| November 2, 2011
Is There Any Way to Avoid the Stress of Food-Laden Holidays?
Thanksgiving is a holiday in the United States notable for overindulging on a large spread of traditionally prepared foods, many of which are laced with wheat, eggs, milk and other allergenic ingredients. A perfect holiday for many Americans includes eating a butter-basted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, traditional bread stuffing and Grandma's pumpkin pie - followed by leaving the table stuffed, loosening one's belt, and then falling asleep in front of a football game on the TV.
Holidays like Thanksgiving that revolve around food can truly be challenges for families raising children with food allergies. The traditional meal for your family can present numerous allergy risks — and the risks can be even greater if you are not preparing the meal yourself but relying on someone else to cook the meal. Is there any way around the stress and pressure of a holiday known for allergen-laden foods? Or can the foods be made safe for your food-allergic kids?
There are different approaches to this challenge, including:
Your challenge is to decide what is right for your family and safe for your child.
- Preparing the entire meal yourself at your home using safe ingredients.
- Helping family prepare the meal at their homes using safe ingredients.
- Preparing a safe meal for your child while letting the rest of your family enjoy their traditional favorites.
Additional Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season
Download KFA's free PDF booklet, Celebrating Thanksgiving with Food Allergies to find 12 food-free Thanksgiving craft and activities, strategies for making dinner and school safe and more!
Another approach to enjoying the holiday is to take the emphasis off food, and focus on other safe activities your whole family can enjoy together.
Don't be afraid to try new things with your family. Play your own football game. Volunteer to serve a meal at a homeless shelter (if your kids are old enough not to eat the food, of course!). Visit a state park. Take a walk in the woods. Play a board game, or make crafts and presents together.
Whatever you do — eat until you can't move, stay away from the typical food altogether, or somewhere in between — have a happy Thanksgiving!
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An unexpected snowstorm wreaked havoc on the east coast last week, cancelling Halloween festivities for many. How did you weather the storm and the children's disappointment?.
Expectations of Family Bringing Food to Parties
"Is it unreasonable for me to ask that they not bring deviled eggs or dishes that usually contain eggs to family gatherings? It's just one more thing my son can't eat "
Successful Trip to Washington, D.C. For My Daughter with Milk, Egg and Soy Allergies
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Twice per year, KFA has been bringing you comprehensive New Allergy-Friendly Foods reports. We'd like to bring the information to you faster, so we will be including New Food Finds in our issues of KFA eNews. The information shared here is for your convenience only, it is not an endorsement or guarantee of the product's safety. Please read the ingredient labels and contact the manufacturers if needed to confirm the safety of a product for your child.
Dove Chocolate Announces Peanut and Tree Nut Free Milk and Dark Chocolates
"We are pleased to announce that we now have a large number of our Dove Milk and Dark Chocolate products manufactured in a dedicated manufacturing facility that does not produce any products containing peanuts or treenuts." Visit their website for more information about which products are being made in the allergy-friendly facility.
GoPicnic Sunbutter + Crackers Allergy-Friendly Ready-to-Eat Meal
GoPicnic has partnered with Sunbutter and Enjoy Life Foods to create an allergy-friendly and ready-to-eat meal that is vegan, gluten-free and free of seven common allergens. These boxes contain prepackaged foods from other companies as well, so read the labels carefully.
So Delicious Cultured Coconut Milk Yogurts (Regular and Greek Style)
The coconut-based "yogurts" are now available in Canada; while their new Greek style cultured coconut milk yogurts are becoming available in the U.S. Allergen information
Food Alerts! Have you checked the Allergy Recall Alerts section at KFA recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
- Rhythm Superfoods: Kool Ranch Kale Chips (undeclared tree nuts)
- Pacific Oyster Company: Nate's Spiced Prawns (undeclared sulfites)
- Eating Right: Soy Protein Burgers (undeclared milk)
- Blue Bunny: Personals Ice Cream (undeclared wheat)
- Supreme Meat Purveyors: Carne Guisada (undeclared soy)
- Emporium Packaging & Spice Co.: Ponchatrain Sauce Mix (undeclared milk and soy)
- General Mills: Chocolate Flavor Fiber One 90-Calorie Chewy Bars (undeclared peanut)
- Kuck's Turkey Farm: Amish Heritage Rotisserie Seasonings Turkey Breast (undeclared wheat and soy)
- Domega NY International: Dried Dates (undeclared sulfites)
- Nassau Candy: Nancy Adams Classic Mini S'mores (undeclared peanuts)
Canadian Allergy Recalls
- McCormick: Roast Gravy Sauce Mix (undeclared milk)
- Grant Chocolatier: Dark Chocolate (undeclared milk)
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