Here are a few ways to show some L.O.V.E. for those with food allergies and help to keep their Valentine’s Day safe!
Look to food allergy families for guidance. Most food allergy families are happy to work with you to determine safe options or substitutes. Make your job easier by asking for help or suggestions.
Offer non-food treats for Valentines or party favors. Pinterest is FULL of cute, easy and safe options that will remove the food, but not the fun!
|V||Verify ingredients by reading ingredient labels. The top 8 allergens (Wheat, Milk, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Soy, Fish, Shellfish, and Egg) will be called out in an ingredient list. For those that are severely allergic, even products processed in the same facility as their allergens can potentially trigger a life-threatening reaction.|
Exclude the food, not the person! We all know how it feels to be excluded. Offer safe foods or non-food options so that everyone can participate in all the fun, and most importantly stay safe!
Tami Pyles is the Founder of Thrive On Consulting, Food Allergy Coaching and Training. She is a certified AllerCoach, writes and speaks on food allergies and a food allergy mom dedicated to helping everyone Thrive On with food allergies. You can follow her on Facebook for great information on thriving with food allergies.