Thanksgiving Tips

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Thanksgiving is only a few days away. If you are dealing with peanut allergies, or another food allergy, food holidays can be nerve wracking and frustrating.

Following are some tips to help your holiday run a little more smoothly.

Hosts Plan the Menu If you have a child with food allergies, you might want to try to host holiday events when you can. Hosting means you plan the menu, you cook the food and most of all YOU are aware of what goes into the entire process. Hosting is a great way to keep everyone together and keep everyone safe.

BYOF If you can't host, you can at least Bring Your Own Food. Make a safe casserole that everyone can enjoy, but can also be served as a main meal for the food allergic individual. Macaroni and Cheese is a favorite in our house.

Advanced Reservations Consider eating out at a restaurant. Many restaurants are more on top of food allergy concerns than they were in the past. Just be sure to call ahead and make sure they can accommodate your allergy.

If you can't or don't want to eat at a restaurant, you should let your host know the food allergies you are dealing with as soon as possible. Most hosts want to know and are more than willing to help keep everything safe.

Final Tips If you are unsure of what is in the food, there are several dishes you should absolutely steer clear of. Stuffing or dressing can be a minefield of hidden ingredients. Many casseroles can hide allergens as well. Unless you know what is in a dish, don't eat it. Desserts can also be a nightmare. Unless you are sure, save treat eating for when you get home.

With some advance planning and an optimistic outlook, you can enjoy the holidays with food allergies.