It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The office is full of fun holiday food, the party invitations are flowing in, and sweet temptations seem to be found around every corner. For most people, the holiday season offers up opportunities to indulge a little and try some new foods and desserts. However, navigating this time of year can be tricky for adults and children with food allergies.
Follow these simple steps to help you steer clear of allergens during the holidays:
Educate those around you. If you work in an office, let your coworkers know about your allergy and ask them to bring in treats and food that don’t contain that particular ingredient. Do the same before attending a party at someone’s home so they can pay careful attention to the food that will be served and avoid cross contamination.
Don’t be afraid to bring your own food and snacks for yourself or your child. Or, offer to bring along a couple of dishes to share with others at the party that are safe for you to eat. Your host will be grateful for the extra hand!
If you’re traveling a far distance over the holidays, purchase allergen free snacks and ingredients ahead of time. Pack them along in your checked luggage, in the trunk of the care, or have them shipped ahead of time.
If you’re hosting, ask that guests bring non-food items such as flowers, paper goods, and beverages. You can also request that guests bring canned goods to donate to a local food pantry in lieu of side dishes and desserts.
Check labels! Ask others to hold onto food labels of store-bought foods for you to take a look at. Allergens can often be found in foods that you wouldn’t expect and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Plymouth Ear, Nose and Throat is happy to help you with your allergy related concerns. Please give us a call at 508-746-8977 to schedule an appointment!