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Plan an Allergy Safe Day Out in Liverpool & Things to Do

Plan an Allergy Safe Day Out in Liverpool & Things to Do

Summer is coming and that means days out in the sunshine! (*fingers crossed*) 

Over the last few months many of you in the Eat Allergy Safe Community have been emailing asking how to stay allergy safe this summer. One particular email asked specifically about Liverpool. (It is also around this time I started writing my Travelling with Allergies Guide – published soon!) A couple weeks later I was asked by the lovely people at Groupon whether I would write about things to do in Liverpool, the stars felt like they were aligning!

Liverpool is one of my favourite cities in England so I thought this was a great opportunity to talk about how I go about planning an allergy safe day out and some of the fun things you can do in Liverpool.

So lets get on with…

Part 1: How to Plan an Allergy Safe Day Out

  1. Research where you are going

Seems obvious, but it really is the first place to start. If you’re going to a new place don’t assume it will be the same as home. Depending on your allergies you may not find safe foods at take aways or restaurants, unless you know where to look!

Doing some research will also give you a feel for the place and give you an idea of not only what foods you want to try but also what sites you want to see. The docks and museums are my favourite place. 

  1. Make a list of all the things you want to do, places you want to see and restaurants you want to eat at

You probably have a limited amount of time so you will want to fit in as much as possible. Making a list will help you decide the places you most want to visit, and also give you a handy quick reference of where you need to do some allergen menu checking. 

When you make your list, remember to note down an email address and or telephone number too.

  1. Call or email ahead

Remember that list you just made and the contact details noted? Set aside 30 minutes to 1 hour to go through the list calling any of the places you think you may want to eat at. 

When you call, you are calling for information first. Tell them you are coming on holiday and doing some research on where might be safe to eat with your allergies and can you just ask them about their allergy policy. This is also the time you can tell them about your specific allergy needs and find out whether they could cater for you or not. 

If they say no, don’t be disheartened! It is better for them to be honest with you rather than you have a reaction because they lied!!

Read more about how to tell people about your allergies >>

  1. Have a schedule/itinerary (optional)

If you want to see lots and lots, having an itinerary listing out how to get places, what time to leave/arrive, where to get tickets, where to eat, along with contact numbers, can be incredibly handy! It takes some of the stress out the day because you know what to do when, and most importantly where you can eat! This means you have more time to relax and enjoy your day out on holiday.

  1. Double check allergen information with manager/caterer

As you do at home, when eating out or buying food, always double and triple check the allergen and ingredients labelling. This might mean reading a product packet or emailing a restaurant, and talking to the restaurant manager and your server when you arrive. 

In the EU, all food whether packaged or open must be able to give ingredients and allergy information, and we have the top 14 allergens.

Read more about my allergy travel hacks >>

  1. Pack safe snacks

Like you do at home, have an allergy safe snack in your bag. You never know if something unexpected will come up (that’s why its unexpected…) so its best to be prepared. I know I don’t think straight nor am I reasonable when I’m hungry, so having something I can nibble on and keep the hunger pangs at bay really does help keep me calm and meet a challenge head on.

Part 2: Things to Do in Liverpool

Now that you know how to plan a day out, here are some recommendations for restaurants and fun things to do in Liverpool!

Restaurants:

For dairy and egg allergy sufferers, there are now lots of vegan food offerings all over the city from small cafes to big chain restaurants. Nuts on the whole aren’t used in typical British food, but could be found in the ‘health’ food salads, and of course desserts are still a mine field.

Red’s True BBQ – many of the menu items don’t contain gluten, and none of the mains items contain nuts (as of when I last went).

Trattoria 51  – said to be incredibly allergy friendly with understanding staff (that’s half the battle!) and a gluten and dairy free menu. 

Leaf – really good labelling of gluten free, contains nuts and vegan options. The menu looks delicious and I’ve heard some great recommendations!

Nation-wide Chains: Carluccio’s, Pizza Express, Bella Italia all have a gluten free menu and understanding when I say I have a nut allergy. Many have dairy free options too!

Food on the Go

There isn’t a one shop sells everything that is suitable for allergy sufferers unfortunately, not when you are in a hurry. So food on the go is picnic style. My standard way is grab some cold meats, cheese (there are many dairy free options now too), a take away salad or gluten free sandwich and some fruit and thats lunch. I usually have some leftover, so that’s the afternoon’s snack too. Here’s where I shop:

Marks & Spencers supermarket have without a doubt the best food-on-the-go selection! Their aim is the gluten free market however, their sandwiches don’t have nut warnings, nor do most of the cold meat selections. For nut allergy sufferers, items are clearly marked when they are not suitable.

Tesco supermarket is the next on the list of allergy friendly food on the go. Again, primarily targeted at the gluten free market, but they are starting to add in more dairy and egg free options for desserts and savoury crackers.

Places to Visit

Day at Albert Dock & the Museums

The docks are on the water front and you can see the old industrial architecture has been preserve. The buildings are now how to museums such as the Tate, Beetles Museum and the Maritime Museum. You could easily spend a day just on the Albert Dock and a picnic (if the sun’s shining) overlooking the water is wonderful!

Evening at the Theatre

Liverpool is a metropolitan city with a great night life. Part of that night life is the theatres. Many of the big London shows will tour to Liverpool on their way round the country and you have everything from Shakespeare to Pantomime, Ballet to Opera, and comedy! 

Things to Do

If you, or your kids, want a bit more adventure on their holiday, you will find something for even the pickiest! Get involved with activities such as paint-balling, bowling, funfairs, trampolining, treasure hunts and open air bus tours. Groupon on always has some fantastic deals for things to do in Liverpool so make sure click on the “Things to do” title above!

 

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Eczema Survival Guide: 9 Things That Make the WORLD of a Difference

Eczema Survival Guide: 9 Things That Make the WORLD of a Difference

The second instalment of the Eczema Survival Guide. In this article Ali White from allergymums.co.uk shares the 9 things she’s discovered over the years of dealing with urticaria that makes such a huge difference in her day to day life. 

1

Apply any steroid cream you have BEFORE moisturising.

2

Always moisturise after a bath and shower to lock the water in. If the moisturiser feels tacky just let in sink in.

3

Always moisturise before bed, night time is a good repair time.

4

Use the PALM of your hand to moisturise, in a downward movement. Don’t rub, or go up and down as that can irritate the hair follicles and make things worse. I’ve bolded this as it’s really important. You don’t want to further irritate your skin.

5

If your hands are bad then buy a pair of cotton gloves. Slather emolliate on your hands and wear the gloves overnight. This can make a big difference.

6

Make sure you have the right antihistamine. I went back to my GP who doubled the dose I was on. I had no idea I was on a low dose of antihistamine…taking the maximum dose has really helped my skin.

7

Cut your nails short. I scratch at night, in my sleep (argh). Do everything you can to limit the damage you’re doing to your skin.

8

Cool showers only, and limit baths to 15 minutes. Don’t soak forever, or use very hot water. It will dry out your skin.

9

Wear breathable clothing. Cotton is your friend, polyester…not so much.

Finally…your skin will always be vulnerable. This is a lifelong regime, not something you do until your eczema calms down. You need to commit to constant moisturising whether you feel you need it or not. Once your skin is dry then you are likely to suffer. Keeping it from getting dry in the first place is the best thing you can do.

Ali White

Ali White

Allergy sufferer, allergy mum and founder of allergy mums.co.uk

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The Eczema Survival Guide: How to Deal with Eczema Flares

The Eczema Survival Guide: How to Deal with Eczema Flares

It’s not quite winter anymore, but I wanted to post this great article anyway. After our podcast chat (Episode 4 & Episode 5) Ali White from allergymums.co.uk was very kind to write up her tops tips for dealing with severe eczema and some of the tips and tricks she uses to stay sane amidst the itch. Check it out! I know you’re going to find it useful! – Nina x

Tis the season to be itching…there ought to be a song for Eczema sufferers with those lyrics. It’s winter. So the air is dryer, the temperature colder and those of us with dry skin and eczema suffer more at this time of year.

I’ve been through all sorts with my skin. Eczema that cracks and bleeds, scalp beyond itchy, chronic urticaria due to a chemical allergy which meant my face was covered with a rash for years. Fortunately a dermatologist did patch testing which showed an allergy to Tocopheryl Acetate; which is in shampoo, deodorants, makeup, lipstick, sunscreen plus loads of other stuff. So the Urticaria is gone, but I’m still dealing with cracked, sore hands and legs that flare with such intense itching that they feel hot and impossible to ignore. The rest of the time they are just dry, red and itchy.

