The holiday season always presents a lot to juggle, but adding food allergies on top of the typical shopping, hosting, and social occasions can make it a stressful time of year. FARE has put together a Holiday Survival Guide with key elements to help you have a safe and fun holiday!
- A stockpile of recipes
Having a number of go-to recipes on hand for all types of seasonal dishes (appetizer, main course, make-ahead meals, desserts, etc.) can help take the stress out of cooking. If a family member or friend asks what they can make that would be safe for the allergies you’re managing, you’ll have a number on hand for them to choose from.
- A refresher course in cross-contact
With hectic cooking and baking happening in your kitchen, it’s not uncommon to make a mistake when it comes to cross-contact. Take a few
minutes to review FARE’s new Creating a Food Allergy Safety Zone at Home booklet to learn how to safely prepare food and eliminate cross-contact risks.
- A planned calendar
Contact friends and family to see who is planning on hosting events so there are fewer surprises to your schedule. This is also a great time to remind any hosts or visitors about your or your child’s allergies, so they can work with you to make sure you are able to safely attend.
- Epinephrine and Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan
Remember your epinephrine auto-injectors go where you go! Take some time to review your emergency care plan with visiting family members who could be called upon to assist in case of an emergency.
Keeping your spirits up and a sense of humor can help you stay in the holiday spirit. Check out this parody video from Kyle Dine for a laugh with your family, titled 12 Days of an Allergy-free Christmas.
From all of us at FARE, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!
This article was originally published in the Fall 2014 issue of FARE’s Food Allergy News. Read more of the newsletter here.