Archive for April 2013

The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals

Kelly Rudnicki serves up fast, fantastic recipes for allergen–free meals in her new book, "The Food Allergy Mama's Easy, Fast Family Meals"

9781583335000_p0_v1_s260x420For Kelly Rudnicki, busy mother of five young children, feeding her family got even more complicated when one of her sons was diagnosed with severe food allergies. Launching the Food Allergy Mama website, she struck a chord with parents and home cooks in similar situations and made it her mission to prove that allergen–free meals can be easy and flavorful. Showcasing the very best of Rudnicki’s repertoire, The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals makes it simple to please a hungry crowd. Recipes include:

  • Morning Glory Muffins
  • Breakfast Burritos
  • Creamy Tomato Soup
  • Hearty Pasta Featuring Grandma Jeanne’s Bolognese Sauce
  • Oatmeal Fudge Bars

All recipes are made without milk, butter, cheese, eggs, or nuts. She also includes time–saving tips, and ideas for inexpensive ingredient substitutions, including tofu and applesauce. Menu ideas and holiday celebrations make this book the most comprehensive guide of its kind—a one–stop resource for allergen–free, worry–free home cooking every day of the week.

To find out more about her book, please visit here at:

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Food Allergy Conference is coming to Anaheim in June 2013


2003 FARE Food Allergy Conference – Anaheim, CA

The FARE Conference (previously FAAN) is returning to Anaheim this year on June 1, 2013.  The conference, held at the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, is a full day program that allows teens and adults with food allergies, families, caregivers, and school personnel to gather to learn the latest in food allergy research, best practices, and to network with one another. 

Registration for the event varies betwen $50 and $125 for the event.  Additionally, attendees can receive discounted rooms at the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel & Spa for $194 per night (normally over $400 per night).  Last year, the family was able to attend the event and enjoy the resort.

Food Allergy topics this year include:

  • Understanding Food Allergies
  • Emerging Therapies for Food Allergy
  • Breakout A: Safely Navigating the Restaurant Scene 
  • Coping with Food Allergies: The Importance of Mental Wellness 
  • Safety and Inclusion in Schools 
  • Raising the Bar for Allergy-free Energy Bars
  • Maintaining a Healthy Diet with Food Allergies
  • Partnering with Your School’s Nurse
  • Living and Thriving with Food Allergies: A Teen Success Panel

For questions on the event or to find out more, please visit the FARE website at:, call 1-800-929-4040 or email [email protected].

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Helping Your Child Overcome Anxiety (with Food Allergies)

During our April 16, 2013, Dr. Kendra Klassen visited our Food Allergy Support Group to share some great information on the topic of anxiety.  Here is some of the importance information she was able to share with the group.


Helping Your Child Overcome Anxiety (with Food Allergies)


Understanding the Problem

In times of stress, the body will become either over or under aroused. When our body is over aroused (hyper-arousal), we experience many forms of anxiety, such as panic attacks, racing thoughts, or an unexplainable sense of dread.

Help children gain a sense of control by educating them about how the brain and body work.

  • Visit for examples of scripts to use when explaining anxiety to your children.
  • Teach kids to recognize the signs of a stressed out body: increased heart rate, sweaty palms, tense muscles and thoughts like, "I need daddy," or, "I can't do it!"
  • Distinguish between "tricks" and "truth."

Many things can stress our bodies, all of which have the potential to lead to anxiety (e.g., toxins, allergies, over-stimulation, emotional trauma, etc.). For help finding the source of the problem, consider seeing a counselor or holistic healthcare practitioner.


Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First

To help our children with their anxiety, we must learn to manage your own.

  • Do the following tips and tools along with your children, and use them for yourself. Remember, a calm brain is a flexible brain.
  • Remain calm and confident in the heat of the moment to provide your child a secure base. For help, check out the "Calm Authority for Mothers" CD at

When you are relaxed, you can more easily soothe your child with eye contact, gentle touch, and soft, reassuring words.



The fastest, surest way to decrease anxiety is to take slow, deep breaths. A rhythmic flow of air going in and out helps calm the body.

  • Place your hands over each other's hearts and breathe slowly.
  • Use a pinwheel or bubbles to teach your child how to blow gently, keeping it going for as long as possible before taking the next breath.
  • Or imagine blowing a feather far out into the distance.

For deep breathing to work, we must practice regularly. Just minutes a day will profoundly influence your ability to stay regulated during a normally stressful situation.


Mind Control

Controlling our thought life is essential in winning the war against anxiety. Practice squashing the "worry bug" with the following techniques:

  • Memorize anti-anxiety scriptures as a family
    • 2 Tim 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
    • Isaiah 12:2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense he has become my salvation.
    • Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
    • Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
    • Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
    • Psalm 56:11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid…"
  • Have a plan. Explore and practice ways to calm down before the anxiety hits (such as breathing, walking, asking for help, etc.). Ask them what they need to manage difficult situations and rehearse.
  • Teach your child to talk back to the fear. Externalize the problem using puppets, figures, etc. to role-play fear and its "boss" (or "superhero," etc.). Being playful and silly helps make hyper-arousal less scary!

As adults, we can help our children overcome anxiety! Never give up. Be patient, empathize with their struggle, encourage them to overcome, and reward their progress!


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About Dr. Klassen

Dr. Kendra Klassen is a licensed psychologist who received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology in La Mirada, California.  She has been in practice for over 10 years, specializing in attachment work with children, individuals and families throughout Orange County, and helping people develop more fulfilling and meaningful lives.

With two young children of her own, Dr. Klassen's passion is to help parents, children and their families have healthy relationships with one another.  Dr. Kendra Klassen has been working in the field of attachment and bonding since the early 90's.  Her experience includes time with orphans in Romania, specialized training under both local and internationally renowned experts in the field, and work with numerous adopted and foster children in both clinical and group home settings.

Dr. Klassen is also trained in Healing Prayer and Neuro-Emotional Technique (, and has experience with natural and alternative healthcare. This makes her a truly holistic practitioner, committed to the healing of the whole person.  She has presented for a number of organizations and to general audiences, speaking on the topics of attachment, marriage, parenting, and spirituality.  She is a caring mom and proven professional, committed to the advancement of God's redeeming work in the restoration of families.  Call now to learn more. Kendra Klassen, Psy.D. ph. 949-303-8933



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