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Brief Tips

When it comes to the holidays, there is always food at parties. It can be either a sit-down dinner or a selection of snacks. Either way, a person with food allergies has to think in advance about what they will eat at the party. I find it best to talk to the person who is hosting the event so I will receive accurate information. If I know the person well and know the food they prepare will be safe, then I feel comfortable eating at the party.

However, if I am unsure that I will be able to eat the food, I would rather eat before I arrive or bring my own food. I would rather be safe than sorry. The holidays are supposed to be a time to have fun with your family and friends, and I would rather be able to enjoy parties and events without having to second guess the food I am eating. Have fun with your holiday parties!

~ Laura, age 22. Allergic to milk and fish.


When my family visits certain relatives, they accommodate my food allergies completely. They know what I am allergic to and modify recipes so I can eat almost everything that is served. Other relatives, though, don’t make accommodations for my food allergies. I must be very careful and sometimes bring a meal from home.

Here are some tips when dealing with your food allergies over the holidays. Keep reading ingredients like you always do. Always carry your epinephrine, like usual. Use caution to avoid any food allergy-related emergencies that could ruin your holiday. And the most important rule: Have fun.

~ Matt, age 15. Allergic to eggs, milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and fish, among others.
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