The Thanksgiving holiday is a wonderful time to enjoy the company of loved ones and the sumptuous feast on the dinner table. The turkey may be the hallmark of the holiday feast, but food allergies may try to take center stage. The Thanksgiving table offers many foods that taste delicious but could trigger allergic reactions.
The following tips could make the Thanksgiving meal more enjoyable for allergy sufferers:
- Avoid allergens – Always ask your guests if they have any food allergies. If they do, steer clear of triggers and watch for cross-contamination. If a guest has nut allergies and you make cookies with nuts in one mixing bowl, wash the bowl thoroughly before using it again. Otherwise the proteins from the nuts could affect other foods that are prepared in the bowl. If guests plan to contribute food, remind them about bringing foods that will be safe for those with allergies.
- Ensure safe options – Do not deprive healthy people of the opportunity to eat the food that they enjoy. It’s fine to prepare some dishes that may contain allergens. Just make sure to mark those dishes so that those with food allergies know to steer clear of them. And have a variety of “safe foods” for those who do have food allergies.
- Tell your host about your allergies – If you are not hosting the dinner and are an invited guest, talk to your host. Explain the nature and scope of your allergies, and offer to bring foods that you can safely eat. The same thing applies if you have kids with allergies.
- Focus on the fun – Allergies may keep you from fully indulging in everything on the Thanksgiving table, but the holiday can still be wonderful. Food is one part of the celebration, but the chance to associate with loved ones is far more important.
Whether you are hosting or being hosted, make sure to communicate well for a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving meal. If allergies are interfering with your quality of life, contact us about Mesa sublingual allergy immunotherapy options. Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) allows you to eat more of the foods you love without fear of allergy symptoms. Call today about Mesa food allergy treatment.