Each week we profile a different Canadian Food Blogger who is part of the FBC community.  This week we meet Amanda, the Toronto blogger behind Everyday Allergen-Free and the author of the cookbook, Everyone’s Welcome. She aims to inspire confidence in people  managing food allergies in their every day life.

Originally, I started my blog on Tumblr in 2012. I wanted to share my recipes and my newfound love of food photography. Eventually I moved to a blogging platform and focused on writing about food allergy in addition to my recipes because that is more authentic to my life and my experiences with food. I have lived with anaphylactic food allergies since I was a baby and I wanted to present my life with immune disease in a way that was positive and real. I wanted to help empower others living with immune disease.

How did you decide on your blog name?

I had several names over the years but Everyday Allergen-Free seemed to stick. I think it was more searchable and identifiable for others with food allergy. To be honest I have thought about changing it because I was never totally sold on the name, but at this point I think that would just be confusing for my readers! I chose it because I wanted to convey that food allergy is something I manage daily and is always present in my life. I am constantly avoiding foods that are dangerous for me, while appreciating and enjoying the foods that are safe for me. That’s the contradiction of living with food allergy when you’re a food lover.

What do you blog about?

I blog about my life with multiple food allergies. Most of my content is recipes, but I also blog a lot about the social and emotional side of living with this disease. I want to raise awareness about what it’s really like to live with anaphylactic food allergies. Some of my content is humorous, some informative, and some brutally honest and serious. There’s a lot of food.

Is your blog your business, your hobby or something in between?

At this point, it has become a business, but it is not my only business. I work as a freelance creative and do consulting, brand collaborations, and other projects too.

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