Skin conditions are something that remain tricky to treat. The current thinking is that Eczema is caused by a defect in the skin barrier, with the eczema being triggered by allergens such as dust, or foods, or animals. Scratching just releases more histamine, which makes the reaction worse. So you might feel initially better for scratching that itch, but it will be very temporary and you really are making a bad situation worse.

Tis the season to be itching…there ought to be a song for Eczema sufferers with those lyrics. It’s winter. So the air is dryer, the temperature colder and those of us with dry skin and eczema suffer more at this time of year.

I’ve been through all sorts with my skin. Eczema that cracks and bleeds, scalp beyond itchy, chronic urticaria due to a chemical allergy which meant my face was covered with a rash for years. Fortunately a dermatologist did patch testing which showed an allergy to Tocopheryl Acetate; which is in shampoo, deodorants, makeup, lipstick, sunscreen plus loads of other stuff. So the Urticaria is gone, but I’m still dealing with cracked, sore hands and legs that flare with such intense itching that they feel hot and impossible to ignore. The rest of the time they are just dry, red and itchy.

Skin conditions are something that remain tricky to treat. The current thinking is that Eczema is caused by a defect in the skin barrier, with the eczema being triggered by allergens such as dust, or foods, or animals. Scratching just releases more histamine, which makes the reaction worse. So you might feel initially better for scratching that itch, but it will be very temporary and you really are making a bad situation worse.

So…my eczema winter survival guide:

1

Drink loads of water. Really…not tea, coffee or sugary drinks. But water. If you’re well hydrated your skin has a better chance of being well hydrated.

2

Moisturise like crazy. I moisturise 3 times a day. Morning, night and midday. Moisturise morning and night regardless of whether you feel you need it. You need to keep your skin in good condition all the time. Yes…this is a drag but better than being itchy. Really…midday? Yes. Is it easy? No. I have moisturiser with me at all times and I lock myself in the toilet and moisture my arms and legs.

3

Choosing your moisturiser: The higher the oil content the better at locking in moisture a moisturiser is. Everyone is different and likes different textures of moisturisers so do experiment. You may need to change over time if you find a moisturiser is no longer working. Go back to your GP and try something different if what you’ve been prescribed doesn’t work.

4

Keep a diary to better understand triggers – animals, food, dust, shampoo etc. can all set off eczema.

5

Don’t use soap – it’s very drying. Use a soap alternative. Don’t spend a fortune in Boots – get it from your GP. Emollients like Epaderm may be greasy but they really do help.

Ali White

Ali White

Allergy sufferer, allergy mum and founder of allergy mums.co.uk

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Ask Allergy Aunt: How do I make my In-Laws understand cross-contamination risks?

Ask Allergy Aunt: How do I make my In-Laws understand cross-contamination risks?

Ask Allergy Aunt your questions, queries and frustrations dealing with allergies and living a free from lifestyle. She send you some words of wisdom and encouragement to support you.

Dear Allergy Aunt,

We are relatively new to dealing with a peanut allergy for my daughter. I have a question. We are visiting my in laws for 10 days. They want to be onside with the no peanut product policy but still don’t seem to fully get it. Today my mother-in-law buys fresh bagels baked in a non-peanut free bakery and says “oh of course she can’t eat them…” At our own home we just wouldn’t buy something like this … So what do you say? How do you handle situations when you’re in someone else’s house? I truly don’t think she’s trying to be dismissive. She just doesn’t understand the risk. Also my daughter is only a year so she’s handled by others regularly.

Allergy Aunt Says…

When it comes to being in other people’s houses you need to make sure that your child can be safe from allergens. It is great that your In-Laws want to to be “onside” with the no peanut product policy, that is a first step.

It seems that your Mother In Law doesn’t understand the severity of cross-contamination and how far reaching cross contamination can be and the impact it could have on your daughter. The way to deal with this is to continue educating your In-Laws and anyone who comes into contact with your daughter.

