, 2014

Travelling to Rome with Food Allergies

 

No Italian? No Problem! My Allergy Translation Cards  were key during my trip to Rome.

No Italian? No Problem! My Allergy Translation Cards were key during my trip to Rome.

I love vacation. I always have such a hard time checking out of “work-mode”, but once I’m officially on vacation, I embrace it and never look back! Such was my one week “Roman Holiday” to kick-start my summer.

As I noted in my top ten travel tips blog, food is really not a big deal to me and I don’t travel for the sake of trying local cuisine. But…I was a bit curious on this trip as Italy is so well known for food.

Determined to eat more than McDonalds on this trip, I really planned ahead with my usual preparations including buying travel insurance and packing nearly a quarter of my suitcase with non-perishable snacks.

Stands selling nuts in open markets were around, but I stayed clear of "street food" altogether.

Stands selling nuts in open markets were around, but I stayed clear of “street food” altogether.

The Whole Language Bit

The most important thing that I purchased in advance was an Italian Allergy Translation Card that listed all of my allergies in Italian (peanut, tree nut, egg, fish, shellfish and mustard). This is a service that I created a few years ago, but recently relaunched the website with newly designed cards. I created it after my first trip to Europe and did not feel comfortable dining out with the language barriers.

Although I found the language barrier to be minimal (Rome is a pretty touristy city!), my very first meal was in a back alley spot off the beaten path. The translation card was really essential at this restaurant and gave my wife and I peace of mind when the waiter confirmed the risotto was safe for both of us (she has a celiac disease card).

Mmmmm Allergy Safe Risotto!

Mmmmm Allergy Safe Risotto!

A great first restaurant experience in Italy

A great first restaurant experience in Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Italian Pizza Was My Main Meal

Restaurant after restaurant, we had very positive experiences. I generally stuck to pizza and was able to speak to the wait staff in English using my translation card to reinforce the severity.

My pizza of choice with tomatoes and arugula.

My pizza of choice with tomatoes and arugula.

Gluten-Free Options a-Plenty

My wife was in gluten-free heaven and managed to find a restaurant with a full gluten-free menu and indulged in gluten-free pizza. Another night we bumped into a restaurant serving gluten-free pasta. There were also gluten-free snacks widely available in vending machines which was pretty cool!

If you look closely, you'll see yellow bags of our fave gluten-free flour, plus the chef pressing the g/f pizza dough with waxed paper.

If you look closely, you’ll see yellow bags of our fave gluten-free flour, plus the chef pressing the g/f pizza dough with waxed paper.

Catered Buffet Meals…Thank Goodness for Fruit

The only times where I found it difficult to find safe food were at catered events that were part of my wife’s work obligations. I’m used to sticking to plain salad and didn’t mind not being to eat anything off the different platters. However, when the fresh fruit platter came out, I was a vulture! Score one point for the hungry guy who loves fruit!

Catered events were a bit more of a challenge, but still was happy with the amazing fruit platter for dessert.

Catered events were a bit more of a challenge, but still was happy with the amazing fruit platter for dessert.

Lunch Money went to Museums

I saved my money on lunch everyday (and spent in on museums instead) by making sandwiches and stuffing them in my backpack. I brought the bread from home, but bought fresh meat from the supermarket. Out of anything, finding a supermarket seemed to be the most difficult thing of all. I might consider looking up nearby shops close to my hotel/flat before I go again.

Always had my epinephrine with me. Kept checking to make sure it was staying cool on such hot days.

Always had my epinephrine with me. Kept checking to make sure they were staying cool on such hot days.

Accommodation

It’s funny that I accidentally left this until last, however I was so busy sight-seeing everyday that I didn’t spend too much time in my flat! We booked a private apartment through www.airbnb.com which came with its own kitchen. This is my preferred way to travel. I loved being in a non-touristy university area where I could get a taste of local life in Rome.

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Visiting the Vatican was a real highlight for me.

All in all, it was an amazing vacation that left me feeling refreshed and energized after many months of touring and work. I’m not sure if I’ll go back anytime soon, but am glad to cross another country off my list of places where I feel confident in managing my allergies while abroad.

Grazie!

In front of the Colosseum in Rome

In front of the Colosseum in Rome

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