If you or someone you love has food allergies, we are here to offer support, education, empowerment and inspiration so that you can feel confident and competent at managing your food related challenges.

Lori brings decades of experience as a social worker and general life wisdom to the task of food allergies. She is both sensitive and pragmatic about real life situations and offers counsel with genuine thoughtfulness.
— D.B.

Certified Allercoach

As a certified Allercoach, I have undergone thorough training in the core fundamentals of food allergies, food intolerances and other medically necessary diets. I have been trained in best and safe practices for the kitchen and cooking, personalized shopping and kitchen and home set up.  My mission is to help you live and feel more confident, competent and empowered to dine out, travel and self-advocate when needed at school, work and in relationships so that food allergies and intolerances do NOT hold you back or make you or a loved one feel excluded. Check out my FOOD ALLERGY U services below to see how I can help EMPOWER U to live more fully! 

Coaching fundamentals

Tom Hermans

Food Allergies 101

Learn about your food allergy, how to avoid allergens and cross contact and prepare for an emergency reaction.

Ready, Set, Prepared!

Learn to prepare for doctor's appointments, declutter, organize and reduce risk in the kitchen, read labels and identify your allergens, food shop, and develop snack, meal and recipe plans - all tailored to your lifestyle and budget.

Informed, Practiced & Empowered!

Learn your rights, practice emergency response and build self-advocacy skills when facing challenges: Specialized one on one training and role playing based on your individualized needs and goals.

Let’s Celebrate

Learn to navigate parties, social gatherings, romance and the holidays with food allergies and other medically necessary diets!

Let's Eat out and Travel!

Don't let food allergies stand in the way of dining out and travel! Learn to eat out and travel smart, safe and often - despite food restrictions.

Family Support

Lori’s expertise in and knowledge of food allergies and how to navigate the school system helped me immensely as my newly diagnosed kindergartner would now be snacking and eating lunch outside of our home.
— Megan

Food Allergies at School

Learn to identify and communicate your child's needs, develop IHP or 504 plans, and advocate through collaboration. I deliver a one of a kind service that teaches you how to partner with your medical practitioner and school leaders to identify comprehensive and ideal accommodations for your child - to keep him safe and fully included in all your school has to offer. Imagine after just one consultation going home with a "wish list" of accommodations to ask for at your school meeting!

As a first time parent in my school district, Lori has been an invaluable asset, offering support, advice and reassurance. She is a leader when advocating for children with food allergies, helping navigate school and beyond.
— A.W.

Planning for Inclusion, Plan for Success!

Learn how to prepare for pediatric allergy appointments, preschool or school meetings, field trips and school events, after school activities, youth athletic leagues, summer camp vetting, and birthday parties! Plan for inclusion!

I am grateful for Lori’s help through the 504 process as we were transitioning from a nut-free pre-K to the public school system. She was a great resource in helping us prepare for our meetings and gathering our documentation... which helped us feel more confident.
— Anne

Empowering U Products

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I help you identify and purchase the specialty products that help you engage fully in all life has to offer, despite your food restrictions. They help you prepare allergen free food, dine out, travel and be fully prepared for emergencies. 

  • Individualized travel cards

  • Individualized translation cards

  • Dining Out Cards

  • Emergency Preparedness Kit

  • Food Allergy Kitchen Kit

Use my contact page to inquire or set up a purchase of one of these empowering products! 

Institutional and Community Support

Food Allergy U can help institutions and communities create more food allergy safe and sensitive practices. I am trained to work with restaurants, schools, camps, workplaces, and after school and enrichment programs to create more inclusive programming and services. I help them align with state and national "best practice" standards and in doing so broaden their market appeal and potential client base. I value collaboration and partnership, and work hard to understand all of an  institution's constituent needs and resource limitations and opportunities. You set the pace and my work is to help you bring about practical and realistic change to improve safety, sensitivity and when done properly, your client base!