  1. Explain to your Mother In Law and anyone else caring for your daughter, plainly, calmly and without emotion (I know, easier said than done however it is necessary to keep your emotions in check).
  2. You need to explain the facts about allergies and how for your daughter a small amount, even a tiny amount can cause a big problem. Tell her you understand it is her house and she can buy these bagels if she wants however, because she has them in the house you have to take precautions x, y and z to keep your daughter, her grand-daughter, safe from the possible cross-contamination from the bakery.
  3. Find stories from other mothers or allergy sufferers of their experiences for your In Laws to read or listen to. Teach them how to administer your daughters medication and what her allergy action plan is. There may be a time when you can’t get there in time and she will have to save your daughter.

Allergy awareness, acceptance and understanding comes through experience. Your Mother-In-Law hasn’t got that yet, so be patient. Do what you need to do to keep your daughter safe in a manner-of-fact, without emotion type of way. This allergy is just a fact of your daughters life and precautions must be taken for her until she is old enough to take them for herself.

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Ask Allergy Aunt: Our Child’s School Teacher Doesn’t Take Her Allergy Seriously, Help!

Ask Allergy Aunt: Our Child’s School Teacher Doesn’t Take Her Allergy Seriously, Help!

Ask Allergy Aunt
Ask Allergy Aunt your questions, queries and frustrations dealing with allergies and living a free from lifestyle. She send you some words of wisdom and encouragement to support you.

Dear Allergy Aunt,

My 9 year old daughter is in Grade 4 this year and has a new teacher that we’ve never had before for our family. Previous to this year, all of her teacher’s have been very accommodating with her peanut allergy and worked hard to make sure she felt safe and secure in the classroom. The new teacher however, does not. His first comments to me upon starting a conversation about the allergy were that he liked Reece peanut butter cups, so this doesn’t really work for him. He has yet to decide if he will honor a peanut free classroom and he has not sent anything home to his students about the allergies in his class (there is also a hazelnut allergy [he doesn’t believe the girl who told him this]). We are in Canada, so our system is on a school by school basis, not like in the US where it is accepted as a disability. My husband and I are meeting with the school admin tomorrow morning… what do I ask/demand/etc? My mind is whirling right now and I’m afraid of leaving something out. Please help.

Allergy Aunt Suggests…

Having a meeting with the principle is exactly the right way to go. Getting the principle to understand and be on your side will go a long way to educating this new school teacher. Most people’s rash comments come from ignorance rather than malice. The best thing to do is take a breath before you answer. One way to make some take notice of what you are saying and the seriousness of allergies is to teach them how to use an adrenaline pen. Teach them how to use it, where to give the injection (big thigh muscle), and how they will have to deal with the reaction because you won’t be able to get there in time. Sometimes a little bit of shock tactics are necessary.

When it comes to the meeting, it is less about asking permission but more about stating the facts of your daughter’s allergy and the precautions that need to be taken. After all allergies are a biological fact that just need to be accounted for. It’s not about taking anything away from the other children, it’s about making the classroom inclusive and tolerant of everyone and who they are.

What is also important is that your child needs to know that she has your absolute support to make decisions about her allergy safety and well being. That may mean saying ”no” to an adult, or anyone. If your daughter knows she has your support to say ”no” she will feel more confident taking ownership of her allergy and that means your daughter is safer in her life.

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The Allergen Free Gelateria, Yorica! in Soho: Review and Exclusive Interview by Lucy’s Friendly Foods

This article was originally posted on Lucy’s Friendly Foods on May 19, 2016. 

Thank you to Lucy for allowing us to repost her article and pictures.

Yorica! is a little allergen friendly gelateria serving sweet cooling treats in London’s trendy Soho area. Links and address can be found at the end of the article.


