Meet our fabulous Blogger Street Team Members! We’re so excited to have these wonderful bloggers on our team, and we hope you’ll check out their blogs for great food allergy, celiac, and Disney related content. Do you want to join our Blogger Street Team and participate in the extra magic? Check out our Blogger Street Team information page for all the details!
Blogger Street Team members’ guest posts on our blog are linked under their identities. Be sure to check them out!
Adult Side of Disney: As the mother of an adult daughter who suffers from severe food allergies, Walt Disney World® has always been an easy choice for vacations for many years because of the attention they gave to guests with food allergies. Long before Gluten Free became a “trend”, it was a concern for many that found very few places to dine out. Disney has been a leader in addressing gluten free and other specialty diets for a long time. My daughter’s career choice, to become a chef, was based on her inability to eat in many restaurants because of her allergies. She has created many options for herself and for those who dine in her restaurant and focuses on recipes for children. I will always support my daughter and others that help bring awareness to allergy dining.
Adventures of an Allergic Foodie: When adults suddenly learn they have food allergies and/or celiac disease, all aspects of their lives are impacted: work, social activities, travel, family holidays, and relationships. I know because I was diagnosed with myriad food allergies, celiac disease and eosinophilic esophagitis (an allergic esophagus) in my forties. My two sons were also diagnosed with food issues–one has celiac disease and the other has allergies to dairy and eggs–while in college. I started Adventures of an Allergic Foodie to help other allergic adults by sharing strategies, research, helpful products, personal stories, and a laugh or two. While there is much information out for children with food allergies, those of us with adult-onset allergies often get left out of the literature. That’s why I joined the Blogger Street Team—to be a voice for adult allergic foodies and to provide followers with resources and information from the convention.
Celiac and the Beast: I named this blog Celiac and the Beast because I’ve always loved Disney movies – and Belle was my favorite (don’t tell Ariel that). She was smart, kind, and looked past people’s appearances to what really mattered. Plus, I think I can sing all the songs from memory. Like Belle – I’ve learned to live with the Beast (the disease/wheat, etc.), but unlike Belle I will probably never learn to love it (hello Stockholm Syndrome much?).
Celiac411: I am the founder of Celiac411.com, a website aiming to help those who are struggling to adapt to the new Gluten-Free life. I had a hard time when I was diagnosed & had very limited resources. I do not want others to struggle as I did; I want to help however I possibly can. Advocating for Celiac Disease is something that I strongly believe in and being apart of Celebrate Aware is a great opportunity to do just that! I believe that educating and speaking publicly with others about Celiac Disease is the best way to promote a healthy, accurate understanding our disease. And what better place to advocate, than at the happiest place on earth!
Gluten Free Doll: I’m Sandra, also known as Gluten Free Doll. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease over 10 years ago, and have been on a gluten free adventure ever since. I am excited to be a part of the team helping to get the word out about the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention!
Gluten Free in Orlando: I am very excited about the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention because it’s at Disney World, and I love everything Disney! I started my blog Gluten Free in Orlando in 2013 to help people find gluten free dining options in Orlando and Disney World. I also review gluten free products, and post easy gluten free recipes on my blog. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2008, a couple of weeks before we moved to Orlando My husband and I have twin daughters, and you can find us at Disney World pretty much every weekend, unless we are traveling. I am passionate about food, especially ethnic food, and I am always on the lookout for restaurants that really care about people with special diets. Disney World is the greatest place in the world for people that need to eat gluten free or have food allergies.
I applied to be a part of the Blogger Street Team because I want your trip to Disney to be amazing, and I want to help promote this exciting event.
- Read about the Top 10 Disney Restaurants Without a Park Pass in Alexis’ guest post.
- Read about the Best Thing I Ever Ate at Disney: Gluten Free Breakfast in Alexis’ guest post.
The Not So Perfect Housewife: We have been avid Disney fans for over 18 years now. Just recently I have gotten more serious and diligent about what I eat and don’t eat. This has been incorporated into our trips to Disney also. I love finding new foods to try. I am hopping to learn more about allergy free eating and how Disney approaches this. I’m also looking forward to meeting new people and of course, sharing this with my readers.
- Read about Visiting Disney World as an Empty Nester in Mikki’s guest post.
Our Crazy Adventures in Autismland: I’m Penny Rogers. A sweet tea drinking, Jesus loving, gluten free homeschooling mom. My entire family is gluten free as we have one child with autism and one with celiac disease. I blog about our many crazy adventures as a homeschool family living in Central Florida. We are annual pass holders to WDW so the location of the conference is perfect for us. I hope to not only find new products to try at the expo to share with all my blog friends but also new information to make our gluten free lives easier. I’ll be sharing all kinds of new discoveries on my Instagram and Twitter accounts throughout the weekend. I look forward to a jam packed gluten free weekend!
Simply Samantha: My name is Samantha Riley and I have a blog over on a little space of the Internet called “Simply Samantha” I have been gluten free for about 3 years now due to severe gluten intolerance. I also LOVE DISNEY. So, an opportunity to be at this convention about food allergies, while at a Disney resort was just a win-win for myself. I’d love to be able to a part of the Blogger Street team. I myself know how hard it is to be a young woman with severe gluten intolerance. It’s is not just a fad for us. It is something we have to live with every day. I feel the more we bring aware to food allergies and intolerances, the more people can be able to see that living with them is not the end of the world, but just a slight lifestyle change.
- Read about the Disney Do’s for those who love to relax in Samantha’s guest post.
Special Alert: My passion for spreading awareness about food allergies and intolerance can only be rivaled by my passion for Walt Disney World. My blog Special Alert, has given me a unique voice and perspective allowing me to share my experiences, knowledge, and insight on the ins and outs of living with food allergies. It is my joy to interact with my readers in hopes of making the smallest difference in their lives. I want to be apart of this conference so I can lend my voice to a cause that is close to my heart. I can’t wait to expand my knowledge of the subject and meet people just like me and learn from them. I want to spread awareness about food allergies and intolerances in hopes of making life a little easier for everyone.
Stitch’s Home: My name is Patrick Boyd and I run Stitch’s Home for Abandoned Alien Experiments, a Disney news and information blog. I’ve been to Disney many times and I’ve been gluten free, dairy free and soy free as long as I can remember. This convention will be providing valuable information and opportunities to try new foods, see what vendors are doing, learn new tips and tricks making your own dishes, and in general will be a lot of fun. It’s also happening at one of the best places for special diets on the planet. We don’t get these kinds of opportunities to eat and learn often, fewer still all in in one place, especially at Disney where you can find food and entertainment for the entire family literally a bus ride away. I want to help spread the word about it and to get people excited and talking it up.
The Food Allergy & Celiac Convention is not affiliated or hosted by the Walt Disney Company, or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries.