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When I was in grade school, we went to Colonial Williamsburg every year for a class trip. Perhaps I was too young to appreciate the history and the culture of the times, or perhaps it’s because I had the emotional maturity of a small gnat, but all I remember is being bored to tears. Now […]

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An 11-year-old Celiac is Forced to Eat Outside…in the Rain

When I was in grade school, we went to Colonial Williamsburg every year for a class trip. Perhaps I was too young to appreciate the history and the culture of the times, or perhaps it’s because I had the emotional maturity of a small gnat, but all I remember is being bored to tears. Now here I am 40 years later and I have no memory of the place. I don’t think another 11-year-old with celiac will ever forget his visit there. And for all the wrong reasons.

Let me set the stage for you (or you can read the gory details here.) The 11-year-old has either celiac or NCGS. Either way, he can’t eat gluten. At all. If he does, he experiences “precipitous drops in blood pressure that result in him losing consciousness.” Yeah…pretty serious shit.

On May 11, the class had a field trip, with 30 children and 30 adults, including the boy’s father. (Is it me or does that seem like a lot of adults/chaperones? Oh well…I guess times have changed.) The trip, which was was the culmination of a yearlong research project, included lunch at Shields Tavern. Because the boy had celiac, the father smartly brought food from home so the boy could enjoy lunch with his peers.

Now allowed in restaurant

Now allowed in restaurant

Do you see where this is going?

The dad told the server that his son could not safely eat the restaurant’s food and that he did not need a meal. He then proceeded to pull out his own lunch. An employee at Shields, who must be a miserable slug to treat someone else like this, saying they could not stay if the boy was going to eat his own food and were told to leave immediately. The dad appealed to the manager, who must also be a miserable slug who just gets paid a bit more, said nope. Out you go.

The boy began crying AS HE WAS REMOVED FROM THE RESTAURANT IN FRONT OF HIS FRIENDS. He was then forced to wait outside, IN THE F***CKING RAIN, while his classmates ate their meals. And here’s the topper: The restaurant allows toddlers to eat their own food that their parents bring. But not middle-schoolers I suppose. No words. Absolutely no words.

The father is now suing. His attorney made the following statement:

Children with disabilities that require strict adherence to special diets often find themselves on the outside of school parties and social events, but here this child was quite literally removed to the outside in a way that left him feeling humiliated and unworthy. This is despicable behavior by any adult but especially by an organization that professes to offer educational programming for children.


A few quick thoughts here:

  • The article just spoke from the father’s view point. I’m sure he’s telling the truth but would love to hear from the restaurant to see what their lame reasoning was.
  • Assuming this is all accurate, I hope they get something from the lawsuit. While lord knows there are tons of frivolous lawsuits out there, this one has merit, as it was totally avoidable.
  • Who the hell does this? Who makes a kid sit in the rain (assuming there was not other covered area to eat) simply because he brought his own food? Is celiac disease still that disrespected?
  • Shields is getting their ass handed to them on Facebook, Yelp, etc. People applying their own justice (insert evil laugh here.)
  • Feel free to respectfully let them know how you feel so they will think twice next time.

Ok…I could end things here, but since the article generated a lot of comments (which I probably should not have read), I thought I’d call some of them out, both the good and the ignorant.

I like this person: The boy should have been able to eat the food inside the restaurant that he has to have, instead of being sent out in the rain!!! Despicable!

This one not so much: How about we realize that this whole gluten allergy thing is made up nonsense that just came about recently…let’s grow up people.

This person doesn’t quite understand: Why not just order something off of the menu that has no gluten in it? There is a 90 percent chance that there were multiple menu options available.

This person is the worst: Aaawwwww… is hard and u r going to have to deal with all sorts of disrespect so this is a good beginning…sorry sweetheart.

(Dude note: This is the kind of person who pummeled me after the Disney fiasco, saying we’re causing “the pussification of Ammerica.”)

This one gets it: It’s interesting how many people think the child should have accommodated the restaurant rather than the restaurant accommodating the child. Oh and so many medical experts as well.

I hate this person: Not a penny for the crying 11 year old and loser family.

This person is confused: Put up a sign “No outside food — No exceptions” and be done with it. I wouldn’t enter a synagogue and expect a Christmas midnight high mass.

This person represents the lowest our country has to offer: How about this one…. don’t enter a cake shop and demand they make a bunt cake with figurine of two guys in the middle of the bunt hole.

This one made me shake my head until it almost fell off: Gluten doesn’t happen unless you knead dough. Even pancakes have little if any gluten if you don’t mix it a lot.

And finally…this person gives me hope: What a lot of people don’t understand here, is that cross-contamination is a serious thing for someone with a gluten intolerance. If the management of the restaurant has admitted that they allowed small children to eat ‘outside food’, and there is an adult there with clear knowledge and understanding of the child’s ailment, the management needs to be a little flexible. Seriously? You’re going to be known as “That Restaurant That Kicked The Allergic Kid Out In The Rain”. The old adage “all PR is good PR” doesn’t pertain to restaurants. That management needs to cowboy up, apologize, and be willing to make exceptions, perhaps stating somewhere on the premises that exceptions will be made only with a medical card present, or get with the times and have a gluten-free food prep area.

Hope is a good thing…maybe the best of things.

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Just how important is a mattress to a good night’s sleep?

Tomorrow Sleep hybrid Mattress

It's that time of year again, the weather is getting cooler, the days are growing shorter, the leaves are falling and the fireplace is going strong. That means it's time to stay in and get cozy. I love nothing more than sleep and cuddle time, but I have a confession to make, I'm not great at relaxing and not a good sleeper. I've never been someone whose head just hits the pillow and bam, I'm out.

tomorrow sleep hybrid mattress and memory foam pillowNo, that would be my husband (so jealous). I lay there for awhile thinking. Sometimes I'm planning, thinking about what needs to get done, sometimes I'm replaying a conversation, sometimes I'm thinking about work, or stressing about a problem. You name it. And sometimes, I'm just uncomfortable, tossing and turning, trying to find just the right position.

I'm also a particular sleeper, I have to have a box fan on high and I wear an eyemask from Brookstone that I can't sleep without. I know this makes me sound high maintenance (not going to deny it!) but nobody likes me when I'm tired and cranky. And don't even get me started on snoring. Thank god my husband isn't a snorer, we would have never worked out ;-)

I know how important sleep is, I stress it all the time. Sleep is your time to rejuvenate and repair. Chronically not sleeping enough will lead to weight gain, and many health issues including a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Sleep isn't something to skimp on.

To help me sleep better and wake up more refreshed, instead of hitting my alarm 3 times, (so not a morning person, see above) my husband and I have been thinking about getting a new mattress for awhile. We've looked around and the cost always seemed so prohibitive. We also weren't sure which to get, there are so many options. I've had the same mattress since before college, and it was my parents before that, so fancy mattresses were not something we knew anything about.

That is, until Tomorrow Sleep contacted me. WOW. They sent me a king size hybrid mattress, medium firm, with organic cotton sheets and memory foam pillows. I'm obsessed. I get into bed every night and just sigh, "OMG this is so comfortable". I don't know how I've gone so long without a mattress like this.

And, it inspired us to redo our room. We not only got a new (king size vs queen) mattress but a new bed and headboard, a new rug and new comforter set (organic cotton and fair trade from West Elm). Our room is seriously nice now. I call this our cloud bed, the mattress, comforter, and pillows are like falling into a cloud. Tomorrow Sleep hybrid Mattress

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress: What You Should Know

What is a hybrid mattress?

According to "hybrid mattresses combine two or more support systems, usually memory foam layers along with an innerspring system. Hybrid mattresses are a great way to experience the pressure relieving benefits of memory foam while retaining the classic feel of an innerspring mattress. Hybrid mattresses combine an innerspring system with memory foam (or latex) to deliver the benefits of both technologies. Hybrids allow sleepers to enjoy the perfect blend of sturdy support and contouring comfort."

Tomorrow Sleep's mattresses are American made (love that) and constructed by craftsman right in Charlotte, NC.

Tomorrow Sleep Holistic Sleep System

What I love so much about what Tomorrow Sleep offers, is that it's not just about their Tomorrow Sleep Mattress, it's about so much more. As you read above, sleeping is not easy for everyone, so they've taken into account many things that contribute to a better night's sleep. They offer:

  1. A Hybrid Mattress (got it, love it!)
  2. Memory Foam Pillows (got them, so comfy!)
  3. Plush (hypoallergenic) Pillows
  4. A Sleep Tracker Monitor (high-tech sleep support!)
  5. 500 Thread Count Sheet Set (got them, soooo soft!)
  6. Comforter
  7. Mattress Protector
  8. Drapes (want these!)

10 Tips to Help you Sleep Better

In addition to the wonderful things Tomorrow Sleep offers to help you sleep, I've found a few behaviors that really help me personally:

  • Turn off all your devices and TV at least a half hour before you go to sleep.
  • Do not, I repeat, do not check your email before sleep.
  • Journal your thoughts from the day, get it out so your mind doesn't keep you awake.
  • Focus on gratitude, either write down, or say 3 things you are grateful for right now - it puts things into perspective and lowers your stress levels so you can fall asleep easier.
  • Don't drink anything 1.5 hours before bed to avoid waking up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.
  • Practice legs up the wall for 10 minutes (it's so relaxing and probably the single best yoga pose for you).
  • Pick a mantra to focus on, inhaling one thing, exhaling another - for example, inhale "I am relaxed", exhale "everything is as it should be".
  • Have an orgasm (or several), nothing else leaves you feeling quite so satisfied and relaxed.
  • If you're in a relationship, avoid waiting until you get into bed to start problem solving major life events, save that conversation for when you are rested.
  • Don't consume caffeinated beverages after 1pm (depending on how sensitive you are, you may want to cut out the caffeine or stop after your morning cup).
  • Bonus Tip: I've learned a mattress makes a BIG difference, so invest in a good one.

My Overall Review of Tomorrow Sleep's Hybrid MattressTomorrow Sleep Hybrid Mattress

Pros: This bed is heavenly. It's so comfortable and just the right balance of soft and firm. It's comfortable and supportive. I love the memory foam pillows and the sheets are so soft, they are the nicest I've ever owned, and keep me nice and cool. I've been waking up aches and pains free, and actually feeling rested. When one of us moves, the other doesn't get woken up because we don't feel it. It's awesome. Falling asleep has also gotten easier, and my husband loves the bed too. The first time he got in, he had the biggest smile on his face. We feel spoiled.

Cons: I've found myself kicking off the covers in the middle of the night. It could just be the duvet itself, we have had a heat wave in New York the last few weeks. I think we are going to purchase Tomorrow Sleep's mattress protector to keep our mattress nice and also because of its cooling technology. The memory foam pillow is awesome (see pic of Przemek above), but maybe a little bit high if you are a stomach sleeper (like me). I adjusted in about a week though. I have no cons for the sheets, they are perfect, 500 thread-count doesn't stink.

Special Offer to my Readers from Tomorrow Sleep

If you are looking for a mattress, I have $100 savings to offer my readers on any Tomorrow Sleep purchase over $500. The best part? The mattresses ship for free and there's a 100 day trial so you can make sure you choose the best mattress for you.

To take advantage of this offer, use the code: FOODIE100.

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