Yorica! Exclusive Q & A with Director Monika Jagielo and my review of our visit.

yorica soho dairy free gluten free vegan egg free nut free free-from vanilla fro-yo

When word got out a couple of months ago about a new allergy-friendly ice cream, shake and Fro-yo parlour opening in London the allergy community on-line got rather excited, and not least us! Could it be true? Could there really be a safe destination that sold allergy-friendly iced treats? It was really rather unbelievable. Enquiries were promptly made – would it really be suitable and safe for us? And lo and behold, the wonderful reply of yes came back. Unbelievable. And so we duly made the pilgrimage.

freedom to be free-from sign yorica soho dairy free gluten free vegan egg free nut free free-from vanilla fro-yo

Now, we have once or twice eaten in the New Forest Ice Cream parlour in Lymington which makes some wonderful sorbets, but the choice is relatively limited and is accompanied by strict instructions over newly opened tubs, no scoop sharing etc etc. This was an entirely different matter – a shop where we could choose ANYTHING! Little S got a bit overexcited browsing the website and decided she’d have a Fro- yo and a shake – we knew she’d probably only get through about half one item as she’s not very used to rich foods, but it’s nice to dream about choice isn’t it?

yorica soho dairy free gluten free vegan egg free nut free free-from vanilla fro-yo free-from choice at Yorica!

I was intrigued though – what was the motivation? How did they make their lovely products and source the toppings – as we know it’s not easy to find allergen-free goodies. So I approached Yorica! and asked if they were interested in answering some of my questions. Here is what Monika Jagielo, Director at Yorica! had to say:

 

1) What was your motivation for setting up a free from ice cream parlour?

We wanted to set up a sweet treat cafe that those suffering from allergies could walk into and literally go wild! No worrying about what they can and can’t eat, we wanted them to be able to have choice: something that allergy sufferers often don’t have. All Yorica! treats are free from most of the 14 allergens including wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs and nuts – so it’s a free from haven for all!

2) Where do you source your ingredients, in particular all the yummy toppings!

We want all of our products to be deliciously healthy, natural and free from, so where we source our ingredients is really important. Everything we use is certified, sustainable and traced – from crop to cone! Our most popular topping is our delicious, chocolate biscuit topper which is sourced from Canada. 

3) We loved the taste and texture of both the ice cream and Fro-yo – how did you develop the recipe and do you have any tips for others?

Thank you, we’re so pleased you like them:). The exact recipe is a bit of a Yorica! HQ secret but I can tell you that to make them free from and delicious we have used quite a few natural substitutes. We only use natural sugars, which stops our ice cream from going rock hard and helps keep them silky smooth. We’ve developed all of our recipes in house and are constantly experimenting to find new flavours – our latest is violet flavoured ice cream, which you can order with tasty edible flowers!
 
4) What are your plans for the future?
We’d love to see a whole raft of Yorica! cafes opening up nationwide, or even across the world. We think we have something really unique and special going on, so would love to share it with more people. Our customers have been so brilliant and can’t get enough of our free from goodness, so we couldn’t be happier. 

Yorica! Wardour St

And what about our visit? We had a lovely day out – a trip to the British museum for some Roman history which Little S is currently studying at school, a ‘light’ picnic ( well we had to have plenty of room for some ice cream!), a meet up with Uncle J and a trip to Yorica. Bliss.

And Yorica!? The shop is small, a little more space to sit and eat would be welcome but the design is lovely, fresh and inviting. Unfortunately there was a mechanical problem with the fro-yo machine when we visited so only vanilla and strawberry were on offer. Both girls opted for fro-yo having never eaten it before but were totally bamboozled by having toppings and a choice at that! So, they both panicked and just got one topping each, rather than a pile of goodies on top of their Fro-yos. The fro-yo was light and creamy but not rich in texture and taste and was very moreish. The vanilla had a slight coconut undertone, but that wasn’t apparent with the strawberry.

yorica soho dairy free gluten free vegan egg free nut free free-from vanilla fro-yo

D, Uncle J and I all opted for mixed ice cream with plentiful toppings. The flavours were delicious, particularly the blackcurrarnt and cookies and cream. We were one happy bunch. The ice cream is light enough to gobble down and the only difference with usual dairy ice cream is you don’t feel a bit queasy after such a rich, big bowlful.

blackcurrant and cookies and cream ice cream, dairy-free, egg-freeyorica soho dairy free gluten free vegan egg free nut free free-from vanilla fro-yo

All in all, I couldn’t recommend Yorica! more highly as a safe treat destination. We’ll definitely return with regularity – fingers crossed they’re such a success that they expand all over the country.

yorica soho dairy free gluten free vegan egg free nut free free-from vanilla fro-yo

 


Yorica! is located in London at this address:

130 Wardour Street
London
W1F 8ZN

Web: http://www.yorica.com/

 

Have you been to Yorica! yet?

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