Recently I have been focusing on keeping safe over the festive period, I have been working with the Gas Safe Register to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning and the response has been fantastic. It got me thinking, holidays such as Christmas are hugely food based, so what steps can allergy sufferers and their carer’s take to avoid any unwanted reactions over the festive season?
This Christmas will be our fourth with food allergies, each year my primary focus is ensuring Theo does not feel any different. There is a huge demand for allergy friendly products such as those listed in my Christmas Must Haves and items such as the Moo Free Advent Calendar fly off the shelves! Preparation, as always, is key. I’ve had Theo’s advent calendar and other festive themed allergy friendly goodies hidden away since late October. The supermarkets have really upped their game when it comes to free from products this year and most now stock a variety of Christmas foods including the iconic golden chocolate coins all kids love!
Christmas dinner is one of my favourite things about Christmas, I love the family being together around the table enjoying amazing food and forgetting the world for the day. Cooking a roast dinner for several people can be stressful at the best of times, I’m rather glad I am yet to host Christmas, this year it is down to my mum to make a dairy free, soya free, gluten free and wheat free roast dinner for little man.
Top tips for an allergy safe Christmas dinner –
- If you are having a traditional Christmas turkey make sure it isn’t basted in butter.
- Have a practice run, anyone who is gluten free will understand what an art the gluten free yorkshire pudding is.
- Try and make as much as you can homemade – this lowers the risk of cross contamination.
Check, double-check and triple-check that you have a plentiful stock of any medications. It is vital that you check expiry dates on EpiPen’s well in advance of the big day – emergency prescriptions are always available but no one wants to travel for medical supplies when they could be having a post dinner nap and watching the Eastender’s Christmas special!
Merry Christmas to each and every one of my followers, may you all enjoy a fabulous free from festive season!
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